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Preston counselling service Cedar House receives Queen’s award for voluntary service

Posted on - 2nd June, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
Outside Cedar House counselling centre
Outside Cedar House counselling centre

Cedar House counselling service, based in Preston City Centre, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

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This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE. Cedar House has been offering quality counselling in a warm and friendly environment for over 20 years. The counsellors are professionally trained and qualified volunteers, providing counselling which is both effective and affordable for all.

They deal with issues such as historical child sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts and much more. One client said: “I would be dead now if it wasn’t for Cedar House.” The centre also provides training placements for advanced level counselling students from local colleges and universities.

A recently qualified student said: “Thank you for your support over the last three years. It has been a wonderful place to work and what you all do is amazing!” Cedar House is one of 244 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are diverse.

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Cedar House volunteer counsellors
Cedar House volunteer counsellors

They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including: a rural support group for farmers in Shropshire; a community magazine addressing isolation in the Western Isles; a running club engaging all ages in County Tyrone; a film academy and community hub based in South Wales, and a food bank in Greater London feeding vulnerable individuals and providing training opportunities.

The Trustees, who are involved in the running of Cedar House, said: “We are so delighted that the value of our work has been recognised and to receive this award in acknowledgement of the difference we have made in the lives of so many people.

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“This would not have been possible without the generous way in which our volunteers have unstintingly offered
their time, professionalism and good humour and we thank them so much for that.

“The need for the provision of accessible mental health care has been become increasingly obvious, especially since Covid-19, and we plan to continue to offer support to the many people who will need it in years to
come.”

Representatives of Cedar House will receive the award crystal and certificate from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO, later this summer. In addition, two volunteers from the team will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023, along withother recipients of this year’s Award.

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