EVERY year Volunteer Week falls on June 1-7 and this year Rural Support is delighted to announce that its volunteers have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in the Community.
This prestigious award, the MBE for volunteer groups, recognises the commitment, expertise and support that the volunteers provide on a daily basis. Rural Support could not exist without its volunteers providing helpline, outreach and practical support to farmers, farm families and farm businesses throughout Northern Ireland.
Rural Support Chief Executive Jude McCann said: “It is an incredible achievement for Rural Support’s volunteers to receive this award. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organisation, without them our service would not exist. Receiving the Queen’s Award for Volunteering is an excellent recognition for the exemplary work our volunteers carry out, which all staff and directors are so very proud of.”
Rural Support Volunteer Elaine said: “After my children had got that little bit older I decided I wanted to do some volunteering. Coming from a farming background and married to a farmer I thought Rural Support would be the perfect option. Providing support to the helpline and attending outreach events meant that I was able to give a little back to the farming community. I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of my fellow volunteers has been recognised through the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”
Representatives of Rural Support will receive the award from Robert Scott, Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone, later this summer.
It is estimated that over a quarter of a million people in Northern Ireland volunteer, according to Volunteer Now. Volunteering can provide the opportunity to empower and help others, gain experience, improve career prospects and meet new people. ‘Giving’ is also considered to be one of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ according to the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.
Rural Support is currently recruiting new volunteers to join its existing team. If you can answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions, we would love to meet you:
n Do you wish to contribute to the farming community of Northern Ireland in a purposeful, meaningful and rewarding way using your existing skills and experience?
n Can you set aside some time in your busy life to help others and in turn yourself?
n For more information about Rural Support or volunteering with Rural Support please contact the helpline on 0800 138 1678 or visit www.ruralsupport.org.uk or follow us on Twitter: @RuralSupport