Congratulations to Wendy Daws of the Mess Room for being named in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
Wendy, who is an artist, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for voluntary service to visually impaired people. Her organisation, the Mess Room, had recently received a grant from Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) via Involving Medway.
The Mess Room is a place where blind and partially-sighted and deaf and hard of hearing members of the public can make social connections. Its aim is to empower people and build self-esteem through art. A grant of £1,423 had been presented to the group in May 2017.
As well as her involvement in The Mess Room, Wendy has been a volunteer with Kent Association for the Blind for more than a decade and has been involved in a number of art projects, including work to create tactile interpretations of art.
Involving Medway was established to assist Medway CCG in its efforts to encourage people to get involved with and help make decisions about health provision in the area. This includes developing relationships and supporting local groups, with a focus on preventative activity to combat social isolation and build happier, healthier communities. This has come in the form of grants of up to £1,500 to facilitate engagement activities and civil society organisations.
Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer at Medway CCG, commented: “It is great to see Wendy rewarded in this way. She is a dedicated member of the community and we were very impressed by her work when we read the Involving Medway application for the Mess Room. Wendy’s work makes a big difference to the lives of many people, she is an inspiration.”
Find out more about The Mess Room at http://www.messroom.org.uk/. Find out more about Involving Medway at http://www.medwayccg.nhs.uk/blog/2017/03/30/involving-medway/.