It’s was that time of year again last week, as the streets were alive with music and Denton Carnival brightened up all of our weekends. Events like this are a testament to the power and generosity of our community.

Thanks for everyone who came along and made it a fab day. With music, stalls, the Billerettes and even a minion – what more could you ask for? I surprised my family and got a tattoo – well, a glitter tattoo – from my cousin’s son, Luke, who was raising funds for his brother Daniel to attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA. I’m proud to be the Carnival Association’s President and am already looking forward to next year’s event.

Events like this show how so much good in our community is run on the back of volunteers and goodwill of people willing to give up their time for others. I want to thank Margaret and Andy Williams for the time they have put in over many years to organising the carnival, and to all the volunteers who helped this make this year a success.

Across Tameside amazing and tireless work is done by volunteers every day. Volunteers at the scouts, numerous sports and other uniformed organisations give young people confidence, responsibility and an opportunity to try new activities. At St. Mary’s foodbank in Haughton Green, volunteers give their time to ensure that local families do not go hungry. At Ryecroft Hall in Audenshaw, it’s local residents who’ve taken on the management of the town’s magnificent civic building. Their work ensures that the Hall will remain an integral part of our community for years to come. In Dane Bank, residents not only bought their local library to prevent it from being closed, they also run it – not just providing an invaluable resource for book lending – but also as a community hub for the West End of Denton. And it’s volunteers at the Friends of Dukinfield Old Hall Chapel who are working to preserve a core part of Tameside’s history and the oldest Unitarian Church building in the country. I know there are many more examples I could list.

Many of these organisations also rely on donations of money or food, but one of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. Whether helping people or volunteering in an organisation to protect our heritage – your time is what allows these organisations to make a difference for all of us.

Charities and community groups are always on the look-out for new people to volunteer, and the great thing is, alongside the invaluable contribution you can make for others, you can gain a huge benefit from the experience, by learning new skills, meeting new people, enjoying the feeling of giving something back to their community – and having fun in a Minion costume.

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Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

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