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Community radio station scoops accolade

A community radio station in Luton is celebrating after receiving the highest honour awarded to voluntary organisations.

Diverse FM has been given The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service which is personally vetted by The Queen herself.

The station's Community Media and Training Projects have helped young people from the town gain experience in broadcasting and develop wider skills to help them enter the workplace.

Through partnerships with the Department for Work and Pensions it has successfully retrained more than a 1000 jobseekers.

The station was set up in 2000 to promote community cohesion and was granted a licence to broadcast full time in 2007.

Station staff being interviewed at the event Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This highly prestigious award is only bestowed to a handful of voluntary groups every year and we are honoured to have achieved this accolade"

– Kamal Acharya, Station Chairperson