This year, four groups of Island volunteers have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; this is the highest award that a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and is the equivalent of an individual being awarded an MBE.
Our winners are:
Isle of Wight Music Dance and Drama Festival – The Music Dance and Drama Festival has just celebrated its 91th year, with 3700 entries in over 400 classes, operating in six venues in three towns.
Isle of Wight Multiple Sclerosis – Isle of Wight Multiple Sclerosis was set up over 40 years ago, moving to its current premises in Shanklin in 2009; the group is highly successful in supporting, both emotionally and financially, those suffering from MS together with their families.
Royal Isle of Wight County Show – The County Show has also been around for a very long time, dating back to 1874, celebrating its 120th show in 2019; the volunteers were recognised for their great work in revitalising the show over the last 7 years, thus contributing to the growth of the Island rural economy.
Vectis Radio – Vectis Radio was established 10 years ago and was recognised for its support of local charities and for their excellent 4Ps training programme for young people with learning difficulties, which enables them to present, promote, produce and make podcasts.