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Environmentalist From Alfreton Honoured At The Palace Of Westminster In The Peoples Honours

Published on Wednesday 13 April 2022

Elliott Lancaster from Alfreton, Derbyshire, has been recognised at the Palace of Westminster with a prestigious British Citizen Award (BCA) in recognition for his extraordinary endeavours. The British Citizen Award in partnership with One Stop, is now in its eighth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country. 


The January 2022 Presentation had to be postponed due to Government Guidelines at the time, but Elliott received his British Citizen Award for Services to Education on 24th March 2022. As well as receiving the coveted BCA Medal of Honour he has also been invited to use the post-nominals BCAe as a legacy of his achievements. Elliott was presented his Medal of Honour by Roger Wilshaw, Director, Neighbourhoods, from founding Sponsor, Places for People.

Elliott has a passion for social change, youth empowerment and sustainability. At the age of just 15 Elliott’s experience led to a battle with loneliness, isolation and depression yet, despite this, Elliott has made it his mission to support other young people. 

Elliott’s impact and encouragement, directly or indirectly, for young people across the range of his activities are innumerable. He does it all while balancing his academic studies and at-home caring responsibilities. He has provided a significant long-lasting impact, demonstrated by engaging over 20,000 young people in events and raising £50,000 collectively between projects. 

In 2016 Elliott established ‘Utter Rubbish’ a social enterprise that has integrated mobile phone app technology into councils across the UK. The purpose of this app is to reduce recycling waste for local councils and enable citizens to have real-time knowledge of their council’s recycling policies. Elliott has established partnership with local government bodies and is now looking at implementing this across other parts of England. 

“This year’s medalists have reminded us of how many amazing people are supporting our communities, especially during such a challenging time. At One Stop we serve many communities across the country, and we know how important voluntary work is to support those in need. We're proud to be partnering with the BCA again and to play a small part in helping each medallist to be recognised. Our congratulations go to all honourees”, said Jonny McQuarrie, from BCA partner One Stop.

The Medal presentation was hosted by TV presenter Tim Vincent, and attended by BCA Patron Dame Mary Perkins, Founder of Specsavers, and Baroness Caroline Cox. The British Citizen Award (BCA) was established in 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on their communities and society. The BCA recognises true community heroes who would otherwise likely be overlooked. Dubbed ‘The People’s Honours’, many recipients have subsequently been selected to receive a Queen’s Honour after their endeavours have been recognised with a BCA.

Each medalist had a day to remember befitting their achievements. At the Palace of Westminster medals were presented by Senior Representatives from official partner One Stop, Places for People, Specsavers, Objective HR and Experian, who all support this unique programme. Following this, medalists are treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour tour before attending a certificate presentation at the prestigious Church House. 

The British Citizen Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday people for exceptional endeavor and are truly representative of today’s multicultural Britain.
 




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