Unsung heroes and heroines across Wolverhampton have been honoured for their community spirited efforts.

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The West Midlands Police Crime Commissioner's Outstanding Citizen awards was held to recognise the efforts of people in the city who have carried out outstanding acts of good citizenship that have contributed to community safety.

Irene Dodd, who has been an active volunteer in Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton, was given the overall award for the city, after being one of 11 nominees put forward by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership.

Irene was instrumental in setting up the Ashmore Park Police liaison meeting back in 1992 which has now transformed into the local PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting.

She is currently the chair for her tenants and residents association, Irene has also recently undertaken speed watch training with the police and has previously scooped the Good Neighbour Award in 2009 and Local Heroes Award in both 2010 and 2011.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "It is a real joy to see residents who give so much to their areas being rewarded for their efforts.

"People like Irene work tirelessly for the benefit of others and has shown her dedication to her community so I congratulate her for winning this award.

"But the same could be said of all the nominations, who have given up their time for their benefits of others around them.

"It is fantastic to see so many community spirited residents living in Wolverhampton."

The other residents nominated were Joanne Jackson and James and Steph Clarke from Wednesfied, Usha Patel from St Chads, Denise Robins and Rita Heath from East Park, Gary and Caroline Price from Whitmore Reans, Brenda Bates from Tettenhall and Stephen Taylor who was nominated for his work across the city.

  • released: Wednesday 22 January, 2014