Joy for com­mu­nity group in win­ning a ‘vol­un­teer MBE’

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MEM­BERS of a youth and com­mu­nity pro­gramme are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter see­ing it win the Queens Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice.

Cre8 works with chil­dren and young peo­ple on the Moss es­tate in Macclesfield, of­fer­ing al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for those who wouldn’t nor­mally get the op­por­tu­nity.

Based at St Barn­abas Church on Lyme Av­enue, the project is run by vol­un­teers.

Rob War­dle, direc­tor of Cre8, said the award – which is the high­est award given to lo­cal vol­un­teer groups across the UK to recog­nise out­stand­ing work in their com­mu­ni­ties – was ‘well-de­served recog­ni­tion’ for ‘com­mit­ted, pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated’ vol­un­teers.

He added: “I can­not ex­press how pleased I am for the vol­un­teers, young peo­ple, fam­i­lies and work­ers who have put so much of them­selves into this project over the last 10 years.

“They have been a huge bless­ing to each other and to our God who looks over them. They all very much de­serve it.

“It is en­cour­age­ment and recog­ni­tion for com­mit­ment to oth­ers, as the Queens Award them­selves say ‘the equiv­a­lent of an MBE for a grass-roots char­ity’ .”

From small be­gin­nings, Cre8 has grown to be a sig­nif­i­cant part of the neigh­bour­hood.

Rob added: “It is just hugely en­cour­ag­ing for all of us in­volved with Cre8 to re­ceive this award.

“A lot of our work is with young peo­ple which can be ex­cit­ing and fun, as well as dis­ap­point­ing and very drain­ing at times.

“Vol­un­teers and work­ers at Cre8 ex­pe­ri­ence lots of ups and downs with what we’re try­ing to do, but when we take time to step back and look at our achieve­ments, then it makes us smile.”

Cre8 pro­vides ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple in­clud­ing mu­sic tu­ition, cy­cling, cooking, arts and crafts and ed­u­ca­tion.

It will be cel­e­brat­ing its achieve­ment at the Cre8 Fes­ti­val on June 13 and 19. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.cre8fes­ti­val.org.

Cre8 is one of 187 char­i­ties, so­cial en­ter­prises and vol­un­tary groups to re­ceive the award this year.

The awards were cre­ated in 2002 to cel­e­brate the Queen’s Golden Ju­bilee and win­ners are an­nounced each June, the an­niver­sary of the Queen’s Coro­na­tion.

Cre8 will re­ceive the award from David Briggs, the Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire, later this year.

●● Vol­un­teers and young peo­ple in­volved with Cre8 in Macclesfield

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