Team Leader present at inaugural meeting of Greater Manchester 3rd Sector (Voluntary Agencies) Group

This evening, our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE attended the inaugural meeting of Greater Manchester 3rd Sector (Voluntary Agencies) Group, hosted by the British Red Cross at its Cornbrook Estate, Manchester, offices.

The aims of the Greater Manchester 3rd Sector (Voluntary Agencies) Group are to provide a forum to maximise the contribution of the Voluntary Agencies and Faith Communities to resilience planning and response in the Greater Manchester conurbation, including Manchester Airport.

The meeting was Chaired by Roger Alexander, County Controller for Greater Manchester RAYNET.

This meeting is the latest in a series of predecessor meetings over a great many years, previously attended by Peter Hyde of Oldham MRT, and occasionally by our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE which has seen the various voluntary agencies working in Greater Manchester come together to discuss items of mutual interest.

Tonight’s meeting commencing at 19.30hrs and finishing at 22.15hrs, saw representatives present from Bolton MRT (Our Team Leader), Greater Manchester RAYNET, Rotary, Manchester Airport Chaplaincy (Co Ordinating Chaplain present) the Area Co-Ordinator for Emergency Response from the British Red Cross, Civil Contingencies Officer from AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities), the Regional Emergency Operations Officer for St John Ambulance, and the Jewish Emergency Team.

Garry’s attendance at this meeting was to represent the interests of those Mountain Rescue Teams operating within Greater Manchester.

The next meeting of this group is scheduled for Thursday 23rd January 2014.