15th Jun '18

The Wayz is successful in gaining The Queen's Award for Volunteering

The winners of the 2018 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service have been announced.  A record 250 voluntary groups from across the UK will receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their work in their communities.  This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities.

The Wayz Youth Centre was one of three voluntary groups in Berkshire to gain the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of providing services and support to young people and adults to enable them to volunteer within their local communities.

This is a fantastic achievement in recognition to our volunteer programme which has seen over 5500hrs of volunteering by young people and adults through our programmes in the last year. I would like to thank each and every volunteer past and present and the staff that have supported this. This award is for everyone involved, young people and adults! Our well established offer through programme delivery, centre work, and social action through community activities and events has been creating opportunities, supporting young people and the community and making a difference for a number of years. The support and dedication to all those involved has proven invaluable towards our offer, along with the partnership working with those in the community around us. This is a great opportunity to recognise some of our key community supporters; Bracknell Forest Homes, who have funded the programme over a number of years and Berkshire Community Foundation, who through 2017-18, have supported the programme and various social action elements. Finally, Cadence who have created different avenues for volunteering through their employee programme, working hands-on with our young people to complete social action and generate income into further youth programmes. We look forward to this continuing moving forward, and always welcome new individuals wanting to get involved. Without this our whole offer would not be as accessible, beneficial and creative as it is proving to be.”  – Gareth Mepham (Youth Work Manager)

 

I love my volunteering at The Wayz and helping out with the bouncy castles and building. I have been community Champion for three years now and want to continue helping The Wayz. I liked going to Buckingham Palace and seeing the places I haven’t been before. I looked around the garden and saw Prince Charles.” – Ollie Kent (Member and Community Champion)