(Pictured above from left: Gill Rogers, Rose Oliver, Sofia Crotty, Amy Hacking, & Carole Jones)
Express Solicitors have awarded £500 grants to four local community groups based in Northenden and Wythenshawe through Forever Manchester.
The firm created an Express Solicitors fund with Forever Manchester and encouraged local community groups to apply for £500 grants. A number of applications were received and an internal panel at Express, along with Ged Murray from Forever Manchester, met to decide who the grants would be awarded to. It was such a touch decision as all of the groups are doing fantastic work in the local community; however, after much deliberation the following four groups were chosen:
4th Newall Green Brownie Group
Express has awarded a grant to 4th Newall Green Brownie group. They plan to use the money to take the girls on a trip away to celebrate 100 years of Brownies.
The Generation Project
Another group we awarded a grant to was the Generation project based in Wythenshawe. The generation project aims to reduce isolation of the elderly, through social and creative activity.
Marie Greenhalgh set up this project and is working on a scheme called ‘a Million Minutes’ which involves individuals using their unused mobile phone contract minutes to contact elderly people – some of which will unfortunately, have no to very little contact each day.
This is a fantastic project and Marie has also set up a befriending scheme, where volunteers visit local elderly residents, in their home once a week for a friendly chat.
Elderly isolation is a growing concern in our ageing population and it is wonderful to see a lady so dedicated to helping the elderly in her local area.
Wythenshawe Community Media
The 3rd grant we awarded went to Wythenshawe Community Media, who provide volunteering and learning opportunities for local people. They plan to spend the grant money on a hospital radio show which will be piped to 900 bedsides in Wythenshawe hospital.
Tudor Rosette Morris Dancers
Express’ final grant was awarded to Tudor Rosette Morris dancers based in Northenden who aim to pass on the traditional Morris dancing skills to a new generation. Unfortunately their microphone was stolen and so they will be using some of the grant towards a new one.
The Express internal panel feel as though the 4 groups chosen for the grants provide a nice variety and cater towards the needs of children and the elderly, as well as helping to keep local traditions continue in the community.