The volunteer team at the club have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016. Between them they have have contributed over 600 years volunteering. Club president Anthony Groves great, great gandson of one of the original founders commented “The Queens Award for Voluntary Service formally recognises the team’s contributions at the very highest level. Their phenomenal work has ensured that the original vision of James and William Groves lives on today as one of the most successful and oldest, charitable youth establishments in the world”
200 young people from Salford and Trafford have been in the club this week, taking part in the National Citizenship Programme. The course was provided by the Salford Foundation and included first aid, self-defence and skill based workshops about community projects. The workshops were supported by the St Johns Ambulance, ForViva and the self-defence by Salford Lads Club.
Ordsall Community Arts Annual Lantern parade passed by the club last night. Lantern bearers Sue and Marie pose with a watering can from the themed event which this year celebrated the new Ordsall Community Allotment on Tatton Street. Lantern workshops were held at the club with Kidzwidreamz and the Girls Club, and club members Rory and Ellis volunteered as part of the event.
The kidzwidreams club had a couple of special events this week, before the summer holidays. Parents came along to see their children awarded prizes and certificates. The club starts again in the autumn after the school holidays.
90 young people from Salford took part in a circus skills workshop in the main gym today led by artists from Circus Sensible. This was part of the National Citizenship Service programme organised by the Salford Foundation. The group had just returned from a residential in the Yorkshire Dales.
The club spent an evening at Challenge 4 Change courtesy of the GMP. The police provided two minibuses, along with support from our local policeman Craig Phoenix. Our intrepid group of lads and volunteers took part in all manner of challenges including the aerial walkway. Back at the club the whole Salford Division of GMP attended a presentation by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Sir Peter Fahy.
150 students from Trafford and Salford are in the club this week taking part in the National Citizen Service programme run by the Salford Foundation. The young people aged 16 and 17 have just returned from a residential in Wales taking part in rock climbing and team work skills. They then go on to plan and deliver community events.
16 young people, club leader Leon and volunteer staff from the club spent an evening at the BMX track at the National Cycling Centre in East Manchester last night, one of a series of trips funded through our recent BBC Children In Need Award.
We’d like to say thank you to customers of Sainsbury’s and Waitrose who have supported our recent fundraising events. Our team of young people and volunteers helped with bag packing at Sainsbury’s store in Regent Road and raised over £650: At Waitrose in Spingingfields, Manchester the stores monthly “community matters” charity promotion raised over £145 for the club.
It’s getting cold and dark out on Coronation Street but the warmest and brightest place on a Wednesday night are in the boxing gyms. Junior club members from 8- 16 are enjoying the chance of hitting the punch bags, skipping and learning all the basic skills from boxing coaches Dave Connell and Liam Kotrie.