The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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In June 2016, Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) was honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for our work in the city enabling people to befriend and support their isolated older and disabled neighbours. We were the only recipients of the award in Brighton & Hove this year and were among 5 in East Sussex. The Queen’s Award is the MBE for voluntary groups — it is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK — so we were, and still are, delighted with this news.

About the award, from the QAVS website:

[The Queen's Award] was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. [...]

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

Before the news was made public, NCS manager Sean de Podesta was invited to a celebratory Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and brought with him volunteer Sheila Wood. Click below for a brief account of the day.

In July, we held an event at the Sallis Benney theatre attended by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, who presented the Queen’s Award glass statue and certificate to the NCS. This event was not only to celebrate receiving the award but also to thank our wonderful volunteers, without whom the work we do would not be possible. We were thrilled that so many were able to be there to enjoy the presentation with us — and of course the garden party that followed, with drinks, sandwiches, cakes and good conversations. Below is a gallery of some of the lovely pictures captured throughout the day.