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Zink Project Award

Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Presents Local Charity with Queen's Award.  

Her Majesty’s representative in Derbyshire, the Lord Lieutenant, Elizabeth Fothergill CBE DL, visited High Peak charity, The Zink Project on Friday 9 October to present The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  

The Zink Project started as High Peak Foodbank but quickly expanded to support families in crisis to resolve issues that caused them to need a foodbank through Advice @Zink. To prevent families falling into poverty-related crises, Employability @Zink was introduced and has supported nearly 400 High Peak people into work.

During the pandemic, Zink has been more active, distributing four times as many emergency food parcels as usual with the help of Chapel-en-le-Frith Covid-19 Mutual Aid and Buxton Street by Street. Zink’s Covid-19 employability service supported people back to work and distributed refurbished laptops so participants could look for work or do online training at home thanks to the generosity of the local community and IT Solutions in Buxton.  

At a ceremony limited to six attendants due to Covid 19 restrictions, The Lord Lieutenant explained how The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award a charity can receive. She said it ‘recognises outstanding work done in communities’ and is the equivalent of an MBE'. 

To find out more about Zink: www.highpeakfoodbank.co.uk

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