Oldham Community Recovery Fund

At  Action Together we recognise community action is taking place across the borough of Oldham and we want to encourage and support this action. 

The Community Response Fund was launched in March 2020 after the World Health Organisation had declared a pandemic. It was available for Oldham groups from the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector working on a COVID-19 Community Response.

We wanted to connect local community action and help to co-ordinate efforts in response to the needs of residents. We were especially interested in funding good neighbour, mutual aid and social action projects that directly helped people affected by the effects of the virus. We also wanted to support the community, voluntary, faith and social enterprise sector to respond with new ideas that helped to connect or support people through this crisis. 

Through the launch of the Community Response Fund we have been able to award 64 groups with £46,537.45 of funds to local community groups in the Borough. Click here to see what groups have been awarded the Response Fund and the impact it has made to the local communities. 

We only supported projects that are working to government safety guidance, please see how to help safely government guidance

Please note this fund is no available, but why not take a look at our new exciting One Oldham FundIt incorporates and builds on the support previously offered by Oldham's Community Recovery Fund.

Projects funded in Oldham

October 2021 -  13 Projects were successful awarding £11,394.22

Organisation Amount Project description
All Sufficient Sanctuary £1,000 The funding enabled the group to feed 20 of the refugee and homeless families that we have been struggling to feed since the covid 19 pandemic started. The pandemic exposed the families to various challenges as they are not well connected into the community.
Ambitions Oldham & Tameside £988.97 Due to the group being closed from March 2020 the equipment had to be put in storage, some has now been damaged and not fit to use. They used the funding to replace the items for their social club and the disco, since Covid-19 some of their members have had mental health issues and getting them back to the social club and disco is their main priority.
Breaking every chain £1,000

Thefundind was awarded to reduce the number of women experiencing repeated domestic abuse. Reducing the likelihood of those with children, their children experiencing further trauma, ultimately break the cycle of abuse.

CLEO Community Lived Experience Organisation £1,000

They were awarded the funding for room hire so they could restart their Face-to-Face meetings. They provide a safe place for peer support, social support, activities and advocacy. Anyone with mental distress can join the group.

Firwood and District Residents Association £497.25

FADRA want to recapture that feeling of community spirit along with the satisfying feeling of being part of something bigger by hosting The Great Get Together. Invitations will be announced via our FADRA Facebook page.

Glodwick Cricket Club £1,000

The grant was awarded to run two eight-week blocks of winter, indoor cricket in October/ November and January/ February aimed at different age groups to build on the success of the summer school.

Greater Manchester South Asian Women's out of hours service £1,000 The funding was awarded for a helpline to be available for women needing support. Where women can contact the group and they will help them by directing them to services they need to be accessing and to be a listening ear when they are feeling low.
Higginshaw Community Project £1,000 They have applied to enter mixed gender teams at U6s Newbies, U7s and U8s in the NW Counties Juniors league. To enable them to do this, they must consider that they are setting up after Covid, to restart children’s physical activities and that having a uniform/kit that they can take home is helping to ensure strong hygiene practices as the sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum.
Oldham Enterprise Trust CIO £960

The grant was awarded so Entrepreneurs/enterprises can discover solutions to the challenges they face through purposeful engagement with a broad array of voices from their local community.

Oldham Greenhill Community Sports and Recreation Club £1,000 With help from a Get Oldham Growing volunteer and through conversations with families, they wanted to utilise the outside space to create a welcoming, garden area for children and families to get growing!
Peaceful Minds CIC £970 The idea for this grant is to use it to develop an Urdu Poetry group for South Asian Ladies. They have worked extensively over the past 2 years with South Asian ladies from in specific Pakistan and India. Many of them are migrants for whom English is a second language.
The Incredible Plastic Street Band £978

The group seek funding to fully take advantage of their return to rehearsals and their staff team have put in place strategies for them to continue both their music and community/climate action in the event of future restrictions.

The Little French Cinema £200

The grant enabled the group to cover the costs of production & publicity.

September 2021 -  12 Projects were successful awarding £11,648.15

Organisation Amount Project description
1st Failsworth Rainbows £1,000

Since March 2020 they have only been able to meet online via Zoom until the last few weeks of the school term. During this period many of the rainbows transitioned to brownies when they turned 7 and some parents were unwilling to let 5-year-olds join until we could meet face to face again. With the funding they were able to restart their meetings in September.

Aim High Enterprise CIC £1,000 They want to set up a youth club for children in the Oldham/Chadderton Area aged between 9 and 16. The funding would be used to invest in games (e.g Carrom Boards, chess, pool table etc) as well as be able to fund room hire and activities and snacks for young people to take part
Friends of Royton Linear Park £1,000 The group were awarded the fudning to hold an event, that brough together new and previous community volunteers committed to the local area and provide an opportunity to recruit new volunteers to assist with the ongoing development and activities of the Linear Park nature trail.

Friends of Stoneleigh Park FOSP

£1,000 The group have raised funds for an outside shelter but hope to expand to the cobbled area within the park near the bowling green. FOSP was awarded the funding to purchase outdoor furniture, flasks, cups etc to enable residents to call in the park for a brew and natter.

Girls with Pride and Dignity-GPD Foundation

£1,000 They requested funding to offer a mental wellbeing to a group of isolated BME women living in Oldham. Now more than ever, vulnerability has presented itself in many ways and the effect is even worse to those who were already vulnerable
Mode Rehabilitation £1,000 TRACE is a counselling support in a beautiful setting Lakeside at Daisy Nook Greenfold Farm. They have had an increase from referal's from local organisations, schools and local GP's since the pandemic. The grant was awarded for them to continue with their services.
MyColdhurst £1,000 As a result of Covid lockdown and the fact that the pitch is being used by other members of the public it has not been possible to continue with this form of training football packages. Funding is a huge issue as parents typically cannot afford to pay the subscription fees for established football clubs and hall hire.
NEON £650 The awarded project is to give the participants the opportunity to design, build and ultimately sell children’s wooden toys and equipment. Many of our participants have dormant skills that they are keen to revive and pass on to others, and this will provide an outlet to do this.
PROGRESS EDUCATION LIMITED £1,000 The group targeted disadvantaged young people at an early age so with the help of local teachers and volunteers they wanted to provide free skills classes to primary school children who are at risk of underachievement, help develop literacy and numeracy skills.
Shaw SNU Spiritualist Church £1,000

Following a verbal consultation with those attending Church services there were a number of suggestions to make the Church more accessible for all. With the funding awarded they were able to do this.

St Paul's Church Oldham

£1,000 At the advice of our architect, the work was essential to the future integrity of the building, as they have been aware for some time, of sections of roof where water is getting into the building.
Stubbys boxing £998.15

The club has always recognised the benefits of physical activity, not only to increase fitness levels but tackle obesity in young people and help mental health, never more so than during the pandemic.

August 2021 - 11 Projects were successful awarding £6,954.95

Organisation Amount Project description
Fresh Beleaf Integrity CIC £200

The group were awarded the funding  to promte local people to walk and encourage physical activity. They ended the walk at Madina tul Ilm where they offered the participants with a small reward for coming out and yummy snack/refreshments. 

