Three fantastic Sandwell voluntary organisations have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) for their work supporting our local community.
A huge congratulations to:
• Special Olympics Sandwell
• The Medical English Group
• Sikh Helpline
Equivalent to an MBE, the QAVS is the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK.
Their well-deserved awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr John Crabtree OBE.
Special Olympics Sandwell
Special Olympics Sandwell is a diverse group of 26 volunteers aged between 12 – 77 who share a passion to improve the health and well-being of local people of all ages affected by learning disabilities.
The team provides track and field, swimming, table tennis, golf and other activities that improve motor skills, self-esteem and create opportunities to develop friendships. Follow them on Facebook to find out more.
The Medical English Group
The Medical English Group aims to support immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeking health professionals, trained abroad, who are seeking to secure employment within the NHS. They offer expertise, interview role-playing and support for preparation with exams.
Their kindness and willingness to help others has been invaluable to the new NHS recruits who have had a smoother and more successful journey to securing employment.
Sikh Helpline offers multi-lingual telephone, email and in-person advice and counselling to those suffering from abuse, mental health, substance addictions, marriage and relationship problems and other personal issues.
Over 70 volunteers help around 2,000 people each year.