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Events Across The City - Queen'S Honours And Awards

Volunteers from across the City recently enjoyed an evening of awareness raising for the Queen's Honours and Awards.

Hosted by the City of Wolverhampton's Mayor and Deputy Leader, the event welcomed representatives from more than 20 voluntary groups from across the City. The aim was to showcase the great activities undertaken by the City's volunteers and encourage them to find out more about how to ensure they are recognised and acknowledged through the Queen's Honours and Awards.

The event was jointly organised by City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands Lieutenancy.

As well as hearing from Clive Stone, Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands about the Awards and Honours process, volunteers also found out what the recognition means from inspirational previous winners. These included the Wolverhampton Drug and Alcohol Service User Involvement Team (SUIT) and Socks and Chocs.

Socks and Chocs provide clean socks and chocolates to homeless people in the region, and representative Ian Northcott said:

"You don't realise the difference having an honour can make to your organisation. It has raised the profile of Socks and Chocs and has opened up opportunities to us. We have recently had contact from charitable trusts which want to support us and this means we are able to do more for more people."

There is a great deal of volunteering taking place in the city, but often people don't get the recognition they deserve for the time, effort and determination they give to their local communities. The Queen's Honours and Awards is a way to recognise this commitment and encourage people to nominate those who are deserving.

Following the event, 100% of respondents said they found it useful and would like to see more of these events in the future, while 79% said they were likely to nominate an individual or group for an honour or Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Wolves Aid is actively encouraging charities and organisations across Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Black Country to apply. For information about the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service visit: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ and about Honours visit: https://www.gov.uk/honours

If you are interested in attending future information and support events in Wolverhampton, please contact: laura.noonan@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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