Friends of Royton Park and Growing Hub £200 The group were seeking funding for the purpose of purchasing the groups own liability insurance, gardening gloves of various sizes, pots, plants, compost and hand tools etc., so that we are able to begin planting and growing as a community group.
Men Behaving Dadly £1,000 The grant was awarded to upcycle old and unused furniture as a recycling project, they are bouncing back from Covid as group, having re opened the sessions to ‘in person’. They have also had three new Dads sign up as members since re opening sessions.
MyColdhurst £1,000 MyColdhurst meets on a regular basis and needs a local venue in order to undertake their activities and also store all its equipment. Many of which have been donated by the local community.The request for funding was to help the group re-organise as it comes out of the pandemic and re-prioritises all its activities.
Oldham Greenhill Community Sports and Recreation Club £1,000 The funding was awarded to upgrade five toilets for the men’s and the children’s toilets, the toilets are very old and have movement in them. It was difficult for the public to social distancing and cleaning/ disinfecting to minimise the transmission of the virus is difficult and that by having updated facilities this would be easier.
Oldham Inspiring Youth £994.95

Inspiring through media allows children to explore their community and take picture as well as being active - with allot of physical games and skills to be learnt. The project will be hosted in different part of Chadderton.

Oldham Youth Group £200 After a long 15 months of perpetual isolation, they wanted to organise an event to thank their supporters. Over the last year they have informally been supporting the youth in the Westwood/Coldhurst area of Oldham, organising small meals and football tournaments.
Radio Cavell £1,000

In order to continue and to expand our offering we need to secure funding to cover our Licence costs and the internet service providers costs.

St Herbert's Court Tenants Society £160 They received the Recovery Fund in July to host a 3-course meal in the restaurant for their residents to enjoy a nutritious meal and get back together after being unable to see each other and enjoy each other’s company. The event went well over the last 3 days, however we noticed most of the residents were fearful to leave their accommodation, so we ended up delivering the food to their rooms.
The Oldham Phab Club £1,000 They reopened in July and everyone was so pleased that they could meet their friends and volunteers again after such a long time but due to finances being low at this time the group members have asked if they can go on a trip. The funding helped towards the cost of the trip.
Wellbeing Support Group £200 The group have run one session so far and had 12 people attend. This group if for anyone struggling with mental health, a place where they can come down for a bru, meet new friends and have a chat. The grant was awarded for the group to be able to continue with their sessions.

July 2021 - 16 Projects were successful awarding £11,233.91

Organisation Amount awarded Project description
Air Athletics Cheer & Dance Academy £1,000 The fund enabled the club to continue to engage with children and young people and improve their wellbeing where there is a proven demand through the provision of dance and cheerleading sessions. The grant helped tackle the long term physical and mental effects of young people missing out on sport due to the pandemic.
All Nation Charitable Trust AKA All Nations Church £1,000 The grant helped to continue their existing activities to make the church ‘community space much more Covid secure and accessible. It also helped to continue to provide Hygiene Bags of Hope and Food Bags of Hope that we have been distributing to vulnerable families
Chadderton Foxes Ladies Rounders Team £1,000 They desperately needed more equipment simply because of the numbers that are coming forward to play and that the equipment they are currently using is worn out and not fit for purpose.
Chadderton Foxes Ladies Rounders Team £500 The group were awarded the funding to bring more coaches on board and even pay for a qualified coaches to give the team some training. They also wanted 5 ladies to do the umpire course and more members to have first aid courses.
HMR Circle and the Volunteer Drivers Service £965 They are slowly developing a new social event calendar designed from suggestions and ideas by existing Crompton Circle Members, who are helping with the co-design of our relaunch and rebuilding programme.
Manchester City Mission £1,000

The group was awarded the grant to open a Christian vulnerable women's centre for women who are working as sex workers and for other vulnerable women e.g., coming out of prison, homeless, or subject to domestic violence.

Oldham Inspiring Youth £200

The group purchased a table, goal & rebounders and gazebo which allowed them to go into community in most need, whether is was for a quick chat or to sit and talk to people in our community.

Oldham Play Action Group £1,000

The funding was made available to engage 5 or 6 more activities which include - a growing zone paying for pots and seeds, snack decorating zone, penalty shootout, homemade crazy golf course, cultural craft, dance zone.

Pennine Mencap £988.94 They have handled the increasing number of referrals by directing them to their online Cook Along activity, hence they are able to be a part of their service and receive support from them without having to attend the building being able to deliver their service to a greater number of people and still maintain following guidelines.

Saddleworth School of Dance

£199.97 The funding was awarded to purchase a laptop as this would be a significant help with applications for funding, using it to create promotional material, and also to help with promoting community activities.
St Herbert's Court Tenants Society £180

Residents was given a voucher to use over the course of 3 days and book a table in their restaurant, for anyone unable to book a table a delivery will be delivered to their door.

The Happy Bump Club £200 They have successfully run 1 online Zoom session and 2 subsequent face-to-face session and the session was extremely successful and they have had some great feedback from the members. The group were awarded the funding to continue with their project.
The Oldham Phab Club £1,000

Due to the group being closed for the last 16 months the equipment has been in storage for over 12 months and some of it needs replacing and can no longer be able to be used due to the condition. 

The Parish of St. Thomas, Werneth £1,000

The grant was awarded to develop the grounds at St. Thomas’. They wanted to begin a journey of growing fruit, but planting soft fruit bushes: blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries ect.

Unity School Support for African Families £1,000 They applyed for the funds to enable them for the group to be able to continue Unity supporting African families with their traditional delicacies through the Pandemic.
Woodenstone Oldham £1,000 During Covid the participants became very isolated, through reading false news. They were more fearful and more depressed and been frightened of leaving their houses. They applyed for funding to start introducing walks around the park, in different area's of Oldham.

June 2021 - 17 Projects were successful awarding £14,082.18

Organisation Amount awarded Project description
Bee Together Community Centre & Garden £673.10 They currently run on a weekly basis a free Beekeeping session. This is aimed at giving people a basic insight into how the bees work to protect their Queen and produce honey. As they become more successful, they are now in need of storage space for all the beekeeping equipment. This would enable their beekeeper to keep all the equipment for this project in one place rather than as at present she must transport it around with her.
Chadderton Community Crafters £200 The group requested for funding to enable them to cater for an afternnon tean for their 35 members. They have been unable to meet since last year and it would kickstart the reopening of their classes and give them the opportunity to invite not only their members, but local organisations that have supported through the Pandemic.
Church of the Holy Family £1,000 A group of 8 have been clearing the land for over a year and have now completed the hard work. They now need to concrete the paths and create a seating area and raised planting beds as well as a memory garden. They have a lot of older people who use their centre and a local place for them to meet safely outdoors, would be of huge value to them. Loneliness has been hard for many people through the Pandemic and this project will enable people to come together, keep active and meet new people. 
Diggle Community Brass £998.75 The funding they requested will help the band to develop, survive and recruit the next generation of players. This will provide their village with a community asset and an additional form of identity and belonging. Funding is sought for equipping the band initially with branded outerwear for concert bookings. We have secured performance bookings, subject to COVID regulation. 
Grace £999.45

Grace was awarded the funding to cover the cost of First Aid Training that will enable the group as an organisation to provide a safe envorioment for people who access the service and staff ensuring a First Aider is available for all events. 

