In November we launched our new small grants programme, offering grants of up to £1,000 for projects which benefit Stockport communities. The competition was tough as we received a high number of applications from a whole range of projects. Funding was awarded to 4 projects this round.
Bramhall Lunch Time Activity Group
The group aims to ensure that carers and people with memory problems are able to provide support for each other by sharing experiences and taking part in activities. The group meets weekly and provides a space for people to talk. The group also puts on music, singing and dancing which have been proven to benefit people with dementia and provide a fun way to exercise and keep fit.
The group is very well attended with over 50 members who come along each week. The funding will enable the group to cover the costs and continue to run the sessions.
Dance with Natalie
DWN provides street dance lessons to young people aged 4-14, primarily for children living in the Offerton and Brinnington communities in Stockport. After many local performances the group have applied to attend their first ever competition, the National Streetdance Championships in Liverpool next year. Auditions have been held and 25 young people have been selected to take part in this national competition.
The funding will support them to hold extra sessions to rehearse, design and get their costumes and get ready for the competition in March. The project is all about building confidence in the young people and providing them with an opportunity to dance in a forum that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to have.
NW Stroke Choir
The NW Stroke Choir provides a place for people who are affected by or recovering from Stroke to meet socially and take part in singing sessions and performances. The benefits of singing are well documented and offers improvement in both physical and mental wellbeing. It’s a fun way of having a work out both physically and also for the brain especially for people who have communication difficulties following stroke. There is a tangible feel good factor from attending the fortnightly group and everyone goes home with a smile on their face.
The funding will support the group to grow in Stockport and in particular to support people who struggle to travel and are more socially isolated as a result of stroke. The group aims to become self-sustaining by increasing members. The money will enable the group to reach more people and to arrange more local performances, in particular to the hospital wards in Stockport.
Stockport County Community Foundation
Stockport County Community Foundation is an independent registered charity working in partnership with Stockport County Football Club. Our aim is to use the local community’s passion for sport and in particular football to encourage learning and promote healthy lifestyles that will make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and families in our community.
The funding will enable free community football sessions during school holidays for young people in communities where parents often struggle to send their children to courses due to the cost. It will provide opportunity for young people to meet, socialise and develop their skills.