Bridgewater Residents Association
MEET OUR SPRINGBOARD HEROES
For the past year, we have been awarding grants to groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in our communities.
We have donated more than £33,000 to dozens of local groups and initiatives across Salford as part of our Springboard community grant programme.
From gardening groups to grassroots football teams; Springboard has provided much-needed cash injections to local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve the environment.
Once again, we’ve picked four fantastic projects from across our neighbourhoods as finalists in our annual Spring board Heroes Awards, with the winning project, as voted by the public, receiving a £1,000 cash boost.
Read on to find out more about our inspiring finalists who are changing lives for people in Salford.
Our runners up are...
Salford Litter Heroes
This inspiring group of volunteers make it their mission to tackle littering and fly-tipping within Salford.
The team of litter-bug busters organise regular litter-picks, and since forming in 2019, have collected a staggering 6,000 bags of rubbish from across the city.
Volunteer Vanessa Hamnet said: "We organise community litter picks which are open for everyone with a passion for tackling litter and fly-tipping.
“We want to help make Salford become a litter-free city. We’d like to educate local businesses, children and adults on how they can be part of the solution.
“Reducing litter pollution is so important for our local biodiversity, our water systems and our reputation.”
Vanessa Hamnet, Salford Litter Heroes Volunteer
Bridgewater Residents Association
This green-fingered group have bounced back from adversity after thieves raided their community garden, stealing their prized planters.
The group manage the community garden on East Philip Street in Trinity, which has proved a lifeline for many people struggling during the lockdown.
During the past year, the garden, which is maintained entirely by volunteers, has provided vital outdoor space for local residents.
Volunteer Rik Critchley said: "The garden has become a focal point for the community, providing essential open space for residents in flats with no gardens.
“Everything we plant, we aim to make edible, so that local people have access to fresh fruits and vegetables."
Rik Critchley, Bridgewater Residents Association Volunteer
Salford Pride provides fundraising, awareness and educational projects for the city’s LGBT+ community and also host the city’s annual pride event, which last year was held online due to Covid restrictions.
Salix Homes has a long-standing history with Salford Pride, sponsoring the first ever Pink Picnic in Peel Park in 2011.
Salford Pride chief executive Lee Bowditch said: "Our charity works to build a stronger, diverse community that celebrates inclusion and equality. It's more important than ever that the LGBT+ community has a voice. The support we get helps us to give Salford's LGBT+ community representation and helps to create positive change in our city.
The support we get helps us to give Salford's LGBT+ community representation and helps to create positive change in our city. “The support we had from Salix Homes meant we were able to keep our pride alive in 2020, delivering our Pink Picnic, digitally."
Lee Bowditch, Salford Pride Chief Executive
AND THE WINNER IS...
The Buile Hill Mansion Association
"IT'S GROUPS LIKE THIS THAT MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SO SPECIAL."
This dedicated group of volunteers work alongside Salford City Council with a vision to restore the historic Buile Hill Park Mansion and surrounding buildings and bring it back into public use.
From 1975 until 2000 Buile Hill Mansion was the home of the Lancashire Mining Museum, but due to budget cuts, Salford Council made the decision to close the museum in 2000.
We previously donated £900 from our Springboard fund to support the cause and enable the group to organise a number of community events, which included creating a series of films of people sharing their memories of the site.
Jenni Smith, the association’s chair and funding lead said: “We’re thrilled to have been voted as this year’s Springboard Heroes winners and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. We’ll be using the money to continue our restoration of the Sensory Garden and to hold community events.
“The Sensory Garden was opened in the 1960s and was created to be a garden for park visitors with impaired senses. Sadly, over the decades, the garden has fallen into a poor condition due to lack of resources and investment.
“Our aim now is to restore the garden for the enjoyment of all, but including those with sensory impairment or processing disorders. We’ll then be able to open up the garden for tours and sensory sessions for local families, schools and groups.”
Sian Grant, our executive director of operations, added: “We’re incredibly proud of our Springboard grant programme, which has provided a lifeline, particularly during the challenges of the pandemic, for many fantastic groups and projects, which are really making a difference in our communities.
“Huge congratulations to Buile Hill Mansion Association, which is a very worthy winner of our annual Springboard Heroes Awards, as voted by the public. It’s groups like this that make our communities so special, and we hope the cash prize will help the volunteers on their mission to reopen the Buile Hill Mansion, which will have a huge benefit to the Salford community and beyond.
“All four of our finalists were heroes in our eyes, and this is our way of honouring some of the amazing work that people in Salford are doing day in, day out.”