Award of Honorary MBE to former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton

Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi, former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, was presented with an honorary MBE at a Graduation ceremony on Friday 15 July.

Professor George Holmes DL, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton representing the Lord-Lieutenant presents Dr Kandadi, former Deputy Vice Chancellor, with his honorary MBE
Professor Holmes presents Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi with his Honorary MBE

Professor George E Holmes DL, Vice Chancellor of the University, in his capacity as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and acting on behalf of the Lord-lieutenant, awarded the special honour, in a first for a British university.

Dr Kandadi has remained a citizen of India throughout his time in Bolton and last June decided to return to lead the development of a major new education project in his home town.

He has continued his connections with the institution by offering Bolton higher education and research programmes as part of his exciting new project.

Dr Kandadi, who studied as a post-graduate student at the University of Bolton, gaining his PhD Degree, rose through the ranks over the last 15 years to become Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi holding his Honorary MBE
Dr Kandadi with his Honorary MBE

After he was presented with the MBE, he said: “I have had the privilege of working with so many incredible people over the last 20 years. I would like to pay tribute to every one of them for their support and trust.”

Professor George E Holmes DL, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, presented the award at the Albert Halls in Bolton Town Hall.

He said: “Kondal progressed through a number of ranks to being the Deputy Vice Chancellor and it is in that capacity that he has been presented for this award for his services to education, his marvellous contribution to this University but also to health and his work developing the Bolton College of Medical Sciences.”

As he presented Kondal with the award, Professor Holmes added: “It is in recognition of his valuable service that Her Majesty the Queen has appointed you to be an Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

“It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of Her Majesty, present you with the badge of the Order and congratulate you most sincerely.”

Sir Warren Smith Retires as Lord-Lieutenant

On the 4th July Sir Warren Smith KCVO KStJ JP retired after serving for 15 years as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

Sir Warren Smith

Sir Warren was appointed as Justice of the Peace in 1983, was made a Deputy Lieutenant in 1995 and was selected as High Sheriff for Greater Manchester in the shrieval year 1997/98 before becoming the Lord-Lieutenant on the 24th June 2007, succeeding Col Sir John Timmins. Social exclusion had always been an interest for him, and he had chaired or had been a trustee of national, regional, and local organisations dealing with drug, alcohol and mental health problems, community relations, poverty and justice. He maintained an interest in these areas throughout his time as Lord-Lieutenant, particularly community relations and so it is no surprise that he developed the Lieutenancy to be as diverse and as inclusive as possible. Through active recruitment the Lieutenancy now reflects the cultural mix of Greater Manchester and has a gender balance.

Sir Warren with Sir John and James Timpson during a visit to present their Queens award for Enterprise
Sir Warren with Sir John and James Timpson during a visit to present their Queens Award for Enterprise in 2019

Sir Warren became the patron or president of over 40 organisations whilst Lord-Lieutenant, and he will continue to work with several of them during retirement. His active interest in the work of these organisations along with his ideas to increase the visibility of the Lieutenancy and to contribute to the civic life of Greater Manchester kept him extremely active. For the years 2008-2021 he completed over 5200 engagements or meetings which is an average of 377 per year.

In addition to his engagements, he steered the Lieutenancy to promote the Queens Award for Voluntary Service which led to Greater Manchester having the most nominations and awards in the UK for last 5 years. Under his leadership the Lieutenancy has delivered several pilot programmes for the Honours and Appointments Office in Cabinet Office to increase the quantity and quality of Honours nominations especially for underrepresented groups. This culminating in the best Honour’s Lists in the past few years since Greater Manchester was created in 1974. The most recent lists have also had a much higher representation of ethnic minority groups than the national picture and Greater Manchester average. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020, 32% of recipients in Greater Manchester were from an ethnic minority background.

Sir Warren Smith greets The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Manchester Airport
Sir Warren greets HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Manchester Airport

During his tenure Sir Warren hosted 116 Royal visits to 340 venues including 6 visits of Her Majesty The Queen, either on her own, or with The Duke of Edinburgh. The first Royal Visit he hosted was a two day patronage visit by the Earl of Wessex in July 2007 and his last was the Princess Royal in June 2022 to the British Cardiovascular Society Centenary Conference.

Following the Manchester Atrocity in 2017 he supported Manchester City Council throughout the recovery. He helped organise and hosted visits by The Queen, The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge within the first few weeks of the aftermath. Subsequently he helped organise The visit of the Duke of Cambridge to the first anniversary and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial this year. He is a member of the Memorial Trust and will remain so after retirement.

The Princess Royal knighting Sir Warren Smith at Windsor Castle
The Princess Royal knighting Sir Warren at Windsor Castle

In the NY Honours list 2020 he was Knighted, becoming a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. The Princess Royal conducted the investiture at Windsor Castle.

Sir Warren loves his garden, which doubled as his office and meeting place during fine days where visitors were also entertained by the everlasting energy of his Norfolk Terriers. Currently he has two – Esse and Bobby, Esse is very loving, and Bobby is a little mischievous to say the least. His dogs were even spotted by The Queen on a visit, when she arrived in a helicopter on the fields to the rear of his house. He enjoys cooking and entertaining friends at home and in the garden and Summerhouse – something he wants to do more of in retirement. He makes pots of lemon curd and bottles of Sloe Gin and Damson Whiskey which he regularly gifts to people.

Sir Warren Smith hands the ceremonial sword over to Mrs Diane Hawkins
Sir Warren hands the Ceremonial Sword to Mrs Hawkins

On the 3rd of July he handed over the ceremonial sword to the new Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Diane Hawkins, in the presence of the Lieutenancy, at afternoon tea at The Monastery Manchester. It was an emotional and enjoyable event and was especially poignant as it was the first full gathering of the Lieutenancy since the start of the pandemic.

Thank you Sir Warren for you generosity, knowledge and leadership of Greater Manchester Lieutenancy and your contribution to the Lieutenancy regionally and nationally.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Winners 2022

Twenty one Greater Manchester voluntary groups have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Commonly known as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award a group can receive in the UK.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service logo

They are part of a group of 244 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this prestigious award this year across the UK. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving. Greater Manchester has received the most awards of any County in the UK for the 5th year running, which shows how committed and full of innovative ideas our volunteers are, making life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. The Greater Manchester award winners are a wonderfully diverse group and will receive their award later in the Summer from The Lord-Lieutenant and 2 members of each group will attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2023.

The Lord-Lieutenant said, “This award recognises the contribution an organisation makes within its community. It is a rare honour. It is not won easily, and it recognises real achievement, effort, and a major contribution to the community. The last 2 years have highlighted just how valuable volunteering is to the country, with groups innovatively continuing their valuable work in the community, despite the restrictions and threat of the virus and I hope many more will be nominated in the future”.

Any group of three or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available at https://qavs.dcms.gov.uk Nominations for the 2023 awards close on 15th September 2022.

A list of Greater Manchester winners is here:

Bolton North East Wildlife Trail
Working to conserve and protect a local wildlife corridor and promoting a love of this area among local people.

Corrie Gardeners Community Group
Residents of a housing estate working together to make things better. Started 25 years ago as a gardening club, but now provides a food bank, drop-in cafe, organises social activities and community clean-ups.

Bolton Newstalk
Recording a free, weekly digest of local news in the Bolton area for local people who are visually impaired or disabled.

