Kids on Track, a voluntary group based in Andover, has just received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest honor a local volunteer group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.
Kids on Track organizes non-residential camps during school holidays for children from disadvantaged areas of Andover. They also have a mentorship and outreach program to help support these kids in addition to activity camps.
Kids on Track is one of 244 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Their work, along with others across the UK, reminds us of all the ways in which fantastic volunteers contribute to their local communities and work to improve the lives of those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognize the outstanding work of local volunteer groups for the benefit of their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on June 2, the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. This year’s winners are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including: a rural support group for farmers in Shropshire; a community magazine dealing with isolation in the Western Isles; an all-ages running club in County Tyrone; a film academy and community center based in South Wales, and a food bank in Greater London
vulnerable people and providing training opportunities.
Kids on Track representatives will receive the crystal and award certificate from Nigel Atkinson, Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire later this summer. Additionally, two Kids on Track volunteers will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023 (according to
restrictions at the time), as well as other recipients of this year’s award.
Founder Kiki Godson says: “We are delighted and so honored to receive the QAVS, the biggest thank you to each of our volunteers who make Kids on Track possible. Our volunteer’s energy and time has enabled us to support 85 children in Andover and surrounding areas, providing activities, educational experiences and mentoring. Thanks a lot”.