We were delighted to learn that in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, Her Majesty The Queen has honoured the Nowt2Do Project as recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013 in recognition of its outstanding voluntary work in the community.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest national honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind – it is the MBE for volunteer groups.
The prestigious award is given to exceptional groups across the UK to recognise and reward voluntary groups and volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service carried out in their local communities. It recognises work that is of social, economic or environmental service to the local community and is supported, recognised and respected by the people who benefit from it.
PC Andy Wright and representatives from the school attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 6 June 2013 to celebrate receiving the award. They represented all of the young people who have been involved in the project and have been instrumental in its development.
This is the latest in a series of awards won by the school project this year alone. In April 2013 Nowt2Do? received two other prestigious awards. Firstly, Andy and the project received the Wigan Miner’s Lamp Trophy at an Awards Ceremony at Wigan Town Hall from the Chief Constable, Mayor and Chief Superintendent Donnellan on the 16 April 2013.
In addition to the Wigan Trophy, Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police commended PC Andy Wright for outstanding police service in recognition of his work with the Nowt2Do? Project. On presenting the award Sir Peter said it was “in recognition for his personal commitment, dedication and professionalism in creating and developing the Nowt2Do youth project in Wigan. The multi award-winning project has helped children in the community to develop new skills and increase their self-esteem. Constable Wright’s outstanding work has helped to reduce antisocial behaviour in the area.” And in May the project was awarded a TPAS award for ‘Excellence in Youth Involvement’ for engaging the young tenants of today and the future tenants of tomorrow. The project has since attended the national finals at The Concorde, Manchester Airport on Thursday 11 July.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service really is the icing on the cake and it is pleasing to see the all the hard work Andy and the volunteers put in being recognised nationally.
PC Andy Wright said “Greater Manchester Police, local schools & everyone involved in the ‘Nowt2Do’ project is delighted to be awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups. To receive the highest national honour that can be bestowed upon groups like ‘Nowt2Do’ is just amazing. Any person who has volunteered or been involved, in any way with our project over the years should be proud of themselves. We create many different activities for young people who are exceptional people doing exceptional things.”
Deputy Headteacher at Fred Longworth High School, Pete Hodkinson added, “This award is an outstanding tribute to Tyldesley and to all the young people who have helped make this a national and royal success.”