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The Mayor's award 2014


Meet the four nominations for the Mayor’s Award – from the world of volunteering, armed forces sport and saving lives.

The Mayor, Councillor Alan Finch, has chosen four people or groups who have stood out to him while on his civic engagements this year.

You are being given the chance to decide who will take home the prestigious glassware prize up for grabs. The person or group with the most votes will be awarded their trophy at a civic reception with the Mayor in April this year.

The Mayor’s Civic Awards aim to reward those people who have shown outstanding achievement in one of six categories – art, sport, education, community spirit, environment and business. They are being decided by a judging panel. The Mayor’s award is the sixth award and is the only one decided by the public.

John Deane – Royal Air Force Association (Dudley)

John Deane - Web

This year John will mark 50 years working with Dudley Royal Air Force Association. For almost half a century he has worked tirelessly to promote the association, raise funds and remind the community of the hugely important role our armed forces have. The 77 year old served in Iraq and Cyprus during his national service in 1955-57, and now works with Air Training Corps across the borough inspiring young people. John is a regular supporter of the borough’s civic events throughout the year including Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day services as well as the hugely popular Armed Forces day every summer.

John said: “I love what I do. It’s important to work with the younger generation to get them involved in events such as Remembrance Sunday. They are the ones who have to show how important it is to remember what our armed forces do.”

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Paul Gough, Priory Boxing Club

Paul Gough

For more than two decades Paul has been inspiring young people to excel at sport. The 48-year-old started his own boxing career 30 years ago under the guidance of the great Ronnie Brown at Dudley Boxing Club, before moving into coaching at 21. Just over 20 years ago he started Priory Boxing Club and has been training the next generation of boxing stars ever since, including a number of national champions in competitions across the country. Paul was also part of the fundraising team which helped kickstart extensions at the  Priory Park site to bring in new members.

Paul said: “It's great to see young people learning a skill and developing through boxing. The sport helps you keep fit and gives you discipline which is really important."

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FAST AID Black Country

Fast AID - Paul Grove

FAST AID Black Country is a self-funded charity that helps to save lives in the local community. The charity provides community first responder volunteers (CFR’s) who attend 999 calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance crew arrives. Living locally means that CFR’s are often first to arrive on scene and can begin treating patients immediately. In the event of heart attacks, this can increase the chances of a patient's survival substantially. In 2013 almost 60 volunteer CFR’s attended well over 1,000 emergency call-outs.

Paul Grove, community first responder, Stourbridge, said: ‘As a team we’re grateful to the Mayor for nominating our charity for the award. Personally, I get a lot of satisfaction from giving my time to help local people who need treatment quickly, and providing support until the ambulance crew arrives.’

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Apni Zaroorat Community Network

asima khalid - Apni Zaroorat

For nearly six years the Apni Zaroorat Community Network has been enhancing the lives for the people of Lye. The charity was set up to improve the quality of life for women, young people and their families by reducing isolation and encouraging people to get involved with their communities.

The name of the group translates to “our needs” in Urdu, and provide support in health, education and training and may other ways They have also raised funds to improve their local youth club and to take 20 young people aged 8- 17, girls and boys, on a residential training course – entirely supported by volunteers. AZCN, which is based at Valley Road Youth Centre, in Lye, currently has over 200 people who attend activities throughout the year.

Asima Khalid, chief executive of Apni Zaroorat Community Network, said: “Our group stands out as a beacon within the voluntary sector, working with the diverse community to promote leadership and involvement particularly among women and young people.”

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