Firwood & District Residents Association £998.88 They were awarded the funding for a permanent, colourful illustrated signboard providing details about how they help the community and information about local wildlife in the woodlands that will enable children and adults to gain knowledge about the wildlife around them. The sign will also act as a hub for separate notices about community events and activities.
Fortnightly Family Fun Friday £1,000 They want to encourage people to start physical and mental activities again. The first focus is on Active Bodies, they are going to start holding badminton sessions for their members and members of the community. The second part will focus on Active Minds, they are going to encourage adults and children to try "Journaling" to stimulate their minds.
Friends of Bright Futures School £1,000 They were awarded the funding towards a sensory gym area that will be situated outside of the pupils' classrooms. Pupils have been especially hit hard with COVID-19 restricting the outdoor activities that pupils would usually engage in and not being able to go off site to take part in activities that they usually enjoy participating in. Many of the pupils at Bright Futures School suffer with anxiety and difficulties managing uncertainty. The sensory gym would give pupils access to equipment that could be used to help pupils regulate their emotions and return to a feeling of calm and being in control which in turn helps them to re-engage in learning. 
Friends of Royton Linera Park £200 The group feel that a local space warrants a good clean up and the members have volunteered to a litter pick day.  They were awarded the funding for the purpose of purchasing the groups own litter pickers, gardening gloves of various sizes, high viz vests etc., so that we are able to plan and execute our community litter pick activity.
Making Space £1,000

The grant will fund the chance to give freedom and independence for people with dementia to live fulfilling lives. The people they support have been in isolation as they have been shielding during the pandemic. They applied for funds to help with the cost of transport to and from their activities in the community. It will help for them to meet up face-to-face with people they have met online and gain confidence to attend events after the long time they have been in lockdown. 

Oldham Play Action Group £1,000 Oldham Play Action Group were awarded the funding to deliver 8 session entry level taster programmes for local people who are interested in volunteering or seeking future employment in playwork. It will give participants experience to plan 5 different types off play opportunities eg Play Street, Play and Recycling, Nature/Environmental Play, Big Arts Play and Playday Activity to highlight the value of play in the lives of children and in the life of the community. 
Pennine Mencap £992 In recent weeks they have begun the phased re-opening of face-to-face services at Pennine Mencap. They're offering all of the activities, both face-to-face and online, free of charge to all participants. They have identified some items which would significantly help them maintain good practice in terms of minimising contact between service users, while increasing capacity for sessions, not just COVID but transmission of other viral and bacterial infections.
Radio Cavell £1,000 Radio Cavell has provided “free to user” radio broadcasts to the patients and staff of the Oldham hospitals since 1952.  To continue to do this and to expand their offering they need to secure funding to cover their Licence costs and the internet service providers costs. With all major fund-raising events cancelled for the last 14 months we have only been able to support the service from donations and reserves. 
Real Vision Community Network £1.000 The group was set up to support men with challenges such as mental health, social isolation. Following lockdown, the group found other ways of keeping members engaged and started the exercise sessions through zoom. This proved to encourage majority of men to exercise and to learn the importance of health lifestyle.
Soul Inspiration  £965 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many people have become isolated and do not feel confident to venture far from their homes. They plan to change the general structure of a stereotypical choir/singing session to complement it Mindfulness and Well-being elements such as choosing songs that have lyrics to encourage discussion on awareness of our own needs and the needs of others.
St Herbert's Tenants Society £180

With Covid-19 restrictions still in place they have been unable to hold group events, their on-site restaurant is now open after being closed for a very long time to residents of St Herbert’s Court only. They are looking to fund a nutritious meal for residents to enjoy in the restaurant, for anyone unable to book a table a delivery will be delivered to their door. This will be a really good inclusive community event not only offering nutrition but social engagement although social distance will still be in place.

Voice Assembly £875

After 12 months of delivering sessions via Zoom and other social media platforms they are realising that there will be a greater demand for Voice Assembly to deliver live sessions. They are already receiving requests from individuals and groups as to when our activities will start up. The funding they were awarded will be used to hire a meeting room delivering live sessions per week.

May 2021 - 22 Projects were successful awarding £18,651.08

Organisation Amount awarded Project description
Age UK Oldham £850

As they move along the recovery pathway, they want to start to re-introduce activities to their Chadderton over 60s centre. They will begin with very small group activities in the area outside the centre. People can learn how to ‘grow your own’ and will be able to socialise in a safe space. adhering to government guidelines.  

Amana Foundation £1,000 They have developed a programme to engage older people. They felt that this would be an opportune time to carry out intense work as we prepare to break out of lockdown.  This would include, sporting activities, hobby clubs, special interest activities as well as opportunities to receive messages (such as the COVID vaccine) and offers of support. They also run an outreach programme which will utilise both online and face to face communications to engage with this target group. 
Bee in the Community Garden Project £175

The funding was requested to train a volunteer to look after their beehives. They need to be fully trained to take on this responsibility. They currently have three hives and we wish to expand, giving them the opportunity to produce honey for our community. The funding would be used to pay for initial training and to purchase a protective garment.

Chadderton Football Club £1,000 The funding will help them to mobilise all their teams and get the children (approx. 350) together with other children and play Football outdoors, under qualified supervision. As part of this process they would require to hire of venues to play, football equipment for the children to play with, together with COVID-19 equipment & Sanitizers. 
Chill Out Zone £1,000

They aim to get young people around the Medlock vale area to take part in football which will help in their well-being and this will help reducing isolation. Through football they hope to provide support to young people whose mental health has been affect by the lockdown, bereavement, COVID-19 and isolation. The age group we are working with are 12 to 16 year of age.

Christ Church Chadderton £1,000

The service operates as a takeaway hot dinner, prepared and cooked on site and includes a drink and a takeaway bag of non-perishable food, sufficient for one meal. For families we provide a larger quantity of non-perishable food.

Cloughgate House Residents Association  £200

Communal lounges are to open soon, so the funding will go towards buying travel mugs for each resident so that they can bring them along once the lounges reopen. It will hopefully make the experience a lot safer. Residents will then bring them to the lounge every time they visit. 

Friends of Tandle Hill Country Park £798.24

The litter pick will be a regular feature of their activity, as outdoor spaces are vital for people to use during the pandemic and it is important that the environment is clean and tidy to both encourage visitors and to create a safe environment.

Grotton & District Residenys Association £699.72

They have been closed since the lockdown and unable to open their doors due to COVID. During this time, they suffered from a water leak affecting entrance, toilets and kitchen areas. The remedial work has been completed but we now need to deep clean and to restock toiletries and sanitise ready for opening and look for funds to facilitate this.

