Over three evenings, locals came to enjoy some hot food before voting for the projects they felt could make the biggest difference in our communities following a series of pitches from different groups. Here is the breakdown of the latest round’s successfully funded projects:
Gorton – Rainbow Haven
West Gorton JFC - £3,000
Awarded funding to provide football training, holiday clubs, football teams and opportunities for children within the Gorton area. Funding would help pay coaches and provide equipment.
Men’s Sheds – Debdale - £1,500
The money will allow them to set up a Men’s Sheds project in the barn at Debdale Park, with the aim of reducing loneliness for men and women and teaching them new skills.
Skating Edge - £1,500
They will use the funds to replace worn out Roller Skates and safety equipment in order to continue provide weekly and monthly general sessions and discos at a low cost.
Rusholme – Luther King Centre
Birthday Stars - £3,000
Funding will provide free kids parties for families affected by homelessness, domestic violence or fleeing persecution.
Platt Fields Market Garden - £3,000
To provide mid-week gardening sessions focused around improving mental health and wellbeing. The sessions will be a mix of gentle gardening tasks, walks around the park, eating fresh food and refreshments from the produce they have grown.
Together Dementia - £2,000
The money will allow them to continue running a gospel choir and give them more opportunities to sing at different locations across Manchester.
Ardwick - Sheung Lok Centre
Manchester Young Lives - £3,500
The money will help to fund free activity sessions for disadvantaged children age 5 to 16 years at The Aquarius Community Centre in Hulme. These will include sports, arts and craft, cooking and baking activities.
Neighbourly Gardening Projects - £3,500
The funding will go towards helping them pay the rent for the workshop space and maintain more workshops which allow them to purchase plants for people’s gardens.
Strictly Wheels - £1,000
Funding allows the group to keep the dance classes for people in wheelchairs free of charge and will cover the costs of a professional teacher to make sure our dancers get the best out of the classes.
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