Children First Derby receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The team of volunteers at Children First Derby who support the charity’s vital work with disadvantaged children and families in Derby, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Children First Derby provides a Family Support Service, a Mentoring Service for young people and a Supervised Contact Service for Looked After Children in Derby. The charity works with over 60 family support, mentoring and fundraising volunteers to provide much-needed support to around 400 vulnerable children and young people every year.
Children First Derby is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.
Representatives of Children First Derby will receive the award from Elizabeth Fothergill CBE DL , Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from Children First Derby will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
Children First Derby Chair of the Trustees - Fred Jacques says:
"I am delighted that the dedication and hard work of the volunteers and staff of Children First Derby has been recognised with the prestigious award. I am very proud to be associated with them. I recognise that not all those involved are from Derby nor in fact permanently resident here. None the less their efforts in supporting families and children in Derby should be a source of great pride to the people of Derby."