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The Mayor's Award 2017


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

The Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Hanif, 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 A1 Rentals and Pro-tech Pavers, 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 Award is the seventh award and is the only one decided by the public.

Voting closes March 7

Keith Stroyde – Vine and Branches Netcafe

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Keith set up the internet café and drop in session eight years ago and since then he has helped thousands of people get online.

But  it’s much more than that – the café also offers help on a range of issues including accessing email, job application and CV building, help accessing the housing system and much more. 

Generous donations from the community totalling around £4,000 helped get Keith’s original idea off the ground and pay for the cups and saucers as well as the computers, and today around 60 people per week are welcomed through the doors by the three volunteers.



The Diyya Project


The Diyya Project helps hundreds of women and teenage girls tackle issues around isolation, health and community cohesion in Lye and it's surrounding areas.

The group, which was established in 2011, offers a range of support from health and fitness classes, textiles, healthy cooking, mental health awareness, health and beauty, trips, functions and a thriving youth and social club. Their aim being to provide affordable activities to help improve the quality of life of women and children building stronger communities.

Since it was set up the group’s support network has grown from 3 volunteers to a strong team of 14 staff and over a 100 service users each week.



Shaz Saleem

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Charity and community work have dominated Shaz’s life for many years. 

The 30-year-old is currently chairman of the Dudley Private Hire & Taxis Association supporting drivers on legal matters and helping promote safety in the service through sharing awareness videos and supporting the regional child sexual exploitation campaign. 

Shaz has also spearheaded charity drives helping to raise thousands of pounds for worthy causes, including the Mayor of Dudley’s chosen charities. He’s also helped set up fundraising football matches, abseiling and most recently the Bert Bissell Memorial Society.


Rose Cook

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Rose has dedicated her life to highlighting all that is great about Dudley and the Black Country.

The award-winning film maker produced an hour long documentary on Dudley born football hero Duncan Edwards and has since toured schools and other groups to talk about his life. Rose also organised a successful charity gala event to celebrate what would have been Duncan’s 80th birthday in October last year.

She is now planning a number of activities to mark the 60th anniversary of Duncan’s death in the infamous Munich air disaster which eventually killed the Busby babe.

Rose also travels on cruise ships promoting the Black Country’s tourism from the history to the highlights today.


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