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Fundraising

Fundraising is essential to the running of the Community Foundation and ensures we are able to continue to provide the many types of activities, projects, and services now and in the future. Anyone and everyone can get involved, whether an individual, group, school, business, organisation or Charitable Trust and Foundation. There are many ways you can help raise much needed and essential funds to support the good work that we do in our local community. Your help, no matter how big or small, is invaluable to our charity and the people we are immensely proud to support daily, weekly, monthly and throughout the year!

Some ideas of how you can help –

Individual Support

If you as an individual would like to support our charity that would be very welcome indeed. You can make a donation and choose the amount you wish to give and how often you wish to give it – a single donation, monthly, quarterly or annually.

Alternatively, if you prefer to hold your own fundraising activity and donate the proceeds to Stockport Community Foundation there are plenty of popular activities and events that you may want to choose from. For instance, some examples are a sponsored walk, run, or challenge event, a cycling cross country event, a coffee morning, a bake off or a quiz night to name but a few. The choices are really endless for your challenge 2022 and beyond!

Please do get in touch so we can support your event.

There are also volunteering opportunities with the Charity and please refer to the following Volunteering section.

For more information about how you can become involved and support Stockport Community Foundation please contact the office on 07778 171964 or email [email protected]

Corporate partnership support

We welcome the support from new corporate partners, as we really enjoy working closely with our current partners, supporters and sponsors and are delighted when new businesses or organisations get involved in our fundraising activities. Whether your company is large or small, local or national or whether a team of staff or the whole company wants to get involved, we would love to partner with you. There are many ways that you can get involved whether it be by nominating the Community Foundation as your Charity and providing funding, through sporting activities, sponsored challenges, charity days, holding a fundraising event, volunteering for our charity or other methods. These are just some ideas and we want to ensure that you and your team enjoy supporting the charity and enjoy the experience.

We will have a member of our team who will manage and develop the partnership and relationship with your organisation and outline how we can support your business in your CSR programme. We would be available to attend regular meetings and presentations to discuss ideas, plans and explore how we can work together. We want to offer as much support as you need to ensure our partnership is hugely successful.

We would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to our supporters which include Barclays Bank in Stockport, Nat West Bank in Heaton Moor, and Vernon Building Society . We would also like to say a big thanks to Tesco, Portwood and Tesco Bags of help, Waitrose, Poynton and Alderley Edge, Asda, Stockport and Reddish,

 

For more information about how you can become involved with Stockport Community Foundation please contact the office on 07778 171964 or email [email protected]

External Partners

We carry out work in conjunction with various partners such as: High Peak Housing, Stockport Homes, Equity Foundation,, Stockport MBC, Stockport NHS, Life Leisure, Stockport LEA, Stockport Youth Offending Service, ABL Health, Parkinsons UK, Disability Stockport, Pure Innovations and various local charities and community organisations.

The Community Foundation is continually looking for partners to assist in their fundraising activities and if anyone would like further information about the good work that we do in the local community please contact the office on 07760 454583 or email [email protected]

Events

There are many ways that you can get involved and one opportunity is holding a fundraising event. There are numerous types of events you can get involved in to raise funds and build awareness for our charity. Some include Golf days, Football Events, Supermarket Bucket Collections, Gala Balls, Christmas and Summer Fares, Choir sing outs, Bike Shows, Quiz nights, Beer festivals, Foodie Fridays, Santa Dash, Duck Races as well as sponsored walks, runs, swims and cycle events. Often these will be supported with a Charity Auction and raffle to boost interest and fundraising.

Thank You to Roughley’s Bike Show for their Donation to Stockport Community Foundation’s Disability and Mental Health Project – £500.00 Funding

 On behalf of Stockport Community Foundation, we would like to thank Andy Roughley and Roughley’s Bike Show for their very kind cheque donation of £500.00 presented to me at the Town Hall Tavern in Stockport on Saturday 16 November 2019.

It was a great pleasure for the Community Foundation to attend the Bike show at St Petersgate, Stockport on Sunday 25 August Bank Holiday Weekend. It was a truly great event and so well supported by people helping to raise funds for the many good causes that Roughley’s Bike Show supports. We are very grateful to Andy Roughley and everyone involved for all their hard work and fundraising efforts.

For more information about how to organise an event or you would like to run an event please contact the office on 07778 171964or email [email protected]

Community Fundraising

We are lucky to receive the support each year of many community groups, charities, organisations, and Individuals too. If you would like to support us in future, then we would be very pleased to discuss this with you and provide you with any materials that you may need. Our team regularly do talks across Stockport about the work of our Charity. We would be happy to book in a date to meet with you to talk and present to your group or organisation about the good work that we do.

If you are interested in your group or organisation supporting us and finding out more please contact the office on 07778 171964 or email [email protected]

Trusts and Foundations

The support of Charitable Trusts and Foundations has been invaluable in maintaining and developing the Community Foundation’s Disability and Mental Health Football Project and Social Wellbeing Programme of activities.

