In June this year, Rotherham Federation was awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE. The award aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities.
Over 80 volunteers and staff teams attended the award that was presented to the group’s Chair, Mary Jacques, by HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE. The event was a real celebration of the incredible work that volunteers have done over the last few years and especially throughout – and in the aftermath of – the Covid pandemic.
The amazing volunteers are responsible for how services are shaped, the types of projects that can be delivered, and the funding the group for which the group applies. They could not do what they do without volunteers; they enable services to access the places and reach the people who need help the most.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Rotherham communities and do so much more than they are asked to do.
Perhaps you are thinking about voluntary work, or are already doing it and looking for new groups to help support and share your experience with?
If you are over 18 years old and interested in volunteering, the Rotherham Federation would love to hear from you. There are several opportunities available that you can get involved in. Training and support is given for each role.
Volunteering is a great way to make a difference to your community, meet new people and gain or share skills and knowledge.
The Federation celebrates diversity, inclusion, and creativity in everything it does. They welcome everyone interested in growing communities.
Pop along to one of their monthly coffee mornings at Springwell Gardens Community Centre to talk to staff and volunteers about their work, or alternatively email email@example.com or call 01709 368515 for more information.