New Mayor of Dudley champions volunteers
Dudley volunteers gave the new mayor of Dudley an extra special welcome at his first official engagement today. (Friday 17th May)
Cllr Alan Finch was named Volunteering Champion for Dudley borough, during a tour of local addiction, recovery and support projects. Three organisations were invited by Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre, to take part in an annual celebration which is now in its fifth year. The day also recognised former Mayor, Cllr Melvyn Mottram for championing local volunteers and good causes during the last twelve months.
Special guests including local MP’s, Chief Superintendent of West Midlands Police, council and health officials were taken on a whistle stop tour of local volunteer supported projects.
The tour started at Summit House Support, where the group got to hear how volunteers help people living with, or who are affected by HIV or AIDS. Next stop was Dudley based project CRI The Zone. They are a service for young people, families and carers who are effected by drug and alcohol use within the Dudley borough.
The tour finished at CRI Atlantic House Recovery Project, a Lye based charity that provides structured treatment creating multi-layered RECOVERY opportunities for all individuals that are affected by substance misuse. They work with the police, probation, health and social services to support and create safer communities and healthier lives for people in the borough of Dudley. The group heard how the project was able to offer such variety of services due to the support provided by their volunteers.
During each stop the Mayor personally thanked volunteers with the presentation of 2013 ‘valued volunteer’ certificates, which voluntary organisations from across the borough can now apply for to host their own presentations.
The day ended with a presentation to outgoing Mayor Cllr Melvyn Mottram, with a specially engraved medal to recognise his contribution to volunteering. A cabinet was then unveiled containing awards that have been presented to the CRI Atlantic House Recovery Project and their volunteers.
Mike Abrahams, Dudley CVS Chair said,
“It has been incredibly moving to hear about the experiences of volunteers and how they have been supported by local charities to help others through difficult times in their lives. This was a great way to welcome our new Volunteering Champion for Dudley borough, to share the tremendous contribution that volunteers make.”