Our Cathedral volunteers have been honoured with a 2016 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and the equivalent of an individual MBE.
The dedicated and hardworking team of nearly 650 volunteers carry out an astounding range of roles including educational outreach, library activities, guiding, embroidery, tomb-dusting and tasks involved in liturgy such as acolytes and servers. All experts in their own fields, the volunteers give their time freely to ensure that the Cathedral services and events run smoothly, and both visitors and worshippers alike enjoy the best possible experience when they come to the Cathedral
Director of Learning and Outreach, Sarah Rickett, who is responsible for the welfare and training of volunteers, and Stephen Dunn, Head Guide, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24 May at which the Queen and other winners of this year’s award were present. In all 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across the UK recieved the prestigious award, which recognises their 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.
Salisbury Cathedral’s volunteers will receive the award from Mrs Sarah Troughton, the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire at Evensong in the Cathedral on Wednesday, 22 June.
The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury said:
“It is wonderful for our volunteers to be recognised in this way. Each and every one plays a significant role in the life of the Cathedral and we depend on them to maintain our high standards of welcome and worship. They are an extraordinary group of individuals, all with impressive talents, skills and knowledge, which they generously lend to us daily. They are an example to us all.
“As well as working at the Cathedral, the volunteers are also part of the Cathedral family, a marvellous support network that engages with worship, events, music and outreach. An irreplaceable group of individuals without whom the Cathedral would not be the vibrant, busy and happy place it is today. We have much to be grateful for and through this award we would like to thank them with all our hearts.”
Mrs Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire said:
“I am delighted that Salisbury Cathedral Volunteers have been awarded the Queen’s Award in recognition of their dedicated service in supporting the work of the Cathedral over many years. The Cathedral is one of the county’s most iconic buildings and, like many organisations across Wiltshire, it relies so much upon the work of wonderful volunteers who play such a significant and valued role. I would like to offer every one of them my congratulations.”
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.”
Congratulations to all - we are very proud of you.
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