Nacoa awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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Nacoa has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Awarded annually, it recognises outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

We are delighted and honoured to receive this special award, especially in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. We simply couldn’t exist without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Calls and emails to our helpline are answered by a team of caring volunteers. Volunteers also help in many other ways such as fundraising and events, distributing leaflets and posters, public speaking, talking to the media, admin and IT.

I wanted to send my congratulations to everyone for this prestigious honour. I am so proud of all the work that Nacoa does, and it’s wonderful to see that the volunteers who make the organisation so successful get the appreciation and acknowledgment that they deserve.” Kathleen, Nacoa supporter

The presentation was made by the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol on 25 September 2012, when we were joined by many of our wonderful volunteers.

“It was lovely to spend time with Nacoa’s volunteers and trustees and to present your – very well deserved – Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  I much appreciated the very warm welcome and wish you every success for your continuing excellent work and, once more, many congratulations on being given this most prestigious Award.” Mary Prior, Lord Lieutenant of Bristol

“What a delightful event the presentation was, so good to see so many people and, as ever, to feel their enthusiasm!” Philip Auden, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Bristol

Being shortlisted for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service also resulted in four lucky volunteers being invited to Buckingham Palace for one of Her Majesty The Queen’s world famous garden parties.

“I felt immensely proud to be there and represent all of the hard work, care and dedication of so many volunteers over the years. It was also amazing to experience such an important part of our British heritage.” Martin, helpline volunteer