Charity issues

Children First Derby receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Back in December 2016, I wrote about additional volunteering opportunities at Children First Derby following a recent funding award.  New funding creates volunteering opportunities at Children First

As with most charities, volunteers are the life-blood of the organisation working alongside the paid staff.  Relying on volunteers can present problems. However, the right volunteers integrated in the right charity focussed on the common objective can be very rewarding for everyone involved and produce an exceptional service for the people that they are there to help.

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.

Recipients of the award are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation

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.

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”

Congratulations to everyone at Children First Derby – a richly deserved award.

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