I have been working with the British Red Cross for nearly twenty years covering some incredible projects with them, from disaster relief to the help that they do in the community. I was delighted to hear that the Youth Engagement team and Young Volunteers have received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award in recognition of their hard work and volunteering.
I am proud to have photographed their work of empowering young people into volunteering and inspiring social action.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups. It was established 20 years ago to commemorate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and has recognised around 250 outstanding local volunteer groups across the UK each year to date.
The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award, a special one-off addition to the annual Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), has been awarded to 20 national charities for their exceptional work to empower young people.
These awards are a timely acknowledgement of the wide-ranging support and encouragement that is available to young people across the UK.
They highlight the indispensable role that the voluntary sector plays in targeting help, advice and guidance where it is needed most.
These awards should also be seen as a tribute to the millions of volunteers and donors who, in difficult times, provide the resources of time and money which contribute so powerfully to the social fabric of our country.
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