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Voluntary Sector Grants 2015 – ‘Have Your Say’ Event – South Locality

South Residents ‘Have Their Say’ on £20,000

On Saturday 27th June 2015, South Trafford residents turned out on mass to have their say on £20,000 of community funding at an event run by Thrive Trafford and South Trafford 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 South Trafford area.

A new record was set as over 300 people took part in the voting, an increase from 250 last year.

Competition was high as twenty two groups competed 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 funding.

The funding was made available through Trafford Council’s Voluntary Sector Grants scheme, which supports the development of projects that help improve local communities.

The eleven projects which were successful in receiving funding were The Counselling and Family Centre, Cruse Bereavement Services, Friends of De Quincey Park, Friends of John Leigh Park, The Hub, Strong Voice – Patchwork Project, Bowdon Festival, Friends of Navigation Recreation Ground, Autism Trafford, G-Force and Altrincham Swimming Club.

The projects will bring a wide range of new activity to the South Area, including re-stablishing bereavement support training for volunteers, healthy eating workshops, improving park benches and picnic areas, and celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The successful groups were announced by Councillor Laura Evans, Chair of the Trafford South Locality Partnership, who said, “It’s been wonderful to see the passion and enthusiasm of the groups in the room. Events like this are a great way to see the investment that volunteers put in to our community and also the community making decisions that bring financial investment in to the area. It has been great to see so many local people getting involved in this process, and contributing to us beating our record for the amount of votes received.”
The next public voting event will take place on Saturday 4th July 2015, at Stretford Mall Shopping Centre, 12-3pm.

To view the groups and projects that secured funding in South please see below::

Bowdon Festival - £1,898.98
To purchase a high quality digital keyboard with stand, stool and speakers to use instead of hiring a piano at Bowdon Youth Festival and other ad hoc events during the year.
Cruse Bereavement Care - £2,500.00
To re-establish Cruse Bereavement Care in the Manchester area, training volunteers to deliver bereavement support.
The Hub - £2,300.00
To run a programme of workshops entitled ‘Eat Well Spend Less’ in partnership with two local social enterprises, Bounceback Food and 4Lunch.
The Counselling and Family Centre - £1,430.00
To set up a volunteer-run community café in our counselling centre with the aim of reducing isolation, sharing skills across the community, and offering people a route back into work though supported voluntary placements.
Friends of Navigation Recreation Ground - £2,496.00
To put more benches in the park to increase park use and more litter bins to address litter hot spots.
Autism Trafford Drop In - £700.00
To continue to deliver 2 Autism Drop In’s per month, with a view to having themed sessions.
Friends of De Quincey Park - £1,970.88
To purchase seeds, shrubs, plants and fertiliser to improve the appearance of the park and to make it more attractive and enjoyable for users.
Friends of John Leigh Park - £400.00
To increase the number of people who eat picnics in the park through the provision of two picnic benches.
G-Force - £2,380.00
To deliver a cultural project to celebrate the upcoming 75th anniversary of ‘The Battle of Britain’.
Strong voice - Patchwork project - £1,812.00
To deliver a project called “Broomwood people and places” aimed at reducing social isolation and lack of confidence in community members.
Altrincham Swimming Club - £424.00
To purchase an IPad to enable coaches to effectively record swimmers progress.