Lancashire Mining Museum
Transformed a closed colliery into a popular museum that explains and celebrates Lancashire’s mining heritage.

Rock It Bolton CIC
Enabling young people 11-18 to create, record and perform music in a supportive environment. Operates in an area of high deprivation.

Talking about my Generation
Trains up community reporters (aged 60+) to produce articles, podcasts and videos on topics they are passionate about, publishing these online and through national/regional media.

Bolton Carers Support
Empowering, engaging & empathising with Bolton’s unpaid carers over the age of 18 via a 24/7 helpline, short breaks, workshops, a newsletter and a befriending scheme.

MS Therapy Centre (NW)
Providing different forms of therapy such as oxygen, electromagnetic, physio and counselling to help pain management for sufferers with Multiple Sclerosis.

Think Ahead Stroke
Developing long-term programmes of support advice, information and training to stroke survivors, carers and their families.

Bolton Free Cakes for Kids
Creating, decorating and delivering cakes to young people facing adversity who would otherwise not have a birthday cake.

Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force
Inspiring young people and building resilience by teaching discipline, respect and essential skills through the cadets framework.

Soup Kitchen Rochdale
Providing free homemade meals, signposting to services across the community and distributing food parcels to vulnerable adults and families.

Azamrah Youth Club
Providing holiday activities for disadvantaged young people in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Bury2gether
Supporting children and young adults with special educational needs by creating a supportive network in Bury.

Connect Youth and Community Centre
Promoting well-being and reducing loneliness and isolation within inner city Salford for all ages. Provide events, a community garden and cafe, and telephone outreach.

Visit From The Stork CIC
Providing new mothers with practical and mental health support which they might not otherwise be able to access or afford.

Dimobi Children Disability Trust
A special needs, learning disability and autism provider tackling negative stereotypes of learning disability amongst the BAME communities of Newton Heath.

The Pelican Centre Ltd
Revitalising a local swimming baths, creating an accessible sports venue and encouraging people from different backgrounds, ethnic groups and demographics to get involved.

Rammy Men
A group supporting mental health through creating spaces, running activities and an accessible network. Currently writing a book to help reach a wider demographic.

The Attic Project (Bury)
Helping people at risk through debt and welfare advice, a weekly work club, digital skill course, social meets and healthy living classes.

The Shed (Tameside)
Supporting well-being in older residents throughout Tameside, through a range of activities that cover mental, physical and health issues.

Platinum Jubilee Honours List 2022

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in the Birthday Honours List. Honours are a fantastic way of thanking ordinary people doing extraordinary things and this would not be possible without the people taking the time to nominate them whom he would also like to particularly thank. Should you know of someone who deserves to be nominated then please go to our honours website where you can find out how to do it.

The people who live in Greater Manchester and have received an Honour in the New Year List are as follows:

Knights Batchelor

The title of Knight Bachelor is a rank granted to a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not inducted as a member of one of the organised orders of chivalry; it is a part of the British honours system. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight. It is given to a person who has demonstrated a pre-eminent contribution in any field of activity (usually, but not exclusively, at national level), or in a capacity which will be recognised by peer groups as inspirational and significant nationally and demonstrates sustained commitment. The following people have been awarded:

Knighthood

  • Mr Julian Matthew Frederick HARTLEY (Stockport)
  • Chief Executive, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Healthcare.

Order of the British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

An OBE is given to someone who has demonstrated a distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field, through achievement or service to the community including notable practitioners known nationally. The following people have been awarded and OBE:

  • Mr Richard Harrison BEVAN (Trafford)
    Chief Executive, League Managers Association. For services to Association Football
  • Ms Lora Marie FACHIE MBE (Trafford)
    For services to Cycling
  • Mr Neil Michael FACHIE MBE (Trafford)
    For services to Cycling
  • Miss Corrine Claire HALL MBE (Stockport)
    For services to Cycling
  • Mr David John MOUTREY (Manchester)
    Director and Chief Executive, HOME Manchester. For services to the Arts, particularly during Covid-19
  • Professor Samia NEFTI-MEZIANI (Trafford)
    Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and Head, Centre for Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics. For services to Robotics
  • Mr Sean O’LOUGHLIN (Wigan)
    For services to Rugby League Football
  • Dr Rupert Edward David WHITAKER (Manchester)
    Co-founder, Terrence Higgins Trust. For services to Charity and to Public Health

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

An MBE is given to a person for achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others. The following people have been awarded the MBE:

  • Dr Rizwan Yahya AHMED (Bolton)
    Consultant Respiratory Physician, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Public Health during Covid-19
  • Mrs Catherine Myra CONNOLLY (Rochdale)
    Headteacher, Brownhill Learning Community. For services to the Education of Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Children and Young People
  • Mrs Rebecca GOODRICH (Rebecca Friel) (Trafford)
    Chief Executive Officer, Odd Arts. For services to Education and the community in Manchester
  • Mr Gary Kenneth HALL (Trafford)
    Performance Director, GB Taekwondo. For services to Taekwondo
  • Mrs Humera HAQQANI (Rochdale)
    Managing Director, Let ‘s Talk. For services to Business and to the community in Rochdale
  • Mr William Ernest HEAP (Oldham)
    For voluntary service to the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Janet Audrey HEAP (Oldham)
    For voluntary service to the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Elizabeth JONES (Tameside)
    Chair of Governors, St Damian’s Science College, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester. For services to Education
  • Ms Najma KHALID (Oldham)
    Founder, Women’s CHAI Project and Lead Organiser, Parent Power Oldham. For services to the community in Oldham
  • Mr David Trevor MOLYNEUX (Wigan)
    Councillor and Leader, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council. For services to Local Government and to the community in Wigan
  • Professor Srimathi Rajagopalan MURALI (Wigan)
    Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to International Doctors working in the NHS
  • Ms Claire Angela OSMENT (Stockport)
    Chair, Ongoing Women’s Local Support. For services to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Stockport
  • Mrs Elizabeth Ekeleoseye OWOLABI (Manchester)
    For voluntary and charitable services in Manchester
  • Lieutenant Colonel Glyn Richard POTTS DL (Oldham)
    For services to Education and to the Army Cadet Force
  • Mrs Pamela Jean SCARRY (Rochdale)
    Head of Development, Continuous Improvement Service, HM Revenue and Customs. For Public Service
  • Mrs Angela SHIEL (Salford)
    Foster Carer, Salford City Council. For services to Fostering
  • Ms Angela USHER (Manchester)
    For voluntary services to Disadvantaged Young People through Music
  • Mr Sanjaykumar Jayantilal VADERA (Trafford)
    Chief Executive Officer, The Fragrance Shop and Per-Scent. For services to International Trade

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

A BEM is awarded to people who have contributed a very hands-on service to the community in a local geographical area. Either sustained commitment in support of local charitable or voluntary activity or innovative work that has delivered real impact in a short period (3/4 years). The following people have been awarded a BEM:

  • Mrs Dorothy Margaret BOWKER (Wigan)
    Founder, The Bridge at Leigh. For charitable and voluntary services to Disadvantaged People in Leigh, Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
  • Ms Pamela Ann DUXBURY (Bolton)
    Counsellor and Service Manager, Beacon Bolton Counselling Service. For services to the community in Bolton, Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Helen BEDFORD-GAY (Trafford)
    Trustee and Communications and Fundraising Manager, FOP Friends. For services to People Living with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva and their Families
  • Mrs Ann Denise LONSDALE (Bolton)
    For services to the community in Bolton, Greater Manchester
  • Ms Michelle Angeline MCHALE (Trafford)
    For services to the community in the Metropolitan Boroughs of Trafford and Manchester, particularly during Covid-19
  • Mr Brian James MORTON (Rochdale)
    For services to the community in Milnrow and Newhey, Rochdale, during Covid-19
  • Miss Victoria SNELL (Salford)
    Customer Relations Manager, Transpennine Express. For services to Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Mr Vincent John THOMPSON (Tameside)
    For services to the community in Greater Manchester

Investiture Ceremony Feb 2022

In a ceremony at The Monastery, Manchester, on the 24th February 2022, 14 Honour’s Recipients received their medals from The Lord-Lieutenant. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant and High Sheriff were also in attendance to help and to congratulate all the recipients.

