"Over the years we have met so many deserving groups who give their time freely for the benefit of others. This is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a voluntary group."
Warren Smith, Lord-Lieutenant
The two groups, Street Scene Greenfield Group and Chadderton Park Sports Club, attended a special ceremony at Gorton Monastery on Wednesday 30 August to collect an engraved, commemorative crystal trophy and a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Paul Griffiths DL.
Street Scene Greenfield Group (SSGG) is a sub-group of Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents association. It was set up eight years ago and has attracted volunteers of all ages, who show how much they care for their area by picking litter, clearing vegetation from towpaths and bridleways and repairing fences, footpaths, walls and lock gates. The group has also introduced mosaic signposting to make the area more attractive and provided ramps to help people with disabilities. Due to the efforts of SSGG, neighbouring villages have set up their own community groups, tidying their own areas to enhance Saddleworth as a whole.
Peter Lowe, the co-ordinator for Street Scene Greenfield Group, who set up the group said: “Greenfield has been transformed by regular litter picks, new planters, footpath repairs and measures to deal with dog fouling. The group has worked hard to give Greenfield an identity, generating respect for the beautiful area where we live, and made a phenomenal difference to the village and are held in high esteem by local residents, businesses and visitors, who appreciate all their hard work. It is an honour to receive this award, and encouraging to be recognised in this way.”
Chadderton Park Sports Club is a community sports club that offers football, netball and rounders to everyone from aged 2 to over 70 including more than 50 children with cerebral palsy. The club has over 150 unpaid qualifies coaches and between them they coach 84 football teams, 12 netball teams and a rounders team. The club took over a former cricket club which was derelict and with their own funding demolished two buildings and built a new clubhouse and laid a new pitch. For more information visit http://www.chaddertonparkfc.co.uk/
Chadderton Park Sports Club is a community sports club that offers football, netball and rounders to everyone from aged 2 to over 70 including more than 50 children with cerebral palsy. The club started in 1979 and has grown to have over 150 unpaid qualifies coaches and between them they coach 89 football teams, 13 netball teams and a rounders team. Very recently they have set up a Steppers walking group to help raise mental health awareness.
Craig Simpson, Secretary of the Chadderton Park Sports Club said: “Chadderton Park Sports Club is all about the community with over 1,000 local children and 200 adults participating in our activities. Apart from the sport we encourage new friendships and social skills. We also support 50 children with cerebral palsy from across the country and have inspired other clubs to offer disability sport to children. The volunteer coaches are so committed to the club and give up so much of their time, so it’s great to receive this award in recognition of what they do.”
Commenting on the two Oldham charitiesl, The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, said: “These are both very worthy recipient and set an excellent example for other voluntary organisations in Greater Manchester to follow.
“Over the years we have met so many deserving groups who give their time freely for the benefit of others. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a voluntary group. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. We would encourage more organisations in Greater Manchester to step forward and be recognised for the wonderful work they do.”
The closing date for nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018 is 15 September 2017. For information on how to nominate a group, visit: www.manchesterlieutenancy.org or www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service.