King’s Award for Voluntary Service by HM The King

I am thrilled to inform you Wellingborough District Hindu Association (WDHA), has been awarded the King’s Award for Voluntary Service by HM The King. The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their own communities. 

“His Majesty The King has approved the KAVS National Assessment Committee’s recommendation that the volunteers of Wellingborough District Hindu Association (WDHA) should receive The King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS) 2023. This represents a tremendous achievement, and we hope that the group’s volunteers will feel immensely proud of it.”

Wellingborough District Hindu Association (WDHA) was started by a group of community volunteers in early 1970s. Subsequently a building was purchased with funds from the community and volunteers. The Hindu Centre has continued to serve the community in Wellingborough and across Northamptonshire for over 45 years, hosting numerous religious, community engagement events, educational and sports programmes for children, families and local schools supporting thousands of individuals in that time.

The success of WDHA is centred around the willingness of the community to offer their professional skills and time through voluntary support, from trusteeship, fund raising, accounting, educational initiatives, community outreach, celebrating religious and cultural events to social and health care programmes; aimed at benefitting the whole community. 

Volunteers are an integral part of our success, and this award is in recognition of the valuable contribution made by volunteers over the last 45 years. I would like to thank all our volunteers for your continued hard work and dedication to support the work undertaken by WDHA.

Vinod Patel 

Chair Wellingborough District Hindu Association

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