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Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

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The Chelford Tenants and Residents Association is proud to announce the receipt of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

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This is a great honour and is recognition to all its volunteers and supporters. Thank you to everyone involved
Michael Jehan (chair)
Chelford Tenants and Residents Association based in Chelford, Cheshire recognised with Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for 2015

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A voluntary group from Chelford, Cheshire which works in the community to improve the lives of mainly older persons, combat social isolation and create a great local community has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Chelford Tenants and Residents Association (CTARA) provides support, advice and representation for its members and the community on local issues that matter. It also provides intergenerational activities with their local primary school and works with partner agencies e.g. Age UK Cheshire East, The Chelford Practice, Cheshire East, Chelford Parish Council, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust and others.

Through its group of hard working volunteers it seeks to improve the local community and improve people's lives, in particular in providing activities for older persons to combat social isolation (which has been cited as the "hidden killer" in older persons).

Michael Jehan (Chair) and David Kent (Secretary) from the Association have been invited to attend the Queens Garden Party at Holyrood, Edinburgh in July when they will meet the Queen and other winners of this year's award.

CTARA is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June — the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.

CTARA will receive the award from David Briggs M.B.E., K.St.J the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire later this summer.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:
"I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year's awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action."

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: "I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year's Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society."

Michael Jehan, Chair of the Association said:
"I feel very proud and privileged that CTARA has been honoured for its work in the local community. It is a testament to the hard working volunteers who have made such a difference to our local people and to our supporters without whom we would not exist. As well as providing a wide ranges of activities including a community garden project, social events, coach trips and computer classes we also support our mainly older tenants to improve their housing, local communities and lives generally"

An example of the inspiring work undertaken is the Association's most recent initiative "Ageing Well in Chelford" which includes a Digital Discovery Project and a "Little Free Library" ("take a book, return a book") one of only 15 currently in the UK.

It really proves that people can make a difference to their neighbourhoods and lives. The Association is happy to share its experiences with Housing Associations, residents and others to improve communities.

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