Riana Development Network, a charity supported by a group of volunteers based in Chiswick, have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2022.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, also known as The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award is an annual award given to groups in the voluntary sector of the United Kingdom. Winning groups are announced in the London Gazette on 2 June each year, the anniversary of the coronation of the Queen. The award is equivalent to the MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group.
Riana Development Network is a BAME led charity founded in 2005. For over 15 years, they have worked with vulnerable members of the community to “build capacity and hope for a better future”. Volunteers offer supplementary education classes as well as advice and guidance on health and wellbeing. They also help families with food security and their livelihoods generally, as well as work with child protective services.