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Volunteer Celebration Event

March 20, 2010

two young people cutting a cakeWe’re all looking forward to our Volunteer Celebration Event that takes place this weekend. All the young people who have volunteered through GMYN projects over the past 12 months have been invited to the event. The majority of guests will be from the four vinvolved teams that are coordinated by Greater Manchester Youth Network – Bolton, Bury, Manchester and Oldham. The event has been planned by a small group of young people and staff who decided on a ‘star’ theme for the event. Young people, their guests and VIPs will walk down a red carpet into the venue, which will be decorated in the colour scheme chosen by the young people – purple, silver and black.

Eighteen young volunteers have been nominated for special achievement awards and four winners, one for each area, will be announced on the night. Each of the nominees and the winners will receive a star shaped trophy, presented to them by our celebrity guest Joe Gilgun, a young actor from the North West who plays ‘Eli Dingle’ in Emmerdale and has appeared in the films This is England and Harry Brown. The awards have been sponsored by Bolton Volunteer Centre, Bury Sports Development Team, Manchester City Council and Oldham Partnership.

The event will be attended by a number of local councillors and representatives from the organisations that have sponsored the event, as well as staff from GMYN’s partner organisations. We are looking forward to welcoming the Labour MP for Manchester Central, Tony Lloyd, who will be dropping in to spend some time finding out about the activities that the young volunteers have been involved in.

We are very grateful to a number of local and national companies that have donated items for a prize draw, which will be the last official activity of the evening.  The top prize is a special edition Nintendo Wii that was sponsored by The Manchester College. The event will end on a more informal basis with a chance for the young people to socialise and have fun listening and dancing to DJ set.

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