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Queen's Award for Environmental and Residential Centre

Fri 4 Oct 2019

The Kingswood Trust Celebrates the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service was presented to The Kingswood Trust on Monday 23rd September 2019 H M Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson, CBE, KStJ.

The Queen’s Award made of crystal was presented to Rachel Wells, Charity Manager and Len Scrivens who is an ex pupil and long standing supporter. The citation was presented to Di Tordoff, one of the Trust’s first community friends, having volunteered for over 15 years and David Harris, Chair The Kingswood Trust, who has been a committed advocate to all that The Kingswood Trust represents for over 26 years.

The Kingswood Trust delivers outdoor environmental opportunities for children, families, educators and the wider community. It offers residential stays, day visits and programmes that support learning, personal development, health and wellbeing, helping some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.

Together, volunteers from as young as 15 up to 80 years of age, donated over 6100 hours of work equal to approximately £73,000 over the last 12 months. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and many people attend our regular Friends volunteer days and craft mornings held throughout the year. They provided support with events and activities, bake cakes, maintain the grounds and support with fundraising. In addition, The Kingswood Trust supports groups of young people aged 15-25 with special educational needs and disabilities through fully funded volunteering projects.

Local organisations such as Wolverhampton Homes, United Living, Hindley Contractors Ltd, ReAssure Telford and Roofstyle Ltd support through corporate volunteering programmes, Rotarians, the Reparation Service and uniformed organisations as well as the local colleges and universities provide The Trust with volunteer support. All of this has benefited over 6200 children and adults and there will be many more beneficiaries this year.

Rachel Wells, Charity Manager and David Harris, Chair of The Kingswood Trust attended a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace on 29th May 2019, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Rachel Wells said, “I am delighted that so many volunteers and supporters came to celebrate the huge honour paid to The Kingswood Trust today.”

She added, “Our volunteers are dedicated people who go above and beyond expectations to promote our charitable aims and support all our educational and environmental activities. The Kingswood Trust has been serving the community for over ninety years and this Award will live in all our memories and exists as a red letter day in the history of The Trust.”

The Kingswood Trust is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this prestigious royal award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.

David Harris, Chair of The Kingswood Trust said, “We all feel honoured that the work of The Kingswood Trust has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in this way I feel certain that this affirmation of the quality of our contribution to the community will encourage more people to volunteer at The Kingswood Trust from Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and the wider area. I hope that their continued support will enable our services to support more people.”

He added, “We are so grateful for the tremendous work from all those who regularly commit to giving time and resources to our nine acre community facility.”

For more information about The Kingswood Trust visit the www.discover-kingswood.org.uk  website or like us on Facebook, ‘Friends of Kingswood Trust’ To Arrange interviews or filming opportunities please contact: Rachel Wells at Rachel.wells@wolverhampton.gov.uk or by phone on 01902 558132.