Volunteers working at Round About Café in Mansbridge have received a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
The award recognises the outstanding efforts of volunteers who meet the needs of local communities. It is awarded to volunteer groups who are recognised and respected by the people that their work benefits most.
The team received a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal, whilst one of the volunteers and the Cafe Supervisor working at the café were also invited to a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace in London.
Housing provider Radian supports Round About Café, which includes 11 volunteers in total.
Discussing their win, Gary Orr, Chief Executive of Radian said:
“This is a truly fantastic achievement for the team at Round About Café and is a testament to the massive contribution they have made to the local community in Mansbridge.
“Every day the volunteers help to raise hopes and aspirations of local people, filling the café with their passion and enthusiasm. This award is all about them and we could not be happier to see them rewarded for their commitment to improving the lives of others. Congratulations from Team Radian.”
Nigel Powney and Shirley Watts represented Round About Café at the garden party. Commenting, Nigel said:
“We couldn’t be happier to receive such a prestigious award and we are delighted that our work has helped to make a difference to our local community. We passionately believe in supporting people in Mansbridge and helping to provide them with opportunities and services that help to improve lives.
“We’ll make sure the award takes pride of place back in the café. Our invitation to Buckingham Palace was the icing on the cake, it’s a memory we’ll keep for a very long time!”
Round About Café was set up mainly to support local Radian residents living on the Mansbridge housing estate with key objectives of supporting employment, training and volunteering, health and wellbeing, and digital inclusion.
Since it opened, it has supported over 100 accredited/certificated courses and provided 200 in-house training opportunities. In the last year alone the café has helped 22 people into employment, helped 50 people to get online and access services previously unavailable, and engaged 50 people into activities to improve the health and wellbeing of the community, such as mini health checks.
Winners of the Queen’s Award are decided by local assessment panels who review nominations before putting a shortlist forward to the National Award Committee. This committee then makes recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.