For Voluntary Service
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Wiveliscombe Area Partnership receives the
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The Wiveliscombe Area Partnership, a group of volunteers based in Wiveliscombe, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Partnership, an established charity which manages the highly successful community transport service Wivey Link and also the town’s Community Office, depends on a large team of committed volunteers to make all the work happen, ranging from drivers and volunteer office schedulers to receptionists.
Representatives from WAP attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, and they also had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, at the Bath and West Show where there was an opportunity to meet other nominees from across the county (see photograph below).
The Wiveliscombe Area Partnership is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, 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. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Representatives of The Wiveliscombe Area Partnership will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset later this summer.
Chair of the Partnership, Pauline Homeshaw MBE, says:
“I am delighted that our wonderful team of volunteers has been recognised in such a prestigious way. Ours is a charity which depends almost entirely upon these volunteers and shows that here in Wiveliscombe and surrounding areas, people are connecting with their community by giving their time, their experience and their devotion to so many other people.”
The Queen's Award Presentation
9th October 2019
The formal presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service took place at The Community Office, Wiveliscombe House. The presentation was made by Mrs Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset (seated on the right) and received by Mrs Pauline Homeshaw, Chair of the Wiveliscombe Area Partnership. Also seen here with the certificate, signed by HM the Queen, is Roy Barfield, WAP Board Director and Wivey Link driver. Also seen here on the right is Mr David Wood, Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset. The event was attended by Wivey Link passengers, office volunteers and office staff. Following the presentation, a buffet lunch was provided.