Futures UnLocked, which works with YSS to deliver the Meet and Mentor service, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Futures Unlocked was established in 2007 and has established strong partnerships with a number of prisons releasing prisoners to Warwickshire, the probation and police services and voluntary sector providers. 

Meet and Mentor provides help to people immediately on their release from prison, supporting them back into the community. It is delivered by YSS in partnership with Futures UnLocked, in Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Telford & Wrekin.

The Queen’s Award recognises exceptional work done in local communities; the honour was first announced in April 2002 to mark the anniversary of the Queen's coronation, with the first awardees announced in 2003. It is the equivalent of the MBE for volunteer groups.

Catherine Kevis, YSS Chief Executive, said:

“I am delighted that Futures Unlocked has received this recognition for the outstanding work that they do in supporting ex-offenders to turn their lives around. We are proud to be working in partnership with them for our Meet and Mentor service, the success of which is only possible thanks to Futures Unlocked’s skilled and dedicated volunteers.”

For further information about Meet and Mentor, please see www.yss.org.uk/meet-and-mentor