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Transcript for Sir Martyn Lewis QAVS 2021 awards video

[Sir Martyn Lewis CBE is shown sitting in an apartment facing the camera, gentle piano music plays throughout.]

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our country [a volunteer carries food supplies from a van]. Groups of all shapes and sizes make a truly phenomenal contribution to people and projects right across our society. [three young men are shown learning building skills. Switches to some community garden volunteers planting seeds]. 

[Sir Martyn addresses the camera again].  So my guess is that you have come here for one of two reasons – either you have seen a really impressive group of volunteers in action and want to nominate them for a Queen’s Award, [a man is shown coaching football to children in a in a playground] OR you are thinking of getting together with friends and colleagues to set up a volunteering project yourselves, and you want to see if you can get some ideas from previous Queen’s Award winners [photographs of past awarded groups appear in turn on a grid].

[Sir Martyn addresses the camera again] Well, the Awards have been going for two decades, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find a group who have already successfully tackled what YOU want to do.  And their experience or advice could get your volunteering off to a really fast start [young people are shown at a youth centre, playing snooker, video games and boxing].

[people are shown singing in a choir] The quality of the volunteering achievements you will find on this website is unrivalled. In fact, it is top of the tree – a proud virtual home to the ambitions and enthusiasms of thousands of often unsung heroes who make – and have made – our country great [a volunteer is shown pushing a wheelchair into a minibus].

[Sir Martyn addresses the camera again] Created in 2002 as part of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, these annual awards are the equivalent of an MBE – the highest honour given to groups of volunteers in the UK – and they are for life [an engraved award crystal is shown against a blue background].

[Sir Martyn addresses the camera again] Have you seen an outstanding volunteer group in action in YOUR community? They’re certainly out there. So follow the nomination trail on this website, and you could help deliver a Queen’s Award for Volunteering to YOUR community. [The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service logo appears against a purple background]