IMPACT’s Tasty Team receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

IMPACT’s Tasty Team volunteers have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their work in supporting people across West Sussex to adopt lifelong healthy eating habits.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is regarded as the MBE for volunteer groups.

IMPACT’s Tasty Team was established fourteen years ago, in response to rising rates of obesity and diet-related ill-health in our community. Volunteers support people who face challenges in maintaining a healthy diet, which can put them at heightened risk of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes. Target groups include young parents and carers in supported accommodation; adults with mental health needs; families on low incomes; school children and people referred by our local Food Bank.

Tasty Team interventions range from one-to-one cooking sessions to whole group tasting demonstrations, and empower participants with the skills, confidence and motivation to cook simple, healthy meals for themselves and their families.

IMPACT’s Chief Executive, Judi Stagg, said:

I am proud and delighted that the hard work and dedication of the Tasty Team volunteers has been recognised by this coveted award. Being well nourished is fundamental to health and thanks to IMPACT’s community spirited volunteers, this important message is being spread far and wide’.

Judi Stagg (Chief Executive) and volunteer Lucinda Meagher, attended the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace on the 1st June and met other winners of this year’s award. The award will be formally presented by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex later this summer. IMPACT’s Tasty Team is one of two West Sussex organisations to receive the Queen’s award this year for outstanding work in their communities.

Rail Tube was able to meet with Judi Stagg two years ago..and she kindly explained IMPACT UK’s work and how we can support it…