HANDS AROUND THE WORLD (HATW), the Monmouth-based charity, every day helps 3000+ vulnerable children in 5 different countries; ensuring they are clothed and fed, have a home and are receiving an education.

PRESS RELEASE for 2nd June 2020:

“I am writing to let you know that on the anniversary of the Queen Coronation, 2nd June, it is to be announced in the London Gazette that a Monmouth based charity Hands Around the World will be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  It is the highest award given to local volunteer groups and is described as the MBE for volunteers. The crystal Award and certificate signed by the Queen will be presented at a later date on behalf of Her Majesty by the Lord Lieutenant and the charity will be entitled to use the distinctive QAVS logo.

Hands Around the World was founded 25 years ago by Dr David Steiner and has volunteers who assist the running of the charity in the Monmouth area as well as volunteers who pay their own fares to go and work overseas in Africa and India on various projects. The charity works in some of the poorest and most needy communities to support thousands of vulnerable children by providing food, education, vocational training and apprenticeships.

Dr David Steiner, a former GP was awarded the OBE for his humanitarian work and was given the Mother Teresa International Award.

In supporting the nomination for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken said, ‘This is an outstanding, focussed and well managed charity reliant on volunteering at its very best’.

If I can provide any further information about the QAVS please let me know.  I have copied Dr Steiner who can tell you more about the work of the charity.”

(Bishop) Dominic Walker DL (Deputy Lieutenant and QAVS lead)

Hands Around the World website: www.hatw.org.uk

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: qavs.culture.gov.uk