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Jun 12, 2021
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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.

 

 

Jun 8, 2021
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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”.

Jun 1, 2021
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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 café, 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 café, 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 (café/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 café, 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 café 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 café 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.

Apr 9, 2021
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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

 

 

Feb 16, 2021
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Disability Confident (Free) Practical Webinars

During these unprecedented times, it is important that we remain closely connected to the widest Disability Confident employer community, so that during and after COVID-19, employers receive timely and appropriate support to help them attract, recruit, retain and progress disabled people in work.

To do this in the most effective way, a number of Disability Confident Leaders have been working together and have set up a series of practical national webinars, covering a range of employer hot topics, hosted by Professor Amanda Kirby (CEO Do-IT) and sponsored by Microsoft.

This is the second set in the second series of webinars. The previous series have been recorded and subtitled and can be found here

To register on the next live events, please see the schedule below:

Webinar topics and details:

Topic 1: Mental Health & Wellbeing in the workplace during and post Covid-19. Practical line manager support

When: 4th March 2021 11.30 - 12.00
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gNIMC2PuRjycgS1I4fa6aA

Introduction: This webinar will provide practical guidance for line managers in order to consider their own mental health and well-being and also helping to manage their teams in challenging times; considering the current situation.

Topic 2: Neurodiversity – language and communication-based challenges

When: 11th March 2021 11.30 - 12.00
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LkXQ-NNYRpC4wxFkpTLNDA

Introduction: For some people there are barriers to oral communication that can stop them from engaging in employment and show-casing their talents. 2.5 million people in the UK have speech, language and communication challenges and around 1% are adults with Autism. Ensuring effective two-way communication means better engagement with employees and customers. This webinar will provide practical inclusive approaches for employers to ensure accessibility for employees with language and communication-based challenges and how to make reasonable adjustments.

Topic 3: Inclusive recruitment practice to support disabled applicants

When: 25th March 2021 11.30 - 12.00
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QgjaT4kWS_6JTmTr3EQOAg 

Introduction: Delivering inclusive recruitment means you attract the best talent for the job but it does require ensuring there are no barriers or biases. Inclusive recruitment is good for all businesses and ensures disabled people do not miss out on applying and gaining employment. This webinar will discuss the key principles and provide practical strategies.

Topic 4: Recognising the talent of disabled people and maximising opportunities for progression

When: 1st April 2021 11.30 - 12.00
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h96BXUo5Q3eK0XmzBLnb7Q 

Introduction: This webinar will focus on ways to embed inclusive practice to ensure that disabled people are able to demonstrate their talents and progress within any business. To reduce the disability employment gap, we need to maximise the value of every talented person. This webinar will highlight keys ways that organisations of all sizes can practically embed inclusion at the heart of everything they do.

Topic 5: Disability Confident and Work Programme Provider services

When: 15th April 2021 11.30 - 12.00
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aIAwtDCnQbuJR5QBNMlKsw 

Introduction: This webinar will focus on the benefits of the Disability Confident scheme and will highlight the help and support that the Work and Health Programme providers can offer employers.

With thanks to the organisers:

Professor Amanda Kirby (Do-IT), Michael Vermeersch & Hector Minto (Microsoft), Neil Eustice, Alison Rochford & Richard Day (KPMG), Amanda Wadsworth MBE DL (DWP) & Julie Williams (DWP).

Dec 30, 2020
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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 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:

ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Knight and Damehoods

A Knight or Damehood 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:

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) 

 

Rachel GRIFFITH (Stockport) 

Economist. For service to Economic Policy and Education

Knight Batchelor

 

David THOMPSON (Stockport) 

Chief Constable, West Midlands Police. For services to Policing

 

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

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

 

Joanne Louise WHITFIELD (Trafford)

Chief Executive Officer, Retail, Co-Op Group. For services to Retail and the Food Supply Chain during the Covid-19 Response

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:

 

Anwar ALI (Tameside)

Founder and Director, Upturn Enterprise Ltd. For services to Social Enterprise

Robert Derek CALROW (Bolton)

For voluntary and political service in North West England

David Spencer DELEW (Bury)

Chief Executive, Community Security Trust. For Services to the Jewish Community

Alun FRANCIS (Oldham)

Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Oldham College. For services to Education

Dr Sharran Louise GREY (Bolton)

Haematology Consultant Clinical Scientist, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Principal Clinical Scientist, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Blood Transfusion and to Patient Care

Professor Adele Diana JONES (Manchester) 

Professor of Social Work, University of Huddersfield. For services to Vulnerable Women and children

Linda Mary MAGRATH (Stockport)

Chief Executive Officer, Laurus Trust. For services to Education in Greater Manchester

Iain MCNEILL (Oldham)

Deputy Director, HMRC. For services to Taxation

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:

 

David John BAGLEY (Bolton)

Co-founder, Urban Outreach. For services to the community in Bolton, Greater Manchester, particularly during Covid-19

Christine BAGLEY (Bolton)

Co-founder, Urban Outreach. For services to the community in Bolton, Greater Manchester, particularly during Covid-19

Peter John BARHAM (Oldham)

For services to Maritime Sector

Dr Harnovdeep Singh BHARAJ (Bolton)

Consultant in Diabetes and General Medicine, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Diabetes in South Asian Communities and Education

Sally Jane DYNEVOR (Trafford) 

Actress. For services to Drama

Dr Amir Simon HANNAN (Trafford)

General Practitioner, Haughton Thornley Medical Centre. For services to General Practice

Moinul ISLAM (Oldham)

Founder and Project Manager, Outta Skool North West. For services to Sport and Education in the community, particularly during the Covid-19 Response

Karen Lesley O'BRIEN (Salford)

Regional Chief Pharmacist and Controlled Drug Accountable Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement, North West Region. For services to Pharmacy and Patient Safety, particularly during the Covid-19 Response

Christine Marie PEARSON (Rochdale)

Executive Director of Nursing, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Nursing, particularly during the Covid-19 Response

John Robert SLEEP (Rochdale)

Senior Officer, VAT Technical Consultant, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Tax Compliance

Nicholas Peter SPEIGHT (Trafford)

HR Leader, The Co-operative Group. For services to the Food Supply Chain
during Covid-19

Katie Elizabeth SPENCER (Wigan)

Senior Manager, Lloyds Banking Group. For services to the Financial Services Sector during Covid-19

Dr Heather WILLIAMS (Stockport)

Consultant Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Diversity and Inclusion in Science

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.

