Last night, our Bereavement Care volunteers were formally presented with their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at Wolverhampton’s Civic Centre in the City Suite, in recognition of their work.
At the event, the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Gurpreet Bhatia, was commanded by the Queen to present the group with their award, which is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary organisations.
Wolverhampton Mayor, Councillor Phil Page also attended the ceremony alongside Mayoress Elaine Hadley-Howell and local councillors Jane Stevenson and Wendy Thompson.
Our Bereavement Volunteers help hundreds of people every year to come to terms with their experiences of grief by providing friendship, emotional support and the opportunity to talk openly without judgement. They offer one-to-one support or group sessions to people either in our dedicated buildings here at Compton, or their own homes.
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Claire Marshall said: “Our Bereavement Volunteers listen without judgment, allowing people to work through the different stages of grief, gradually supporting them to move forward to the point where things become a bit more bearable and eventually to the point where people can start to live their lives fully again.
“They go about their work quietly, with discretion and dignity, very much in the background but the positive effects are truly extraordinary. They are very much the unsung heroes of Compton Care.
“This is all the more extraordinary when you consider that we are talking about a group of volunteers. They are not paid professionals, they give their time and support of their own free will without reward and their impact is profound.”
Justine Wilson, Bereavement Services Manager, added: “We are so proud of our dedicated volunteers and are over the moon that their hard work has been recognised in this way.
“Every single one of our volunteers helps to enhance the work we do supporting and ensuring our services remain extraordinary and making a real difference to the lives of local people living with complex and incurable conditions.”
As well as attending the civic reception yesterday evening, two of the group’s volunteers were also invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in June.