241 organisations receive Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Melanie May | 2 June 2021 | News “Recent research has shown that 99% of people who have volunteered report positive personal benefits, including a sense of purpose, achievement and feeling as though they are making a difference. I hope today’s award inspires people and I encourage everyone to consider how they could volunteer in some way.” The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair Sir Martyn Lewis, said: “There is no finer example of democracy in action than people getting together at a local level to tackle a problem or issue at the heart of their community. This year’s magnificent award winning groups touch virtually every area of need across our society. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “They also highlight the growing and key role which volunteers are playing in times of rapid change and unprecedented challenges. Whether driven by a neighbourly passion to help others or to achieve that well recognised “high” of personal satisfaction, volunteering taps into a rich spirit of generosity, ingenuity and kindness. The Queen’s Award’s judges are proud to honour the achievements of those who help to make our country great.” How & when to nominate an organisation for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Any group of three or more people doing volunteering work for three years or more can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.To be nominated they should do work that:provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local communityis supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from itis run locallyNominations for the 2022 awards are open now, and close on 15 September 2021. More information on how to nominate is available here. The highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, will be awarded to 241 organisations across the UK today, during this year’s Volunteers Week. 396 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Second Wave Centre for Youth Arts in London, which provides a meeting place for young people, diverting them from criminal activity through theatre and writing projects. During the pandemic, they have established a series of small, socially-distanced support groups. Fellrunner Village Bus in Cumbria, a volunteer minibus service for rural communities across Eden District. They provide much-needed access to shops and services for the elderly and isolated. During the pandemic, they provided shopping and collected prescriptions for shielding villagers, and also delivered food parcels. Westhill and District Men’s Shed in Aberdeenshire, which brings men together for friendship, to reduce loneliness and improve mental health. During the pandemic, they used a 3D printer to produce 2700 face shields for care staff. A Safe Space to be Me in County Antrim, which provides mental health support in a rural community. During the pandemic, they delivered 48 laptops for home schooling and provided practical support and financial aid. Barmouth Community First in Gwynedd, which provides a fast response to accidents and emergencies in a rural area until an ambulance arrives. During the pandemic, they have delivered prescriptions to shielded members of the community, and collect essential medical supplies to assist the local pharmacy.Acts of Kindness Community (Solent), which in the past year has fed thousands of people, collecting prescriptions for those isolating and regularly telephoning those suffering from loneliness. In addition to The Queen’s Award, it has been recognised as one which has provided impactful support to the community in response to the pandemic and its award will include reference to this work together with badges for individual volunteers involved in providing extra support related to the pandemic.The Link Foundation helps disadvantaged children in need through its healthcare, social services and school partner networks, and has also been specifically selected by the QAVS to receive a special Covid-19 designation, in recognition of the impactful support provided to the community and the response of its volunteers throughout the pandemic.Others include Women’s Inclusive Team (main image), Broke Not Broken, Mindsong, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, and Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara. Charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have received the award for delivering exceptional service within their communities over the past year and beyond, from reaching people suffering with dementia through music and song in Gloucestershire, to providing support and friendship to refugees and asylum seekers in Merseyside. “In these challenging times, charities, social enterprises and their volunteers have been the backbone of local communities. Tagged with: Awards Volunteering Volunteers Recipients include: Many adapted their services to respond to the coronavirus outbreak as the voluntary sector continues to play a vital role in the national recovery, and a special designation has been given to 164 of the group for providing impactful support during the initial lockdown. Advertisement Minister for Civil Society and Youth, Baroness Barran, will be marking Volunteers’ Week with a series of visits to some of the exceptional organisations carrying out critical work. She commented: About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Help by sharing this information News Organisation Reporters Without Borders calls on the Burundian authorities to guarantee the safety of all journalists and the restoration of media pluralism so that news and information can resume circulating in this troubled country.The situation has become increasingly critical since the failure of last week’s coup attempt. Freely and independently reported news coverage is no longer available as Bujumbura is rocked by demonstrations for the fourth week running amid continuing violence.Already the victims of closures by the authorities in recent weeks, privately-owned media outlets were attacked and looted during the coup and are not currently functioning. Eighty percent of the production and broadcast equipment at Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), Radio Isanganiro, Bonesha FM and Radio Télé Renaissance, including machinery and cars, is damaged. Fire has destroyed much of the headquarters of RPA, Burundi’s leading independent radio station. Only the national radio and TV broadcaster, RTNB, is still functioning, broadcasting mostly music. The government