Thirteen Greater Manchester groups have been honoured in Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014.

This unique UK national honour was created over a decade ago by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers; it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.

The Greater Manchester groups awarded are:

· Abraham Moss Warriors – delivering a range of sport for development activities
· Bury involvement group in mental health
· Bury society for blind and partially sighted
· Compassion in action – helping those in crisis and those vulnerable in society
· Friends of Debdale Park
· Oldham Bereavement support services
· Salford Heart Care
· The donkey assisted therapy centre – helping those with additional needs by providing emotional, mental and physical therapy
· The Hub community centre, Altrincham
· The Mustard Tree – helping those who are homeless and marginalised
· The Wellspring – providing support to homeless and disadvantaged people
· Wood Street Mission – supporting children living in poverty
· Wythenshawe FM – community radio station

The award is overseen by the Office for Civil Society, in the Cabinet Office and Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society said:

“Groups and organisations like those honoured today are the key to inspiring the country to get involved in volunteering and make a difference in their community. I would like to congratulate all 111 organisations that have received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and I encourage others to participate and support groups like these in their local area.”


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