#PositiveSWBrum Selly Oak based friendship group hailed as Cross City Heroes

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A remarkable community group which encourages friendship among people with different communication needs have celebrated being recognised as Cross City Heroes.

The Di Cardwell Friendship Group, based at the TouchBase Pears community centre in Selly Oak, was honoured by West Midlands Railway earlier this year to mark 40 years of Cross City line services.

It was chosen as one of 24 community organisations to receive a plaque of recognition at local railway stations on the popular line between Redditch / Bromsgrove, Birmingham and Lichfield.

Earlier this month group members paid a special visit to Selly Oak station to see the plaque in pride of place.

Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West Midlands Railway, said: “The Cross City line connects communities across North Worcestershire to Birmingham, and is a big part of many people’s lives.

“Getting people to use the train with confidence can open up so many opportunities for them, so it is always great to be able to welcome groups like this onto our stations and trains.

“The Di Cardwell Friendship Group does remarkable work in the city, so it was a pleasure to recognise the group with a plaque at Selly Oak station as part of our Cross City Heroes competition.”

Martyn Wright, from the Di Cardwell Friendship Group, said: “Our group encourages friendship amongst people with different communication needs and people who are deafblind. As well as spoken English we communicate in many ways including several different types of sign language and Braille.”

View the full list of winning Cross City Heroes groups

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