is largely responsible for this situation because it was policemen and ruling party militiamen who attacked the privately-owned radio stations on 14 May, accusing them of broadcasting the statements of coup supporters.The head of the Burundian Union of Journalists (UBJ), Alexandre Niyungeko, told Reporters Without Borders that the government “can no longer continue to blame these grave abuses on clashes between coup supporters and government loyalists.”Rampant violenceNiyungeko mocked a statement by Willy Nyamitwe, the president’s main media adviser, who said on 17 May that the privately-owned media are allowed to reopen. “Everything is screwed,” Niyungeko said. “How can you reopen if everything has been destroyed? And then there is the issue of journalists’ safety.”Heavily-armed men in uniforms have been positioned outside radio stations since 15 May. Many of those wearing police uniforms are suspected of being militiamen and many journalists have received threats.A journalist with Radio Isanganiro, which was accused of supporting the coup, said the station’s journalists had received messages warning them not to go to the station and that any journalist could be arrested or worse. But when the police broke down the front gate at Radio Isanganiro on 14 May to get it to stop broadcasting, it was broadcasting only music and its staff had taken refuge in a nearby hotel.Iwacu, Burundi’s main independent newspaper, has resumed operating on 19 May after ceasing to publish as a result of serious threats.“We call on the Burundian authorities to defuse the situation and to provide tangible guarantees of protection for journalists, who cannot continue to live in fear,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“The government must take responsibility for the major damage wrongly suffered by the privately-owned media. The restoration of freely-reported, pluralistic media coverage is urgently needed in the current crisis. If the elections do take place, it is vital that the media should be able to resume operating and that journalists should again be able to freely inform the public.”Many journalists agree that there is an urgent need for the media to resume operating and provide news coverage but they insist that the current climate does not allow this. Relations between the state and journalists with privately-owned media are badly damaged.Journalists “need a real commitment from the government in order to be able to go back to work and feel protected,” Niyungeko said.Many journalists are urging the international community to intercede on behalf of Burundi’s journalists and media in distress. They say the international community should press the government to help journalists and to do everything possible to help ransacked media outlets to rebuild.In the current climate of fear, many journalists have gone into hiding or have fled to neighbouring countries. The most exposed journalists are those who head privately-owned media outlets and those who were hosting programmes at the time of the coup attempt and who, in some case, interviewed coup supporters.They include RPA director Bob Rugurika, who has often been targeted by the authorities in the past. Rugurika has had to flee the country.Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 20, 2015 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Burundian government urged to guarantee journalists’ safety RSF_en
Advertisement IRISH Water has completed upgrade works to the Croom Water Supply Scheme which will help ensure a clean, safe and secure supply for the area into the future.This investment benefits over 1,700 customers and has led to the removal of this supply from the EPA’s Remedial Action List (RAL).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleScéalta Grá na hÉireann – 6-part series about Ireland’s Greatest Love Stories Grace O’Malley & Iron Richard Bourke Wednesday 17th 8:30pm TG4.Next articleLimerick Company among the winners at National Enterprise Awards Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Irish Water continues to work with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post The works comprised the development of a new production well, disinfection system and supporting infrastructure to supplement the existing supply to Croom.Bringing this additional source on stream also improves the resilience of the local water supply, particularly in times of drought.The development of this new source, located near the Croom bypass, will increase the volume and quality of water available for homes and businesses in the area and reduce the likelihood of unplanned supply disruption.Paul Cremin, Irish Water’s Asset Delivery Lead, said, “The is an important upgrade of the Croom Water Supply Scheme which will help secure the supply for Croom, Banogue and surrounding areas. Combined with other related upgrades in the disinfection and telemetry systems, it will help improve the safety, security and resilience of the supply.“Croom is a growing and vibrant village and having a safe, secure water supply is essential to its ongoing development. For this reason we are very pleased to have completed this important upgrade to the water supply infrastructure in the area.”This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Limerick City & County Council every day to address deficiencies in Limerick’s water network and safeguard water supplies for communities around the county. Upgrade work is also underway at present in Pallagreen, Oola and Fedamore. Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Print LimerickNewsIrish Water completes works to provide safe and secure drinking water supply to CroomBy Staff Reporter – February 14, 2021 95 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email WhatsApp
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michelle SingletaryDuring my online chats with readers, I often run out of time trying to answer all of the questions.Recently there was an inquiry I wanted to take some time to address. It was about a young person’s first car purchase, something that comes up in almost every family.Here’s the background: A 23-year-old has $3,000 saved and has chosen a used 2014 vehicle that costs $17,000 (no model specified). On his own, he qualifies for a $15,000 loan with a 9.9 percent annual percentage rate. With a parent co-signing, he qualifies for $18,000 with a 2.8 percent APR. His mother wrote, “I am willing to co-sign, as well as his dad, to get the better rate.”He currently drives his mother’s 2000 car (no model specified). continue reading »