People in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to nominate their local hero for recognition in the one-off 50forWM50 initiative.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the West Midlands county and the West Midlands Lieutenancy. In honour of this milestone, the 50forWM50 campaign has been launched to acknowledge and express gratitude to volunteers throughout the region who selflessly devote their time to assisting others. 

The campaign aims to spotlight the remarkable stories of these often overlooked local heroes. Volunteers from all walks of life and age groups are eligible for recognition; there's no age restrictions or no minimum duration for their volunteering efforts – whether it's one month, one year, or even 50 years.

A panel of judges will review the nominations and select 50 volunteers from each of the seven local authorities in the West Midlands, including 50 from Wolverhampton, to attend the 'Big Thank You Bash' in June.

From this group of 350 volunteers, 50 will advance to the final stage, and ultimately, one exceptional volunteer will be chosen for their outstanding contribution and will have a West Midlands Metro tram named after them, serving as a lasting tribute to their dedication to volunteering and their positive impact on the local community. 

To nominate someone as a 50forWM50 Volunteer and share why they deserve recognition, please visit United by 2022 Legacy Charity by 17 April, 2024. Anyone needing an alternative format or encountering difficulties with form submission is asked to please email

Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre said: “This is a great chance to nominate those unsung heroes in our city who go above and beyond to help their fellow citizens, and to give them the recognition they so richly deserve. Please get your nominations in today."