The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Fibro Active is honoured to announce that our volunteers have been awarded the MBE for volunteer groups.

Fibro Active Ongoing Commitment

This award establishes a pronounced bar for standards and dedication that define the activity and behaviour for the group. Whilst the receiving of this award is a highly welcome and great accolade, the continuing mission of Fibro Active is to meet, and where possible, excel above the standards that are required to be deemed worthy of the award.

What is the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service?

In line with the official statement on the QAVS, the award is stated as being the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It was established in 2002 to recognise outstanding work carried out in a local community. The volunteer work includes positive social, economic or environmental services.

There are a list of requirements that the group has to fulfill in order to be granted the award, secondly the group has to be nominated by an indepedent person from the group, that is to say they must no be a volunteer, employee, trustee or anyone directly involved with the running of the group.

The list consists of the following:


The Group

Any qualifying group has to be comprised of two or more people.


The group has to have been operating for 3 or more years (minimum).


At least half of the people working for the group must be volunteers.

UK Residence Status

At least half of the group's volunteers must have the right of UK residence.


The group must have the appropriate insurance required for it's work, covering both employees and volunteers.


Where appropriate, the group has to satisfy all requirements that safe guard vulnerable adults and children.

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What Does Fibro Active do in Support of The Local Community

There are a formidable number of people suffering from Fibromyalgia and CFS. More detailed information can be found on the Fibro 5 page. In essence the group facilitates connection between other members, encourages and leads them in being active, accentuating things that are positive, educating and teaching new skills, and finally enabling and promoting of members to help others

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis is designed to enable people to be active when they are unable to participate in other forms of exercise. For more information as well as times and dates please visit our Tai Chi page.

Space to Think

Space to Think is our newest activity that is available before and after Tai Chi classes. It can be used to achieve further support in coping with Fibromyalgia whilst in a safe environment.

Fibro 5 Challenge

Each year we hold our main fundraising event. This traditionally takes place at an outdoor location featuring a selection of fun activities for people to enjoy and have the opportunity to learn about Fibro.