QAVS LogoThe Roots Foundation Wales and Swansea Canal Society in Swansea; and Cymmer Afan Community Library in NPT, are the West Glamorgan recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2020.

Based in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, the groups have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Roots Foundation Wales, based in Swansea, supports young people in care, care leavers and children in need with their emotional, educational, physical and mental needs whilst transitioning into independent living. They offer a bespoke and holistic service to their clients, ensuring they’re encouraged and empowered to positively participate in society and gain new skills, experiences and abilities.

Swansea Canal Society is a registered charity, whose volunteers are dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Swansea Canal. They educate people in the history and use of the canal, and offer facilities for the public to access for recreation and leisure.

Cymmer Afan Community Library, Neath Port Talbot, is a multi-purpose community venue, and hub for the community, run by the community.

They are amongst 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

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. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.

Representatives of the three charities will receive the award from Louise Fleet, Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from each group will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Louise Fleet, Lord-Lieutenant of West Glamorgan commented “I congratulate the three outstanding volunteer projects which have been recognised by the QAVS this year. Competition is fierce for this Award and the fact that three projects have been successful reflects the strength and depth of the voluntary sector in Swansea and NPT. This area has a great track record in this award, but this is the first time that three awards have been made in one year.

Amanda Carr, Director of Swansea Council for Voluntary Service said “Congratulations to all the volunteers involved with The Roots Foundation and Swansea Canal Society. It is great to have recognition of the contribution of volunteers, offering their time and commitment year-round. The awards recognise the diversity of volunteering opportunities across Swansea, supporting people, improving our communities and our environment. Whist the volunteers involved in both organisations may be undertaking new roles or volunteering in different ways at this difficult time, the award demonstrates what can be achieved by volunteers, and we look forward to continuing to support the groups in the future.”

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