Queens Award for Voluntary Service
What's it all about
Spotlight Youth Productions were awarded the 'MBE' for voluntary groups by Her Majesty the Queen on 2nd June 2018 in an announcement in the London Gazette. This prestigious award, in recognition of the 21 years of service to the community and the strong emphasis on volunteering and active citizenship, followed an intensive scrutiny of the organisation and the current volunteers by Professor Rashid Gatrad, Deputy Lieutenant to Her Majesty the Queen.
Professor Gatrad interviewed the current volunteers and members at length, exploring the extent of their work in the local community, the breadth of services they were involved with and the years of commitment they had given in the support of others. His recommendation was subsequently considered by the Cabinet Office in London with ultimate decision in Buckingham Palace.
Since Spotlight Youth Productions was formed in 1997 we have been fortunate in having so many volunteers willing to give their time, skills and energy to assist in every aspect of our musical productions and we are absolutely ecstatic that the time and effort of our volunteers over the last 21 years has been formally recognised by this prestigious award.
The announcement of the award was celebrated by Steve and Nigel representing Spotlight at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 31st May an event attended by their Royal Highnesses, The Queen, Prince William and Princess Eugenie. There will be a formal presentation of the award later in the year and Spotlight plan to hold their own celebration event with all volunteers, past and present.