The Stuart Low Trust has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises outstanding work by local volunteer groups in their communities.
SLT is one of just 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
The award was presented at a reception for SLT volunteers, staff and trustees hosted by the Mayor of Islington on Tuesday 28 July 2015 at Islington Town Hall. Accepting the award from Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Islington Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes, SLT Chair Virginia Low said:
“Of all of the awards SLT has achieved I am most proud of this one, because while previous awards were for results, this one celebrates the people who have created the results.”
Virginia thanked all the volunteers who have enabled SLT to run its wide range of social and health-promotion events over the last 14 years.
Special ‘thank yous’ were included for Lou Baron, a regular volunteer since SLT’s Friday Evening Events began in 2001, for Robin Kin – also a Friday evening kitchen volunteer from the start and who has also led SLT’s Gardening Project, outings and canal holidays for over a decade, in recent years with Jane Emerson – and for stalwart Friday kitchen volunteer Brian Devine.
“Robin has been the backbone of our volunteer-led events for more than ten years, in recent years with Jane’s help” said Virginia, who also paid tribute to the pair in this letter published in the Islington Tribune.
During refreshments attendees were presented with Queen’s Award enamel badges by Mayor of Islington Councillor Richard Greening.
The Islington Tribune’s report of the event can be found here and you can see more pictures of the event below.
SLT is currently recruiting for a number of volunteer roles – see our volunteering page for more details.