Garioch Community Kitchen receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Garioch Community Kitchen based in Inverurie, have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 7:29 am
Claire Wain, food skills tutor at Garioch Community Kitchen

Established in 2012 Garioch Community Kitchen exists to enhance the health and wellbeing of the local community within Garioch and Formartine.

This is done by providing practical, hands on, innovative accredited cookery courses and classes to both children and adults. Delivered by trained professionals and dedicated volunteers, within our purpose-built training kitchen as well as on an outreach basis.

In addition, Garioch Community Kitchen host a fortnightly pop-up café for the community which is designed to reduce social isolation. The majority of courses are funded and aim to increase cooking confidence and dietary choices whilst promoting long term benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Garioch Community Kitchen 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 diverse. Additionally, this year there is a special designation being given to selected QAVS awardees. This is for groups who have provided impactful support to the community in response to the pandemic last year - either by managing a significant increase in their usual work or providing extra support in other ways. Garioch Community Kitchen has been selected for this designation.

Representatives of Garioch Community Kitchen will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sandy Manson, Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire later this summer.

Sarah Bell, Business Development Manager says: “We are absolutely delighted to have the work of our organisation and dedicated volunteers recognised with this award. We are a small team at the Garioch Community Kitchen and without the help, support and hard work of our volunteers both past and present we would not be able to deliver the service we do within the community.”