THURROCK Mind have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Services.
Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex said: “The 200 volunteers of Thurrock Mind work in a very important area and help Thurrock Mind to support people with mental health problems by providing a range of services together with information and advice on mental health problems. Thurrock Mind work with Thurrock Council, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS providers and other local voluntary, community and faith groups.
These volunteers are at the heart of Thurrock Mind and give their time to work a range of hours including evenings and weekends. The services provided by Thurrock Mind range from counselling, advocacy, group work, wellbeing activities, the provision of a ‘quiet room’, a charity shop, links with the local college to provide NVQ qualifications to those being supported, gardening projects, Recovery College, peer mentoring, and support, information and advice for Family Carers. Thurrock Mind work in an area where their services are desperately needed. It is fitting that Thurrock Mind have received the highest award given to voluntary groups, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services”.
David Noble, Chairman of Thurrock Mind, said: “The staff and volunteers of Thurrock Mind are extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded this prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in recognition for their work over many years.
Every year we support over 5000 people with mental health problems in the local area and our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Our reputation within Thurrock is highly valued and regarded, and we are so thrilled with this award which recognises our hard work in the community.
As a local charity we rely upon our ability to provide the best possible services for local people with, or likely to develop, mental health problems. The commitment and determination shown by our volunteers enables us to reach and support more people experiencing mental health challenges to improve their quality of life.”