A North Shields-based living at home scheme has been recognised for the work of its helpers, with a Diamond Jubilee Voluteering Award.
Sixty organisations, one for every year of the Queen’s reign, have been chosen to receive the award, the equivalent to a corporate MBE.
One of the organisations was the MHA Care Group, one of the largest charities in the UK – and North Shields Live at Home Scheme is the most northerly community project of MHA.
The scheme currently supports more than 140 socially isolated older people living in the North Shields, Whitley Bay and Benton areas.
To celebrate the award, the scheme hosted a volunteers’ afternoon tea, where everyone was presented with a volunteering award badge, certificate and a letter from the chief executive of MHA.
Martyn Lewis, chairman of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award committee, said: “The organisations honoured with this award have built their success on the dedication and generosity of thousands of extraordinary people, each of whom has devoted their time and energy to the simple aim of making their communities – and their coutnry – a better place.”