RUFF & RUBY URBAN YOUTH CHARITY receives The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

RUFF & RUBY are an award-winning local youth charity based at The Potteries centre in Stoke on Trent. They 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.

RUFF & RUBY engages, energises & empowers young people to realise their value, reach their potential & reshape their world. This is achieved by promoting positive self-esteem & aspirations through purpose- driven programs & services through
a collaboration of volunteering & employability opportunities, hard hitting topic-based roadshows & workshops, bedroom makeovers for young people in severe poverty, music & creative arts, lived experienced programs, 121 mentoring & solution focused life coaching, social enterprise & open access youthwork .

RUFF & RUBY 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.

Representatives of RUFF & RUBY youth charity will receive the award crystal and certificate from Lord-Lieutenant Ian Dusdon. Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire. In addition, two members from Ruff & Ruby will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May and June 2024, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Dawn Reynolds, founder & CEO says: “We are honoured and delighted that our group’s work has been recognised – we wouldn’t be able to deliver our extensive work in the community & staff our all-age community hub in the Potteries centre, impacting the lives of young people as a homegrown local charity without our fantastic volunteers. We believe in investing in ‘lived experience’ and volunteers bring their ‘No struggle, no story ‘DNA to the table which we highly value. They work tirelessly to support young people & the wider community of Stoke on Trent from the age of 13-65 – they are incredible, passionate and loyal -wow, we are blessed.