Springboard Heroes 2023
Meet the finalists
The finalists for the annual Springboard Heroes Awards have been unveiled.
Over the past year, we have been awarding grants totalling more than £49,000 to groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in our communities.
Our Springboard community grant programme has provided much-needed cash injections to local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve the environment.
Now, we’ve selected four outstanding finalists from the groups that received Springboard community funding in the past year, all of which provide huge benefits for the people of Salford.
Watch our four finalists’ videos below to find out more about their projects.
The winners will receive an extra £1,000 bonus grant for their project.
Voting has now closed, and we’ll be announcing the winners very soon!
Meet our shortlisted finalists…
Chandos Bowling Club
For more than 50 years, Chandos Bowling Club, based in Weaste, has been at the heart of the community, providing a welcoming sporting and social activity that is open to all. Its members describe it as an “oasis in the middle of Salford” and for many it’s been a lifeline for helping to overcome isolation or mental health issues.
The club is a community in itself, offering a safe and inclusive place to exercise, meet with friends and get some fresh air, providing lasting benefits to people’s health and wellbeing.
Ordsall Community Arts
Ordsall Community Arts Centre is a long-established community arts group providing arts and education opportunities for local people of all ages. They run a wide range of art-based activities from their base in Robert Hall Street including woodwork workshops, sewing and craft activities, creative writing and knit and natter sessions.
The group’s volunteers are real advocates for using art to improve health and wellbeing, with some members having overcome brain injuries, using art to support their cognitive rehabilitation.
Salford Forum for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum
The forum is made up of representatives from local community groups to provide help and support to refugees and people seeking asylum in Salford. Together they organise events and initiatives to help promote community cohesion.
As Salford’s changing population becomes more diverse, holding events in the community and raising awareness about the issues affecting the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, becomes increasingly important, as it creates opportunities to bring together a range of people from different backgrounds.
Visit From the Stork
Visit from the Stork is based at the Emmanuel Church on Langworthy Road and supports new parents and parents-to-be across Greater Manchester. Its vision is for all parents to be equipped with the resources they need to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their families.
They provide low-cost access to essential equipment for families experiencing poverty, including nappies, formula and toys. They also run groups and activities including breastfeeding support and parent and baby classes. They work closely with last year’s Springboard Heroes winner, Manchester City Mission, providing baby and childcare essentials for families on low incomes.