What we do
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 –
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 County 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 2020 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 County Community Foundation please contact our Fundraising Manager, Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) 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 Parfetts C&C, Midshire, Barclays Bank in Stockport, Nat West Bank in Heaton Moor, Vernon Building Society and SCFC Gold Bond Club Lottery. 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, McDonald, Merseyway Stockport, Co-op, Edgeley, Wellington Road, Great Moor and Co-op Funeral Care Stockport.
Parfetts continue to support the Stockport County Community Foundation Disability Programme for a further 12 months!
We were delighted to announce that long-time supporter of the Community Foundation, Parfetts Cash & Carry agreed to continue their sponsorship with the Community Foundation and remain our Disability sponsor for 2020. Due to the hard work of everyone in the Foundation, we are now running more disability/mental health sessions each week as we develop such a vital arm of the charity. The partnership and vital funding will allow us to continue to develop and give all our teams the opportunity to wear a full Stockport County kit displaying the Parfetts brand at regular fixtures and festivals throughout the season.
Adrian Rigby-Bates, Disability Football Development Officer said:
“We would like to thank Parfetts Cash & Carry for their generosity in once again supporting our disability programme over the forthcoming season. We are extremely proud of the opportunities we offer within our local community to over 250 children, young people and adults (Male and Female) with a range of physical and learning disabilities, mental health illness and complex needs to engage with football and sport and promoting a healthy lifestyle. We deliver weekly football and multisport coaching sessions for juniors and adults and provide the opportunity for participants to play in competitive monthly football tournaments. The project helps to extend opportunity, choice and control – benefitting those attendees physically, socially and emotionally”.
Guy Swindell, Parfetts Retail Director responded:
“Parfetts are committed to supporting local charitable organisations, and the Stockport County Community Foundation continues to do excellent work in and around the local community. It stretches beyond just football for the elite and engages both adults and children in the local area. I look forward to hearing about the great work the Foundation continues to do, and we are very proud to be their Disability sponsor for the next twelve months”.
For more information about how your business, company or organisation can become involved with Stockport County Community Foundation please contact our Fundraising Manager, Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]
We carry out work in conjunction with various partners such as: High Peak Housing, Stockport Homes, Equity Foundation, Moss Care St Vincent, Contour Homes, JJ Housing, Stockport MBC, Stockport NHS, Life Leisure, Stockport LEA, Stockport Youth Offending Service, Cheshire Football Association, The Football Association, The National League Trust, Premier League Charitable Fund and various local charities.
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 our Fundraising Manager, Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]
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, Match Day Collections, Supermarket Bucket Collections, Gala Balls, Christmas and Summer Fares, Choir sing outs, Bike Shows, Quiz nights, Beer festivals, Foodie Fridays, Santa Dash, Duck Races aswell as sponsored walks, runs, swims and cycle events. Often these will be supported with a Charity Auction and raffle to boost interest and fundraising.
Meet some of our event organisers who help raise funds for the charity
The Local Gardens Charity Ball Raises over £6,000 for the Foundations Disability and Mental Health Programme
Blake Slater and his company Local Gardens raised a fantastic £6,100 at their prestigious Charity Ball Fundraiser held at the Alderley Edge Hotel Bar and Restaurant on Saturday 19th October 2019. The fundraising event was in aid of Stockport County Community Foundation’s Disability and Mental Health programme.
The organiser of the event, Blake Slater from Local Gardens was delighted that the dinner raised £4100 which will be partially matched by event supporter, Barclays Bank in Stockport, to provide a charity donation of £2000 with their representatives Gemma Melrose and Lianne Kerfoot attending the event to help with the fundraising from the raffle. Over 115 people attended the Black-Tie Ball which proved both a fabulous and fun evening of entertainment hosted by Andy Powell who was the MC for the event. Funds were raised on the night through a charity auction and raffle with a range of great prizes.
Blake Slater, Managing Director of Local Gardens said:
“We wanted to innovate and thank our clients by inviting them to a grand charity ball that they would remember, and we felt that it was a great opportunity to support a local charity too. We were very pleased to choose Stockport County Community Foundation because of our long-standing history and connections with the club. The Foundation does some really valuable and rewarding work in the community and the funds raised will go to their Disability Football Programme which is a very worthy cause and one we are proud and humbled to support”.
Barclays Stockport Match Funding support for Stockport County Community Foundation’s Disability and Mental Health Programme – £2000.00 Funding
On behalf of everybody at Stockport County Community Foundation we would like to thank Barclays, Stockport Branch for kindly helping with our fundraising event at Blake Slater’s Local Gardens Charity Ball on Saturday evening 19 October 2019 at the Alderley Edge Hotel. Their fabulous efforts in selling the tickets for our raffle on the night are very much appreciated and have helped in raising significant funds for our Foundations Disability and Mental Health Programme. Barclays match funding donation was an incredible £2000.00.
Thank You to Roughley’s Bike Show for their Donation to Stockport County Community Foundation’s Disability and Mental Health Project – £500.00 Funding
On behalf of Stockport County 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 our Fundraising Manager, Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]
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 our Fundraising Manager, Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) 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 “Sport in Memories” 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:
Weekly Pan Disability Junior and Adult football coaching sessions and Monthly Tournaments.
