Wythenshawe’s Tree of Life Centre receives Royal award

Wythenshawe people are celebrating after a local charity was awarded a prestigious Royal accolade, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service  (QAVS) – the equivalent to an MBE.

The QAVS is the highest award given to UK volunteer groups and recognises exceptional work done by volunteer groups in their communities.

The Tree of Life Centre is a community grass roots charity, established in 2003, working to build sustainable and resilient local families and individuals and is a lifeline and support hub for life’s most basic essentials.

Francess Tagoe, CEO of the charity, said: “We are humbled. It’s a privilege to be able to serve the local Wythenshawe community.

“This is simply the greatest form of acknowledgement and appreciation of the sacrifice and commitment of our team. Words cannot express how excited we are to be awarded the prestigious QAVS.    

“We are proud to be a Wythenshawe-based charity with a first-class team of passionate and committed people who simply love serving our community.    

“We’d like to thank all our invaluable volunteers, staff – past and present – service users and supporters, without whom this award would not be possible.”

On a daily basis, the Tree of Life Centre welcomes, on average, 300 people to its centre on Greenbrow Road, improving the health and wellbeing of the local community through its furniture reuse programme, foodbank, community café, Employment and Skills Centre, Volunteering and a calendar of Wellbeing activities and events.

Winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service receive a certificate signed by the Queen, as well as a domed glass crystal. They will also be able to nominate two representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party.

To find out more, or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer or as a business interested in supporting the Tree of Life Centre, please call 0161 489 7018 or email info@treeoflifecentre.org.uk