The Jubilee Awards for Service is an annual awards programme celebrating the outstanding service of those working in the public sector. Each year, members of the public are invited to nominate people who go over and above their duties and who have made a significant impact on the lives of others. The Awards launched in 2013 and 31 public sector workers have been recognised for their dedication and service at awards ceremonies held at the House of Lords. Award winners have showcased the wide variety of ways in which you can go over and above in the service of others, and have included: Darren Lindley who works as a Police Community Support Officer in Manchester and has devoted his own time, money and effort to developing successful youth work provision for the disadvantaged young people in his local area; Geoff Spoke who has devoted 40 years of his life to the Fire Service, saving lives through the medical ‘co-responding’ initiative he introduced, and raising over £24,000 for the FireFighters Charity; and, Shirley Webb who has dedicated her working life to the Allendale Community Centre, keeping it running for the last 25 years and continuing to be a very active volunteer.
In 2014, inspired by the #iwill campaign, the Jubilee Awards also recognised young people who participate in social action; be that through volunteering or fundraising, caring for people, providing mentoring support in school, running campaigns or being part of a social enterprise. Both the Jubilee Awards for Service and the Youth Awards will continue in the coming years. Information about the current Jubilee Awards for Service is available on the project page here.
In November 2014, as part of volunteering campaign group Step Up To Serve’s first anniversary, 50 young people were recognised for their exemplary social action, volunteering and service to society. They were presented with awards during a celebratory boat trip on the Thames after hearing Liz Johnson, Paralympian Gold Medallist, speak about her own journey. Their stories and an exploration of the character traits their social action developed, were showcased in a brochure, available here.
Photos from previous Jubilee Awards for Service ceremonies can be found below.