BROKE NOT BROKEN- KINROSS, whose volunteers work so hard to tackle the many effects of poverty and need in KINROSS-SHIRE, pre and during the Pandemic, have been honored with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups in the UK.
BROKE NOT BROKEN- KINROSS is one of 18 voluntary groups in Scotland to receive the prestigious award this year. The Award aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
Volunteers at the door of the Beacon foodbank of Broke Not Broken in Kinross
Volunteer Louise Scott, who has organised each delivery over the last year
Fliss Shaw loading a car with food parcels to be delivered
BROKE NOT BROKEN – KINROSS will receive the award from the Lord- Lieutenant, Mr Stephen Leckie, later this year once rules allow. He will present the group with a certificate, personally signed by HM 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.
Perth and Kinross Lord-Lieutenant, Stephen Leckie said:
“I could not be more delighted for the Broke Not Broken Kinross team, and I send them all my very sincere congratulations and very warm thanks for all they do. This is truly a wonderful day for the team. 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. I am also hugely grateful to Andy Middlemiss – on of our Deputy-Lieutenants – for organising & overseeing the application throughout the submission & approval process.
The Home of Broke not Broken – the Beacon Facility
Chairman, Annie McCormack, said:
“Although starting life as principally a food bank, Broke Not Broken- Kinross have, over five years, evolved and developed a range of linked projects, based on working with service users, including:
Counselling service, advice hub, sports club funding, family away days, Winter coat schemes, cookery classes, healthy eating initiatives, Recovery café, funding for addiction intervention, gardening, and growing produce, as well as hardship funding. We are based out of the Beacon facility – pictured above.
“We could not be prouder, 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 people 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. Broke not Broken – Kinross – QAVS…it sounds wonderful! ”
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, visiting in February 2020 (pre-lockdown), summed it up well:
“Broke not Broken have my unending thanks for their kindness. The charity is a shining example of an amazing, compassionate organization in this part of Scotland – helping those in our society, who are forced to turn to charities to feed their families.”