Grant Applications I Will if You Will

The I Will If You Will (IWIYW) Community Fund is now open for applications. This is a chance for local groups to bid for funding to run their own activities or events.

Groups can be awarded up to £1,000 from the IWIYW Community Fund towards their proposal for things such as facility hire, equipment costs, coaching or publicity.


The ‘I will if you will’ team say:
“We want you, our communities, to get your thinking caps on and come up with some great ideas for how you might support IWIYW. We’re looking for ideas that will inspire our local ladies and girls to change their routine, get them enjoying a bit more ‘me-time’ and being more active, more often.

As long as your proposal supports the concept of IWIYW and we think the activity or event is something that women and girls will want to try, then your group is in with a chance of being awarded up to £1,000.”

How will applications for funding be assessed?
Applications to the IWIYW Community Fund will be assessed initially by a panel of representatives from Bury Council, Bury Sport and Physical Activity Alliance and Health Watch with final approval being provided by Sport England.

Successful applicants will usually be notified within 6-8 weeks.

I want to apply for funding, how should I go about it?
Whether it’s a dance workshop or charity walking group, the IWIYW Community Fund invites any group to get involved, as long as the proposal will help local women and girls to try new things and be more active, more often.

Funding is available to help community groups from any of the six towns in the Borough of Bury – Bury, Prestwich, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Tottington and Whitefield.

Your project should focus on behavioural change and be linked to increasing the participation of women and girls aged 14+ into a physically active lifestyle.

Priority will be given to projects that:
Are run by local volunteers who wish to improve the sporting activities they offer
Encourage involvement of local residents in improving, identifying and implementing sporting activities
Promote voluntary participation as well as community involvement and self-help
Do not duplicate an existing provision or service unless this can be explained and justified

For more information…
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposal in more detail, please phone Liz Saunders at Bury Council on 0161 253 6357 or email

Shall we Dance Dementia Support

A new group in Bury for people with dementia, carers and anyone who likes to dance…

The Bury Christian Fellowship and the `I Will if You Will’ team have partnered up to deliver a new group in Bury for people with dementia, carers and anyone who just likes to dance, have fun and meet new friends. The first session is on Wednesday 10 June 2-4pm at the Manna House, Irwell Street, Bury.

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RBS Heaton Park Branch to Close

Royal Bank of Scotland have announced that their Heaton Park Branch (corner of St Margaret’s Road and Bury Old Road) is to close this summer.

Many residents have reacted with concern, as this is the only bank in the Bury Old Road area and a well loved local service.

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We are concerned that RBS seem to have made this announcement without any consultation with the local community. Banking has changed, with more people using online services, but some people do prefer bank counter services and this closure leaves us with no provision anywhere in this part of the Prestwich area.

What do you think? Let us know your views and help us make representations to RBS.

Community Fund – Call for Grant Applications

Applications are open for the Community Fund grants which are available for each of the Township Forum areas across Bury Council. The Community Fund was originally established by a Liberal Democrat group proposal at Bury Council which became part of the Councils budget.

Each Township Forum area has been allocated £8,000 to support the work of voluntary and community funds with funds allocated at 4 meetings each year (June, September, November and March).

A maximum grant of £250 is availbale for formally constituted organisations.

Additionally a borough-wide allocation of £8,000 is available for ‘cross ward’ applications where activity takes place across more than one ward. The maximum grant is £500.

Application forms and more guidance are available from:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any information or assistance on this.

My Health, My Community Launch Event

Pennine Care NHS Trust, who operate the community NHS services throughout Bury are organising a ‘Fun activity event’ to mark the launch of their ‘My Health My Community’ initiative on 29 May 2015.

There is a launch event leaflet here.

​Pennine Care say:

“You are invited to come along to a FREE activity day on 29 May to celebrate the launch of an exciting new scheme that will help people to better manage their own health and that of the people they care for.

