Real Neighbours are proud
The Grand Day Out group which meets each week at the Forum Centre, has won Volunteer of the Year – For an Outstanding Group - in Manchester’s annual Be Proud awards.
The social community group is run by volunteers from Wythenshawe’s Real Neighbours and aims to reduce isolation for people aged over 55. Its motto is, ‘Come as a stranger, leave as a friend’.
Maggie Karwat, community and partnership manager for Wythenshawe Forum Trust explained a little more about the programme:
“The group offers a number of activities each week including crafts, board games, gentle exercise, and a tea dance, but none of these are compulsory and members of the group can join in with as little or as much as they want. They come and go between 10am and 4pm each Wednesday and can simply enjoy the chance to socialise, read the papers, or play board games.”
The group’s framework allows the volunteers the freedom to share their ideas for new activities and future plans, developing their own skills in the process.
Grand Day Out co-ordinator, Nicola Hamilton, said: “The fact that many of the volunteers have been involved since the very start is testament to what a positive experience it is for them, and for the attendees.
“Our Real Neighbours volunteers, who are supported with training from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, feel proud to have won this award and we are pleased that their commitment has been recognised.”
Other Wythenshawe winners of Be Proud awards include:
- Keleef Pearson – Individual Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Addy Adventure Playground
- Clare Byfield of Manchester & Trafford School Uniform Swap – Recycling Project of the Year
- Wythenshawe Youth Forum – Young Achiever of the Year (for nominees under 18)