Main Award: Black Country Museum Transport Volunteers
Most of your favourite arts and heritage events and venues rely on volunteers, to do roles such as helping in museums, providing support backstage at performances, as well as facilitating community arts, drama and music. A host of inspirational volunteers take up these roles and enjoy the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing!
The theme for this year’s awards was that to local communities, volunteers are the fifth emergency service. This group certainly seems to follow this theme, as their nominator describes this particular team of volunteers as “The Thunderbird Group’, as they can turn their hands to anything and often come to the rescue.”
Cllr Peter Lowe, Deputy Leader of Dudley Council read the citation for this Award.
Their nominator tells us:
“The group have been volunteering with the Museum since the late 1970’s and do everything to ensure the preservation of the museum continues. This includes undertaking fundraising to provide finance towards restoration projects.
The group drives all types of transport, from buses to trams and their interactive service skills, ensure that all passengers on the site have an extremely enjoyable visit.”