Community Cohesion

Hate Crime Awareness Grants

Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week 4th-10th February 2019 is now in its seventh year and continues to go from strength to strength. In Trafford we celebrate our strong, diverse communities, recognising the many faiths and cultures across our borough, and we are proud that Trafford remains the safest borough in Greater Manchester.

Nationally there has been a rise in hate crime, defined as an act that is committed against any person or group that is motivated by hostility and prejudice based upon disability, race, ethnic origin or nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender orientation or alternative subculture. Offences include such things as name calling, verbal abuse, bullying, harassment, spitting, physical attacks, damage to property, graffiti, written notes, emails and text messages.

Trafford Council, Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment Board and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority are making £20,000 available to fund events and activity during Hate Crime Awareness Week and for projects to tackle hate crime.

Grants of up to £500 are available to support events and up to £2,000 for projects.

In particular we are looking for projects that:

  • Prevent hate crime by bringing different communities together, strengthening community cohesion
  • Encourage the reporting of hate crime
  • Provide support to the victims of hate crime
  • Reduce the impact of hate crime on communities

Please use these guidance notes and application form if you are applying for up to £500 to support an event.

Please use these guidance notes and application form if you are applying for up to £2,000 for a project.

Projects funded to date:


Amount   Awarded


Future Directions CIC


A series of drop-ins and information stands across Trafford to raise awareness of disability hate crime

Stand Against Violence


Delivering 10 session programmes on bystander intervention at Trafford College

The Counselling and Family Centre   Altrincham


Funding was awarded to sustain the counselling support the Centre provides to victims of hate crime

The Movez Movement


Working with young people to create a creative arts music/media event to represent the voice of a community standing up against hate crime

The Proud Trust


Host a variety of talk shops across Trafford to discuss LGBT+ and hate crime. Also producing an information pack for all Trafford High School to help develop awareness of LGBT+ and hate crime

Theatre of the Senses


Through workshops, creative writing and performance opportunities, participants will share selected life experiences illustrating the impact of hate crime

 Art with a Heart


 Running of an Equalities Workshop at Sale High School

Contact the Partnerships and Communities Team on 0161 912 1173 or at   for more information.

Community Cohesion in Trafford

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.

Interfaith Networking Event

Around 90 people, some of whom were from faith and religious backgrounds, attended the Trafford Unites Community and Interfaith event at the Limelight Centre in Old Trafford on 14th November.

The aim of the event, organised by Trafford Council, Near Neighbours and Limelight Old Trafford, was to bring people together, discuss current projects within the community and to gain an understanding of the challenges these communities are facing and how we can overcome them collectively.

Trafford Council Mayor Tom Ross spoke about the benefits of community cohesion and religious leaders discussed the relevance of working together with different faiths and how their religion is contributing towards community cohesion.

The speakers were Rabbi Fabian Sborovsky, Jewish Faith Leader;  Nidhi Sinha, of the Indian Hindu Community; Reverend John Hughes, St Johns Parish; Dr. Nasser Kurdy, from Altrincham Mosque; Sarup Landa, a Sikh Faith Leader and Dr Farshid Taleb, Bahai, from the Community of Trafford.

Joshua Fulcher, Community Cohesion Officer for Trafford Council, said:

“Firstly I would like to thank everyone who attended the Trafford Unites: Community and Interfaith Networking Event. The audience represented the diversity that we celebrate in Trafford and it was valuable to hear how we can improve community cohesion in the future.”

“The talks from both religious leaders and local projects were inspiring and showcase some of the great work that is currently happening in Trafford. I can reassure you all that this is not a ‘one-off’ event and we will be releasing some more information in the future about upcoming events.”

