Rugby Autism Network receives King’s Award for Voluntary Service - The Rugby Observer

Rugby Autism Network receives King’s Award for Voluntary Service

Rugby Editorial 30th Mar, 2024   0

ROYAL approval has been given on a Rugby voluntary group which helps autistic people and their families.

Warwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant Tim Cox officially presented a King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS) to the Rugby Autism Network.

The charity received the award – the highest award a local voluntary group can receive, equivalent to an MBE – for its support to parents and carers of young autistic people in Rugby.

The group’s work enabling families to enjoy quality time together by having access to autism-friendly events, bespoke days out, learning materials, workshops, and social support.

Chairperson Fay McSorley was delighted that their work had been recognised.

She said: “Our wonderful volunteers – past and present – have each brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to our members and we are all so proud of what we do. We have exciting plans ahead and will continue to support local families.

“This award is an amazing boost and will motivate us to keep giving our best, providing a service that simply did not exist when my own children were small.

“I hope our success will encourage others to volunteer and create their own support networks, working together to help overcome life’s challenges.”

Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Tim Cox said: “It is always a pleasure and a privilege to attend these special events and to connect with our local communities, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding individuals and organisations.

“These moments highlight the incredible spirit we have within Warwickshire, and how as individuals and as a community we can deliver activities and remarkable opportunities that deliver a positive impact.”

Coun Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council’s spokeswoman for environment, climate and culture, added: “This demonstrates the importance of recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of our residents and Warwickshire-based organisations.

“The presentations of awards are all vibrant and inclusive community events that show how we can make Warwickshire the best it can be, and encouraging a real sense of pride in our county.”

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