Vote for your Salford community heroes

13 July, 2020

The finalists for the third annual Springboard Heroes Awards have been announced.

Housing association Salix Homes has been awarding grants to groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in communities.

More than £139,000 has been awarded by the Salford-based housing association as part of its Springboard community grant programme, since it started in 2017.

Springboard has provided much-needed cash injections to local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve the environment.

Now, Salix Homes has picked four fantastic projects from across its neighbourhoods to be finalists for the Springboard Heroes Awards.

It’s now over to the public to vote for their favourite and the winning project will receive a £1,000 cash boost to help them continue their valuable work.

The finalists for the third annual Springboard Heroes are:

  • Salford Scorpions- a Ordsall flag football team that offers free weekly training to local people  
  • The Lowry Centre Trust – a charity that delivers free art workshops to primary school children in some of Salford’s most deprived areas.
  • Up Ere Productions - a Broughton production company that works with local young people and talent to produce theatre projects
  • Veteran’s Garage – a community social hub for ex-servicemen that aims to reduce social isolation and promote social inclusion


Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: “The Springboard Heroes awards is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to some of the fantastic groups who work hard to help their communities.

“We’re incredibly proud of our Springboard programme. Thanks to the grants, many local projects and initiatives around Salford have been able to continue their fantastic work.

We got more than 1,000 votes in last year’s awards and with the strength of this year’s finalists, I think we can beat that record.

We’d urge you to cast your vote for your favourite and help them win the £1,000 prize, which we hope will enable them to keep making a difference in their communities.”

The Fountains was voted the winner of the second Springboard Heroes Award in 2019. The Swinton-based care home used the £1,000 cash prize to complete a sensory room for its dementia patients.

The winner will be announced during Love Your Neighbourhood Week, which takes place from 17 – 21 August, and is organised by Salix Homes to encourage people to take pride in their neighbourhoods.

Voting is now open and closes on Monday, August 14, and you can vote via the Salix Homes website, where you can also watch a video about each of the groups.