 

Arnold Wilson ASHWORTH (Rochdale)

For charitable and voluntary services to the community in Lancashire

Michael BARLOW (Tameside)

For services to the community in Tameside, Greater Manchester

Paul John CAMPION (Rochdale)

For services to the community in Manchester City Centre

Wendy CLAPHAM (Oldham)

Assistant Director, Nursing Services for Critical Care, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group. For services to Nursing, particularly during the Covid-19 Response

Catherine Mary FITZSIMMONS (Salford)

Palliative care nurse, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group. For services to Nursing during Covid-19

Rebecca GORMAN (Manchester) Store Manager, Marks and Spencer. For voluntary service in Greater Manchester during the Covid-19 Response

Samah KHALIL (Oldham)

Youth Mayor of Oldham. For services to Young People in Oldham

Nigel MORGAN (Tameside)

For services to the community in Tameside, Greater Manchester

 

 

 

 

Oct 9, 2020
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General

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in the Birthday Honours List. The list also features those nominated for their work done to help during the Pandemic. This fantastic combined list would not be possible without the people taking the time to nominate these extraordinary recipients 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 List are as follows:

THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
A CBE is awarded to a person who has held a prominent national role of a lesser degree, a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs through achievement or service to the community, or a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity. The following person has been awarded a CBE.
 
Mrs Amanda Jane MELTON (Trafford)
For services to Further Education
 
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 Paul Anthony LEE DL (Manchester)
Chairman, Horserace Betting Levy Board. For services to Horse Racing
 
Mr Ali Akbar MOHAMMED (Manchester)
Founder and Trustee, Ansar Finance. For services to Finance and charity
 
Mrs Julie OLDHAM MBE (Bolton)
Head of Library and Museum Services, Bolton Council. For services to Public Libraries
 
Mr Sarabjit Singh PUREWAL (Stockport)
Principal Specialist Inspector, Health and Safety Executive. For services to Health and Safety and to cyber Security
 
Mr Luthfur RAHMAN (Manchester)
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council. For services to Local Government
 
Ms Charlotte Helen RAMSDEN (Manchester)
Strategic Director for People, Salford City Council. For services to Children in Greater Manchester
 
Mr Henry Stuart OWEN-JOHN (Stockport)
For services to Heritage Protection
 
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 Albert ASPEN (Bolton)
Trustee, Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club. For services to Wrestling
 
Mrs Kathryn Elizabeth DAVIES (Tameside)
Branch employee, The Co-operative Bank. For services to the community in Greater Manchester during Covid-19
 
Mr Derrick Errol EVANS (Manchester)
For services to Health and Fitness
 
Mr Aurangzeb FAROOQ (Manchester)
Mentor, North West Regional Leadership Group, Mosaic. For services to Young People in Manchester
 
Mr Gary FRITH (Wigan)
Health and Safety Advisor, Her Majesty's Prison Hindley. For services to Prison Staff, their Families and Prisoners during Covid-19.
 
Mrs Diana Lesley HAMPSON (Bury)
For services to Higher Education and the community in Greater Manchester
 
Mr Peter John HARDING (Bury)
Team Member, TalkTalk Business Team. For services to Critical National Infrastructure during the Covid-19 response
 
Dr Ibrar Mohammed MAJID (Stockport)
Doctors Worldwide. For services to Healthcare and Community Development in Manchester
 
Mr Gareth James MALLION (Manchester)
Network Rail employee. For services to the NHS during Covid-19
 
Mrs Patricia Vivien MAYLE (Salford)
Support Leader, Greater Manchester West. For services to Girlguiding and to the Covid-19 response
 
Mr Leon MUNDELL (Manchester)
For services to the community in Greater Manchester during the Covid-19 response
 
Mrs Michele Elizabeth Patricia NEL (Wigan)
For services to the community and frontline workers in Wigan during Covid-19
 
Miss Sally Selorm Juliet PENNI (Manchester)
Barrister at Law, Kenworthy Chambers. For services to Diversity in the Workplace, Social Mobility and Law
 
Mr Marcus RASHFORD (Trafford)
Footballer, England and Manchester United. For services to Vulnerable Children in the UK during Covid-19
 
Dr Helen Louise SANDERSON (Stockport)
Founder and Chief Executive, Wellbeing Teams. For services to Adult Social Care
 
Mrs Qaisra SHAHRAZ (Manchester)
Founder, Curator and Executive Director, Muslim Arts and Culture Festival. For services to Gender Equality and Cultural Learning
 
Mrs Juliana Mary TAYLOR (Bury)
Nurse Consultant in Urology service, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19
 
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
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.
 
Mr Steven BARTON (Tameside)
For services to the community in Tameside, Greater Manchester during Covid-19
 
Mrs Tanya Faith BENNETT (Stockport)
Commissioner, Goyt Division, Girlguides and Senior Coach, Spartac Gymnastics Club, Ormskirk. For voluntary service to Young People in North West England
 
Mr Ian Michael BROWN (Wigan)
For voluntary service to the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade in Standish
 
Mr Anthony Lee COCKER (Oldham)
Plumber, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19
 
Mrs Lilian DAY (Oldham)
For services to the community in Royton
 
Mr Damian Antony EDWARDS (Rochdale)
For services to the community of Alkrington during Covid-19
 
Mr Eno-Obong ESIN (Tameside)
Ward Clerk, Adult Critical Care Services, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19
 
Mrs Andrea Margaret GREENALL (Bolton)
Health Care Assistant, Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19
 
Ms Hera HUSSAIN (Salford)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chayn. For services to charity
 
Mr Malcolm KILPATRICK (Oldham)
Electrician, Royal Oldham General Hospital. For services to the NHS during Covid-19

Mr Simon Richard LEA (Stockport)
General Store Manager, Asda Ltd. For services to the Covid-19 response
 
Mr Vajid MAHMOOD (Bury)
PPM Strategy and Implementation Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement. For services to the NHS during Covid-19
 
Ms Helen MCMAHON (Rochdale)
Home Manager, Four Seasons Healthcare. For services to Care Homes during Covid-19
 
Miss Tracey Ann PEARSON (Stockport)
Senior Care Worker, Grove Lodge Care Home. For services to Care Home residents during Covid-19
 
Mrs Rina SURJAN (Oldham)
For services to the BAME community in Greater Manchester
 
Ms Kirsty TAYLOR (Manchester)
Co-ordinator, Bideford Community Centre, Greater Manchester. For services to Vulnerable Families in Wythenshawe during Covid-19
 
Mrs Margaret Gail WALTHALL (Rochdale)
For voluntary service to Scouting in Heywood
 
Mr Stephen WALTHALL (Rochdale)
For voluntary service to Scouting in Heywood, Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale
 
Mr John WILLIAMS (Wigan)
Constable, Greater Manchester Police. For services to Policing and charity
Aug 4, 2020
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National awards can be given to individuals, groups of volunteers or businesses. Petitions and media campaigns can raise profiles and even demand awards but they actually won't be awarded unless someone nominates them first. Nominations are straighforward and anyone can nominate.That someone can be you.

Honours

UK Honours consist of several Orders and Gallantary Awards. The most common honours are within the Order of the British Empire (BEM, MBE, CBE etc.) and are ordinarily awarded at New Year and on Her Majesty The Queen's oficial Birthday. They are given to individuals only.

The honours system recognises people who have:
  • made achievements in public life or
  • committed themselves to serving and helping Britain

They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do but they must still be actively involved in what you’re nominating them for. 

