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Inspero Honoured with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Inspero are very proud and honoured to announce that the organisation have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This is the highest award (the MBE for organisations) The Queen's Award for Voluntary Servicesthat can be given to volunteer groups in the UK, which recognises exceptional service in communities.

The unique UK national honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

Chair of Trustees Samia Calvet commented

We are thrilled and honoured to win the Queen Award for Voluntary Service. A big thank you to all our dedicated volunteers for their outstanding work and contribution

Samia and Founder Catherine attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on the 5th June, meeting Prince Charles, Catherine commented:

Prince Charles was so lovely and interested in our work, he understands what we are trying to do in our communities, he told us that we are doing very important work and thanked us

Inspero is an educational charity, our aim is to empower and support young people and their families to lead healthy lifestyles by learning about food, and the integral role it plays in their lives. Inspero provides a range of free and affordable services including cooking and healthy eating classes, food growing, horticulture, Forest School for children, adult Green Therapy classes and a gardening service for older people.

Additionally we build community gardens for areas of the community eg. Noah’s Ark children’s Nursery, Women’s Refuge and create edible gardens and deliver horticulture projects for local schools. We work with a range of organisations including BCoT, Buckskin Community Centre, Popley Fields Community Centre, Kempshott Hall Trustees, Sovereign Housing, Dove House School, Park View School, Sainsbury’s and a range of corporates eg.Fujitsu. Our work is primarily for the advancement of education and community development, helping people to lead healthier lifestyles, prevent diseases and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

Founder and Chief Executive Catherine Waters-Clark said “It is a wonderful privilege to receive this award from the Queen, we are a small charity in Basingstoke who works with over 600 young people per year educating them about food. It is amazing for our volunteers to be recognised in this way, we are so thrilled.”

Inspero will be having a celebration garden party for volunteers in July at its award winning Kempshott community garden.