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Computer Friendly regularly publishes a Newsletter giving interesting news about volunteers, venues and new courses. Interesting success stories of our learners will also be featured. Usually each Newsletter will give the Timetable for the next series of courses, but not in the latest issue of the Newsletter.

The latest Computer Friendly Newsletter is January 2020. In it you will find news about:

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Heroes of Hertfordshire

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In addition to the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service we are delighted to have received a “Heroes of Hertfordshire” certificate from Robert Voss, Lord-Lieutenant, as thanks for the support we have given the people of Hertfordshire in recent times.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

On Monday 3 August, in the magnificent setting of St Albans Cathedral, Computer Friendly, was officially presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive.

The restricted number of people allowed to attend, as well as interested on-lookers, all socially distanced, enjoyed the moving occasion under sunny skies.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss, CBE, made the presentation on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. He said he was extremely proud of all the winners of this prestigious award in the county, which is known as the MBE for Volunteers. It was especially significant for Computer Friendly given the pandemic, as it supports inclusion by ensuring that elderly and disadvantaged local residents are less isolated.

Rosemary Farmer, past Major of Harpenden, who had originally nominated Computer Friendly, said, ”I was delighted to nominate Computer Friendly for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”

Deputy Lieutenant, Stuart Nagler, alongside Deputy Lieutenant Penny Williams praised Computer Friendly saying “I am delighted to be present to see Computer Friendly get a very well-deserved and highly prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. They excelled in meeting the criteria required - good governance, sustainability, big impact in their community and most important truly volunteer-led.”

On 2 June, the day of the announcement, Computer Friendly held a celebratory Zoom meeting with many important guests.  To see what people said please go to our Queens Award for Voluntary Service page.

Bim Afolami praises us on Facebook

Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, praises Computer Friendly on his Facebook page.

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