Hollinwood Basketball Club £200 Due to the pandemic the children have not been able to access any games or training for approximately 12 months. Talking to the players and parents this has meant that some of our players have lost their skills in playing and social engagement and in some cases their mental health and wellbeing has been poorly impacted. The funding was used to cover the cost of the venue hire. 
Lydgate Community Association £1,000 Lydgate Parish Hall is at the centre of our community. It has been closed for over 12 months and we are desperate to open. During closure they had to carry out large maintenance in the hall. This meant they didn't have enough money to cover the cost of making the building COVID secure in preparation for opening in May. The hall hosts all sorts of activities from Rainbows to coffee mornings for older, isolated people, craft groups and bands, Zumba and other exercise classes.
Make Jesus Known £1,000 They will open their new youth café (Soul café) to create a safe space for young people (13-18 years old) to meet and engage with other young people across Oldham to explore their interests and connections and offer ideas about access to possible opportunities.   
OL1 Oldham £753.14 The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a dramatic increase in cases of women fleeing domestic violence as reported incidents of abuse have risen throughout the country. Working in partnership with a local Women’s Refuge they will provide the refuge with 30 tote bags containing various items to help the victims of Domestic Abuse raise their self-esteem as they start to rebuild their confidence and lives.
Oldham and Royton Harriers & AC £1,000 The funding was awarded to the group so they could buy a new set of walkie-talkies to replace the ones they gave to Royal Oldham ICU at the outset of the pandemic. They wanted to train more coaches to produce athletes of the future. And also extra to stage COVID-secure athletic meetings and training as extra signage and sanitising stations are required.
Oldham Greenhill Community Sports & Recreation Club £1,000

They requested the funding to repair their community room that was damaged in the bad weather. They wanted their community room to be decorated nicely again so that our users can benefit by engaging in the activities they offer. 

Relax with Lucy & CO CIC £1,000 We are asking for funding for the continuation of our Relax & Breathe project to help support the mental health needs of local Oldham residents. 
Skills 4 All £1,000 They will use the funding to work with a group of 12 young BAME people from a secondary school in Chadderton. The project is called My Story: My Voice. A Digital Filmmaking Project. It is a 6-weeks project empowering 13–14-year-old students to create short films based on the impact living as a young BAME person during COVID is having on their social identity. 
Spectra Foundation £1,000 They aim to eradicate food poverty in Oldham and support residents of Oldham through the pandemic. Their Mobile Food Bank helps those people without travelling far and encourages people stay positive during these testing times. 
They help those struggling during this unprecedented time and not let people suffer any more than the troubles of the Pandemic. The Shopping bags project ensures families are receiving the basic living needs. 
Spoons Charity £1,000 Spoons Charity are offering play sessions and peer support sessions for Oldham families who have experienced neonatal care. The aim of the sessions is to bring families together in a safe space and offer them time to have fun, interact with other families, improving emotional wellbeing and providing stimulating activities for babies and toddlers who have been impacted by the pandemic. 
Syngesis CIC £1,000 In response to the impacts of COVID-19 In the communities they work with, they have developed a pilot project focussing on ‘Recovery’, to empower and support women who have experienced distress/difficulties. 
Team Hill Charitable Trust £974.98

They have recruited a good number of volunteers and together they want to rid Oldham of litter. While visiting an area they will encourage the residents to join get involved and encourage them to continue with the clean-up they have started. 

Your Home Yoga Community Interest Company £1,000 The group Introduced a series of weekly Yoga & Wellbeing sessions for men over 50 years old, living in the borough of Oldham. The sessions will be live, online so men can access the services in the comfort of their own homes via the zoom platform.  

April 2021 - 17 Projects were successful awarding £13,809.00

Organisation Amount awarded Project description
Ghazali Trust £1,000 Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have had a significantly adverse effect on young people with very little access to local mentors, sports and social activities that have already led to a sharp increase in social issues, boredom and vulnerability to crime. Therefore, they will work with young people to reduce social exclusion and isolation. 
Love Lydgate £200 Prior to the pandemic they put out a quarterly newsletter, delivering it free of charge to 500 homes. Full of news and articles written by or written about our local people, issues and ideas. This has been popular and particularly invaluable during the pandemic. They have found that some people do not communicate via computer and this publication popping through the door has been a cheery way to keep people in touch. 
North West Life Education £1,000 North West Life Education are local children’s charity and have been visiting primary schools in Oldham, helping children make healthy choices. They deliver interesting magical and memorable health and wellbeing workshops for primary school children featuring Happy Healthy Harold the giraffe, either virtually or in person. They have adapted their sessions to include more of a focus on mental health and wellbeing and they are now delivering live online via Zoom or in the school classroom, whatever the school prefer. 
Oldham Athletic Community Trust £864

OACT want to work with local primary school, Rushcroft Primary, to develop an underused area within the school to create a sensory/growing area for the children and wider community to use. In addition to the school community being able to use the area there will also be the opportunity for the wider community to benefit from the area, once COVID-19 restrictions allow. 

Oldham Inspiring Youth £990

Oldham Inspiring Youth have been supporting children and families throughout the pandemic to understand the need of social activities to support children mentally as well as physically. They’ve created a programme to support children physically through active boxing training and workout in a controlled and safe environment.

Project Strong & Safe £1,000 Are providing women aged 18+ with strength and fitness training from a qualified instructor on a weekly basis at Greenacres Community Centre alongside offering personal safety advice, health and wellbeing support with the aim of encouraging and helping people to improve their strength, confidence and mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s health and wellbeing, and we aim to use the grant to purchase fitness equipment which can be used in a COVID safe way for free to help us to reach our aims and better our local community.
Real Education Enpowering Lives £1,000

REEL have been funded to run a structed sensory group, due to Covid-19 they felt the sessions would be better being more booked on sessions and targeted at new parents and parents with under 5s rather than a session where anyone can turn up. This is due to bring able to keep each other safe and provide Covid-19 tests for the parents to do before the sessions. Sensory sessions will give the children something positive to do and enjoy while learning new skills and meeting new babies and parents.

Real Education Enpowering Lives £999

REEL is offering parents with young children, the chance to come into the centre for soft play sessions. This will help with the parents and children’s health and wellbeing, as it will work on socialising, development and friendships. They have been working online with many parents and are able to offer safe sessions for parents and their children who have missed out interacting with others because of Covid-19.

Real Education Enpowering Lives £1,000 One of the things that the group identified is the need to do exercise and something enjoyable outside, a third of the group have joined the local rugby team in Bardsley. This has been great for the group to meet new people, enjoy something positive, get fitter and engage in activities to increase the wellbeing. 
Saddleworth Carers Group £500

Saddleworth Carers Group – applied for funding to secure the church hall rental so they could continue to run Saddleworth Carers Group. The venue is already established as the home for the group, it is easily accessible, central to the local community, on a bus route, has car parking facilities, and has a relatively low rent, an ideal venue. The funding allowed them to provide an invaluable service to carers and those they care for.

