One of our membership organisations is about to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The South Staffordshire Narrowboat Company provides day trips for the elderly, disabled and youth groups on their specially designed narrowboat Ernest Thomas II. As well as a toilet, galley and central heating, the boat is equipped with a lift to allow easier access for those with mobility difficulties. Boat trips start and finish at their base in Wolverhampton.
The Queen’s Award is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Any organisation can be nominated so long as there are two people or more in the group and that the majority of them are volunteers. More than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK. Last year The Rivertime Boat Trust (also members of the NCBA) won the award.
If a group provides a service and meets a need for the local community then they can be considered for the award. They must be supported, recognised and respected by the local community and should be running for three years or more.
Winners receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. They may also be invited to attend a royal garden party. We look forward to hearing more news from the South Staffordshire Narrowboat Company after their official presentation.
We have over 100 member community boat projects and provide a variety of training courses. If you think the National Community Boats Association could help your community contact us.
Image Credit: South Staffordshire Express and Star. 10th October 2011