Dronsfields is new Mahdlo silver patron

Date published: 31 May 2024

Independent Mercedes specialists Dronsfields is the latest company to join Mahdlo Youth Zone’s patrons’ programme.

The family-run firm based in Royton has become a Silver Patron as part of the scheme helping to ensure the youth zone remains open seven days a week providing an array of activities and services in support of young people, with more sessions spread across the whole borough.

Last year Mahdlo raised more than £1.4 million to support its funding and is aiming for £1.6 million this year as it aspires to reach approximately 3,600 young people across the borough as demand for its services surge.

Director Angie Dronsfield said: “We want to support locally that’s why Mahdlo was chosen to ensure the contributions directly benefit children in the community.

“Supporting Mahdlo can help break the cycle of poverty by providing underprivileged children with resources and opportunities they need to succeed in life.

"We are investing in the future of our community and helping the children today to thrive and succeed.”

Melvyn Dronsfield founded the company in 1968 solely based on trading vans and commercial vehicles, later deciding to specialise in Mercedes Benz vehicles and parts.

The firm now employs 35 highly qualified staff working across various departments, including a high-tech dismantling yard and a busy sales office, which is headed up by Ian – the youngest of the Dronsfield siblings.

Lucy Lees, Mahdlo Youth Zone CEO, said: “We extend our gratitude to Dronsfields for their generous support as a Silver Patron of Mahdlo Youth Zone.

“Their commitment enables us to further meet the diverse needs of young people within our community, ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to be the very best they can be.

"Together, we are building a brighter future for our young people.”

First opened 12 years ago, Mahdlo Youth Zone is dedicated to young people from all over Oldham aged 8 to 19 years, and up to 25 for those with a disability.

Over the past 12 months Mahdlo has hosted over 43,000 visits, provided more than 20,000 free meals, experienced a 40% increase in attendance at Family Zone sessions, and delivered 80-plus hours of provision every week with 20-plus activities ranging from sports to the arts every session.

In addition, it delivers targeted provisions such as one-to-one mentoring, small group work, such as male-only groups, and brew clubs to help address mental health, and employability projects to support some of the most vulnerable young people to take the first steps in accessing employment, further education or training.

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