New cash boost for Sheffield community projects

Support group: Members of Creative Potters with a tortoise they have made.
Support group: Members of Creative Potters with a tortoise they have made.
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TWO projects have benefited from a new campaign to support worthy causes.

The Sheffield Giving campaign encourages organisations and individuals to donate funding – and helps projects access a share of the cash or funding from other sources.

Among those to benefit is Creative Potters Self Help Mental Health Group, based at the Limbrick Mental Health Day Centre, Lower Walkley, which provides creative classes for people with mental health problems. It has received a £1,500 grant.

And Winn Gardens Tenants’ and Residents’ Association has been helped by the initiative to secure £5,000 from Comic Relief to put on football coaching for youngsters on the estate.

Creative Potters aims to provide therapeutic activities to help overcome isolation, improve mental health and to allow users to socialise in a safe environment.

Mick Randall, who has been overseeing the project’s expansion at Longley centre, said: “The group has helped members stay out of hospital.” Meanwhile, Winn Gardens TARA used their grant to team up with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and hold coaching sessions for young people.

Bernard Brocklehurst, TARA chairman, said: “Since receiving the grant we have been able to gather momentum and have a continuous flow of activities with young people that has released an energy in the community.

“People have remarked just how quiet the estate has become and how anti-social behaviour has come down.”

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP For Sheffield Central, who launched Sheffield Gives at the High Sheriff’s Luncheon at Cutlers Hall, said: “This new programme will help to demonstrate what a great city Sheffield is for volunteering and giving.”