The quintet, four based in Dudley and one in Stourbridge, are among 19 recipients of the award from across the West Midlands.

They are Discover U, Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Dudley Voices for Choice, St John’s Church Preservation Group and Top Church Training: The Connect Project.

The charities have been recognised for their exceptional service within their communities and rely on volunteers to deliver their outstanding contribution.

Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

It makes me very proud as first citizen that of the 19 charities to receive this prestigious award across the whole West Midlands region this year, more than a quarter are from our borough.
The five recipients are all very worthy and are making a real difference to people in our communities, giving their own time to help others.
I look forward to meeting them all when the situation improves to thank them in person.

The Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE said:

Through the activities of the West Midlands Lieutenancy, I come across many people providing amazing support and giving their time to help others.
It is heart-warming to see so many of these organisations gain the recognition they deserve. I am so grateful for everything they do and am thrilled that we can praise their efforts through the QAVS Honour.

Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for three years can be put forward. 

Discover the full list of winners from across the region here. 

Picture shows Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust volunteers celebrating