We are so proud of the five amazing local groups who achieved this prestigious award in borough and we will be sharing stories on these groups in weekly posts each Monday for the next 5 weeks. It seems particularly important to recognise their contributions during Volunteers Week 2020.
Here are these amazing groups
- Discover U, based in Wollaston, Stourbridge, provides skills to people with learning and physical difficulties to help them into employment and has a café on site open to the public.
- Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust(DCTT) maintains and supports an internationally important heritage site, ensuring the canals and limestone mines remain at the heart of the community. Visitor numbers reached nearly 100,000 per year in 2018.
- Dudley Voices for Choicegives people with learning disabilities and autism a voice on how life experiences can be improved. The charity supported nearly 700 people last year.
- St John’s Church Preservation Groupis a team of volunteers which battled successfully to protect and preserve the historic church in Kates Hill, as well as putting on scores of community events.
- The Connect Project, now based in Brierley Hill, helped more than 600 people under the age of 35 find employment last year.
A message from the Lord Lieutenant for the Midlands, talking about this year’s nominations.
What is the award?
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Any group doing voluntary work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.”
How to nominate
Please visit the information page on the Volunteer Centre blog.