Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016
Positive Images Festival wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
Positive Images Festival is in its 22nd year and has now received the highest accolade for voluntary groups – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the award recognises the outstanding work carried out by local volunteer groups in their communities.
On 5th August, Positive Images Festival was the proud recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the award recognises the outstanding work carried out by local volunteer groups in their communities. It is the highest accolade that a voluntary group can ever hope to get.
The festival, inaugurated in 1995, celebrates diversity, encourages partnership working, showcases local talent and provides volunteering opportunities.
Presenting the Crystal Award and a certificate at The Hope Centre, the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Ms Ursula Russell MBE, commented, “For three weeks each summer the Positive Images Festival celebrates the culture and traditions of Coventry’s varied communities while demonstrating that all are valued as citizens of one large community. The dedicated volunteers offer an impressive example of harmonious working; they are, individually and collectively, one of the most enthusiastic groups of volunteers that I have met. I am absolutely delighted that their hard work has been rewarded by this prestigious honour.”
Colin Scott, Chair of the festival, and Mehru Fitter MBE, Secretary, attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May
“Arranging a huge festival comprising more than 200 events over a three week period is a monumental task for an organisation run entirely by volunteers. Every year the Festival is planned, organised and run by volunteers and it reaches many people and communities. Long may it continue,” said Colin Scott.
The festival acquires a new look each year with input from new participating organisations and volunteers. Its work in promoting community cohesion in the city was recognised in 2013 when it received a Community Cohesion Award.
Volunteers and organisers of events were presented certificates of appreciation in recognition of their monumental contribution.
The audience was entertained to vibrant African drumming, recitation of moving and humorous poetry and a scintillating Bharathanatiyam dance performance.
“Positive Images Festival is a people’s festival, a festival to conquer people’s minds and win their hearts,” remarked a delighted Mehru. “Getting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was a fantastic start to the 2016 festival.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: “I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”