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TLC COLLEGE CELEBRATE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 

Volunteers working at TLC College in Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.  

  

Set up in a garage in 1997 by two volunteers Shah Ali and Mahmood Khan, TLC College was formed to help disadvantaged communities in the local area, including families in poverty, the unemployed, ethnic minorities, new migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, women and youth. 

 

TLC College now has a modern four-storey building that provides a diverse range of services, including ESOL, digital skills, basic functional skills, unemployment support, vocational training, community cohesion, well-being activities, youth development, European cultural exchange projects, cricket net bookings, nursery, catering, translation, language classes and room hire.   

  

Mahmood Khan, CEO said, “In the last 24 years we have grown to serve an average of 800 visitors a month and I truly believe this has happened because of the genuine respect and understanding we have of our service users and volunteers. Our partnership is a seamless one, we have many clients who become volunteers and who then go on to become successfully employed staff.   

 

“Our volunteers are thoroughly deserving, and we are absolutely overjoyed that they are being recognised in this amazing way.” 

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SECURITY FENCING FROM ZAUN CRUCIAL TO G7 SUMMIT 

Zaun, the privately-owned British manufacturer of advanced security fencing products was chosen to supply the high-security fencing at the recent G7 Summit which helped to protect world leaders as they gathered in Cornwall earlier this month. 

The high-profile guest list, which included US President Joe Biden, making his first official visit to the UK, along with other world leaders from major economies, including UK, Japan, Canada, Germany, France and Italy, was centred around Carabis Bay near St Ives.

 

“The G7 Summit was a major event representing one of the world’s most demanding security challenges. We’re very pleased to have been chosen to provide vital perimeter security fencing around the key venues used by the world leaders and their teams.  

“It’s a strong endorsement of the high-quality work of our design and manufacturing teams and our focus on delivering even the most demanding of customer requirements,” said Steve Roberts, Marketing Manager for Zaun Limited. 

With the world’s media covering every detail of the Summit and protests from various groups in progress well before the leaders even arrive, Zaun tested security measures to the limits.

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NATIONAL EXPRESS ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT AWARDED ‘COVID-19 STRONGER TOGETHER’ AWARD FOR THEIR WORK THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC

National Express Accessible Transport (NEAT) has been recognised for its leadership in supporting local communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic at this month’s Living Wage Champion Awards.

From the start of the 2020 lockdown NEAT stepped up and worked closely together with partners to provide much needed support for NHS heroes and vulnerable citizens across the West Midlands. 

 

Their leadership, kindness and resilience over the past year was inspirational, leading to a new ‘Covid-19 Stronger Together’ trophy being awarded by the Living Wage Foundation. 

When schools closed in March 2020, NEAT worked quickly with Birmingham City Council to switch services that would normally deliver SEN home to school transport to instead deliver thousands of food parcels to families and individuals who were shielding. Over the course of just a few months 45,000 food parcels were delivered to some of Birmingham’s most vulnerable families, as well as learning packs for children who were unable to get online. 

NEAT also operates the local Ring and Ride service, used by West Midlands residents who are unable to use mainstream public transport due to mobility or social isolation issues. But with many customers staying at home they saw an opportunity to provide a lifeline for the frontline.

 

Working alongside Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) they repurposed the fleet to run free NHS staff shuttles between key transport hubs and hospitals across the region. Over 40,000 trips were completed and made a real difference to our wonderful NHS heroes, many of whom developed friendships with the drivers. 

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