S&G Trust honoured with Queen's Award

Jo Francis
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A charitable trust set up by Stephens & George has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The awards highlighted the growing role and importance of volunteers
The awards highlighted the growing role and importance of volunteers

Merthyr Tydfil-based Stephens & George Print Group is a fourth-generation family business specialising in magazine and commercial printing.

The Stephens & George Centenary Charitable Trust was established in 2012. It runs a number of projects aimed at raising literary standards, supporting young people in the local community and encouraging engagement with the Arts.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the trust adapted its offering to include extra free support measures including food parcels and a shopping service, as well as a book delivery and swap system for children.

The trust said it was delighted and honoured to received the prestigious award, and that the dedication of the charity's volunteers had been recognised by the Queen's Award scheme.

Andrew Jones, S&G Print Group chairman and managing director, said: “We are really pleased with our achievement, may it long continue.”

This year, 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland received accolades “for delivering exceptional service within their communities over the past year and beyond”.

Other winners included the Liverpool Talking Newspaper for the Blind and Gorton Imagination Library which provides books to children under the age of five.

Chair of the committee Sir Martyn Lewis, the long-standing news presenter and journalist, said the awards highlighted the growing role and importance of volunteers “in times of rapid change and unprecedented challenges”.

“There is no finer example of democracy in action than people getting together at a local level to tackle a problem or issue at the heart of their community. This year’s magnificent award winning groups touch virtually every area of need across our society,” he said.

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