The Council has congratulated the charity that supports the volunteering and community sector across the Borough of Eastleigh on receiving the UK’s highest accolade for voluntary groups.
One Community, who are based in Eastleigh town centre, scooped the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The organisation provides a range of care, transport and information services aimed at improving the quality of life for local communities.
The award is particularly timely as One Community are this year celebrating their 40th anniversary, which was marked with a flag raising ceremony in April.
Congratulating the charity, Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Bruce Tennent, said: “One Community have made an enormous contribution to improving the lives of people in our area over the past four decades, and receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is an acknowledgement of their standing in the Borough and the huge benefits they bring. We are very proud of their achievement.”
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to voluntary groups across the UK. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation and is considered the MBE for volunteer groups. One Community is the first Council for Voluntary Service in Hampshire to be recognised for the award.
One Community started life as the Eastleigh Council of Community Services in 1978. The anniversary year is being celebrated with an event each month and a set of challenges to engage its supporters.
Chair of One Community Sri Kandiah said: “We are deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award in recognition of One Community’s work. Voluntary service lies at the heart of all we do, and our many services that support local people depend on the efforts of our 170 volunteers.”
Picture caption: One Community Chair, Chair Professor Sri Kandiah and Chief Executive, Jean Roberts-Jones, attending the garden party at Buckingham Palace for winners of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service