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Blackburn Youth Zone awarded with Queens Award with support from patrons.

We’re pleased to announce that Blackburn Youth Zone has received a ‘Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ through their hard work and commitment to their community as well as the support of their patrons.

The Award is ‘highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK’, to quote from the official website for the award.

As a thank you to Granby for our continued support, Blackburn Youth Zone has dedicated the award to us as well as other patrons for helping them with fundraising and raising awareness.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.  Blackburn Youth Zone is one of 241 charities, social enterprises, and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.

We are all incredibly honoured that the Youth Zone has been given this accolade.

Here is what Rt Hon Jack Straw said about the patrons of Blackburn Youth Zone:

…  it could not possibly have happened without the brilliant support which you, and all other Patrons, have given us over the years; and the confidence which you have shown in us. I, therefore, wanted to thank you so much for your continued generosity and to share this wonderful news with you.

Two volunteers from the Youth Zone will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

The Award is a great tribute to those who had the founding vision to establish the Youth Zone, to all the Trustees, and staff of the Youth Zone, and, above all, to the thousands of young people who have been our members and who have made use of all the opportunities we endeavour to provide.

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