Members of a youth club in Chalfont St Giles are celebrating after they won a prestigious national award.
The Chalfont St Giles Youth Club were named as one of the winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities.
They will be presented with the award by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire later the year.
Sue Jefferson volunteers with the club and said she was delighted with the news.
She commented: “We actively get the kids involved in all aspects of the running of the club and they are ecstatic. We have kids who have grown up with us who are now in their twenties who sit on the management committee including three who are trustees. They are the one who take the credit for the award and the kids have always taken great pride in the running of the club.”
Sue said it was hard for her to put her finger on why the club is so successful.
She added: “If I could bottle it, I’d make a fortune. We’re a multi-cultural club and everybody is welcome – parents can stay and have a cup of coffee. You can work with kids but its nice to get the whole family together and meet up.”
The varied activities on offer for club members include Misunderstood, a community dance club and sessions are available for members at a cost of just £1. Two of the club’s volunteers, Stacey Higgs and Rosie Gardner, were also invited to Buckingham Palace recently
Sue said: “I’m extremely proud of them for getting this award – it’s outstanding and they really deserve it.”