Recognition for volunteer who helped domestic violence victims
A woman has made it
through to the final round of the PCC's
Outstanding Citizen Awards after spending a decade volunteering to
help victims of domestic
Margaret O'Reilly from Druids
a Senior Family Support Worker, but in 2008 decided there
weren't enough hours in her working
day to help all the
vulnerable women that needed support in her area.
(Pic: Margaret O'Reilly)
As a solution, Margaret and a small number of
others set up a voluntary group to address the issue.
Her team of volunteers
were largely made up of students from the University of Birmingham who were
already studying social
work and were keen to gain vital experience.
Margaret made sure victims had food
and shelter. She also ensured they had access to
management, personal development and legal support.
Some of the women Margaret has helped
have gone on to study at university, become midwives and teaching
lives transformed by her voluntary work.
Margaret's volunteering has drawn praise
from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner - David
Jamieson - who
personally shortlisted her for the
Outstanding Citizens Award.
Mr Jamieson said:
goes above and beyond every
day. For ten
years she has
worked tirelessly to support vulnerable women in Druids Heath. She has
enabled many of
those women to put their past behind them, discover a new confidence
and achieve some
Margaret O'Reilly said: "When I saw
that I had been shortlisted for an Outstanding Citizen Award I
couldn't believe my eyes.
"I had no idea I had been nominated,
let alone selected by the PCC as one of the front
"It is lovely to be recognised in this
way, but I am rewarded every day for the work I do when I see the
women recover from the abuse they have suffered."
The Outstanding Citizens Awards take
place on 5th July.