Worcester Resource Exchange (WRE) and Reuseful UK are very pleased to announce that WRE have been awarded the 2015 Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This unique national honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. WRE is run by a small group of staff and volunteers from the local community working hard to give something amazing back to their community.


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.To be nominated they should do work that:

  • provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
  • is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
  • is run locally

From the thousands of nominations they were selected by the National Award Committee who make recommendations to the Cabinet Office, who then send a final list to the Queen for her approval. So this really is the Queen's Award.

wre at buckingham palace

Representatives from WRE attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 20th May 2015 where they met the Queen and other winners of this year's award but they then had to remain tight-lipped for a few weeks until 2nd June 2015 when the winners were officially announced. WRE are looking forward to receiving the award from the Lord Lieutenant later this year at an event held at the scrapstore.

Nikki DiGiovanni, CEO of Reuseful UK said; "It's so wonderful to see our member, WRE, receiving this tremendous accolade for the valuable contribution the scrapstore staff and volunteer team make to their local community."

Has this success story inspired you? Or has this story made you think about how YOU can get involved at your local store? You can find out where your nearest Scrapstore is today by visiting our website and using the search facility to find your local store. Pop into your local store and see some of the great things that are happening in your local area.

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