Congratulations to all of the charities working in Cornwall who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 – known as the MBE for voluntary groups.

They include:

  • Battling On CIC: Training veterans to support and mentor vulnerable young people to re-engage with education.
  • CassPLUS: Providing advice and support, from within Magistrates’ Courts, to vulnerable people in contact with the Justice System.
  • Transformation CPR: Volunteers’ support local vulnerable people, meeting individual needs wherever possible.
  • West Cornwall Women’s Aid: Offers a range of support to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

For the full list, visit the London Gazette.

Carole Edwards, General Manager of CassPLUS, said, ‘This is a real honour and is testament to the commitment of a very small (but perfectly formed!) team of staff, and a very much larger team of volunteers and students, over the past 11 years. Anything and everything comes through our doors at the courts and every day is different.  It’s challenging work- but highly rewarding in so many ways. There are very few services like ours operating from court settings. We have been on quite a journey. I am so proud of everyone who has been involved with us-both past and present. They have helped to shape CASSPLUS and, most critically, to shape the lives of thousands of vulnerable people they have touched along the way. My thanks go to them all.’

Helena Drawer, on behalf of Battling On, told the media, ‘We are incredibly excited to have won this award. It is extremely prestigious, being one of the highest awards in this sector and described as the MBE of volunteering. It is recognition of a tremendous amount of hard work put in by so many people. I hope it will help all the veterans and young people involved in the organisation to progress into the next step in their lives and encourage other veterans and young people who may be struggling to make that first step and get in touch with us. While there are many people who put in a great deal of hard work for Battling On, none of it would happen without the total dedication and passion of Nikki Markham. It was her vision that started the organisation and it is her drive and commitment that has seen it succeed and grow. She always goes above and beyond, particularly in supporting those members of our society who are more vulnerable.’