A key priority of our Social Investment Strategy is to help develop 'stronger, more resilient communities' and we do this by supporting the capacity of local groups and individuals, enabling them contribute effectively within their community.
We have a growing network of local groups that we have funded, or supported in other ways, to establish and grow their projects.
However, our partnerships with local groups work two ways. Community partners can add value to our own services, bringing skills and expertise that can increase the impact of many of our projects. This two way relationship adds value to the local area and helps areas to thrive.
Examples of our community partnerships include:
Healthy Me Healthy Communities is a social-enterprise formed in 2012. We have shared social objectives linked to building community capacity, and improving health and wellbeing. Following the launch of the hugely successful Anson Community Shop, we have opened other community shops across our areas, with plans more many more. Community shops give local people, who are struggling to pay for essentials, the opportunity to buy food, toiletries and household goods at hugely discounted prices, whilst finding out about other support available to them.
By working together with local community organisations, and Healthy Me Healthy Communities we have been able to bring together our assets, funding and support, with their expertise and network and the local knowledge and volunteers from local groups.
Sow the City is another local social enterprise that we have worked in partnership with on a number of projects to improve health and the local environment.
Working with Sow the City and with the involvement of other local groups, we have created a number of new community gardens.
The Architecture School for Children (TASC) is an organisation that works across Greater Manchester. For the past 10 years, it has worked with children and communities with the aim of engaging them with design and build projects.
One Manchester has partnered with TASC to support their work with local schools and communities, helping to involve local people in designing useable green spaces, and secure funding for projects that will improve our neighbourhoods.