The Manx Retirement Association has had a welcome boost in membership after receiving a Celton Manx 2016 Recognition award.
The award was in the form of Manx Radio airtime donated by Celton Manx for a campaign to raise awareness of the association, together with professional assistance in setting up a Facebook page.
The association’s Richard Hamer said: ‘We’re enormously grateful to Celton Manx for their support; the radio campaign coupled with the Facebook page has proved very successful and brought about a surge in membership numbers. Interestingly, our Facebook page is attracting some younger members, which makes for a good mix for our social activities.
‘The “Recognition effect” has proved very positive for the association; we’re now looking at consolidating our programme and welcoming our many new members to the Manx Retirement Association.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Third sector organisations such as the Manx Retirement Association have an increasingly important community role to play at a time when government is having to review its budgets and spending priorities.
‘The Manx Retirement Association is doing much to bring together retired people from across the island to socialise and take part in a wealth of activities; it is also proving to considerable effect that life after retirement has a great deal to offer.
‘We applaud how the association is contributing so positively to re-invigorating retirement; we have therefore been pleased to support them with a Recognition award.’
Recognition is the mechanism through which Celton Manx delivers its corporate social responsibility programme.
The Manx Retirement Association Recognition award was one of 22 presented in 2016 by Celton Manx to local charities and not-for-profit organisations with only limited resources for promoting and developing their services.