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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Bedfordshire Winners 2019

Buckingham Palace has today (2 June 2019) announced The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winners for 2019. HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, is delighted that five organisations in Bedfordshire have been recognised.

Created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the Award aims to recognise work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.

Winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the ‘MBE for volunteer groups‘.

This year, 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups received the prestigious award.

The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year. This shows that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The following Bedfordshire organisations have been successful:

Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama provides a showcase for amateur performing arts in Bedfordshire and the surrounding area. It offers a wide range of classes for all ages. It covers most musical genres, as well as many varied speech and drama classes. Founded in 1921, the Festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals of which HM The Queen is a Patron. The Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama is a charity and is run by a committee of volunteers.

FACES Bedford

FACES Bedford (Family and Children’s Early-help Service) is a local, independent charity that supports local children and families faced with difficult issues. Such as mental and physical health, domestic abuse, poverty, child sexual exploitation and behavioural issues. It does this via a range of quality-tested services and family support groups. Support is mainly led by the team of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are trained to work alongside a Practitioner to deliver a unique menu of tailored services directly to a family, in their own home.

Flitwick Scout Group

The Scouting Association is a large international movement that started in 1907. There are currently over 450,000 UK members aged between aged 6 and 25. Flitwick Scout Group (FSG) started in 1910 and now, 108 years later, offers Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers sections, to the age of 18 for boys and girls. Flitwick Scout Group has helped local children and young adults reach their full potential by developing skills including; teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. All this support tends to lead to young people to getting jobs, saving lives and even changing the world.

Signpost “Team SP”

Signpost “Team SP” is a project with the aim to challenge the stereotypes surrounding homelessness. Founded in 2010, it does this by ensuring that people who lived at Signposts were able to contribute within their local communities. The project has grown year on year, underpinned by the belief that communities work better in partnership. It delivers thousands of volunteer hours, and builds relationships. Volunteers get to know each other better as they work together to create a great community. It regularly marshals at local festivals and big events in Bedfordshire. It also organises litter picks supporting environmental projects which benefit green spaces.

The Woburn Sands Band

The Woburn Sands Band provides opportunities for the appreciation and enjoyment of music through public performances within Bedfordshire and beyond. It provides and promotes musical education for people of all ages, but especially for young, new and developing musicians. Established in 1885, Woburn Sands Band is entirely volunteer-led. The Band owns 250 different instruments that are loaned out to individuals free of charge and all tuition offered is free. They currently operate five bands, including a youth and junior band. The band welcomes all ages and abilities, including those with learning difficulties. The membership profile currently ranges from 7 to 82 years of age.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis said:

“Once again, it is a genuine pleasure to hear that HM The Queen has recognised the fantastic voluntary work that is a fundamental part of life in Bedfordshire.

“The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a major recognition of the outstanding work and extraordinary contribution these organisations and volunteers make in our community.

“I offer them all my sincere congratulations and thanks and I look forward to meeting them this year to present their awards.”

To nominate a group or find out more, please visit the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service website.