Tony Lloyd’s Christmas cash boost to Tameside communities

Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner has delivered a £34,000 Christmas cash boost to communities across Tameside.

An adult reading skills scheme, boxing sessions for young people and a hate crime awareness project are among seven projects that have been given a slice of Tony Lloyd’s Active Citizen’s Fund to boost volunteering and help build stronger and safer neighbourhoods.

Mr Lloyd said: “Through this funding we are backing our communities and investing in their innovation and enthusiasm to make Tameside’s neighbourhoods stronger, safer and more inclusive.

“By working with local people and giving our residents a helping hand, we can make a real difference together.”

£34,323 has been shared out amongst seven projects as part of the Active Citizen’s Fund, including:

  • Read for Life (St Peter’s Community Partnerships – LEAP Children and Families Centre, Tameside) – £4,976 – A peer mentoring programme to support adults in improving their reading skills and encourage them to take an active role in their community.
  • Hate Crime Awareness Group (People First Tameside) – £4,907 – To run a monthly hate crime awareness training group, working with people with learning disabilities to raise of awareness of what hate crime is, how to report it and how to stay safe.
  • Haughton Green Boxing Club (Irwell Valley Housing Association) – £4,950 – A weekly boxing session for young people to encourage team work and discipline while building confidence and social skills.

Mr Lloyd has also announced the third round of his Youth Aspiration Fund – a £500,000 pot to empower young people, raise their aspirations and develop their life skills. Youth groups and organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to £30,000.

He added: “By empowering our young people, giving them a voice and the freedom to explore new ideas and build their skills and confidence, we can give them the best start in life.

“The Youth Aspiration Fund has already helped hundreds of youngsters across Greater Manchester do just that, through a host of innovative projects. If you share this ambition then I invite you to bid for a slice of this money.”

Previous Youth Aspiration Fund bids include hard-hitting initiatives using mock prison cells and real-life experiences to educate young people about the consequences of crime, the development of a youth hub in the heart of the community where young people can get support, advice and learn new skills and interactive, theatre-based projects exploring issues of grooming, bullying and anti-social behaviour.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.gmpcc.org.uk/funding.

The closing date is 4pm on January 19, 2017.