A Foundation for making great ideas happen
Published by JeffMcM for Equity Housing Group in Housing
L-R Sue Martin from Stockport Without Abuse talks with Mayoress of Stockport Wendy Meikle at the Foundation launch at Stockport Art Gallery
Equity Housing Group has launched an exciting new project that’s already making a massive difference to local communities and to peoples’ lives.
This year alone, it will provide funding of over £100,000 to support projects to improve health awareness and help people to get out of unemployment. In the few weeks since it was set up, the foundation has funded 16 organisations in carrying out projects across Trafford, Stockport and South Manchester.
Those who attended the Foundation’s recent launch heard inspiring stories from organisations who have benefitted from Equity’s help. These included, Stockport Without Abuse, which provides help and support for those who suffer from domestic violence. There was also the story of Cheadle Allotment. This involves a group of people in one local community who have transformed a piece of land to grow healthy fruit and vegetables. They run a gardening shop, obtain low cost seeds for members, hold open days and social events and provide training. The allotment has had a huge impact on the local community in improving the physical environment and bringing people together. With Equity’s help they will be carrying out additional improvements including pathways and ramps to provide better facilities for disabled members.
Future projects that the Foundation will support include work to get young people off the streets and engaged in art, to the development of green spaces for everybody to enjoy and share.
This year, Equity Housing Group celebrates its 50thanniversary. Equity’s Chief Executive David Fisher said; “There are so many organisations and people who do great work in the communities they live and work in. The foundation provides an opportunity for us to work together in a joined up way. By sharing our ideas, our commitment and our resources we can achieve far more than if we worked in isolation.”