Salvation Army - Fitton Hill £1,000 Dads Group - Just before COVID hit, they started a Dads, Lads and Daughters group where men come with the children they care for, to a safe space free from judgement.  It is sometimes hard for men to open up with their feelings, so they provide a group so they can open up when they want to/need to. 
Salavation Army - Fitton Hill £1,000 Lego Club – Salvation Army asked the community what they would like them to be focusing on over the next 12 months. Some parents asked them to offer an after-school club, once a week where children can come and use their imaginations by using Lego blocks. It will offer a safe space for all ages to come, socialise and show off their creations to each other, whilst promoting confidence, positivity, creative skills and friendship. 
Salvation Army - Fitton Hill £1,000 The Brew Coffee Shop was set up over 7 years ago in Fitton Hill and has been a place for many people to come and socialise, meet new people from the neighbourhood and have a Brew. The Brew is a focal point of Fitton Hill and is used for a coffee shop, church, youth club, baby group, food hub, women’s groups, men’s groups, Santa’s grotto, annual events, staff meeting room. As most of the equipment is now 7 years old, they are finding that they must replace more and more of the equipment.
The Chatty Cafe Scheme £256 In direct response to COVID-19, they have created ‘Chatter & Natter" one-to -one calls’ and action referrals from social prescribing teams in Oldham. They support anyone over 18 who would class themselves as lonely and/or socially isolated.
The Flowhesion Foundation £1,000 The Flowhesion Foundation has begun to offer a number of mental health related activities through its hub in Oldham namely; Chadderton learning and development centre, Middleton Road, Oldham, OL96JN. 
The Happy Bump Club £200 Providing a support group for pregnant women in the Oldham and Tameside areas. This will be an informal group where the women can meet other women in the same situations, make friends, and 
share information and advice. I also aim to have a guest speaker at each session (for example a midwife,  health visitor, doula) as well as having a pregnancy yoga session and an infant first aid session. 
Xanadu Dance Troupe £800

Dancing Troupe in Oldham are starting a new Dance troupe encouraging children & adults to participate in dance competitions throughout the summer season. It will teach children to dance and discipling skills. They will be part of a team, practising routines to compete in competitions. This will encourage children to do something different and keep them off the streets.

March 2021 - 18 projects were successful awarding £16,969.00.

Organisation   Amount Awarded Project description
Bee in the Community Graden Project   £1,000 We are in the process of converting a neglected, dis-used garden space at the rear of the church into a community garden where people will feel safe to plant, pick or just relax. We have already cleared out all the overgrown shrubbery and installed 2 bee-hives prior to the pandemic which have proved to be popular. We now need to prepare for the next stage of the project which will involve the more able bodied members of our group, building raised beds. Once this is achieved fruit, veg and herbs can be planted.
Chadderton Community Crafters   £148 We are applying for help with our insurance. We have been unable to meet due since the lockdown and we are very short on funds. We have been meeting for the last 6 years, with mainly ladies over 50, during that time we have been combating social isolation in the area. I cannot express how important this little group is to our ladies.
Glodwick Dynamoes FC   £1,000 Our objectives and ethos remain to tackle inactivity and help - primarily the large BAME community to overcome barriers through intervention and support via key activities including Sports. This funding will be vital in supporting our organisation further in adapting and becoming stable and resilient to respond to the challenges our communities are facing now and in future. 
Limeside Youth Club   £897 Our Youth club is the only one within the area and provides a safe and fun environment for the local children. With mental health issues in children increasing during lockdown, we believe our club is a step forward in helping the young have a sense of normality and community. Having the ability to socialise with friends and other children in a separate environment from school or from online at home. We not only provide a safe and friendly place for children to attend, but with weekly activities we allow kids to feel a sense of accomplishment and express their creativity and passions.
Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre   £1,000 We aim to address what life has been like during lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. By working with children ages 4-18 years.  We believe that we can bring the community together through our project "Lock Down" to experience how children have perceived the national lockdown
Peaceful Minds CIC   £980 The group is dominated by ladies from the BAME community for whom English is a second language. To alleviate this barrier, we have provided sessions in both English and Urdu. However, the ladies have requested for a group to be established where they can develop their basic spoken English skills. We trailed a role play in the group session where the ladies had to call their gas supplier regarding a gas leak. They found this activity very useful and requested for more sessions like this. 
REEL   £1,000 We are requesting money to be able to enhance the healthy living group we are running, currently 12 people are accessing this group. We have a colleague who is trained in fitness and wants to come up with exercises for everyone to do at home but they will need a tablet to be able to do this so everyone at home can join in. Everything at the moment will be over zoom and WhatsApp but eventually when the tiers lower, we will hopefully be able to meet up and exercise together. 
REEL   £1,000 This year we would like to be able to double to families we support and provide enough items for 50. The families have all asked if Reel can get involved in some Easter online holiday provision which would include an element of craft packs, food packs and cooking online. Altogether are happy if we run some activities in Alt and are really happy we have the families engaging in something positive and also helping the ones in need with food. Families mental wellbeing has been at a low point with schools shut and people not in a routine while we are engaging online with families it helps them to feel connected to others. 
REEL   £1,000 For Easter half term we would like to safely do activities online with families where we give out activity packs, food for a recipe and interact sessions on Facebook live with them. We will ask the community before hand what activities they would like it can range from online sports sessions, dance, family quiz, interactive treasure hunts, cooking together and much more. Before COVID we would have ran holiday provisions and unfortunately it will have been a year since we have been able to. Families need to connect with other families get involved in colouring competition’s and fun things to keep their spirits uplifted. 
REEL   £1,000 All those working or supporting The REEL Clothing Rack have unique insights in to the impact of personal crisis and know, first hand or through their professional experience, the devastating and crippling effects of stigma and shame attached to using crisis services.
Royton & Crompton Over 60's Group   £985 Our members most who live alone have found this period of time very difficult, as they miss the weekly face to face time and the  fellowship and conversation with friends. We believe crafting and engaging in the books will reduce boredom and hopefully bring some light and joy into their lives, none of them have ever been so isolated for so long and several have had mental health issues over this time.
Saddleworth Sport & Youth Community Association   £999 As part of our Body Mind & Well-being programme and following on from a successful Fast Grant supported Man Tuesday project that addressed men’s mental health and wellbeing, this idea is to set up weekly Mindfulness sessions on Monday evenings on Zoom led by qualified Breathworks’ instructors. The benefits of Mindfulness are well established and should help sustain and improve men and women’s mental health and well-being throughout the Oldham area as we come out of lockdown. 
Salvation Army - Fitton Hill   £1,000 We currently hold a voluntary online baby class via Facebook Live for parents of toddlers under 5, to sing and dance in the comfort of their own homes – due to not being able to hold face to face classes like we usual would. We would like to get a new iPad, as our current tablet is very slow and loses connection regularly and sometimes we have had to stop the session early due to this. It would also mean that we would be able to hold Zoom / MS Teams calls with all the families so the children are able to interact with each other, as this socialising is definitely missing from toddlers development and would help them into schooling.
Salvation Army - Fitton Hill   £1,000 We currently have around 25 families that access our food club on a Friday. We give out food packs out to help the families that really struggle to put food on their tables. Without this funding to buy the food itself, we may have to stop providing the service in its entirety which would have a detrimental affect on these families as they need the food itself.
UP Community Interest Company   £1,000 Grant funding would enable us to deliver pilot taster sessions of their Positive Relationships training to participants accessing community support organisations operating in Oldham.
Evidence shows that COVID-19 has affected and will continue to impact relationships not only within households but also with external relationships. Domestic abuse incidents have increased during the pandemic with specialist support services more overstretched
Voice Assembly   £1,000 Funding will be used to hold a 4 hour live Zoom International Women’s Day celebration event. We are facing challenging and difficult times with very little to no support, finding that the Mental Health of our service users is suffering due to severe COVID-19 measures limiting social interaction, this has been especially difficult for individuals who live in isolated areas, who live alone and are elderly.
WHAG Community Enterprise UP CIC   £1,000 Evidence shows that COVID-19 has affected and will continue to impact relationships not only within households but also with external relationships. Grant funding enabled UP to deliver X4 online taster sessions to participants residing in Oldham. 
Woodenstone Oldham   £960 Our organisation support African people based in Oldham going through mental health issue. We are going to be doing group session through zoom where individuals will be able to communicate in the safety of their home. Having sessions through zoom will allow members to reduce isolation be able to keep in touch and communicate with other member, Zoom sessions will be used to support each other if someone is isolating. 

