Community Action Dacorum receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Over 200 guests gathered at Shendish Manor Hotel in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 20th July for an afternoon garden party to celebrate the presentation to Community Action Dacorum (CAD) of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Mr Robert Voss, CBE. on behalf of HM The Queen. The volunteers and staff of CAD were joined by distinguished guests from around the County including the Mayor of Dacorum, Councillor Terry Douris and local MP Sir Mike Penning.
Community Action Dacorum, the CVS Charity based in Hemel Hempstead, was announced as a recipient of the Award in the London Gazette on 2nd June. The award is the highest a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is traditionally announced on the 2nd June annually to recognise the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It has been received by CAD for their work in overcoming barriers and improving the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals and community groups.
In a speech to all volunteers and staff at the presentation the Lord Lieutenant expressed his pride in the tremendous efforts of the voluntary sector in Hertfordshire epitomised by the work done by CAD. He said how pleased he was that HM The Queen had decided to make the award to the Charity as it is regarded as the MBE for voluntary associations. Mr Voss outlined how rigorous the process of assessment for the award is and said that relatively few of those organisations nominated receive the award. This year only five organisations in Hertfordshire are award recipients. He went on to explain that Her Majesty had great affinity with Hertfordshire and always expressed a keen personal interest in what was happening in the County arising through the late Queen Mother’s upbringing at St Paul’s Walden Bury.
The Lord Lieutenant then presented an engraved glass Trophy and a Certificate signed personally by HM The Queen to Colin Gage, Chairman of the Charity’s Board of Trustees, and James Kemp a member of CAD’s Shopmobility team. Mr Voss explained that the Charity can in future use the Queen’s Award logo on all its stationery and publicity material.
Following thanks to the Lord Lieutenant, a celebratory cake, bearing the Queen’s Award logo, was ceremonially cut by Ian Hines, one of CAD’s longest serving volunteers and Maddie Trollope, the newest and youngest volunteer, a presenter on Radio Dacorum, the Charity’s internet radio station.
Over afternoon tea the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor of Dacorum chatted with volunteers and staff asking them about their roles in the charity whilst a local choir, “the Choir on the Green”, entertained the assembled guests. The choir included another CAD volunteer, Lina Dyble, who is a volunteer driver in CAD’s Community Transport team.
Before leaving, the Lord Lieutenant recorded a short interview with Radio Dacorum which will feature in a special programme to be broadcast later in the month. This will be available on the Radio Dacorum website http://www.radiodacorum.org.uk/ with effect from Friday 26th July.
In taking his leave the Lord Lieutenant congratulated Colin Gage (Chair of Trustees) and Simon Aulton (CEO of the Charity) on receiving the award and said he looked forward to hearing reports of the Charity’s continued work in the voluntary sector in the future.
CAD has over 150 dedicated volunteers who work alongside the 50 full and part time staff to make up the Charity’s team in delivering the organisation’s services.
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. It is recognised as the MBE for voluntary groups. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation
CAD 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. More information on the winners and the Award can be found at https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service
Further details can be obtained from Colin Gage, Chair of CAD on Colingage@Compuserve.com, telephone 07900065436, or Simon Aulton, CEO of CAD on Simon@Communityactiondacorum.org.uk telephone 01442 253935