Community store receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Earlams, which is run by a group of volunteers in Styal, has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Representatives from Earlams attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 29th May, along with other recipients of this year's Award. Earlams

Earlams store, café and art gallery is a community enterprise that promotes and provides opportunities for creativity, learning and a social focus,is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Winners are announced each year on 2nd June – the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Award winners this year include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafes and information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.

Representatives of Earlams will receive the award from, Mr David Briggs MBE Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire later this summer.

Earlam's Chair John Novak said "We are very proud of all we have created at Earlams and delighted that our work has been recognised in this way, it pays tribute to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers."

Photo: In the queue at Buckingham Palace, Liz Jones and Jan Dixon from the Earlams Management team.


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