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Community groups bid for £100,000 cash in Dragons-Den style event in Macclesfield

The event took place at MAC Multi Activity Centre.

Coung Paul Bates (far left) and Macclesfield MP David Rutley (far right) present cheques to successful projects

A youth centre, homeless charity and gardening project are among the schemes to get a share of a £100,000 pot following a Dragon’s Den style competition.

More than 200 people attended an event at MAC Multi Activity Centre to hear community groups bid for their share of the £100,000 pot of Cheshire East grant money.

The groups made three-minute pitches before they were put to the public vote, with the audience choosing for 17 of the 35 groups to receive cash.

Groups sharing the grants included local parents setting up a mums and tots group, a self-help support group for people suffering with depression or anxiety and a new drop-in centre for the carers of people with autism spectrum conditions.

The ‘You Decide’ event on Saturday was part of the council’s public health project to address health issues such as obesity, poor physical fitness and mental wellbeing.

It was compered by MP David Rutley and coun Paul Bates, from Cheshire East Council, who presented the cheques to the successful projects.

Maggie Falconer, who runs the homeless charity Cheshire Streewtwise, was thrilled to be awarded more than £6,000 for community art project after her three minute presentation.

She said: “It was very different to the usual application process but it was really good.

“It’s nice to do things a bit differently, you really get the chance to put your points across - this was absolutely brilliant.”

She added: “It was so nice to be in a community building - MAC activity centre were fabulous - and it was great to hear about all the other projects around th town.”

Nick Mannion, Macclesfield West and Ivy ward councillor, who attended the event, said: “The day was a great finale to the hard work over many weeks that the organisers and bidders had clearly put in. Although for the groups that received their well deserved cash, the work starts now to use this to improve the health of local people.

“I was inspired by the effort put in by all and the great connections made between groups for the benefits of their users. It was a brilliant event which showcased our fantastic community spirit in Macclesfield.”

Other groups awarded cash were: MAC Multi Activity Centre; Carers Trust 4 All; the CBT Self-Help Support Group by HOPE; Tiny Tearaways; Space4Autism; Mayfield Garden Group; Gawsworth Group; Cheshire East Citizens Advice Bureau North; The Green In The Corner Cafe; Alzheimer’s Society; Disability Information Bureau; Edge Inclusion Partners; Macclesfield Community Artspace; S:Park South Park CIC; Just Drop-In; The Moss Allotment Garden Project.


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