Award for CARIS Director

We are pleased to announce that our Director, Gloria Saffrey-Powell, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for her service to the local community; in particular for voluntary and charitable services to homeless people in the London Borough of Haringey during COVID-19.

Gloria’s determination, dedication and devotion has been the driving force of our work for many years. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of those in need and provided support and care to many in our community.

For the past 30 years, she has worked on various homeless projects in both a paid and voluntary capacity and has contributed to the fields of immigration, education, training, and community development at local, regional, and national level. She has worked with community organisations and various consortia both as a Chair and as a management committee member.

We are so thrilled that her hard work and sacrifice has been recognised in this way.

Gloria writes:

“It is a great honour to receive the BEM award: this award is not just for me, it is for all the staff, volunteers and everyone who works within the voluntary sector, who sees working in the voluntary sector as their mission. It is a recognition of the value placed on being someone’s hands and feet enabling them to stand – a voice for those who believe they have no voice.”