Charity's top award honour

A South Yorkshire voluntary group, which supports homeless and vulnerable people, has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Monday, 15th October 2018, 10:48 am
Updated Monday, 15th October 2018, 10:53 am
Award honours

Shilo Rotherham, based on Station Road in Rotherham, was nominated by former Mayor of Rotherham, Eve Rose Keenan, for their dedication to volunteering.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities. Shiloh is only the second Rotherham charity in the last ten years to have received this award.

Now with over 50 volunteers, Shiloh has been supporting the homeless and needy in Rotherham for 25 years serving hot meals and offering much needed services, such as laundry and clothing. More recently they have been working with local partners to offer housing advice, healthcare, training and mentoring.

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In 2017 Shiloh received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to employ support staff to help develop, the charity.

Project manager Steve Wylie said, 'This award rightly recognises our volunteers. We wouldn't be able to open our doors without them. This award is for all those who have supported Shiloh over the years; you enable us to do what we do.'

The award was presented by the HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombes, at St Bede's church, Masbrough earlier this month.