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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Dear Councillor,

Volunteering is a vital part of day-to-day life in the UK, and in 2002 The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, was set up to recognise the outstanding contributions made by voluntary groups in local communities across the country.

750 groups have received this prestigious honour to date, including 85 from Scotland. However, we are continually striving to recognise more of those who are operating to the highest standard. Groups may previously not have been nominated because they, or those in a position to nominate them, have been unaware of their eligibility for the Award.

To ensure more volunteer communities in Scotland receive the recognition they deserve at a national level, we would like to invite you to help encourage nominations for The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service for groups in your area.

To this end, a short information pack has been developed that I hope you will be able to share with colleagues and, where possible, use for external communication channels to generate interest among local people in nominating. It comprises:

§ Background information about the Award
§ Guidance on how to nominate
§ Who is eligible to win the Award and the benefits it can bring to a group
§ A press release template that can be tailored and used to promote local nominations and raise awareness of volunteering in your community
§ Case study examples of previous Scottish recipients of the Award

On a personal note, I know from the huge amount of time I spent working as a news reporter in Scotland that there is a tremendous amount of volunteering which enhances the life of your communities in so many different ways.

It would be marvellous to see many more groups put forward for the recognition I know they deserve, and I hope the information pack we have put together can help raise awareness of the Award and celebrate such groups’ work for the benefit of others.

I thank you for your support.

With all good wishes,


Martyn Lewis CBE
Chair of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service committee

A copy of the pack can be downloaded for anyone who wishes to use it.

It is available from The secretary of Maxton & Mertoun Community Council, Ann Collie

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Date: 12/05/2010