It’s the last day of #VolunteersWeek2020 and we’re reflecting on our exciting news, that Flamingo Chicks won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Charity Sector MBE!

For the work of our extraordinary volunteers to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen means so much to everyone who is part of the Flamingo Chicks family. It’s been heartwarming telling everyone and seeing how much it means.

Every one of our 350 volunteers makes a difference to the health and happiness of the thousands of disabled children and families we support.

Many are first-time volunteers, ranging from 18 to 80 year-olds, some with disabilities, each bringing something unique. Whether assisting our young people to dance in class or providing IT support and fundraising, collectively they are breaking down barriers to inclusion. They’re innovating too – helping us create the first online, accessible to all, Makaton-signed series of virtual dance classes supporting families through the Coronavirus lockdown.

We’ve had some amazing opportunities together through the six years Flamingo Chicks has been running – growing our classes in Bristol, South Wales, Yorkshire and London, speaking at the United Nations in New York, taking workshops global, just to name a few – and to receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a highlight that we will cherish.

91% of our volunteers say Flamingo Chicks has had a positive effect on their mental health and 94% said volunteering led to them re-evaluating what disabled children/adults were capable of.

Inspired to join our Flock? 100% of volunteers recommend volunteering with us. Please email bethan@flamingochicks.org for details – we’d love to hear from you!

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