Local volunteers in Halesowen are celebrating after being recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – Britain’s highest award for volunteer groups.
The Hope Centre in Andrew Road were granted the honour – which has equivalent status to an MBE – for their work supporting local people with CV writing, job search, personal assistance, training, debt and housing advice, mental health support and English language classes.
The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service are granted each June on the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation to recognise groups that have done outstanding work in their own communities.
The Hope Centre’s nomination was backed by Halesowen & Rowley Regis MP James Morris and by the Dudley Volunteer Centre. Announcing the successful recipients of the awards on Monday, the Government highlighted the Centre’s success in “welcoming, serving and listening to everyone at the Centre, regardless of circumstance, lifestyle or any other factor”.
Camilla Phillips, who co-founded the Hope Centre in 2010, said:
James Morris congratulated the Hope Centre on their success, adding:
Houses of Parliament Mental Health Week
We were priviledged to visit the House of Parliament, and have a tour, then sit on the "terrace" eat cake and talk about Mental Health. Great Beautiful Day
We were reciently awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
Want to be involved in a local exciting community group. We would like to hear from you as we are looking to welcome more volunteers to the Hope Centre a place of new beginnings.
Find out how by contacting us at:
3&4 Andrew Road
Charity No: 1148606
Registered in England & Wales