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Taunton Street Pastors receive Queen’s Award

Taunton Street Pastors  has been selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2014.

This is a national honour.

As a winner, they will receive:

  • Permission to use the official QAVS Logo (see below) on our official communications
  • A signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen; (presented locally by the Lord Lieutenant for Somerset later in the year) – The citation on the certificate records that the award is made to Taunton Street Pastors for ’dealing with the issues of vulnerable people and helping to diffuse aggressive situations’.
  • An English Crystal with the logo insignia
  • Publication of our group’s details have been made by Buckingham Palace at one minute past midnight today (2 June) in a special edition of The London Gazette (available to view online at )

Four representatives of their team were invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on the 3rd June.

The award recognizes the outstanding commitment shown by every member of the team, past and present.

They were nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by some of The Lord Lieutenants’s Deputies in Somerset who, having observed their  teams in action during the winter months, were deeply impressed and wrote a glowing commendation.

The Award was established to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and recognize the contribution made by teams of volunteers to the wider community. It is described by the Palace as ‘The MBE for voluntary groups’.

You can find a copy of the press release which was issued to local media at hashtag  #QAVS2014 and at

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