Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Arundel Museum Society has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

The volunteers of Arundel Museum Society who work in the community to create a gateway to the past that is enjoyable and accessible to all has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Arundel Museum brings the past to life for the education and enjoyment of the whole community.

A representative from the museum attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on the 24th. May as part of the celebrations of the award.

Arundel Museum Society is one of only193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

Arundel Museum Society will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”

The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex has issued the undermentioned statement:-
“I am absolutely delighted that four of our outstanding voluntary organisations in the County have been selected as winners of this most prestigious award. I hope that their success will act as a spur to our many other voluntary organisations in West Sussex to encourage them to seek formal recognition of the excellence of their work.”