My charity, The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety, which runs out of church hall building of the former Barony St John’s Church in Ardrossan has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

As you may know, we provide empowering Personal Safety and self defence training to vulnerable groups and individuals including female survivors of violence, people who are sensory impaired, children and youths, people with dwarfism and people from LGBTI and ethnic minority communities…and we do it all with only 9 volunteer Instructors, no paid staff.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups that benefits their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

We will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Sheriff Iona Sara McDonald, later this summer….and two of our volunteers will attend a garden party at Holyroodhouse in July 2021.

We are absolutely thrilled and delighted that our charity’s work in empowering vulnerable people has been recognised with such a prestigious award from Her Majesty, The Queen.

I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, both present and past, as they give up their time and skills free of charge to enable us to function.

To all our volunteers, I’d like to say a heartfelt “Thank You”.

You are simply The Best.