Royal recognition for Mahdlo volunteers

MAHDLO Youth Zone is celebrating after being honoured with a prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

Les Barker and Scarlett Ash at Buckingham Palace

Since opening in 2012 Mahdlo has created around 750 volunteering opportunities for local residents, many who have progressed into paid employment with the charity or other local youth organisations.

Terry Flanagan, Chair of the Board, commented: “We are delighted to have received the Queens Award for Voluntary services.

“This is a great tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make Mahdlo such an inspirational and amazing place for the young people of Oldham.

“Without the dedication and support our volunteers bring as trustees, sessional volunteers and mentors, Mahdlo would not be able to support young people and help them be the best they can be.”

Scarlett Ash, Volunteer Coordinator, added: “It was such an honour for myself and Les Barker, our longest serving volunteer, to represent Mahdlo at a recent celebration garden party held at Buckingham Palace.

“Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, learn or try something new. All people need is a few hours each week and the passion to get involved.

“Anyone considering volunteering, whatever their age or background, should get in touch. I’d love to hear from you and discuss how you can be a part of team Mahdlo too.”

If you have a passion for working with young people or a skill you’d like to share call Scarlett on 0161 624 0111 or email

Opened in 2012, Mahdlo, based on Egerton Street, is a state-of-the-art Youth Zone that provides positive activities and practical support for young people aged 8 – 19 (25 with disabilities) to come together, learn new skills and address any issues they may face. Yearly membership is just £5 and entrance to each session is just 50p.

For more information visit their website: or call 0161 624 0111.

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