SCLT Receive 'Team MBE' for Charity Work of Volunteers
A voluntary group from Bristol who works in the community to provide a tailored crime education service to the older adult community has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team charity was founded in 2010 and the team of 30 volunteers based throughout the South West of England and South Wales have given hundreds of senior safety presentations to community groups over the last 5-years. The charity also produces the bi-monthly, crime education magazine ‘The Senior Siren’ every edition of which is made available to over 250,000 readers.
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.
Senior Citizen Liaison Team will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol later this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: “I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements.The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so thatwe can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”
Ashley Jones, Chair of Trustees of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team and Rachael Jones, SCLT Treasurer, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 28th May 2015, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Ashley co-founded the charity in 2010, he commented, “We are positively overjoyed to have been recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, which is a fitting accolade for the all the hard work which has been undertaken by our volunteer team over the last 5-years. I speak for the whole team, when I offer our thanks for this recognition and the opportunity that our moment in the spotlight will bring to the on-going cause of senior safety”
“With the average age of the UK population destined to become even older over the coming generation, it is important that we focus upon the safety of our most vulnerable citizens. This award will assist the charity in gaining additional funding and volunteers to allow our efforts to expand to new areas to spread he safety message”
“ I would like to take this opportunity to offer our most sincere thanks to all the individuals and organisations who have supported our fledgling charity over the last few years. All the assistance has been much appreciated and I would like to pay particular thanks to the Ahmadiyyan Muslim Association, who have financially supported us over the last 2-years”