Dudley Volunteer Awards 2014: The Twitter Buzz!

Thanks to Becky for the great Storify from the Awards 🙂

Twitter was a-buzz in the run up to and during our AGM & Volunteer Awards. Tweets continued to come in thick and fast days later. Attendees, award-winners, CVS staff, partners and people following at home all tweeted their thoughts about the event that celebrates what makes Dudley borough great!


Dudley Volunteer Awards in brief!

DSC_1850Brierley Hill Civic Hall was packed to the rafters last night (Thursday 16 October) to celebrate all that is great about volunteers and volunteering in Dudley borough. Nearly 300 guests attended the awards, including one of the Queen’s Deputy Lieutenants.

The twelfth Dudley Volunteer Awards to be hosted by Dudley CVS saw dozens of volunteers and voluntary groups being recognised for the difference they make in their communities. Awards were presented by local civic, business and community leaders to winners in nine categories.

The Business Supporting the Community award was won by Paul Billingsley of Accord Steel Cladding based in Kingswinford and presented by Scott Jones of Brierley Hill Copthorne Hotel.

Shamim Akhtar of Direxions, based in Stourbridge, picked up the Community Action Award from Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson of West Midlands Police.

The Healthy Communities Award was presented by Paul Maubach of Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group to Springboard Exercise Volunteers, part of Age UK Dudley based in Brierley Hill.

Judges for the Wellbeing Award 2014 decided to share it between Heavens Kitchen Volunteers and Daryll Garland. Paul Maubach made the presentation to the joint winners.

John Cheadle of the Transport Group Volunteers who maintain the vintage vehicles at the Black Country Museum collected the Arts & Heritage Award from the Deputy Leader of Dudley MBC, Cllr Peter Lowe.

Cllr Tim Crumpton presented the Children & Families Award to Gary James. Gary was described as being “passionate about supporting children and young people, and is a pioneering  fundraiser for children’s charities, especially the NSPCC.”

John Cheadle, a table tennis legend in the Bromley and Pensnett area for over 45 years, was awarded the Sporting Champion title presented by John Polychronakis, Dudley MBC Chief Executive.

Joshua Dudley of Lye received the Young Volunteer of the Year Award from John Cook of Amblecote Christian Centre. After being involved in a life-threatening collision with a car, Joshua was flown to hospital by a Midlands  Air Ambulance Service helicopter. Since recovering from his injuries Joshua has so far raised over £36,000 for the Midlands  Air Ambulance Service helping to save countless

And the final award of the night, The Gordon Lindsay Award for long service to voluntary work, was presented to Heather Cruickshanks of Stourbridge for over 36 years service to the Girl Guide movement. Heather was presented with the award by Viv Astling, a former CEO at Dudley MBC and now one of the Queen’s Deputy Lieutenants.

Musical interludes at the Dudley Volunteer Awards2014 were provided by  Coseley Comets marching band, Dudley Mind Feelgood Choir, Dance Unity and Brierley Hill Musical Theatre Youth Group.