Thurrock voluntary organisation receives prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services 2020

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Thurrock voluntary organisation receives prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services 2020

A VOLUNTARY group from Thurrock has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

St John the Baptist Church and Tilbury Foodbank is among 230 charities, social enterprises and volunteer-led groups working in the community to receive the prestigious award in 2020. Recipients of the honour, chosen for their exceptional service to their local community, are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I am incredibly proud that St John the Baptist Church and Tilbury Foodbank has been acknowledged for the outstanding work that its volunteers do across Thurrock.

“All of our voluntary organisations provide a wonderful service for our community’s wellbeing and we are grateful to every one of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

“The winners have been informed of their success and will receive this prestigious award from Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, at a ceremony later this year.

“Congratulations to St John the Baptist Church and Tilbury Foodbank for its well-deserved success.”

St John the Baptist Church and Tilbury Foodbank was described in its application as “bringing about change through the hard work, innovation and determination of volunteers, delivering services to a disadvantaged local community bringing cohesion and a positive outlook.”

Nominations are now open for the 2021 QAVS and close at midnight on 25 September 2020. To nominate your local volunteer group which is going above and beyond in the community, visit: qavs.culture.gov.uk

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