Community groups scoop £37,000 funding from Salix Homes
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Communities and also in Housing
Ordsall Community Allotment society
An allotment society with no allotments is one step closer to achieving its dream after securing a much-needed cash boost.
For the past five years Ordsall Community Allotment Society has been fighting to get a patch of land to transform into allotments.
Six months ago the group secured a parcel of land on Tatton Streetin Ordsall, Salford, but must now raise £175,000 to complete the project.
The group is delighted after Salford-based housing provider Salix Homes helped to boost the coffers with a £4,932 grant from the Your Salix, Your say fund.
Chairman Tom McMullen said: “We must be the only allotment society that doesn’t actually have any allotments.
“We have been fighting for this for five years and we have finally got the land now, but it needs a lot of work.
“Despite not even having the allotments, we are already over subscribed, which shows just how much this is needed and wanted in the community.”
The society intends to build 22 allotment plots, community orchards and eight disabled plots. Members also intend to invite other community groups to use the site and will distribute food parcels with the fruit and vegetables produced, but first it needs to raise a further £35,000.
The Ordsall Community Allotment Society was one of 14 community projects to win a share of a £35,000 funding pot during the Your Salix, Your Say event, which was held at AlbionHigh School on Saturday, January 26. An extra £2,000 funding was also handed out on the day due to the quality of the projects involved.
Now in its third year Your Salix, Your Say gives community groups and organisations the chance to bid for between £50 and £5,000 to help finance worthwhile projects that will help improve the area where they live.
Each group votes for which project they think should receive the funding, but they cannot vote for themselves.
The project with the most votes was the St Charles Community Group, which is raising funds to build a community garden, complete with a polytunnel on land by St Charles RC Church in Swinton.
Other winners were the Kersal Vale Allotment Society, which secured £2,256 for its bee project; Lombardy Court Community Group, which was awarded £1,200 for a gardening and social club and Women Working Together, which was given £1,000 to run creative workshops for women.
Sue Sutton, director of customer and neighbourhood services at Salix Homes, said: “This is the third year we have done Your Salix, Your Say and every year we are more amazed at all the good work that is going on in our communities.
“It’s wonderful to see just how committed and dedicated some people are to improving their communities and we are so proud to support each and every one of these worthwhile projects.”
The 14 groups to receive funding were St Charles Community Group -£4.971; Ordsall Community Allotment Society - £4,932; Hornbeam Residents Association - £2,394; Kersal Vale Allotment Society - £2,256; Disability Focus Group - £815,45; Lombardy Court Community Group - £1,200; Just Youth Chrisp Project - £4,360; Magnolia Court - £4,750; Creative Inspirations - £3,339; Young Parents Group Duchy - £2,713; Out in Salford - £2,500; Beechfarm ResidentsAssociation - £825.20; Women Working Together - £1,000 and Old to New Furnishings - £1,000.