THE MAYOR'S AWARD
The Mayor of Dudley, councillor David Stanley, has chosen three groups who he met during his mayoral year to be in with a chance to win the Mayor's 'pride of Dudley' award. This is the only award to be decided by the public.
All Stars Youth Club
All Stars Youth Club caters for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, from the age of eight to 30 years. The youth club offers a range of activities such as arts and crafts, sport, cooking, day trips and residentials.
It is run entirely by volunteers from Himley Road Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings and costs £3 per session. In charge are mother and son Victoria and Kyle Harper, who is just 15.
Dudley Mind: Growing in the Park
An award-winning project which seeks to support people struggling with mental health issues through gardening. Anyone over the age of 18 can attend the sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays at Wollescote Park, where the group looks after the walled garden.
The project provides activities, skills training and friendship for people with, or at risk of, isolation and poor mental health. Fruit and veg is grown in the walled garden there and the group has also taken on the old council propagation unit and three commercial glasshouses which had fallen into disrepair.
Mary Stevens Hospice Pantomime Company
A committed group of actors, dancers, backstage crew, directors and choreographers who give up their time and volunteer to put on shows in aid of Mary Stevens Hospice.
The group has now performed three sold out pantomime runs at Stourbridge Town Hall. The most recent, Aladdin, played to more than 3,000 people over eight shows at the end of last year. It raised a staggering £17,000.