From Brandlesholme to Prestwich and from Radcliffe to Ramsbottom, community groups in Bury have been providing significant support for those impacted by Covid-19.

Through our Community Support Fund, Forever Manchester has helped many groups across Bury provide positive responses to support local people.

Longstanding foodbank Porch Boxes worked closely with other volunteer food services and agencies to deliver supplies across the borough. Volunteers from the Corrie Gardeners Community Group utilised the kitchen facilities in a local church to produce hot meals to support local families, elderly residents and the homeless alongside undertaking deliveries for their local foodbank.

Brandlesholme Community Centre maintained their local foodbank service while the Shomrim Prestwich Community Safety Neighbourhood Watch provided food parcels, daily updates and a telephone helpline alongside delivering information leaflets to 3,750 local homes.

The Jewel Foundation provided food support and distributed 4,000 leaflets to homes in Prestwich, while volunteers at RammymenSOS.org in Ramsbottom established a local response hub and produced a booklet containing useful information for every household in the local area.

The BAME Project (pictured above) established an online ‘Education Station’ and provided computer tablets to support the educational needs of local children and young people while The Bury Project increased their support hours by 30% in order to meet a significant rise in demand for debt and financial advice.

Young volunteers from the Victoria Youth and Community Centre in Whitefield supported families on local estates with breakfast parcels while BURY2GETHER supported parents and carers of children with special educational needs with online digital workshops, wellbeing sessions, interactive games and sensory packs.

A number of groups who normally engaged in the provision of opportunities and activities for members of the disabled community, including Bury People First, Bury Society for Blind & Partially Sighted People, Jigsaw Bury, Speakeasy and The Friendship Circle, all rose to the challenge of maintaining contact and keeping their members active and engaged.  

During these uncertain times, the ability of local community groups and organisations to best help those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic remains dependant on maintaining support for them.

Forever Manchester has delivered over £2.5 million in funding to support hundreds of community groups and organisations in Greater Manchester that have responded to the impact of Covid-19.

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Date added: 23rd November 2020