Volunteers at Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) are to be given the royal seal of approval on Thursday when they will be presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant Sir James Cropper KCVO will present the volunteers with a commemorative crystal and certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen at 2.00pm, Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside on Thursday 28 July 2011. The award recognises the group's outstanding contribution to local communities by volunteering their time for the benefit of others.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is a UK National Honour for groups and has an equivalent status to the MBE. CADAS volunteers are one of only 130 groups across the UK to receive the award this year, and one of only two in Cumbria, the other being Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle.
In total, ten groups from Cumbria have now won The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The award sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded judged to be of the highest standard.
Sir James Cropper KCVO said: "I am delighted to be making this presentation to volunteers at CADAS on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of their devotion and expertise in helping fellow Cumbrians improve their lifestyle."
Paul Brown, Director of CADAS, said: "Receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is a great honour for everybody at CADAS. We have been using volunteers for over 32 years and this award is for all those volunteers past and present. An MBE for the whole organisation recognises that it is a team effort, focusing on the volunteers, who deliver the services in their communities.
"CADAS is one of the few agencies working with addictions that uses volunteers to deliver recovery and reintegration services. The volunteers also work with families offering mediation, nutrition and lifestyle support and signposting services. The volunteer's enthusiasm, experience and expertise help make CADAS a vital organisation for the people who use and need it. The demanding and challenging training process gives volunteers the skills and understanding to help their clients make positive changes in their lives.
"Winning the Queen's Award is a time to celebrate what CADAS stands for and also to reflect on hundreds of volunteers who have given, and continue to give, their time freely to help people have an opportunity to live healthier and happier lives."
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