The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, a prestigious award known as “The MBE for Voluntary Organisations,” has been awarded to Compass Counselling Services.
We are delighted to announce and celebrate that our volunteers have been awarded a QAVS which will be awarded on June 2nd, 2021!
This significant achievement is a particular testimony to our volunteers and staff team who have shown exceptional dedication and commitment throughout the recent unprecedented challenges, continuing to provide counselling to individuals living on Merseyside.
Established in 1978, Compass Counselling Services has been at the forefront of improving the mental health of the Merseyside community. Compass provides high-quality, professional and affordable counselling to adults in Merseyside and also provides counsellor training.
All our counselling services are delivered by highly skilled volunteer counsellors who are qualified or currently on placement as part of their professional counselling studies.
Our mission is to develop and provide professional, accessible, affordable counselling and emotional support for adults so that the emotional health and wellbeing of Merseyside residents will be improved.
We are proud to be part of this established, effective and innovative service and we continue to shape and develop our services to serve those who use, volunteer, refer to and commission and fund our services.
Compass is one of 241 charities, voluntary groups, and social enterprises, to receive this 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. 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 those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire and a group supporting young people in Belfast.
Compass will receive a crystal award and certificate from the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside. Furthermore 2 volunteers will be invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022.
Compass are overwhelmed with this honour bestowed and feels it truly shows the wonderful work Compass and its dedicated volunteers do.