Rosmini Centre given royal honour in recognition of outstanding contribution to Wisbech community
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A FENLAND voluntary group has been hailed as outstanding after receiving a royal honour for their contribution to the local community.
The Rosmini Centre, in Wisbech, has been handed a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services - the group equivalent of an MBE.
The centre was presented with their award - a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal - by Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson.
Volunteers at the centre, which provides a vital integration service between incoming migrant families and the local community, were delighted with their award.
Centre manager Anita Grodkiewicz said: “It’s great, I think it really recognises all the hard work of all the volunteers who have put so much into the centre. The accolade of winning it is nice and it’s nice for the volunteers.
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“It’s a community and social centre. People can come and have fun as well as receive support and it’s an opportunity for everyone to integrate with each other.
“It doesn’t matter what your nationality is, anyone can make use of our services.”
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The centre runs activities and classes for all age groups with the aim of helping both new and established families settle in the area.
Guidance and support is also provided in a number of languages to help migrant newcomers with things such as tax returns and medical appointments.
Set up in 2007 the charity now has more than 120 volunteers and has been working from the Queen’s Road centre since 2009.
For more information about the centre go to www.rosminicentrewisbech.org