Oldham Youth Council is the proud owner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Several members attended a special ceremony at Gorton Monastery in Manchester on Wednesday 29 August to collect the award, the highest recognition given to local volunteer groups across the UK.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises outstanding work done in communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation and is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Representatives collected an engraved, commemorative crystal trophy and a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen at the ceremony and were joined by Mayor of Oldham, Cllr Javid Iqbal. They were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Paul Griffiths DL.
Oldham Youth Council has been in operation since 2006 and has up to 70 volunteers who aim to ensure Oldham’s young people have a voice and help plan and shape council services as well as influencing national agendas by linking to regional and national organisations.
Aged 11-21 years they represent Oldham’s 26,000 strong youth population.
Cllr Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “For over ten years Oldham Youth Council has been involved in making vital decisions for the borough and will be integral in how we gain the voice of young people to help shape a better Oldham for our future generations.
“We’re enormously proud of them and everything they do and all members and staff involved should be incredibly proud in achieving this fantastic recognition.”
The closing date for nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019 awards is 14 September 2018. Organisations who have been operating for at least three years, and whose workforce is more than half voluntary are eligible to be nominated.