The Innovation Partnership Fund has been making up to £500 available to communities and grass roots groups and organisations across Manchester for just under a year.
Throughout this time we’ve seen (and approved!) proposals focusing on community education, pulling together networks to influence services, events aimed at women with multiple needs and even fishing groups and one proposal to improve cooking skills for people who have had involvement with criminal justice.
One group we’re excited to be working alongside is the Restore Support Network (NW). This is coordinated and facilitated by Marva Wright who gives us a glimpse of what they have planned:
“I work at the Restore Support Network with women. My role is to facilitate a service and spaces that will make coming to the Restore Support Network a great experience.
As a result of our Innovation Partnership Fund proposal we are excited to be running 12 week sessions for female offenders / ex-offenders in the community. The sessions will provide “wind down time” where you can socialise, join in physical activity & gain any further support you need.
The sessions are flexible and can involve anything from general advice to support and information on setting up co-operatives to support employment. There will be a strong emphasis on peer support; taking part in activities alongside each other such a sewing and filling in job applications using computers.
This is YOUR time and we are really looking forward to welcoming you.
The sessions started last Saturday (20th August) and are running for the next three months. Timings are from 4:00pm to 5:30pm each day. Each attendee will get a food parcel.
If you have any questions, or to find out more, please call me, Marva Wright, on 0161 868 0266.”
If you’re interested in making a proposal you can read more here or download the following below: