Queens Award for Voluntary Service
We are thrilled to announce that Grant a Smile has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which is like an ‘MBE’ for voluntary organisations.
The QAV award is given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities. The recipients of the Award are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Joyce Obaseki, director of Grant a Smile said: “This prestigious award means a lot to us and we are truly delighted and honoured to receive it. We don’t just clean homes, we provide practical support that strengthens and gives hope to families. The impact is outstanding, people feel less depressed, feel supported and this helps the emotional, mental and psychological wellbeing of parents and children. Our volunteers are our lifeline and we couldn’t have done this without them.”
British Citizen Awards 2018
Joyce is one of 29 medalists who was honoured at a prestigious ceremony on July 5th at the Palace of Westminster. All BCA recipients have selflessly undertaken various activities in support of a number of worthy causes. Each will receive a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medalists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name. Speaking about her nomination, Joyce said: “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this prestigious award. It feels wonderful to be recognised for the life-changing work that we do for our community and I want to thank our kind volunteers for helping us grant smiles to families in dire need”.
The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.
The British Citizen Award recognises individuals that positively impact others and highlights the positive aspects of multi-cultural communities, workplaces, community groups and charities throughout the UK. It is accessible to all and serves to celebrate the good things that make Britain great.
There is no fee for making a nomination. Nominees who are granted a BCA will be invited to attend the Presentation Day at the Palace of Westminster. Presentations are held twice annually in January and July.
Lift Effect Award
Another award collected by our leader Joyce Obaseki. This time it’s the Lift Effect and Meghan Star Award. We thank them for this honour and we look forward to continuing our campaign of supporting families in need in the UK.
Pride of Africa Award
Another award for our inspirational leader Joyce. Truly deserving of the Pride of Africa Award. This time, it was for Outstanding Contribution, Courage & Achievement Towards Promoting African Cultural Growth, Social Well-being and Humanitarian Aid & Assistance for Africans in Diaspora & Beyond.
We thank the award panel for this prize but feel it’s 100% justified for all Joyce’s hard work in making families feel life really is worth living.
Our Founder Joyce Obaseki recieved the Humantarian of the year award
We are delighted to announce Joyce was awarded the Humanitarian of the year awards, at the Women4Africa award ceremony.
The Annual Women4Africa Awards is a Universal Platform to profile, elevate and celebrate the best of African women
Dedicated to recognising and appreciating African women who are making an impact in various walks of life. Women for Africa is open to those who want to join us as we celebrate some of Africa’s unsung heroines.
Grant A Smile is proud to announce we won 5 prestigious awards!
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Awards recognise organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to community safety and Grant A Smile is honoured to have won the People's Choice Award and recognised as Community Heroes at the PFCC Annual Event held on the 15th March 2018.
We are ecstatic, grateful and overwhelmed that we have won these award. It feels wonderful to be recognised for the amazing work that we do for the families we serve. The best gift you can give to anyone is a smile and we pleased to be able to change the lives of the families we support.
We thank everyone who took the time to nominate and vote for us as their choice in these highly regarded awards.
We are also proud to announce we were awarded the certificate of appreciation from Epping Forest District Council for our contributions to the Epping Forest Community and the positive well being of its residents