Rapid ROCA grants boost Saddleworth community projects

TWO COMMUNITY projects in Saddleworth have been boosted by grants from this year’s Rapid ROCA scheme.

Overall, 25 groups benefited from Oldham’s Respect Our Community Awards (ROCA), which saw £9,790 committed to projects and new ideas across the borough.

The judging panel considered 56 applications before picking out the recipients – including Holland Close retirement housing in Delph and Saddleworth Carers Group.

Peaceful Moments, a group of residents from Holland Close, will use their £500 to create a home-from-home environment centered around a new greenhouse and the space around it.

Frank Schofield and Brian Gaskell from Peaceful Moments at Holland Close

The Saddleworth Carers Group will use their £250 to continue providing a supportive network and lifeline for those caring for loved ones with dementia.

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Dr Eamon O’Daly, chairman of Saddleworth Carers

They meet every second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Sacred Heart Church Hall from 10am-12noon to hold friendly and fun sessions for those with memory problems and their carers.

Sessions are free to attend and include a light lunch. For more information please call Eamon O’Daly on 01457 810614 or Kath Edwards on 01484 845350.

Jodie Barber, Senior Youth Work Manager at Oldham Council and ROCA Chair, said: “It was heart-warming to see so many applications and really interesting to see the wide variety of projects from community groups and volunteers who give so much of their time and work hard to make a positive contribution across Oldham.

“We were delighted to be able to give 25 worthy local projects a cash boost. We know these small grants will make a massive difference to the communities and people who will benefit from the activities.”

Rapid ROCA has been shortlisted for the TPAS Awards 2016 in the Excellence in Equality and Diversity category, and the winners will be announced on 29 April.

ROCA was established in 2007 by First Choice Homes Oldham to provide financial assistance for projects that bring neighbourhoods together and develop individuals’ skills. Money is donated to the fund from FCHO and its partners organisations.

Projects awarded Rapid ROCA funding are:

  • Saddleworth Carers Group                                                      £250
  • The ROCA Radio Show on Oldham Community Radio                 £470
  • Oldham Camera Club                                                              £285
  • Jubilee Colliery, Shaw                                                             £500
  • Heyside Girls Cricket League                                                   £500
  • Urban Angels Street Dance                                                     £500
  • Sholver Millennium Green Growing Hub                                   £500
  • Community Café project, Shaw                                               £458
  • Friends of Parkwood Residents Association                               £282
  • Oldham Cancer Support Centre                                               £500
  • The Crossley Residents’ Group                                                £370
  • Community Lived Experience Organisation                               £250
  • 9th & 10th Oldham Scout Group                                              £500
  • Bean Good Café                                                                     £500
  • Crafty Hacks                                                                          £250
  • Shaw Cricket Club                                                                  £500
  • Royton & Crompton over 60s                                                  £100
  • Hack Oldham Woodworking                                                    £250
  • SHAFLA Wellbeing Project                                                       £480
  • Firwood District Residents’ Association sporting activities          £480
  • Holland Close Residents’ Association                                        £500
  • Richmond Coffee Morning Group                                             £266
  • Bitchin’ Stitching                                                                   £350


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