Our Director Sonia Receives The Queen's Award

On 4th September 2019, on behalf of our Charity, Director Sonia Thapa received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS), the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The ceremony was held at 33 Holborn and on behalf the Queen, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London handed over the awards to the winners.

Sonia heads our charity Skills & Care that predominantly works with older people within marginalised communities in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and surrounding areas. Since its inception in July 2013, Skills & Care Greenwich has delivered a range of innovative and creative projects that have helped over 2000 service users in dealing with isolation, poverty and unemployment.

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.

On 2nd June 2019, our Directors Fatta & Sonia Thapa were invited to the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Prince Charles, Camilla, and Princess Anne in May 2019, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

For more information please contact Fatta Thapa on 0203 771 8424

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The QAVS 2019 winners