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The Mayor's Pride of Dudley award 2016


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Meet the four nominations for the Mayor’s Award – from the world of volunteering, fitness and conservation.

The Mayor, Councillor Steve Waltho, 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 at a civic ceremony in March. The person or group with the most votes will win the top prize. Just click the link below your preferred choice.

The Mayor’s Civic Awards, in association with Custom Technology Solutions, aims 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 Pride of Dudley award is the seventh award and is the only one decided by the public.

Voting closes on February 29

Raj Kaur, Unique Fitness

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The health and fitness of young people has become a huge issue in recent years to prevent childhood obesity and complications later in life.

Unique Fitness have taken up this challenge by offering free fitness classes at their gym in Castle Hill, Dudley, during school holidays as part of the Young Smiles project. It includes fitness fun and games as well as nutritional advice to keep young people in Dudley healthy. The gym, which opened in 2010, raises thousands of pounds every year for local charities including Down’s Syndrome and Action Heart.

Raj Kaur, owner of Unique Fitness, said: “This is about promoting a healthy lifestyle in young people, by making fitness fun and most importantly, free. We have helped hundreds of children over the years and we’re looking to build on the successes we’ve had.”

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The Green Team

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Getting outdoors is the simple aim of the Green Team which helps around 20 adults with learning disabilities learn new skills through conservation.

There are just three staff at the small business at the Pump House in Pear Tree Lane, Dudley, but their help has a huge impact on the people who access the service through litter picks, growing their own food on the allotment, environmental clean-ups and much more. They work closely with the Dudley Canal Trust to maintain the flower beds and other conservation work along the waterways and also run gym classes, walking sessions and many other fitness pursuits.

Wendy Bourne, support worker at The Green Team, said: “We have around eight adults a day and you get a real sense that they get so much out of it by being outdoors. They learn new skills and keep fit and active at the same time.”

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Jasmine Road Community Gardens

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The gardens are an oasis in the middle of Dudley managed and cultivated by  green-fingered volunteers.

St Thomas's Network closed Hillside Herbs in July 2014 and the 'friends' group took it over and re-named it Jasmine Road Community Gardens. Since then it has flourished and it became a charity in 2015 . It offers people from across the area a chance to get outdoors and learn new skills. The gardens give the local community and people with disabilities the opportunity to grow their own vegetables and work on projects.  There is an entertainment area including a stage and an earth oven.

Janet Hilken, chairman of the Jasmine Road Community Gardens, said: “We have both individual and communal beds. Our aim is to have fun, learn together and keep fit and healthy. We have lots of ideas for the future including becoming the Dudley Eco centre, reducing waste and raising people's awareness of healthy lifestyles and eco practices.”

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St John’s Church Preservation Group

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In the 14 years since the landmark St John’s church building closed, the thriving preservation group has worked tirelessly to amass £125,000 towards the fight to re-open it.

The group also has over 750 members who are passionate about re-opening the mothballed site into a church and a community hub. The church's graveyard is the burial place of the boxer William Perry, known as 'The Tipton Slasher', who was once champion of England, and of Marion Richardson, the celebrated educator and author. There are also more than 40 military graves at the site which dates back to 1840.

Deb Brownlee, chairman of the group, said: “We are all so passionate about restoring this important building and opening it back up to the community. We’re proud of what we have achieved but there is still a long way to go.”

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