The Oyster Project charity in Lewes has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
It’s the country’s highest recognition for voluntary work and acknowledges the many years of dedication demonstrated by all the member volunteers.
The prestigous award this year honoured 111 outstanding UK volunteering groups.
This unique national honour was created over a decade ago by The Queen to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002. It has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
The award is overseen by the Office for Civil Society, in the Cabinet Office. Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said on Monday: “Groups and organisations like those honoured today are the key to inspiring the country to get involved in volunteering and make a difference in their community. I would like to congratulate all 111 organisations that have received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and I encourage others to participate and support groups like these in their local area.”
This year’s award recipients were selected from more than 300 groups. The groups were nominated by members of the public who have seen the difference the volunteers have made to the lives of others, or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.
The Oyster Project will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative crystal.
The charity is run by creative people with a wide spectrum of disabling conditions. Through volunteering, members learn not to think of themselves as “unwanted outsiders”.