An independant committee decides whether someone receives an honour and also what honour they receive so you don't need to worry about about understanding or identifying the different types of honour, you just need to provide evidence of the work the person has done. You don't need to wait until someone has done a lifetime of work to nominate them; usually 3-5 years will suffice and they can be awarded higher awards if the impact of their work then widens or grows. You just re-nominate them to have their award uplifted.

It is a rolling nomination system so there are no deadlines for submission. The nomination procedure is confidential i.e. the person you are nominating must not know that they are being or have been nominated. This doesn't mean however that you can't get others to help you.

Further information, guidance and how to nominate can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/honours
 

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. 

Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

To be nominated they should have been doing outstanding work for at least 3 years that:

  • provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community 
  • is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
  • is run locally

The nomination process usually runs between April and September and if successful they will be awarded the following year. Anyone who is independant from the group can nominate and it is an on-line process only. An independant committee decides whether a group receives an award but part of the assessment process is done locally and so the group need to know that you are nominating them and need to be happy to receive the award if successful. They can help and provide you with the information needed to complete the nomination.

Further information, guidance and how to nominate can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service

Queen's Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • promoting opportunity through social mobility
Businesses can nominate themselves for the award and the award lasts for 5 years. Your organisation must:
  • be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
  • file its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management
  • have at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents
  • demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility

Your organisation can be a business or non-profit. Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.

The nomination process usually runs between May and September and if successful your business will be awarded the following year.

Further information, guidance, additional eligibility and how to nominate can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise

Don't leave it to chance that someone else will nominate. The main reason that people, volunteer groups and businesses don't get recognised is simply that no-one nominates them. Do the Honours!

Jun 2, 2020
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Thirty three 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 230 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, 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 2021.

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. I am delighted for the groups across Greater Manchester which have received the award. Recent times have highlighted just how valuable volunteering is to the country 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.culture.gov.uk/ Nominations for the 2021 awards close on 25 September 2020.

The groups awarded this year are as follows:

ALL ARTS & MEDIA TRADING AS ALL FM

They engage the more vulnerable in our communities in radio training and give them the platform and faith to broadcast a regular live show about the issues that matter to them. The volunteers broadcast shows that reflect the needs, challenges and great things in the community. At ALL FM there are 115 active volunteer presenters from diverse backgrounds hosting a diverse range of shows.

AMBITIONS OLDHAM AND ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE

This group offers excellent weekly social activities for young people and adults with complex learning and physical disabilities. Along with social activities, life skills are also taught within the group.

ANANNA- MANCHESTER BANGLADESHI WOMEN'S ORGANISATION

The group is in the centre of the community of Longsight. They are a BME women led community organisation providing educational, social and emotional wellbeing services. Ananna's programmes for women and girls aim to increase confidence and resilience, improve physical and mental wellbeing, skills, employability, while reducing social isolation.

BOLTON ADULT AUTISM SUPPORT

The aim of the organisation is to provide person centred support to the for parents/carers of children (18 plus) who have, or think they may have, an Autism Spectrum Condition by providing an effective and reliable information service through drop in sessions, a befriending service and workshops that promote social understanding and emotional and physical well-being.

BREASTFEEDING TOGETHER

Provide mother to mother support to families in Wigan to aid them to adapt to a number of physical, emotional and social changes during the transition of parenthood. They support the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding by running a range of support services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

CHEETHAM HILL ADVICE CENTRE

Cheetham Hill Advice Centre (CHAC) provides free advice and help to the disadvantaged community in Cheetham Hill and North Manchester. This charity provide advice on debt, housing, welfare rights and immigration. This service is provided in over 20 languages by a large volunteer team and by paid staff.

D-CaFF

This group of volunteers have changed the thinking about dementia and those living with dementia in local and surrounding communities. They have increased awareness and delivered sustainable support to all those living with dementia. Making Bury one of the highest rated 'Dementia Friends' boroughs. Creating a much needed "Safe environment".

DENTON WEST END COMMUNITY LIBRARY

The Group provides a community library service, various community activities and events to local residents. What makes this special, is the team of volunteers who work tirelessly to make the community library a thriving place. The funding to keep the library open is from fundraising, room hire, donations and small grants.

DESTINATION FLORIDA

Based in Manchester, Destination Florida organises holidays of a lifetime to Florida, for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses across the NW. In November, every 2 years, 75 very special, excited and poorly children are accompanied by a team of over 100 volunteer doctors, nurses, physios and carers, providing the highest level of care and supervision both day and night. The trip involves effectively transporting a hospital regime to Florida as the majority of the children require daily treatment and maintenance of their medical needs during the week.

EAGLES WING

Operating with no paid staff, Eagles Wing provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Bury area. Volunteers sit with, interpret, befriend, attend appointments, welcome newcomers, offer a listening ear, provide English skills, food bank and offer a space where parents can access services while children can play.

FIRST ASIAN SUPPORT TRUST (FAST) LTD

The charity supporting people in Manchester who are socially excluded and in crisis. They work with dedicated and passionate volunteers who fill the gaps where there aren't statutory services. They work to advance skills in education/training/employment and develop their digital, financial and social wellbeing. Supporting disabilities since 1993.

FRIENDS OF BURNAGE LIBRARY

The FOBL Hub is a Community Powered space for local people from 0-90 of all ethnicities and faiths to access information, connect with and support each other, learn new skills and make things happen. 46 volunteers support a range of creative, social, cultural, wellbeing and learning activities alongside Library facilities.

FRIENDS OF STRETFORD PUBLIC HALL

Friends of Stretford Public Hall formed in 2014 to save Stretford Public Hall, a much-loved historic building in the heart of Stretford, Greater Manchester. The group have been running the Hall since 2015, working tireless to provide affordable community services and to bring life back to the Grade-II listed Hall.

FRIENDS OF SUNNY BANK VALE

The work of the group provides a green lung "splash of countryside" in a concentrated urban landscape in Tameside. The group's excellence has been recognised by a series of Green Flag awards and "outstanding" Level 5 award by the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom.

GARSWOOD HALL BOWLING & COMMUNITY CLUB

Based in Ashton in Makerfield the group provide a fantastic community hub, a safe friendly place where people can socialise and exercise. The community events are completely volunteer run. The Bowl and Plate project provides a much -needed opportunity for older members of the community to come together on a weekly basis, reducing social isolation.

GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

Every year volunteers provide almost 1,000 people living with HIV across Greater Manchester and the NW with exceptional support. For example, through counselling and peer mentoring. The group's 'Positive Speakers', all of whom are living with HIV, challenge stigma and raise awareness about HIV, in schools and workplaces by sharing their own lived experiences.

GREATER MANCHESTER TRANSPORT SOCIETY

The Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester tells the story of, and promotes, public road transport in Greater Manchester from its beginnings in 1824 to the present. The partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester is an early example of successful partnership working and the Museum welcomes over 19,000 visitors each year.

GUIDE BRIDGE THEATRE LTD.

