Community Action Award 2015
Main Award – Individual – Geoff Woodford
[Midlands Air Ambulance]
“Geoff Woodford is one of life’s treasures and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is extremely lucky to have his unfaltering voluntary support.
Geoff has volunteered for the charity for over 15 years, and in that time has made an incredible difference to the work of the service. He has been responsible for raising over £146,000, equating to 58 life-saving air ambulance missions. While several people owe their lives to the flight paramedics and doctors who work with the Midlands Air Ambulance, without Geoff’s dedication to raising funds for the charity, these airlifts just wouldn’t have taken place. The impact he has made on the local community is definitely deserving of a Dudley Volunteering Award”
Why not watch the nomination film to see just why this gentleman was chosen to receive this year’s Community Action Award for an individual. Just click on the link to watch the film.
Community Action Award 2015
Main Award – Group – Storehouse Volunteers
[who volunteer at Black Country Foodbank’s ‘Storehouse’ in Brierley Hill]
Here’s Kelvin Bates and Robert Anderson from the Storehouse Volunteer Team proudly receiving their award.
“This team of dedicated volunteers ensures the distribution of much needed food to people in crisis across the Black Country. Our family of volunteers do every task from collection, dating and moving tons of food, to answering the phone and administration.
Last year they sorted and delivered more than 100 tonnes of food, which helped to provide food to over 23,000 people over the year.
Some of our volunteers have learning difficulties and/or are vulnerable adults, but they still choose to contribute, in sometimes cold conditions, by doing both physically demanding and laborious tasks in a tireless way. Black Country Food Bank would not exist without them!”
Their nominator clearly felt they were extra special and we do too! Why not watch the nomination film to find out just why! Just click on the link and follow the link to watch.
Community Action Award 2015
Highly Commended – Nicky Wells
[Autism Black Country Social Club]
“When Autism Black Country Social Club was in danger of closing, it was Nicky Wells who came to our rescue.
Our social club was created to give members opportunities to take part in fun group activities and make new friends. Nicky works extremely hard for our members, raising essential funds and organising events, such as a trip to Longleat Safari Park, a canal boat trip, quiz and pub nights, and Tenpin Bowling. All of which help the members improve their social skills and boost their confidence. “
Nicky is clearly an amazing lady who’s made a commitment to helping the members of her group enjoy great activities to make new friends and well deserving of this special award.
Children & Families Award 2015
Main Award – The What? Centre Volunteers
“Most of the people nominated are volunteer counsellors. They are all qualified and experienced counsellors, who provide counselling for young people aged 13-25 many of whom are troubled, may be suicidal, have depression, be self-harming, have eating disorders or low self-esteem.
The What? Centre volunteering team provides hours of counselling per week for young people, listening to young people’s difficult stories, and supporting them through the exploration of their difficulties and sadness. Their role is to help them find a way through their troubles, seek new coping skills and be better able to deal with the problems they face. They are all professional counsellors who give freely of their time and expertise.
I have great pride in these volunteers and they are a vital and intregral part of our team, each one bringing their own unique approach. They, alongside the staff team, provide counselling for 110 young people each week, around 5,500 sessions per annum. Their counselling has helped to grow the profile of our project greatly, with some 120 young people on the waiting list. They are providing counselling for more and more young people. They give their time during the day, in the evening and on Saturdays.”
If you’d like to watch their nomination film to see what makes them so special, please click on this link:
Arts and Heritage Award 2015
Main Award – Martin Jones
“I greatly admire Martin’s drive, commitment, vision and the passion that he puts into his projects. Martin Jones has been involved with Dudley Archives for about 5 years. A passionate local history enthusiast, his recent projects include: Gathering information and photographs from local people about the Limes, Sedgley (residence of famous Black Country chain maker, Eliza Tinsley) for an interpretation panel and Sedgley’s diamond 60, which involved collecting 60 stories of everyday life in Sedgley, since 1952.
All the staff at the Archives Service greatly appreciate his hard work, and dedication to exploring the history of the area. His enthusiasm for heritage and history inspires our users to learn more about their past, and use the fantastic resources we have.
In 2012 Martin and a group of UK Old School colleagues set up Hip Hop Heritage as an unincorporated charitable association, to conserve and promote the legacy of the early UK Hip Hop pioneers. Two exhibitions of photos were arranged at The Public in West Bromwich.
Martin is a pillar of the community, and always gives his time without question, despite his busy schedule and I believe he deserves recognition for his volunteer work.”
Without passionate and committed people like Martin, our local history and heritage would not be so vibrant and relevant to local people, nor preserved for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
Why not watch Martin’s nomination film and find out more about him. Just click on the link to view the film.