Member of the Month // Veterans Outreach Support (VOS)


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Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) is a community-based group of volunteers that provide on the spot welfare, peer mentoring and mental health support to ex-service personnel from all three services and the merchant marine and their families. VOS has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2017, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

VOS runs a monthly drop-in at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth, working alongside more than 20 delivery partners, many of them charities themselves, who provide a full range of general welfare support including help with

  • employment
  • housing
  • debt
  • and alcohol dependency.

Through their team of professional clinicians VOS also offers mental health triage, assessment and therapy, using proven evidence-based interventions.

VOS received the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, in October. Back in the summer, VOS Volunteers Grahame Milner and Sandie Dixon represented VOS at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HM the Queen with other winners of this year’s award.

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VOS receiving their award from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Serviceis the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. It is considered to be the MBE for volunteer groups. The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June– the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available via the QAVS website

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