An inclusive, diverse community amateur dramatic theatre company located in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, providing a home to both adult and youth performing groups and to Made By Mortals, a community interest company which engages performers from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.

HELP THE HATTERS

HTH is a volunteer group which, through their support maintaining their local football stadium in Stockport, help to ensure that the club is sustainable which is very difficult in the current climate. Within the stadium HTH has created a museum which provides stimulation for dementia sufferers and comfort for socially isolated individuals.

LEIGH ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Founded in response to landfill, threatening local habitats, volunteers have successfully helped reduce this and subsequent threats by conserving wildlife, collecting/publishing biological data; liaising with local, regional and national bodies; helping maintain local nature reserves, planting trees, holding Open Days, leading field excursions, visiting schools and educating local groups.

LOVE WITHINGTON BATHS

The volunteers saved a historical pool (built 1911) from closure. The community came together and since 2015 the Baths have been a registered charity, run by the community for the community and is the last working historical pool in Manchester. All profits are used to restore the Baths back to their former glory.

MANCHESTER PARENTS GROUP

Manchester Parents Group volunteers support meetings and a helpline for parents having difficulties when their children come out as LGBT+ also supporting carers, family and friends. They Campaign for equality and give talks in schools and colleges.

HOPEWELL (PREVIOUSLY CALLED NORTH MANCHESTER BLACK HEALTH FORUM)

A volunteer led Manchester charity aspiring to improve wellbeing, resilience & social inclusion of marginalised groups with focus on vulnerable people from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to live independent, safe & fulfilled lives.

REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY

Reach Out to the Community supports rough sleepers and local families in poverty in Manchester. It began its operation from a greengrocers in 2016, which became a community collection point for donations, before becoming a charity. Their story perfectly demonstrates their strengths: practicality, responsiveness and a sincere desire to effect real change.

SOW THE CITY

Sow the City (STC) is a Manchester-based social enterprise with a mission to build a healthier and greener city. STC support over 100 volunteer led community growing projects, offering workshops, events and advice in gardening, nature-based activities, carpentry and DIY. Projects encourage community cohesion and improvements to place and space.

THE BREAD AND BUTTER THING

TBBT Volunteers help in the distribution of surplus food through a food membership scheme focused in deprived neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester. Volunteers operate from community hubs quickly, efficiently and cheerfully sorting and packing the food ready for collection. 500+ volunteers operate from 20 hubs providing food to 6000 members weekly.

THE DESTITUTION PROJECT

Despite a doubling of demand on the services offered in the past three years this group maintains an exceptional level of consistent, professional, holistic and compassionate care for some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members in Bolton; asylum seekers and refugees.

THE REPORTERS' ACADEMY

Based in Media City the group provide a unique education and training programme, where young volunteers produce media for community and global platforms across the UK and abroad. Offering inspirational opportunities and unparalleled access for disadvantaged young people. Working with 'world class' partners, 'investing' in young people, increasing their social mobility and exposure to networks they can't normally access.

THE TREE OF LIFE CENTRE WYTHENSHAWE

The group give practical support at the heart of the community, for people affected by poverty. Excellent projects; furniture re-use, IT learning, volunteering, community café, foodbank and many wellbeing activities are delivered. A constant source of support for those who don't have anywhere else to turn to, all delivered through an excellent team of volunteers.

TOAD LANE CONCERTS (TLC)

TLC provides a valuable weekly platform for leading musicians and high quality local talent to give regular quality concerts in Rochdale. It provides opportunities for people in the local area and beyond to experience musical excellence in a Grade1 listed church building at a price they can afford. The group also provides financial and practical support for a Grade 1 listed building.

TRUE COLOURS INCLUSIVE CIC

Local volunteers who have battled their own diverse issues support local people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues, building independence, social and work skills through creative learning. They provide opportunities across Wigan for self-development, mentoring, coaching, volunteering and employment, supporting to local people needing a second chance in life.

VINTAGEWORX CDT

They have provided a focus hub for community support and engagement for over thirteen years in some of the most challenging areas of the Rochdale Borough, rated as some of the highest areas of social deprivation in the UK.

WONDERFULLY MADE WOMAN

They provide holistic support for women and girls, helping them build their confidence so they can thrive. Providing invaluable assistance to women from an ethnic minority who some of who are survivors of domestic abuse in the UK or back in their home countries before migrating to the UK.

Mar 18, 2020
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The Lord-Lieutenant is at an increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus and has decided to heed the Government advice and put stringent social distancing measures in place for the next few months or until the advice changes. He is now working from home and predominantly using email and telephone. We will be contacting meeting and event coordinators for anything The Lord-Lieutenant has been invited to and cannot now attend. New invitations will be considered on case by case basis and if it is appropriate and safe the Vice Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant will attend and represent him. The Lieutenancy Office Staff are also putting measures in place to enable them to work from home in the very near future.

Contacting us during the Pandemic

The most efficient way to make contact is by email. Telephone messages can be left on the voicemail system and these will be responded to during office hours. Whilst post will still be received at the post room at The Parkway Buildings, collection and response will be slower than usual as it will be collected and dealt with on a weekly rather than daily basis. If letters can be sent electronically then that is favourable even if protocol traditionally dictates otherwise.

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

We will be accepting grant applications as usual. Please send them by email rather than post wherever possible.

Dec 28, 2019
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The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in the New Year's Honours List. The list is the best that Greater Manchester has ever had and this would not be possible without the people taking the time to nominate these extraordinary recipients 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

Knighthoods

A Knighthood 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 person has been awarded a Knighthood.

Clive Hubert LLOYD (Stockport) For services to Cricket

 

 

THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

A CBE is awarded to a person who has held a prominent national role of a lesser degree, a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs through achievement or service to the community, or a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity. The following people have been awarded a CBE.

 

Professor Jacqueline Margaret KAY (Manchester) For services to Literature

Dr Joseph Anthony RAFFERTY (Stockport) For services to Suicide Prevention

Professor Gordon Lawrence CARLSON (Bury) For services to General and Intestinal Failure Surgery

Carol Mary MATTHEWS (Oldham) For services to Social Housing

Professor Colin Gareth Bailey (Trafford) For services to Engineering

 

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.

Professor David HULME (Manchester) For services to Research and International Development

David James MAISEY (Wigan) For services to International Trade and the Economy

Wendy MAISEY (Wigan) For services to International Trade and the Economy

Patrick Gerard DONNELLAN (Wigan) For services to Law and Order

Duncan CRAIG (Manchester) For services to Male Victims of Sexual Violence and Child Abuse

Carl Jason AUSTIN-BEHAN DL (Manchester) For services to charity, LGBTQ+ Equality and the community in Greater Manchester

Ali AKBOR (Oldham) For services to the community in Leeds

Dr Zahid Mehmood CHAUHAN (Oldham) For services to Homeless People

Karen Ruth James (Trafford) For services to the NHS  

 

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.

