2nd June 2011
Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd Awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Guildford based charity, Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd, has been announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.
This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for
excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd has received the Award for the work it does providing a confidential 24/7 365 day telephone
support-line for anyone concerned about issues relating to substance abuse.
Those receiving this year's Award were selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group's work in their community.
Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty's representative in Surrey, Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Goad JP at a special ceremony.
The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.
Speaking of their success, Mike Sproule, Acting Chairman of Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd said: "this unique National Honour is a tribute to the 50-60 volunteers at SDAC who tirelessly donate their time, energy and compassion to meeting the needs of anyone, including users, families, friends and carers, suffering from drug and alcohol dependency in Surrey. In our 25th year of service to the community, the importance and value of SDAC has never been greater. I hope this award will encourage more people to work with us: the more volunteers we have, the more support we can give back to those in need in our community."
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said, "Volunteer groups make such
an important contribution to their communities, often without praise for the incredible job they do. In these difficult times their efforts are even more valuable. It's a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and give official recognition for the benefits they bring to others' lives."
More than 980 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
For details of all this year's Award winners and information on how to nominate a group, visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/qavs, where a nomination form can be downloaded.