Friends of Cale Green Park

by Friends of Cale Green Park

About the project


Tipping Point £500
2014 Funded £1,000
Summer 2015 Funded £1,750
2015 Funded £2,500
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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The Friends of Cale Green Park have the following priorities: 1. We want to get children and young people to come to the park and interact with the wider community. We want to raise their aspirations and encourage them to value their present and future role within the community. 2. We want to improve community safety by developing a community spirit. 3. We want to promote the use of local green space, sports facilities and community facilities in the area. 4. We want to reduce the isolation of the elderly.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
1. Children & young people: Almost 23% of the population of the ward is under 15. All our events are free and parents looking for activities to take their children to really appreciate the event. 2. Community safety: We want to reduce anti-social behaviour and increase the sense of feeling safe in the area. It is hoped that these events will reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area. They have already created a noticeable community spirit. 3. Reducing isolation of elderly: Although only 12.49% of the population is elderly, we are worried about their isolation. We also want to ensure that the elderly are kept well informed about what is going on in the area. This is especially important in the wider community. For example, according to Stockport’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy [January 2009], 50% of older people in Adswood and Bridgehall [a nearby neighbourhood] are income deprived. 4. In addition to putting on the park events, the group has also helped restore the benches in the park, and raised funding for an owl sculpture in Bell's Paddock. In an area where graffiti is common place, the benches and owl have not suffered any attacks.
What is your solution?
The Friends of Cale Green Park are prepared to organize two events in 2014: a summer event (scheduled for 29 June 2014), and a winter event (scheduled for 7 December 2014). All that we need is the funding to pay for the entertainment and consumables. Our events are free and open to everyone, and anyone that attends feels welcome and part of the community.
How will you deliver this?
We organize two "afternoon in the park" events - one in the summer [June/July] and another in December. These events feature a main attraction, which is typically, a band. But we have also featured other forms of entertainment. For example, Crazy Tramps [a trampoline act] proved so popular that we had them two years in a row. In addition to the entertainment, we also provide homemade cakes [50p a slice!] and tea/coffee from the community room, crafts made by the local residents [eg, at the Christmas events we sell door rings], and of course, a raffle. Proceeds from these events will go towards funding future events [including paying for hiring park staff and public liability insurance].

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Make a note of our website address [] and come back to it every so often to find out more about what the Friends of Cale Green Park are doing.
  • 5 minutes
    Visit Facebook and like our page - Cale Green Park
  • 15 minutes
    Have a look at our video and notice how happy everyone is. We've had events in the pouring rain and even in the snow. Attendance was obviously affected, but everyone enjoyed themselves.
  • 30 minutes
    You know this is a good cause! Tell all your friends about it - post it on Facebook, tell your friends and relatives. Anyone with a connection to Cale Green Park is a potential contributor. Anyone who thinks this is a good cause is a potential contributor. We need you to spread the word.
  • A few hours
    While the internet makes it easy to communicate, there are many people who would like to support our cause, but they don't have access to the internet. If you can spare the time, how about putting up some posters or handing out some leaflets. Contact us and we will provide these for you.
  • Regular time commitment
    The campaign will last for 60 days. You need to keep the pressure on.

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Harold Cataquet 29 April 2014 - 11:15

Just under 24 days left in the campaign. We've raised over £1,100 but we're aiming for £2,500. We couldn't have done it without your help, but we need you to keep pushing and giving. At the very least, please share this link on your Facebook page and tell all your friends about it. The more people who know about this campaign, the more money we are likely to get.

Friends of Cale Green Park Off-line Donations 28 March 2014 - 14:01

Thanks, Keith for your donation!

Harold Cataquet 25 March 2014 - 23:16

This is a great start! We're averaging close to £100 a day. At this rate, we'll make £6,000 during our campaign. That will give us funding for FOUR YEARS of events in the park. Keep up the good work people!

Also, don't forget that our initial target is £500. When we hit that level, we will release Community First's matching fund. So until we hit that level, everyone who contributes is really giving us double the amount! Get in early!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

The Friends of Cale Green Park has the following aims and objectives: • To encourage wider use of the Park by all sections of the local community • To protect, create, develop and improve Cale Green Park and Bell’s Paddock • To maintain the high standards of the Park and its facilities • To stimulate public interest and engender a sense of civic pride in the beauty, history and character of the Park • To promote sustainable practice and policy so as to enhance the biodiversity of the Park

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Our track record

The Friends have organized six summer events, six Christmas events, and four Easter Monday Farmers Markets. Over the years, the entertainment has included Crazy Tramps, Stockport Silver Band, Elmfield Brass Band, Rudolf the Rodeo Reindeer, Egerton Park Arts College Samba Band, Annie's Saints & Sinners (jazz band), Shuttlers' Clog Dancers, St George's Hand Bell Ringers, and Amazing Stephen [children's magician].

Awards And Recognitions

Over the years, we have received grants from Greenspace, the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester (Grassroots Fund), Impact, Stockport MBC Area Flexibility Fund and Community First. The group has also achieved the Community Foundations Quality Standard for Funding.