Computer Friendly were presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in a ceremony at St Albans Cathedral.
The ceremony took place on Monday, August 3, and the award was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss, CBE, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
Computer Friendly which has been operating since 2002, offers free or low-cost digital advice to help adults in the community become more digitally connected.
Tony Bourke, chair of the trustees for Computer Friendly, said he was “gobsmacked” when he found out they had won the award.
He said: “It knocked us sideways when we found out we had won it.
“It was really touching and moving to hear the words people had to say about us during the awards ceremony.”
Rosemary Farmer, the former mayor of the St Albans district, said she was delighted to nominate Computer Friendly for the award.
She said: “It plays an essential role in helping combat isolation, something that has become even more important during the current COVID-19 emergency.”
Computer Friendly were one of eight nominees assessed by Deputy Lieutenants of Hertfordshire as part of the nomination process.
Deputy lieutenant, Stuart Nagler, alongside deputy lieutenant Penny Williams, said they were very impressed with their work.
They said: “I am delighted to be present to see Computer Friendly get a very well-deserved and highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. They excelled in meeting the criteria required – good governance, sustainability, big impact in their community and most important truly volunteer-led.”
Find out more about the services offered by Computer Friendly at computerfriendlystalbans.org.uk.
The full list of winners of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service can be found at thegazette.co.uk.
Picture credit: Computer Friendly