12th April 2023 | News in your area

Kings Award for Voluntary Service Nominees Reception 2023

On Wednesday 29th March, The Lord-Lieutenant hosted The King’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023 Nominees reception at Loseley Park.

This year there are three nominated groups in Surrey:

Dementia Carers Support in Runnymede Dementia Carers Support Group was born from the experience of their Founder, having lost her husband to Dementia at a very young age.

They provide opportunities for carers and their loved ones to have a social life together. Their aim is to make sure they enjoy the Club, with wonderful volunteers taking care of everyone, making sure they enjoy their time for as long as possible. Their groups are open to anyone in Runnymede and the surrounding areas.

Surrey Heath Age Concern an independent charitable organisation working in Surrey Heath borough. Their mission is: “To replace loneliness and isolation with happiness and friendship, for older people in Surrey Heath Borough”. With the help of our fantastic volunteer team, they make this happen through their Visiting & Befriending service, matching a volunteer with an isolated older person and our Rainbow Café open, an inclusive community café. Their social events for older people include: Tea & Memories vintage tea parties, Tea & Chatter monthly tea parties for those without transport, a monthly cinema club and ‘Seated & Movement’ exercise classes.

Guildford Archery Club an  organisation that provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for archers of all levels. The club’s success is largely due to the selfless dedication of its volunteers, who give their time and expertise to support its operations and promote the sport of archery. From coaching and mentoring new members, to organising events and maintaining facilities, the club’s volunteers are the backbone of its operations.

Their efforts have created a thriving community of archers who share a passion for the sport and a commitment to its growth. Their volunteering endeavours have made a significant impact on the club’s success and continue to inspire new generations of archers.

The evening was attended by The Vice, Lord-Lieutenant, The High Sheriff, Mr Tim Wates DL, Mayors and Chairs of Surrey Boroughs, The King’s Award for Voluntary Service Surrey panel, and the nominators and volunteers of all three groups. 

The Lord-Lieutenant said ‘ All of us here tonight trust that your commitment and tireless work for the benefit of others in your local communities will be honoured with the award when the announcement is made on the 14th November this year.  However, whatever the result the very fact your charity has been put forward for an award is cause for celebration.. we are so grateful for all that you so selflessly contribute to the welfare of often vulnerable people in Surrey’

If you would like to nominate a group on Surrey for next years King’s Award for Voluntary Service, please visit https://kavs.dcms.gov.uk/make-a-nomination/about-nominating/

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