Norfolk call to volunteer groups for royal honour
2009: A call has been made to nominate outstanding volunteer groups across Norfolk,
which include churches, faith groups, organizations and agencies, to be honoured by the Queen
In 2003, it was estimated that in Norwich alone, an incredible 155,000 hours of voluntary social action was undertaken by volunteers working for Christian groups across the city.
And now the Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk has made a call for people to nominate outstanding volunteer groups that deserve to be acknowledged by the Queen.
In 2002, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community was established.
Its purpose is to recognise groups of individuals who are giving their time freely for the benefit of others. It is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the MBE. As such, the Queen’s Award not only serves to provide recognition of volunteer groups, but also demonstrates the high respect in which volunteering is held.
Lord-Lieutenant, Richard Jewson, has called on volunteers and service users to submit nominations before the deadline of September 30. He said: Volunteering groups in Norfolk make a huge contribution to people’s lives, often without praise for the incredible job they do.
“A prestigious national honour, such as the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognizes their work and can prove invaluable in so many ways to their ongoing success.”