The funding received has helped to grow the weekly coaching sessions and numbers of participants at Houldsworth Village, Stockport across our Monday Junior disability session participants to 15 players and Wednesday Adults sessions reaching 33 players. What has been a really pleasing outcome is that we have taken 4 of our junior players through transition into our adult team and this has been a success with all 4 players making the step up and enjoying their football. We successfully started the new 2019/20 football season in November 2019 with both the Junior and Adult Ability Counts East Cheshire Leagues/tournaments. The Junior Pan Disability Tournament continues to take place at Wilmslow Leisure Centre with 5 junior teams and the Adult Pan Disability Tournament has grown to 15 teams, playing in three divisions (Premiership, Championship and League One) at the Power League in Stockport which works perfectly for this monthly event. We at Stockport County are pleased to have three teams, one in each division and I am the Divisional Secretary and Welfare Officer that organises both the Junior and Adult Leagues in partnership with the Cheshire FA. The Disability Football Project that we run is designed to extend physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities in Stockport and the local area and increase the opportunity for disabled people to play football and take part in a range of multisport opportunities promoting fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
Mental Health Monday Football Coaching Sessions to Pennine Care Trust/Heathfield House. Weekly (2pm – 3pm) to Pennine Care Trust at Heathfield House, a step-down rehabilitation unit.
The funding received have enabled the weekly session numbers to Pennine NHS Care Trust to increase to 25 players attending the Heathfield House step-down rehabilitation unit with Players attendance from Prospect House in Rochdale and Tatton and Hurst in Ashton. This provision has helped to improve health and wellbeing by providing opportunities and support to people living with long-term health and serious mental illness. The players who take part also play for the SPARC United and SPARC FC Teams in the monthly Adult East Cheshire Ability Counts League held at the Power League, Stockport. This has provided them with the opportunity to not only take part in regular physical activity opportunities but to play competitive matches too which has been a real confidence builder. We are again looking to extend our activities to coaching 10 patients at the Cobden Unit at Stepping Hill Hospital, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.
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!
Sport in Memories – County’s Social Wellbeing Group Edgeley Park Club Museum every Wednesday (10am until 12noon)
Sport in 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 gentle yoga and art therapy delivered by trained qualified professional therapists 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 The National League Trust, Vernon Building Society 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, Grow the Game FA funding, Aviva Community Fund and David Hopkins Foundation.
Meet some of our Funders
Co-op Local Community Fund
Stockport County Community Foundation and its Social Wellbeing Programme has been selected with two other local charities to take part in the Co-op local Community Fund for the next 12 months.
You can help support our programme.
When a Coop member buys selected products or services from their Co-op, they earn 5% reward for themselves, with a further 1% to local good causes like our County’s Social Wellbeing Programme. Co-op members can choose us as their charity by going online coop.co.uk/membership
Adrian Rigby-Bates, Disability Football and Fundraising Manager for the Community Foundation said:
“We would like to thank the Co-op Local Community Fund for choosing our good cause to benefit from their funding for the next 12 months. The Community Foundation is immensely proud of our Social Wellbeing Programme which supports over 260 people in Stockport. Our provision includes a weekly Walking football group for seniors; weekly football and multisport coaching sessions and regular tournaments for young adults of working age who live with serious mental illness; and a weekly Drop-in “Sport in Memories” Social Wellbeing Group for those 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 serious mental illness to improve their health and wellbeing. The money we receive from the Co-op over the next 12 months will support our Social Wellbeing Programme of activities in funding new equipment, activity costs, venue hire, tournament and coaching costs”
If you would like further information about how to support the Community Foundation in the Co-op Local Community Fund for the next 12 months please contact Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]
Tesco “Bags of Help” – £4000.00 funding
We would like to thank Tesco Bags of Help for their generosity in supporting Stockport County Community Foundation’s Disability Football and Multisport project. We are extremely proud of the opportunities we offer within our local community to over 260 children, young people and adults (Male and Female) with a range of physical and learning disabilities, mental health illness and complex needs to engage with football and sport and promoting a healthy lifestyle. We deliver weekly football and multisport coaching sessions for juniors and adults and provide the opportunity for participants to play in competitive monthly football tournaments. We would like to say how grateful we are to Tesco for their generosity in supporting our disability programme with this invaluable funding towards our charity that has helped towards supporting our weekly football venue pitch hire at Life Leisure, Houldsworth Village in Reddish for both junior and adult sessions, help pay for much needed new equipment including footballs, playing kits for all groups and covered coaching costs.
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 our Fundraising Manager, Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]
Our main sponsors are Midshire (sponsors of our Schools’ Coaching Programme), Parfetts C&C (sponsors of our Disability Programme), Guardian Education (sponsors of Under 11’s Primary Schools Cup) and Contact Originators (sponsors of our Ball Boys’ Package). However, sponsorship opportunities are still available for our:
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 our Foundation manager, Dave Wardle on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or 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 our Fundraising Manager, Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]
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.
Stockport County’s very own “Help the Hatters” very kindly support our Community Foundation in so many ways. One such fabulous level of support is seen with their weekly help and involvement with our Wednesday morning Sport in Memories social wellbeing group where Help the Hatters volunteers Ray, Eddie, and Dot help with serving refreshments and help run the morning!
If you would are interested in volunteering or would like further information about how to volunteer for the Community Foundation please contact our Foundation Manager, Dave Wardle on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]
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