We were delighted to host the latest round of our Community Soup funding events in May this year.

As usual, lots of very worthy projects came to pitch for the funding, and it was up to the crowd of community members in attendance to decide which were most deserving of receiving the money we provide through our Community Fund.

Although only a handful of groups can receive the funding, nobody walks away from the Soups empty handed and we make it our mission to work with every group in some way to help support their project in whatever way we can.

Here are the winners from our most recent events, and a breakdown of how the funding will help in benefiting members of our local communities.


First Place
Top of the World and Martenscroft School - £5,000

A joint application for growing projects in Hulme, Top of the World want get our our residents growing produce in areas at the Aquarius allotment and Aquarius Community Centre. Martenscroft School would like to develop a community garden which will encourage and enable Hulme residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Second Place
The Therapeutic Forest - £2,000

A not for profit organisation delivering woodland projects to socially marginalised groups. This funding will go towards a pilot project for Children with Downs Syndrome.

Third Place
Strictly Wheels - £1,000

Strictly Wheels provides access to valuable wheelchair skills and wheelchair dance classes. This money will go towards new dance wheelchairs that members will be able to use during their classes.

First Place
Urbanized Dance Group - £5,000

A dance group based in Openshaw for girls aged 13 to 18. The money will go towards the everyday running of the group, which has developed the skills and confidence of the members since joining.

Second Place
Healthy Me Healthy Communities - £3,000

The funding will help develop a Community Grocer project in Clayton. Community Grocers are a redistribution scheme for surplus food and household items that would otherwise go to waste. They look and feel like a traditional shop with members paying £2.50 for around £12 worth of goods including fresh produce.

Third Place
Justlife - £1,000

Justlife support adults who are close to living on the streets, in unsupported temporary accommodation. Justlife staff work with their clients to find them more suitable permanent accommodation and ensure they have the necessary items they will need.

First Place
Early Essentials - £4,000

Early Essentials is a not for profit profit community project. They are an emergency service providing Moses basket hampers for the most vulnerable pregnant women across Greater Manchester, who would otherwise be unable to provide for their babies directly after birth.

Second Place
Peter Quinn Friendship Group - £2,000

The Peter Quinn Friendship Group meet every Wednesday in Levenshulme to offer support to those affected by dementia. This includes the person living with dementia, carers or family and friends. The money will enable the group to continue doing their fantastic work!

Joint Third Place
Coverdale and Newbank - £1,000

Their 'Helping Hand Project' is aimed at reducing social isolation and providing a more integrated community. The project will help to bring their local community closer together, reduce loneliness, raise social isolation awareness and provide a meeting place for all of our community to come together to socialise and integrate.

Joint Third Place
All FM - £1,000

The funding will allow children from Chapel St Primary school to take over ALL FM radio station for a day. They will create a live show; written, produced and presented by the children. The children will benefit via improved; soft skills, interview skills, teamwork skills, communication skills, confidence.

First Place
Manchester Fire Children’s Burns Camp - £4,000

Manchester Children's Burns Camp is a charity that take groups of children with Burns injuries on a week long residential trip to the Lake District. MCBC allows the children to meet other children with similar injuries.

Second Place
Manchester Malayalee Association Experience the Dances of India - £2,000

The aim of this project is to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people within the wider community by offering dance, musical instruments lessons and karate lessons for them at weekends.

Joint Third Place
Gorton Events - £1,000

Gorton Events celebrate a number of events throughout the year which celebrate Gorton and bring the community together, events include the Gorton carnival and parade, the annual Christmas lights and switch on and Gorton Awards night which celebrates those who try to make a difference to their communities. The funding will allow this project to continue during the year ahead.

Joint Third Place
Debdale Eco Centre - £1,000

The funding will go towards building raised gardening beds for their users, which include people who are unemployed, with mental health issues, and learning difficulties. They will use the money to develop a more user friendly and sustainable infrastructure.

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to each successful group and look forward to working with everyone involved in the Community Soups in the future.

For more information about our Community Soups, you can read our article about our Community Fund, and follow our Twitter page to keep updated when the next round is announced.