Ashmore Park Community Association, the charity behind The Hub have been awarded the top royal award for community groups!
Today Queen Elizabeth the Second, Britain’s Sovereign awarded Ashmore Park Community Association – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).
Across the UK, Ashmore Park Community Association will be recognised for the outstanding work they have done in their own community.
The Award was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Ann Wood, Chair of Ashmore Park Community Association said today “I am bursting with pride. This is a great honour and privilege for our charity and all our volunteers, who work so hard to provide facilities and activities for others. They will be delighted to know that they are award winners. Not just any awards winners; they are now Queen’s Award Winners for Voluntary Service!
“Our Committee Members are delighted and everyone involved with the clubs and activities that take place in our Community Hub will also be when they find out.
“It’s not every day that a small voluntary organisation hears this sort of news, we are very eager to tell everyone!
“Our excitement is tinged with sadness as we lost one of our ‘guiding lights’ when Steph Clarke passed away so suddenly last year, aged just 36. Steph had worked hard to make our Community Association what it is today. She was at the heart of the work that has delivered this wonderful honour to the community she lived in.
“We will never forget Steph’s spirit and drive, and I know she will be with us on this wonderful day, and every other day as we all move forward.
“I am sure that every person and family on Ashmore Park who we serve, by keeping The Hub at Ashmore Park at the heart of community activity, will also be delighted to hear of our great news.”
Ashmore Park Community Association has been existence for 20 years, they moved into The Hub at Ashmore Park which was officially opened in September 2014, and have developed The Hub and its activities into what it is today. There are more than 43 different clubs and activities that take place there and volunteers have contributed over 14,000 hours in the past year, enabling over 21,000 visits to the facility.
The Hub was opened by Councillor Elias Mattu in September 2014.