Press Release 2.06.2018: Nottingham Women’s Centre Volunteers receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Available for immediate release on Saturday 2nd June 2018

 

Nottingham Women’s Centre Volunteers receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

 

We are proud to announce that the Nottingham Women’s Centre Volunteers have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Award represents a tremendous achievement for our organisation. Classed as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

In order to receive the Award, a group must provide a service and meet a need for people living in the local community. The service needs to be supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it.

Encouraged by and with a huge support from Dame Elizabeth Fradd DBE, we entered the awards. Our nominators thought we met all the criteria and that’s down to the incredible work and time our volunteers dedicate to the centre and our women. In the last 12 months, we have inducted 48 new volunteers, who have completed research, supported women in educational classes, run social groups, activities and events, joined our Board as well as supporting staff with administrative tasks.

We have also engaged with corporate volunteers who have raised money on our behalf, completed decorating tasks in the centre and delivered a very successful budgeting course to our women.

From April 2017- March 2018 our volunteers donated 3,679 hours to the centre with an economic value of over £69,800.

Helen Voce, CEO of NWC says: We have three times as many volunteers as paid staff and we simply couldn’t manage without them. They bring a wide range of skills and experience to enhance our offer to the women of Nottingham. I’d like to thank them all for their help and support.

Julia Carter, Volunteer Coordinator at NWC says: Being nominated for this award made us all proud. To actually receive it, is amazing but it’s no surprise that the work our volunteers do has been recognised in this way. They are so passionate about our work and the centre and are always looking for ways they can help and improve on the service we provide. I am often humbled by their dedication and devotion. They truly deserve this recognition and I am proud to be working with them.

Victoria Warren, Volunteer with NWC talks about the impact volunteering has had on her life: It’s been an amazing experience. I came to the centre as a last chance before going to jail and Thank God it worked for me. I didn’t want to let Karen, who was my worker, down at the time. She was amazing and, even after I had finished my time there, she was always at the end of the phone. I had counselling there and learned who I was. I did lots of courses and decided to give something back so after 5 years of keeping out of trouble I could volunteer on the Changes programme. That was my starting point to prove I could and will do this! From there my life has changed. I am a better and calmer person. I push myself out of my comfort zone to proceed to better things. Being part of the women’s centre is amazing. I feel like I have a purpose in life-  not just as a mum, even though being a mum has been amazing. Yesterday with Julia at Buckingham Palace was just amazing and I’m so greatly appreciative of being allowed to do this for myself and the Nottingham Women’s Centre.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Nottingham Women’s Centre was established in 1971 and is run by women, for women. We exist to help women achieve their aims, become stronger and more independent, and we provide a safe and supportive environment in which women can do this.
  2. Our full contact details are Nottingham Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP. Twitter: @nottswcentre. www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com.  Chief Executive Officer: Helen Voce. Tel 07491334222.

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