The Irwell Valley Foundation has invested £5,000 in Salford charities and community groups.
Residents, charities and community groups were invited to apply to the Irwell Valley Foundation for a share of £5000. Over 11 applications were received and six were chosen by the Foundation to pitch for the funding at a special community event where local residents voted on where they wanted the money to be spent.
On the night, most of the public votes went to the Albert Park Running Group who went away with £2500 to help them improve the health of local people by engaging them in physical activity.
Leader of the running group Tony Usher said "The Albert Park Running Group has had a very successful first year, getting over fifty novice runners off the couch and running 5000 kilometres in our C25K programme. The funding from the Irwell Valley foundation will enable us to train another run leader so that we can offer the C25K programme to even more Salford residents. We'll also be purchasing high visibility tops to keep our runners safe at night.
He went on to say “Running is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. Our members have achieved things they never thought possible and made great friends along the way. Look out for banners around the park with more information about how you can get involved!”
The second prize went to Lucie’s Pantry, a social supermarket ran by local charity Emmaus. They went away with £1,100 to help them provide affordable food to Salford residents who are struggling. Members of Lucie’s Pantry pay just £2.50 a week for around £15-20 worth of food. The prize money will be used to buy extra storage so that the pantry can serve more customers in Pendleton.
No one went away from the evening empty handed. The four runners up – The Audacious Foundation, Barton Dance Troupe, Oasis Media City Youth Club and Visit from the Stork, all went away with £350 of funding to support their work in the Salford community.
Established in 2009 the Irwell Valley Foundation is a £2 million endowment fund investment that is managed by local housing provider, Irwell Valley Homes and Forever Manchester.
Over the last ten years the foundation has helped residents to create places that people are proud to live in, and supported projects and initiatives that bring communities together and have a positive impact on people’s lives.
Fiona Carr, Chair of the Foundation said “Every year the Irwell Valley Foundation invests £100,000 to benefit communities and individuals across Greater Manchester. It was great to spend the evening in Salford and meet the community groups and charities who are doing amazing things to support and boost the Salford community. Hearing the group’s pitches was truly inspiring, and we are delighted that everyone went home with funding to support their work.
She went on to say “We will be holding more community funding events this year across Greater Manchester. If you have a project, event, activity or service that would benefit from funding from the foundation, applications are welcome at any time via our website https://www.irwellvalley.co.uk/about-us/irwell-valley-foundation/.”