Our volunteers feel even more valued and their confidence has grown overnight. Their voices are getting heard all across the country with the support of social media which is fantastic. #qavs @DvcDudley

Please tell us what you do and how it makes a difference in the community?

Our charity is about breaking down barriers and fighting for the inclusion of all. Our volunteers may have learning disabilities/autism/mental health needs this makes no difference. All volunteers are given tasks that they can do and more importantly like doing giving everyone a purpose.

How has this award made you and your volunteers feel?

This award has shown that there is real value in the roles that our volunteers play, whether that be advocating for their peers, training professionals or celebrating differences.
When the news was shared there was a lot of “Really, I can’t believe it” comments and lots of questions about how the Queen knew what we did. Along with of course how are we going to celebrate our award.

How are you going to celebrate this amazing success?

PARTY!!!! As soon as Covid 19 lockdown allows us too. We have already shared widely on social media and by local media.

Do you think this award will have an impact on the work of your organisation going forward? Will it change anything?

It already has our volunteers feel even more valued and their confidence has grown overnight. Their voices are getting heard all across the country with the support of social media which is fantastic.

Has your team faced any challenges, had to work differently, or offer new services in the current Covid-19 Pandemic?

During the pandemic we have worked very differently, this has included setting up online focus groups, supporting people to use technology and social media platforms and doing welfare checks every few days to make sure everyone has spoke to somebody avoiding social isolation and getting support when they need it most.

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