Wigan Youth Zone Earns The King’s Award for Volunteer Service
Wigan Youth Zone has been announced as a recipient of the exceptionally prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Established in 2002 as part of the UK honours system, the honour, equivalent to an MBE, celebrates the outstanding work of grassroots volunteer groups across the UK, and is the highest accolade awarded. Wigan Youth Zone joins a select group of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups that have received the award this year, which happens to coincide with Wigan Youth Zone’s 10th birthday celebrations.
Wigan Youth Zone has been inspiring and empowering the next generation to reach their full potential since 2013, engaging with over 32,000 young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 with additional needs). Those who have directly benefitted from our services have experienced increased confidence, reduced isolation, enhanced physical activity and improved mental well-being, among other positive changes.
Critical to the success of Wigan Youth Zone’s services is their hard-working, energetic, knowledgeable, passionate, and inspiring volunteers who support the running of the charity at all levels. Over the past decade, over 500 volunteers have collectively contributed over 60,000 hours of their time to support young people in Wigan and Leigh.
Recipients are announced annually on 14th November, The King’s Birthday. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse and include volunteer groups from across the UK. 6 Representatives of Wigan Youth Zone will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sir Warren James Smith, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, later this summer. In addition, two people from Wigan Youth Zone will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May or June 2024, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.