Stockport Local Fund announces the first great ideas that will make a difference in our neighbourhoods

Successful applicants who applied for under £500 have been announced

Stockport Local Fund announces the first great ideas that will make a difference in our neighbourhoods

Stockport Council is delighted to announce the first successful ideas to receive awards from Stockport Local Fund. These were applicants who applied for under £500 and were chosen from a large number of ideas submitted earlier this summer. Almost £4000 is being awarded to smaller projects which include the following:

Healthy eating and cooking starts young in Brinnington
This project will equip 40 children in Year 6 at Westmorland Primary School with basic cooking skills, including healthy packed lunches and nutritious home-made meals for four people.
Linda Mullins said: “These lessons will fill a gap in the children's education by giving basic cooking lessons and skills suitable for a 10 year old child which will encourage healthy eating choices. A parent of each child will also be invited and encouraged to attend each lesson bringing extra knowledge and benefits to the children’s families.”

Marple Luncheon Club for older members of the community
The Luncheon Club at Marple URC has run each Monday and Friday for 20 years with an average of 15-20 people attending each week. They depend on volunteers and grants as the money received from clients is insufficient to cover the costs and the award will be used to help to maintain rental payments.
Bill Riley said: “This is not just about a home-cooked meal. It’s a safe, welcoming, friendly and stimulating environment for older members of the local community, who may be on their own or need support, offering friendship and chat, games, sing-songs and other interactive activities.”

The Freedom Programme supporting victims of domestic abuse
The Owls (Ongoing Women’s Local Support) Group support women who have survived or who are currently experiencing domestic abuse. The award will enable them to deliver ‘The Freedom Programme’, a nationally recognised programme that examines the attitudes, beliefs and actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors, to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them.
Claire Osment said: “All women who have been in abusive relationships should complete this programme – it is essential in moving on and ensuring they do not enter another abusive relationship in the future.”

Tag rugby for children with disabilities
Stockport RUFC All Stars give youngsters with mobility problems and severe learning difficulties an opportunity to take part in a tag rugby squad. Because they train throughout the year, they need the option of indoor sports facilities and unfortunately there are no wet weather facilities at Stockport RUFC, so the award will be used for the hire of an indoor sports facility.
K Weeks said: “Youngsters with learning difficulties benefit in many ways from enjoyable physical activity, including increased self-confidence, a wider social network, better communication skills, a healthier life style and a chance to have fun with their peers. Parents and carers also benefit from a well-deserved break from caring and are given opportunities to network.”

A full list of the successful applications is available online. The awards of over £500 will be announced in November.

Councillor Elise Wilson, Cabinet Member for Reform and Governance at Stockport Council said: “This fund is all about supporting people within our communities who have ideas that will benefit their neighbourhoods. These are great examples of how for a small investment we can have projects that make a real difference locally and we look forwards to seeing them grow.”

Although the first application window has now closed, the good news is there will be another opportunity to apply to Stockport Local Fund later in the year. Sign up for email updates on our Stockport Local Fund web-pages so you don’t miss future application dates.