Manna House (Hanley), has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016
A voluntary group from Regent Road in Hanley who works in the community to support and feed homeless and vulnerable people has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Manna House (Hanley) opened their doors just over 11 years ago when they recognised a need to support the homeless and vulnerable within the Stoke-on-Trent area. From their first two visitors, who walked in on that cold night in March 2005, they now support in excess of 150 guests every week by providing hot and cold food, shower facilities, and other essentials like toiletries, underwear and clean, dry clothing. Many of their visitors have become involved themselves as an act of giving something back to the community that has supported them. The trustees are exceptionally proud of this award as it recognises the effort and commitment of all who freely give their time, energy and finances to support this valuable work.
Doreen English and Ann Nicklin from Manna House (Hanley) were very proud to have attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Manna House (Hanley) is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, throughout the UK, and one of only 9 in Staffordshire, to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the MBE for voluntary groups and is highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland. Manna House (Hanley) will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire later this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”
Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire, Prakash Samani said:
“I am really thrilled that Manna House, a drop in for homeless and vulnerable people within the Stoke on Trent area has been recognised as worthy winners of the 2016 Queens Award for Voluntary Services. I have personally seen this work in action and I congratulate all its hard working silent volunteers, who have finally been recognised for their work since its launch in 2005. What a fantastic achievement for Manna House and for Staffordshire.”
Pastor of Hanley Baptist Church and Chair of the Manna House (Hanley) Trustees, Trevor Nicklin said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have received such a prestigious award. We have never courted publicity or sought recognition for what we do because it has always been our objective to live out the instruction in Matthew 25 and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Remember that anyone you meet could be facing some sort of difficulty, so speak kindly; support simply; care deeply; love generously; then leave the rest to God. I would invite anyone who would like to know more, or be involved in any way, to please get in touch.”