We are incredibly grateful to those Charitable Trusts and Foundations who are currently supporting us and their generosity in funding this project. This provision continues to grow from strength to strength with the numbers of people accessing the Foundations programme of activities ever increasing over the weeks and months. We are now supporting over 260 male and female children, young people and adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities, mental health illness, dementia and complex needs to engage with football/multisport and social wellbeing activities. Over this last sixth months we have once again seen a significant growth in our Mental Health and Social Wellbeing Programme of activities which supports an increasing number of adults accessing the project in the Stockport area. Our provision includes a weekly Walking football group for seniors; weekly football and multisport coaching sessions and regular tournaments young adults of working age who live with serious mental illness; and a weekly Drop-in SK Memories Dementia-Friendly Social Wellbeing Group for those senior citizens over the age of 50 years who are experiencing loneliness and living with social isolation. Through this provision to a variety of groups, with a range of needs, we aim to promote healthy lifestyles, which extends opportunity, choice and control – benefitting those attendees physically, socially and emotionally.

We aim to make a positive difference to the lives of local people living with a range of physical/learning disabilities and complex needs and serious mental illness to improve their health and wellbeing. The money we receive from the Charitable Trusts and Foundations has helped support our weekly football training venues/facility hire, new sports equipment, our social wellbeing programme of activities and coaching costs. I have provided some further details about the specific activities that this funding supports as follows:

Walking football weekly Friday coaching sessions for senior adults (male and female players) Weekly (11.00am until 12.30pm) at The Power League, Craig Road, Stockport, SK4 2AP.

The weekly walking football sessions are for senior adults (male and female players) over 50 years of age, those living with long-term health and serious mental illness, dementia, or people who are experiencing loneliness and living in social isolation. On average we have between 25-30 players attend the weekly drop-in sessions, but we have over 50 players registered. It’s an extremely friendly environment and as much a social event as a physical activity opportunity with ladies and gentlemen enjoying a chat over a tea/coffee and a biscuit at half time and at the end of the match. The activity itself begins with a warm-up and stretch on the 3G astro turf pitch, progressing to a friendly football match with a half time break for refreshments and socialising. Players are also given the chance to be part of a team and we enter tournaments, have match day trips and ground tours and social days/evenings out. We hold a Christmas buffet social event which took place on Friday 13 December which was extremely popular following the football activity and well supported by the ladies and gentlemen who attend the weekly group. It’s very much a social occasion, getting everyone together!

SK Memories – Stockport county Community Foundations Dementia-Friendly Social Wellbeing Group at Ladybridge Connect, Cheadle Hulme every Wednesday (10am until 12noon)

SK Memories Social Wellbeing Group opened in November 2018 and provides opportunities for people in the local community who may live on their own, maybe experiencing loneliness and social isolation, those who may have a serious Mental Health illness or dementia. The group has proved to be highly successful since its inception and has reached a high of over 50 people attending one week recently, and with 25-40 people attending regular weekly. The project is a weekly drop-in with people coming along to meet and chat with friendly staff and volunteers, socialise and reminisce about their present and past life, sporting experiences and memories. They can take part in stress-relieving activities such as chair-based exercise and art therapy delivered by trained qualified professionals and explore opportunities in making long-term lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellbeing, stimulating the brain & senses, promoting self-awareness, insight and expression and alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. The weekly therapy sessions have proved very popular with up to 15 people taking part in each group each week.  Since the group began we have seen nearly 200 different people attending supported by their referral organisations which include community groups such as Pennine Care NHS Stockport; Mental Health Carers Group Stockport; Stockport Homes; Equity Foundation; Stockport’s Targeted Prevention Alliance (TPA), Stockport Viaduct Care (GP Surgeries), and Dementia Friends. Over 45 agency staff have visited the project bringing along the people they support, and we have had 20 volunteers come along to support the running of the program which includes the Club first team manager James Gannon.

We would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to our funders that include Community Awards, Co-op Community Membership Fund, Tesco Bags of Help, Stockport Council Local Fund, Postcode Community Trust, National Lottery Awards for All – Community Fund, , Aviva Community Fund and David Hopkins Foundation.

The Community Foundation is continually applying to Charitable Trusts, Foundations and Organisations for grants and donations for our projects and if anyone would like further information about the Community Foundation’s programme of activities please contact the office on 07778 171964 or email [email protected]

Sponsorship

We are excited to announce that there are still sponsorship opportunities available to support our:

  • Soccer Courses
  • Inset Days
  • Transport
  • Girls’ Development
  • Community Interventions

If your company are interested in becoming a sponsor and would like to be part of a successful team, please contact us and we will come and tell you all about our work and how sponsorship can not only support us but your business also. Please contact the office on 07778 171964or email [email protected]

 

 

Leaving a Legacy - Gift in Memory

Over the year’s legacies have helped make an enormous difference to the lives of people supported by charities. A Will is one of the most important documents you will make in your lifetime. It enables you to safeguard your family’s future and to remember your favourite charities. Not only does it ensure your wishes are carried out, but it can help to reduce anxieties at what can be a stressful time.

In some cases, your Will can be drafted so as to minimise or eliminate any Inheritance Tax which might otherwise be payable.

By arranging to leave us a bequest – and telling us about it in advance – you will enable us to plan our work with a far higher degree of accuracy, safe in the knowledge that when the time comes to implement our plans, we have the funds to back them up.

It is always best to have your Will drawn up by an experienced solicitor.

If you would like further information about Leaving a Legacy or a Gift in Memory please contact the office on 07778 171964 or email [email protected]

Volunteering

There are opportunities for volunteers to join us to support our team of qualified football and sports coaches. If you are interested in donating your time and skills, looking to gain experience of working in the Community Foundation environment and with our activities please do get in touch to discuss the best opportunity. DBS checks may be required.

If you would are interested in volunteering or would like further information about how to volunteer for the Community Foundation please contact the office on 07778 171964 or email [email protected]

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