A Salford landlord has spent more than £90,000 helping out local good causes and community projects over the last year.
Salix Homes used its Springboard fund to assist over 100 groups and projects with a much-needed cash boost during 2018. It enable local organisations and initiatives to bid for funding to help projects that boost community spirit, improve the environment, reduce isolation and promote people’s health and well-being.
During the past 12 months, recipients have included dance troupes, grassroots football teams, bowlers, computer clubs and community gardening projects. For many, like Lower Kersal Young People and Community Group (LKYPCG), Salix says the funding has proved a lifeline.
The LKYPCG charity, which provides activities and opportunities for hundreds of people across Salford, secured £900 for its Soil and Shed project at Kersal Vale Allotments, which brings together war veterans in the city.
“Ex-servicemen and women can often feel very isolated after leaving the forces,” said Thomas Lever MBE, who runs the group. “They sacrifice a lot, risk their lives and lose friends and comrades along the way, so Soil and Shed is the perfect place for them to socialise and reconnect with the armed forces community. The Springboard funding makes a big difference to projects like ours and helps us to keep going.”
LKYPCG also benefited from an additional £1,000 after being voted the first ever winners of the Springboard Heroes Award – which allowed the public to vote for the most worthy project to receive an extra cash boost.
Other recipients have included five talented teenage dancers who secured £1,200 to help them realise their dreams and dance on the world stage at the Dance World Cup in Barcelona, where they picked up a silver medal.
“In a time of austerity and budget cuts, our Springboard fund has proved a lifeline for many, enabling local good causes to continue the fantastic work they are doing to improve lives and increase opportunities for people living in Salford,” said Sue Sutton, Salix Homes’ executive director of operations.
“The scope of projects we’ve supported over the past year has been far-reaching and we are incredibly proud to hand over this well-deserved money which has helped sustain projects and initiatives that are making a real difference in our communities.”
The housing association says its Springboard fund is now open to bids for 2019.