Riana Development Network win The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Image above: Volunteer Joyce Wischoff and Executive Director Rodgers Orero, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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.

Read more: Riana Development Network: a charity that has helped thousands of Chiswick’s disadvantaged families

Images above: Riana Development Network’s supplementary education lessons

Organisers “delighted” to be recognised after helping over 10,000 people

Riana Development Network is one of 244 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Their work, organisers say, along with others from across the UK, “reminds us of all the ways in which fantastic volunteers are contributing to their local communities and working to make life better for those around them”.

Representatives of Riana Development Network will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, later this summer. In addition, two volunteers from Riana Development Network will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023, along with other recipients of this year’s award.

Chief Executive Officer of RDN, Rodgers Orero, said:

“Throughout the years, we have reached over 10,000 families, worked with over 100 volunteers. We are delighted that our group’s work and volunteers have been recognised”

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