The Basement Recovery Project receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The MBE for volunteer groups
Press Release: 2nd June 2021 – TBRP
Volunteers of The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP), based in Calderdale and Kirklees have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
TBRP supports and inspires those affected by substance misuse to achieve a new lifestyle, free from the desire to use drugs or alcohol. The volunteers are people from all walks of life, each of whom at one time have been impacted by addiction issues. Comprising roughly an equal split of males and females, there is a diverse age bracket ranging from early-20s to mid-60s. The work they are involved in is just as diverse ranging from community engagement, environmental and green space projects, group facilitation sessions, wellness activities, supporting concerned others and of course, promotion to help individuals seek help for addiction issues.
TBRP is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully varied. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group for those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys.
Representatives of TBRP will receive the award crystal and certificate from Ed Anderson, HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from TBRP will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 (depending on restrictions at the time), along with other recipients of this year’s Award. TBRP will receive a slightly modified crystal with the words ‘with special recognition – Covid 19’ included in the engraving as an acknowledgement for providing impactful support to the community in response to the pandemic. There will also be a special badge given to individual volunteers involved in providing the extra support.
Michelle Foster, CEO of The Basement Recovery Project says:
“We are delighted to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is recognition at the highest level for the incredible work and dedication that so many of our volunteers provide to our clients and our communities. All the staff at TBRP join me in thanking our volunteers, without whom, we would not be able to provide our excellent services for those seeking help for drug or alcohol issues. We are especially thrilled to hear our volunteers have been recognised for their outstanding work in response to the challenging conditions brought on by the pandemic. From training as Covid Advisors to hosting 100’s of online socials and much more, they truly deserve the recognition. If anyone is looking for help with drug or alcohol misuse issues, we are here, we are open, and we can help.”
Update: See the presentation post and some pics