Points of Light and The Gazette

Downing StreetEvery week day the prime minister recognises an inspirational volunteer by announcing a Points of Light award.

The award acknowledges outstanding people from all walks of life who are making a change in their community through volunteering.

You can now find UK awardees in The Gazette, the UK’s official public record. Just go to the Awards and accreditations area and select the ‘Points of Light’ box under ‘Honours and awards’ (and uncheck 'Include supplements'), or click here.

First established by President George Bush in 1990, UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched in the UK in April 2014.

Here are just a few of the awardees who have been gazetted so far:

Bethan Rimmington, Cheshire

Bethan has helped more than 100 women affected by human trafficking through HOPE. This social enterprise gives vulnerable women the opportunity to make and sell jewellery or cosmetics. She has also helped create a shea butter cooperative in Nigeria that employs women who might be at risk.

PC Ian Northcott, Worcestershire

Ian, known locally as the ‘busking bobby’, devotes his spare time to encouraging people to donate socks, hats, gloves, sleeping bags and chocolate for Birmingham’s homeless.

Susan Perks, Leicestershire

Susan and her “hospital hound” – Cavalier King Charles spaniel Holly – have been visiting patients in hospital for the last 6 years. As volunteers with Pets as Therapy, Susan and Holly offer therapeutic support and companionship to people who are recovering from operations or have long-term health conditions.

Temi Mwale, London

Temi was inspired to found Get Outta The Gang, an organisation that helps young people reject gang culture, after a childhood friend was shot and killed. The organisation addresses gang culture, youth violence and related issues through targeted programmes and touring workshops.

Adrian Derbyshire, Cheshire

Adrian, a wheelchair fencing champion, has cycled thousands of miles to raise awareness of disability hate crime. After encountering verbal abuse himself, Adrian was inspired to undertake a 9-month challenge to cycle a marathon every day across the UK. He visits schools and youth centres, educating young people about hate crime through workshops.

Margaret Thomas, Clwyd

Margaret wins the award for sustaining around 80,000 honey bees in 3 hives in woodland at Tŷ Hyll, a listed cottage in Snowdonia National Park. She led the team that turned the cottage into a Welsh Honeybee Information Centre and Tea Room. Margaret has volunteered with the Snowdonia Society for 10 years, working with the Welsh National Beekeeping Centre for 3 years on this project.

Daily winners are tweeted by the Prime Minister’s Office, @Number10gov, #PointsofLight.