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Round 2 - Resilience Fund

We are delighted to announce a new round of 19 successful organisations who will receive a share of the money to support those most affected by the impacts of Coronavirus.

Educational Respectful Attitudes – Sheffield, Yorkshire
A voluntary organisation led by Great Places residents based in Wybourn, Sheffield. ERA focus on supporting local residents with their health, both mental and physical as well as supporting community empowerment and engagement in their local area

Manor Castle Development Trust Ltd – Sheffield, Yorkshire
A community development organisation serving the Manor and Castle ward of Sheffield, MCDT work with local people to address the issues that matter to them and the wider local community offering a range of services and activities including training and development, help to find work, health activities, support for families, activities for older people, children and young people, and volunteering opportunities.

MASKK (Manor After School & Kids Klubs) – Sheffield, Yorkshire
A charity that provides a range of activities for children and families in the Manor and Castle area of Sheffield . Services include affordable childcare, kids’ clubs, family activities, short breaks for children with disabilities, events and volunteering opportunities.

Bounceback Food CIC - Knutsford, GM South
Bounceback Food CIC is a community cookery school that has been fighting food poverty predominantly in the North-West since 2014. They teach people how to cook, run foodbank drives at market events and provide catering services in disadvantaged areas.

They have been awarded funding to run one of their Future Community Chefs cookalongs on behalf of young people in Longridge, Knutsford (one of our anchor neighbourhoods) this Easter. Bounceback have been able to respond to the pandemic by taking their services online to ensure they’re still able to engage with people across the North West.

Alongside developing their cookery skills, during the workshop participants will:

  • Learn more about nutrition and budgeting
  • Cook 2 x healthy recipes that can be shared with their family/community
  • Develop employability skills (teamwork & communication)

Smart Works Greater Manchester- Stockport, Equity Region
Smart Works’ mission is the relief of financial hardship through unemployment, supporting women who would otherwise be pushed into poverty and financial hardship by giving them the clothes and confidence they need to succeed at job interview.

Foundation 92 - Salford, GM South
Foundation92 are the charitable foundation for Salford City FC. The funding they have received will enable them to deliver a targeted, employer led into employment programme for young people in Seedley and Langworthy (a Great Places anchor neigbourhood)

The programme will support individuals aged 16-30 who are economically inactive or unemployed and provide them with a bespoke experience. The programme will be delivered by employer and education partners to provide a mentoring experience. The young people will receive an accredited qualification and the ability to successfully transition into education, training and/or employment. Sessions will take place twice weekly

Counselling in the Community - Blackpool, Lancashire
Counselling in the community is an organisation in Blackpool that enables access to counselling services quickly.  They support people though difficult periods in their lives and provide a safe, comfortable and confidential space for people to come and talk and be heard.  Currently they are in the process of renovating new premises with the aim to increasing access to counselling services even further

The Magic Club - Blackpool, Lancashire
The Magic Club was formed to create a dedicated space with and for young people in Claremont, Blackpool.  They are committed to supporting young people to reach their full potential through an exciting programme of club session, detached youth work, trips, residential , social action and entrepreneurial projects as well as through 1-2-1 support and volunteer pathways.

SACMHA Health & Social Care - Sheffield, Yorkshire
SACMHA is a charitable organisation delivering specialist services to Sheffield residents in need of assistance with their health and social care needs. In delivering their services SACMHA provide a range of social and health care facilities, research, information, advice and education, on all aspects of mental and physical health. SACMHA had its genesis in the African Caribbean community and still has a specialism with that community

Samaritans of Stockport and District - Stockport, Equity Region
Samaritans provide confidential support by telephone, email, webchat for those suffering distress, despair and suicidal feelings.  Their outreach activities involve community groups, schools, colleges, businesses, organisations.  Their primary aim is to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.

Community Music Co Op - Stockport, Equity Region
The Community Music Coop is a trio of qualified professional music leaders. They bring high quality participatory music making into healthcare settings and community groups.

Crossroads Derbyshire - Glossop, Equity Region
Crossroads Derbyshire is a domestic abuse service. They support adults, young people and children to escape domestic abuse and to build a safe future for themselves and their families

Hadfield Coming Together - Glossop, Equity Region
HCT is a small church-based food project helping vulnerable families and is also known as Bellies not Bins.

