Community Heroes Celebrate Royal Recognition

The Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Sir John Crabtree OBE, will present the Awards

Eighteen organisations that include over a thousand volunteers are being recognised with a King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Sir John Crabtree OBE, has expressed his delight with the wide range of support and that so many people volunteer in groups being recognised with an award. He said;

“It is terrific to discover how many groups in this region go beyond what’s expected to provide so much help to others.

“The organisations this year have excelled in offering services to others that simply would not exist if it weren’t for the volunteers who are passionate about making a difference to so many lives.

“There is a tremendous amount of kindness and caring for vulnerable people, whether it be for those with mental health issues, many dealing with grief or in need in crisis situations or just simply wanting to be with people to connect over a coffee.

“Quite a number of the volunteers have benefited from help in the past and now want to help others in the same way they were helped, which is wonderful.“

Amongst the organisation recipients are the Parent & Carer Support Group, Wolverhampton Alz Café, Wolverhampton Samaritans and Wolverhampton Wrestling Club, all based in the city.

In Walsall, Cresswell Wanderers and Midland Freewheelers Blood Bikes pick up an award whilst 
Sandwell’s Cape Community Care Day Centre and New Beginnings Community Student Voice are recipients.

Champions Community Trust take home the honour in Dudley.

Every day, millions of people across the UK are making a difference by volunteering. Each year, outstanding examples of this work are celebrated through the King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee and previously known as The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Award has been shining a light on the fantastic work of voluntary groups from all across the UK for many years.

Equivalent to an MBE, KAVS is the highest Award given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life.


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