February 2021 - 6 projects were successful with a total amount of £4,283.00 being awarded

Organisation Amount Awarded Project description
Chadderton Community Crafters £148 We are applying for help with our insurance. We have been unable to meet due since the lockdown and we are very short on funds. We have been meeting for the last 6 years, with mainly ladies over 50, during that time we have been combating social isolation in the area. I cannot express how important this little group is to our ladies.
DARE2DREAM CIC £1,000 To design and develop our own presentation and workshop to motivate and inspire children, young people and adults to help improve their mental health, confidence and wellbeing following the recent Coronavirus Lockdown. We will use Steve’s vast experience as a school teacher, adventurer and charity founder to motivate and inspire people of all ages to develop their self-belief and confidence as they move on with their lives learning to cope with the seen and unseen effects of having lived through the Coronavirus Pandemic and Lockdown.
Real Education Empowering Lives (REEL CIC) £1,000 We have been working throughout the pandemic providing vital services to support families struggling. We have been running a food provision, a crisis clothes provision, weekly community engagements and connecting with new families online. This has all been possible due to our team of dedicated hardworking volunteers. 
St Barnabas Church £1,000 The greatly increased number of clients means we need to accommodate more food, more deliveries, more volunteers, etc. We therefore wish to upgrade a small side hall to act as a storage ‘buffer’: it will be the place where food is delivered, to some extents prepared, stored, and in every way ‘managed’. This new area will also assist our efforts to keep Halal food separate from the other, different diets we accommodate.
St Herbert's Court Tenants Society £145 We would like to treat a group of vulnerable residents within St Herbert's Court who feel lonely and isolated during the pandemic. Our idea is to deliver an Easter Egg and an activity book to each resident living within the court, in the time for Easter Weekend. The activity book will hopefully provide stimulation and relief from boredom and chocolate makes many of us to feel happier. 
The Incredible Plastic Street Band £990 Our new project, IPSB Open the Door, has been born out of the true current crisis, which is the fact that our children are off school in a second national lockdown and missing the social interaction, reassurance and confirmation of self-worth that their face-to-face education provided. Parents are also under huge pressure due to home-schooling while dealing with financial worries, social isolation, loss of work and caring for the elderly or the very young.

In January 2021 - 3 projects were successful with a total amount of £2,831.00 being awarded.

Organisation  Amount Awarded Project description
Austerlands Cricket Club £1,000 We are looking to install CCTV camera system to cover all round the club due to the recent spate of vandalism and burglaries attempts. We as a club think this will act as a deterrent to save on police time and manpower having to attend calls by local residents with the safety of the club. As a club we are trying to give children & adults alike a chance to enjoy some recreational facilities in these testing times when the time comes around.
Grace £831 Pre COVID-19 we arranged and carried out fun and activity days for the local women and girls. We had arranged martial arts sports to challenge young girls but due to restrictions were unable to follow these through. Presently we are all using outside facilities to keep group activities ongoing in groups of under 6 to maintain safe government guidance. We would like to make use of a pre-existing, local,  building through eligible funding. In order to achieve this it is vital that an effective COVID safe clean is carried out within the property that adheres to current legislation.
The Outdoor Collaborative £1,000 As a result of the pandemic (and after carrying out the risk assessment), the charity is now having to find more staff/volunteers/equipment to help deliver our services due to the social distancing measures and due to the limit on numbers we can deliver to during one session. 
Therefore, this funding will help us: Purchase more equipment/software.

December 2020 - 7 projects were successful with a total amount of £5,400.00 be awarded.

Organisation Amount Awarded Project description
Fresh Church £1,000 Over the Christmas period each family will receive boxes that contain food, treats, essential household goods, and some arts and crafts for the children, as most will ot be able to afford it.
KeyRing Living Support Networks £1,000 Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to arrange our annual celebration and this has been a huge disappointment to our members. As a substitute we are looking at ways of sourcing small gifts, (chocolates, toiletries sets, puzzles, gloves, hats, socks) for our members, most of whom will receive no other gift on Christmas morning. Our members could then choose to open their gift at one of our virtual hubs or save their gift to have something to open on Christmas Day.
Nana Cheris Kitchen Ltd £200 We would like to provide hampers of food to the families who are struggling around our community, Covid-19 has hit the community hard and we have seen many families who are really struggling we would like to provide them with treats and food essentials to make their Christmas special. We would like to provide parcels to oasis hub via our school network oasis academy lime side where my children attend and we also provide hot meals such as Sunday lunches and are looking to distribute them to families in need and the homeless.
Oasis Hub Oldham £1,000 We are distributing family Christmas Hampers to vulnerable families across Oldham, taking referrals from Oldham Council, local schools and other partners. We will use this money specifically to purchase ingredients to make up recipe packs / a family wellbeing cooking activity for these hampers. Whilst our hampers also contain food to be used immediately, this part of the project aims to bring families together during the winter period to cook and bake some fun Christmas treats together.
OL1 Oldham £1,000 OL1-Oldham would like to produce a total of 132 vouchers, each with a face value of £7.50 to be redeemable via the group’s weekly Bread and Butter Thing Service. The proposed Grocery Store Project involves OL1-Oldham working not only in partnership with The Bread and Butter Thing Charity, but also Emerging Communities. These two bodies are in fact already well established partners of the group.
Oldham Somali Community Centre £1,000 We want to ensure that our Somali community is able to access hot meals and healthy food at home. To support this, we have set-up an emergency appeal for donations and are ensuring that those most in need are receiving food packages and essential items. So far, we have been reliant on food and money donations from staff, the general public and local businesses. 
Saddleworth School of Dance £200 Since COVID-19 at the beginning of the year all in room classes had to stop. We tried online classes but in these unprecedented times, some children found this to difficult to cope with. 
Children have love dancing in a room together for the social aspect as well as learning and developing new skills. These dance classes benefit children greatly, both physically and mentally. 

