The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2017

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 awarded to Special Olympics East Herts

Special Olympics East Herts (SOEH) has today been honoured by the announcement that it has been selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017.

The award is given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

SOEH provide all year round training or activities for its members who have an intellectual disability. Alongside the training, the charity offers opportunities for its members to take part in competitions and events which can be local, regional, national and even international.

SOEH is an accredited branch of Special Olympics GB within the Eastern Region.

With nearly twenty sports and social clubs in the local community, the branch is ever growing with a new Fitness and Wellbeing club launched in 2016 and a new Gymnastics club in Bishop’s Stortford on the horizon.

Neil Ward (Founder) and Janet Warrington (Disability Sports Development Officer) were invited to Buckingham Palace to join The Queen for the first Royal Garden Party held on Tuesday 16th May.

Neil Ward, said: “We are so proud that Special Olympics GB's East Herts club has been selected to receive the Queen’s Award for Volunteer Service 2017.

"We are planning to share this success with all of our volunteers, without whom this would not be possible, at our at our annual presentation evening on Friday 8th September at Wodson Park.
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