A DEDICATED Solihull social worker is set to be honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her work helping children and families.
Mrs Anne Patricia Ryder BEM, along with 15 other recipients of this year’s honours in the West Midlands, will receive their awards from the West Midlands Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE on Thursday, September 12 at 2pm at Birmingham City Council House.
West Midlands Lieutenancy said of Ms Ryder: “With so many families breaking up, the impact on the lives of children is a growing concern and it is heart-warming to know there are people like Anne Ryder, selflessly giving her time and expertise to help in times of crisis.
“For over 21 years Anne has been a volunteer at the Solihull Child Contact Centre, where she has been team leader, Coordinator and volunteering for at least 20 hours each week to liaise with solicitors, family court welfare officers (CAFCASS) to help vulnerable families.
“Over 1,000 families have been helped over the 21 years and colleagues and contacts say Anne is always there to help and has supported so many families, being a role model in the way she manages situations.
“She was previously a circuit judge for 12 years acting as a designated Family Judge for Birmingham and Solihull.
“Anne also volunteers at the Rayner House & Yew Trees care home, where she is a trustee.”
And on the award itself and the other recipients, the lieutenancy said: “These people have all actively contributed to help others and make their communities richer.
“Some have gone to extraordinary lengths and given countess years of volunteering, others have travelled emotional journeys that has driven them to greater achievements. All have shown outstanding good will to others.”
The two other award winners from Solihull are Mrs Terri Joanne Scott for her dedication to the borough’s Troubled Families Programme and Mr Frederick Robert Cookes from Hampton-in-Arden for community activity in Barston Village.