SCLT Charity Recieves Queens Award in Bristol Investiture
Monday 28th September 2015 has seen the historic Merchants Hall in the Clifton area of Bristol hosting an afternoon investiture ceremony, in which the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was bestowed upon the Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT), a regional charity that provides a senior safety education service for the older adult community.
The SCLT, which has been existence since 2010 and started life in South Bristol, operates a team of 25 volunteers who deliver dozens of crime busting presentations to community groups throughout the South West of England and South & Mid Wales. The charity also has a Senior Minority Outreach Team, which provides a tailored service to communities who may have difficulty in obtaining services from mainstream statutory or voluntary agencies due to language or cultural barriers.
SCLT volunteers Ash Jones (left) and Roger Ibrahim (right) with Mr Munawar Mughal of the Ahmadiyyan Muslim Community
One of the flagship services of the SCLT Charity is its bi-monthly magazine, ‘The Senior Siren’ which has been in circulation for 6-years and has evolved from a readership of 5000 readers in Bristol, to now being readily available to more than 250,000 readers throughout the nation, as well as many overseas readers around the globe. The magazine provides a host of senior safety tips and advice, in an entertaining, lifestyle magazine, which offers interviews, recipes, games and short stories in each edition.
The event commenced with a presentation on the achievements of the SCLT Charity by Chair of Trustees, Ash Jones, who took the audience through a journey of the evolution of the charity, from it’s humble roots in South Bristol to becoming recipients of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in the Birthday Honours List in June 2015.
The insignia of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service is Presented to the SCLT Trustee team by the Lord Lieutenant
This was followed by the investiture element of the ceremony, in which the Lord Lieutenant’s Clerk, Mr Neville Gibson, read out the citation for the award, before the insignia for the award, a large crystal trophy and a certificate signed by HM The Queen, was presented to the Trustees of the SCLT Charity by Mrs Mary Prior, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the City and County of Bristol.
The ceremony was attended by over 50 guests, including the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith, the High Sheriff of the City of Bristol, Dr. Ros Kennedy, the Deputy Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Mrs. Louisa Rolfe and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Mr. Paul Harris.
Lord Mayor or Bristol, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith, Ash Jones, DCC Louisa Rolfe, High Sheriff of Bristol, Dr. Ros Kennedy
Mrs Mary Prior MBE, HM Lord Lieutenant of Bristol congratulates SCLT volunteers following the investiture ceremony
Ash Jones commented, “It has been a very exciting and emotional experience for all of the volunteers to have been selected for this highly distinguished award. We feel truly humbled and certainly very honoured to have been recognized for our work in this wonderful way. I’m sure we will never forget this experience and it will continue to motivate our efforts for the future, as we hope to go from strength to strength”
Mrs. Mary Prior, HM Lord Lieutenant for Bristol, “What I really like about this group of volunteers, is that they saw a problem that needed addressing, so they just rolled up their sleeves and just got on with it. They are very deserving of this highly important honour, which is equal to the individual honour of an MBE”