The 21st September 2012 involved Elgin Youth Café being involved with the Outside Catering for Third Sector Interface Moray’s Award ceremony in the St Giles Church hall. What we didn’t expect, however, was to win one award and be nominated for two others, with our staff and volunteers having to run through the hall from the kitchen to receive them!
The awards included our Divas and Heroes being runners up in the Youth Entrepreneurs Award, and Elgin Youth Café being nominated in third place for the Innovation Award, and winning the award for Community Impact.
The group takes pride in our volunteers and young people receiving awards for what they put in to the café; something which offers motivation and reward for their positive community action. We also encourage young people to take part in a variety of award schemes to develop their skills and confidence, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the John Muir Award, Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards. Our volunteers also receive recognition based on their contributions, such as Saltire awards, although due to lack of recognised volunteer awards available, others are self-created by the café, such as certificates of appreciation for milestone achievements of hours, such as 100, 250 and 500 hours.
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
In 2011, our charity was delighted to be granted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Award is the highest accolade given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities, and is seen as the MBE for community groups.
Volunteer Friendly Award
We have also recently been awarded with the Volunteer Friendly Award which supports, recognises and rewards groups who are good at involving volunteers. Volunteers are a critical part of what we do in our charity, and we couldn’t run without them. We recognise that providing volunteers with support and training is extremely important.