We celebrated Monsall’s marvellous community champions in August as they pitched for a slice of the Hobin’s community fund.
Our event was held in the beautiful Baytree’s Children’s Garden. Four groups pitched their ideas to an audience of local people who then voted for their favourites.
The winners are:
North Manchester Community Kindness – this group was established as an emergency food bank during lockdown, they have been working hard ever since and are now established as a community grocer where local people can receive a stock of food, toiletries and cleaning products for just £3.
The grant will help towards keeping the shelves stocked for families over the summer holidays as well as a lunch club for those who need it.
Family Unit Trust – this group supports diverse women who struggle to access healthcare due to cultural and language barriers. Many of the people they support suffer with long term health challenges.
The trust will use their grant to bring mentoring and counselling sessions, health and nutrition advice and guidance on preventative measures for cancer from professionals in meaningful, accessible ways.
ACA Woman - The African and Caribbean Alliance will use their grant to start a monthly Community Pop up Spa and Retreat offering free holistic treatments such as Indian head massage, facials manicures and pedicures. Their aim is to encourage women from the local Black African and Caribbean community to visit No. 93 Wellbeing Centre, here they can also join yoga classes and other wellbeing activities and be signposted to other support organisations.
Harpurhey & Moston Alcohol Support Group – this group supports people recovering from alcohol addiction. They will use their grant to provide a beginners cookery course at No 93 Wellbeing centre.
A freelance cookery teacher will prepare recipes and bring ingredients to the sessions and then support the group to cook a healthy meal together. Many people who are addicted to alcohol don't eat much food or just eat junk food, so this is a good way to encourage healthier habits.
Well done to all the winners, we can’t wait to see your projects develop.
For our next event we will hear from Cheetham’s community champions.
It takes place on Tuesday 23 August, 6pm – 8pm, Mirfield Gardens, Blackley.
Join us to hear about some of the fantastic work happening in your community.