Vicky JEFFERS (Tameside) For services to the Armed Forces

Michael John Egerton WALMSLEY (Wigan) For services to Policing

Joanne TAYLOR (Wigan) For services to Safeguarding

Joanne KENNY (Trafford) For services to Education

Jenifer BURDEN (Trafford) For services to Education

Michelle PROUDMAN (Oldham) For services to Community Nursing

Winifred Mary DIGNAN (Rochdale) For services to Healthcare in North West England

Nicholas Brendan BUCKLEY (Manchester) For services to Young People and the community in Greater Manchester

Professor Adisa AZAPAGIC (Manchester) For services to Sustainability and Carbon Footprinting

Mohamed Ashraf ALI (Manchester) For services to Community Relations

Eva NEUMANN (Salford) For services to Holocaust Education

Mohammed Tariq RAFIQUE (Oldham) For services to the community in Greater Manchester

 

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.

Pamela Jane CORRY (Manchester) For services to the community in Harpurhey, Manchester

Hilda BROADBENT (Oldham) For services to Older People and Dementia Care

Joseph Eric FOSTER (Wigan) For services to the community in Golborne

Subnum HARIFF-KHAN (Bolton) For services to Public Libraries

Leslie JONES (Tameside) For services to the community in Tameside

Alan WRIGLEY (Oldham) For services to charity

Edward John Claude SPRECKLEY (Stockport) For services to the community in Marple

Gordon Frank SCHOFIELD (Stockport) For services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and to charity

Gisela FELDMAN (Manchester) For services to Holocaust Education

Dr Peter Frank KURER (Stockport) For services to Holocaust Education

Ruth LACHS (Bury) For services to Holocaust Education

Sonja STERNBERG (Manchester) For services to Holocaust Education

Brian SEDDON (Wigan) For services to the community in Atherton

David Geoffrey LYON (Wigan) For services to the community in Wigan

Dorothy WOOD (Bury) For services to the community in Radcliffe

Ibrahim YOUSAF (Oldham) For services to the community in Oldham

Congratulations to them all!

 

Nov 26, 2019
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The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren Smith, presented The British Empire Medal (BEM) to 5 recipients in a ceremony in the Great Nave at The Monastery, Manchester, on the 26th November 2019. The Lord-Lieutenant said " Today I am particularly privileged to represent Her Majesty The Queen, presenting on her behalf, the British Empire Medal. Today’s recipients are true representatives of those who dedicate themselves to the communities within which they live or work. Their stories are so different from each other which goes to show the depth of good work people do in Greater Manchester.” The Mayors from the recipients' home areas or places of work, also attended the ceremony, later staying to speak with the recipients to thank them for the work they have done.

The BEM is awarded for meritous civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown and was established in 1922. In 1993 it lay in abeyance in the UK until it was once again issued in 2012, to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Whilst receiving their medals a brief description of why each were nominated was read to the audience of family and friends.

 

 

 

ANTHONY FREDERICK CHARLES COLLIER - TRAFFORD

Anthony has contributed significantly to the community, sport, charity and to the local economy. He was instrumental in growing Styal Running Club, qualifying as a leader in running fitness so that he could help members improve. The club wanted to contribute to the local community and adopted a local charity, The Children's Adventure Farm Trust. Anthony has raised over £40,000 for them and his firm has raised similar sums by their support of the charity. He took on the 56-mile Comrades Ultra-Marathon in South Africa. This is a tough race in extremely warm conditions. Injury prevented him from completing but he had raised so much that he returned a year later describing the challenge as the most brutal imaginable.
In May 2017, he was diagnosed as suffering from incurable prostate cancer. The treatment has had a profound effect on his life. Despite this, he returned to running once the initial treatment was completed. He saw an opportunity to set himself some personal targets and raise money for charities which had treated and supported him so well. He ran the Manchester Half Marathon raising funds for The Christie Cancer Charity and spoke at a Maggie's fundraising event, which raised substantial funds for the charity.
Despite all this, he is perhaps better known for his contribution to his community and economy of Altrincham. Altrincham was once described in the national press as a ghost town but not now. His voluntary part in his hometown regeneration has been significant over a sustained period. He is a local hero.

JENNIFER VALMAI MARGARET GREENWOOD - OLDHAM

Jennifer has been responsible for putting the small village of Lydgate firmly on the map. In 2008 she inspired a group of residents into forming a community group now known as 'Love Lydgate' for which she acts as chairman and secretary. The group are responsible for changing the little village into a beautiful place with magnificent floral displays which have been recognised by Britain in Bloom.
She has created various projects and organisations such as 'Lydgate Larks' the local choir and 'The Lydgate Stitches', a group of ladies who have created a stitched hanging wall in the Parish Hall commemorating the death of the soldiers that fought in the Second World War. She was also responsible for publishing a book 'Boys from the Top of the Hill' about the men of Lydgate who lost their lives during World War One.
In addition, Jennifer organises monthly coffee mornings and lunches which include interesting talks from regional speakers. She organises an annual, sell out event, 'Lydgate Lunch' which creates a chance for local people to get together and promote local talent creating a sense of belonging. She also runs a 'Keep Fit' Session weekly in the parish hall.
Jennifer also spends an enormous amount of her own time out in the community organising activities and fundraising events such as 'The Annual Big Plant' and 'Home Bake Fair' all raising money for local charities. She is a dedicated woman whose enthusiasm and pride in her local community is truly inspiring.

EMILY MAY ROBERTSON - MANCHESTER

Emily started her career in caring in 2002 as a nursing assistant qualifying as a nurse in 2008. She started her nursing career at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust as a staff nurse, initially working within medicine and then moving to work within Stroke Services. Her initial ward was struggling and accredited as requiring intervention and support but within 2 years of her becoming the Ward Manager it achieved gold accreditation (the highest possible achievement) such is her leadership and passion for good nursing. She subsequently repeated this in another ward that required leadership intervention.
Her passion for individualised patient care is outstanding. She has led work to ensure that staff recognise and know the individual person they are caring for by developing a handover programme (look at the person not the condition) focusing on the individual patient. This was recognised with the ward winning the Trust Proud of You overall winner award. Her ward also has 100% of FFT (Friends and Family Test) responses highly recommending the ward.
She has inspired a number of nursing assistants to become registered nurses and is an exceptional role model.
Emily's passion and commitment for elderly care and for improving services for patients with dementia is demonstrated not only in her clinical practice but also in her personal life. She has raised funds for patients by undertaking sponsored 10k runs and encourages her team to do so too. She also completed a triathlon for nurses' families affected by the Tsunami in India.
She is an outstanding and inspirational Ward Sister.

