` Off The Record : Queen's Award

Off The Record is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary This Year 

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Queen's Award

In June 2011 Off The Record was announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, effectively ‘the MBE’ for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. This national honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard. The winners were selected from 413 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 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said,

 “Volunteer groups make such an important contribution to their communities, often without praise for the incredible job they do.  In these difficult times their efforts are even more valuable.  It’s a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of Off The Record with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and give official recognition for the benefits they bring to others’ lives.”

“I am so pleased.  The award recognises the outstanding work that Off The Record has achieved and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you all on this very well deserved award and to thank you all for the hard work you do.”

David Willets, MP (Havant)


“Fantastic news!! Very well deserved.  You provide an invaluable service for young people in the City ”

Penny Mordaunt, MP (Portsmouth North)


“This is indeed a real accolade to your dedicated team.  Please convey my personal thanks and those of previous Mayor’s of the Borough to all the volunteers who have contributed to activating this prestigious award in recognition of the vital service you provide within our Borough and in Portsmouth

Cllr Ken Smith, Mayor of Havant

“Congratulations.  Your volunteering organisation is a great credit to our local area."

Cllr Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council


“Well deserved and our visit to Off The Record as Lord Mayor was one of the highlights of our year as we could feed the passion and enthusiasm of the staff.”

Cllr Paula Riches, Lord Mayor, Portsmouth (2010-11)


“How wonderful, and how well deserved.  I was so impressed with your project and the people who support it.”

Cllr Carol Leversha,

Chair of Hampshire County Council (2010-11)


“This is excellent news and tremendously well deserved by all your staff and volunteers.”.

Mike Hancock MP (Portsmouth South)


"This is marvellous news to see one of the Borough's voluntary organisations receiving this award. The fact that this award is nominated by the public is testament to the group’s hard work and dedication to the community."

Councillor Briggs, leader of Havant Borough Council


This is amazing!  We really value the input and help ‘Off The Record’ offer our students at Horndean Technology College.  It’s an award that you all truly deserve and merit – well done!”

Jo Skeet, Inclusion Officer,

Horndean Technology College 


“Well done all of you – you deserve it.”

Dr Lucy Graffen, Consultant Child Psychologist and all at Oak Park CAMHS