A DRUMCHAPEL charity has been recognised for its work in the community by the Queen.

3D Drumchapel has been awarded for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) after being successfully nominated by Lord Provost Philip Braat in his role as Lord Lieutenant.

The charity, which has been without a base for more than a year due to the closure of Drumchapel Community Centre, has been supporting local families, and beyond, for 23 years.

It aims to help parents develop resilience and learn coping strategies while raising children, with services including parent and toddler activities, learning and development workshops and pre/post birth support.

The group also offer mums night activities and home visits for those in need.

Gilliam Jamieson, 3D’s volunteer co-ordinator said: “We are thrilled that our volunteers are being recognized for the dedicated work they do in Drumchapel and beyond.

“Over the years our committed team have generously given their time to the community and have continuously provided support in many ways.

“It is a real credit to receive this award after such a challenging year, when they adapted to our services providing outdoor play sessions, food and essentials to the 3D community.”

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To meet the unique challenges of the pandemic 3D had to adapt and offer support sessions online, increase its outdoor play sessions and extend its help to families in crisis by distributing essential food and clothing.

As part of the Glasgow Times Save Our Venues campaign, the group spoke out after the centre it used as its base was shut down following the nationwide lockdown last March.

It then reopened earlier this year as a vaccine centre causing further anger for the group as it was unable to access its office yet again.

Sharon Colvin, the charity’s chief executive officer said: “Our volunteers are incredible, and they go above and beyond for 3D and all the children and families they support.

“They do a tremendous amount of work in front of and behind the scenes. This award is in recognition of all they do and for the time, energy, commitment and skills they bring to 3D on an ongoing basis.

“They are all stars and I am glad this award shines a light on all that they do and all that they bring to 3D.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises outstanding work by volunteer groups that benefits local communities.

It was established in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and recipients are announced each year on June 2, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

The Lord Lieutenant said: “I look forward to the time when I can present 3D Drumchapel with the award on behalf of HM the Queen. It is the highest honour a voluntary group can receive in the United Kingdom and well deserved. Both organisations’ commitment to serving their communities is a credit to their members.

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“This week is National Volunteers Week, an opportunity for us all to celebrate all volunteers working across our city. It is a happy coincidence that the wonderful volunteering work of 3Drumchapel and SEMSA has been recognised by HM the Queen at this time. I am sure everyone will want to join me in sending the city’s congratulations and gratitude for their valuable work.”