Our funded projects - Salford
Read below just some of the projects we've helped to fund in previous years...
Incredible Education CIC
This group received funding to support the continued development of Cleavley Community Forest Garden in Winton, Eccles.
It officially opened to the public in July 2020, it is currently closed with plans to re-open as soon as COVID restrictions are lifted.
£500 allocated and they have hosted two COVID secure community events so far.
The first event, Pumpkins and Halloween, showcased the site, provided family activities, encouraging residents to learn new skills, join in and volunteer
These events led to the creation of a ‘Friends of’ group for the site to ensure that the local community have a voice on the journey of this site with its own presence on Facebook
The primary outcome of the funding enabled the group to “Connect communities” but has also reported additional benefits of providing opportunities to ‘Be less isolated’ and ‘Improved mental health’.
“In these difficult times where families are finding it difficult to get outdoors our new site has offered an escape in a safe outdoor space with lots of room to enable being socially distance from others but being part of a community event” – Incredible Education supporting creation of Cleavely Community Forest Garden in Winton.
Sandra successfully applied to the Community Fund in November 2020 and received £500 to provide toys for vulnerable families with children and gifts for people living on their own in the Stockbridge Village community at Christmas.
Donations were received from Stockbridge Village community and Sandra was supported in the delivery of the project by her daughter Mollie.
Nominations were submitted by local community activists, and local organisation Flourish and Succeed.
Sandra's activity supported older residents who lived alone and families who were identified as ‘struggling’ or ‘vulnerable’. She donations of approximately forty presents to two local primary schools, St Albert’s and Meadow Park so they could distribute to families.
Over 100 children and 68 adults living alone benefitted from the project and the primary outcome enabled recipients of the gifts to ‘Learn new skills’, but has also reported additional benefit of providing opportunity to ‘Be less isolated’.
“I am going to do it again next year; I already have volunteers coming forward to help and I’ve already started collecting donations ready. I would never had been able to help as many people in the Stockbridge community without the funding from ForHousing”.
SJ Dance Academy
SJ Dance Academy successfully applied to the Community Fund in September 2020. Based in Oldham, SJ Dance Academy teaches 4 dance styles: street, contemporary, musical theatre and pom dance.
The academy was awarded £500 to purchase rehearsal kits for the young people, reducing additional costs for its members.
Additional fundraising is undertaken by the Academy members to continue to reduce financial pressure.
Samantha from SJ, said that the children are very excited about their rehearsal kits “They feel like they belong to something, they have a purpose, uniform they all feel as one and connected”.
The primary outcome of the funding enabled the group to “Learn through play, sport or other activities (relates to children / young people)”.
“Some of the parents wouldn’t have been able to afford the rehearsal kits if they had to buy them themselves so this funding has allowed children to take part that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to” feedback from SJ Dance Academy in Oldham on the difference the funding made.
For the Love of Food
For the Love of Food Salford is a not for profit organisation set up by Samantha Bellamy in May 2020 in response to need created by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
They were awarded £500 to fund ingredients, containers and PPE
They offer low cost ‘meals on wheels’ delivered 3 times a week consisting of cooked chilled meals for struggling families, pensioners and veterans across Salford
The organisation supports approximately 500 people each week and at the height of the pandemic supported 1,500 people per week.
Since inception in May 2020 they have supported approximately 4,000 unique individuals.
“They've been provided with a meal that they may not have otherwise had. We've offered good quality, fully balanced meal at a very low cost” – funding supported For the Love of Food to provide cooked, chilled meals across Salford.
The project has received additional external funding of £20,000 from Salford CCG, £10,000 from Forever Manchester and £3,000 from Salford CVS
Further money to supplement external funding is raised from paying customers who can self- refer to the project, alongside external contracts with other providers.
They received in-kind donation of materials and operatives time from Liberty to complete electrical and internal wall work to their premises on Salford Precinct.
The primary outcome of the funding contributed to ‘Avoid or reduce food and/or fuel poverty’