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West Salford volunteers make a real difference

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The Making a Difference Awards 2011.

Baroness Newlove, the government’s Champion for Active Safer Communities, joined West Salford residents in Eccles on Tuesday (20 September 2011) to celebrate the efforts of volunteers of all ages who are making a real difference to the lives of their neighbours and their wider community.

Keeping spirits high

Among the 10 award winners of City West Housing’s Make a Difference Awards were Eileen and Seamus McCallion who run the Tiger Moth Public House, in recognition of the kindness they showed in the aftermath of the Irlam gas explosion. By providing food, drink and a meeting place for those affected Eileen and Seamus played a crucial role in keeping community spirits high, even hosting a joint birthday party for two of the youngest people to be affected and numerous fundraising events.

Brookhouse Community Association won the Greatest Group award. The group has provided bingo for the elderly, youth activities, parties to mark the Royal wedding and the Brookhouse Festival that saw 200 people attend last year. It also acts as an advisory group that brings together the NHS, police and Salford City Council to deliver improvements to the local community.

Baroness Newlove with Molly Moores
Baroness Newlove with Molly Moores, winner of the Young Rising Star award

The Young Rising Star title was won by 11 year old Molly Moores, recognised for her volunteering work and as a shining example to other young people.

Baroness Newlove said:

“It was a great privilege to hear from and help recognise the fantastic efforts of so many inspirational West Salford residents.

“Having decided to rollup their sleeves and get stuck into community activities from establishing thriving community allotments, supporting their elderly neighbours to the great kindness offered to those affected by the Irlam Gas explosion, they serve as an inspiration to us all to get involved in making our neighbourhoods safer and more enjoyable places to live. It’s unsung heroes like these that hold the key to creating peaceful, happy, clean and wonderful neighbourhoods and I’m delighted the true community spirit which has served this nation so well over the years lives and thrives in Salford.”

Launched in October 2008, City West Housing Trust is a not for profit Housing Association which owns and manages around 14,600 homes in West Salford. Now in their second year, City West Housing’s Make a Difference Awards recognises all those who have made a positive impact in the community by improving people’s lives, opportunities and neighbourhoods.