Dudley’s new Mayor, Councillor Steve Waltho, performed one of his first civic duties on Friday 5th June, when he made a whistle stop tour of a number of voluntary groups and social/community enterprises throughout Dudley.
Beginning at the recently refurbished community centre at Stafford Street, he boarded a minibus with other key local stakeholders and VIP’s. At Ebenezer Baptist Church in Coseley, the Mayor met local groups including Just Straight Talk and volunteers from BIG Local, and presented appreciation certificates to the volunteers who provide support in the Coseley area.
He then moved on to Beacon Centre for the Blind, where the Mayor met staff, volunteers and clients, when he toured the site.
The Mayor’s final destination was Stafford Street Centre, Dudley, where he was inducted as Volunteering Champion for Dudley borough for the next 12 months. He spoke about the enormous amount of volunteer community work he has seen during his year as deputy Mayor. The new Mayor has pledged his full support to the voluntary sector throughout the year. He also congratulated the latest Queens Award Winners from Dudley borough:
- Black Country Foodbank
- Apni Zaroorat Community Network
- Dudley Asian Women’s Network
He was also asked to launch the search for nominations for the Dudley CVS Volunteer Awards 2015 to be presented in October.