Usui Reiki With Yvonne Oakes

I’ve received an award

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

On Friday 1st October I, along with other volunteers of the Mulberry Centre in Isleworth TW7 6AF, was presented with the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service.

The Mulberry Centre is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. The Mulberry Centre was selected for the additional designation of providing impactful support to the community in response to the pandemic last year.

Jane Kelly, Trustee and the Founder patron of the charity commented “This is a wonderful tribute to our volunteers in this our 20th anniversary year. They have always been at the heart of what we do and play an essential role in supporting anyone affected by cancer”

The Mulberry Centre is an independent charity providing support to anyone affected by cancer and I have been volunteering with them for two years, providing Reiki to clients. It is great that because of the nature of Reiki and the ability of the practitioner to ‘send’ it over distance to the person receiving it, I have been able to continue supporting clients throughout the pandemic and lock-down periods from the safety of my home to clients in the safety of their homes.

Having cancer is in itself an anxious time and experience. Having cancer during a pandemic caused that anxiety and uncertainty to increase 100-fold. That is why organisations such as the Mulberry Centre and the staff and volunteers that provide the services have been invaluable, and I know it helped me feel as though I was doing something to help during that time. It was a difficult time for staff members too, finding ways to continue to meet the needs of clients. That is why I offered Reiki sessions to staff, and those who engaged with it found it to be of great benefit.

Returning to ‘normal’

The doors are open again to volunteers and clients at the Mulberry Centre, with a wide range of in-person activities as well as the online classes and workshops. More information about the Centre can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you or someone you know needs support.

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