Staffordshire recognised by the Queen with prestigious Award

26 June 2013

In conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of HM The Queen’s Coronation, Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force has been honoured as a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013. The Award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

This unique UK national honour was created over a decade ago by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers; it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.

Groups must be nominated: for example, by beneficiaries of their work, members of the public, representatives of public bodies, or other voluntary groups. Nominations are assessed by a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to HM The Queen.

A number of groups around the UK have now won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service since it was created by Her Majesty, and for Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force it is the first ever award of this acclaim for the entire Cadet Force, the County is now permitted to use the Queen’s Award insignia for the life of its existence

Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force has been recognised for its training, which helps to develop cadets' leadership and citizenship skills and aids them in becoming active members of their community. They will receive a certificate signed by HM The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal; the award will be formally presented to the County on behalf of the adult volunteers by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant during their Annual Camp taking place at Otterburn Training Camp in Northumberland later this year.

Colonel Kim Knutton said: "I am proud that the organisation has been honoured in this way. It is a fitting recognition of the efforts and enthusiasm shown by our adult volunteers."