Friday June 8, 2018 at 1:19pm
The ACU are pleased to announce that on the 2nd June the ACU Project - Gloucestershire Youth Mini Bike Project have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The unique UK national honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.
The project was originally set up to reduce antisocial use of minibikes on the public highway – it has now become a superb engagement tool for hard to reach disadvantaged young people in the hope to build relationships with the young people and their families, police and our partner agencies. It is now grown into a community owned project and feels like one big family.
Gloucestershire Youth Mini Bike Project run once a month and have seen 1400 young riders through our doors since they began in 2014 and currently have 32 community volunteers. They were fortunate to have recently received funding from the Office Police Crime Commissioners through the Commissioners Fund and also High Sheriff of Gloucestershire community grant.
Dame Janet Trotter the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, the Queens representative will be presenting the award later this month.
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “Everyone who has received this award should be incredibly proud. Their service, commitment and care has a profoundly positive impact on communities throughout the country and I am delighted they have been recognised with this prestigious award. The record number of recipients this year is testament to the strength of the voluntary sector and I am sure this trend will continue into the future. If you know any organisations that deserve to be recognised, make your voice heard and nominate them for next year.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said: “This year’s record number of Queen’s Award awardees are a powerful testimony to the remarkable achievements and innovative ideas which characterise volunteering in the UK. They prove that, more than ever, volunteers beavering away at grassroots level are the active lifeblood of our communities, identifying all kinds of problems and issues and tackling them with enthusiasm, talent and a high degree of success. The recipients of the Queen’s Award are at the very top of a formidable volunteering movement in the UK involving millions of our citizens, and going from strength to strength.”