24:7 Wins Queens Award


It is with great pride that we can celebrate that The 24:7 Theater Theatre Arts Company has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Considered an “MBE for volunteer groups”, the award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.
For over a decade 24:7 Theatre Arts has produced the annual 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, launching new theatre-makers on to the performing arts scene.
 The continued success of 24:7 would not have happened without the support and dedication of hundreds of people, who over the years, have volunteered their time, services and expertise.
24:7 was established in 2004 as a not-for-profit limited company, becoming a charity in 2011. Its objective has always been to give its participants experience, confidence and a solid base on which to develop their particular skills.
David Slack, 24:7’s Executive Producer, says, “This Award represents a tremendous achievement for our organisation. I am full of appreciation for everyone who has seen the opportunities presented by 24:7 Theatre Arts and given their unstinting support. I hope that everyone involved feels immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”
As well as producing its annual Festivals, 24:7 has run workshops for writers, directors and actors. Its Foot In The Door scheme, managed by Annika Edge, has given dozens of aspiring young theatre-makers the opportunity to gain experience by working alongside Festival producers. Annika says, ”It is inspiring to see so many young people invest time, love and hard work into new theatre productions – and it is worth it! With an employment rate of nearly 80% in the six months after their placement, it shows how beneficial volunteering with Foot In The Door and 24:7 is."
Richard Hall, 24:7 Theatre Arts trustee, says, “Since it began in 2004, 24:7 has reached out into the community, giving people the chance, not only to become involved in an important initiative, but also to learn and develop their skills, make important contacts and also enjoy the work and creativity. I am proud to be working with such an important and nurturing organisation.”

The award will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester on Monday, 4 July at Gorton Monastery, Manchester. Later in July, we will be hosting a special reception for past volunteers and participants to meet each other again, share stories and have their photograph taken with the award for a 24:7 Album.

Notes to editors

1. Lord Lieutenants are the monarch’s representatives in their lieutenancy. There are 98 Lord Lieutenants who cover all areas of the UK.

2. This year there were 193 winners of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service from across the UK. More information on the winners can be found at the London Gazette https://www.thegazette.co.uk/

3. Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available at http://qavs.direct.gov.uk/

4. Nominations for the 2017 awards close on 16 September 2016 and should be made online via https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview

Who are 24:7?

24:7 Theatre Arts Network is dedicated to providing equitable opportunity for the hidden talents of the professional theatre community in Manchester and beyond.

To see what all the fuss is about, visit the 24:7 website and see how as one of its trustees,  SRi Forensics are involved in supporting the aims of the 24:7 Theatre Festival and giving something back to the community.