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City of Wolverhampton Council- Shine a spotlight on the great work of volunteers

Do you know a volunteer group which deserves recognition and reward for their hard work? Do you want to help showcase the brilliant work that volunteer groups do in the city?

If so, we want you to nominate volunteer groups across the city for a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service; the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

City of Wolverhampton Council, in conjunction with the office of Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands, is working to increase nominations from Wolverhampton to ensure we showcase the brilliant work our voluntary groups do for their communities.

To help make this process as easy as possible, City of Wolverhampton Council is hosting an annual Queen's Award for Voluntary Service workshop. We are encouraging employees and councillors to put forward groups they think are eligible for a nomination so that we can invite them to the workshop which takes place later this year.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide more information on the nomination process and to hear from previous award winners about the benefits of being awarded a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. An officer will be assigned to each group to support them through the nomination process.

Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands Sylvia Parkin said: "This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups to be given the recognition they deserve. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is awarded for outstanding achievement by groups who regularly volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the lives of others.

"I am aware that there are many committed volunteer groups in Wolverhampton and we, at the Lieutenancy, are encouraging you to make sure they don't miss out on the chance to be awarded such as important award."

To help ensure as many groups as possible get the recognition they deserve, we are also encouraging employees, councillors and residents to nominate groups themselves. Groups can be nominated by people who have benefited from their work, members of the public, representatives of public bodies or other voluntary groups.

All you need to do is fill in a nomination form, answering several questions, and secure two letters of support for the group, from people independent to the group you are nominating.

Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. Most of the group must be volunteers and more than half of the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

Please note: You cannot nominate a group if you, a relative or your partner is involved in running or working for the group.

To find out more information and to register to complete a nomination form on behalf of a group, visit: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/

If you would like to nominate a group to attend the workshop, get in touch with Laura Noonan on 01902 555053 or email laura.noonan@wolverhampton.gov.uk with the group's contact details and some brief information regarding what they do.

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