There were 5 recipients of the MBE and 9 recipients of the British Empire Medal who attended with friends and family to celebrate their fantastic achievements in the wonderful setting of the Great Nave at The Monastery.

The recipients and their guests from across Greater Manchester listened to the citations which were read out by the Clerk to the Lieutenancy and broke into applause as each of the stories were revealed and each walked forward to receive their medals from the Lord-Lieutenant. Photographs from the event can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DXkK2gSLAZbaGRck6

The recipients were as follows:

Albert ASPEN MBE

Albert has made a lifetime commitment to wrestling, competing, and inspiring young wrestlers in Bolton for over 60 years, whilst working as a self-employed roofer.
His national wrestling career started in the late 1950’s and continued until the 1990’s. He has tirelessly

 dedicated his spare time to promoting the sport as a competitor, trainer and manager and devoted a large part of his career to coaching youth at all levels, including the British team on six occasions. His son Brian is also a decorated British Team wrestler.
Albert is a six time British Champion and won several medals, representing Great Britain in four Olympic Games, seven Commonwealth Games, five World Championships and two European Championships, either as a competitor or team manager or coach.
He is noted for his exceptional coaching skills at both club and international level and was instrumental in the creation of the Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club Committee and has worked on it for over 50 years, whilst also competing internationally. He dedicated time to coach and support new members whilst also refereeing at club competitions. When the club moved to new premises in the 1980s, he assisted in its refurbishment for over two years.
He is an inspiration to young people and has brought pride to Bolton and across Lancashire and Greater Manchester and was made a life member of British Wrestling in June 2000.

Helen Louise SANDERSON MBE

Helen has devoted her career to person centred approaches. She has been one of the country’s leading contributors to the development of personalised care and support for older and disabled people. Her work is widely acknowledged as a blueprint for personalisation, informing the transformation of adult

 social care. From co-authoring the first Department of Health guidance on person centred approaches in 2002, she has skilled up and trained thousands of workers and managers and helped numerous organisations to change and dramatically improve their services.
Her work has been adopted in many other countries including the USA, Canada, Australia and India. She regularly shares her knowledge; through the many books she has authored and via her community of collaborators.
Concerned about how ‘homecare’ in social care often poorly serves users and paid carers she has put enormous effort into developing and implementing a major new model, Wellbeing Teams. It is testament to her dedication and skill that, within a very short period, her first teams have been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
She set up and is the CEO of the Community Circles charity supporting people in need or crisis by bringing two or more people together around them helping them to make the changes needed in their life in a way that works for them.
Helen has made a huge, positive difference to many thousands of people’s lives.

Kathryn Elizabeth DAVIES MBE

Kathryn, a key worker at the Cooperative Bank, threw herself into critical customer support during the Covid Pandemic. She has helped hundreds of customers who have found themselves in complex

 financial situations and, during the early part of the lockdown, those stranded abroad and needing repatriation. She singlehandedly dealt with many priority cases ensuring customers had access to funds and were able to reach positions of safety.
In addition to undertaking this role to an exceptional level, she was flexible, helping colleagues in other parts of the bank, as the public’s needs changed in response to the pandemic. She helped to register many customers on to digital services, so they did not need to leave their homes and she also processed business loans and payment deferrals in response to the government’s support schemes. She is also considered as the “go to” person in the workplace, frequently first to support other workers who needed personal help or motivation.
In her own time, she volunteered to support NHS workers and patients across the country by organising and distributing care package donations from the bank’s employees. Care packages were sent to many hospitals in the North West, Staffordshire, Scotland and Wales. The care packages were individually tailored to help the specific needs of those locations. She was the absolute driving force behind the scheme. Kathryn has been a true Covid Hero.

Katie Elizabeth SPENCER MBE

Katie is a financial crime expert who led the work to protect the Government’s emergency Bounce Back Loan scheme against fraud. As a senior manager in Lloyds Banking Group’s Retail Bank Fraud and

 Financial Crime team, and with billions of pounds of taxpayer funds at stake, she played a critical role in designing the measures that ensured the project was secure against fraudsters. Lloyds was given just a fortnight to build the system which would ordinarily take months. Schemes built at pace are often targeted by organised crime networks so developing a robust control framework was critical in preventing a huge fraud liability.
As an expert on lending frauds, she represented Lloyds Banking Group in industry meetings that agreed anti-fraud controls for the new scheme and common standards. Throughout, Katie and her team used innovation and imagination to test and develop solutions for fraud checks, working long hours, seven days a week, to meet the deadlines. This ensured that the day Bounce Back Loans were launched, Lloyds was able to safely distribute more than £1bn to its customers.
As a direct result of the work Katie led, over £140m of fraudulent applications were prevented and more than 250,000 customers have received in excess of £7.5bn in Bounce Back Loans from Lloyds Banking Group alone both protecting the UK taxpayer and helping to keep the economy afloat.

Janette Barr Anderson HOGAN MBE

Janette has devoted half a century to Nursing, championing Palliative and End of Life Care as a district nurse and as a community Macmillan nurse. Her role as clinical advisor enabled her to drive and support

 a new service in North Manchester where end of life care was very poor in comparison to the national picture.
Identifying the causes, she presented a business case to the Manchester Clinical Commissioners Group to develop a consultant led, multidisciplinary team to deliver palliative services in patients’ homes rather than hospital. She secured funding from Macmillan, researched other services and came up with a model that would suit the population needs.
In 2015, the North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service was launched, working in an innovative way to provide wrap around care for patients in the last year of their life and for their families. It was a huge success and even with the number of patients, using the service, vastly increasing, all were contacted within 24 hours of referral. Patients that have an advance care plan in place at the end of their life and pass away in their preferred place has risen phenomenally whilst numbers dying in hospital has considerably reduced. Permanent funding was secured, and the model is now being rolled out across the city, receiving national attention.
Janette’s work has enabled many people to concentrate on living their lives rather than worrying about their death.

