A COVENTRY charity which has worked to break down barriers and help those in the city recognise their skills, knowledge and abilities through entrepreneurship has won The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Over the past 13 years, the Highlife Centre has co-created and delivered around 60 programmes and helping over 13,000 people to reach their full potential.
Its programmes have helped to celebrate African heritage, encouraged cohesion within and between communities and and created pathways for future leaders from minority backgrounds.
Its list of programmes and workshops include podcasting, health and well-being, a youth club and a sewing hub.
The Highlife Centre will receive the award crystal and certificate from Timothy Cox, Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, while two representatives will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May and June 2024.
The Highlife Centre CEO Christabell Amoakoh said: “We are delighted our organisation has been recognised for the work we do.
“We’ve come so far as an organisation and this award will definitely propel us to the next level where we will reach, engage and support more service users.
“We are grateful to all our volunteers and can’t be more proud of this achievement”.
The King’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee and aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups as they strive to benefit their communities.
The honour the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE, with recipients announced on November 14, King Charles III’s birthday.