Local Group receive Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Published on 12 July 2019 Categories: Awards

Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers (Midlothian) have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award given to a voluntary group. 

The Group was formed in 2005 and has evolved from meeting for a chat and a cuppa into to an influential Scottish Registered Charity (2013) within Midlothian, the wider community and nationally in kinship care.  Their purpose and aim has never changed - support kinship carers and the children and young people in their care will benefit. 

Two representatives from the Group will attend the garden party at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh in July along with other recipients of this year’s Award.  

Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers (Midlothian) is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.  The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

Representatives will receive the award from Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian later this summer.

Chairperson, Alice Drever, said, “Having had the privilege of being a member of this support group for 13 years, I have over the years met some remarkable people and have been entrusted with their stories. To be recognised and respected is the aim of our Group. It is amazing to be shown the respect and recognition in such a wonderful high honour. This award is for each and every member who give so much and we thank the sponsors from the bottom of our hearts.”

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