The Queen pays tribute to a Buckinghamshire volunteering group with this prestigious Award


The Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders (BACO), was announced as one of 95 volunteering groups from across the UK receiving the 2009 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognising the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.


The prestigious National Honour, which is equivalent to the MBE, sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, and the activities of those awarded have been judged of the highest standard.


The Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders received the Award for its work in supporting serving prisoners in the four Buckinghamshire prisons, ex-offenders on Probation, and their families.  By assisting in their rehabilitation and re-integration into the community, and providing materials and equipment to enable them to access work and improve their education, it is believed this work will help to prevent someone re-offending.


Winners of the 2009 Awards were selected from 406 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.


The Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders received a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal.  These where presented by Her Majesty's representative in Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Bt. at a special ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy office. Group representatives also received an invitation to a Royal Garden Party event at Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2009.


Speaking of their success, Gill Vine DL, Chair of the Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this prestigious honour for the work carried out by our very small group of dedicated Volunteers, working with a disadvantaged and often damaged client group.”


The Award is overseen by the Office of the Third Sector, in the Cabinet Office. Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector, said, 

“Volunteering binds communities together and builds a stronger and kinder society. Often these unsung heroes go about their work without much recognition, that’s why I’m particularly pleased to see their efforts recognised and rewarded by the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”


More than 700 groups around the UK have now received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, over the seven years since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.


For details of all those who received the 2009 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and information on how to nominate a group that really makes a difference, visit, where a nomination form can be downloaded.



Messages of congratulations on receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service



Many many congratulations to you and BACO on receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.  BACO has for many years provided excellent support for the men at Grendon and Springhill which has been invaluable in helping them with their resettlement.  Congratulations on receiving a very well deserved award.

Peter Bennett


HMP Grendon & Springhill


That is great news. I am really pleased - especially for you. You deserve it
Gerry Marshall
Chief Officer Thames Valley Probation Service


Wonderful news! So pleased your hard work and persistence has been recognised.

It is important work!                            

Tim Newell

Former Grendon & Springhill Governor


You deserve to be delighted because the award is deserved.

Great news.


Many congratulations on your well deserved award.


Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!!   Congratulations to you and all other BACO volunteers who have worked so hard to support and care for offenders, for so many years now.  Very richly deserved recognition for what you have achieved.


Terrific news many many congratulations to the whole team.   I think it is very well deserved.  


This is wonderful news and very well deserved. Many congratulations to all involved.


What sensational, heart warming news!  Warmest congratulations to you both, and to the tiny team.  It is the very best  news and we are absolutely delighted.  So well deserved, and recognition of we all knew and now can tell the world.


That is recognition well due – it is gratifying when the right people are given due praise for their endless hard work.   I am so glad that someone somewhere has noticed what you are doing.

Many congratulations.


Well done; you should be very proud.


What good news and many congratulations to you and your team for the excellent work that you do for the offenders in Buckinghamshire and for the members of BACO.


I am delighted to hear of these awards and would like to warmly congratulate those involved on the recognition of their huge efforts.


Thanks for sharing the wonderful news with me. It is a very momentous occasion for BACO and all who believed in the organisation and worked diligently to make it a success.

I am sure you feel truly honoured that BACO has received such a prestigious award from the Queen.



Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


Henley Diamond Jubilee Garden Party.


Gill Vine DL, Chair of BACO, being presented to HM Queen Elizabeth as a representative of BACO, a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service




Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders

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