Three of the projects that were funded through the Trafford Council and Safer Trafford Partnership Community Cohesion Grant showcased their work:  

  • Footlights - Funded £4,997.08 for the delivery of a programme for Trafford Secondary schools focusing on hate crime.
  • Groundwork - Funded £5,100 to establish a young person’s forum for diverse communities in Old      Trafford.
  • Caritas - Funded £5,000 for a Community Sponsorship Scheme for refugees project bringing Muslim and      Christian Faiths across Old Trafford and Flixton together.

The Community Cohesion Officer is keen to learn about community projects in Trafford. Please contact him at

Trafford Tackles Social Isolation

Social isolation has been linked to a number of illnesses including depression and can even lead to young people turning to extremism. It is on the rise in the UK and experts are predicting huge problems with the condition in the future.

To help tackle the issue in our borough, Trafford Council held a special event with residents and expert speakers at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Trafford Unites: Tackling Social Isolation Together took place on 18 January and followed the successful Interfaith and Community Networking event last November.

In short, social isolation is defined as having a lack of contact with family or friends, community involvement, integration or access to services. Socially isolated young people and adults can be vulnerable to criminal exploitation or radicalisation.

The discussions centred on four main topics:

  • How socially isolated individuals could be vulnerable to criminal exploitation or radicalisation
  • How to build resilience within socially isolated individuals
  • Understanding what services and faith communities are currently doing to tackle social isolation in Trafford
  • How can we work together in the future to build stronger social connections?

A total of 55 residents from all backgrounds, including teachers and safeguarding officers, attended the special event. There were interesting presentations from a wide range of speakers.

Sgt Robin Knights, from Greater Manchester Police’s Counter terrorism unit, spoke about how people in society who are socially isolated could be vulnerable to criminal exploitation or radicalisation; Mandy Dennison, from Coaching Inside and Out, explained why young people feel socially isolated and Anton Penrose, of the MovezMovement, explained how youth groups build resilience in socially isolated individuals.

Also, Christine Aspinall, from St Johns Centre, spoke about how religious groups supporting people to build resilience and offering support to people who are feeling socially isolated. And Lilly Axworthy, of Greater Manchester Together, explained how community groups can become places of welcome for people feeling isolated.

Cllr Kevin Procter, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Housing, chaired the event. He said: 

"This was a very successful event attended by 55 people from across the board. The speakers were excellent and gave us all an expert insight into social isolation and how it affects people.

There were some really positive round table discussions on what it means to be socially isolated and what we can do to combat this awful situation. It is horrible to think that there are people out there who have no contact with family, friends or the outside world. People need to interact with each other and, when there is no interaction, there are problems.

People can become anxious and depressed when they have nobody to share their problems with. And, worryingly, it can also lead some into criminal exploitation or radicalisation. Having discussions about these issues is the way forward – we need to get this issue out in the open and come up with solutions."

Community Cohesion Grants

In 2018, following an open application process, Trafford Council and the Safer Trafford Partnership funded 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 
 Groundwork  £5,100 Establishing a young person’s forum for diverse communities in Old Trafford
 Caritas  £5,000 Community Sponsorship Scheme for refugees project bringing Muslim and Christian faiths across Old Trafford and Flixton together 
 Sale West Community Urban Trust  £5,000 Supporting young families in Sale West using local volunteers 
 Hidden Treasure
Discovery Centre
 £5,000 Supporting families and cohesion in Partington by generating local action
 Footlights  £4,997.08 Programme for Trafford secondary schools focusing on hate crime
Theatre of the Senses  £4,993 Theatre and arts workshops for the diverse community in North Trafford, including those with physical and mental health disabilities.
Cyril Flint Befrienders  £4,976 Isolated older people will be supported by volunteers
Lostock Partnership  £2,925 Inter-generational activity involving isolated older people and schools
Cycling without Age  £1,619.14 Volunteers  will take isolated residents out on bike rides using specially modified cycles
Trafford Junior Neighbourhood Watch  £778.40 Engaging primary school children in Sale West in community safety and cohesion issues. 


If you require any further information please contact the Partnerships and Communities Team at or 0161 912 1173


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