SSAFA Perth and Kinross awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

5 June 2018

SSAFA Perth and Kinross awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

SSAFA Perth and Kinross has been awarded, by Her Majesty, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK, to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Queen's coronation and is the MBE for volunteer groups.

SSAFA Perth and Kinross is one of 250 volunteer-led groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awarded groups has increased again this year, demonstrating the continuous expansion and value of the voluntary sector in today’s society.

SSAFA Perth and Kinross will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant, Brigadier Mel Jameson CBE, later this summer. He will present the Branch with a certificate, signed by The Queen, and a commemorative crystal at a local ceremony. They will be entitled, as of now, to use The Queen's Award emblem on their website, stationery and other printed material.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis, said:

"This year’s record number of Queen’s Award awardees are a powerful testimony to the remarkable achievements and innovative ideas which characterise volunteering in the UK. They prove that, more than ever, volunteers beavering away at grassroots level are the active lifeblood of our communities, identifying all kinds of problems and issues and tackling them with enthusiasm, talent and a high degree of success.

“The recipients of the Queen’s Award are at the very top of a formidable volunteering movement in the UK involving millions of our citizens, and going from strength to strength.”

Perth and Kinross Lord Lieutenant, Brigadier Mel Jameson said:

“I could not be more proud of the local SSAFA team, and I send them all my very sincere congratulations and very warm thanks for all they do. As an ex Serviceman myself, I know full well what challenges the leaving serviceman and his family face once discharged , especially for many, sadly, on the mental health side. I know too the wonderful work the Branch does in the two Prisons in our area, and commend them for that. Well done one and all. This is truly a wonderful day for the team. I know too our Provost will be equally thrilled. It reflects well on the whole of Perth and Kinross that we have such people as these volunteers in our Community, prepared to go the extra mile for clients and their families."

Former Branch Chairman Andy Middlemiss said:

“We could not be more proud, honoured and thrilled to be recognised by Her Majesty in this way- for our small team of volunteers, this is a very well deserved reward for their hundreds of hours of work with veterans in our Community. It is very humbling indeed. We love doing what we do, and ask for no reward of course, but to get Royal recognition is amazing. We’d like to pay tribute to the other 91 SSAFA Braches in UK- from North to South, West to East, for their work, and for the work of our full time staff in London, who give us the necessary back up to do what we do.”