PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION
NINETEEN WEST MIDLANDS CHARITIES RECEIVE TOP HONOUR
A record nineteen charitable organisations across the West Midlands are the recipients of the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.
Each one has been recognised for their exceptional service within their communities and rely on volunteers to deliver their outstanding contribution.
This year’s recipients cover the entire region with four coming from Dudley, one from Stourbridge and two from Wolverhampton.
The Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE, told Prosper, “Through the activities of the West Midlands Lieutenancy, I come across many people providing amazing support and giving their time to help others. It is heart-warming to see so many of these organisations gain the recognition they deserve.
“As well as thanking these special charities, of course, we are all aware how West Midlands’ people are making such an effort to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I do hope we will receive nominations this year so that in 2021, we will be recognising the many heroic voluntary organisations.”
Recipients across the Black Country include Discover U, based in Wollaston, who provide skills to people with learning and physical difficulties to help them into employment. St John’s Church Preservation Group and Dudley Voices for Choices were amongst the winners in Dudley and Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust also took home the award.
Their CEO, Traci Dix-Williams, told Prosper, “This is a great honour for us at any time but with the current challenges we are all facing it is a real boost and acknowledgement of the work we do and the importance and recognition of the volunteers within our organisation.
"Volunteers have been the backbone of the organisation for almost 60 years. Their hard work and dedication have helped ensure that the Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, a heritage site of international importance, is preserved and remains at the heart of the local community”