Growing community spirit is recognised

The Bishop of Manchester David Walker, centre, meets members and volunteers during a visit to the community group Grow for Giving, based at Tyldesley Allotment.
The Bishop of Manchester David Walker, centre, meets members and volunteers during a visit to the community group Grow for Giving, based at Tyldesley Allotment.

A community organisation is hoping the borough’s residents will back its attempts to win the regional stage of a major awards contest.

Grow For Giving, based at Tyldesley’s allotments, has been shortlisted for the North West category of the Britain Has Spirit awards.

“We’re absolutely amazed someone has nominated us, we couldn’t believe it when we found out. It was a really lovely surprise.”

Pamela Jones-Brown

The organisation now has until June 17 to persuade as many people as possible to vote for them and is hoping it will be backed by residents as it has consistently come near the top of the daily online polls so far.

Grow For Giving, which is entirely run by volunteers and provides a range of activities and services supporting people with mental health problems, unemployed residents and families on the breadline, is competing against four other groups including one re-opening a swimming baths.

Managing director Pamela Jones-Brown said: “We’re absolutely amazed someone has nominated us, we couldn’t believe it when we found out. It was a really lovely surprise.

“It’s all about growing community spirit and our plea now is just for people to vote for us.

“We’ve got all sorts of projects going on and we’re particularly keen on integrating people with needs into the community. ”

Grow For Giving’s projects including volunteering to help crime victims after gardens have been damaged by cowboy traders, providing activities on the allotments for people with dementia and mental health problems and offering training for residents struggling to find work and running a foodbank.

The group’s bid to win Britain Has Spirit is also being backed by Wigan Council.

A town hall spokesman said: “Grow for Giving is a fantastic community group who are making a difference in the Tyldesley area and we are proud to support them in their work to give people the chance to learn new skills and give back to the Tyldesley community.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed that they will be successful and pick up the award.”

Voting lasts until June 17 and people can support their favoured cause by visiting the website or using the app.

To find out more, visit www.britainhasspirit.com/vote-north-west/