We are delighted to provide funding to help 100 community groups across Greater Manchester keep in touch and bring that Christmas spirit to life.

Forever Manchester has always believed that connected communities make stronger, happier communities and love any activity that brings people together. That’s why, every summer and Christmas for the last few years, we’ve awarded funds so that people can host Get Togethers in their communities.

(Watch the short video below narrated by Tony Walsh)

This year, we know this isn’t possible – at least not in the way that may have been anticipated – but community is needed now more than ever.

We know that the communities we work with still have lots of ideas for how to keep in touch and bring that Christmas spirit to life.

Initially we hoped to support 50 community groups to put on activities which connected people together at Christmas, but after being inundated with almost 170 applications in just 9 days, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been able to make 100 awards of £100.

Our Connecting Communities at Christmas Awards has supported a range of activities such as the Levenshulme Community Christmas Windows (pictured above) as well as:

Crafty Christmas Parties, Doorstep Dinners and Christmas Carols; Virtual Poems, Competitions, Quizzes and Bingo; Online Secret Santa, Socially- Distanced Santa, Elf in a Jar and Feed the Reindeer Walks; and Bi-lingual Christmas Cards, Angel Trails, Painted Stones and Letterbox Gifts. Plus so many other brilliant activities that bring that Christmas spirit to life.

Here are the many groups we are delighted to support.

  • 1st Timperley Brownies
  • 32nd Rochdale Guides
  • 40th Rochdale Scouts
  • 7th Swinton Brownies
  • Active Youth Zone
  • Al-Abbas Institute
  • Anson Cabin Project
  • Arts Let Loose CIC
  • Assist Neighbourhood Care
  • Autisk/Stockport Together
  • Bee Together Community Group and Garden
  • Better Things
  • Blackrod Sports and Community Centre
  • Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy/ Bolton Christian Community Cohesion/ Christians Together in Bolton Town Centre (the town centre Churches Together group
  • Bowen Rocks Community Group
  • Bridging the Gap (Manchester)
  • Butterflies Bereavement Group
  • Cadishead Community Association
  • Castleton Kids
  • Christmas Made Easy
  • Cobra Kan Karate Do
  • Community Buds
  • Community Dosti
  • Community Little Hulton
  • Community Media Crew CIC
  • Crimble Croft Community Centre
  • Dancing With Dementia
  • Embrace Wigan and Leigh
  • Everyone Matters afternoon tea
  • Failsworth Walking Group
  • Farnworth & Kearsley Events Team
  • Fletcher Moss Rangers FC
  • Forever Green Community Group
  • For the Love of Food
  • Fortnightly Family Fun Fridays
  • Friends of Didsbury Park
  • Friends Of Families
  • Friends of Hopwood Park
  • Green Grosvenor Park/ Broughton flood group
  • Greenmount Village Community (Walking Group)
  • GX Brabyns Neighbourhood Group
  • Heald Green Friday Hub
  • Helping the Homeless Into Housing (H3)
  • Home-Start Manchester
  • Hyde Festival Community Association
  • Hyde Little Theatre
  • Irlam and Cadishead Healthy Heart Club
  • Jigsaw (Wigan & Leigh)
  • Kings Peoples Church
  • Kings Road Table Tennis Club

  • Krupa Mandal Social Group
  • Lancashire Veterans Associations Heywood
  • Late Bloomers
  • Levenshulme Community Christmas Windows
  • Longsight Community Church of the Nazarene
  • M’mbondo Manchester
  • M13 Groves Residents – Winter Cheer project
  • Manchester Youth Zone
  • Men Behaving Dadly
  • New Covenant International Ministries Cherubim and Seraphim
  • New Springs Community Project Group
  • On top of the World Hulme
  • Pakistani Resource Centre
  • Peel Park Art Group
  • Pure Insight 1628
  • Radiant Woment
  • Rammy Men CIC
  • Ramsbottom Angling Association
  • Reach North West
  • Reel Education Empowering Lives CIC
  • Reuben’s Retreat
  • Salford Elim Church
  • Salford Pride
  • Salvation Army
  • Smithy’s Bereavement Group
  • SoundUp Arts Community Interest Company
  • Spoons
  • St Elisabeth’s Church
  • Step Ahead
  • St Martin’s Church
  • St Mary’s church, Droylsden
  • St Matthew’s Community Hub
  • Stockport Afternoon Flower Club
  • Stockport Normandy Veterans and Friends
  • Storehouse Project
  • Swinton, Pendlebury and Clifton Care of the Elderly Association
  • Sycamore Residents Group
  • Talk
  • Tameside Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group
  • The Bideford Community Centre
  • The Bike Hive
  • The Church of England in Wythenshawe
  • The Incredible Plastic Street Band
  • Together Dementia Support
  • Transforming Lives Group
  • Victoria Court Social Group
  • Whitemoss Club for Young People
  • Women Alive
  • Women of Worth Trafford
  • Worsley Mesnes South Community Action Group

It is always worth remembering that if you support Forever Manchester, you support all this.

During these uncertain times, the ability of local community groups and organisations to best help people in their community remains dependant on maintaining support for them.

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Date added: 11th December 2020