Christchurch Community Partnership receives the Queen’s Award for voluntary service
AN independent charity working to alleviate loneliness in Christchurch has been awarded the Queen's Award – the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive.
Volunteers at the Christchurch Community Partnership (CCP), which was set up in 2011, collect prescriptions, deliver shopping and hot meals, and make weekly telephone calls during difficult times.
Transport services help those who need assistance to access lunch clubs and support groups, and the Christchurch Angels support individuals by accompanying them to activities and helping rebuild their confidence after a long period of isolation or a bereavement.
CCP chief executive the Rev. Sandra Prudom and volunteer Sarah Pope recently attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace, while other representatives of the CCP will receive the award crystal and certificate from Angus Campbell, Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset.
Sandra said: "We are delighted that the CCP’s work has been recognised in this way, particularly all we were able to do to support our community through the pandemic, in addition to delivering our normal Christchurch Angels, dial-a-bus and neighbour car services, since things have opened back up.
"These have been invaluable in helping folk to return to a more normal life, as many were nervous of venturing out post-covid, but none of this would have been possible without the skills and commitment of our many incredible volunteers.
"We are looking forward to thanking them in person at a celebration evening in June, but it is particularly apt that the awards are being announced during Volunteers Week – which celebrates the invaluable contribution made across the UK by millions of folk volunteering their time and talents."
The organisation said it was still in "urgent need" of additional volunteers to meet the increase in demand for its services.
The Queen's Award, described as equivalent to an MBE for organisations, was this year given to 244 local charities, social enterprises, and voluntary groups.
It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s golden jubilee, and recognises outstanding work by local organisations to benefit their communities.
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