Main Award – Riverside House CIC

“The Riverside volunteers support a group of young people with learning disabilities and autism to participate in a range of land based and craft activities with the long term aim of developing a heritage centre in Stourbridge. The volunteers offer encouragement, practical support, aid understanding and the development of skills by working alongside the young people three or four days each week. “


Why not watch their nomination video here

Reason for nomination:

The Riverside volunteers are wonderfully inspirational! They have been supporting a growing number of young people with learning disabilities and autism over the last two years; currently they are working alongside nine young people, all of whom have complex needs, requiring understanding, patience and skill to enable their participation.

The volunteers have consistently offered their time, knowledge and experience in all weathers, helping the young people clear the overgrown site, remove graffiti from walls, clear away rubbish, create pathways and erect fencing. The young people have learned new skills such as green woodwork, fire lighting, the safe use of tools and basic building techniques and have increased their knowledge of local history and heritage.

The volunteers have also offered emotional support to the group, helping them manage the challenges presented throughout the project and as a result have built a strong team spirit and sense of purpose. My son is one of the young people and I have seen his confidence, social skills and abilities grow over the past two years; I have witnessed the tireless enthusiasm and commitment from the volunteers and this has been passed on to my son who is now an active, dedicated member of the team; he also feels that he is contributing to a worthwhile project and that he in turn is offering something useful back to his community.

The volunteers act as role models for the young people, demonstrating positive qualities such as a caring attitude, hard work, determination and reliability. I know that Lloyd, the project founder and Director finds the support of the volunteers invaluable and I don’t think Riverside would have been such a success without them.

Please consider the Riverside volunteers for one of Dudley’s volunteer awards – I think they deserve recognition for their continuing hard work and dedication.