BROKE NOT BROKEN – THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 2021

The volunteers of Kinross charity Broke not Broken have continued their terrific efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic to help tackle the effects of poverty across Kinross-shire. They have now been honored with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their efforts – the most prestigious award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognize exceptional service within their communities.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Broke not Broken – Kinross received the award from the Lord Lieutenant Stephen Leckie on Tuesday 7 September in Kinross Community Campus. He presented the group with a certificate, personally signed by HM the Queen, and a large commemorative crystal. They are only the third ever volunteer group to receive this prestigious award in Perth and Kinross and are now entitled to use the Queen’s Award emblem.

Perth and Kinross Lord Lieutenant, Stephen Leckie said: “I could not be more delighted for the Kinross team, and I offer my very sincere congratulations and very warm thanks for all they do. It reflects well on the whole of Perth and Kinross that we have such wonderful volunteers in our community, prepared to go the extra mile for clients and their families. These volunteers are hardworking, modest, selfless people, with inspiring leaders, who bring change to many peoples’ lives. They have brought joy, hope, contact and happiness to many disadvantaged people across Kinross-shire”.

Provost Dennis Melloy said: “I am delighted to see this fantastic group receive this well-deserved award in recognition of all their hard work, even throughout the difficult times we’ve all experienced during the pandemic. The difference they continue to make in the lives of people in need and to tackle the effects of poverty is truly commendable”.

Chairman, Annie McCormack, said: “Although starting life as principally a food bank, Broke Not Broken- Kinross have evolved and developed a range of linked projects, including counselling & advice services, a hardship fund, sports club support & family away days. A winter coat scheme, cookery classes, healthy eating & gardening, as well as hardship funding schemes have also been added recently. In these initiatives, we work closely with other community groups: The Men’s Shed, Kinross Rotary Club, SSAFA, Kinross Day Centre, local schools, and churches. We are honoured and thrilled to be recognised by Her Majesty in this way. For our small team of volunteers, this is a well-deserved reward for their many hundreds of hours of work within our community. We love doing what we do, and ask for no reward, but to receive Royal recognition is amazing. Broke not Broken, Kinross -QAVS…it sounds wonderful!”

 

Photos courtesy of Angus Findlay

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