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28 November 2017

Supporters' Evening sees volunteers honoured with Queen's Award

Over 80 supporters of Winchester Churches Nightshelter gathered last week (16th November) to celebrate the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2017, which was awarded to the charity earlier this year and formally presented at the Nightshelter's AGM and Supporters’ Evening. 

The event saw the presentation of the QAVS certificate, signed by Her Majesty The Queen, along with an engraved crystal tower, to a selected group of Nightshelter volunteers chosen to represent the more 230 volunteers who selflessly donate their time and skills to the homelessness charity on a regular basis. 

Deputy Lieutenant Joan Ferrer praised the work of the Nightshelter and its incredible team of volunteers, before handing the certificate and glass award to Michele Price, Nightshelter Manager.

Michele said:  “The Nightshelter prides itself on being more than just a homeless shelter. We offer hope, support, and a safe home as well as enabling progression into sustainable independent living. We could not provide any of this without our small army of volunteers, however, and so we were absolutely thrilled to hear the news that their hard work and dedication has been recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2017. To finally receive the certificate and crystal award is an incredible honour, particularly as this year marks twenty years since the Nightshelter opened its doors on Jewry Street for the first time. We really feel like we have achieved so much over the last two decades, and look forward to supporting even more people out of homelessness in the future."

Other highlights of the Supporters’ Evening included an inspirational talk by the CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, Stephen Robertson, on the work of the London-based magazine created to help those who are homeless earn an income, as well as an appearance by Kevin Collick, the popular local Big Issue seller, who arrived at the event fresh from switching on this year’s Winchester Christmas lights.