On the day, you can come along and find out more about My Health My Community and a brand new app and website for children with type 1 diabetes. The app and website has been named Sugar3 and has already been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Standard Excellence Award.

You can also enjoy a short massage (pre-booking essential), cuddle with cats, rabbits and guinea pigs from Noah’s A.R.T, try their hand at rag rugging and get crafty with pom-pom animals. A free picnic lunch will also be on offer for all attendees.”

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The My Health My Community programme has been jointly developed by service users, carers and professionals. The aim is that everyone works together to ensure people have the confidence, skills and knowledge to improve their own health and wellbeing and can reach their full potential.

There are a number of initiatives which sit under the My Health My Community ‘umbrella’ including:

– Community courses: These are offered on a whole range of topics including self-care, mental wellbeing, specific conditions and skills for carers and have been developed in partnership with the University of Manchester
– An overarching My Health My Community website: This will contain a range of educational modules, personal trackers, health tools, community resources and information
– Sugar3 website and app for children with type 1 diabetes: This will provide advice, videos, and much more to help children better manage their condition
– A children’s asthma app: This is currently being developed with health professionals and children who have asthma, to ensure it meets their needs

The event will run from 10am to 4pm and people can come all day or drop-in. It is being held at the Talking Point Conference and Exhibition Centre, Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, Oldham, OL4 4AG.

To book a place phone 0161 716 3396 or email

Local Elections Holyrood Ward – Thank you for your Support!

Just a note to thank residents once again for their support in the local elections last Thursday.

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Thanks to your support I was elected as your Councillor here in Holyrood Ward. You now have two Lib Dem councillors to stand up for the local area (myself and Tim Pickstone).

Liberal Democrat (Mary D’Albert) 2,112 (36%)
Labour 2,066 (35%)
Conservative 784 (13%)
Ukip 623 (11%)
Green 340 (6%)

The result in the General Election was that Labour’s Ivan Lewis was re-elected as our MP.

Labour (Ivan Lewis MP) 21,272 (45%) ELECTED
Conservative 16,350 (35%)
Ukip 6,299 (13%)
Liberal Democrat (Paul Ankers) 1,690 (4%)
Green 1,434 (3%)
English Democrats 170 (1%)

Scouts seek new District Commissioner

Prestwich, Radcliffe and Whitefield Scouts are seeking a new District Commissioner. They are keen search as wide as possible in the local community to find the best person for this role.

The District Commissioner role is crucial for the development of the District and the the Scouts’ ability to deliver more and better Scouting to more young people and adult volunteers. Being much more of a “people management” role, Scouting history or experience is not strictly necessary as full training and induction is provided, so people outside of Scouting might be good in the role.

All nominations will in the first instance go to the County Secretary – Stephen Allan – who will pass the nominations to a Search Party that I am in process of putting together. The closing date for nominations/application is Saturday 30th May 2015.

More information on our local Scouts here. An application pack can be downloaded from here.

Car-park Barrier Longfield Car Park

Thank you to the various residents who have let us know about the barrier on the Longfield car park being ‘out of action’ (Normally the car-park is locked until 9.30am weekdays.) This has been causing problems to residents, businesses and services who make use of the car part at present.

This has been reported to the Council and repair work on the gate was scheduled to start on Monday just gone (though we have to say it doesn’t seem done yet!)

We will keep you updated if there is any further delay.

Tackling Fly-Tipping on Baguley Crescent

Residents of Baguley Crescent will have been very pleased to see crews on site last week to clear away the appalling amount of fly-tipping which had accumulated in the garages area on the western side of the Crescent.

It is great that the Council has finally taken action on this after many months of lobbying by local residents and by all of your councillors.

The bay has now been fitted with locked bollards, to which garage owners are being given a key, in an attempt to stop further incidences of fly-tipping.

Tim and I are very keen that we act very quickly if there are further cases of fly-tipping – either here or elsewhere on the Crescent, to avoid this being a problem again.

Please can you let us know immediately if problems happen.


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