A community project which supports people on a deprived town estate has received one of the highest honours for voluntary service from the Queen.
The Hemmingwell-based Hope Project in Wellingborough was presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Vice-Lord Lieutenant Sir John Robinson.
The award recognises excellence of voluntary activities and services carried out by groups in the community. It was given to the project for its efforts to support families and individuals in an area of deprivation, and its help to change lives.
Chairman of the local residents’ association Cathy Mulholland said: “I am so delighted that The Hope Project has received the award from the Queen, especially when 15 years ago the reputation of the Hemmingwell estate meant that people looked down on anyone living there.”
The project began work on the estate in 1997, steadily establishing a pre-school, community cafe, family support service, youth club, music studio, community hall and skills centre in the area.
Simon Trundle, project CEO and founder, said: “The award recognises the work of so many individuals who have volunteered within their community to improve the lives of many families and young people. “