During a weekend in December 2015, members of the public in Tameside voted on the distribution of over £40,000 in the form of small grants to local community groups. Four events held across the borough saw £40,348 worth of grants made available to 89 community groups in Tameside.
The grants were made under the Valuing Our Communities project – a partnership between Community and Voluntary Action Tameside (CVAT), Public Health at Tameside Council, Greater Manchester Police and New Charter Housing Trust. The aim of the project is for communities to become stronger and better able to support themselves through Asset Based Community Development – an approach that recognises that everyone has something to give and if people are given the tools to use their skills, great things can happen for them and for the community as a whole.
The project identified five key themes as priorities to be addressed: health and wellbeing; safe, clean and green environment; new connections; children and young people; and education, skills and employment. Successful projects needed to demonstrate how their project would contribute to one or more of those priorities.
The learning from the programme will feed into the development of new commissioning models that maximise the social value that exists within communities so that local voluntary, community and faith sector groups can be more involved in the provision of local services.
Further details from: Anna Hynes, 0161 339 4985 ext 2019, firstname.lastname@example.org.