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Gallagher-nominated Manchester charity awarded £5,000 Aviva grant

SAFE Gorton project wins £5,000 from Aviva Community Fund
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A nomination from Compass – the UK broker network division of international insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher — has helped secure a £5,000 grant for East Manchester charity, The SAFE Gorton Project, through the prestigious Aviva Broker Community Fund.

The Community Fund is a national competition open to all insurance brokers, giving them the opportunity to secure much-needed funds for an important cause in their local community.

Fintan Griffin, President of the Insurance Institute of Manchester and Strategic Account Manager for Compass, nominated the charity for its Ambition Music Project, bringing young people together from all backgrounds, including those hardest to reach, in a creative and stimulating environment.

He comments: “In my role as President of the local insurance institute, I am only too aware of the funding challenges many charities face. I discovered The SAFE Gorton Project recently and have been hugely impressed with the work it does. It’s not a large charity but it has a big vision, and the work it does with young people in Manchester is incredibly valuable.

“The Aviva Community Fund is an annual initiative which encourages insurance brokers to nominate worthwhile charitable causes in their local area and I thought it was a great opportunity to help raise the profile of the project on a national scale while hoping to secure a much-needed funding boost. I’m delighted the team at SAFE Gorton is one of this year’s winners — they are most certainly deserving of it.”

Karen Cartridge, member of the SAFE Gorton steering group, and council member at the IIM, comments: “Our focus is, and always has been, on the nurturing and development of young people. As most of our volunteers have strong links and backgrounds in music, we are ever too familiar with the positive effects music can have, not only creatively but through increasing confidence and social skills. Our project wishes to offer an escape for those from a society less fortunate, and provide them with extra-curricular skills without the stigma which surrounds formal education. We provide an alternative to musical education that doesn’t necessarily follow the formalities of the current National Curriculum, but leads a more in depth route into music, life and building relationships.

“The £5,000 grant will make a real difference to the work we do here. We’re incredibly grateful to Fintan for the nomination and to Aviva for recognising what we’re striving to achieve here – and awarding us this much-needed funding.”

The SAFE Gorton Project seeks to offer younger members of the community the opportunity to be an integrated part of an exciting venture that is helping to eliminate violence and crime through the power of music and performing. Located in East Manchester, in a former industrial area, the project’s base is situated within the Catholic parish of Sacred Heart and Saint Francis Gorton.

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