One Community has received the highest accolade for voluntary groups in the UK, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The 2018 awards were announced Saturday 2 June, following a rigorous process of assessment and selection.
Chair of One Community Sri Kandiah said: “We are deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award in recognition of One Community’s work. Voluntary service lies at the heart of all we do, and our many services that support local people depend on the efforts of our 170 volunteers.”
Chief Executive of One Community, Jean Roberts-Jones said, “I am immensely proud of my team at One Community, staff and volunteers, all of whom give above and beyond what is expected of them because they care passionately about the communities they serve. I am thrilled for them to receive this recognition and grateful to all those concerned who have made this possible.”
Nominations for the award must be made by someone from outside the group and be supported by two recommendations – in our case these were from a civic leader and a beneficiary of one of our services. Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.
We had already planned a programme of events and activities to celebrate our 40th anniversary year, but this crowning achievement – in Volunteers’ Week – Is a marvellous surprise and an honour that will remain with us always.
We believe we are the first CVS in Hampshire to receive the award and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, staff, supporters, partners, stakeholders and friends, without whom we could not have achieved this.