We are pleased to announce that Link Age Southwark has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. The assessors who made the award said:
“The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE. The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”
Our Director, Ruth Driscoll, and our Chair, Katharine St John-Brooks (right above), were invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family on a sunny afternoon in May to celebrate the Award. Pat Cox (left above), one of our longest serving volunteers, was also at the Garden Party celebrating her own British Empire Medal for service to the local community. Ruth and Katharine were immensely proud to represent our fantastic volunteers whose dedication won us this award.
We are especially grateful to Dame Valerie Strachan, one of our Patrons, who nominated us for the Award and Hugh Taylor, another Patron, who wrote a wonderful letter of support. Special thanks also to Paul Keen, Shabeeh Hashmi, Tim Brimble and Lesley Annoh-Sarpong for meeting the assessors when they visited our offices earlier in the year. Thank you to all.