Liz has announced that she will be running the Manchester 10k on Sunday 10 May to raise funds towards the costs of opening a new hub for the Angel Project, which relies on volunteers and donations to carry on its work.
Liz visited on Saturday and met with Sue Scott, Project Co-ordinator, for an update on what they've been doing.
Sue started the project to provide volunteer opportunities and support within the local community, enabling the community to improve its own health and give help to its more vulnerable members through practical, emotional and social support.
The Angel Project gives support across the generations from local children through to helping the over 50’s.
On the 1st May last year the Angel Project Café opened and became the base for the project. Since last May, the café, as well as being a place for great food and good conversation, has been used as a meeting place for support groups for mental illness, addictions, war veterans, and others. The project has helped these organisations develop wider support networks in the community.
The next stage for the project can be found a few doors down from the café on Lakeland Court on Langley in a disused launderette.
The project, through its volunteers, is completely refurbishing the building and aims to turn it into the Angel Project Hub.
Liz is delighted to see the local community helping the project, volunteering to work on the hub, and donating tools, food and encouragement to keep them going. Having the hub will create a space where there will be training sessions, support sessions and ways of helping the young people of Langley and Middleton.
The Angel Project has linked in with Rochdale M.B.C, NHS Biglife and Pathways, with volunteers group sessions being held on Thursdays and Sundays. The project have also had great help from Riverside Pennine.
There have been many great outcomes from the project already, including one of the volunteers for the project being taken on full time and working towards her NVQ in Health and Social Care through Rochdale Training and a service user-turned-volunteer saying it has changed his life completely, giving him something to look forward to. He is now helping with War Veterans in the Community.
The visit was very timely as Sue was awarded a Point of Light award by the government. The Point of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.
‘It gives me great pleasure to hear that Sue has been selected for an award and it's one that she richly deserves. I was first alerted to Sue's work in the community by the daughter of one of the Langley residents whose life has been turned around by the project. Sue's cafe helped this man come out from his isolated life and become part of the community again. He's one of Sue's many success stories. Sue is a wonderful, giving person who works tirelessly to help others. Supported by a great team of volunteers she is doing so much to improve the lives of people around her with practical, social and emotional support. I know that she still has many things she wishes to do in the community but it's great that she has received this recognition.’
A sponsorship page to support Liz's 10k effort will be put up soon.