We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Queens’ Award for Voluntary Service.
This prestigious accolade has been bestowed upon our incredible bereavement visitor volunteers who provide comfort and support to people who have lost loved ones.
The award was created by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002 and is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Often referred to as the MBE for volunteer groups, the award is presented for outstanding achievement by people who regularly volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the lives of others.
In a letter announcing the award, committee members commented: “The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee.
“The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”
Our highly skilled volunteers help hundreds of people every year to come to terms with their experiences of grief by providing emotional support and the opportunity to talk openly without judgement.
Olwen Oliver has been a Compton bereavement volunteer for 11 years. She comments:
“I offer home visits and I also see people at Compton at a time and date to suit them. I am very flexible to suit their needs. With the one-to-one sessions it’s about establishing a relationship with that person and they have to trust you because you find that they tell you things that they can’t always tell their family and friends.
“I feel so proud to be a volunteer for the bereavement service at Compton. I get such immense satisfaction knowing that I have helped somebody. I always say, we provide the crutch for people to lean on for a while until they are able to find their own feet and don’t need that crutch anymore.”
We are so proud of our dedicated volunteers, and are over the moon that their hard work has been recognised in this way. Every single one of our volunteers helps to enhance the work we do supporting ensuring our services remain extraordinary and making a real difference to the lives of local people living with complex and incurable conditions.