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NOAH Enterprise has been awarded the 2017 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for “Recognising the dignity and worth of homeless people by supporting them from the streets and into the community”.
Jim O’Connor MBE, NOAH’s Chief Executive, says that
“The award has been described by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, as having the equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals. I am particularly thrilled for this recognition of our c300 volunteers who do so much to make possible the services that NOAH provides to people who are homeless, rough sleeping and otherwise destitute. This is done so generously in so many ways, whether it is by serving meals each evening in our centre, working in our kitchen at breakfast and lunchtimes throughout the week and weekend, assisting in our charity shops, taking part in our delivery of welfare services or acting as trustees. To give some idea of scale, in the past year, 664 different people came to the Luton daycentre for support, (over 22,916 distinct visits with an average of 63 people per day). 16,413 lunches were served, 5,669 breakfasts enjoyed, 9,118 soups handed out, 2,265 Showers taken, and 730 Nightshelter bed spaces provided.”
With our staff team, many volunteers and benefactors, a combination that is dedicated to seeing and helping realise the potential in people, we have come through some tough times to create an organisation that can do some extraordinary things.
Click here to listen to recent BBC Radio 5 live interview discussing the housing and homeless crisis in Bedfordshire and the work of NOAH
Our day centre is open 365 days a year and has supplied 40,000 meals in the last year.