RICHARD SEARLING - BOLTON

Richard has always been at the forefront of soul music. He began his musical journey as a DJ at Northern Soul all-nighters, before later moving into radio broadcasting.
He is currently broadcasting with regional BBC stations, and Solar Radio, London. In addition to this, he organises one of the biggest annual international soul events held in Blackpool, which keeps the flame of Northern Soul burning brightly. The numerous events he helps promote and organise attract a significant following who greatly appreciate the nostalgic feel that this music provides. Not only this but his events also generate over £1m to the local economy.
In 2015, he was the proud co-sponsor of the Wigan Casino Blue Plaque, where he began his career and it sits on the original site of Wigan Casino in the Grand Arcade.
He stands out in this field combining live events and radio shows to really promote and keep soul music and the industry alive.
He advised on the BAFTA nominated film Northern Soul, on musical choices, historical facts and venue choices. He was dauntless in his efforts and did not accept money for his work as it was an independent film. He also helped secure hundreds of extras, promoting a dance floor film event which helped to create the most spectacular scene of the movie. As a show of thanks, he was awarded the credit of Executive Producer, having gone well above and beyond the cause.
Within the scene his name has attained mythical status and he is known as the best DJ of all time.

JANET WOOD - SALFORD

Janet has been actively involved in Girlguiding for over 60 years. During this time, she has undertaken many roles including a mentor, trainer and commissioner as well as a unit leader and North West England trainer. She also served as an advisor for the Lancashire Discovery Award for the over 50s followed by regional advisor shortly after.
She a recipient of the Laurel Award for Girlguiding — the highest national award for exceptional service.
Hundreds of leaders and young people have benefited from Janet's mentorship and passion for guiding in the Girlguiding Lancashire Border County. The county serves as an area for diverse communities and some very challenging inner-city areas within Greater Manchester. Through her work she enriched the lives of all who met her. She has mentored many young leaders who have continued in guiding as adult leaders in areas across the UK and with some now living in other countries such as Canada. Throughout her time in Girlguiding Janet has appeared in the local press to highlight opportunities and to encourage young people to come and try it.
Not only does Janet volunteer for guiding, she is a well-respected member of the Church team. She was a Sunday School teacher for over 20 years and took an active part in organising church activities for young people. In addition to this she has been the Chair of Governors for the Church School for over 15 years.
An outstanding community champion; Janet has dedicated her life to selfless volunteer service.

Nov 13, 2019
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Seashell's Chair of the Board of Directors, Gwen Carr, is to retire after completing her full term of 12 years within the Trust and will be replaced by Dr Robina Shah MBE JP DL.

The charity is dedicated to providing a creative, happy and secure environment for children and young people with complex and severe learning disabilities which include little or no language abilities. Established in 1823 as a school for deaf children, based in rented accomodation in Salford, 8 girls and 6 boys were given places funded entirely by public subscriptions. As demand for places increased a need for a purpose built school was needed and in 1837 on the date of Queen Victoria ascended to the thrown it opened in Old Trafford. The Queen was later to bestow Royal Patronage on the school during her Diamond Jubilee and the school became The Royal Schools for the Deaf.

A post Second World War move to Cheadle Hulme saw the students move into new accommodation.  At the same time increasing numbers of deaf children with additional needs, whose needs could not be met elsewhere, joined the school. 

As local authorities began including deaf children in mainstream provision a special unit was opened in 1972 for students with more complex needs and by 1979 a decision was made that the school would specialise only in those pupils with additional and complex needs. 52-week provision began in earnest in 1986, and the school's specialist Deafblind or Multi-Sensory Unit was opened in 1990.

Griffin Lodge, the charity's first residential home for autistic young deaf adults, was built in 1998.  Shortly after, the Special Educational Needs and disability Act of 2001 led to the rapid growth in the number of students being referred to the college on campus. 

 By 2005 such were the numbers being refeerred to the college that the building was completely refurbished in 2007 and a new wing was completed in 2008 the year which the charity was reconstituted as The Seashell Trust. 

During the last 10 years the Trust has seen a huge amount of investment and change, led by The Chair and Robina is looking forward to further strengthen the legacy that Gwen and her colleagues have made.

A link to the press release is here

May 7, 2019
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The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Paul Griffiths, presented The British Empire Medal (BEM) to 2 recipients in a ceremony at The Monastery, Gorton, on the 7th May 2019. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant said " I am delighted to represent Her Majesty The Queen, presenting on her behalf, the British Empire Medal to two such worthy recipients today. Their contribution to the communities of Greater Manchester and beyond is fantastic”

The Mayors from both the recipients' home areas, Councillor Walter Brett from Stockport and Councillor Ronnie Wilson from Salford also attended the ceremony, speaking extremely highly of both. The Mayoress of Salford was also in attendance.

The BEM is awarded for meritous civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown and was established in 1922. In 1993 it lay in abeyance in the UK until it was once again issued in 2012, to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Whilst receiving their medals a brief description of why each were nominated was read to the audience of family and friends.

LESLEY ANN WALKER

Lesley first started donating blood 48 years ago and for the last 25 years has also been a platelet donor. During this time she has made more than 1,000 platelet donations to the NHS Blood and Transplant Service. To put this into context very few donors are able to give as many as 300 platelet donations in their lifetime, with a typical platelet donor donating around 75. Platelets, given by generous and committed donors, are often life-saving and special in that they can help up to 3 adults or 12 children.
Platelets can only be stored for a few days and regular and frequent donors are in great demand. For this reason platelet donors are asked to attend at least 8-10 times per year. Lesley’s commitment and determination to donate is incredible and she has sacrificed literally thousands of hours of her life as each session, including travelling time to and from her home took approximately 3 hours.
She donated platelets every two weeks, which she gladly did. To achieve this, she had to keep herself in the best of health and not use any medications which might adversely affect her donation programme. Lesley even chose her holiday times and destinations so that her ability to donate was not impacted. She also made herself available for donation during bank holidays and over Christmas and the New Year when stocks got low. She is no longer able to donate platelets due to the scarring on her veins but continues to donate whole blood regularly.
It is impossible to put a value on the donations that Lesley gives but it is without doubt that her contribution has certainly helped to save and improve many, many lives. Her altruistic commitment to saving lives through donation is extraordinary.

Lesley is pictured with her very proud husband.

TRACEY ELIZABETH WALSH

Tracey is an LGBT champion and without her presence Manchester would not be the liberal, accepting city it is today. In 2014 she was acknowledged by the community at the annual Lesbian Gay Foundation Homo Hero awards where she won the Straight Ally Award.

She has been a member of the Manchester Pride Board since 2014 and has been instrumental to its success. Over the last few years, through events held at her venue, New York New York, she has donated more than £10,000 directly to LGBT and HIV projects. She also supports 'Sparkle' the National Transgender Charity which organises the annual ‘Sparkle Weekend’ celebration. She has been the events biggest advocate and has guided the charity from its inaugural weekend in 2005; the event now welcomes over 18000 visitors.

In 2011 Tracey sadly lost her mother. She wanted to do something in recognition of the amazing treatment her mother received at Stepping Hill Hospital. She organised a celebrity auction and raised £4,400 for the ward on which her mother had been looked after. She has held fundraising nights on behalf of 'The Christie' Cancer hospital raising over £16,000 for the Y.O.U Paediatric Oncology Fund. In partnership with ITV she hosted a table tennis competition between the stars of Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks entitled 'Great Balls of Soap'. The event was a huge success, raising over £11,000 for the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity.

