In June 2016 the volunteer team at Salford Lads Club were awarded The Queens Award For Voluntary Service. Between them they have contributed more than 600 years volunteering. Archie Swift MBE (front left) and Eic Salthouse (front right) have each been invloved with the club for more than 60 years. In 2008 the group were awarded The North West Heritage Volunteers of the Year by the HLF.
The volunteers continue “to brighten young lives and make good citizens“.
In addition, we have a group of young people aged 16- 20 who have graduated from club members to volunteer status.
Archie and Eric
Two of the longest serving volunteers are Archie Swift (left) and Eric Salthouse (right) Archie was awarded the ‘Salford Citizen of the Month’ in April 2004 for his lifetime work as a volunteer at the club. In 2006 Archie was awarded an MBE for his work with young people at Salford Lads Club. Eric was named as ‘My Hero’ by Manchester entrepreneur Dave Tynan in the June 2004 edition of Social Enterprise magazine.
The Cambrian News reported on the the friendship between Eric and Archie that started at camp in 1949. Eric had been a member of the club for 2 years and Archie was at his first camp. ‘Archie remembers “Eric won a brand new pair of football socks which was a fantastic prize back then, but he gave them to me without giving it a second thought. I had nothing, none of us did, and I couldn’t believe he had given me his socks.” Eric said that they had grown up together and stuck together. When they had outgrown camp the pair, wanting to give something back, worked in the camp’s cookhouse.’