Forever Manchester supporter, CDL, is celebrating a terrific £250,000 distributed from their CDL Fund over the last 6 years.

CDL is one of the UK’s leading insurance software houses, employing over 650 people at its campus in Greater Manchester with clients such as Ageas Retail, Tesco Bank and Swinton Insurance.

They established the Fund in 2012 to support grassroot community projects in and around the Stockport area where they are based. During that time the CDL Fund has delivered £252,583 to 157 grassroot community projects which have, in turn, benefited almost 6000 residents.

Some of the projects supported include the Oasis Centre which is a community day centre working directly with disadvantaged adults providing a lifeline to over 100 regular people a week including families living on benefits, long-term unemployed, asylum seekers and refugees, homeless people, ex-offenders and those struggling with alcohol and drug problems or mental illness.

The Fund has also supported Your Local Pantry; a membership-based food project, co-owned and controlled by its members. In exchange for £2.50 each week, members are able to access a weekly food shop and also a range of other support services and Family Art Attack that provides family fun, communication, cooperation and participation for families to bond over arts and crafts – with no mobiles no computers allowed!

Nick Massey, chief executive of Forever Manchester, said: “CDL demonstrates fantastic social investment and commitment to its local community, recognising that, as a business, it’s important to give back and provide opportunities for its neighbours to lead happier, healthier lives. This scale of social investment has massive impact at a grassroots level.”

CDL’s director Melissa Johnson said: “It’s wonderful for us, as a company, to be able to celebrate and recognise the impact of the CDL Fund over the last six years in making a difference in our local communities. The projects that have been funded during that time bring together people to deliver activities and support that help to make lives happier and healthier and we’re very proud of that.”