On the 27th September we gathered together to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Social Investment service. Our service seeks to eliminate poverty and inequality across Trafford by working with and supporting community groups, charities and individuals who do this day-to-day through the work they do. So we thought it right that we celebrate everyone’s achievements!
Grant recipients, local community groups, charities, partners, colleagues and our volunteers all came together to share their successes and hear about the combined impact that our support and funding has had in Trafford throughout the past year. We hosted stalls from several of the groups we support: YHA, Cyril Flint Befrienders, Pure Insight, Kids in Space, Open Studios and The Globe.
The focus of the evening was on the success of the groups that we support and fund – we heard from David Owen - Trafford Hard of Hearing, Caroline Gleaves – Gorse Hill Studios, Angela Broadbent – Shin’s Academy of Taekwondo, Jo Allan – The Counselling and Family Centre and Rachel Fernandez – The Bread and Butter Thing.
After being introduced by Steve Hughes, Chairman of our Social Investment Board, these groups shared how they are making a real difference to their communities in Trafford. Jo Allen shared:
Trafford Housing Trust have been a joy to work with. We went to them and said, “we’ve identified this need”, and they said “yes we know – let’s work with you.” And they have been immensely supportive ever since.
Time was also taken to congratulate our large grant recipients - those who have been awarded a grant of over £10,000, through a two-stage application process. We are extremely proud of the groups we fund who are doing such amazing work throughout Trafford.
The celebration concluded with Jonathan and Kate awarding our Community Mentors their ILM Qualification – an Award in Mentoring Skills. Our cohort of mentors have been supporting small and micro grant applicants to submit funding bids and improve their applications, alongside successfully achieving their qualification in Mentoring.