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ParkLife Community Fund

ParkLife, formerly known as The Parklife Weekender, has taken place in Heaton Park, Prestwich since 2012 in order to accommodate the increased numbers attending. It is jointly organised by a number of groups, including The Warehouse Project.

As part of their commitment to reducing the impact of the event by working with local residents and community groups, the ParkLife Community Fund has been made available.

ParkLife 2017 Community Fund

Highlights of this years fund are listed below:  

  • £22,000 available
  • Maximum per application £1,500
  • Priority will be given to Parks and Open Spaces
  • Priority will be given to events that benefit the whole community and Prestwich residents.
  • ANYONE can apply, as long as the project takes place in Prestwich
  • Deadline 14 January 2018
  • Stage 1 - Councillor Panel
  • Stage 2 - 'The Pitch' public vote will take place on 1 March, 6.30pm at Prestwich Arts College (Paragon Theatre). Those who go through to Stage 2 must attend this event in order to be in the running for a share of the fund where members of the public will vote for the projects they wish to see funded


The Pitch - public voting event
Details of the Groups Pitching on 1 March are as follows:

Organisation: CasiCare (£1,000)
Project: Over 50’s and limited mobility sports activities
The project will be based within St Mary’s Park delivering sports activities such as cricket, crazy golf, bowls, walking football, walking rugby and a walking group based at St Mary’s Park.

Organisation: Friends of Bury Young Carers (£1,275)
Project: Prestwich Young Carers
To provide a monthly drop in for young carers in Prestwich currently unable to access drop in Bury due to travel costs and time.

Organisation: Bloco Ashê Bury Community Samba Group (£1,150)
Project: Positive Beats
Offering Workshops and Performances to groups and organisations in Prestwich.

Organisation: Lancashire Wildlife Trust (£1,500)
Project: Family adventure week at Phillips Park
Deliver a two week long programme of adventurous activities during the April school holidays for families with children of all ages. Interactive, fun and involve practical activities which children and parents participate in together. Some of the key sessions will include an evening bat walk, pond dipping, a scavenger hunt and nature trail themed around the Gruffalo, bushcraft survival activities and an environmental art session.

Organisation: Cherry Trees Playgroup (£1,500)
Project: Outside Play Area
Resurface play area with suitable artificial surface so children can play outside regardless of weather in a safe environment.

Organisation: Prestwich Methodist Youth Association (£700)
Project: Educational learning aids/Phoenix Youth and Community Centre
New educational, learning aids and games for afterschool, play scheme and youth clubs.

Organisation: Albert Avenue Allotment Society (£1,500)
Project: Development of Community Allotments, Orchard and Composting Facilities
To develop semi-derelict land within the allotment area; providing three usable allotments, an orchard and an area for composting and the controlled destruction of Japanese Knott Weed.

Organisation: North West Life Education (£885)
Project: Life Education at Butterstile, Heaton Park and Park View Primary Schools
A unique, magical and memorable mobile classroom will visit the 3 schools in Prestwich. To develop and equip pupils with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to build their resilience and avoid peer pressure; to build pupils’ decision-making skills and increased self-esteem; to engage parents/carers.

Organisation: Prestwich Carnival Committee (£1,500)
Project: Prestwich Carnival Silver Service
Partner with Ambition for Ageing to deliver a community lunch for approximately 60 elderly residents at St Mary’s Park. Aims to reduce social isolation, loneliness and build civic pride amongst elderly residents allowing them to celebrate in the carnival fun.

Organisation: EAT Pennines (£1,500)
Project: Improving Albert Avenue Community Allotment
To work in partnership with Incredible Edible Prestwich and District (IEPAD) to improve the IEPAD community allotment on Albert Avenue Allotment site in Sedgley and deliver family learning sessions to bring the disparate community together.

Organisation: Incredible Edible Prestwich (£500)
Project: Prestwich Forest Garden
Purchase a wider variety of more mature fruit trees to plant in the Forest garden. The local community will benefit from a more developed space with a larger diversity of fruit that will be available at an earlier date.

Organisation: St. Mary’s Primary School (£1,500)
Project: St. Mary’s Outdoor Learning Project & Forest School
Develop an outdoor learning programme to give pupils the opportunity to take their learning outside of the classroom and meet the requirements of the national curriculum while spending therapeutic time in the great outdoors. The aim is to create specially designed outdoor leaning programmes for each session that are age appropriate to suit all pupils.


ParkLife 2016 Community Fund successful projects:

£5,500 was made available for Bury Projects. The funding criterion set by ParkLife was to give priority to projects focusing on Parks and Green Spaces and/or working with Young People. Bury received 14 applications for Prestwich projects taking place in your neighbourhood.

Manchester ParkLife 2016 Community Fund successful projects:

  • Friends of Blackley Cemetery
  • Friends of Blackley Forest
  • Blackley in Bloom

Community Funding

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Ruth Shedwick
Contact Position
Neighbourhood Engagement Coordinator (Prestwich Whitefield Unsworth)
0161 253 5327
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This page was last updated on: 16/02/2018