“Croydon Vision will have to start charging me rent soon, as I want to move in!” R Johnson

At Croydon Vision, our journey has always been guided by one mission: to positively impact the lives of those with visual impairment. Today, we’re thrilled to share that our collective commitment has been recognized. Croydon Vision has received the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.

A Major Milestone

This award marks a significant milestone in our history. It symbolizes the collective efforts of our volunteers, staff, and supporters who tirelessly work towards a more inclusive and supportive environment for the visually impaired community.

Our Strong Community

Croydon Vision is more than just an organisation. It’s a community of individuals bound by a shared commitment to make a difference. This award celebrates the vibrant community that stands with us, backing our vision to uplift those facing visual challenges.

Understanding the MBE for Volunteer Groups

This award is more than just a plaque on the wall. It’s an affirmation of our influence that extends beyond our immediate community. Being likened to an MBE for volunteer groups, it underscores the importance of our collective societal contributions.

Voices from Our Members

Kwame Dartey, a member and volunteer since 2017, shares his journey, saying, “I’ve gained confidence knowing that I’m not alone with my disability and found a new purpose by contributing as a volunteer. This experience has enriched my life.” Similarly, Jim Smith, another long-time member and volunteer, expresses his appreciation for the organisation’s growth and activities. He says, ”I have been here for about 10 years and witnessed remarkable transformations. Our leader Susanette’s brilliant helm has initiated a myriad of events, excursions and classes making Croydon Vision increasingly accessible. It’s an organisation I love being a part of, spending 3-4 days a week here witnessing and contributing to the change.” Finally, Christine Rose describes volunteering at Croydon Vision as a “life saver,” recommending others to share in the satisfaction of making a difference.

The Power of Volunteerism

This award isn’t just about Croydon Vision; it’s a testament to the transformative impact volunteer groups can have on society. It serves as a call to consider the role we can individually and collectively play in creating supportive and strong communities through giving back.

Celebrating Our Community

This milestone is a celebration of our community’s strength, resilience, and generosity. It’s a reminder that together, we can overcome challenges and create positive change.

In Conclusion

To all Croydon Vision volunteers, supporters, and community – this award is as much yours as it is ours. Let’s continue to shine the light on inclusivity, understanding, and support, making our community a beacon of hope for all. Thank you for being an important part of our journey, and here’s to more achievements together!’