Royal Sutton’s MP has joined the Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy CBE, in urging his constituents to nominate deserving individuals, voluntary groups and third-sector organisations for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.
The awards, which have an equivalent status to an MBE, recognise the exceptional contribution made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.
In 2014 there were only 11 winners from the West Midlands. In addition, the area is not achieving the number of honours that would be expected, given its large population.
This is certainly not due to a lack of worthy recipients, and for this reason the Lord-Lieutenant has launched a new initiative to help publicise the awards and the honour system. Mr Sabapathy CBE said “The number of awards received in the West Midlands has been slowly increasing as a result of our efforts and that of others to publicse the system but we are still under-performing.
“It is not widely recognised that the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service need to be nominated – by friends, family and members of the public or local authorities. The process is, of course, rigorous but it is one of the greatest accolades for a voluntary organisation and it would be wonderful if more organisations in the West Midlands were recognised in this way”.
Andrew Mitchell said “I come across individuals and organisations who are deserving of a nomination for these kinds of awards on an almost daily basis in Sutton Coldfield. It is a sad fact that worthy endeavours often go unacknowledged, and I would urge you to think of those around you who contribute so much to our community, would never think to put themselves forward for such high praise and yet deserve it”.
Nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service must be made before September 30th.