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Congratulations to Joyce Howarth, MBE
A Tameside Rotarian who has served as a magistrate for 30 years has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List in recognition of her Services to the community.
Joyce Howarth of the Rotary Club of Ashton-under-Lyne, has spent most of her life working for good causes within the community and first started volunteering for Age Concern in 1979 and at the time of her retirement from work was their Director. She was then employed as a Non-Executive Director of Greater Manchester Ambulance Service.
She is currently a trustee and Chair of the charity, Friends of Tameside Young Carers and Chair of Hyde Probin Mela Luncheon club for older Bangladeshi men in Hyde as well as being a Board member of Tameside Racial Equality Centre.
Joyce was instrumental in the merger of T3SC and Tameside Volunteer Centre into the now CVAT, the umbrella and support organisation for Tamesides many and varied charities, community groups and social enterprises.
The MBE was awarded as a testimony to all of the time and effort Joyce has spent working tirelessly in many capacities - being a long-serving magistrate, her work for Age Concern, a trustee of Tameside young carers, work for Rotary, the Hyde Luncheon Club and CVAT.
Tony Okotie, CEO, Community and Voluntary Action Tameside (CVAT) said upon hearing of the award, Joyce has been involved in many projects and organisations, including being influential in setting up T3SC back in 2001 and subsequently serving on the board; she steered T3SC and Volunteer Centre Tameside through the merger to form Community and Voluntary Action in 2011. Joyce has been a fantastic servant for the people and communities of Tameside for many, many years, and this award is just recognition for her dedication.
Article adapted from one published by InThameside.com