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 have to recognise that more could be done to improve social inclusion of isolated and vulnerable residents, reduce hate crime and prevent radicalisation, and ensure faiths and cultures live together positively and without fear.
Trafford has recently launched a Community Cohesion Forum, bringing together faith and community leaders alongside public agencies, to understand cohesion in the borough and join up our efforts to tackle challenges and take opportunities.
In addition, following an open application process, Trafford Council and the Safer Trafford Partnership are funding 10 local projects that will strengthen the borough’s strong communities.
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:
Community Cohesion Grant
|Organisation ||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
||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
||Inter-generational 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.
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