QAVS 2021 Press Release – 2 June 2021.
Shopper-Aide, a Charity with some amazing volunteers, based in Campbeltown, have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Shopper-Aide are extremely honoured and excited to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is especially exciting for us as we celebrate our 10th birthday.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without our volunteers and we would like to say a huge thank you to them all, past and present.
Shopper-Aide is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, 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. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys.
Representatives of Shopper-Aide will receive the award crystal and certificate from Mrs Jane Margaret MacLeod, Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll & Bute later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from Shopper-Aide will attend a garden party at Holyrood House in July 2022 (depending on restrictions at the time), along with other recipients of this year’s Award
Director Susan Paterson says: “…receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is such an honour for all our volunteers, who work so hard in many different ways to help older people in Kintyre…” See the video for Susan’s full response.
Notes to editors
- Lord-Lieutenants represent the monarch in each of the UK’s ceremonial counties. 2. This year there were 241 recipients of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service from across the UK and Channel Islands.
- More information on the recipients and the Award can be found at https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service
- Full details on how to nominate are available at https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/.
Nominations for the 2022 awards close on 15 September 2021.