The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award 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.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

It is a great honour for us, Earls Hall Baptist Church, to receive this award, in particular the Crossing Boundaries project for the special work it does in the local community.

In 2010 Earls Hall Baptist Church set up Crossing Boundaries. This came from an ongoing desire to be a hub in the community. As a church our vision is “To Love God, To Love People, and To Follow Jesus.”

Crossing Boundaries is a response from the church to the difficulty for some in the community to access appropriate support to meet their needs. Through the Crossing Boundaries project people have received support, information, and a guiding hand towards appropriate statutory bodies and other groups and organisations in the area. People who could not access care are now being cared for and supported.

Crossing Boundaries is focussed on “Developing a resilient community network, helping those in need through times of change”.

Crossing Boundaries was nominated for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service by our local MP Sir David Amess.

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