We’ve won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017


We are delighted to announce that The Forest Estate Community Hub Volunteers Group  have received  the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Located on the West side of Englefield Green, the Hub opened in October 2012 and is managed by The Journey – River Church in partnership with local residents and other agencies; it’s funded by grant making bodies, local businesses and individuals and ran by volunteers, partner and other financial supporters.

Since its opening, the Hub has offered services and enjoyable activities for the community which include youth and children’s clubs and activities, employment and skills courses, cafe and garden project, community lunches, film club, community days and much more.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary services is an outstanding achievement that recognises the exceptional work of volunteers in helping to provide services and activities that raise aspirations and help build pride in the Forest Estate.

Denise Brannan, Hub Manager said “We have an incredible team of over 100 volunteers who have been instrumental in the success of the Hub’s provision of services and activities. I am immensely proud of everyone and all that has been achieved over the past four years”

 Englefield Green Village Residents Association said “We would like to offer our hearty congratulations on winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 which we might add is well deserved.  Over the years we have been proud to support the Hub in their various activities so well done and keep up the good work you are doing for our Village.”

Suzanne Stronge, Partnership & Policy Development Officer, Runnymede Borough Council who nominated the Hub Volunteers Group said “I am thrilled all the work of the volunteers has been recognised from the days that outreach happened with hot chocolate on the street corner to the Royal British Legion Englefield Green Branch giving their building to the community for more effective and inspiring work with children, young people and residents.  This is brilliant news for everyone.”

The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Equivalent to the MBE, this is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.

Across these pages you can read about the work we do and ways in which you can get involved. Perhaps you would like to consider volunteering or financially supporting the project by becoming a ‘Friend of the Hub’.

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