Community groups have received a boost this week thanks to support from Stockport Homes’ ‘Community Count’ event.
Over 50 residents and local community organisations celebrated the event on July 26th to recognise the summer event and also to see which community groups had been awarded funding.
Robin Burman, Chair of Stockport Homes’ Board said:
It was great to see so many local residents enjoying their day at Community Count. We are thrilled to be able to support the work of community groups through our Community Fund which benefits those in boroughs throughout Stockport.
The groups that received funding are listed below:
- 1st Stop Café – A Community café based in Brinnington run by volunteers. Volunteers gain professional qualification in food hygiene and the café wants to start offering special deals for older residents to encourage them to use the café more aiming to reduce social isolation.
- Elite Dancing Organisation – A locally based dance troupe who operate on a non-profit basis solely reliant on fund raising.
- Mottram Estate TRA – To deliver a friendship group with gentle exercise sessions for older people who reside in an area dominated by multi storey blocks.
- 1st Bridgehall Brownies – Brownies based in Bridgehall – a group which builds confidence in younger girls, giving them new skills, meeting new people etc.
- Life Leisure – Working together with SAVY.
- Smithy Green Pensioners Club – To support the ongoing pensioners club at Smithy Green.
- Glo Church / Glo Trust – The project is aimed at meeting the needs of primary school children within the Offerton Area. The project aims to tackle the gap after school when children may become bored and lack stimulation or activities to take part in. There is a drop in café with free drinks and board games etc.
- Your Local Pantry – To provide 100 free memberships for people in need. Food is a basic life requirement but having this can enable the customer to improve their life in many aspects.
- Friends of Dane bank School – Community Summer fair to bring together members of the community, enhancing community groups and spirit.
- Achieving Goals Group – Safe meeting place for members of the community to meet to get together and learn new skills leading to greater chances of employability etc. All members will gain skills in decorating, wallpapering, painting over a 12 week period.
- H3 Helping the Homeless into Housing – To support homeless customers in Stockport build confidence and independence leading to greater changes of volunteering / employability.
- Stockport Foodbank – Money will be used to provide hygiene packs to customers.
- Oak Tree Residents Association – To provide planters and hanging baskets for around the communal garden area to make this a more attractive place for residents to sit and relax.
- Queens Gardens Residents Association – To purchase art work and plants for the communal lounge which has recently been refurbed.
- How to Job Search – Funding to support training, a production of a booklet plus the ongoing job club giving customers more chances of getting employment etc.
The ‘Community Count’ event was organised by Stockport Homes and saw a range of activities for adults and children including football training, planting and growing, DJs, health advice and climbing walls.