We’re very excited to have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Described as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

We were nominated for the award by Jason Warner, Senior Learning Disability Nurse. Jason said: “I can personally attest that the volunteers that I come into contact with love what they do, are motivated, dedicated, well supported, and gain a great deal from their work. They are a vital voice in Oxfordshire’s communities.”

Photo taken by Paul Scarrott.

The nomination was supported by Nigel Taylor, who is a MLMC trustee, Power Up Trainer and Banbury Group member. Nigel said: “I wouldn’t know what to do without My Life My Choice; it makes a big difference to my life. Most of the volunteers that help me at MLMC have learning disabilities. This inspires me and makes me proud.”

The nomination was also supported by John Jackson, who was Director of Adult Social Services at Oxfordshire County Council at the time of the nomination. John said: “My Life My Choice is a brilliant charity that is extremely well-run and well-supported. It’s a real privilege working with the volunteers and a definite highlight of my job.”

MLMC Trustees Steve Mansell and Paul Scarrott outside Buckingham Palace.

Trustees Paul Scarrott and Steve Mansell went to Buckingham Palace for the Award Ceremony and had an amazing time.

Paul said: “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend an event at Buckingham Palace and we were so excited to go on behalf of the organisation. It was fantastic to see The Queen. I’ll always remember it.”

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