Nokemono achieve the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2013

Nokemono Judokwai has been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The award recognises outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

Four of the founding volunteers attended the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on the 30th May 2013.

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Recipients of the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2013 have been honoured on the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation.

In conjunction with the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation, 117 outstanding UK volunteering groups are honoured as recipients of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2013.

This unique UK national honour was created over a decade ago by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers; it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.

Those receiving the award this year were selected from 270 groups nominated by members of the public who have seen the difference the volunteers have made to the lives of others 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 added:

This year's winners of the Queen's Award for Volunteering have been judged the best in an impressive galaxy of volunteering talent. The achievements of these groups prove that volunteering in embedded deep in our nation's DNA. At grassroots level in communities across the land, there are millions of citizens identifying and tackling issues and problems that affect our society in all kinds of ways. They are the finest examples of democracy in action, giving selflessly of time and effort to make our country better for everyone. It is people like these who provide a fine incentive for even more of our citizens to join Britain's great and growing volunteer army.

Winners will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenants in their counties at special ceremonies arranged by the Lieutenancy offices and in the countries of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Lieutenant Governors of the Islands of Jersey and Guernsey will also make individual presentations.