Kiera Abigail BYLAND BEM

Kiera, known as KB, is an unstoppable force and a multi-talented leader and athlete who competes internationally in cycling and regionally in swimming. She is also a cycle and swim teacher and a

 volunteer Special Olympics coach.
At the age of 12, with multiple learning difficulties, she was introduced to cycling and swimming and has since gone on to compete at the Special Olympics. Amongst her many sporting achievements, she won a gold medal in the 2014 Special Olympic Games in cycling and was a triple gold medallist in the 2015 Special Olympics GB cycling squad in Los Angeles. She also served as a co-host at the 2017 Special Olympics, Great Britain National Summer Games opening ceremony. She represents Great Britain on the Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Athlete Input Council as Chair and on the Athlete Leadership Council as Vice Chair.
Bullied and left out at school, she has been determined since to promote inclusivity and has made a huge, positive impact on the children in her hometown of Bolton giving them the confidence and inspiration to swim and cycle. She also produced and uploaded numerous fitness videos on-line helping people to stay fit during the pandemic. She has given a number of inspirational speeches at different conferences around the world where she displays her sheer determination and infectious enthusiasm.
She is an absolute inspiration to young people.

Eric Crompton BARBER BEM

For decades, Eric has made a profound impact on thousands of children in Rochdale, especially those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, sacrificing family time to serve as chair and vice chair of governors at Elm Wood School. His countless hours of unwavering but informed support has helped

 lead the school, located in one of the most deprived and challenging areas.
As chair and link governor for SEND, he used his business management skills to accurately deploy financial resources significantly reducing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and others. Through his intervention, the school recruited a full set of SEND specialist teaching assistants increasing children’s skills in English and Maths.
He has been a significant figure in development of the building to fully meet the needs of the children. From a run down and uninspiring block, with regulations imposed by Historic England, he negotiated to keep both the architectural integrity of the building whilst significantly increasing the ‘fit for purpose’ learning areas. This transformation added extra classrooms and an envied outdoor area providing an oasis for pupils.
He also helped teachers set up a registered children’s charity, Leisure for Autism, which provides play schemes for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition. During Covid-19, his commitment to the school overruled concerns for his own health. He attended the school physically to meet with school leaders enabling a smooth reopening.

Harold Graham HEYWOOD BEM
Eira Margaret HEYWOOD BEM

Graham and Eira are co-founders of Bolton Adult Autism Support setting this up when their two autistic sons became adults and they recognised that there was no local provision for support. Initially funded by the council this was cut 10 months in and so they decided to go it alone initially holding a seminar

 on autism, involving experts in the field, to help identify the unmet needs to be addressed by the group in the future. Through hard work and determination, they developed a constitution and governing body and earned charitable status. They forged ahead in attracting increasing numbers of adults with autism and have become a unique source of support.
They provide a social outlet where no one feels unusual or different because everyone there either has autism or they know a family member who has. Practical help and advice are also always available to help members who find it hard to articulate their issues and support is given to help them to argue or present their case.
They helped to form the Bolton Autism Strategy, one of the first in the country to do so and the Greater Manchester Autism Strategy and helped the police to develop procedures to help when an autistic adult is taken into custody.
Volunteer led from top to bottom the trust was awarded with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020 which is of huge credit to the dedication of its founders Graham and Eira.

Kenneth Alan Edward TAYLOR BEM

Kenneth is a drama writer, manager, director and actor. He has received numerous plaudits for all his roles but is best and most affectionally known for having played the Pantomime Dame for thirty years in his own productions at Nottingham Playhouse. He was described in The Stage in 2014, as one of the UK’s

 foremost pantomime writers and directors. His television credits are extensive, from Coronation Street in the 1960s to Grange Hill, Cold Feet and Heartbeat amongst others. He was also Artistic Director and then Chief Executive of Oldham Coliseum Theatre in the 1990s.
He began his hugely successful career doing amateur theatricals, aged 14, in London. He moved on from the Kinloch Players, performing in village halls, to regional repertory as an actor, reaching the Oldham Coliseum in 1959 where he performed everything from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie and excelled in his first pantomime. After arguing with the director one year, he was told: ‘If you can do any better, then write one!’ and the rest is history.
In 2019, Kenneth presented his 37th consecutive and last panto at Nottingham Playhouse, receiving a 5 star review describing it as nothing short of a masterclass in how to do panto that genuinely works for the whole family and even had a bus named after him.
He has entertained hundreds of thousands if not millions of people during his hugely successful career.

Qamar NAWAZ BEM

As the Bramhall Co-op Food Store Manager, Qamar was instrumental in leading his local community’s response to the COVID-19 crisis making the store a central beacon of support. He brought the local community together to support key workers, the elderly and the vulnerable throughout the pandemic

 setting up the Bramhall Helping Hand Group which amassed over 1,700 volunteers supporting a community covering hundreds of streets.
The local food bank faced increasing demand and so he made the store a drop off point for donations. Many of the community were keen to support the foodbank but were locked down so he went out to them to collect donations all with a creative twist! Dressed up as Spiderman with a ‘Spidey Squad’ of Helping Hand Group volunteers, he visited homes and collected the food donations and played games with any children through their windows; this absolutely made their day. His hard work and leadership resulted in £15,000 worth of food donations and £8,000 being raised for the food bank.
He led the delivery of ‘Caring Cuppa Kits’, brightening up the day of many elderly residents, isolated during the crisis and delivered vital food shopping and prescriptions to vulnerable customers. He also connected with Store Managers in the wider area, and co-ordinated the donation of Easter Eggs to key-workers, at the local Hospital.
Qamar is a model of a community champion

Heather Angela SHEPHERD BEM

Initially as the Covid virus outbreak took hold in UK, it was evident that the arrangements and systems in place for operating Tameside East Foodbank’s three-centre operation and warehousing facility were unsustainable. The service was suspended pending review against the emergent government guidelines.

 As a Coordinator, Heather was determined from the outset that the single most important priority was to re-open the service in a safe and effective manner. Due to her tenacity and leadership the service was reopened within two weeks, having completely restructured its operation to centrally integrate the three centres and warehouse to both receive and distribute food to those desperately in need.
She showed incredible adaptability and creativity during a time of challenge and change which included a fifty percent increase in demand for the service. She used her dynamic leadership skills to develop partnerships with the local council, voluntary sector organisations, supermarkets, funding agencies and food delivery drivers; all of which were necessary in establishing new systems, arrangements and approaches for delivering the service.
She enabled the service to continue its vital work and in 2021 it handled over 39,500 Kg of food, feeding more than 1850 children and providing 3 day emergency food supplies to nearly 5000 people.
She did this, without concern for her own welfare and whilst home schooling two children. Heather is a huge credit to the Foodbank service.

Catherine Theresa KILDAY BEM

Catherine is a highly energetic supporter of numerous charities raising thousands of pounds and encouraging others to do the same; her infectious enthusiasm engages everybody around her including her work colleagues.

She is an inspiring team member at the South Manchester Jobcentre, demonstrating warmth and interest in customers and enormous enthusiasm for her role supporting customers with health and disability issues into work. She leads on jobcentre work with a local food bank, volunteering her free time in their warehouse. She is the highly active representative on the District People Group and the DWP’s social event organisation and has earned the reputation of being a “Super Mentor” constantly thinking of and motivating others around her. She raised money for a local hospital that had cared for a colleague’s daughter after they had a heart attack, and her Jobcentre has raised over £3000 in the last few years through activities she instigated and organised.
She organised a staff event knitting over 100 Manchester bees to sell and as the country went into lockdown, she undertook a virtual marathon at home donating money raised to Papyrus UK, a charity helping to prevent suicide in young people. She also undertook a 60 mile dog walk to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. A tireless baker, she also raises funds via frequent cake sales.
Catherine is an altruistic fundraiser, genuinely caring about everyone around her.

