Jenny Willott MP congratulates SNAP Cymru on winning the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

December 17, 2012 2:03 PM
SNAP Cymru certificate

SNAP Cymru certificate

Today, SNAP Cymru; Wales' leading parent partnership organisation, celebrate being announced as recipients of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012. SNAP Cymru are the only exclusively Welsh organisation to receive the award as recognition for their unique role, on a national scale, to advance the education of people in Wales and support their inclusion. This new award embodies the triumph and elation of this Diamond Jubilee year by recognising the work of voluntary organisations throughout the United Kingdom. To mark the 60 years of her majesty's reign, 60 charities across the Nation have been announced as the recipients of the award for their hard work, commitment and generosity of volunteers to change Britain for the better.

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, whose constituency is covered by the charity and who alerted local groups to the awards via her website and social media, said, "I extend my warmest congratulations to SNAP Cymru, a deserving organisation which works with families, young people and professionals to deliver education, health and social care as well as raising issues to do with disability and other barriers people face in life. I am very happy SNAP won this award and hope that everyone is involved is proud of their achievement."

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said "The list of recipients of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering 2012 reads like a Who's Who of some of our most important charities and voluntary organisations. It is a testament to the enduring strength and immeasurable contribution of volunteers over the past sixty years".

Martyn Lewis CBE, Chairman, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012 Committee, said "The sixty organisations honoured today with The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering 2012 have built their success on the dedication and generosity of thousands of extraordinary people, each of whom has devoted their time and energy to the simple aim of making their communities - and their country - a better place.

Day-in, day out volunteers are making a contribution to every aspect of our society - working with the elderly, supporting young people and reaching out to those in need. Volunteering is as fundamental to British life as rain at Wimbledon or the local pub - and what better way to recognise it than with an Award from Her Majesty in her Diamond Jubilee year."

Chief Executive Director of SNAP Cymru Denise Inger said "SNAP Cymru is led by volunteers who give their time, expertise and skills to promote inclusion and enhance education for children, young people and families. Each year around 200 people give their time and expertise. Volunteers are the life blood of the organisation; they make a huge contribution to our work with children, young people and families.

To receive this award, during the Queens' 2012 Diamond Jubilee year, is even more special; SNAP Cymru staff and volunteers across Wales, will all celebrate our Queens' recognition to their work with children and families. Volunteering is a two-way process; we value people's time and commitment. In turn we offer opportunities to share and gain skills, knowledge and expertise through practical and work based accredited training; SNAP Cymru volunteers make an important contribution to our work in communities".

Lindsay Brewis, avid volunteer and SNAP Cymru's volunteer Vice Chair said "Volunteering involves both giving and getting so it is the best of both possible worlds. While I freely give my time and expertise, I get the support and warmth that working with dedicated staff and other volunteers gives, as well as training and monitoring to keep my skills up to date."

Sean Sullivan a volunteer from the South West and Mid Wales team said "I am so proud to be part of SNAP Cymru and to be with them to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Services during 2012, the Queens' Diamond Jubilee year. I have gained so much from volunteering; SNAP Cymru has provided me with a completely different outlook on life".

Buckingham Palace will be holding a reception next year for recipients of this Award which SNAP Cymru will be attending to celebrate and recognise ten years of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Past and present volunteers and staff are all invited to join in the SNAP Cymru Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering by posting on our Facebook page and joining in the celebrations throughout the coming year. People interested in volunteering with SNAP Cymru should visit www.snapcymru.org.uk and click on the 'Volunteer' section for opportunities.

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