Levenshulme Inspire Foundation - Levenshume – GM South
Levenshulme Inspire is a community centre based in the heart of Levenshulme. They offer a variety of activities and events to support the community with their café at the heart of day-to-day operations

Although the centre has had to close to the public due to lockdowns, they are still very much there to support the community. A number of organisations are still able to use the centre as a base for their vital work, such as food provision. The funds will go towards ensuring there is a dedicated staff member who is able to maintain the support, advice and guidance needed by local residents, over the phone. This role is key to ensuring individuals are still able to access the services they need, and the support required

Humans Mcr - Manchester, GM North & GM South
Mobile food bank created to improve access for those without transport & provide dignity for customers accessing emergency food provision. They work with Humans Mcr to develop their offer around sustainability and look to create  innovative projects around food provision.

Ark Assist North West - Oldham- GM North
Ark Assist will provide sessions on money management personal development, budgeting , lifting financial pressure, healthy relationships & mental wellbeing to Greater Manchester North residents.

Oldham Boxing & Personal Development Centre - Oldham- GM North
Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre have been supporting the community with  food initiatives and alleviating pressure on the health service with physical & mental wellbeing sessions. They offer  personal development & youth work qualifications plus pre-employment sessions. They are currently offering Boxing and fitness via Zoom.

Careerwise CIC - Wigan and Leigh, GM North
Careerwise will  support residents across Wigan & Leigh to access support with learning, training, and employment opportunities, linking in with prime welfare to work providers.

CommUNITY Little Hulton - Little Hulton- GM North
CommUNITY Little Hulton aims to inspire the community and unite the youth. They work with local schools and other organisations for the welfare of residents and children in Little Hulton. The funding will allow them to  move into the digital era regarding youth services online so vulnerable children that they once worked with can still contact youth workers and be involved with online activities as well as small face-to-face groups.

Round 1

Great Places Housing Group is delighted to announce that 13 community groups and charitable organisations have been successful in their bid to take home a share of the £100,000 Resilience Fund. The fund, which was set up following the COVID-19 outbreak, will help the groups provide much-needed support to those customers who have been hit hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic in our communities.

Food Works (Yorkshire)
Food Works are a non-profit social enterprise based in Sheffield. Their warehouse is based next to Wybourn, one of Great Place’s anchor neighbourhoods, and they aim to develop more locally community gown food for Sheffield. They achieve this with volunteers and interns to ensure it is accessible to everyone in Sheffield.

The funding will be going towards a new community growing and food training project. This will help increase in healthy and affordable fresh produce accessible to local residents in Wybourn and Manor, as well increasing the skills and confidence of the volunteers.

Park Community Action (Yorkshire)
Park Community Action aims to promote developments and improvements in the community for the benefit of tenants and residents, and to provide a forum where community groups can maintain contact and exchange information. The centre offers a lot of services for the community including a volunteer library, food pantry and various sporting activities.

The Community Building is adjacent to Wybourn and is widely accessible for Great Places customers. The funding will be going towards costs of safe full reopening of services from the community centre. The organisation has always delivered a lot with very little, and this funding will go a long way to ensuring the sustainability of the organisation.

St Vincent's Furniture Store (Yorkshire)
St Vincent’s Furniture Store is a community support project that has been operating in the Sheffield area since 1987. They collect and redistribute recycled furniture and household items to people who are disadvantaged due to poverty, deprivation and other circumstances.

Over the last four months, they've seen a drop in income from fundraising, community activities and in the number of donations. This funding will contribute to the overall running costs and help ensure their service continues to help those most in need of their support.
 
Knutsford Grow (GM South) 
Their main aims are to provide a voluntary gardening service to people living in the area of Knutsford who, by reason of their age, infirmity or disability, are unable to tend their gardens and cannot pay for professional services.

The pandemic was a ‘perfect storm’ for GROW; dramatically reducing income and increasing costs for COVID-secure outdoor working. The funding will go towards project coordinator staffing costs, to continue to provide opportunities for volunteers of all abilities to deliver a community service in a supportive environment with access to training.

