WCHG was honoured to be invited by local Northenden Councillors to visit the Lord Mayor of Manchester Carl Austin-Behan, for tea and cakes in his chambers at the Old Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester.
WCHG was specifically invited to celebrate their community and development work in Wythenshawe. Sarah Woolley Senior Community Investment Manager for WCHG was there also in her capacity for voluntary work for Wythenshawe’s award winning Sarelles Morris dance Troupe which has seen a contribution of 450 volunteer hours in the community and still going strong after 10 years.
The visit highlighted some of the impressive work that is being rolled out by WCHG in Northenden and across Wythenshawe, delivering a range of community initiatives and projects to support this vibrant community to tackle social isolation, improving health and wellbeing and encouraging local people to get back into employment, education or training.
The visit also highlighted WCHG’s impressive track record working in partnership with key agencies and local community voluntary groups to deliver much needed support and strong impact on health and wellbeing.
WCHG’s Social Impact Report demonstrates the impact of the Group’s work within the community of Wythenshawe for every pound spent. In 2015/16 £3.6m was in invested by WCHG which equates to £21.6m in social value return equating to £6 for every £1 pound spent.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan said, "I was delighted to meet the team and hear about their welcome community work in Northenden and Wythenshawe. It's always pleasing to have the opportunity to celebrate and show my appreciation to the individuals, groups and businesses who work tirelessly to make life better for the people and communities around them"
Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said ”WCHG is proud to support the Wythenshawe Community and privileged to be the lead on the many social inclusion projects we get involved with. Wythenshawe is a vibrant place with many great assets and facilities available and we are committed to supporting our residents to achieve their aspirations”.