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It was announced today (2nd June 2019) by Buckingham Palace that The Chichester Bell Tower Youth Drop-In is to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for volunteer groups). This prestigious award recognises excellence of voluntary activities and services carried out by groups in the community. The Bell Tower Youth Drop-In is based in the Cathedral Bell Tower in central Chichester. The award recognises the work of volunteers in supporting local young people in Chichester and the wider district, in providing a daily after school drop-in, with mentoring support and young leaders development programme. Volunteers also provide in school support.

The Drop-in is open five days a week from 3:00pm – 5:30pm to all secondary school pupils during term time.
Nick Taunt, the recently retired head of Bishop Luffa School, commented,

“I was happy to nominate this wonderful project for an honour. The Bell Tower’s work offers a real benefit to young people in Chichester. In my time as head of Bishop Luffa, I saw a positive impact on the attitudes, behaviour and attendance of those children who frequented sessions. I congratulate Sam and his team for their dedication to this powerful and worthwhile project.”

Sam Harding, project manager of The Bell Tower Youth Drop-In also commented that,

“the award recognises the work of numerous individuals who have volunteered within their community to improve the lives of so many young people. Without the dedication of these volunteers, The Bell Tower Youth Drop-In would not exist. I feel very privileged to lead the project and will celebrate the fact that we have received this award from the Queen with our team of volunteers from across the community. I feel particularly proud when I see many young people who have used our centre for years, choosing to come back to volunteer and give back to their community, creating a lasting cycle of positive change.”

Anthony Gardner of the Dexam Trust, a sponsor of The Bell Tower Youth Drop-In, said “As a regular sponsor and supporter of their work, we are delighted to hear that The Bell Tower Youth Drop-In Centre has received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service. It is thanks to all those who give so much of their time and energy to serve their community through this valuable project, creating a safe environment for young people to thrive.”

The formal presentation of the award will take place later in the year.

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We are looking for dedicated individuals to join us to complement the skills of
our existing trustee board. Chichester City Centre Drop-In (also known as “The Bell Tower”) is a local youth drop-in, open every day after school, during term time. Inspired by Christian principles, the charity was launched in 2014 with the vision of creating a safe space, accessible to any secondary school-aged young person in need in the Chichester area.

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that The Bell Tower achieves its core purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that The Bell Tower has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support the staff team and volunteers to enable The Bell Tower to grow and thrive, and through this, achieve our charitable objects of providing an after school drop-in facility for young people in the city of Chichester – a “home away from home.”

We would welcome applications from anyone who has a heart for supporting young people in Chichester and feels they have relevant skills and recent experience, especially in the following areas: finance and fundraising, risk management, and HR and talent management. Our constitution stipulates that trustees must be in good standing with the local church.

To request an information pack or to arrange an informal chat, please contact our Chair of Trustees, Laura Irma (
Closing date for applications: 10th June 2024