A housing group is to celebrate the first anniversary of the merger that made it by launching a half-million-pound community fund to help improve neighbourhoods.
Jigsaw Homes Group (JHG) was formed on 3 April 2018, following the merger of New Charter Group and Adactus Housing Group. To mark its first birthday, JHG is launching its new £500,000 Jigsaw Foundation fund.
The fund, which will also allow tenants to vote on where they would like some of the money to be spent, replaces neighbourhood funds run by the two former organisations that came together to create JHG.
“Jigsaw Foundation confirms our continued investment in all our communities and we look forward to launching this fund on our upcoming first birthday to support projects close to people’s hearts that have a positive impact in our neighbourhoods,” said Emma Wilson, JHG’s group director of neighbourhoods.
The housing group owns around 34,000 homes in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, and in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands.
Residents can apply to the Jigsaw Foundation fund from 3 April. JHG explains, applications must demonstrate that their projects make a difference to people’s lives and communities either by improving health, well-being and loneliness, employment or training, the environment, financial and digital inclusion or supporting people to sustain their tenancies.
Furthermore, JHG says that £50,000 from the Jigsaw Foundation programme has also been set aside as a special ‘hardship fund’ to support people in immediate financial difficulty, with applications for this made through internal and agency referrals.
An example of community projects funded in the past include Sale United’s Powerchair Football team (main picture) in Trafford, which helps children and adults with severe physical difficulties to play competitive sport.
Money has gone towards portable hoists, specialist sports equipment and supported players to take part in the Wheelchair Football Association Premiership league and Midlands Regional Premier League.
“We are very grateful for the funding as it has helped to provide the equipment for the players to train as well as the fees for players to compete in national leagues. This has helped the confidence and self-esteem of all the young people who have taken part,” said Helen Musson from Sale United PFC.
Other projects to receive funding include local theatres, school workshops, sports activities, dementia cafes, social enterprise start-ups and work clubs.
Main Image: Sale United Powerchair Football Club