She is an absolute inspiration, using her business prowess to help charities and good causes whilst providing a safe place for anyone, who needs somewhere to be themselves, without prejudice.

Tracey is pictured with her grandson who was helping the Vice Lord-Lieutenant carry his sword and lit the place up with his smile.

Apr 16, 2019
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Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith, presented The British Empire Medal (BEM) to 9 recipients in a ceremony at Oldham Town Hall on 16th April 2019. The Mayors from all the recipients' home towns also attended the ceremony.
The BEM is awarded for meritous civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown and was established in 1922. In 1993 it lay in abeyance in the UK until it was once again issued in 2012, to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Lord-Lieutenant said "Today I am particularly privileged to represent Her Majesty The Queen, presenting on her behalf, the British Empire Medal. The award reflects that there are so many people who are prepared to go the extra mile to support the communities in which they live or work. Today’s Medal recipients are true representatives of those who dedicate themselves to the communities of Greater Manchester."
Whilst receiving their medals a brief description of why each were nominated was read to the audience.

IDA ASHWORTH

For over 30 years Ida has contributed to the life and welfare of the people of Oldham. She retired in the 1980s and decided to join a walking club but the local club was not accepting new members.
Undeterred, in 1986 she started the Wednesday Walkers Club for other likeminded people. As founder she organised and led all the walks for the first 9 years. This enabled the early members, who had no map reading skills and little knowledge of the local footpaths to safely enjoy being outdoors and making new friends. From just one weekly walk there are now four walks of various lengths and an additional 'amblers walk' running from spring to autumn.
Under her leadership the club, which started with 10 members has now grown to over 230, nearly all of whom are retirees. It is not just a walking club; she has created a social and learning environment as it also organises regular events including lunches, trips away and courses on first aid, Heartstart, Leadership Skills, Compass and Map Reading and also offers Pastoral Care. Any excess funds raised are donated annually to various related charities such as the air ambulance, RNLI and mountain rescue.
Ida goes above and beyond the call of duty as the founder of the club. She regularly checks on the welfare of members contacting them should they be unable to join a walk. She is an inspirational volunteer and heartbeat of the club.

DOROTHY BRIERLEY

Dorothy is an active member of the Rochdale community. Her chosen career was teaching, eventually becoming Headteacher at the All Souls C of E Primary School. During that time she influenced the lives of many of her pupils, especially those in need. The school was an old run-down Victorian building and she campaigned tirelessly for a modern fit for purpose building then planned and led the entire move, whilst continuing to teach. The new school opened in 1990 with an official opening by the Duchess of Gloucester in 1991. Whilst there Dorothy became involved with Rochdale Childer, a charity that helps relieve the effects of child poverty.
Retiring from teaching in the early 90's she continues to fundraise for the charity. She is fully involved in all aspects of their work, assisting in preparing and running fund raising events for organisations such as St Vincent De Pauls family service workers and the Rochdale Youth Orchestra. She also frequently turns up on the doorsteps of families in hardship, delivering items such as bedding, clothes and Christmas presents, often at her own expense.
She is an extremely valued member of the committee and actively promotes the Rochdale Childer Award, where schools award the most deserving child each year.
Dorothy is also an active committee member for The Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trust, a charity that provides assistance for local young people.
Never failing in her support Dorothy is an incredible asset to the young people of Rochdale.

KATE BROWN

Kate was the Head of the Executive Office at Manchester City Council at the time of the Arena bomb. She had no role in emergency planning or response yet proactively took responsibility and made things happen when it was most needed. Whilst many Council staff worked on the vigil, memorial and anniversary events without Kate's drive, leadership and persistence they simply would not have happened.
She brought together Council staff to organise the vigil for the following day and did not go home or sleep for at least 24hrs. Everything required for the vigil was arranged by Kate at a time when Council staff, partners and the community were all in shock.
Over the coming months whilst she supported the creation of the Memorials Advisory Group. Once again, she was the "behind the scenes" leader who organised the effective consultation process bringing the 22 bereaved families from across the country and experts to support them.
Finally she was responsible for the overall organisation of the one year anniversary. She recognised that many people may not want to return to the city, or may not be able to and organised the commemoration service to be live streamed in York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Her work ensured that the service was appropriate for all faiths and none. Kate also ensured private viewings for the families of the archive, coordinated the bell ringing at 10.31pm exactly one year after the blast and coordinated the 'Manchester Together: with one voice' event.
Kate was an unsung heroine central to Manchester’s recovery.

LEWIS THOMAS BROWN

Lewis is a Police Community Support Officer and was on patrol at Manchester Victoria station, adjacent to the Manchester Arena, during the evening on 22 May 2017. On that date he had just 6 weeks service as a PCSO. When the explosion occurred he immediately ran towards the explosion without knowing the cause or what danger was present. Along with 3 colleagues they were the first officers on scene. People were running past him in panic, screaming, crying, with many injured and covered in blood. He entered the foyer within one minute of the explosion and was faced with a scene of utter devastation.
Lewis knew then that a bomb had exploded but despite his short length of service and immediate danger his instinct was to save lives and help people and he ran into the site of the explosion to help others. He exemplified exceptional resilience in assisting the severely injured and the dying whilst working under intense pressure in a hostile and extremely distressing environment. During the course of the evening he provided support and comfort to many of the survivors and made every effort to protect the dignity of the deceased and injured by using makeshift robes to cover them. He then helped carry casualties downstairs to a triage area so they could be treated by paramedics. In the greatest traditions of the police service, Lewis put the safety and wellbeing of members of the public well ahead of any concerns of his own safety.

DR. ANTHONY GRIFFIN

Anthony is a fantastic ambassador for the promotion of sport, particularly for disabled people. He set two world records at the 1984 New York Paralympic Games in Javelin and Indian Club and still holds the world record for the Indian Club throw. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he won a total of 38 international medals.

His contribution and dedication to disabled sport for the UK is unquestionable. He is a role model for many young people with disabilities visiting schools around the country giving talks and presentations about his career, inspiring them to achieve despite their disabilities.

He is a patron of the Bolton Society for Blind People, promoting their service and assisting their fundraising efforts. He assists at each Bolton Mayor's charity events helping to boost their charitable funds. He actively promotes Fairtrade products helping farmers and farm workers in some of the poorest countries in the world; earn a decent wage whilst promoting Bolton as a Fairtrade town.

He was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Bolton Sports Awards in 2006 and in 2010 his face was added to the Bolton Council 'Spirit of Sport' statue which stands outside of Bolton Wanderer's football stadium. He showcased the training equipment at the opening of the Bolton One' health and sports facility when opened by The Princess Royal in 2013 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his Sporting and Community achievements by the University of Bolton in 2015.

Anthony is an absolutely inspirational Sport's Ambassador.

