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Royal recognition for Devon volunteer group Dawlish Gardens Trust

PUBLISHED: 14:27 16 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:27 16 August 2013

Eric Dancer (Lord Lieutenant of Devon) and Dr John Whitehead (Chair of Trustees) with council members, volunteers and Trustees

Eric Dancer (Lord Lieutenant of Devon) and Dr John Whitehead (Chair of Trustees) with council members, volunteers and Trustees


The group was one of two Devon winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteer group the Dawlish Gardens Trust were recently awarded for their work supporting people with learning difficulties. They were one of only two groups in Devon to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is often dubbed the ‘MBE for voluntary service’.

The award sets the benchmark for excellence in volunteering, and each year celebrates outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving their quality of life and generally providing opportunities they otherwise might not get.

The Dawlish Gardens Trust was established nearly 20 years ago, and is seen as the leading provider of day services in South Devon. The group have established strong links with The West of England School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, as well as the Academy for the Deaf, amongst others.

The trust offers day suport to those with learning difficulties on their seven acre site near Dawlish. As well as outdoor activities, they have a music room and craft centre to enable their visitors to engage with their creative sides.

Mike Adams, Trustee and Secretary at Dawlish Gardens Trust, said: “The trustees at the Dawlish Gardens Trust are very proud of the award. The Trust has grown from very small beginnings and we are grateful to all of those who have made donations and helped us in other ways to achieve our present position.”

For more information on Dawlish Gardens Trust, visit


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