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June 2, 2021 | Laura Murphy

WayfinderWoman receives Queen’s Award!

In the week that celebrates volunteers, we were delighted to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour a charity can receive.

The WayfinderWoman Trust, a charity run by volunteers based in Eastbourne, have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

WayfinderWoman, run by and for women, helps build self-confidence and skills for women who are facing disadvantage and support them in transforming their lives.  In the 10 years since it was first conceived WayfinderWoman has helped approximately 900 women from across the UK with their free workshops, coaching and drop-in advice centre.

The founder and Chair, Laura Murphy said, “I am so excited that our wonderful volunteers have been recognised by the Queen in this, Volunteer’s Week.  They’ve each brought their skills and enthusiasm, working with unstinting commitment to help other women have better lives.  They’ve built long lasting friendships as a result and had a lot of fun along the way.”

WayfinderWoman is one of only 3 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups from East Sussex to receive the prestigious award this year.

The equivalent of an MBE, The Queen’s Award recognises outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Volunteers from WayfinderWoman will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sir Peter Field, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex later this summer. Two volunteers will also attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022.

Laura adds: ‘It was a rigorous selection process, and our volunteers deserve all the recognition this gives them.  It will help raise our profile and encourage more women to come to us for support.  If you want to join our band of volunteers and help others, please get in touch by emailing volunteering@wayfinderwoman.com .”

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