“Celebrate Collyhurst” offers community grants

Article published: Friday, April 26th 2013

Small grants of up to £500 are available for people in Collyhurst to take on projects in the area, as part of the first phase of a £1 million scheme for the area over the next ten years.

The entrance to Sandhillls, a valley park in Collyhurst

The entrance to Sandhillls, a valley park in Collyhurst

Residents will pitch ideas to one another as to what to do with the grants, with everyone in attendance able to vote for their top five ideas.

Proposed projects include funding for a new scouts group to buy uniforms, arts and crafts projects for after school clubs, setting up an outdoor meeting area for people in the Irk Valley estate or fixing up the war memorial on Rochdale Road.

The workshop lasts from 10am to 2pm, Saturday 27 April at the Church of the Saviour on Eggington Street. Facilitators from Groundwork, a charity helping out with the Lottery funded scheme, will offer help in the morning preparing presentations for what people want to do with the cash prior to residents voting on them in the afternoon.

Wendy Vincent, a Collyhurst resident hoping to restore the memorial to young men who went from the area to war and never returned, said she hoped the scheme would help people from different parts of the neighbourhood to come together.

“It’s not just the war memorial, it’s bringing the community together”, she said. “People are better working together and sticking together.”

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