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Council Applauds "MBE-winning" Charities

Press Release: 08/06/2021

 

RVSOUR Kids Eyes (OKE) and the Anthony Seddon Fund, two charities with which Tameside Council has close links, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – commonly known as the MBE for volunteer groups.

The council’s ISCAN (integrated service for children with additional needs) team supports Our Kids Eyes which has been recognised for its outstanding work with disabled and special needs children and especially during the pandemic. 

OKE also organises short breaks for disabled children in Tameside using funding supplied by the council and works across Children’s Services to offer support. Members of OKE sit on strategic boards such as SEND (special educational needs and disability) to make sure councillors and other members are fully aware of what is needed by families and the issues they face.

The Droylsden-based charity said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

“We would like to say a special thank-you to all our dedicated and committed volunteers and everyone who has supported OKE over the years for playing your part in helping us to achieve this wonderful recognition.”

The Anthony Seddon Fund organises groups and therapeutic activities to support mental health and wellbeing in Tameside including family and friends, suicide bereavement, hearing voices and peer-support as well as meditation, reiki, and Tai Chi classes; music sessions; bereavement café and a talk shop for nine to 19-year-olds.

A spokesperson said: “This a reflection of all the hard work and dedication our volunteers have shown over the last seven years, helping to provide mental-health peer support to Tameside residents.

“Thank you to all those who have volunteers with us or who have championed our work and supported us over the years.”

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Janet Cooper, said: “I was delighted to hear both these hard-working charities had received the award. They both do a great deal for the Tameside community and are thoroughly deserving of the royal honour they have been given.

“Voluntary groups and volunteers are immensely important to the borough and we at Tameside Council value their work very highly. It’s wonderful that the Anthony Seddon Fund and Our Kids Eyes, with whom we have such a close relationship, have now received national recognition.”

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