Bristol charity Ablaze has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in this year’s Birthday Honours. The award is the highest honour given to voluntary groups across the UK and is regarded as the ‘MBE for voluntary and charitable sectors’.
Ablaze, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, pairs volunteers from local businesses with schools to raise aspirations, attainment and achievement in young people. Each year more than 2,000 young people are supported by volunteers.
TLT has been involved with Ablaze almost since its inception, providing mentoring and reading assistance to young people, and business support for the charity, including office accommodation for the core team.
TLT's Robert Bourns said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Ablaze. Their valuable work really does impact local communities in Bristol, helping to improve literacy rates in primary school children and mentoring at secondary school. Mentoring encourages young people to believe that they could go on to University or otherwise aspire to achieve at a higher level than might otherwise be the case. For TLT its about being part of the communities in which we work and supporting employees' own personal development."
Ablaze's Roger Opie said: "There is a culture from the top within TLT to encourage volunteering and investment in the community. Consequently staff within the firm are enthusiastic about generously giving time to Ablaze projects in primary and secondary schools in disadvantaged areas to raise young people's aspiration, self esteem, skill levels and awareness of social mobility. They serve as great ambassadors and role models."
To continue to deliver its charitable aims, Ablaze needs both financial and mentoring support from local businesses. To find out more about getting involved, contact the team at Ablaze.