Helping people thrive

East End Community Foundation receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

June 2019
 
In 2006, the Exchange Project, Tower Hamlets Baby Bank was initiated and funded by East End Community Foundation.  The project was created to support local parents and carers on low incomes with a steady supply of clothes, toys and equipment for their growing families.
 
Volunteers from the Exchange Project, Tower Hamlets Baby Bank were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
 
 

The Exchange Project, Tower Hamlets Baby Bank was one of the first baby banks in London. “The Exchange Project, Tower Hamlets Baby Bank is the brainchild of East End Community Foundation and it’s a really great initiative”, says the lead volunteer, Jackie Thornton. Representatives from East End Community Foundation Project attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 21st May.

Along with other recipients of this year’s Award EECF is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, 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. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.

Representatives from the Exchange Project, Tower Hamlets Baby Bankwill receive the award from Leslie Morgan, Lord Lieutenant of London Borough of Tower Hamlets later this summer.

 

 

Volunteers from
The Exchange Project, Tower Hamlets Baby Bank
were honoured with the Queen’s Award
for Voluntary Service,
the highest award
a voluntary group
can receive in the UK.