Surrey's volunteering habits uncovered - Lord-Lieutenant joins public call to recognise outstanding local voluntary groups
Mrs Sarah Goad JP, the Lord-Lieutenant for Surrey called for nominations for the 2010 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, as new research reveals the majority of those across the wider South East region (58%) believe voluntary groups aren't acknowledged enough publicly for the outstanding work they do.
The findings come from the first annual 'Volunteering Index', a report commissioned for the Award to uncover the nation's voluntary habits. It shows more than a quarter of those in the South East (27%) takes time out to volunteer at least once a month.
Youth and community projects are the focus of most in the South East's voluntary activities. While almost a quarter of volunteers in the region (23%) spend time working with young people and children, 21% get involved in projects that benefit the local area.
Further findings show:
- Nineteen per cent of people in the South East give up time to volunteer at least once a week
- Most people in the region volunteer for the sense of achievement it offers (47%)
- Forty-four per cent volunteer because it's part of their life philosophy while a quarter (25%) do it to meet new people
Commenting on the findings, Mrs Goad said: "There are great rewards to be had from volunteering, whether personal achievement and the development of new skills or a deeper connection with your local community, but it's clear many in Surrey believe those whose tireless effort to benefit others is also recognised publicly.
"Although this doesn't tend to be a goal of selfless volunteer groups themselves, celebrating exceptional work with such a prestigious National Honour as the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service can prove invaluable to continued success, support and donations, and help boost the profile of volunteering in Surrey generally. If you know a group, do get out there and nominate."
More than 600 groups around the UK have now won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, over the six years since it was created by Her Majesty as a National Honour equivalent to the MBE to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. They include 16 from Surrey.
For more information on the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and how to nominate a group, visit qavs.direct.gov.uk