November 2020 - 14 projects were successful with a total amount of £10,715.00 being awarded

Orgnaisation Amount Awarded Project description
Friends of Stoneleigh Park £1,000 Spread Christmas cheer to our local families that are vulnerable and living in poverty by gifting them toys, hampers, other essentials they may require as most won't be able to afford it
Fullcircle NW CIC £1,000 The ‘Bags of Christmas Spirit’ will be for local families in the area. The families will be identified through our key partners including district teams, housing providers and Church groups. Fullcircle will comply with government guidance in relation to the coronavirus social distancing. 
Hollins Methodist Church £200 Any donation would help us to continue our work in helping to buy more food. There is no other expense as we use our own church and delivery is free.We feel it would help all age groups within the community and have advertised it widely
Men Behaving Dadly £1,000 Our aim is to enable the young people to become aware of the help that is available to them, to increase health and wellbeing, increase children/young people’s resilience skills. 
NEON £1,000 To put a smile on a child’s face when they unwrap their gift, a smile on our elderly and isolated when they tuck into their hamper and a smile for a family on Christmas Day as they don’t have to worry. 
Oldham Camera Club £940 The grant will enable us to fully fund the speakers for the next six months using zoom until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and our members feel confident enough to attend face to face meetings.
Oldham Greenhill Community Sports & Recreation Club £1,000 We are requesting funds to run a Virtual Women’s Coffee Morning & Networking Support Group This project will follow on from our Women’s breakfast support group which ended in March 2020 due to Covid-19. We had over 20 women aged 30+ attending this group regularly; we helped over 25 vulnerable women in dealing with different problems and circumstance such as domestic abuse, mental health issues, loneliness and much more.
Real Education Empowering Lives (REEL CIC) £998 We are applying to support a new Food Pantry in South Chadderton. We require large storage cupboard and fridge freezer to safely store fresh foods. The funding would enable us to purchase essential items to deliver this project. 
Saheli Women's Group £995

Due to the pandemic, it is likely that we will not be able to do a collection of good quality items and toiletries as we have done in the past. Your kind donation will enable us to purchase the items needed to make it up. Fresh fruit and vegetable packs along with dry items will be delivered twice over the Christmas and New Year period.

Salvation Army - Fitton Hill £1,000 Since COVID-19 came in early 2020, we soon realised that the elderly would be one of the first to suffer. With being told to isolate, they were locked away from friends, family. So, we would like to be able to give them a winter warmer pack, with blankets, puzzle books, snacks, drinks. This is to show that we have not forgotten about them, 
Springboard Oldham Dementia Carer's Group £1,000 Since the COVID-19 situation has arisen, many of the people in these groups are now in isolation and would benefit greatly from receiving craft activities that they could do in the home. These would include a set of instructions and, for those who are online, a link to a video showing people how to use the kits. 
St Herbert's Court Tenants Society £182 The residents here would normally be able to have lunch together in our restaurant and attend many Christmas activities and social gatherings, sadly we are unable to do this this year. We want to give the tenants here a different sort of Christmas and deliver each person a Christmas food box. There are a few residents that live within St Herbert’s that do not have anybody and many more feeling socially isolated and lonely. 
St Thomas Church Moorside £200 We want to send a Christmas greeting to members. Many of these people are elderly and living alone so have had very little contact with friends and acquaintances from our community. Our greeting will come from the church and will be a Christmas card with photos of the church building inside and out. There will be a sentence of greeting inside. 
STYLE at St Thomas Church Moorside £200 Our Project is called Keeping the Parish Hall Covid-19 compliant. We will spend the money on basic items of PPE and hygiene resources. These will include hand sanitizing gel and hand wash, Eco cleaning products, paper towels, rubber gloves and other such items. 

October 2020 - 15 projects were successful with a total amount of £15,974.99 being awarded

Organisation  Amount Awarded Project description
All Nations Charitable Trust AKA All Nations Church £1,000 Our project, will improve social inclusion for people affected by social isolation due to COVID -19. Through our charitable activities, we have become aware of a significant number of people, initially the older folk, who are increasingly isolated. Since the lock down we have been using online platforms such as zoom, Facebook and WhatsApp video. These are popular and users report that these online events are helping them cope with the impact of the lockdown. 
Bounceback Food £1,000

We are keen to still support people in the area as we enter a challenging winter and spring with additional lockdown measures likely. That in mind, we would like to provide pupils (and their families) at Oasis Academy Oldham with 12 months of free access to our Cooking & Nutrition Portal. The Portal provides people with access to hundreds of exciting healthy recipes, cooking tips, nutrition advice, budgeting support and an interactive meal planner.

EIC Foodbank £1,000 We are running a local food bank for last 4 Years where we help more than 50 families every fortnight with food. On average, we distribute 7000 meals per month to all our food bank users. We also take part in street angel project where we provide cooked food for homeless people.
Europia £1,000 In response to the growing needs within our community we launched our COVID-19 Emergency Fund towards the end of April. Since then we have provided over 70 clients with small grants ranging £30-£60 depending on their situation. In total we have distributed just over £3000, £200 of which went directly to 5 individuals and families in Oldham. For more information on our Emergency Fund please click here.
Fortnightly Family Fun Friday £1,000 As you may be aware Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. We celebrate this in a grand style by decorating our homes, visiting temples and meeting family and friends. This year, due to Covid-19 and the restrictions in place, we won’t be able to do that. Therefore we want to bring a sense of community and togetherness. We would like to offer Hindus and also non-Hindus supporting Diwali, a window decoration kit.
Glodwick Cricket Club £1,000

For many of our young people, this came to a shuddering halt in March as they were largely deprived of the season that they had prepared for. We want to be able to provide a high quality coaching and training experience for our young people involving the hiring of good quality indoor facilities and providing them with the best coaching that we can access, including the provision of guest coaching.

Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside £1,000 We are asking for two laptops so we can continue to support our families ‘face to face’ via zoom and maintain our records on our database so we can best reflect on the work done. We are currently supporting nearly 80 families in Oldham. To protect our families and our staff this is not being done face to face but by regular phone and video supervision. 
IntraQuest Community CIC £999.99 IntraQuest have been working on finding solutions to bring child therapy back safely in a COVID-19 World. One such solution is our Virtual Sandtray Therapy pilot. Sandtray work is an incredibly powerful therapeutic tool, one that used to be a core part of our service offering. Utilising items and props, it allows clients to re-create their life and current situation in ‘small world’ format. For children and adults that lack emotional literacy, it’s one of the most powerful tools a therapist can use. 
Peaceful Minds CIC £1,000 The therapist/facilitator shall provide one to one counselling and family therapy as and when required however, the main aim is to assist these men in building resilience and aid in reducing social isolation.  Men in general find it difficult to express their feelings however, men in the BAME community find it even more difficult as they are taught from a very young age that it is not culturally appropriate for a boy/man to share his feelings openly, it is seen as a weakness. The COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the situation leading to an increase in depression, anxiety, domestic violence, loneliness and social exclusion
Real Vision Community Network £1,000 To keep the members together, physical and mental health during the lockdown, we started the exercise sessions through zoom video calls. Through this Zoom social network, we encourage men to take part in running competitions among themselves and post the results of their achievements every day and this seems to encourage majority of men to compete. 
Redeeming our Communties £1,000 The centre is due to re-open in December 2020 but we are running short of funds to remain open. 
The centre also a regular Bread and Butter Foodbank distribution service and a Police surgery. With the impact of COVID we know that the community really needs this community centre more than ever. 
Santos AFC £975 We would like to use the grant to support the Club hiring a training venue. Our current venue is closed and the only facility we can find is considerably more expensive. We therefore want to offer children the opportunity to play football in a safe and fun environment but remain within our existing cost model. We believe it is important especially during these uncertain times that the children at Santos can still play football and maintain some normality in their lives. 
Spoons Charity £1,000 We support families with a baby on the neonatal intensive unit at Royal Oldham Hospital. Unfortunately, in light of the COVID-19 crisis support for families has changed significantly. One of the impacts is visiting on the unit. We are working with the neonatal unit and our NHS colleagues on this and would like to provide iPads that can be used to for us to facilitate interaction between the family and the NHS staff caring for their baby. 
Team Hill Charitable Trust £1,000 Throughout lockdown, as a charity and with conjunction with the council, we have supplied a shopping service which continues to this day. The people we are still shopping for are becoming increasingly worried about the prospect of spending Christmas on their own, also spirits are sinking and to try to lift them a little we would like to be able to provide a  Christmas box containing the basics to provide them with a Christmas dinner.   
Wild Things Performing Arts CIC £1,000 We provide inclusive performing arts classes to children age 3-18, making sure that everyone, no matter what background, experience or ability is able to access our services. 

