Life Cycle was delighted to win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year. This is the highest award given to groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done by volunteers in their communities.
On Tuesday, 24th October, Life Cycle’s volunteers assembled at the CREATE Centre to be presented with their award by the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding.
Poppy Brett, the Chief Executive said:
“It’s no exaggeration to say that our projects would not happen without our volunteers. For example, our Two’s Company project is reliant on 50 people who give 1,400 hours per year to pilot tandem bicycles, with blind people on the back. I think that is just incredible! This award is for all our volunteers - who give so much time, energy and skills to Life Cycle. Thank you for all you do!”
Peaches Golding, Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol said:
“It is an enormous pleasure for me to present you with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. These awards go to organisations that are volunteer-led, that do creative and innovative activities, and that provide opportunities for many people. So you should be exceedingly proud of what you have achieved”.
The judges were particularly impressed by the exceptional contribution of volunteers to Life Cycle’s tandem project, Two’s Company, that runs joyful, liberating days out on tandems for blind and visually impaired people.
However, the award also recognises the hard work and dedication of all Life Cycle’s volunteers, who work across the whole organisation – from trustee to front-line delivery. Some support prisoners to learn new skills and build a crime-free future; others form part of the Wellbeing Project’s supportive community; not to mention the longest standing volunteer – Peter, who has helped in the office for 13 years! Together they donate over 5,000 hours of their time to Life Cycle each year.
After the award ceremony volunteers, staff and service-users enjoyed tea and cake together, and spent time swapping cycling stories and getting to know people from other projects.
Jenny, a Two’s Company service-user said:
“A near fatal car crash left me blind and with breathing problems. A friend recommended Two’s Company. I went along rather scared and worried about my fitness levels. On completing the ride I was so relaxed! Not only has the cycling improved my wellbeing and health it has boosted my social life and ability to mix with sighted people”
Neil, one of Life Cycle’s volunteers said:
“Life Cycle is an amazing charity, full of wonderful people and continues to add so much to my life journey, so it’s great that it’s being celebrated today! Thanks must go to you and everyone else’s hard work and dedication.”
Burges Salmon LLP, who have supported Life Cycle over many years, nominated the Charity for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
Chris Seaton, senior partner at Burges Salmon, comments:
“We are thrilled that Life Cycle and all of its dedicated volunteers have been recognised with this award. The firm has had strong ties with Life Cycle when an ex-senior partner first started volunteering for the charity as a Trustee. Congratulations to everyone at Life Cycle – the award is very much deserved.”