Queen’s Reception to Mark 100th Anniversary of National Council for Voluntary Organisations

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Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

The Queen’s reception to mark the 100th Anniversary of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will give a reception to mark the centenary of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

NCVO represents a diverse community of over 14,000 member organisations of all sizes – a third of the voluntary sector workforce in England. The reception will celebrate the achievements of voluntary action over the last century, and highlight the contribution of volunteering to millions of lives in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

The scale of volunteering in today’s society is remarkable, with one in five people across the UK volunteering on a regular basis, while more than half the population give of their time in some way at least once a year.

The reception will bring together people within the UK charity sector and volunteers of all ages who are involved in various social, economic and environmental causes, carrying out tasks from mentoring and befriending, to restoration or gardening, and even life-saving work such as mountain rescue or lifeboats.

An important part of The Queen’s work is to support and encourage voluntary service. One of the ways in which Her Majesty does this is through involvement with over 600 patronages, which cover every area of the charity and voluntary sector. Her Majesty supports two special awards that have been created to recognise inspirational volunteers – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) and the Commonwealth Points of Light Award.

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