Eagles Wing, a mutual support group for asylum seekers, refugees and local people in Bury, has been honoured with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Eagles Wing has no office or paid staff, but has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005, to welcome and support newcomers to Bury. Volunteers plan and organise social activities each week, which include an English class in partnership with Bury College, a dancing group for women and small children, and a parents’ support group. Twice a week there is a Drop In where people can receive help and support from each other and make new friends as well as share clothing, toys, books and household items, and get help in times of financial crisis through a partnership with the Red Cross.
Sue Arnall, the honorary treasurer of the Eagles Wing said: “We are delighted that our group’s work has been recognised, and we want to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, many of whom are refugees and asylum seekers themselves, but work hard to support each other and help the most needy in our community…” For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Childrens Trust Update – June 2020