Sarah Jane Casey BEM

Sarah is a committed, passionate community hero who works tirelessly to improve the lives of the residents of Hulme. Since 1980 she has been involved with the Tenants and Residents Association where she has been the constant, working with several generations of councillors and officials, ensuring the

 safety of the residents is at the forefront of their minds.
She regularly tours her estate reporting antisocial and criminal activity, arranging litter picks, and keeping an eye on the most vulnerable residents. When the local policing team let her know about increases in crime, she quickly organised a community response to help, such as organising a theatre company to perform a play on burglary to highlight the issues around it.
She was instrumental in setting up a Mobility class which is regularly attended by more than 20 people, aged between 60-80, improving their physical and social welfare. In 2014, she engaged a professional artist to run a weekly art class. It has been a highlight for many and some attendees travel from outside the area which shows the extent of her impact.
In 2017, she was elected as a Chair for the Hulme and Moss Side Age Friendly Partnership which aims to reduce social isolation in the community. She has been a key asset, organising trips and Tai Chi for the elderly and play-schemes for children.
Without doubt she has made her community an inclusive, safe place to live.

New Year Honours List 2022

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in the New Year’s Honours List. Honours are a fantastic way of thanking ordinary people who do extraordinary things. This would not be possible without people taking the time to nominate them and so he would also like to particularly thank them. Anyone can nominate a deserving person so should you know of someone who deserves to be nominated then please go to our honours website where you can find out how to do it. 

The people who live in Greater Manchester and have received an Honour in the New Year List are as follows:

ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. 

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Awarded for achievement or service in a leading role at a regional level which is highly distinguished and has an innovative contribution of wide impact.

  • Mr Jody Alan CUNDY OBE. For services to Cycling
  • Mr Francis ROGERS. Chief Executive, Liverpool City Region, Combined Authority and Director General, Merseytravel. For services to Local Government Reform in the Liverpool City Region.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Awarded for achievment in a distinguished regional or county-wide role and the Impact of contribution is felt by a significant number of people or across a broad geographical area.

  • Mr Thomas SPEDDING. Transport Manager, Nuclear Transport Solutions. For services to the UK Nuclear and Transport Industries

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Awarded for achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others. 

  • Mr Ayaz Mazeed BHUTA
    For services to Wheelchair Rugby
  • Mrs Sharman BIRTLES JP DL
    For services to Charity and the community in Greater Manchester
  • Miss Bernadette CONLON
    President and lately Chief Executive, START. For services to Mental Health and to Disadvantaged Communities in Salford, Greater Manchester
  • Mr Michael Norman Gwynne EVANS
    Trustee, Wood Street Mission. For services to Charity and to Disadvantaged People in Manchester and Salford
  • Miss Helena GRZESK
    Chief Operating Officer, British Beauty Council. For services to the Beauty Industry
  • Ms Cherylee HOUSTON
    Actress. For services to Drama and to People with Disabilities
  • Ms Annette Constance JOSEPH
    Founder, Diverse and Equal. For services to Technology 
  • Dr Marie Eileen MARSHALL
    Nurse Consultant for Transition, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Children and Young People’s Health
  • Mr Stephen PARRY
    For services to Swimming
  • Mr Matthew ROTHERHAM
    For services to Cycling
  • Ms Bethany SHRIEVER
    For services to Bicycle Motocross Racing
  • Mr Bharatkumar Jagatsingh SISODIA
    For services to the Culture, to Heritage and to the community in Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Gill SMALLWOOD
    Chief Executive, Fortalice. For services to Victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Mr Jaco-Albert VAN GASS
    For services to Cycling
  • Mr Matthew Thomas WALLS
    For services to Cycling
  • Rev. Canon David Stanley Chadwick WYATT
    For services to Homeless People and to the community in Salford, Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Helen Margaret WYATT
    For services to Homeless People and to the community in Salford, Greater Manchester

British Empire Medal

Awarded for achievement or contribution of a very “hands-on” service to the community in a local geographical area. This might take the form of sustained commitment in support of very local charitable and/or voluntary activity; or innovative work that has delivered real impact but that is relatively short in duration.

  • Mr Roy William BATE
    Life President, Forget-Me-Not Buddies. For services to People with Dementia and their Carers in Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Charlene Joanne BURNS
    Co-Founder and Director, Real Education Empowering Lives. For services to Social Inclusion and to the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester, during Covid-19
  • Mrs Rochelle Sharon GARDNER
    Community Champion, Morrisons. For services to the community in Whitefield, Manchester
  • Mr Cornel GRANT
    Bus Driver, Stagecoach. For services to the community in Greater Manchester
  • Ms Maxine Carol GRIMSHAW
    For services to Frontline Workers in Greater Manchester during Covid-19
  • Mr Damieon HARTLEY-PICKLES
    Police Constable, Greater Manchester Police. For services to Policing
  • Mr Mohammed Afruz MIAH
    For services to Charitable Fundraising and to the community in Oldham during Covid-19
  • Mr Stewart PARSONS
    Director, Get it Loud in Libraries. For services to the Music and Library Sectors
  • Mrs Kimberley Linda ROGERS
    Co-Founder, Real Education Empowering Lives. For services to Social Inclusion and the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Kathryn SMITH
    For services to the Covid-19 response in Stockport, Greater Manchester
  • Mrs Zoe SUTCLIFFE
    For services to the community in Rochdale, Greater Manchester during Covid-19

Birthday Honours List 2021

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in the Birthday Honours List. Honours are a fantastic way of thanking ordinary people doing extraordinary things and this would not be possible without the people taking the time to nominate them whom he would also like to particularly thank. Should you know of someone who deserves to be nominated then please go to our honours website where you can find out how to do it. 

The people who live in Greater Manchester and have received an Honour in the New Year List are as follows:

KNIGHTS BATCHELOR

The title of Knight Bachelor is a rank granted to a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not inducted as a member of one of the organised orders of chivalry; it is a part of the British honours system. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight. It  is given to a person who has demonstrated a pre-eminent contribution in any field of activity (usually, but not exclusively, at national level), or in a capacity which will be recognised by peer groups as inspirational and significant nationally and demonstrates sustained commitment. The following people have been awarded:

  • Anthony Joseph LLOYD (TONY LLOYD) MP (Manchester). For Public Service

ORDER OF BATH

The Order of Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements.

Companion of the Order of Bath

This is given to someone who has demonstrated work in a prominent national role, of a lesser degree to a Knight or Dame, but for a conspicuous leading role in national or regional affairs through achievement or service to the community, or a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity.

  • Miss Wendy Anne HARDAKER (Rochdale). Director, Commercial Law Group, Government Legal Department. For services to the Law

ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. 

