The Sale Moor Community Partnership is a community focused charity aiming to support the community and residents of Sale Moor and the wider Trafford/Manchester community. Formed in 2005, the charity developed from a council led pilot project in 2001 that laid the foundations for residents to take the charity on and forward.
From 2006 to April 2021 the charity operated from two premises on the Norris Road Shop Parade. A One-Stop support space and a 15 seat Learning Centre that also functioned as a meeting and youth space.
The Sale Moor Community Partnership is currently working towards the development of a new community space to replace this valuable community facility. We hope to open the new facility in thre Autumn of 2021. The Norris Road Shop Parade is due for demolition in 2021 and we have now closed the premises, with the development already well under way. We are discussing all the options available to us with local partners and agencies.
The charity has focused on 5 main areas to meet its charitable aims. We continue to offer as much as we can though our Facebook page and Twitter so get in touch if you need some help or want to contact us. However we are much more limited in our scope for the time being.
The One-Stop Centre was open 4 days a week. Any support we can now offer will be though our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have access to Facebook
We offer support on benefits, debt, housing (homelessness), employment, anti-social issues and if we don’t know the answer we will find someone who can. We will continue to work with the local Food Bank on Mondays at St. Francis and yoou will find us there each week. In August 2018 we started a partnership with The Bread & Butter Thing to alleviate food poverty in Sale Moor and this also runs from St. Francis on Wednesdays, again you can find us there at that event each week.
Children, Young People & Families
From the outset it was clear that the community in Sale Moor wanted the charity to focus on working with children and young people. There have a been a huge range of projects delivered and hosted by Sale Moor Community Partnership. We will continue to focus on daily projects in the school holidays (Covid allowing) for as wide an age range as possible. The Sale Moor Youth Bank (a youth led grant making organisation) has been an integral part of SMCP since its early days and we will endeavour to reestablish this project at the earliest opportunity. Over 2021 we will be working remotely in the community but will announce projects and events for children and young people as we secure the funding. We will be running the Sale Moor Lunch Club (Active Appetities) in the school holidays and work with Foundation 92 and Swinton Lions to offer sports activities in those periods.
The Community Learnng Centre is now closed too. Learning will be a significant focus for us as we open our new facility later in the year. We continue to work with Trafford College and other providers and will be redeveloping the offer to our community for when we do have our doors open to the public again. For now we will post job updates and opportunities on the Sale Moor Community Learning Centre Facebook page. If you have any direct requests about support from our previous projects e.g. CV help, IT/Technology support then get in touch.
The charity sees volunteers as its soul. They are the lifeblood of the organisation and constantly help to define what the charity is about. From the Board members to the people that come to help at a one-off event we value every single one. Every project we run and support has volunteer input in some way and in some cases they are entirely volunteer led after a small helping hand at the start. We are always looking for people that can offer skills to the charity too.
One of the main reasons for the formation of the Sale Moor Partnership in 2002 came from the protests of local residents that Sale Moor was often overlooked at the strategic and regeneration level. The charity has invested a lot in building databases of information about the needs of the community through local assessments and surveys within the wider context of the Indices Of Multiple Deprivation and the more local context of Lower Super Output Areas. The Sale Moor Research website is a more devoted look at this data. Unfortunately some more jargon in it but also lots of very human comments too. We actively work with Trafford Housing Trust, Social Investment Fund, Trafford Council, Greater Manchester Police and a whole host of partners to ensure the people of Sale Moor are heard and considered.
While we focus on these 5 areas there are many other elements that come into the equation. The quarterly Sale Moor Source magazine that is delivered to 2,000 homes is currently suspnded but we do still operate a Facebook and Twitter account that reflects the work we do in the community. It also keeps local people abreast of the activities and opportunities available locally.
And finally, the constant work towards making the charity in some way sustainable while offering services for free has resulted in cost benefit analyses that prove the social value of charities like Sale Moor Community Partnership to the public purse. The demands placed on agencies that do use public funds to prove they are worth the money given will only increase and it is necessary that the charity shows value for money in every way and measure.