HRH Princess Royal Meets Volunteers

Posted on the 20th February 2019

Lattitude Welcomes Royal Patron, HRH Princess Anne at New College Worcester

       HRH meets International Volunteers 

Lattitude Global Volunteering was honoured to welcome our patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, at one of our amazing host placements, New College Worcester, school for the blind and visually impaired.

The event was expertly organised by staff at NCW to celebrate the contribution made by Lattitude volunteers to the work at NCW over many years, as well as at many other admirable organisations.

Nic Ross, Principal of New College Worcester, expressed: “The Lattitude Global Volunteers who come to NCW gain such a lot from the experience, learning to work with our amazing young people. NCW also gains a huge amount from them as they bring their international perspective, youth and energy. I am delighted that HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting NCW to celebrate the excellent work they do.”

Awaiting Princess Anne's Arrival
Staff, Volunteers & Students Await the Arrival of Her Royal Highness with Excitement

The excitement mounted as the sound of the royal helicopter could be heard, and moments later, Lattitude’s senior leadership team were honoured to meet our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal in person.  HRH Princess Anne at NCWHRH meet Lattitude's Senior Leaders Team

Tour of the School to meet Students & Volunteers

Her Royal Highness was given a tour of the school and facilities, to see first-hand, the excellent support that Lattitude international volunteers provide to blind and visually impaired students during the school day in lessons, as well as in the residential houses and at extra curriculum leisure activities.

HRH with students & volunteer
Chatting to students and Lattitude Volunteer in the Residential Lounge

She met students, volunteers and staff in the Fit4Purpose multi-gym:

HRH visits the NCW Gym

Mrs Price, Head of PE, delighted: “It was great to see the interest Her Royal Highness showed in the students and training they do for specific sports. She seemed amazed at the distances the students had to travel when training at national level, and at the thought of competing without sight.

The Multi-Gym is staffed by our Lattitude volunteers, allowing students greater opportunity to use the facilities”.

Her Royal Highness went on to experience various classroom demonstrations including Independent Living Skills, in which students learn the necessary skills to live as independently as possible.

HRH visiting the cookery room

Students chat to The Princess Royal while making sausage sandwiches & baked potatoes.

Students enjoyed explaining the various activities they can partake in after school hours in the Youth Club, with Her Royal Highness paying particular interest in the Wii:

HRH chatting to students in the Youth ClubHanging out in NCW Youth Club

The Princess Royal took a keen interest in the Foreign Languages department, where students and volunteers were learning French, German and Spanish:   HRH in the language departmentHRH in NCW's Language Dept.

And in the Mathematics room, students demonstrated different Braille techniques for calculations:

HRH in Math's roomStudent demonstrating Braille lego

It was really lovely to see The Princess Royal taking so much time to meet the students and volunteers, speaking so naturally and taking a real interest in their lives and activities.

HRH meets NCW students & Lattitude Volunteers

HRH Meets Lattitude Volunteers, Staff, Placement Hosts & Senior Student Team

HRH meets Lattitude Volunteers

Lattitude volunteers from around the world, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ecuador, Colombia, Germany, were honoured to meet Lattitude’s Patron, HRH Princess Anne in person.

HRH meets volunteers from EcuadorHRH meets Ecuadorian Volunteers

(I tried to get photos of everyone meeting HRH, so check out the link at the bottom of the article)

I think she eventually forgave me for being so snap-happy!

HRH meets Lattitude's Marketing PhotographerHRH meets Lattitude's Marketing Photographer

Musical Performance

HRH The Princess Royal and Party were then invited into the Chapel for a magical musical performance by talented sixth form students:

Musical Performance by NCW Students

Followed by a welcoming speech by Lattitude’s Regional Director for New Zealand and the South Pacific, Sharyn Hight (Sharyn has a special connection with New College Worcester, having placed at least one New Zealand volunteer there every year)

Speech by Regional Director for New Zealand & South Pacific

In her speech, Sharyn said:

“It is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution volunteers and hosts make to the success of our programme.  As a youth development charity, it is incredibly rewarding to see the progress and development of our volunteers.  We so often see such a massive change, with confident, mature young people with a much more global perspective of the world returning home.  None of this would happen without the support and guidance of our wonderful hosts.  But the true success of our programme comes about because of the contribution our volunteers also make to their placements.  It truly is a win win situation where everyone benefits.”

The Princess Royal Extols the Virtues of Lattitude, its Hosts & Volunteers

        HRH Princess Anne talks about Lattitude Global Volunteering

Her Royal Highness then took to the floor herself and gave a warm, heartfelt commendation about Lattitude’s long, successful history as a youth development, volunteering charity.  She praised the organisation and hosts for working so well together to educate young people about the world and how important helping others can be, and the young volunteers themselves for providing help and support to worthwhile projects around the world.


