THE Hope Centre in Halesowen has won a national award for its work with volunteers in the town.
Published in Halesowen News on 25 June 2013
The Andrew Road centre provides support and a welcoming environment to people who are lonely, vulnerable or in need of a chat. The Investing in Volunteers award recognises the support the centre gives to its volunteers who first saved the centre then helped it thrive.
A spokesman for Dudley Council for Volunteers said: “Over one hundred people visit the centre every week where they can get a hot drink and toast while chatting to volunteers who offer understanding and acceptance.
“Fourteen regular volunteers give hundreds of hours each year, sharing their knowledge and expertise free of charge.”
He added: “Investing in Volunteers assessors complimented the Hope Centre trustees for the value they place on the volunteers and noted the incredible work they provide with little or no regular income.”
Volunteers help with CV writing, job search, personal assistance, training, friendship, art groups, mental health support and ESOL classes for beginners.
The Hope Centre also works with a variety of support groups to tackle poverty, depression, loneliness and inequality.
The centre was chosen to take part in a national pilot and supported by staff from Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre to achieve the award.
Belle Vale Councillor Jill Nicholls praised all the volunteers at the Hope Centre.
She said: “Volunteering groups make a huge contribution to people’s lives, and it is a great honour for The Hope Centre Volunteers to receive recognition for the incredible work they do to help others.
“The centre is a real success story in Halesowen and it helps so many different communities in the town.”