Sorry it has been a while since we updated our blog ! Such a busy few weeks since our last update and it is hard to believe that we are only about 8 weeks away from Christmas ! We had an amazing open day with the official presentation of our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at the end of September, an amazing achievement ! Some of the news articles here;
We are extremely pleased to have received this award, which is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary organisations in the UK and the highest award an organisation can achieve! More information on the Queen’s Award can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview
During October another fashion show was held by the lovely people at Chloe James Lifestyle for our benefit. The event too place on the 13th October at the Cote Brasserie in St Albans High Street, and raised over £1000 for us, a truly impressive amount! Big thanks to all who attended the evening. We are very grateful for the continued support from Chloe James who have organised and held many of these events for us. Now that Christmas is looming take a look around their store at 12 the High Street St Albans. It is packed with lovely gifts, clothes, jewellery and gorgeous things for your home too. Take a look ! http://chloejameslifestyle.co.uk/
Moving on to World Aids Day (01 December)we will be holding another of our “Busking Days” on Saturday 03 December at the Clock Tower in St Albans. A free event for all, do come along to find out more about our work and enjoy the talents of the numerous local musicians who will be donating their time on the day. The event is scheduled to start at 11am. Watch this space for details of those to perform on the day, always a very popular event !
We will also be holding a mini display of the “Stand Tall” photographic exhibition featuring pictures of individuals living with HIV along with a short description of their journey since diagnosis. The event will be in Luton on 30th November 2 to 4pm at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts 3 St Mary’s Road Luton LU1 3JA and is part of a day of celebrations, raising awareness of HIV in the community.
We are immensely grateful as ever for all the support we have received again this year, without your kind assistance we cannot do what we do for some of the most vulnerable in our society so a huge thank you to you too.
Keep watching this space !
The Crescent Team
Sorry it has been so long since we updated our blog, so much has been happening it has been hard to keep everything updated. If you were worried we may have gone away then fear not we are here !
An amazing parachute jump by our Mayor Salih and Trustee Denise, another of our successful busking days and numerous lunches and social events have all taken place in the last three months!
Coming up this month we are looking forward to our open day and garden party on 25 September.
The day will follow the same format as previous years with live music from local bands, tea, cake and other lovely refreshments plus beer, wine and cider. It will give you a chance to ask questions, talk to staff, see our premises in Russell Avenue and find out more about our work in the community.
Free entry as usual (although donations are always welcome of course) starting at 2pm on Sunday 25 September, all are welcome of course so please do call in to see us.
We are also honoured earlier this year to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (one of only three organisations in Hertfordshire to receive the award from her Majesty) The award is the highest a charity can achieve in the UK and is the MBE for Voluntary Organisations.
As part of the open day proceedings we will be officially presented with the award certificate signed by Her Majesty and the engraved crystal trophy by Her Majesty’s representatives.
It promises to be a great day so please do come along ! Once we have a complete list of acts performing we will update you so keep watching this space.
Thanks as ever for your support,
The Crescent Team
Earlier in the year we were amazed and truly honoured to have been nominated for the above award by the Bishop of St Albans and we are now very pleased to announce that we have been successful.
The attached press release gives more details on the award which is the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK, described as the MBE for a voluntary organisation.
None of this would have been possible without your support and of course the hard work and dedication of our team of volunteers. We, on behalf of those we support, would like to thank you all very much and hope that you will continue to support us as we still need your help as much as ever.
More information on the award here QAVS The Crescent Press Release
As ever thank you all for your continued support, we really couldn’t do all we do without you.
The Crescent Team
We are thrilled that the Bishop of St Albans has nominated us for this amazing award, (which is the equivalent of an MBE for a voluntary organisation) and especially honoured to be considered on the eve of HM the Queen’s 90th birthday too. Three of our volunteers attended a reception at County Hall in Hertford recently as recognition of our nomination.
The winners of the award will be announced in June and we will of course keep you informed ! If we are successful we will be presented with our award by The Countess of Verulam, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and receive an invite to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Thanks as ever for your support, we cant do what we do without you!
The Crescent Team
Crescent volunteers Anita Denise and John pictured at the reception with Deputy Lieutenants of Hertfordshire, Mrs Penny Williams JP DL and Mrs Jo Connell OBE DL