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

An OBE is given to someone who has demonstrated a distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field, through achievement or service to the community including notable practitioners known nationally. The following people have been awarded and OBE:

  • Ms Jackie DRIVER (Trafford). Chair, Board of Trustees, SignHealth and Chair, Breakthrough. For services to Hearing Impaired People, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Ms Theresa GRANT (Stockport). Chief Executive, Northamptonshire County Council. For services to Local Government and the Public Sector
  • Mrs Alexandra Louise HOSKYN (Oldham). Founder, The Chatty CafÈ Scheme. For services to Tackling Loneliness during Covid-19
  • Francis MCCARRON (Trafford). Lately Principal, Stockport Academy. For services to Education
  • Ms Christine Mary REEKIE (CHRISTINE MCLOUGHLIN) (Stockport). Director, Children Services, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. For services to Children and Families.
  • Mr Syed Naeem Pasha SHAH (Trafford). Head of Engagement, People, Places and Communities Division, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. For services to Faith Communities.
  • Mr Kevin SINFIELD MBE (Oldham). Director of Rugby, Leeds Rhinos. For services to Rugby League Football and Charitable Fundraising.
  • Mr Myles Jerome STACEY (Manchester). For voluntary and charitable services to the Black community during the Covid 19 Response 

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

An MBE is given to a person for achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others. The following people have been awarded the MBE:

  • Mr Nicholas Ivan ABBOTT (Stockport). Chair, Salford Foundation. For services to Young People and Social Inclusion in Salford.
  • Mr Stephen ATHERTON (Wigan). Lately Field Worker, Justice and Peace Commission. For services to the community in Liverpool
  • Mrs Claire Diana CHADWICK (Rochdale). Nurse Consultant in Infection Prevention and Control, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19.
  • Mr Vimalkumar CHOKSI (Tameside). Councillor, Ashton Waterloo, Tameside. For services to the community.
  • Mr Raymond Thomas DAINTON (Bolton). Fundraiser to Special Schools in Bolton. For services to Children with Special Educational Needs.
  • Miss Claudette FRASER (Manchester). Employer Advisor, Hulme Jobcentre Plus, Work and Health Services Group, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to Unemployed People in South Manchester.
  • Dr Abdul HAFEEZ (Trafford). Founder and Chief Executive, Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom. For services to the NHS particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mrs Tina Jacqueline HARRISON (Bury). For services to the community in Bury, during Covid-19.
  • Mrs Janette Barr Anderson HOGAN (Stockport). Cancer and Palliative Care Clinical Lead, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Palliative Care in Manchester.
  • Dr Fergus Keith JEPSON (Bury). Consultant, Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, National Health Trust. For services to Injured Veterans.
  • Mr Colin Brian LIPTROT (Bolton). Mechanical Electrical Instrumentation Control and Automation, Environment Agency. For services to Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Miss Sara Louise ROWBOTHAM (Rochdale). For services to Young People.
  • Mr John Thomas SHIELS (Trafford). Chief Executive Officer, Manchester United Founcation. For services to Young People through Football.
  • Mrs Shirley Ann SOUTHWORTH (Wigan). For services to the community in Wigan, during Covid-19
  • Dr Lisa Graham SPENCER (Manchester). Consultant Respiratory Physician, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19.
  • Ms Pauline Anne TOWN (Tameside). For services to Homeless People in Ashton under Lyne.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

A BEM is awarded to people who have ontributed a very “hands-on” service to the community in a local geographical area. Either sustained commitment in support of local charitable or voluntary activity or innovative work that has delivered real impact in a short period (3/4 years). The following people have been awarded a BEM:

  • Mr Syed Masum ALI (Oldham). Lately Case Handler, Co-Operative Bank. For services to Financial Services and the community in Greater Manchester during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
  • Mr Eric Crompton BARBER (Oldham). Governor, Elm Wood Primary School, Middleton, Greater Manchester. For services to Education
  • Miss Kiera Abigail BYLAND (Bolton). For services to Sport.
  • Mr Leslie William GREEN (Salford). For services to Weightlifting.
  • Mrs Eira Margaret HEYWOOD (Bolton). Co-founder and Trustee, Bolton Adult Autism Support. For services to Families Impacted by Autism and Associated Mental Health Conditions.
  • Mr Harold Graham HEYWOOD (Bolton). Co-founder and Chair of Trustees, Bolton Adult Autism Support. For services to Families Impacted by Autism and Associated Mental Health Conditions.
  • Ms Catherine Theresa KILDAY (Manchester). For services to Charity in Manchester
  • Mr Qamar NAWAZ (Stockport). Frontline Food Retail Worker, The Co-operative Group. For services to the Food Supply Chain.
  • Mrs Heather Angela SHEPHERD (Tameside). For services to Tameside East Foodbank during Covid-19
  • Mr Kenneth Alan Edward TAYLOR (Oldham). Writer, Manager, Director and Actor. For services to Theatre and Pantomime.

Celebrating the Life of The Duke of Edinburgh

On the 10th June 2021, the anniversary of Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday, 11 schools and youth organisations throughout Greater Manchester will be planting a tree to celebrate the memory and living legacy of His Royal Highness.

The tree planting celebration is organised by the Lord Lieutenant in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Greater Manchester Team. The 11 diverse organisations, covering all boroughs of Greater Manchester, run DofE for their young people, supporting them to build the skills, resilience, and self-belief to do anything, achieve anything and overcome anything life throws their way.

All 11 trees, gratefully donated by City of Trees, will be planted by young DofE participants, and 65 Blue Bell seeds scattered at the base of each tree to represent 65 years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Those taking part are:

  • The Hamlet, Wigan
  • Blessed John Henry Newman RC College, Oldham
  • Eden Girls Leadership Academy, Manchester North
  • The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester South
  • Woodhey High School, Bury
  • Kingsway Park High School, Rochdale
  • Rivington & Blackrod High School, Bolton
  • The Kingsway School, Stockport
  • Manor Academy, Sale
  • The Deans Youth Centre, Salford
  • All Saints Catholic College, Tameside

The tree planting is one of a host of initiatives throughout Greater Manchester to celebrate The Duke’s remarkable DofE legacy.

The Greater Manchester Lieutenancy and associated doners are sponsoring 1,500 Bronze DofE places to help licence holders within Greater Manchester to support marginalised young people to take part in the DofE, including young people facing financial hardship, social exclusion, or those that need specialist support to do their Award, such as young offenders or young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

A further 1200 trees will be planted later in the year to celebrate the life of The Duke.

Helen Foster, the DofE Director for the North, said: “Young people are facing the toughest challenges, to their mental health and future prospects, and the DofE has never been more needed. By celebrating our Founder’s birthday and HRH’s exceptional legacy we celebrate the amazing achievements of every young person who is doing or done their DofE. I thank every organisation that has contributed to young people’s success and look forward to working in partnership to realise our new strategic ambition to give one million more young people the opportunity to do their DofE in the UK by 2026. I’d also like to say a massive thank you to Sir Warren Smith, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester for his generous support of young people and continued commitment to the DofE.”

The Lord-Lieutenant said: “The Greater Manchester Lieutenancy are very pleased to be able to support this important initiative for young people. For over 60 years The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has created a unique opportunity for young people to enhance themselves and gain self-confidence in a way that will support them for the rest of their lives”.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Winners 2021

Twenty two Greater Manchester voluntary groups have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Commonly known as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award a group can receive in the UK.

They are part of a group of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this prestigious award this year across the UK. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving. Greater Manchester has received the most awards of any County for the 4th year running, which shows how committed and full of innovative ideas our volunteers are, making life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. The Greater Manchester award winners are a wonderfully diverse group and will receive their award later in the Summer from The Lord-Lieutenant and 2 members of each group will attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2022.

The Lord-Lieutenant said, “This award recognises the contribution an organisation makes within its community. It is a rare honour. It is not won easily and it recognises real achievement, effort, and a major contribution to the community. The last 16 months have highlighted just how valuable volunteering is to the country, with groups innovatively continuing their valuable work in the community, despite the restrictions and threat of the virus and I hope many more will be nominated in the future”.

Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available at https://qavs.dcms.gov.uk. Nominations for the 2022 awards close on 15th September 2021.

The groups awarded this year are as follows:

BEACON BOLTON COUNSELLING SERVICE

Beacon gives support to thousands of people from the most disadvantaged areas in the community, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality They offer guidance and counselling at times of dire need, enabling people to get their lives back together.
As well as general therapy to those in need, Beacon provides a SAVS (Sexual Abuse Victims and Survivors) to female and male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
The respect that Beacon has gained through its work has led to other local counselling organisations asking for guidance to take back to their organisations.

COFFEE4CRAIG

7 nights a week, 365 days a year, Coffee4Craig provides hot food, clean clothes, showers and washing facilities for the homeless. In addition, emotional support, advice and medical treatment are also provided during each day. Treatment may be for a variety of conditions e.g. hypothermia, trenchfoot and referral to hospital as necessary. Crisis intervention also takes place e.g. emergency accommodation, sepsis referral etc. A defibrillator is used on average twice a week for drug overdose resulting in cardiac or respiratory arrest.
The centre is also a drop in during the day for supporting female street workers, male sex workers, needle exchange, street beggars, and those released from prison.

FRIENDS OF HOPWOOD PARK

Since 2011, the group have developed and implemented ambitious plans to enhance and open up the facilities for the local community. Ongoing drainage problems which resulted in flooding have been addressed with the creation of a large wildlife pond. Paths have been laid with tarmac and flower beds, planters and a wild flower meadow have been installed along with an orchard. There is a playground with apparatus and a zip-wire. In partnership with the adjacent primary school a secure all-weather playground has been installed, used by the school in school hours but which reverts to community use after 4.00pm. An ice-cream and soft drinks cabin was installed which has now been enhanced by a larger cafe after securing funding of £70,000 to turn a derelict bus shelter into a modern facility. Picnic tables and outdoor seating are available and plans are being finalised for a terraced seating area overlooking the bowling green.

GORTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY

They provide high quality age-appropriate books for children from birth to 5 years in an area of high social deprivation. In addition, due to excellent multi agency partnership working, they signpost families to activities to support their child’s early literacy, adult literacy and back to work help. They provide volunteering opportunities to parents wanting to build their confidence prior to returning to work or accessing further education. They offer support and vital networking for local schools and nurseries via their all-encompassing Sure Start partnerships.

LEIGH CARING KITCHEN T/A THE BRIDGE AT LEIGH

The Bridge address poverty and exclusion through a social supermarket, community cafe, wellness, recovery and inclusion services.
In providing a social supermarket volunteers are involved at all stages of the programme from resourcing supplies, warehousing, stacking shelves in a very well laid-out store and working at the point of sale. Supplies are donated or acquired inexpensively and sold at approximately 20% to those experiencing food poverty. The food on sale is varied, providing good nutrition and including a considerable amount of fresh produce. The community cafe, is a popular place for people to drop in to find friendship and conversation over an affordable tea/coffee.
They also run diverse activities including yoga, art, crafts, flower arranging and IT skills, offer support and advice for mental well-being, anxiety sessions, debt management and confidence building and provide women with clothes, confidence and interview skills to get their next job through their ‘Just the Job’ service.

MACFESTUK

MACFESTUK commenced in 2017 in the wake of the Manchester Arena terror attack. It is a passionate project, the brainchild of Qaisra Shahraz (a Mancunian Muslim author and award-winning activist) to bring together and celebrate solidarity and communities of all faiths (and none), races and ages. The initial idea was to create a festival aimed at building bridges, confronting negative stereotypes and to give Muslim heritage a platform in a way that engages people from a wide variety of backgrounds. MACFEST shows that Islamic communities are not just alive but rich with culture. The festival is usually held in a variety of venues: schools, colleges, universities, galleries, museums, theatres and libraries. The mission is to celebrate arts, connect communities and to spread sweetness and positivity, hence their slogan ‘Spread Honey Not Hate’.

MANCHESTER TRANSPORT MUSEUM SOCIETY LTD (MTMS)

MTMS started in 1961 initially to collect documents and artefacts relating to Manchester’s tramways. This expanded to the acquisition and restoration of historic tramcars. A further major development from 1980 has been the heritage tramway and museum and shop within Heaton Park. The former has historic trams running several days per week during the Easter to Autumn period. The operation of the tramway is through Manchester Tramway Company Limited, which is a joint venture between MTMS and Manchester City Council. They also produce a regular journal and occasional one-off publications.

MOSS SIDE ALLOTMENT GROUP

The group grows fruit and vegetables organically and in a sustainable way on this community allotment. By encouraging the spread of wild flowers and creating a pond, the members have developed a sustainable urban wildlife habitat. Surplus produce is shared among members and via the local primary school for families in need. They built and run their community hub which is used as an educational resource for adults and children; the hub is available for hire to groups and individuals for social occasions. In collaboration with the local housing association and Manchester City Council the group provides Christmas food boxes for families in need. Non-perishable items are donated by local residents and supplemented by surplus produce from the allotment harvest.

MYRIAD FOUNDATION

Myriad Foundation addresses the needs of vulnerable people in the community of Manchester. With rising numbers of people living rough on the street of the city the organisation provided valuable consultation with Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester Metro Mayor) to drive his project to reduce and eventually eradicate homelessness on the streets of Manchester. As an outreach organisation they can respond rapidly to need and develop projects to meet emerging need. For example, in their ‘B A Hero’ project they work with the NHS to promote the value of giving blood to members of the BAME community. The growth of knife crime and racial tension in Manchester led to the development of the ‘Unveiling Islam’ project which delivers lessons, assemblies, workshops and presentations on Islamic topics to schools.

NETWORKING IN EAST OLDHAM NEIGHBOURHOODS (NEON)

Established as a charity over five years ago in response to the lack of opportunities to support people in need in this area of Oldham, NEON set up services and signposting in order to address social isolation, poverty, housing, food, health and education needs within this community. Its premises are open seven days a week all year round and offers a programme of activities, which include food distribution, facilitating advice services, hosting weekly social and education groups and providing a lifeline for the hardest to reach members within its neighbourhood.

OLDHAM BOXING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

The Club is much more than just about providing a boxing facility, it looks after people of all ages, but in particular the 8-25 age group, who may have emotional problems, mental health, drug and alcohol issues or suffer from bouts of aggression and violence. It helps them develop confidence, achieve self-worth and self-belief. It is also a disability inclusive club. Boxing Classes each week include Children’s, Carded boxers, Ladies only and Seniors’ keep fit. They also provide Boxing Classes at satellite hubs.

OLDHAM STREET ANGELS

Oldham town centre has a vibrant and busy night time economy. With many people gathering to have a night out, there are many problems that occur with people having accidents, fights and domestics. Not just the injuries, there are many instances where people just need reassurance and help with getting home.
The group provide first aid to the injured, keeping people safe who are vulnerable, providing food and support to the rough sleepers of the town, providing contraceptives for women’s health and being a listening ear for many people.
In addition, they are also able to provide shower and washing facilities and a warm resting place from their base in the town centre.

