The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

June 21, 2022
by Rachel

Sparkle Sheffield have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – this is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE!

The award recognises that our work has made extensive contributions to improving the lives of the families that we help, as well as raising awareness about autism and similar conditions and campaigning to make services, policy and the law more autism friendly and inclusive.

We are one of 244 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year, highlighting the huge contribution that our volunteers make to their communities.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The winners are announced every year on June 2nd.

Liesje Dusauzay, Sparkle Sheffield founder and CEO, says: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been afforded this wonderful award. It’s an absolute privilege and delight for Sparkle Sheffield to be recognised in this way and for our commitment, efforts and voluntary work to be given such wonderful due regard. Having this award presented to us on the Queen’s Jubilee makes it all the more special too.”

Chrissy Meleady, CEO of Equalities and Human Rights UK, supports our charity. She says: “It’s a truly well-deserved nomination and award that has been given to Sparkle Sheffield. Liesje and all others contributing to making Sparkle Sheffield such a success are to be highly commended.I know how thankful they are to the South Yorkshire Lord Lieutenant’s office and to all others whom over the years have supported so valiantly Sparkle Sheffield and their voluntary staff’s endeavours.“Each and every one of their workers provide wonderful voluntary effort and input and are passionate and very caring, bringing a wide range of skills, knowledge, expertise, including lived experience expertise to Sparkle Sheffield and its marvellous that each and all have received this prestigious collective award from the Queen.”

Without our volunteers both past and present, this award would simply not be possible. We thank each and every one of them – both past and present – for shaping the charity and making it the success that it is today.