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Thursday 7th July 2016 @ 09:00 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Community Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden Mossley & Saddleworth News



Four voluntary groups from Tameside – Mossley Juniors Football Club, Droylsden Youth Centre, Ryecroft Hall Community Association and Willow Wood Hospice – received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which has equivalent status as the MBE, at a special ceremony at Gorton Monastery on Monday.

 Mossley Juniors Football Club

• Mossley Juniors.

Mossley Juniors Football Club has been going for more than 30 years and has over 120 players between 14 and 17. The club is about community cohesion and helping the children achieve more in life by teaching them life skills. While football is used as the glue to keep the kids off the streets, the club runs many other activities besides football.

GORTON MONASTERY host The Queen Awards for Voluntary Service 2016

• Stephen Wayman and Alan Bradbury Droylsden Youth Centre are presented with the award.

Droylsden Youth Centre is an independent voluntary group established in 1963 by Alan Bradbury and Charlie Grice who between them have one hundred years of service. They have more than 300 members and well over 50 coaches involved in football and boxing.  In 2013 they moved into a purpose built new facility costing £1.5m with the majority of the money coming from the FA in recognition of their work in the community.

Alan Bradbury MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Droylsden Youth Centre, said: “We are delighted to receive The Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This award gives recognition to the hard work done by our army of volunteers working in the community seven days a week. The Centre is run entirely on a voluntary basis with over 50 adults giving of their time free of charge.”

 Ryecroft Hall

• Ryecroft Hall Management Association.

Ryecroft Hall Management Association in Audenshaw is a group of volunteers that have run classes for the community for more than 30 years and also run a community café three days a week.  They are a registered charity with around 700 members and raise money for charities, and the Friends Group help with the upkeep of the hall which is a listed building.

GORTON MONASTERY host The Queen Awards for Voluntary Service 2016

• Long serving Willow Wood volunteers Michael Flynn and Yvonne Darraugh receive the award on behalf of the hospice.

Willow Wood Hospice supports not only patients but the family members and carers who are also affected by cancer and life threatening conditions. It cares for up to 12 in patients and 15 day patients at any given time.  Alongside this it provides numerous out patient services such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, bereavement counselling and most recently a dementia care service.  Volunteers help with reception,  hairdressing, gardening, photography, flower arranging and cookery classes for the recently bereaved.

Willow Wood Hospice Chairman Pat McCloskey said: “Everyone at the Hospice is absolutely delighted that our volunteers have been recognised in this way. For our volunteers to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a huge honour that reflects the significant contribution made by all of them. They are a vital and essential link in the chain of care we provide at Willow Wood and without their unwavering support we simply would not be able to care for the thousands of local patients and their families who need our support.”

 In total twenty-six voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises from across the county collected an engraved, commemorative crystal trophy and a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Edith Conn.

Commenting on all the Tameside award winners, The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, said: “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a voluntary group and these are four very worthy recipients.  Each one makes an exceptional contribution to their community and helps to greatly improve the lives of local people.  For so many to give up their time for others is tremendous and this award is extremely well deserved.  We would encourage more groups in Tameside to step forward and be recognised for the wonderful work they do.”

The closing date for nominations for the next Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 is 16 September 2016.

For information on how to nominate a group, or