OUR KIDS EYES

Prior to 1997 there were no provisions for children with complex needs in Tameside. A group of frustrated parents came together in order to lobby the Local Authority and in 2005 they formed the Charity Our Kids Eyes providing support, information and activities for families who have children with special educational needs or disabilities. They also give advice to other Support groups who perhaps have knowledge of one specific disability but not the broad level of expertise which OKE has. Members of OKE sit on Strategic (e.g. SEND) Council Boards to lobby Councillors ensuring that a sufficient level of support is offered to Tameside families. They organise Disability Forums to ensure that User/families voices are heard. Through lobbying a Sixth form College was set up in Tameside specifically so that their users can continue their education.

QUEENS HALL ACTION ON POVERTY T/A THE BRICK CHARITY

There is no similar group within Wigan Borough. The Brick is considered by Wigan Council to be their essential partner in addressing homelessness, poverty, and debt crisis. They provide a safe place to live through emergency and supported accommodation with wrap around person-centred support with access to food, toiletries and essentials. They then provide person-centred support to build skills and confidence, employability and team working including through a portfolio of social enterprises (cafe/catering; retail shop; bike recycling, repair and maintenance; upcycling furniture, wood working, mechanical skills and upholstery).

ROCHDALE HEARTBEAT

The group provide a supported programme for heart patients after their discharge from NHS care (12 weeks post op) including a weekly gentle exercise programme, availability of professionals to discuss any worries and the opportunity to meet other patients who have undergone similar heart procedures. They also organise social evenings, healthy lifestyle events, relevant interesting speakers and fundraising events.
Outside the organised classes, support is offered to patients, whether they are still in hospital, attending out- patient clinics or back home in the community. This support is offered by a variety of people, including those who are medically qualified, those who have experienced heart complaints and their attendant problems and others, who in some way can offer relevant help and support. Their fundraising activities raise funding which enables them to purchase essential pieces of equipment for the cardiac units in the Pennine Trust.

SADDLEWORTH AND OLDHAM AREA WHIT FRIDAY BRASS BAND CONTESTS


The Band contest is part of the cultural heritage of the area. The contests are the highlight of the banding world calendar. It was established in 1884 when the villages set up bands to walk with their church on whit Friday. The group develop, plan, produce and coordinate the staging of the Band festival. They produce magazines in which they sell advertisement space. They plan and produce the event programmes and all the proceeds go towards funding the event. The logistical expertise needed for this cannot be underestimated. The group also formally liaise with the Local authority, police, transport and health services to ensure safety during the contest in a geographical area of over 30 miles.

STOCKPORT USER FRIENDLY FELLOWSHIP (STUFF)

The Service was originally established in 1999 as a joint initiative between Stockport Metropolitan Council and Stockport User Friendly Fellowship, an organisation comprising of volunteers who offer support and mentoring to Service Users currently receiving support from mental health services to help them live independent lives and ultimately assist in reducing the number of Service Users re-admitted to hospital. The group offer a range of social, therapeutic, leisure, volunteering opportunities and skills-based activities focussed on mental health recovery and practical assistance designed to enable individuals to take and remain in control of their health and continue to live within the local community.

THE ANTHONY SEDDON FUND

The Anthony Seddon Centre was set up in 2014 by a selfless mother and father who tragically lost their son through suicide, aged 30. The group deliver a number of support groups and therapeutic activities to support mental health and wellbeing to the people of Tameside in Greater Manchester, including a Peer support Mental Health ‘Drop In’, Family & Friends Mental Health Support Group, a Suicide Bereavement Support Group, Hearing Voices Support Group, Meditation, Reiki, and Tai Chi Classes, Music Sessions and a ‘Talk Shop’ to support 9-19-year-olds. They also provide a bereavement cafe, enabling survivors to do something positive while being supported.

THE MY VOICE PROJECT

The My Voice Project is unique in the way it uses volunteers in a number of differing roles to record and memorialise the lives and, often horrific, experiences of Holocaust survivors who have settled in Greater Manchester. The information is then collated into books. Through the production of books about each individual, the project preserves the history, lives and experiences of aging Holocaust survivors. This is a therapeutic exercise and benefit for the survivors themselves and their families. More indirectly it also provides a useful and well received educational resource for schools, colleges, universities, museums and numerous and varied community groups.

THE PROUD TRUST

The organisation supports LGBT+ young people to make positive change for themselves and their communities. They provide youth groups for LGBT+ young people, community work and a community cafe for the whole community with LGBT+ focus, training on LGBT+ awareness, help services for LGBT+ young people (one-to-one support and digital support services) and research into young people, equalities, and LGBT+ issues/identities.
Through training and confidence-building, users of the services have gone on to become youth group volunteers and volunteers at the LGBT+ community cafe and trustees. Consequently, there is an impressive peer group culture that is enhanced by volunteers from local businesses with LGBT+ staff networks.

WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED

The organisation supports people who are former military personnel as they deal with life in ‘civvie street’ particularly as it affects their mental health and physical wellbeing. There are many challenges to be faced, including, but not limited to, unemployment, PTSD, self-isolation, self-harm, loneliness, and suicidal tendencies. WWTW’s volunteer project creates the opportunity for individuals to make positive changes for themselves, their families, and their communities. Volunteers are mainly highly skilled and motivated ex-military personnel who get involved in clean-ups, food delivery and much more.

WILLOW HEY COMMUNITY PROJECT

The people who use Willow Hey in Bolton are those in need of social contact, people who may be suffering from depression, loneliness, bereavement, or low mental health and self-esteem. Willow Hey offerings to the local community include, community food growing and sharing, a men’s group project aimed at isolated men who are taught woodworking skills and have ‘Safe Machinery Training’, a women’s group where local women meet together, courses offered in DIY, cooking, green woodworking and wo od carving. They host a weekly community open day to encourage community cohesion and combat loneliness and other community events throughout the year, including the annual Festival.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

It was today announced that his Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh had passed away. It is a day of great sadness for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family and we offer to them the sincerest condolences from all of us at the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy.

His was a remarkable life of service both to her Majesty the Queen and to this Country. His career of exemplary service to this country started during the Second World War.

He visited Greater Manchester many times and had a long history of support for Salford University which started in 1953 when he succeeded his Majesty King George the Sixth as Patron of the Royal Technical College, Salford. In 1967 having merged with the Royal College of Advanced Technology he became the first Chancellor of the University of Salford. He visited the University many times as Chancellor and after he stood down in 1991 he continued to show an interest in the University opening the University’s Acoustic facility in 2008, and the University of Salford at Media City UK in 2012. Shortly before his retirement, he entertained the Vice-Chancellor and a small group from Salford University at a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University.

He opened the new terminal at Manchester Airport in 1962 which was then the first in Europe to incorporate a ‘pier’ system, in which passengers remain under cover until ready to board the aircraft. He revisited in 1993 to open Terminal 2.

His Royal Highness first considered the idea of a national programme to support young people’s development in the autumn of 1954 and launched the pilot for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in February 1956. In 1979 he visited the scheme in Wigan, Oldham and Manchester and it thrives in Greater Manchester supporting young people across the County.

His visits across the county were countless and enjoyed by thousands of people; his service will be long remembered.

Flags across the County should fly at half mast until 8am on the day after the funeral of His Royal Highness and The Lord-Lieutenant will observe a period of Royal mourning until the 23rd April.

A book of Condolence can be found on the Royal website here