Prestigious Award to recognise voluntary effort

7th February 2017, 7pm – 8.30pm in RCN, 38A Oldtown St, Cookstown BT80 8EF

Are you a volunteer group that deserves recognition for your outstanding work?

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest Award given to volunteer groups - the equivalent to an MBE.  It is for groups of volunteers who together make a real difference - previous winners say the Award has raised their profile, made them feel valued and inspired them to keep volunteering - so it is well worth considering!  The winners are announced during Volunteers’ Week every year and they receive a domed glass crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen.

Groups cannot nominate themselves for the Award – someone not directly involved in the group needs to do that. It could be someone who has benefited from the group, a funder, a local community leader or statutory representative. The group and a nominator can work together to complete a nomination - the process is easy! Nominations are open for the Award at any time (, there is no deadline.

Rural Community Network are hosting an information briefing on 7th February 2017, 7pm – 8.30pm in RCN, 38A Oldtown St, Cookstown BT80 8EF, to let you hear how you can nominate, or be nominated, for this prestigious Award. The session is aimed at potential nominators and interested groups and will go through the process.  Additionally if you decide to submit a nomination, you can get one to one support (meeting slots available from January – March 2017) from Volunteer Now to help submit a high quality nomination. 

Volunteering is at the heart of rural communities; why not raise its profile and achieve recognition for the difference that volunteers make. Come and hear more, please confirm your attendance by emailing or telephone 028 8676 6670