Nominate voluntary groups for award

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SCARBOROUGH residents are being encouraged to nominate local voluntary groups for a special Royal accolade.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for volunteer organisations – was created by the Queen to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

Next year is also the Award’s 10th anniversary.

Nominations must be received by Friday September 30, with further information available from www.direct.gov.uk/qavs or email queensaward@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

Council leader Tom Fox said: “Across this borough there are many hundreds of people who give up their free time to help their communities, from the many dozens of in-bloom and friends groups, to the clubs and societies that help our young people and I would personally like to pay tribute to their hard work and dedication.

“These awards are a great way for people to recognise their efforts and I would encourage residents in the borough to put in a nomination before the deadline lapses.”

Among the 983 organisations who have already received this award in the last 10 years are volunteers from groups working in large cities and rural communities across the United Kingdom.

These groups support the needs of people of all ages, abilities, social backgrounds and ethnic origins.