Wycombe Homeless Connection have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire presented the award on Sunday 8th March 2015 at a ceremony attended by one hundred and forty volunteers and dignitaries. The Lord Lieutenant was keen to chat to WHC volunteers about their experiences.
When presenting the award, a commemorative crystal and a certificate signed by Her Majesty, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher said: ‘This award is a fitting recognition of the work of the charity, which is even more crucial because of the effect of welfare reforms.‘
The award was received by Wendy Langford, representing the charity’s 300 active volunteers. Since its inception in 2008 many have served Wycombe Homless Connection.
Sheena Dykes, Wycombe Homeless Connection’s Chair of Trustees, thanked Bill Reid, former Town Clerk, for nominating the charity.
The award was given for : ‘Helping individuals to escape from homelessness and rebuild their lives, by offering resettlement advice and support and by running the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter‘.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises groups for outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, and is regarded as the MBE for volunteer groups. In this round, across the whole UK only 111 awards were given out, and only one in Buckinghamshire.