Kingswood Trust Receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Thu 6 Jun 2019
The Kingswood Trust based in Staffordshire has been recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Kingswood Trust delivers outdoor environmental opportunities for children, families, educators and the wider community. It offers residential stays, day visits and programmes that support learning, personal development, health and wellbeing, helping some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.
Together, volunteers from as young as 15 up to 80 years of age, completed over 6100 hours of work equal to approximately £73,000 over the last 12 months. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and many people attend our regular Friends volunteer days and craft mornings throughout the year. They support with events and activities, bake cakes, maintain our grounds and support with fundraising. In addition, the Kingswood Trust supports groups of young people aged 15-25 with special educational needs and disabilities through fully funded volunteering projects.
Local organisations such as Wolverhampton Homes, United Living, Hindley Contractors Ltd, ReAssure Telford and Roofstyle Ltd support through corporate volunteering programmes, Rotarians, the Reparation Service and uniformed organisations as well as the local colleges and universities provide us with volunteer support. All of this has benefited over 6200 children and adults and there will be many more beneficiaries this year.
Rachel Wells, Charity Manager and David Harris, Chair of the Trust Board from Kingswood Trust attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 29th May 2019, along with other recipients of this year’s Award. Rachel Wells said, “This is a huge honour and I am delighted that our group’s work to support The Kingswood Trust has been recognised. We are so grateful for the tremendous work from our volunteers, partners and supporters who regularly commit to giving time and resources to our 9 acre community facility.”
Kingswood Trust is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
Representatives of The Friends of Kingswood Trust will receive the award from Ian Dudson, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire later this summer at a special celebration event at The Kingswood Trust.
David Harris, Chair of the Trust Board said, “I hope this award and the publicity it brings will also add more strength to our fundraising success as it demonstrates another Quality Mark alongside our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.” He added, “We very much look forward to developing further our links in Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and the wider area, enabling our services to support more people.”