The Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2020!
This award is generally considered as the MBE for volunteer groups; it is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK, to recognise the outstanding work they have done in their own communities.
Kate McGeevor, the Hall’s manager, said:
"We are delighted to be receiving this award, particularly in light of the work the Hall’s volunteers have been doing over the past three months. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, our volunteer team have been busy delivering food, prescriptions and other support to those in need. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a fitting and timely tribute to the hard work and commitment of all of the volunteers who make Stretford Public Hall what it is".
FOSPH were granted the Queen’s Award for several additional reasons, starting with our popular achievement of saving and restoring a landmark historic building in the heart of the town centre – Stretford Public Hall. Our subsequent work creating spaces for the community and working with other community groups was also recognised, as well as the support we have received from local people alongside our endeavours to involve the local community in our development. Over 800 local people and organisations bought shares in Stretford Public Hall, providing over £150k funding for the group’s renovation of the Hall.
Working with the local community and other community groups ,our dedicated volunteer workforce was essential to the win! So we would like to take this opportunity that say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Hall including all our volunteers past and present - our ‘Friends’.
Joanna Jones, the Hall’s Events Manager who also co-ordinates volunteers said:
"Our volunteers have donated thousands of hours towards the project over the last 4 and a half years. They have adapted their skills, made friendships and supported our local community. For this, I say the award is very well deserved .We truly cannot thank them enough."
At the Hall, we’re lucky to have a brilliant team of volunteers who help with all aspects of the Hall’s activities. At the time of this awards assessment we had approximately 50 volunteers who were all contributing to running of Stretford Public Hall, representing a diverse mix of Stretford resident of different ages. This includes the Hall’s Board of Directors, who are all volunteers, as well as regular volunteers who oversee all events and community activities.
If you would like to become a volunteer at the Hall please follow this link to the enquiry form on this website, by clicking here.
Stretford Public Hall is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Other local recipients of the Queens Award include The Bread and Butter Group and Reach out to the Community