MP JOINS WITH NEW CHARITY to raise cash for local groups

photoOn Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April, a group of local volunteers rolled up their sleeves to assist shoppers at Morrisons on Saxon Street in Denton to pack their bags. In doing so they raised over £550 for Tameside 4 Good.

All of the money collected will be distributed to voluntary, community and faith organisations in Tameside.

The Tameside 4 Good volunteer team had some new recruits in the form of Andrew Gwynne MP who represents Denton, his wife Allison Gwynne, Labour Councillor for Denton North East, and Claire Francis, Labour Councillor for Denton South and Caseworker to Andrew Gwynne MP.

Andrew Gwynne MP who represents the Denton & Reddish constituency, commented:

“We all regularly support local good causes and enjoy going out and about in the community. We all had a great time but I’m not sure that dazzling pink suits me. I think I will stick to red.”

Tony Okotie, chief executive of Community and Voluntary Action Tameside, commented:

“We designed Tameside 4 Good to make a difference to local good causes.  Every penny collected in our charity buckets is distributed to charitable causes in Tameside.

“We would like to thank our fantastic team of volunteers and to all the people who so kindly and generously donated. We couldn’t fundraise without them.”

Tameside 4 Good is a local initiative charity that gathers support for good causes around the borough by making it easier to give time and skills, money and resources.

The aim of Tameside 4 Good is to strengthen voluntary and community groups by making it easier to help local good causes through the giving of time and skills, money and resources.

If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about Tameside 4 Good, please contact the team on Tel: 0161 339 4985, Email: info@tameside4good.org or visit www.tameside4good.org.

Find out more on Tameside 4 Good via:

Website: www.tameside4good.org

Twitter: @Tameside4Good

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tameside4Good

Online fundraising: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/tameside4good

Notes to Editors:

  • Tameside 4 Good has been created by a partnership between two charitable organisations, Community and Voluntary Action Tameside (CVAT) and The Charity Service. Based in Ashton-under-Lyne, the charity scheme supports local voluntary, community and faith groups across Tameside.
  • It aims to make voluntary, community and faith groups stronger by working with and encouraging local people and businesses to donate time, money or skills to support good causes throughout Tameside.
  • Governed by Community and Voluntary Action Tameside. Charity no. 1148056. Company registered by limited guarantee no. 7930346
  • Community and Voluntary Action Tameside is the new organisation formed from the merger between T3SC and Volunteer Centre Tameside.

Tameside 4 Good Causes Facts

  • There are over 1,000 voluntary, community and faith organisations in Tameside.
  • Less than a quarter of local voluntary, community and faith organisations are registered charities. This means there are at least 750 smaller organisations with no paid staff, limited resources working in only one or two neighbourhoods. They are too small to meet the registration requirements of the Charity Commission and therefore do not have the same ability to fundraise like larger national charities.
  • Recent surveys have shown that local charitable organisations are relatively young and therefore more fragile compared to other Boroughs in Greater Manchester and nationally. For example, the 2009 local survey showed that there were 728 paid employees working in Tameside, a ratio of just 3.4 per 1,000 population compared to the national average of 12.69.
  • Half the organisations recently surveyed say they may be at risk of closure, or risk losing 50% of their paid workforce (therefore losing expertise and skills) in the next few years due to the challenging environment.
  • Local voluntary, community and faith organisations have asked for more help in finding new ways to generate much needed resources, meet skills gaps and recruit new volunteers to help them continue their work supporting local people.
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