Northmoor Community Association (GM South)
Northmoor Community Association (NCA) is an independent charity that works closely with Great Places and is situated in one of our anchor neighbourhoods, Northmoor. They run with the emphasis of relieving poverty, promoting health and wellbeing, advancing skills and learning, and enhancing the quality of life for the people who engage with us. The centre is managed and run by the local community and especially benefits those who are unemployed, digitally excluded, lacking qualifications and skills, living insecurely, deprived, living socially isolated lives and/or affected by poor mental health.

The funding will go towards specific costs to sustain their Next Step employability project and overall organisational resilience.

The Welcome (GM South) 
The Welcome is a community centre that works closely with Great Places, offering a range of services and activities to the people of Longridge and Shaw Heath, our anchor neighbourhood in Knutsford. They offer affordable home-cooked meals from their café and activities for all ages, serving as a real 'hub' for the community.

All of the efforts from The Welcome are currently focused on poverty reduction during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery. The funding secured will go towards sustaining this effort through a range of poverty reducing measures including food parcels, meals on wheels for those in isolation and their holiday hunger programme.

Salford Lifestyle (GM South)
The Salford Lifestyle Centre provides a place where residents can gather to meet, work and socialise. The centre is open to groups and organisations of all types, leading and supporting worthwhile initiatives. It's a dynamic partnership involving people committed to transforming our area through community activity, creativity, enterprise and fun. Their work together radiates throughout the centre, a new community hub in the heart of Broughton East Salford which is open to everyone.

The funding will contribute towards staffing and their new poverty reduction initiative, hosting morning sessions which will ensure everybody in the community has the ability to start the day off with a full stomach and have access to essentials such as baby formula, clothing and hygiene products.

Women’s Voices (GM South)
Established in 2013 and based in Longsight, Women's Voices work with women seeking asylum, refugees and other vulnerable women from diverse backgrounds by providing a platform for them to meet in a safe and accessible environment. They offer training and activities to the women to enable them to learn and develop skills, to build up their resilience and confidence, and to encourage their independence.

The funding will go towards a part time admin worker to allow CEO to focus on partnerships and delivery.

Sawn (GM North)
Support and Action for Women Network was established 2007 to promote welfare of black/African women in Oldham and Greater Manchester. They aim to help women realise their full potential by engaging them in activities and provide opportunities for independence. Although originally set up to support black African women, it has now developed into supporting anyone from the community in Oldham who requires their help.

The funding will go towards purchase or lease of a van for a two-year period for furniture collections. This will improve and sustain an already brilliant service that has helped 173 families so far.

HMR Circle (GM North)
HMR Circle is an organisation geared towards helping older people in numerous ways, from tacking social isolation to helping connect people digitally. HMR Circle believes that people can be each others' solution by helping each other out with life's practical bits and pieces. They place an emphasis on members of the community learning new things and enjoying their hobbies and interests with others. 

The funding will go towards purchase of ICT equipment for project delivery, helping people get the tools to get online and break the digital divide.

Reel CIC (GM North)
Reel CiC (Real Education Empowering Lives) is based in Oldham and are a community empowerment organisation that focuses on helping to make the world around them a better healthier and happier place to live and learn. They aim to reduce barriers to education, training, volunteering and employment as well as the wellbeing of the local community.

REEL CIC will be providing local people in Chadderton with Volunteering opportunities to deliver the Food Pantry in South Chadderton. Preventing food waste in partnership with Fare Share. Members buy low cost fresh and ambient food and join our Friends of South Chadderton Facebook page which will promote key messages, engaging virtual activities, budgeting information along with healthy and wholesome recipes for all the family.

Blackpool STAR (Lancashire) 
Blackpool STAR (Stand Together And Recover) are a mental health charity offering peer-to-peer support, social inclusion and activities in a safe and supportive space for people experiencing mental health issues.
During the period of lockdown, they have found increased demand for their services and it's become clear they need to expand to meet the needs of their users.

The funding will help towards staffing and project costs for their mental health support project. The project will enable them to help more people by expanding from two hours weekly to better meet their service users needs.

Morecambe Parish Church (Lancashire)
A ‘community of people’ as well as a church which provides a range of community services/projects and opportunities for people to get involved in. The funding will go towards the setup of a new community food pantry programme in Poulton Ward, where they have lots of Great Places customers. This area and Morecambe in general unfortunately has a real issue with food poverty, and this programme will make a real positive impact in the community.