Wolves Foundation have been shortlisted in two categories at the forthcoming Black Country Chamber of Commerce Business Hero awards, being run this year on a ‘virtual’ basis from Black Country Living Museum.
Education Officer Brad Moore is in the running for the Business Hero/Young Business Hero of the Year award, while the Foundation as a whole has been shortlisted in the Adaptability and Innovation award category.
The awards, organised by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, are scheduled to be hosted at the Black Country Living Museum on Friday 13th November, with nominees and guests following proceedings online due to Covid-19 regulations.
Part of Brad’s remit with the Foundation is to help facilitate the further and higher education programmes consisting of a BTEC qualification from Wolverhampton or Telford College, and a degree in partnership with the University of South Wales.
The arrival of the pandemic and lockdown led to the cancellation of face-to-face tuition, leaving Brad to not only help co-ordinate a virtual learning programme, but also deliver weekly tutorial and engagement sessions to ensure students received as much support as possible.
The Wolves Foundation as a whole has had to adapt its services during the pandemic, not only continuing to offer virtual activities for existing participants, including schools, but also work with new partners to offer further help to the city and beyond during such an unprecedented crisis.
Over the months of the pandemic the Foundation worked with Wolves’ owners Fosun to support the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and local social care providers with the delivery of vital PPE equipment, whilst also supporting a fundraising campaign led by Foundation ambassador Karl Henry which raised over £50,000 to help equip two new wards at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital.
“We know how tough this year is proving to be for so many people in their local communities, and we as a Foundation have worked extremely hard to continue to provide support across Wolverhampton and the Black Country,” says Will Clowes, Head of Wolves Foundation.
“We have been able to adapt to strengthen contact with our existing participants and provide support to new ones, always aiming to continue to inspire and educate the people of Wolverhampton.
“We have managed to continue with many different projects during the pandemic, often delivering them in new and innovative ways, and I am extremely proud of all the staff who have gone above and beyond to provide such a high standard of service to the diverse community that we work with.
“Within that team effort there have been some fantastic examples of individuals really stepping up and reacting positively to challenging situations, and that has been particularly true of Brad and his work with our education students.
“Brad himself achieved a first class honours degree on the course which the Foundation runs in conjunction with the University of South Wales, and is now passing on all his knowledge and experience to current students, which has had a really positive effect on their performance.
“It has been a challenging time for all us at the Foundation as it has for everyone across Wolverhampton, but we are delighted to be shortlisted in these two categories alongside so many fantastic entries from across the region.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Black Country Chamber of Commerce for their support, and wish them all the best with next Friday’s awards.”
Click here to find out more about this year’s awards.