The presentation ceremony for the coveted Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service took place at Wellington College, Berkshire on December 13th. To be considered for the award, SHOC had to demonstrate that it is supported, and respected by the local community as well as by the clients who benefit from the service. The award recognises the outstanding contribution that SHOC makes to the Slough community.
Dubbed the MBE for voluntary service, SHOC was one of 112 charities across the UK to receive the award this year and one of 7 from Berkshire. The award was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, the Hon Mrs Bayliss, with an enthusiastic introduction from Mr Gordon Storey, an Award panel member. The Mayor of Slough, Christine Small, was also present.
Mr Storey, who was part of the Award assessment team, said, “SHOC provide an excellent example of a well-run charity and I use my experience of SHOC as a benchmark by which to judge other charities. SHOC set that benchmark very high”
Trustees, staff and volunteers attended the ceremony and the award was gratefully received by 2 volunteers, (one an ex client), along with Mandy McGuire, the Project Manager, who said afterwards, “it is fantastic to have our work with the vulnerable and homeless recognised and appreciated by this award. It gives a real boost to staff and volunteers alike.”
SHOC was also awarded the “Mayor of Slough Charity of the Year” in 2011.