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      Lloyds Bank Foundation                                                 Lloyds Bank Foundation Grant 2021-2023 The pandemic has limited and restricted our ability to grow as an organisation and provide the necessary services we have been delivering in the past to a minimum. West African Development received funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation to support our development to sustain ourselves going forward by ensuring we have the right staff employed to support with the development of some of the activities over the coming years and to support our organisational growth and who will provide us with an opportunity to sustain ourselves for the future. This fund will create an opportunity to develop our future plans and once again re-engage with the communities that we use to work with pre-pandemic with opportunities to increase our programme activities supporting those that are most vulnerable.   Art in the Community - Robin Estill Fund (Tameside) | Action TogetherAction Together | Action Together

    ‘Art of the Community’ – The Robin Estill Fund 2021-2022

    West African Development received funding from Action Together – Art of the Community’ – The Robin Estill Fund- a project to provide support for those from the African community that have/or are suffering from mental health issues and develop a platform for people to be able to express their feelings and emotions and to be better informed about the support available on mental health services. We will support participants through engagement in our workshops and bring about change through developing friendships and being able to express their feelings and being able to live life well in Tameside through being connected and supported.   WAD will deliver 12 workshops on African dance and drumming sessions over the course of 12 months and capture people’s thoughts and emotions through dance, drumming, and expressive art. This project will increase awareness of mental health and signs of mental health expressed through dance, drumming, and art.   Sport Birmingham - New chief executive of Sport England a great appointment for inclusive sport Action Together | Action Together

    Use Your Energy 2022

    West African Development receives funding ‘Use Your Energy’ from Action Together funded by Sport England which aims to work with Tameside groups to engage and enable children and young people aged 5-18 years to become more active, more often. Our youth sessions at WAD will provide a number of different activities that will get youth socially and physically active. These will include keeping fit activities and active gaming sessions that will engage younger children (Nintendo Wii keep fit), table tennis competitions, and pool competitions along with keeping fit classes/dance classes. These sessions will take place at the WAD office which will be provided free of charge. Due to the winter period, we will be providing these sessions indoors and we will work with other local key stakeholders to seek out other opportunities during this time to keep our young people active and introduce them to local offers. The sessions will take place 3 times a week initially first to test out young people’s needs these will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We aim to have 25 young people involved in the activities aged 12-18. This project will enable us to build on this and endeavour to provide further physical activities outdoors when the weather gets better.   Jobs with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

    TMBC ADULT SERVICES – WINTER PRESSURES FUND 2022

    West African Development received a volunteer-led funded project funding from Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council to support and tackle some of these issues our communities are facing, especially as we enter the cold winter period. As the frontline African charity in Tameside, we want to ensure that all our vulnerable communities are safe. As the whole landscape of our community is changing, we taking numerous calls from families who have either lost jobs from working in the hospitality industry/care work and are now struggling to meet daily needs. It will last 4 months and will be to provide a much needed cultural support service and to ensure that during the winter periods our communities ‘African, refugee, and asylum-seeking communities living in Tameside’ have the essentials that are needed to ensure they stay warm, healthy and well informed to stay safe and provide for their children. WAD delivered an outdoor pop-up West African soup kitchens in Hyde and Ashton Under Lyne on a weekly basis which will help us engage with our communities and ensure they are remaining well and informed. We will provide hot African food packs and this will assist in ensuring we can provide support where it is needed the most and engage in communication during the cold winter period to inform them about staying safe from COVID-19 and having their flu vaccinations/boosters. We will provide masks where they are needed to ensure they are continuing to keep themselves safe as well as others.   Action Together | Action Together

    Tameside Household Support Fund 2022

    West African Development received funding from Action Together to support the most vulnerable with some of the issues they are facing in our community. As the frontline African charity in Tameside, we want to ensure that families’ basic needs are catered for, to support themselves and their families to the basic amenities we all take for granted. As the whole landscape of our community is changing, we are taking numerous calls and referrals for families who have either lost jobs from working in the hospitality industry/care work and are now struggling to meet daily needs and are isolated in the community and have nowhere to turn. The aims of this project will be to provide the most vulnerable in our community a much needed cultural support service to African, refugee, and asylum-seeking communities living in Tameside from supporting them with the energy bills, transportation costs to attend essential appointments, internet connection to stay connected and white goods for those that need them during these difficult times to s We will provide a twice-weekly drop-in session at our office in Ashton Under Lyne on a weekly basis which will help us engage with our communities to ensure they have the essentials they need to remain well and informed. Our volunteers will provide an outreach service for consultation and to deliver items, especially as there are a number of older people who may be isolated and need our support as the weather has changed, so items such as portable heaters where boilers/heaters are not working to warm duvets will ensure a comfortable warm night. The funding we receive from this bid will support us to ensure they remain safe and well. We will also support with energy bills and transportation costs to those that need it for health appointments, stay warm, healthy, and well informed, and stay safe.   Home | The National Lottery Community Fund

    ABC – Easy as – 123  2021-2022

    West African Development received Tameside has become a diverse and multicultural place to live and work where the majority of the residents can speak English. However, there are a small minority of community groups from African countries who now reside in Tameside and are not proficient in English. As part of this funding project, we would like to work with these groups to ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach the level of English they need by providing access to Pre ESOL & ESOL classes/Life in the UK/Budgeting skills. We will deliver weekly ESOL sessions for learners over 12 months, to those who are facing barriers to accessing local services through providing rich practical content/role plays to improve vocabulary and improve confidence and individual expression. We hope that these sessions will also go a long way in supporting learners to engage in accessing and increasing uptake in local volunteering/employment and reducing social isolation.   Thank you all for your continued support. Your support makes our work possible.
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