Voluntary Sector Support
During my year as High Sheriff, I plan to support a number of local charities and will lend additional encouragement and support to others as the year unfolds. I will be lending encouragement to public sector agencies such as the probation and prison services and to voluntary sector organisations involved in crime reduction and social cohesion. I will initially focus on several charities including one of The Prince of Wales’ Charities
Business in the Community. Here, an emphasis will be placed on exploring ways in which Breakfast Clubs, so important to ensure pupils get a meal before school or college in the morning could be extended with support of businesses throughout Greater Manchester. In a similar vein, Give & Gain day- the UK’s only national day of Employee Volunteering on 17th May, will enjoy my enthusiastic support and I intend to visit a number of major projects throughout the County. A major initiative designed to promote youth in the county is being developed and will help complete a Trinity of important activity with Business in the Community.
The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust which is a partnership of individuals, companies and statutory and voluntary agencies that are determined to make a contribution to Greater Manchester by supporting projects that reduce crime and the fear of crime in our communities.
The Monastery of St. Francis & Gorton Trust which is responsible for the restoration and up keep of The Monastery situated in Gorton, Manchester, has recently launched an appeal to raise £1million to match fund a future £3m project to complete the restoration of the Pugin masterpiece first started by the Charity in 1996.
I have been involved with charity work throughout my career and retirement.
During my career in the Fire Service, I was an active supporter of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund (now known as the the Firefighters Charity) where I performed a number of roles and eventually became their National Chairman. I am now one of their Life Patron’s and I also undertake work as one of their Home Visitors.
In addition, I am involved with Emmaus, which is a charity for homeless people and am currently the Vice Chairman of the North West Partnership of Emmaus, Vice Chairman of Emmaus Bolton and a Trustee of Emmaus Salford. I have also been a member of Council and Commander of St John Ambulance in Greater Manchester. As a long standing member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Manchester, I have also been involved in supporting many of their charities.
During my year as High Sheriff, I plan to support a number of local charities, especially those involved with young people.
• The Greater Manchester Shrievalty Police Trust which is a partnership of individuals, companies and statutory and voluntary agencies that are determined to make a contribution to Greater Manchester by supporting projects that reduce crime and the fear of crime in our communities.
• The Prince’s Trust which provides practical and financial support to young people by developing their skills, confidence and motivation through a wide range of personal development opportunities and thereby help them move into education, training and work.
High Sheriff and the Mayor of Bolton at Princes Trust presentation evening at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton
• The RECLAIM project, which seeks to build confidence and self reliance in young people through education and support.
As part of my support for this charity, my Rotary Club held an auction at the dinner following their Annual Golf Tournament, as a result of which we were able to present the charity with a cheque for £1,500.
Peter Hartley, President of the Rotary Club of Manchester and the High Sheriff present a cheque to Ruth Paterson, the Development Officer from RECLAIM
In October this year the Chief Constable and the Chief Fire Officer, along with myself and other supporters of RECLAIM will be undertaking a sponsored ZIP WIRE run across the Manchester Ship Canal. Anyone who would like to support us can do so via this website:
• Barnardo’s which seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable children through its many projects, campaigning and research and thereby bring out the best in every child.
• Destination Florida which is a children’s charity based in the North West of England that organises holidays to Florida for children between the ages of seven to fifteen, who have missed out on the fun and laughter of childhood due to serious illness.
High Sheriff at the ‘Destination Florida’ Summer Ball with the Chairman of the charity, Mike Hymanson who carried the Olympic Torch during the Rochdale section of its journey to London.