Greystones Manager awarded British Empire Medal
Friday 18th November 2016 @ 15:57 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News

After being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List back in June, the manager of Tameside Men’s Hostel, Greystones, received her British Empire Medal in a ceremony in Stockport last week.

Lisa Shepherd was awarded the BEM for services to the homeless. Her mother and father, who founded Greystones, and her two brothers, were present to see her receive the Medal from Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith.

Lisa has been helping Tameside’s homeless for 27 years, having started at Greystones when she was just 15-years-old.

She left school to help her parents at the homeless service and has risen through the ranks, becoming Operations Manager earlier this year.

The eulogy, read out by the Clerk, Stephen Hall, as Lisa collected her medal said: “Over the last five years, she has seen 500 people move into stable environments, 300 now have jobs and a further 100 are in further education.

“She actively encourages residents to attend college, seek work- voluntary or otherwise- or enrol on training programmes making sure they move towards independent living. She also regularly supports the local community by arranging litter picks, collecting clothing for the homeless, fighting for people’s rights and arranging charity coffee mornings and jumble sales, donating the proceedings to a local food bank.

“Without her dedication and tenacity, there would be many people trapped in a life of crime, anti-social behaviour, substance abuse and despair.”



Speaking about the day, Lisa Shepherd BEM said: “It was a fantastic honour for me to accept my BEM and for my family to be so proud of me on the day.

“I would like to thank my mum and dad for all their help and support over the years.  I would also like to thank Tameside Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire Service, and all the other agencies who are involved on a day to day basis with our project at Greystones.  Without their help and support we would find it difficult to maintain the standards and service we provide.

“I would like to thank everyone who believe in me and the work that myself and my fantastic team do at Greystones.  The medal really is accepted for all the staff and residents who make it a great place to work.”

Gemma Clayton is a Director of Infinity Initiatives, a local community interest company that works closely with Lisa and Greystones. She said Lisa thoroughly deserved her royal recognition. “Those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Lisa can see why she has been awarded the BEM,” Gemma said.

“Lisa cares so much about all the people who walk through the doors- nothing is ever too much trouble. It is so very well deserved and even more so as Lisa is so humble.”