Celebrating with our volunteer family It was with great pleasure that we welcomed our wonderful volunteers to celebrate our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Joined by nearly 70 of our volunteer family, friends and supporters including Mayor Peter Taylor, we were able to say a huge thank you for their kindness, dedication and support. On Tuesday 14th September 2021, we were delighted to be able to share the award with so many of the people who played such an important part in us being awarded it. The assessors were hugely impressed with what our amazing volunteer family achieves. We were presented with the award by Robert Voss CBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, in July 2021 but, due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to celebrate with our volunteers at that time. Lynne Misner, our founder and Chief Executive, expressed her thanks saying ‘Today’s celebration is not just a celebration of our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is a celebration and a huge thank you to each and every one of you – our Small Acts of Kindness family. You have been with us every step of the way and you are at the heart of everything we do. This simply could not happen without you.’ Commenting on the impact our volunteers have had, Chris Hamill, volunteer Chair of Trustees, highlighted that we are now at a point where growth beyond the County is both possible and sensible. With this in mind, we are also looking to find ourselves a permanent home. Lynne raised her glass toasting ‘every member of the Small Acts of Kindness family who give endlessly of themselves to make a difference to some of the most vulnerable older people in Hertfordshire.’ Packing begins in the coming weeks and we once again are overwhelmed by the response to help. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.