From Denton to Stalybridge and from Hattersley to Hyde, community groups in Tameside have provided a vital lifeline to those impacted by Covid-19.

Through our Community Support Fund, Forever Manchester has supported many groups in Tameside who have gone the extra mile to help local people affected by the pandemic.

St. Mary’s Church in Dukinfield trebled production and delivery of food packages across the borough following a surge in demand for their foodbank service. The Tameside East Foodbank redesigned their operation and partnered other agencies to support those experiencing difficulty and financial hardship.

In Hyde, volunteers from The Sandwich Angels (picture above) responded to increased demands to support local families and those experiencing homelessness as did Stronger Together Tameside who worked with emergency food distributors to support the boroughs homeless and vulnerable. POP Hyde volunteers manned a drop off point for their local foodbank and provided shopping packs and a telephone/text service for welfare calls alongside an errand running service.

The Carmel Christian Centre set up a telephone counselling service to provide support for families in Denton and Stalybridge. Infinity Initiatives recognised a need to maintain regular contact and trained volunteers to man a remote support service in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The Together Centre provided food packages to support local people of all abilities and Aries UK set up online support for BAME members of the LGBT community by providing peer support, counselling, advice, videos and guidance via a digitally ‘safe space’ platform.

Groups who are normally engaged in supporting veterans and older people expanded their reach to support others in their community. For example, volunteers from the Tameside Armed Services Community provided assistance for people who had difficulty getting out to shop or experiencing financial difficulties. Dipak Distri helped people combat isolation with regular calls, errands, signposting services and ‘Memory Packs’ containing multi-lingual books, embroidery materials and occupational craft items.

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.

For more information about The Community Support Fund and how you can make a donation to help us continue to support community activity right across Greater Manchester, click the buttons below.

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Date added: 23rd November 2020