Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2005

Home Department written statement – made on 6th June 2005.

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Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Correctional Services and Reducing Re-offending), Home Office

I am pleased to report that this year's recipients of the Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service were announced on Thursday 2 June.

This prestigious annual award for groups of volunteers has been given this year to 92 groups whose outstanding voluntary activity has enhanced and improved the quality of life and opportunity for others in the community. The Government actively support the work of the voluntary and community sector and are encouraging more people to participate in community activity. This award will give some of those people the recognition they richly deserve. The details of the successful groups are as follows.

Activity Description
East Midlands
1 Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors provision of counselling and support for adults in Nottinghamshire abused as children
2 Talking with Hands enabling children and adults with hearing difficulties to visit the cinema to watch signed and subtitled films
3 Grantham and District Talking Newspaper for the Blind providing weekly news items for the visually impaired in Grantham
4 Readycall helping the elderly in South Derbyshire to maintain independence in their own homes
5 Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Advocacy Alliance promoting the needs and rights of vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire to enhance their quality of life
East of England
6 SOS Home Safe and Sound Project providing a weekend community bus in Norwich city centre to reduce crime and the fear of crime
7 Luton United Football Club providing recreational opportunities for young people in Luton with access to football coaching qualifications
8 Yarls Wood Befrienders providing friendship and support to refugees and asylum seekers detained in Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre
9 North Lynn Community Centre providing a community resource to benefit people living in North Lynn
10 Magpas operating an emergency rapid response medical charity in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
11 St Clare Hospice caring for people and their families who are affected by life-threatening illnesses
12 FIND providing friendship and basic essentials to families in Ipswich and surrounding areas to alleviate their serious social problems
13 Basildon Pathfinders Blind and Partially Sighted Group supporting visually impaired people in Basildon through social interaction, holidays and information
14 Dacorum Talking Newspaper providing visually impaired people in Hertfordshire with access to community information
15 Furniture Link (Bedford) recycling furniture and household goods to those in need in Bedfordshire
16 Channel Islands Air Search providing a rapid response airborne search facility in the waters surrounding the Channel Islands
17 The Guernsey Women's Refuge offering accommodation to women and children in Guernsey seeking respite from physical or domestic abuse
18 Community Bereavement Service providing a free and confidential bereavement counselling service to people in Jersey
Isle of Man
19 Riding for the Disabled Association, Isle of Man providing riding and carriage driving opportunities for people in the Isle of Man who have physical learning difficulties
20 Muslim Welfare House providing ethnically diverse communities in Islington with educational, social and recreational support
21 Islington Chinese Association providing a multi-cultural resource centre for Chinese people as well as serving the wider local and national community
22 Waltham Forest Asian Seniors' Club providing a centre to support the welfare of older Asian people in the community
23 Sai School of Harrow nurturing children from multi-faith communities in north London through education, social projects and citizenship
24 Ebony Steel Band Trust encouraging young people to appreciate their cultural history through arts and music
25 Youth Retreat Project empowering and training disadvantaged young people in north London through workshops and presentations
26 The Holly Lodge Centre Volunteers providing opportunities for people of all abilities and ages to enjoy and learn about the natural environment and history of Richmond Park
27 Eritrean Muslim Community Association advising on education and welfare together with the provision of recreational and social activities for diverse communities in London
North East
28 Escape Family Support Ltd providing drug and alcohol misusers and their families with support in Northumberland
29 Waterhouses Community Association improving community needs and the environment in Waterhouses through social, educational and recreational activities
30 Ferguson Lane Community Association providing companionship and support for vulnerable residents in disadvantaged areas in Newcastle
31 St Benedict's Hospice Volunteers in Sunderland providing practical support to patients, families and carers to complement palliative care in St Benedict's Hospice
North West
32 Barnabus supporting the needs of homeless people and street sex workers in Manchester with food, education and medical facilities
33 SAMM (Merseyside) providing emotional support to families and friends in Merseyside bereaved by murder or manslaughter
34 Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team operating a mountain search and rescue service in the rural areas of Lancashire
35 Brunshaw Action Group addressing the needs of communities in Burnley to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour through community cohesion
36 Talbot House Support Centre giving practical advice, guidance and support to parents of children with special needs in Manchester
37 West View Community Association enhancing the quality of life for the community in West View through provision of social and educational facilities
38 Pakistani Community Centre (Longsight) providing multi-functional social, domestic and leisure services to diverse communities in Longsight.
39 Carlisle and District Remap design of one-off equipment for disabled people for whom there is no commercially available alternative
40 The Aintree Volunteer Scheme assisting with patient experience of hospital attendance in Aintree NHS hospitals
Northern Ireland
41 BCM Volunteers helping those most in need in the local community through practical and emotional support
42 Aghalee Village Hall Management Committee management of a resource centre for residents from all areas of the community in Aghalee
43 Skye Old People's Welfare Committee providing transport for elderly people in Skye attending appointments and recreational activities
44 Islay and Jura Advice Centre providing a free and confidential independent advice service to residents and groups in Islay and Jura
