tackling health inequalities in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester charities share £278,000 funding

TEN Charity groups in Greater Manchester are celebrating receiving a total of £278,685 between them.

Using money raised by HealthForm through The Health Lottery, grants have been awarded by People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

The charities celebrating the grants include:

  • Alchemy Arts Limited (Old Trafford), £21,663 - This new 18 month project aims to build the confidence and self-esteem of women from the South Asian Community in the Old Trafford area of Manchester through weekly sessions, during which they will work towards an Arts Award qualification.
  • DIY Theatre Community Interest Company (Salford), £21,025 - This nineteen month project aims to develop leadership skills and opportunities for adults with learning difficulties from Salford and help them to lead fuller, happier & healthier lives. The adults will develop skills, knowledge, confidence and self-esteem.
  • FreshStart (Chorlton), £15,000 - This new one year project will deliver twice weekly sessions of an International Women’s Cafe in the Chorlton area of Manchester enabling women of different cultures to meet and interact.
  • MaD Theatre Company (Stockport), £40,060 - This new two year project will involve setting up a creative arts group in Lancashire Hill estate in Stockport. It will offer arts activities and cultural trips to the residents. According to the applicant, the estate is quite isolated because of physical barriers such as a motorway and river. The intention is for the community to learn new skills, release their potential, access volunteer opportunities and be part of Stockport Creative Arts festival.
  • Baobaoproject (Salford), £20,000 - This new 18 month project aims to enable women in Lower Broughton to share traditional weaving and stitching skills with the wider community.
  • Choices Community Trust (Gorton), £32,169 - This 24 month project is based upon the expansion of an existing project and will deliver two term-time sessions per week of singing and dance activities and associated Christmas and Summer show-case events for two groups of young people (aged 7-11) at two schools in the Gorton area of Manchester.
  • Gorton Visual Arts (Gorton), £9,425 - This is a continuation of the group’s ongoing activities, and will last for 12 months. Focussing on the heritage and culture of the local area, group members will determine the content of four ten-week visual arts projects. The project will target people experiencing isolation and vulnerability in Gorton and aims to increase their skills, confidence, and social opportunities.
  • Hulme Community Garden Centre, £44,077 - This new two year project builds on Hulme Community Garden Centre’s existing popular volunteering programme. The group aims to create a new volunteering programme for local people in walking distance of the Centre who do not have a garden of their own who wish to create an open access community garden. They will learn new skills, make friends and make a difference to the local area.
  • Ladybarn Community Association (Fallowfield), £46,692.00 - This new two year project aims to bring together the applicant’s different strands of intergenerational work and provide a programme of regular activities for the community.
  • Manchester Congolese Organisation (Moss Side) £28,574 - This new two year project will provide IT skills to black and ethnic minority people, including refugees and asylum seekers, who are over 50 years of age and come from Moss Side.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthForm, said: ‘The projects, supported using money raised by HealthForm, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across Greater Manchester, we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling people to live longer healthier lives.’

John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust, said: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age.”

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
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