OUR 2020 SPRINGBOARD HEROES

For the past year, we’ve been awarding grants to community groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in our neighbourhoods.

We’ve donated more than £41,342 to dozens of local groups and initiatives as part of our Springboard community grant programme. From gardening groups and computer clubs, to food banks and dance troupes; we’ve provided much-needed cash injections to local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve the environment.

This year we picked four fantastic projects from across our neighbourhoods to take part in our third annual Springboard Heroes public vote, to win an additional funding prize of £1,000.

With a record breaking number of public votes cast over the summer, the awards has proven more popular than ever.

Runners up The Veteran’s Garage social hub

Our runners up…

Each of the runners-up, which includes The Lowry Centre Trust, Up Ere’ Productions and The Veterans will each receive £100.

The Lowry Centre Trust

The Lowry Centre Trust brings creative art work shops to Salford school children through a yearly fundraising appeal.

The Lowry School Appeal raises funds to deliver free workshops, led by professional artists, to more than 700 primary school children in some of Salford’s most deprived areas.

Rhiannon McKay-Smith , director of development at The Lowry Centre Trust said: “The children and teachers really loved working with these professional artists. By learning more about L.S Lowry, they were able to feel proud of living in Salford.”

“We aim to boost community spirit and reduce isolation and get people to come together to do something creative. We really believe in the power of creativity to boost mental health.”

"WE AIM TO BOOST COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND REDUCE ISOLATION AND GET PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER TO DO SOMETHING CREATIVE. WE REALLY BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF CREATIVITY TO BOOST MENTAL HEALTH."
Rhiannon McKay-Smith, director of development at The Lowry Centre Trust

Up ‘Ere Productions

Up ‘Ere Productions works with local creatives and young people across Salford to produce theatre and film projects.

The Broughton based theatre and film production was set up by John O’Neill 18 months ago.

John said: “I started Up Ere Productions to champion the unheard voices within the creative community of Greater Manchester. I think theatre and acting is a great way for young people to tell their stories and share their experiences, which can be really therapeutic.

“The kids can learn acting techniques, which helps to improve their confidence and self-esteem.

We’re passionate about using theatre to promote community spirit and cohesion.”

The Veterans Garage

The Veterans Garage was formed by a group of ex-service family members to create a social hub to help reduce social isolation amongst veterans.

The Veteran’s Garage is based at the former Terminal Building at City Airport Barton in Eccles.

Craig Monaghan, director of veterans affairs at Veterans Garage said: “Automotive and aviation events have always brought people together, so we thought it would be the perfect thing to base our social club around. People of all ages, genders, races or religions can bond over their shared passion.”

Open seven days a week, The Veterans Garage also provides its members with welfare support.

AND THE WINNER IS…

Salford Scorpions

Neighbourhood supervisor Emma Jackson presents £1,000 to Salford Scorpions

Our winner of the £1,000 prize fund and Springboard Hero title is a local flag football team, The Salford Scorpions.

The Scorpions received almost half of the public votes in the most popular awards to date.

We caught up with Dave Myring, the mind behind the Scorpions team who also works as a teacher at Ordsall’s Primrose Hill Primary School. As a fan of American football, he set up the team two years ago to help introduce local people to the sport he loves.

Dave said: “We’re thrilled to have won this prize and would like to thank each person that voted for us.

“It will go a long way to helping us set up more teams and fulfil our aim of starting a cadet team for children aged eight years and over. We hope to also be able to set up a women’s team in the future. This funding means we won’t have to charge any costs for new players and all would be welcome to join.

"IT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELPING US SET UP MORE TEAMS AND FULFIL OUR AIM OF STARTING A CADET TEAM FOR CHILDREN AGED EIGHT YEARS AND OVER."
Dave Myring

“We can’t wait for next year to take part in competitions and make Salford proud.”

Flag football is a non-contact and fast-growing version of American football. Instead of tackling their opponent, the defensive team must instead remove a flag from the belt of the ball carrier.

Sue Sutton, our executive director of operations said: “The Springboard Heroes is our way of honouring some of the fantastic work that ordinary people in Salford are doing day in, day out as part of Love Your Neighbourhood Week; and it’s projects like these that make our communities so special.

“We’d like to say a huge congratulations to The Salford Scorpions who are very worthy winners of this year’s award. We had a record-breaking 1,200 votes cast this year, and while there can only be one winner, we’re proud to support them all.”

Watch our video of the moment Salford Scorpians were told they were our Springboard Heroes winners.