News of Staffordshire’s unsung heroes

I hope you are well and enjoying the odd bout of nice weather England is getting at the moment.

After a year in power at Staffordshire County Council I am taking my first holiday with my family and am currently talking to you from Australia. We are going to be here for just over 2 weeks but I will be keeping my hand in to ensure I keep up to date with everything that is going on back in Staffordshire. I’m delighted to hear that Douglas MacMillan Hospice Volunteers, Katherine House Hospice Volunteers, Landywood and District Volunteer Help Centre, SCALE and the Volunteers of the National Memorial Arboretum, all from Staffordshire have been announced as 5 of 103 UK volunteering groups to win this year’s The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.

The prestigious National Honour recognises outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.  It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged of the highest standard. This leads me nicely on to our latest campaign at the county council.

To celebrate the work of volunteers across the county we are asking you to tell our about your local heroes. We have got together with Staffordshire’s Volunteer Centres and want you to tell us about people that go that extra mile. Find out more at

 Off to enjoy a different type of sun (sorry, don’t mean to rub it in) I will be back in touch later in the week.

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