September 2020 - 23 projects were successful with a total amount of £20,631.90 being awarded

Organisation Amount Awarded Project description
Ist Failsworth Rainbows £1,000 Whilst we have not been able to meet face to face, volunteer leaders have been developing skills to provide online meetings using Zoom and adapt activities and deliver activities for the girls to do at home.
Aim High £1,000 The aim of this project is to offer tuition and mentoring to those children who cannot normally afford it and prevent them from falling behind further with their studies. The effect of COVID-19 is still far from over and young children are still being affected by being isolated or sent home from school at present. 
Bob's Bulletin £200 Created a 10 piece magazine for older people on the Holts Estate Oldham who belong to a housing ass and has circulation of 160. It's published every 2 weeks it is free and has been printed by me for 3 about years, I edit it, print it and deliver it.
Bring me Sunshine £940.48 We will deliver two, fun filled, interactive music therapy Zoom sessions per week to encourage social interaction, reduce isolation and improve mental health and well - being due to COVID-19. 
The sessions will include Dementia friendly, music, singing, light exercise, dancing and movement.
Chadderton Football Club £1,000 We require the grant to obtain the necessary COVID-19 PPE & Equipment to keep all our members free from contacting COVID-19.
Clarksfield & Glodwick Youth Movement £1,000

One of our main priorities through this funding will be to tackle over-weight & obesity through sports activity and the encouragement of good health & diet. In addition to this we also want to improve the mental & social well-being of our members by bringing people together through the medium of sport in a safe environment. 

Future Directions CIC £663.75 Like everyone, people with learning disabilities have had to stay at home more during the pandemic. We want to send people craft kits in the post with some card making materials so they can make Christmas cards at home.
Holland Close Residents Association £1,000 To provide activity packs in pump bags to tenants that are personal to their interests, for example wool, jigsaw, art therapy, darts, winter garden plants etc. to reduce depression and mental health.
Make Jesus Known £888 We are supporting people who are suffering from domestic and sexual abuse through online messages and creation of safe online communities for them. Our support is helping people who are struggling and feeling suicidal. Through our teams online engagement and creating a safe online community we are seeing people’s lives changed for the better and bringing hope and resilience to them and their communities.
Mighty Moorside Ladies Cricket Team £879.98 We are looking to start a winter women's / ladies cricket season from September. We have ladies who have struggled with mental health and depression, LGBT, ladies who are recovering from cancer and ladies who have emigrated to this country, we want to embrace all ladies in our community. 
Mighty Moorside Ladies Cricket Team £474 Mighty Moorsiders Ladies Cricket team would like to hold a Festival Fundraising Day. The money would be used to make the event as inclusive as possible to the whole community. Sholver is a deprived area where social isolation is a real problem, we have so many different cultures within our community , and integration can be hard.
NEON £960 Since COVID arrived, a large number of the members have found themselves struggling to cope with the added need to isolate and remain safe. This has resulted in higher levels of stress, anxiety, loneliness and worry. As a result of the restart of the group the Men have been able to communicate with others, off load their concerns and worries and take strength from each other, and the support mechanisms that we signpost individuals to.
NEON Knit & Chat £720 Encourage people who feel isolated because of effects of  COVID-19 to join a group of both men and women and various ages who come together on a weekly basis. There're members who suffer from loneliness and who have a number of health issues including mental issues. which has not been helped by the current situation. Members have found by talking about issues helps and enjoying the company of people in similar circumstances helps.  
Pennine Mencap £999.63 We are looking to implement Back to Basics. This programme will enable the most vulnerable service users to safely, individually access Pennine Mencap’s on-site resources without breaking social distancing rules. This will be a phased programme, providing carefully structured sessions by which selected individuals will be supported to return to simple, focused activities at our premises. 
Realx with Lucy £1,000 We understand from speaking to local residents that Oldham needs support in relation to their mental health and so we are asking for funding to support our Relax & Breathe project.
Renaissance Oldham CIC £912.08

Our plan is to convert the church building into a community centre to provide much needed facilities in Derker.  There has never been a community centre in Derker, and there are no facilities for young people who are too old to use on the play equipment in Stoneleigh Park.  They currently congregate on the wall of the grounds, which is not Covid-19 secure.

Saddleworth Street Pastors £1,000 With COVID-19, we envisage our role to increase to assist people in keeping social distancing, to encourage people to feel that it is safe in Uppermill. It takes one year to fully train a street pastor and have a further 4 people who will complete their training.  As soon as conditions allow, we will be back in Uppermill to assist in the safe running of the economy and to help people feel that it is safe to come back.  
Shaw Spiritualist Church £1,000 We would use the grant to enable us to provide COVID-19 sterilising equipment within the Church and be able to pay for extra heating. We can offer assistance to people struggling to deal with the current pandemic and the effects of loneliness and isolated that some people experience.
Soul Inspiration Gospel Choir £1,000 We have adapted the way sessions are delivered to users via Zoom however sadly, have not been able to reach those who do not have internet access. We are finding that the Mental Health of our service users is suffering due to severe Covid-19 measures limiting social interaction, this has been especially difficult for individuals who live in isolated areas, who live alone and are elderly. 
Support and Action for Women’s Network-SAWN £1,000 We have 40 African families that we have been supporting since the beginning of the lockdown with subsistence whose circumstances have not changed but instead grown worse as the Lockdown circumstances and uncertainty continues. We would like continuity of the African food bank to provide food and basic items to the most vulnerable in our community who cannot access support otherwise. 
The Flowhesion Foundation CIO £1,000 During the COVID-19 pandemic the we've worked to deliver a spectrum of telephone based support to its service users in Oldham. In particular we delivered bi-lingual Bengali counselling to Bangladeshi women in Shaw. 60% of our counselling telephone traffic in Oldham originated from this female Bangladeshi demographic with 70% of the calls concerned with anxiety, distress, mental health issues relating to isolation because of the lockdown rules. 
Unity School Support for African Families £1,000 We want the funding to enable us to continue supporting parents and children with their education during this time of lockdown. The majority of our parents are asylum seekers and refugees and English is not their first language so it is difficult for them to help their children with their homework at this time. 
Women’s CHAI Project £993.98 There has been an increase in poor mental health, domestic violence and isolation with our mum’s and their children during covid-19.  We have no funding as schools haven’t been able to run for parents due to lockdown.  We would like to set up Zoom meetings 3 sessions for each group to cover topics such as mental health, wellbeing and to reduce isolation where women can see and talk to each other.