Crawley groups honoured with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Three Crawley-based voluntary organisations in West Sussex have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. They are voluntary organisations :

  • Gurjar Hindu Union – This serves the needs of the Indian community in Crawley, allowing its members to integrate effectively into society. The group offers activities for children, young people and the elderly and provides skills training for its community as well as cultural and supportive services to the Hindu and wider community.
  • Streetlight UK – This is a charity based in Crawley, is specifically focused on providing tangible and material pathways for women, out of a lifestyle of prostitution and violence. They have developed their specialism and understanding of women involved in prostitution across Sussex, Surrey, and London since 2012.
  • Olive Tree Cancer Support – This is a group of five staff and more than 60 volunteers based in Crawley and Horsham. The Olive Tree is a welcoming and trusted ‘safe place’ for its cancer patient community and for their loved ones, offering reassurance and relaxation at times of most need. Its empathetic and supportive team provides valued services, help and key understandings that enable and empower patients to meet challenges throughout their cancer journey.

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. Recipients are announced each year on June 2, the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation.

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