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  • Writer's pictureLou Marron

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2021

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and is the equivalent of an MBE. Recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

DREAMSAI Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes Centre for Integrated Living (MKCIL) have today been announced as recipients of the 2021 award. They are among 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

Countess Howe, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire said:

“I am delighted that these two groups have been recognised for their excellence in volunteering. It is truly astounding that volunteers can achieve so much year on year and even more amazing to be able to continue to support their local communities during a global pandemic. I’m sure I speak on behalf of all who have benefited from their support when I say, congratulations and thank you.”

Nominations for the 2022 awards are currently open. Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. For more information visit the QAVS website. Nominations close on 15 September 2021

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