We are delighted to announce that Jelly has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, the criteria looks at charitable organisations whose service meets the needs of people living in the local community, is supported, recognised and respected by their local community and the people who benefit from it, and organisations that are run locally within their town or city.
On winning the award, Bridget Long, Jelly Chair of Trustees, says:
‘We feel incredibly proud to receive this prestigious award just as we are busy preparing for our fourth Open for Art weekend festival at the end of June, one of so many Jelly events fuelled by the power of volunteers. We are also looking forward to celebrating our silver jubilee in 2018. We’ll be looking back on 25 busy years of enabling art to appear in unexpected places and creating opportunities for people to look on and join in – and forward to the fun of making more in times to come.’
Jelly is made by volunteers, from day to day activities to special events and without this time and commitment there would be no Jelly. We are all extremely proud how a small idea has grown to become the organisation that jelly is with the input of so many through activities, ideas and the generosity of others.
This award comes alongside the news that Jelly has also been shortlisted for 5 awards at Reading’s inaugural Cultural Awards. We are over the moon to have been nominated for so many and to now be shortlisted, it truly is an honour to be nominated amongst such great, creative and inspiring work.
Thank you to everyone that has volunteered, joined in, had an idea, made us look good or taken part. You have made all these things happen.
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