Our goal has always been to build something better for the community, that's why we founded the Marsden Building Society Charitable Foundation. The Foundation will help us to better support our communities, delivering financial support to those who need it most.
Since we were founded, our goal has been to build something better for the community and that extends beyond helping members to save and own their own home. For us, it means giving something back to our communities. Each year, the Foundation will provide funding for projects in Lancashire supporting the three key themes detailed below.
Supporting and encouraging financial well-being in the community.
Creating an inclusive community and supporting those around us.
Improving the environment and regenerating the local area.
Thank you to all those who applied for funding from our 2023 'pot' of just over £30,000.
Our Charitable Foundation Panel, made up of colleagues from across the Marsden, read each and every one of the applications, scoring them before the Panel meeting.
At the end of the meeting, 11 successful applicants had been chosen to receive funding for their projects. You'll find a brief description of each project below.
AFC Fylde Community Foundation (Fylde)
We’ll be supporting the Foundation with funding for a staff member to provide weekly group sessions for over 55s who are vulnerable and isolated. The sessions will include activities such as ‘Walk & Talk by the Sea’, armchair exercises, quizzes, and workshops.
Aged Blind & Disabled Centre Charitable Trust (Rossendale)
Funding will cover the costs of room hire to continue running three different groups - ‘Thursday Lunch Club’ (a dementia carers and friends group), ‘Crafting Group’ (where retired people share arts and crafts to reduce isolation and loneliness) and ‘Friday Club’ (an over 65s social club).
Bodies in Motion (Brierfield)
We’ll be helping to cover staffing costs for a project supporting elderly people across Brierfield. The staff member will contact and work with elderly people to help them access the group’s ‘Well-Being Hub’, giving them a warm space, food, and somewhere to find support for their current troubles.
The Flowhesion Foundation (Burnley)
Funding will deliver a ‘Money Matters’ programme, lasting 12 weeks for 35 Pashtoon men (aged 23-65) covering tax, credit, savings, and other financial management skills.
The Greater Good (Rossendale)
Funding will provide music, movement, and poetry workshops to over 60s living in care homes across Burnley to improve mood and tackle loneliness.
Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation (Brierfield)
Funding will help to deliver an hour-long weekly walking cricket session for over 60s. It will last for 9 months and will be delivered by a trained coach. Two participants will receive coach training to allow them to facilitate future sessions.
Layton Methodist Church (Blackpool)
We’ll be helping the church purchase 20 basic smart phones and pay for a digital skills tutor to help older people with their digital literacy and increase their access to services and socialisation.
Park View 4 U (Lytham)
Our funding will provide a weekly ‘Wood and Well-Being’ session for 8-12 men (mainly over 60s), carrying out half-day sessions each week, working on seasonal projects that also benefit the local community and other clubs.
Spring into Action (Hyndburn)
Funding will provide financial education for adults with learning disabilities to increase their autonomy and reduce their risk of financial abuse. There will be 4 separate 12-week courses with 12 participants attending each course.
Tram Shed Theatre Company (Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde)
We’ll be helping Tram Shed to engage over 60s in performing arts, confidence building, and sign language workshops. Sessions will run weekly for 12 weeks followed by a celebratory showcase evening.
Urban Organic (Blackpool)
Our funding will cover staff costs and materials for a weekly gardening club for older people at N-Vision (Princess Alexandra Blind Home). This gives the participants access to a regular hobby, socialisation, and additional activities during the afternoon tea break.
We’ll be sharing more details and case studies about each project in the coming months in our branches, on our website and via our e-newsletter so keep an eye out!
The 2024 fund will launch in spring next year. More details will be provided closer to the launch.
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