Three Walsall based community organisations have been recognised for all that they do for the communities they serve as new recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Manor Farm Community Association, Midland Langar Seva Society and Spotlight Youth Productions will be presented with their awards at a special ceremony at the Birmingham Hippodrome later this year.
This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities. The recipients of the award are announced each year on 2 June - the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Chief Executive of Manor Farm Community Association, Gary Bird said:
“Myself, the Charity trustees, and all the staff and volunteers of Manor Farm are tremendously honoured and immensely proud of this prestigious award and the recognition it brings to us and the people of Walsall.”
Manor Farm’s Charity Manager, Sue Evans, said:
“Our charity couldn’t do what it does on a daily basis without the fantastic support we receive from our dedicated team of volunteers.”
“This makes me feel so proud to be a part of Manor Farm Community Association! Our volunteers really do make a positive difference to people’s lives.”
Randhir Singh Heer from the Midland Langar Seva Society said:
“We are absolutely overwhelmed and stunned by this tremendous news. This is because of the hard work and dedication of all our amazing volunteers and a fantastic team effort which we are very proud of and equally humbled by. Thank you to each and every volunteer - young and old.”
Brownhills Community Association Manager, Janet Davies said:
“The trustees and staff of Brownhills Community Association are incredibly proud of the achievements of Spotlight Youth Productions and the recognition the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service brings to our community centre and the volunteers at Spotlight.
Spotlight Youth Productions’ vice chair Nigel Anderson said:
“To be nominated for this award was a fantastic surprise, for this to go forward for consideration, incredible, but to actually win the award is truly amazing and beyond our expectations. During the 21 years of our existence we have been truly blessed to have the support of Brownhills Community Association and so many volunteers prepared to give freely of their time and talents. Every one of them should be immensely proud of their contribution and achievement.”
The organisations can now proudly display the official Queen’s Award symbol.
Professor Rashid Gatrad, Deputy-Lieutenant, West Midlands said:
“One of the functions of the Lord-Lieutenant’s office is to promote the UK Honours system and I’m absolutely delighted that these three very deserving organisations have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I’m really keen to see the people of Walsall make more nominations as amazing work is being undertaken by volunteers across the borough on a daily basis.”
Councillor Garry Perry, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Culture said:
“It really is fantastic to see these two organisations being honoured in this way. We have a strong tradition of volunteering in Walsall and you really do get out of it what you put in to it.”
“One Walsall’s volunteer centre has a raft of volunteering opportunities which can be accessed at https://onewalsall.org/volunteering/i-want-to-volunteer. There is sure to be something of interest there for everyone.”