British monarch Queen Elizabeth II today recognised Barbadians Trevor and Pamela Headley as the 171st Commonwealth Points of Light Award winners in honour of their exceptional voluntary service providing home-cooked meals for their local community.
Trevor and Pamela have been donating home-cooked meals to a local homeless shelter every week for the past 12 years.
They purchase all of the ingredients themselves to prepare hot meals in their own home, and have continued to deliver these meals throughout the pandemic, providing vital support to those living
in the shelter.
As part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London 2018, The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – thanks inspirational volunteers across the 54 Commonwealth nations for the difference they make in their communities and beyond, by recognising volunteers from each Commonwealth country every week.
By sharing these stories of service, the Commonwealth Points of Light awards celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.
Trevor and Pamela said the individuals at the shelter were now a part of their lives and giving assistance was
a blessing for them.
“We are humbled to receive this award for our work with the Sir Clyde Gollop Shelter here in Barbados.
“For us, creating access to nutritious meals is more than meeting a basic human need, but creating a sense of community.
“The men at the shelter are a great part of our lives and supporting them is both a pleasure and a blessing.
“Thanks to our family and friends who over the past 14 years have supported our efforts, emphasizing the power of working together to create a positive difference.”
Craig Fulton, Acting British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean noted: “To prepare and supply meals for 30 homeless men every week for over fourteen years, especially throughout the COVID pandemic, is an extraordinary feat of generosity. I salute Trevor and Pamela for their outstanding contribution to those in need in Barbados.”
The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 54 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.
The Heads of Government meeting brought together leaders from all the 54 member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people.
Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Queen Elizabeth II has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.
The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding volunteers every day of the week – people whose service is making a difference in their communities and whose story can inspire others to creative innovative solutions to social challenges in their own communities and beyond.
Points of Light began in America under President George H. W. Bush and today over 6,000 US Points of Light have been recognised. The scheme has the support of all living US Presidents.
Since 2014 the UK Prime Minister has been recognising a daily Point of Light from the UK, with over 1,500 volunteers now recognised.
Commonwealth Points of Light is a continuation of this programme with a special series of awards recognising inspirational volunteers throughout the Commonwealth, coinciding with the UK being the Commonwealth’s Chair-in-Office of for the next two years.
One volunteer from each of the 54 Commonwealth countries was recognised in the days leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018.
Following the success of this programme, The Queen decided to continue this work and award one volunteer from each Commonwealth country every week.
More information, including details of other Commonwealth Points of Light recipients, can be found on the website: www.pointsoflight.gov.uk (PR)