A SOLIHULL Club started just six years ago has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The borough’s Moving On Club was born in 2003 from 25 members who had attended carer support groups run by the Solihull branch of the Alzheimer’s Society and helped by a Millennium After Dementia Award. It aims to offer companionship and social interaction to previous carers of people with dementia.
Now the club has been selected as one of the six groups in the West Midlands to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.
Three trustees representing all the club’s members will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in July.
Baroness Julia Neuberger, chair of the Specialist Award Committee said: “Voluntary groups across the country are vital to all aspects of community life. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has proved an important way of bringing recognition to those often hidden groups who have dedicated themselves, in some cases over many years, to improving local people’s lives.”
The club is open to people who live in Solihull and previously cared for someone who had Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia and who now lives in a residential or nursing home, or who recently passed away.
Coffee mornings on the second Monday in the month at the Oliver Bird Hall in Solihull are the main social interaction but members also enjoy Christmas lunches, socials, and skittles.