45 Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band and Highland Dancers developing skills, talent and self-esteem of young people in Ullapool and district and the provision of a community activity
46 Ragamuffin's Children's Theatre bringing children and adults together in Torry and Aberdeen through community theatre events and activities
47 Caldercruix Youth and Community Development Project providing a programme of activities and opportunities for children and young people in Airdrie to increase educational and employment potential
48 Beith Playpark Action Group providing a recreational facility for children and young people in Beith and raising funds for further development
49 BCD Credit-Union providing a range of financial and insurance services to residents in Bridgeton, Calton and Dalmarnock
50 The Muirfeld Group of Riding for the Disabled offering riding therapy to disabled people in and around East Lothian
51 Dedridge Good Neighbour Network providing Livingston New Town with a sense of common identity and support through advice and social activities
52 Killin Mountain Rescue Team locating climbers and walkers in difficulties in the Killin mountainous area
53 The Gladiator Programme delivering physical activities through play and sports programmes in schools and communities in Greater Easterhouse and across Glasgow
54 The Esk Valley Trust encouraging public awareness of the Esk Valley through the creation of community paths
South East
55 Volunteer Centre—West Berkshire providing a volunteer recruitment resource centre and a community transport scheme
56 The Lakes Estate Summer Group serving the needs of Bletchley through social and educational family activities
57 The Source providing a centre for young people in Aldershot for mentoring and social activities, reducing anti-social behaviour
58 The Heart of Kent Hospice supporting patients, families and staff in the hospice through physical, emotional, social and spiritual care
59 Surrey Appropriate Adult Volunteer Scheme looking after the welfare of juveniles and vulnerable adults in Surrey while in police custody
60 The Sussex Snowdrop Trust supporting families of children in West Sussex diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal illnesses
61 CIS'ters supporting women in the UK who have been victims of childhood incest and raising awareness of the situation
62 East Surrey Domestic Violence Forum helping to reduce domestic violence and assisting victims in East Surrey by providing protection, support and advice
63 Wallingford Coach for the Disabled (Elizabeth) provision of community transport in Wallingford and district for people with impaired mobility
64 Mayfield and Five Ashes Community Cars providing community transport for residents in Mayfield and Five Ashes attending health related appointments
65 Lighthouse Education Project meeting the needs of young people in the traveller community in Watersedge through an alternative learning environment
66 TALK supporting people in Surrey with dysphasia difficulties through therapy and communication partnerships
67 Christian Care Association providing homeless and marginalised people in Chichester and Bognor area of West Sussex with shelter, support and advice
68 Kent and Medway Walking Bus Group supporting parents, groups and schools in Kent and Medway by the operation of walking buses
69 Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group supporting detainees at Gatwick Airport through friendship information and discrimination awareness
South West
70 Support Against Racist Incidents Charity supporting victims of racial harassment in Bristol through advice, training and raising community awareness
71 Hartcliffe and Withywood Teenage Parents Project providing practical, emotional and mentoring support for teenage parents in Bristol and raising awareness through education
72 Ford Park Cemetery Trust restoring, managing and preserving the architectural and historical heritage of Ford Park Cemetery
73 West Somerset Disability Association providing support, social and educational opportunities for people with physical difficulties living in West Somerset
74 Newquay Rowing Club providing recreational rowing and a social focal point for adults and young people in Newquay alongside local fundraising
75 Codford Youth Group Network providing a meeting place for young people in Codford with recreational and sporting facilities
76 Gloucestershire Cloud 9 organising holiday of a lifetime visits for children in Gloucestershire who have physical or chronic illnesses
77 Camborne Community Centre managing a community resource in Camborne to provide social educational and recreational facilities for local residents
78 Rhyl Gateway Club providing a meeting place for social, recreational and educational facilities for those with learning difficulties in Rhyl and district
79 Eastern Valley Tenants Panel advising and supporting tenants in Eastern Valley to encourage community involvement
80 Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre promoting the well-being of the Chinese community in the Swansea area
81 Moelfre Community Project involving older people in the Moelfre community through a day care centre, social and educational facilities
West Midlands
82 Stafford Samaritans supporting people in Stafford who are in distress or in life-threatening situations
83 Biddulph East Residents Association promoting the interests and needs of residents in Biddulph East through community partnerships with agencies and organisations
84 Strokes R Us supporting and advising people in North Staffordshire who have stroke related health difficulties
85 South Wye News involving people in South Wye in a regular and sustainable newspaper profiling issues of local interest
86 Newton Farm Community Association offering free and confidential sources of information and advice to groups operating within South Wye and to the general public
Yorkshire and the Humber
87 Wakefield Hospice providing family support and palliative care to patients in Wakefield Hospice alongside fundraising for amenities
88 Young Leaders in the Community recruiting and training young people in Sheffield helping to support drug abuse groups
89 Hookstone Chase Community Association providing a centre for the community to participate in social, educational and recreational facilities
90 Huddersfield and District University of the Third Age encouraging active lives in Huddersfield through mental stimulation and recreational activities for retired people and those with physical difficulties
91 Caring for Life providing long term support and care to those with mental health, domestic and homeless difficulties in West Yorkshire
92 Pakistan and Kashmir Welfare Association Ltd redressing the poverty and disadvantages faced by the Pakistani and Kashmiri communities in North Kirklees through an innovative range of services.