December 5 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
IT WAS a right royal occasion at a Wisbech community centre when staff were presented with the Queen’s Award for dedication and hard work.
The Rosmini Centre, which has been officially open for six years, was recognised for its excellence in volunteering and for the wide range of activities held throughout the year.
In a ceremony by Hugh Duberly, the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, staff were presented with a special trophy and certificate.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
The centre was awarded for providing an excellent service within the town with activities ranging from free English lessons to children’s drama clubs and family fun days.
Sam Hosier, project manager for the Rosmini Centre, said more than 80 volunteers past and present joined the celebrations to mark their great achievement.
“We are run by the community for the community and rely on a team of incredibly dedicated volunteers.
“It was a very proud moment to be recognised for everything we do,” he said.
Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award and is given to groups who provide a service and meet a need for people living in the local community.
Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal.
Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
The winners are decided following approval from a local assessment panel who look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee.
The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.