HRH The Duke of Gloucester, will present The Queen’s Award for Voluntary service, the highest award that a voluntary group can receive in the UK, to the Syston and District Volunteer Centre at a special ceremony to be held in the Syston Community Centre on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.
Together with representatives from other recipients of this year’s Award, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Derek Burdon, accompanied by his wife Joyce, attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
Derek Burdon says: “We are doubly delighted – both by our success in achieving the Award and by the special privilege of having a member of the Royal Family, to make the actual presentation here in Syston.
The occasion will represent a fitting tribute to all the years of hard work and unselfish commitment of our band of volunteers, especially our volunteer drivers responding to the needs of the elderly, infirm and rurally isolated members of our local communities. Through their sterling efforts, no-one need feel deprived of personal independence and/or the opportunity to sustain community and family ties.”
About the Syston and District Volunteer Centre
Syston Volunteer Centre is a Transport Charity which provides individual transport services, offered through a Social Car scheme, as well as operating a small fleet of minibuses for trips and excursions to local places of interest. The Centre organises a monthly community lunch, for which transport is also available.
Syston Volunteer Centre holds a wide range of mobility aids which are available for hire from its premises on School Street. The Centre also acts as a base for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau on an appointment-only basis.
Syston Volunteer Centre rely on volunteer drives for both the social car scheme and minibuses. Volunteers use their own cars for the Social Car scheme. Each one determines his/her own pattern of commitment, according to their personal commitments and availability, and generous mileage allowances are paid. Full, free-of-charge training is given for all volunteer minibus drivers. Volunteer drivers all speak of the deep sense of satisfaction they gain from the experience which often leads to the formation of long-lasting friendships.Why not come and join us?”