We recently held another round of our Community Soup events where we provide funding to community groups, and residents are invited to come and vote for who they believe is most deserving of the money.
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.
To find out more about our Community Soups, take a look here on our website.