DAVID HEDLEY JOHNSON

David founded 'Oldham Theatre' in 1968, offering young people in the North West of England free access to his drama workshops. Notably, this was at a time and climate when communities were devoid of any similar experiences. In the subsequent years, he earned national and international recognition for his teaching methods producing generations of actors to noteworthy acclaim within our British theatres and TV screens.
He was a pioneer when he set up 'The Oldham Theatre Workshop', the largest of its kind in the North West. It was the first theatre to provide free entry to afford the local youth the experience of drama at no cost. He developed this to become Europe's largest Young People's Theatre Company tirelessly providing his personal services and access to the workshop for 50 weeks of the year. Each year he put together a minimum of five major fully-staged productions, with casts ranging from 40-600, playing locally and throughout Britain.
It is rare that young people from lower social-economic background and with no level of acting ability are able to attend a scheme like the Oldham Theatre workshop for free, thus it is because of him that so many went on to showcase their talent on British TV. He is the only Young People's Theatre Director to have had three specialised documentary features devoted to his work, and this is credit to his outstanding work, promoting the talent and supporting young people over many decades.

SUSAN JANE LOMAS

Susan has been at the forefront of supporting Beaver Scout Colonies since they were established in 1983 and has been vital in sustaining engagement among young people with the organisation in the Prestwich area. She became a voluntary leader of the Beaver Scout Colony in Prestwich shortly after it was formed in 1983 and has continued to act as a leader ever since.

During decades of service she particularly stepped up when other voluntary leaders were absent, keeping the youth programmes running, constantly devoting extra hours of her time. She has shown great determination in ensuring activities are varied, inclusive and designed to strengthen the confidence of young people, ranging from outdoor play to demonstrations from local police, fire brigade or guide dogs associations and day trips for pantomime visits for up to 200 people. In addition to this she supports the association with administrative tasks and necessary paperwork on two evenings a week, which has been crucial for maintaining the club.

Waiting lists to join the group continuing to remain high, and through her interpersonal skills and care she has also encouraged many parents to support the local Scouting association in the capacity of assistants, particularly helping to fill gaps at a time when many leaders had left their roles. In 2000 she was recognised by the Scouts with a Medal of Merit.

She is a figurehead of the community, with no other Scouting leader in the area offering her level of support, management and commitment.

JON PAUL MORREY

Throughout his working life Jon has evidenced a very clear determination and dedication to serving the public. He served in the Royal Navy and during his 22 years’ service he was deployed to many parts of the world during extremely troubled times. Subsequently as a Police Community Support Officer he has carried out his role with a focus on helping the general public, victims of crime and the vulnerable in our society. The level of service he has provided to the public ranged from his response to the terrorist attack at Manchester to providing reassurance to the travelling public or helping the infirm or elderly as they travel on the rail, network.

On the night of the terrorist attack he was tutoring a newly deployed PCSO, a role he relished, helping those new in service to develop in knowledge and confidence. He was on patrol at Manchester Victoria station, which is directly adjacent to the Arena, when the explosion occurred. He immediately ran towards it without knowing the cause or what danger was present. He entered the foyer within one minute of the explosion and was faced with a scene of utter devastation. Despite the immediate danger his instinct was to save lives and help people. He exemplified exceptional resilience by assisting the severely injured and the dying whilst working under intense pressure in a hostile and extremely distressing environment.

Throughout his careers in the services Jon has shown great bravery and compassion.

JARED SIMPSON

Jared is an exemplary Special Police Sergeant and a winner of a Greater Manchester Police Citizens In Policing Award recognising his incredible commitment. Along with 10 personal arrests, he contributed 572 hours of voluntary policing to an operation targeting organised criminality in Oldham leading to a substantial number of cash, drug and vehicle seizures. He has also made a significant contribution to the reduction of crime and disorder associated with the night time economy providing much needed support to licensees and Pub Watch. He contributes a huge number of voluntary policing hours yearly and has an exceptional arrest rate.

On 22nd May 2017, he was off duty in Manchester when the Arena bomb exploded. He hurried to the scene and assisted a paramedic treating a victim suffering from horrific injuries; she survived. He then provided first aid and comfort to a number of victims, playing songs on a mobile phone to reassure one victim asking her to sing with him to prevent her slipping into unconsciousness. When enough paramedics were at the scene he went to nearby premises bringing back as many bottles of water that he could carry for those who needed it. He showed absolute focus and dedication remaining throughout the night. The following morning he paraded for duty assisting the reception team at the mortuary, whilst co-ordinating the duties for his team throughout a 16 hour shift.

Jared is a brave, compassionate and committed volunteer respected by all who work with him.

During the service the recipients and guests were entertained by The Youth Brass Band from Oldham Council Music Service. They played a selection of music superbly before and after the investiture ceremony and the National Anthem after the arrival of The Lord-Lieutenant and the Worshipful Mayors of each borough. They really helped to mark the occasion.

Feb 11, 2019
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Deputies

I was first commissioned as a DL in 1999 and now, having reached the age where I transfer to the Retired List, I can reflect on what has been a most uplifting and rewarding experience.

 During my time I have made many friendships not only within the Lieutenancy, but across the wider community in the County, both in the professional and charitable sectors and I hope these will continue well into the future.

 It has been an honour to represent the Lord Lieutenant at numerous ceremonies and events and in particular, my involvement in the local Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, that marked the anniversaries of the accession of Her Majesty to the throne.

 I have been particularly delighted to see how the Lieutenancy has become more closely involved with many of our charitable organisations and recognising the excellent work that they perform, by the record number of national awards that have been achieved. I never fail to be amazed at the tremendous efforts and dedication made by so many volunteers, whose work enriches our society and without whom we would be far poorer.

 Having spent 40 years in the Fire Service, the last 20 of which were as a Principal Officer in Greater Manchester, I became acutely aware of the many socio-economic problems in the County, as there is a direct relationship with these and the causes of fire, in the same way as there is with crime.

 Given this, I was involved with pioneering a number of significant community based initiatives to reduce the number of fires and the distress they cause, which have since been developed and resulted in a major reduction of fire related incidents, by as much as 50% in some areas. Since my retirement from the Service, the Lieutenancy has enabled me to continue my commitment to the community by being involved with a number of significant initiatives.

 In 2012, I was privileged to be granted the Office of High Sheriff and during my year I was not only able to witness the work of the judiciary at Crown Court, Coroner and Magistrate levels and support many organisations involved with crime prevention, but also help a number of other worthwhile community activities. This proved to be the highlight of my time as a DL and I look back on it with pride and satisfaction.

(The picture was taken in the Council Chamber at Bolton Town Hall at my Commissioning as High Sheriff.in 2012. L to R. My wife, Elizabeth, me, The Mayor of Bolton Cllr. Noel Spencer and Mayoress Mrs Alice Spencer.) 

 However, none of my work for the Lieutenancy or the community would have been possible without the support of my colleagues in the Lieutenancy, but in particular my wife, Elizabeth, whose support throughout has been generous and unstinting.