Leader congratulates Queen’s Award winners

David Fothergill

Cllr Fothergill congratulated the winners

Somerset County Council’s Leader, Cllr David Fothergill, has congratulated two Somerset based volunteer groups who were recognised and honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018 on Saturday (2 June).

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It recognises and celebrates outstanding work by groups of volunteers in their communities, for the benefit of others. Winners are always announced on the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, 2 June.

Cllr Fothergill said: “I wish to congratulate the two well-deserved Somerset based winners of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service,  Home-Start West Somerset and the Watchet Phoenix Volunteer Team. In this year’s National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), I particularly want to thank the dedicated and committed volunteers of these two organisations who provide a range of important and invaluable services to people within their communities, improving the lives of many across West Somerset.”

Home-Start West Somerset volunteers offer invaluable support, practical help and friendship to families who have children under seven whilst The Phoenix Community Centre, run by the Watchet Phoenix Volunteer Team, provides a range of community day services for older people who live within 5 miles of Watchet, improving their quality of life and helping them maintain a measure of independence.

For further information on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, please visit the website:  http://www.qavs.direct.gov.uk

If interested in knowing more about volunteering opportunities available with Somerset County Council – from volunteer driving to looking after rights of way paths, from children services to adult social care – check out http://www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteering for more information.

There is also a wide range of volunteering opportunities across Somerset on the national volunteer database.