THE MAYOR'S AWARD
The Mayor of Dudley, councillor Alan Taylor, has chosen four 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.
Discover U is a charity which provides work-related experience to adults with learning or physical disabilities. It runs The Tea Room at the Old Bakery in Wollaston. Behind that are workshops, sewing rooms and horticultural area where items are made and sold to raise funds.
The Giving Hands Mission
The Giving Hands Mission runs a day centre in Brierley Hill for the poor, needy and homeless. For the past five years they have run a soup kitchen and a food bank. People living in poverty can also go along to the base in Cottage Street, run by volunteers, for free clothing, sleeping bags, furniture and household items.
Side by Side Theatre Company
Side by Side Theatre Company, based in Stourbridge, is a company of learning disabled adults who have been performing theatre shows since 1997. The company have performed eight times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as in Sweden and Prague, and in 2013 won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Stourbridge Street Pastors
Stourbridge Street Pastors are a group of church volunteers who have been patrolling the streets of Stourbridge town centre on Saturday nights since 2009. They help revellers by handing out bottled water, foil blankets, flip flops and lollipops as well as assisting people to get home after a night out. The pastors won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018.