Prime Minister, Theresa May wrote to a therapist in Teddington commending her work with victims of sexual exploitation and dementia patients.
Amanda Root is the founder of Talitha which is a group of professionals focused on helping people recover through art therapy.
The group has also helped Bolivian children affected by prostitution as well as women living in the UK who have escaped domestic violence and also people now living with dementia.
Their previous work also includes working with women and girls who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking in India since 2011.
In a personal letter to Amanda, Ms May wrote: “Through Talitha, you are providing vital therapeutic support to women and girls who have experienced sexual exploitation, trafficking and domestic violence abroad, as well as people living with dementia here in Britain.”
Ms Root said: “It is a very great honour to receive this award and to share it with all the wonderful Talitha Arts volunteers who work so tirelessly to liberate the voiceless and build bridges of hope through the creative arts.
“We count it a great privilege to help children and adults whose lives have been damaged by trauma, abuse, ill health or circumstance, and the tenacity and perseverance of those we work with never ceases to humble and inspire.”