CRCB receives The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen's Award is for outstanding work carried out by charities and volunteers in the community. We are delighted to be awarded the highest honour a charity can receive – equivalent to an MBE for an individual.
As many of you know, CRCB has been operating from its base in Earlsdon only since April 2010 when two inspiring women, Rosie Brady and Tricia Griffiths, took on the daunting task of providing support services to blind and partially sighted people when a predecessor national charity opted to pull out.
Since then we have gone from strength to strength and now offer a wide range of opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends and take part in activities that may otherwise be inaccessible. The centre is open five days a week, up from two at the start. In just as exciting news, we are about to buy the premises we occupy and an adjacent former care home to allow us to expand to reach more people in Coventry. Currently we support around 150 people each week but with a population of several thousand in the city living with sight loss, we aim to reach many more.
We now employ one full-time and three part-time members of staff, however our backbone and the reason we can provide so much support is down to more than 70 volunteers, many of whom are themselves visually impaired.
Co-founder Rosie Brady, who lives with advanced macular degeneration, said: “We are so proud to have been nominated for this honour. The Resource Centre is a busy place full of laughter that truly transforms the lives of so many who come to us for support.”
Rosie continued: “This award is for all the volunteers, those who run and support activities, drive the minibuses, make tea, make lunch, make friends with people who have become isolated because of their sight loss; those who help at events and with fundraising, support the staff, who step in a moment’s notice to do the things that need to be done, or who guide the charity in their role as trustees.”
Rosie and Tricia will be heading to Buckingham Palace for a garden party this week and the presentation of the certificate and domed glass award trophy by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands will take place in Birmingham in the next couple of months.