On 11 June 2024, Tameside Rotary held a presentation evening, attended by eighty people, to celebrate local community groups and organisations whose applications to Tameside Rotary’s ‘Small Grants, Big Difference’ initiative had been successful.

The cash awards were given to twenty five local groups from across the Borough supporting a range of groups and organiations. President Steve Knowles said: “We have been greatly humbled and encouraged by the way these small injections of cash can make real and lasting differences to these community groups and to the lives of the many people they aim to help. We work hard to put on fundraising events and being able to distribute the monies raised to so many diverse local causes is very heart-warming and rewarding. I hope Tameside residents who donated to our Santa collection will be delighted to see how many different local community activities our club has been able to support through their generosity. We know the need is great amongst the Tameside community and we will continue to actively fundraise to help others.”

Tameside Rotarians are now working on their fundraising calendar for the remainder of 2024. If you would like to know more about Tameside Rotary’s work and how you can get involved, then please visit www.tamesiderotaryclub.com or message the group via their Facebook page ‘Rotary Tameside’. Plans are in hand for the Tameside Beer Festival on 20 and 21 September 2024 at Hyde Town Hall. Tameside businesses and local groups who would like to get involved are invited to email beerfestival@tamesiderotary.onmicrosoft.com for more information.

Names of the organisations who received awards and attended the event are:

• Frends of Sunny Vale Bank

• Smallshaw Tenants and Residents Association

• 4C Community Centre

• LEAP Children’s and Families Charity

• Tameside Community Computers CIC

• Home Start – Host

• St Gabriels Community Group

• Denton West Community Centre

• Hyde Fundraisers

• Sparks Dramatic Society

• Tameside Malayali Association

• The Power of Resilience

• Gee Cross Well Dressing

• Ashton United in the Community

• St George’s Dementia Café

• Tameside & Glossop MacMillan Unit

• Willow Wood Hospice – Flower Festival

• Tameside Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

• Tameside Survivors of Stroke

• Veterans Tribe CIC

• Friends of King George’s Playing Fields

Awards given but unable to attend:

• Parkhouse Residents Association

• Tameside Little Gems

• The Together Centre

• Live Great Adventures

images by KT & Massimino Malacrino