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Voluntary Sector Grants 2015 – ‘Have Your Say’ Event – Old Trafford & Stretford Locality

Residents of Stretford and Old Trafford ‘Have Their Say’ on £20,000

On Saturday 4th July 2015, residents of Old Trafford and Stretford turned out on mass to have their say on £20,000 of community funding at an event run by Thrive Trafford and Old Trafford and Stretford Locality Partnership. The funding was made available through the Voluntary Sector Grants programme for projects which improve the local community and benefit people living within the Old Trafford and Stretford area.

A new record for the Old Trafford & Stretford Locality area was set as over 300 people took part in the voting process.

Competition was high as twenty seven groups were invited to compete for votes, each hosting a market stall to showcase their project. There was a real buzz as voters chatted with stall holders, and deliberated as to who should receive their vote.

The funding was made available through Trafford Council’s Voluntary Sector Grants scheme, which supports the development of projects that improve local communities. The 12 projects which were successful in receiving funding were Seed Studios, Trafford African Caribbean Over 50s Club, Antz Junction, Scilight Arts, St John’s Church, Autism Trafford Drop In, Seymour Poets, The Garden Project, Core Collective, Gorse Hill Studios Creative Community, Trafford Domestic Abuse Services, and St. John’s Centre.

The projects will bring a wide range of new activity to the Old Trafford and Stretford Area, including domestic abuse training for local women and men, a digital inclusion project, the creation of an anthology of poems, the establishment of a ‘Forest School’ to inspire people of all ages through outdoor experiences and a project that will deliver theatre workshops.

The successful groups were announced by Eleanor Crowther, Community Ambassador from the Old Trafford and Stretford Locality Partnership who said, “It’s been a pleasure to see so many people in attendance today. There’s been over 100 more voters than we had last year. I’ve had a great time meeting the diverse range of groups in the room and look forward to hearing how the funded projects progress.”


The next public voting event will take place on Saturday 11th July, at Eden Square Shopping Centre, Urmston 12-3pm. Click Here for further details.

To find out about the groups and projects that secured funding in Old Trafford and Stretford please see below:

St John's Centre - £1,000.00
To provide trips out for summer school children and to subsidise lunches for all children.
Trafford Domestic Abuse Services - £1,899.60
8 week domestic abuse training course for local women/ men called ‘True Colours’
Gorse Hill Studios Creative Community - £1,917.00
To continue delivering the ‘Act It Out’ theatre group workshops.
Core Collective - £2,000
To deliver Baby Blues fortnightly over a 7 month period in Victoria Park Scout Hut.
The Garden Project - £2,000.00
To set up a ‘Forest School’ to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
Seymour Poets - £1,333.00
To produce an anthology of poems by Trafford residents.
Autism Trafford Drop In - £1,000.00
To continue to deliver 2 Autism Drop In’s per month, with a view to having themed sessions.
St John’s Church - £1,700.00
To deliver a Harvest Festival, celebrating and encouraging skill sharing, food sharing and sharing time together as community.
Scilight Arts - £900.00
To deliver a project called ‘Old Trafford & Stretford: Places, People, Passions’ which will help the residents of the locality to explore the connections they have with their area through creativity.
Antz Junction - £2,000.00
To deliver a Digital Inclusion Project, reducing digital exclusion for all members of the community.
Trafford African Caribbean Over 50s Club - £2,000.00
To continue to run a Healthy Living Programme featuring both standard TAC activities and piloting new events.
Seed Studios - £970.00
To run an 8 month music group called “Sound and Emotion” to explore how sound can affect their emotion and change their state of mind.