THE INCREDIBLE efforts of the city's volunteers have been recognised with a special event.. 

Several community groups were invited to the Guildhall on Tuesday, March 19 to celebrate their hard work, while enjoying music, stand-up comedy and food. 

The groups with the most volunteering hours were, the Worcestershire Polish Association with 5,967 hours, Worcester Community Garden with 5,069 hours, Men's Shed with 4,000 and Worcester Environment Group with 2,702. 

Worcester News: Worcestershire Polish Association volunteersWorcestershire Polish Association volunteers (Image: Andrew Jackson)

Tom Wisniewski, president and founder of the Worcestershire Polish Association, said: "I was shocked to learn that we had the most hours volunteered, but it was nice to hear.

"We try to support the people of Worcester as much as possible. 

"We organise events such as Polish Heritage Day and they are very successful."

Mr Wisniewski founded the organisation over ten years ago to share Polish culture and heritage with Worcestershire.  

Community groups were asked to bring food along, with many choosing to bring traditional dishes from their countries. 

Towards the end of the evening Worcester City Council staff presented certificates to group leaders. 

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He continued: "As part of the Polish community, we are dedicated to contributing to our local community and fostering cooperation in various areas. 

"Over the years, we have organised numerous events showcasing our beautiful heritage and deep-rooted culture. 

"Reflecting on my own arrival to this country, I recall the challenges faced by the Polish community and the barriers we encountered. 

"However, through perseverance and hard work, we have overcome many obstacles to become valued members of society. 

Worcester News: That's a lot of certificates That's a lot of certificates (Image: Andrew Jackson)

"Despite this progress, there are still instances where some individuals do not extend invitations to Poles or regard us as inferior. 

"Nevertheless, we remain committed to bridging divides and fostering understanding within our diverse community."

Mr Wisniewski recently volunteered for the Passion Play, playing the role of one of Jesus's disciples.