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VOLUNTARY SERVICE: Watford Social Centre for the Blind receives Queen’s Award

 Published on: 3rd June 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was recently presented to volunteers at Watford Social Centre for the Blind.

The award is the highest honour bestowed to volunteer organisations in the UK.

For 71 years, the charity has provided a social support group for people with vision impairments, and it has always been administered solely by volunteers.

Meetings are held twice a week in a purpose-built hall in central Watford, allowing members to socialise with people who have visual impairments while participating in a variety of activities, outings, and holidays that are all organised by volunteers.

This year, Watford Social Centre for the Blind is one of 244 local charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations to earn the prestigious award. Their efforts, along with those of others around the UK, serve as a reminder of the many ways that wonderful volunteers contribute to their communities and seek to improve the lives of people around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service strives to recognise outstanding community service by local volunteer organisations. It was built to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. Each year on June 2, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, the recipients are revealed.

Later this summer, Robert Vos, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, will present the award crystal and certificate to six volunteers from Watford Social Centre for the Blind. In addition, two volunteers from the organisation, along with other winners of this year’s Award, will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023.

Jenny Marsh, chairperson of the trustees and lead volunteer said: “I am absolutely delighted that our group’s work has been recognised. Over the last 71years our volunteers have worked so hard to make the club a fun, happy and vibrant place for our members.

“My Late grandmother, Rene Milton BEM started the club in the 1950s and was succeeded by my late mother Susan Harper BEM in the 1990s.They, and I, have been helped by numerous selfless volunteers who give up so much of their time to ensure our members are supported and feel included in our community. We are extremely proud to be the recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”

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