Community groups awarded ‘lifeline’ following global pandemic

Thanks to our Resilience Fund, Great Places was able to donate £100,00 to community groups and charitable organisations who were hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The successful organisations were:

Blackpool STAR

Blackpool STAR (Stand Together And Recover) is a mental health charity offering peer-to-peer support, social inclusion and activities in a safe and supportive space for people experiencing mental health issues.

The funding will help towards staffing and project costs, enabling them to better meet their service users’ needs.

Food Works

Food Works is a non-profit social enterprise based in Sheffield. Their warehouse is based next to Wybourn, one of Great Places’ anchor neighbourhoods, and they aim to develop more locally community-grown food for Sheffield. They achieve this with the help of volunteers and interns to ensure it is accessible to everyone in Sheffield.

The funding will be going towards a new community growing and food training project.

HMR Circle

HMR Circle is an organisation helping older people in numerous ways, from tacking social isolation to helping connect people digitally. The funding will go towards purchasing ICT equipment for project delivery, helping people get the tools to get online and bridge the digital divide.

Knutsford GROW

Knutsford GROW is a community-based charity which provides gardening services for those who are unable to tend their gardens, whilst providing opportunities for volunteers of all abilities to deliver a community service in a supportive environment.

The funding will go towards project coordinator staffing costs.

Morecambe Parish Church

The church provides a range of community services/projects and opportunities for people to get involved in. The funding will go towards the set up of a new community food pantry programme in Poulton Ward, to make a real positive impact in the local community.

Northmoor Community Association

Northmoor Community Association (NCA) aims to relieve poverty, promote health and wellbeing, advance skills and learning, and enhance the quality of life for the people who engage with them.

The funding will go towards specific costs to sustain their Next Step employability project and overall organisational resilience.

Park Community Action

Park Community Action aims to promote developments and improvements in the community for the benefit of customers including a volunteer library, food pantry and various sporting activities.

The funding will be going towards costs of the safe reopening of services from the community centre.

Reel CIC

Reel CiC (Real Education Empowering Lives) is based in Oldham and is a community empowerment organisation tasked with reducing barriers to education, training, volunteering and employment, as well as the wellbeing of the local community.

REEL CIC will use some of the funding to help provide local people in Chadderton with volunteering opportunities to deliver their food pantry in South Chadderton. They also work in partnership with FareShare, a food waste prevention organisation, and will use some of the funds to further their efforts across the local area.

Salford Lifestyle

The Salford Lifestyle Centre provides a place where residents can gather to meet, work and socialise. The centre is open to groups and organisations of all types, leading and supporting worthwhile initiatives.

The funding will contribute towards staffing and their new poverty reduction initiative.


Support and Action for Women Network was established 2007 to promote welfare of Black/African women in Oldham and Greater Manchester. The funding will go towards purchase or lease of a van for a two-year period for furniture collections. This will improve and sustain an already brilliant service that has helped 173 families so far.

St Vincent’s Furniture Store

St Vincent’s Furniture Store is a community support project that has been operating in the Sheffield area since 1987. They collect and redistribute recycled furniture and household items to people who are disadvantaged due to poverty, deprivation and other circumstances.

The funding will contribute to the overall running costs and ensure their service continues to help those most in need of their support.

The Welcome

The Welcome is a community centre that works closely with Great Places, offering a range of services and activities to the people of Longridge and Shaw Heath, our anchor neighbourhood in Knutsford. They offer affordable home-cooked meals from their café and activities for all ages, serving as a real ‘hub’ for the community.

The funding secured will go towards sustaining this effort through a range of poverty reducing measures including food parcels, meals on wheels for those in isolation and their holiday hunger programme.

Women’s Voices

Established in 2013 and based in Longsight, Women’s Voices work with women seeking asylum, refugees and other vulnerable women from diverse backgrounds by providing a platform for them to meet in a safe and accessible environment.

The funding will go towards a part time administration worker to allow the organisation’s CEO to focus on partnerships and delivery.