Comment: ARCh recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

ARCh recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

A voluntary group from Oxfordshire working in the community to help children enjoy reading has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

ARCh is a registered charity which recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work 1-1 with children in primary schools across the county. With a growing network of over 260 volunteers working in over 100 Oxfordshire schools.

Development Managers Elaine Adams and Jane Rendle from ARCh attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May where they joined the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

ARCh is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

ARCh received the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson at a celebration with their volunteers at Cokethorpe School, Witney.

Tim Stevenson, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, said:
“I am absolutely delighted that ARCh has won this prestigious and rightly coveted award. The strength of the ARCh model, the support the organisation gives to kids and its engagement, training and support for its wonderful team of volunteers is exemplary. Many congratulations”
Elaine Adams, Development Manager for ARCh, said:
“It was a delight and great honour to attend the magnificent garden party at the Palace on behalf of all our volunteers who do such a wonderful job supporting Oxfordshire’s children each day”
“We would like to encourage more people to join ARCh and change a child’s life – call us on 01869 320380 or email info@archoxfordshire.org.uk to find out more.”

ARCh is recruiting now for volunteers to join and be trained in their next training course on 27th and 28th September 2016. Please visit our website for more info www.archoxfordshire.org.uk