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In a landmark event for 20 lucky voluntary youth organisations across the UK, the JLGB (Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade) was one of the charities presented with The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award. 

The ceremony, held at the historic Fishmongers’ Hall, was graced by the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, who personally presented the awards.

The event unfolded with an air of anticipation and pride. After a warm session of refreshments, guests were treated to a series of inspiring speeches that highlighted the importance of volunteer work and the significant impact of organisations like JLGB. The atmosphere was one of celebration and reflection, acknowledging the tireless efforts and dedication of volunteers.

HRH The Princess Royal then took the time to meet and interact with each and every guest, offering a personal touch to the ceremony. This gesture was especially poignant for the representatives of JLGB, marking a significant moment in their nearly 128-year history of service.

Representing JLGB at this prestigious event were Chief Executive Neil Martin OBE, adult volunteer Alice Brostoff, and former national Youth President Emma Solomons along with her Vice, Reuben Garrad. 

Emma Solomons aged 19, reflecting on the award, shared her excitement and appreciation:
“Getting this award is really amazing and means so much to all of us. It shows how much every volunteer's hard work and dedication pays off. It’s like a big shout-out to how we all come together to make a real difference for young Jewish people all over the UK. I'm super proud to be a part of this!”

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, the KAVS Chair said:

“These awards are a timely acknowledgement of the wide-ranging support and encouragement that is available to young people across the UK.

“They highlight the indispensable role that the voluntary sector plays in targeting help, advice and guidance where it is needed most. 

“These awards should also be seen as a tribute to the millions of volunteers and donors who, in difficult times, provide the resources of time and money which contribute so powerfully to the social fabric of our country."

The award, a one-off honour created to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, recognizes JLGB as the only Jewish group among the 20 national charities awarded. This accolade is a recognition of JLGB’s outstanding work in empowering and supporting young Jewish people aged 16-25, fostering their development as active citizens in their communities and British society at large.

As the ceremony concluded, the sense of accomplishment and the responsibility of carrying forward the legacy of volunteerism was palpable among all organisations. For JLGB, this award not only celebrates past achievements but also sets a path for future endeavors, encouraging more young people to become involved and make a difference.

For over 125 years, young Jewish people have been discovering just how brilliant they can be and how they can make the world a better place through JLGB. Whether you're 8 or 18, whatever you want to be, join in and be your best self with us! 

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