Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for GHT
George House Trust receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Volunteers from George House Trust, the Manchester based HIV support organisation, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
George House Trust has been providing HIV support, advice and advocacy services to improve health outcomes since 1985 and is a service user centred organisation with a diverse team of highly trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
George House Trust is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
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 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.
Representatives of George House Trust will receive the award from Sir Warren Smith, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.
George House Trust’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachel Purvis says: “We are thrilled and honoured that the hard work and commitment of George House Trust’s volunteers has been recognised at this level. We could not deliver our wide variety of support services to people living with HIV in Greater Manchester and the wider North West without the dedication and hard work of our amazing volunteer team. Everything each and every one of our volunteers does contributes to our vision - for people living with HIV to live healthy lives free from stigma and discrimination. We could not be prouder of them all.”
George House Trust is one of the longest serving HIV charities in the UK. Launched in July 1985, we have been providing support services to people living with HIV, their carers, partners and families across the North-West of England for over 34 years. We work with children, young people and adults, delivering support through relevant and timely interventions, which focus on empowerment and strengthening confidence to live a fulfilling and healthy life. We are recognised nationally as an organisation that has developed innovative responses to the needs of people living with HIV. We are also recognised for our commitment to being a service user-centered charity, putting service users at the heart of its decision making processes and governance. All our services are provided free of charge.