Stalybridge Celtic expands community activities after being awarded charitable status

STALYBRIDGE Celtic is looking to expand its community activities after recently being awarded charitable status.

The Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, formed in May, will have far greater access to funds than previously.

Community Development Officer Mike Smith explained: “Our community programme, Stalybridge Celtic Community Development began in March 2014, but only had access to funds from within football.

“Now we have charitable status, the Foundation can draw funds from elsewhere and we are looking forward to exciting times off the pitch.”

While the work of Stalybridge Celtic Community Development was overseen by club director Gerald Crossley, the Foundation has five trustees who have a hands-on role in its work.

The trustees are Gerald Crossley, Paul Battye, Jane Nelson, Brian Coll and Mary Gibbons.

The aims and objectives of the Foundation are to provide or assist in the provision of community activities, projects and initiatives by working with clubs, schools and organisations.

They are committed to working with individuals irrespective of their age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their lives.

Stalybridge Celtic Disability Team

The Foundation was recently awarded a two-year funding grant from The National League Trust to continue with the initiatives/projects currently being delivered.

The Foundation is always looking for volunteers to get involved in the community, be it getting involved in the practical delivery or simply discussing ideas for new projects/activities. All help, support, knowledge and guidance is welcome.

To get involved contact Community Development Officer, Mike Smith via email

There will be an official launch of the Foundation in due course. In the meantime you can find out about what the Foundation does on the website

You can follow the Foundation on Social Media – Twitter: @CommunityStaly and Facebook: Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, Stalybridge Celtic Foundation Ability Counts (disability team) and Stalybridge Celtic Foundation Vintage Celtic (walking football team)

Mike said: “After establishing good community links using a multi-agency approach, we can now look to expand our work in and around Stalybridge to engage with a wider audience.

“We are grateful to the National League Trust for their two-year funding grant and owe a massive thank you to Dawn Acton at Action Together for all the help and advice in our application to the Charities Commission along with guidance on our constitution. We couldn’t have done it without her.”

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