NEW PLAY AREA FIRST TO BE FUNDED BY COMMUNITY FUND
28th October 2014
(left to right - back row) Members of Pendleton Co-operative Catherine Ellis, Head teacher James Blackwell and Paul Hayes with children from the school’s early years’ programme.
IT’S CHILD’S play for pupils at Lark Hill Community Primary School where a new play area has been installed thanks to the first donation by a local community fund.
The early years play area at the Salford school was part funded using money from Pendleton Co-operative, a community-led organisation set up to fund local projects as part of Pendleton’s regeneration.
The project is the first to be awarded funding by the Co-operative set up by Pendleton Together, the organisation behind Pendleton’s regeneration. The school, which has been fund raising for three years, also put money towards the play area.
Local people and groups will have the opportunity in the future to put forward bids to the Co-operative for a share of the annual fund for schemes and projects that could make a difference for the local community.
The early years play area includes an activity course that will help young children to develop climbing, balancing and co-ordination skills.
Lark Hill School head teacher James Blackwell said: “The school has been crying out for this sort of play area. The parents are the ones to thank, they have worked long and hard for this. They put together a really strong case to the Co-operative and it has paid off.”
Pendleton Together, the consortium leading the £650 million regeneration of Pendleton, set up the Co-operative as part of its commitment to improving facilities and opportunities for the local community. The consortium is a partnership between Together Housing Group, Keepmoat and Salford City Council.
Paul Hayes, Managing Director of Pendleton Together, said: “The play area is an excellent example of the type of project the Co-operative will be supporting. The Co-operative is very much about helping to build on the community spirit that already exists in Pendleton.
“We want to hear from individuals or groups with ideas they might want to fund. We are looking for projects that the wider community can benefit from, bright ideas that will make a difference for Pendleton.”
Ward councillor John Warmisham said: “When the council first talked to the community of Pendleton about the regeneration, the overwhelming response was we want more than just new homes built.
“They wanted to see the community invested in so it would become a place people would be able to say they are proud to live in. This first investment represents another step towards this goal.”