UK360 Martyn Lewis 02/04/12

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02 April 2012, 03:16

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Martyn Lewis, former BBC newsreader and chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service, presents this UK360 special celebrating some of the recent winners of the QAVS awards.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was established 10 years ago and is the only award of its kind available to voluntary groups in the UK. The award is the equivalent to an MBE, and is given to groups that improve quality of life and provide outstanding service in their local community.

This episode includes:

Bolton Lads and Girls Club
‘Bolton Lads Club’ was founded in 1889 by a group of local businessmen wanting to support young men who worked in some of the town’s mills. Today, Bolton Lads and Girls Club has developed into the biggest youth club in the UK, open seven days a week for 52 weeks of the year! We find out how staff and volunteers are making a change in theircommunity through a variety of fun and inspiring projects.

Mitzvah Day
Mitzvah Day is an annual Jewish-led day of social action. On this day in November, thousands of people around the world take part in hands-on projects to support charities and to build stronger communities, without fundraising. Their mission is to reduce hardship and poverty, to help the environment and to bring a little joy. It is a way for everyone to make a mark regardless of affiliation, wealth, age, sex or nationality.

Scene and Heard
On stage in Somers Town, volunteer theatre professionals are using their talents to make a difference. Scene and Heard is a mentoring programme that focuses on giving inner-city children quality one-on-one time while also giving them the satisfaction of writing, and even sometimes performing, their own plays. Scene and Heard offers a fun and productive way for these children to boost their learning and literary skills, while providing them with a platform for their voices to be heard.

Twinkle House
Twinkle House, a charity in West Lancashire, provides children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties a way to relax by using sensory strategies. The controlled learning environment encourages interaction and development, as well as skill development and positive behavior. Twinkle House aims not only to improve the lives of the children and young people they help, but also the lives of their parents and caregivers.