The Arcon Community Fund is now in its third year and was launched to support projects and activities in the local areas where we have properties. Arcon recognises the rich diversity of people that either live in our properties or are members of the local communities where we have homes. Applications for the fund are welcomed from Arcon customers and local community organisations. We support activities and services which improve the well-being of residents; help residents to increase their employability; and support people who have or are currently experiencing homelessness.
Arcon’s Community Funding has allocated £7,000 for this year’s Community Funding, and we are able to help seven organisations in supporting various causes across Manchester.
The Launch project received £1,000 towards their programme of regular events aimed at residents in Salford and adjoining areas of Manchester. These events range from Sunday Social events to running a food pantry service and helping people with loneliness and social isolation.
Barnabus (Manchester) successfully bid for £2,000 to help train staff/volunteers to build relationships with rough sleepers and homeless people on the streets in Manchester. They inform them of local services and encourage them to engage with help available, also providing hot drinks on cold nights.
The Contact Hostel received £1,000 of funding to support their work with vulnerable young women aged between 16 – 19 years old, in the Manchester area. This money will help towards providing them with clothes, fares, birth certificates ID. This helps them establish much needed identity needed to access services and accelerates independence.
The Manchester Youth Zone received £500 which will go towards running some sessions called STEM related activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These are very popular with young people and STEM employers and enhance opportunities for employment.
The Mustard Tree has been established for the past 25 years, supporting people across Manchester in poverty or facing homelessness. Their successful bid of £1,000 will help to fund costs for their flagship vocational training and life skills courses.
Healthy me Healthy Communicates have successfully been granted £1,000 to provide cooking workshops and food safety sessions at Community Grocer sites across Manchester.
Northmoor Community Association successfully bid for £500. The Association strives to relieve poverty and promote health and wellbeing for local people. The fund will help to secure the costs of purchasing 100 online accredited courses, allowing people to update their CV’s and improve their IT skills.