THERE were smiles all round as Solihull Mayor congratulated a volunteer group.
Solihull Mayor Councillor Stuart Davis congratulated members of Gro-Organic on being awarded the The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE equivalent for volunteer groups across the country.
The Chelmsley Wood based charity, which works with volunteers with mental health and disabilities to transform deprived plots of land into flourishing green spaces across the Midlands, has been bestowed the highest award a voluntary group can receive.
Gro Organic CIC has worked with thousands of youth offenders and women in refuge across the whole of the West Midlands and Coventry.
Members of the Gro-Organic team were in the Mayor’s Parlour where they were thanked for their service to the local community. The Mayor said: “This tremendous honour is representative of the vital contributions Gro-Organic has made to the Solihull area.
“Their passionate commitment to creating and preserving wonderful green spaces in our community is a shining standard that we should all strive towards.
“Therefore, I can think of no organisation more deserving of this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
“The fact that such an honour has been given to a Solihull-based organisation fills my heart with pride and demonstrates the warmth and generosity present in our thriving community.
“The recognition of Gro-Organic goes to show that Solihull is a place full of truly miraculous people dedicated to improving the everyday lives of others.”
Gro-Organic is expected to receive its award next month.