Published on 12 June 2018 02:44 PM
Pictured at the Queen's Garden Party is James Monger, Associate Director and Nikki Gardener, Manager of the Forget-me-not Befriending Service
"We are deeply honoured to be a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Volunteering, in recognition of our Forget Me Not service. It is a testament to the commitment of our dedicated staff and volunteers on whom our befriending services depend. Through this vital service we reach out to some of the most isolated members of our community with the listening ear and warm hand of friendship," said Sharon Haffenden, Chair of Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering.
Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: "Everyone who has received this award should be incredibly proud. Their service, commitment and care has a profoundly positive impact on communities throughout the country and I am delighted they have been recognised with this prestigious award.
The record number of recipients this year is testament to the strength of the voluntary sector and I am sure this trend will continue into the future.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair, Sir Martyn Lewis said: This year's record number of Queen's Award awardees are a powerful testimony to the remarkable achievements and innovative ideas which characterise volunteering in the UK. They prove that, more than ever, volunteers beavering away at grassroots level are the active lifeblood of our communities, identifying all kinds of problems and issues and tackling them with enthusiasm, talent and a high degree of success.
The recipients of the Queen's Award are at the very top of a formidable volunteering movement in the UK involving millions of our citizens and going from strength to strength.
Nominations for the 2019 awards close on September 14th 2018