Queen’s award is so well deserved for Leigh Park service

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VOLUNTEERS at a counselling group have spoken of their pride after they received the royal seal of approval.

As reported in The News, Off The Record, based in Purbrook Way, Leigh Park, has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The charity offers counselling for young people aged 11 to 25 years old on personal issues, including relationships, depression, and homelessness.

More than 100 volunteers work for the organisation, which also has an office in Fratton Road, Fratton.

Off The Record is one of a clutch of organisations nationally to win the award after being nominated by members of the public.

Chairman of Off The Record John Simmonds said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to have received this prestigious honour for the support we offer young people in the local community, and especially one that recognises that volunteering, and all this involves, is at the heart of Off The Record.’

Councillor Tony Briggs, leader of Havant Borough Council, which supports the group along with Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This is marvellous news to see one of the borough’s voluntary organisations receiving this award.

‘The fact that this award is nominated by the public is testament to the group’s hard work.’