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Birmingham Retiree Honoured as Ambassador for Peace

In a well-deserved recognition of her outstanding contributions to both the local community and beyond, Val Benjamin, a 71-year-old resident of Pannel Croft Retirement Village in Birmingham, has been awarded the title of Ambassador for Peace.

The prestigious accolade was presented to Val by the Universal Peace Federation, in appreciation of her remarkable efforts in fostering unity, empowerment, and inspiration among individuals. As an ordained minister of religion and a UK ambassador for Every Girl Wins, Val has dedicated herself to serving others in all walks of life through volunteering. At her ExtraCare retirement village she leads empowering sessions and workshops aimed at improving communication skills, mental health, and overall well-being. These interactive classes provide residents with the tools to have their voices heard, while emphasising the distinction between assertiveness and aggression. Drawing from her personal experience of overcoming low self-esteem, Val endeavours to empower women, helping them recognise and embrace their true selves.

No stranger to community work, Val has also supported two parliamentary workshops at the village, further demonstrating her commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality. She is also a published author of two books on the themes of positive thinking and inclusion, a chaplain for West Midlands Police and a community champion awardee. Speaking about her volunteer efforts, she emphasises the profound value of bringing people together from diverse backgrounds.

“Volunteering brings inclusion,” Val explains, “I genuinely believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. Witnessing people from different walks of life mingle and connect is an incredibly rewarding experience.”

As an Ambassador for Peace Val will act as an advocate promoting principles of reconciliation, cooperation, and mutual understanding in her sphere of influence.

The latest recognition for Val serves as a testament to the remarkable dedication and compassion she has exhibited throughout her years of service to the community. Her tireless efforts both within and outside of her village continue to inspire individuals within the community, setting an example of unity and kindness and proving that retirement isn’t always about slowing down.

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