Trafford Partnership funds projects to strengthen local communities

Trafford Council and the Safer Trafford Partnership are funding 10 local projects that will strengthen the borough’s strong communities.

In a hotly contested grants scheme, which showcased Trafford’s thriving voluntary and community sector, 46 projects applied for grants totalling £213,000. With only £40,000 available, the awarding panel, chaired by Councillor (Cllr) Kevin Procter, Executive Member for Communities and Housing and member of the Safer Trafford Partnership, alongside representatives from Trafford Council, Greater Manchester Police and the Community Cohesion Forum, chose a range of projects from across the borough.

The panel focused on projects that brought different faiths and communities together, supported young people, single adults and families from being isolated, built pride and strengthened communities by residents working together, and created opportunities for people to engage with each other to enable understanding of differences and build positive relationships.

Cllr Procter said: “Trafford has a diverse community, with many faiths and cultures across our borough. We have strong community relations and Trafford is the safest borough in Greater Manchester. However, we recognise that more could be done to improve social inclusion of isolated and vulnerable residents, reduce hate crime, prevent radicalisation and ensure faiths and cultures live together positively and without fear.

“The range and quality of grant applications showed how important this subject is to our communities and the role of voluntary and community groups in strengthening them. It was extremely difficult for the panel to decide which of the projects would be successful, when faced with such a wide range of applications from organisations that help support our residents in many different ways. We are excited to be funding these innovative and valuable projects, and will be working closely with them to ensure they are able to achieve their ambitions for the benefit of Trafford residents. Furthermore, we will  supporting all those that applied to attract alternative funding, and have invested in a new Community Cohesion Officer to increase the work we do in Trafford, in partnership with the Police, other agencies and communities.”

The successful projects were:   


Amount   Awarded

Project   Summary



Establishing   a young person’s forum for diverse communities in Old Trafford



Community   Sponsorship Scheme for refugees project bringing Muslim and Christian faiths   across Old Trafford and Flixton together

Sale   West Community Urban Trust


Supporting   young families in Sale West using local volunteers

Hidden   Treasure Discovery Centre


Supporting   families and cohesion in Partington by generating local action.




Programme   for Trafford secondary schools focusing on hate crime

Theatre   of the Senses


Theatre   and arts workshops for the diverse community in North Trafford, including   those with physical and mental health disabilities.

Cyril   Flint Befrienders


Isolated   older people will be supported by volunteers

Lostock   Partnership


Intergenerational   activity involving isolated older people and schools

Cycling   without Age


Volunteers   will take isolated residents out on bike rides using specially modified   cycles

Trafford   Junior Neighbourhood Watch


Engaging   primary school children in Sale West in community safety and cohesion issues.  

For further information on the Community Cohesion programme in Trafford, please contact or telephone 01619121173.

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2018