A FESTIVAL which has been running in Coventry for more than two decades was the proud recipient of the latest Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at the Hope Centre.
Inaugurated in 1995, the Positive Images Festival celebrates diversity, encourages partnership working, showcases local talent and provides volunteering opportunities.
The Queen’s Award is the highest accolade a voluntary group can ever hope to receive, and the festival received the award for the outstanding work carried out by local volunteer groups in their communities.
Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Ms Ursula Russell MBE, said the festival celebrates the culture and traditions of Coventry – and full deserves the award.
She said: “The dedicated volunteers offer an impressive example of harmonious working – they are individually and collectively one of the most enthusiastic groups of volunteers that I have met.
“I am absolutely delighted that their hard work has been rewarded by this prestigious honour.”
Colin Scott, chair of the festival, and Mehru Fitter MBE attended a special garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday May 24 to celebrate the award.
Colin said: “Arranging a huge festival comprising more than 200 events over a three week period is a monumental task for an organisation run entirely by volunteers.
“Every year the Festival is planned, organised and run by volunteers and it reaches many people and communities.”
The Queen’s award isn’t the only piece of recognition the festival has picked up in the past few years.
In 2013, the festival’s work in promoting community cohesion was recognised when receiving a Community Cohesion Award.
Ms Fitter MBE said: “Positive Images Festival is a people’s festival, a festival to conquer people’s minds and win their hearts.
“Getting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was a fantastic start to the 2016 festival.”
Visit www.positiveimagesfestival.co.uk for further information about the festival.