United Youth Alliance a social action youth and community organisation based on the Fylde Coast have just been awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

United Youth Alliance (UYA), Founded by Deborah Terras in 2018, working alongside the public, private and community sectors to promote social action initiatives that benefit the voluntary, community and civil society organisations. Offering co-designed community led, time limited interventions, which include social action, research, training and events, that in turn support and develop communities.

United Youth Alliance is one of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Their work, along with others from across the UK, reminds us of all the ways fantastic volunteers are contributing to their local communities and working to make life better for those around them.

The King’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 Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee and, following his accession, His Majesty The King emphasised his desire to continue the Award.

Recipients are announced annually on 14th November, The King’s Birthday. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse and include volunteer groups from across the UK, such as a social support network for disabled adults in Banffshire; a charity using a refurbished pool as a community hub in south Wales; volunteer doctors providing pre-hospital care across rural Cumbria and a village renewal organisation promoting sustainability, equality and social inclusion in County Antrim.

United Youth Alliance will receive the award crystal and certificate from Mrs Amanda Parker JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer. In addition, United Youth Alliance will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May and June 2024, along with other recipients of this year’s Award. Being granted The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is a tremendous honour that reflects the unwavering commitment of our team and the transformative impact of our community-led initiatives.

Jake Adams a Director of UYA says: We are profoundly thankful for this prestigious recognition and remain steadfast to nurturing positive change in our community, collaborating with our partners to continuing our mission of empowering our community and driving positive change for years to come, united in our commitment to make a difference.

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