A Leeds volunteer has been given a top award by the Prime Minister for her work with a friendship and dating agency that helps people with learning difficulties.
Julia Kinch, who has worked with the Home Farm Trust (HFT) charity’s Luv2MeetU team since she was a student in 2012, has received the Point of Light award from David Cameron.
The honour recognises outstanding volunteers who are making changes in their communities and inspiring others.
Julia, 24, from Headingley, said: “I have seen HFT’s Luv2MeetU project develop and grow over the past four years, and it has been an absolute pleasure to volunteer with all of the members, volunteers and staff across the project.
“Luv2MeetU is a fantastic project that really does change people’s lives. It has changed my life, and I am honoured to have been awarded the Points of Light Award.”
Mr Cameron said: “By adding a range of fun activity events to the work of Luv2MeetU, Julia has brought together people with learning disabilities from across Leeds.
“Whether they are looking for friendship or a relationship, she helps them to connect with each other and the wider community. The time and dedication Julia has put into the cause is truly impressive and I am delighted to be recognising her as a Point of Light.”
Luv2MeetU works with 300 members and encourages them to share interests, form relationships and develop confidence.
Karen England, Project Development Manager at HFT’s Luv2meetU said: “People like Julia are fundamental to Luv2meetU’s work to help people with learning disabilities achieve lasting love and friendships.
“We are so proud of Julia for being awarded a Points of Light Award. It’s a wonderful achievement and very well deserved.”