The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was presented to our charity on Wednesday 1st September 2021 by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper at the Littlehampton Community Hub.
The award is the highest of it’s kind given in the sector across the UK. The award is considered the MBE for volunteer groups, recognising the outstanding service volunteers have made to their local community.
Officially announced back in June 2020, the actual award presentation had been delayed to ensure everyone’s safety. Mrs Pyper, presenting the award on behalf of the Queen, spoke passionately to the volunteers in the audience:
“You are a group of very special people. Very few actually get awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, so it is a very prestigious award. You have set the bar very high… You are a group of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and in this case, I really, really mean it.”
Ten local running enthusiasts are going to put their physical fitness – and courage – to the test by taking to the sea for the first time. The brave runners have announced the ambitious plan to swim a staggering ten miles from Brighton Pier to Worthing Pier on Saturday 18th September.
The Rampion Champions are infectiously enthusiastic about their swim challenge and every week they brave the cold waters to build up their strength and stamina for September’s swim. We really want them to smash their fundraising target of £3,000 and they have surpassed £2,000 already!
Throughout the pandemic Turning Tides’ befriending volunteers have been critical in supporting the growing number of men and women who have become homeless. We are now looking to grow the service significantly to combat the isolation that is often experienced by those having to sleep rough.
As restrictions ease, we are looking to grow our befriending service, to ensure the increasing number of clients needing our services are able to access such a vital source of support across the county. Particularly, we are looking for potential volunteer befrienders in the Horsham area.
Danielle Huet, Volunteer Coordinator at Turning Tides explains; “During the pandemic we have been providing a befriending service to combat the feelings of loneliness that our clients were increasingly experiencing, especially during lockdown. The benefits have been so significant during such a challenging time that we are launching a new befriending drive – to secure more befrienders countywide as part of our Routes to Roots programme.”