Rural Support receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services

August 8, 2019

Rural Support, an organisation supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in the Community.

This is a prestigious award to recognise the commitment, expertise and support that volunteers provide on a daily basis.

Rural Support was formed as a charity in 2002. At that time, the Foot and Mouth epidemic was having a severe impact on farmers and on the rural community as a whole. There was evidence of distress within the rural community and the need for a support service was identified.

The organisation provides this support through a helpline which offers a listening and signposting service for farmers and farm families. Callers to the helpline are of all ages and backgrounds and come from every part of Northern Ireland.

Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann said “It is an incredible achievement for Rural Support’s volunteers to receive this award. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organisation, without them our service would not exist. Receiving the Queen’s Award for Volunteering is an excellent recognition for the exemplary work our volunteers carry out, which all staff and directors are so very proud of.”

We are delighted that they have been recognised for the fantastic work that they do.