Strictly Come Dancing star 'Surprise Surprises' Middleton Volunteer

A tireless Middleton volunteer has beaten off competition from over 5,500 people to be crowned the winner of the ‘Surprise Surprise Someone Special’ campaign, in association with the ITV show ‘Surprise Surprise’.

Sue Scott, who established The Angel Project, was personally thanked by Strictly Come Dancing and TOWIE star, Mark Wright, for her contribution to her local area.

Sue launched the project in Middleton six months ago, using her own money and donations from local supporters to renovate a boarded up shop into a community café. 

As well as serving coffee and cakes, The Angel Project has established support groups for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, as well as people suffering from depression – many of whom help to run the café.

Sue said: "I am so proud of what we have managed to achieve over the past few months, none of which would have been possible without the volunteers’ help. It’s so rewarding to see people flourish and develop.”

In conjunction with Damar Training, The Angel Project has provided unemployed people in the community with voluntary positions. Using Skills Support for the Workforce funding, Damar trainer, Jeanie Logan, devised a tailored programme of training to develop the volunteers’ confidence, customer service and CV writing skills.

Liza Poole, a young mum of two who has only ever had two weeks of paid work, was offered voluntary work at the project. On completion of her Damar Training qualifications, Liza moved into a paid role at the café.

Sue added: “In just a short time Liza has grown into an independent and valued member of the team and community. The external training and support from Damar has played an important part in her development which will continue to evolve over the coming months.” 

Jeanie added: “The success that Sue has achieved in such a short space of time is testament to the dedication and hard work put in by her and the team. Encouraging people into work and providing the training and support required to upskill employees is essential – not only to the future of individual businesses, but to the wider Greater Manchester economy.”

If your organisation is based in Greater Manchester and has fewer than 250 employees or volunteers, you can benefit from Skills Support for the Workforce funding. For more information on skills development call Damar Training on 0161 480 8171


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