Whilst Becky often likes to remain in the background what makes her so special is that she is modest about her talents @mrsmatherxox @HWDudley @JustStraightTalk @jbmfcook @DudleyCVS

Becky is a 19 year old young woman has been volunteering with the Dudley Young Health Champions projects for several months. Becky first was referred to the project through her participation with Just Straight Talk, to help build and develop her confidence after experiencing several years of anxiety and depression which affected her home life, her health and her education. Despite being a very talented artist and being very intelligent Becky has faced constant challenges in her day to day life which have affected her ability to communicate with other people, believe in herself and have the confidence to do things which many of us take for granted such as making a phone call.

Read more about Becky here

Becky wrote a brilliant blog post about her experience of the Awards, which you can read here

Becky is the one on the left next to the Mayor in the photo below, taken with the joint awardee Kiera Pooler



Kiera is an inspirational young woman, using her own experience to help others @jbmfcook @DudleyCVS

Keira’s journey is a really important factor that has shaped her passion and commitment to ensure individuals who suffered as she did have a more positive experience. A further driver is her strength and determination to ensure she is the best possible mum that she can be to Leila Mai (who is now 1 yrs old) and share her knowledge to support other young parents.

Read all about Kiera here

Kiera is on the right of the photo below, alongside her joint awardee Becky Lawley

Sheila is inspiring @MarkAxcellNHS @DudleyCVS

Sheila is inspiring. Despite personal illness she has continued with this venture. She has produced and directed shows and pantomimes.  Religious occasions at Christmas. Day trips and trips to the theatre and sea side. She always has a smile on her face.  Makes everyone feel valued and welcome. A wonderful person who deserves some recognition. She has written her own scripts. Thank you so much for all your work and kindness. She is one in a million.

Read more about Sheila here

Cheryl doesn’t really know what an asset she is to @SODANationWide @MarkAxcellNHS @DudleyCVS

Cheryl doesn’t really know what an asset she is to SODA, when she comes along to presentations and overcomes her fear of nervousness about speaking out.  She speaks from the heart about all the devastating things she has experienced in her life and doesn’t realise that she is helping others by doing this.

Read about Cheryl and watch her nomination film here

Darren has overcome his own injury to return to the sport he loves @DudleyCVS

Darren has overcome his own serious brain injury, that required surgery, to return to the sport that he quite clearly loves and in doing so has been able to put something back not only into the sport but into the community in Woodsetton. The re-use of the former church building in Sedgley Road has created a vibrant activity hub that caters for serious boxers but also allows young people to exercise and to train.

Read more about Darren here

A long term commitment to youth football for our Sporting Champion @DudleyCVS

Malcolm has been ever present since then, taking on almost every role within the committee, during a period which has seen the six original teams increase to almost 400 meaning over 4,000 boys and girls taking part in sport every weekend during the season.

Read more about Malcolm and watch his nomination film here

Glad you liked the photos – it’s a record! #welovevolunters #dva17

I’m so delighted that you’ ve been enjoying our fab photos from #dva17 and hope you continue to do so. We’ve had over 9000 views of them this week, so we know to take even more next year!

There is now a changing slide show of our category awardees on the site, so you get a different picture every time you visit.

If you have any problems downloading an image, please contact me eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk and I will send them to you via WeTransfer.