After Her Royal Highness’ insightful talk, she kindly took time to present awards to volunteers and long standing staff for their contribution towards youth development and charitable causes:

Outstanding Contribution Award

Lattitude volunteer, Charlotte Wallberg was presented an Outstanding Contribution Award for her voluntary work at New College Worcester:

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award

Speaking of her recent experience in her Customer Service role, Charlotte said: “In the year I was at NCW, this wonderful school became my second home and the lovely students, staff members and volunteers became my second family. I believe volunteering is really important because of the difference one can make in other people‘s lives and in return they will change yours. For me, it was a very rewarding and once-in-a-lifetime experience that made me grow as a person and completely changed my perspective on life.”

Lattitude’s Adrian Evans Award

Adrian Evans Award for work in GhanaAdrian Evans Award for work in Ghana

The Adrian Evans Award is an annual prize that is awarded to volunteers in recognition of the extra effort they have made to continue supporting charity, volunteering, and development.

This year’s award went to Canadian Volunteer, Daniela Hoolaeff, who spent 5 months volunteering as a Medical Assistant in Ghana.  She went the extra mile raising funds to help her host mother set up a pharmacy for the local community in Aperade; read more about her good work HERE!

Canadian Director accepting Award on behalf of Daniela

Lattitude’s prestigious Adrian Evans Award was presented by our Royal Patron, HRH Princess Anne, to our North American Director, Cam Sylvester, who will be passing it on to Daniela once they are both back in Canada, along with a donation to Alberta’s Pharmacy fund.

If you would like to donate to this good cause, please go to:

Longstanding Service Awards:

Certificates were given to Lattitude staff members who have served this charitable organisation for 10 years or more.  Awards went to:

Longstanding Service Award Sharyn Hight, Director South Pacific

Glyn Williams, Director Asia and PacificGlyn Williams, Director Asia and Pacific

Helen Alaneme, Country Manager (UK & Europe)Helen Alaneme, Country Manager (UK & Europe)

Sarah Mills, Finance Officer

Sarah Mills, Finance Officer

Longstanding Service AwardBeata Skokowska, Country Manager for Poland (accepted by James Langdon, UK Regional Director on her behalf)

Unveiling of the Commemorative Plaque

Her Royal Highness then unveiled a plaque:

To commemorate the visit of

HRH The Princess Royal

Patron Lattitude Global Volunteering

At New College Worcester

On 6th February  2019

  HRH unveiling commemorative plaque

To conclude the visit, student and RDA Show Jumping champion Carys presented a small gift to Her Royal Highness.  Carys was put at ease when The Princess Royal enquired about her riding exploits.

Student presenting gift to HRH

At the end of a successful and enjoyable day, students, volunteers and staff gathered outside to wave goodbye as Her Royal Highness flew off to her next appointment!

Waving goodbye to Princess AnneRoyal Helicopter

Lattitude Global Volunteering would like to thanks New College Worcester staff, students and volunteers for putting on such a wonderful event!

 It was lovely catching up with colleagues and volunteers from all over the world:

New Zealand Director & return volunteer

NZ & South Pacific Director, Sharyn Hight enjoyed being reunited with return volunteer, Hannah Dawson, who spent a wonderful Gap Year volunteering in New Zealand.

Host & Volunteers from Pioneer Centre

We are proud to say Hannah now works for ACUK Pioneer Centre, helping young people find adventure in the outdoors, similar to many of our international Outdoor Activity Placements.  Hannah also helps host Lattitude volunteers like Diego & Juan Sebastian from Ecuador.

Sharyn with New Zealand & Australian Volunteers

Sharyn last saw Gracyn at his departure briefing in New Zealand – he’s now volunteering in the UK at Old Swinford Hospital School along with Tom from Australia

Cam & his Canadian VolunteersCam Sylvester, Director of North America, caught up with his Canadian Volunteers who are now in the UK

Volunteers from EcuadorOur Ecuadorian volunteers who are dotted around the UK, always love getting together!

Volunteers from Ecuador & Colombia

Ecuadorian & Colombian Volunteers, Juan Felipe, Maria who are based at RNCB Hereford, reunited with Pablo who is assisting at Queen Alexandra College

Lattitude's SLT TeamEven Lattitude’s Senior Leadership team, Finance & Coordinators managed to have a break from their busy week.

Lattitude's Finance Team & Volunteer Coordinators

Thank you New College WorcesterI know everyone attending will be hoping for a picture of themselves with our Royal Patron, so I tried to get as many photographs as I could; here’s the whole album to see if you can spot yourself:

Feel free to share any of Lattitude’s photographs, but please tag us in or include a link to to inspire others to volunteer overseas!

Read more posts...

Lattitude Ladder of Support

With Lattitude, You are Never Alone – The Lattitude Ladder of Support Challenge comes in many forms and there is one thing that is for sure, you will encounter some over the course of your...

Posted 03 Apr 2020

Ladder of support

Self-isolation tips for Lattitude volunteers

Dear valued Lattitude volunteers. Our staff have been working around the clock to ensure your safety and well-being. Due to COVID-19, it’s likely that those of you that have returned home are now under government...

Posted 22 Mar 2020