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Can you help a child to read?

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Beanstalk is looking to engage volunteers across Oldham and Tameside to help children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence through fun one-to-one sessions held in school each week, featuring lots of reading, chat and games, the children flourish (and it’s great fun for the adult too!). Beanstalk is working in partnership with primary schools in areas such as Droylsden, Hyde, Denton and Oldham. If you have a couple of hours each week during the afternoon you could help children in your community. Beanstalk provides training and ongoing support. Please take a look at the website where you can apply online.

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If you have any questions, you can call 0161 814 9515 or Email: Thank you for taking the time to read this, (isn’t reading a useful skill to have!)


Take your picnic table

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Does your community group need a picnic table? Friends of King George the Fifth Playing Field in Ashton has several to give away. Some have been repaired, some need putting together and some need repairs. Contact Alan Dean 07951744480

Scout leaders getting to the top

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Following the trials on the snow slopes of Chill Factore in Trafford Park, two North Tameside Scouts leaders headed off into the mountains of Scotland for mountain leadership training. Chris Sampson from 250th Droylsden Scouts and Richard Dannah from 3rd Ashton Scouts attended a three day mountain leadership course for Scout Leaders in the Trussachs mountain range, 30 miles north of Glasgow. The course covered mountain safety including avalanche awareness, weather forecasting, important tools and skills to master walking safely in the mountains.

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The evening they arrived in Scotland 12 inches of snow was dumped on the mountains which provided the winter conditions to train in. On the first day of the three day course, they were greeted with fresh snow and they walked and climbed to get to Ben Vorlick and Loch Earn, during severe conditions. The snow was fresh so there was no need for crampons (like tennis rackets on your boots) but they did have plenty of bum slides on the way down, always fun.

The following day they went up Meall Nan Tarmachan, a ridge north of Loch Tay, this had to be climbed before the weather set in. They did get some ice on the way up which was a grade 1 climb using their crampons.

The third day they went up Rob Roys Putting Stone, but as the weather turned to rain and warmed, it meant most of the snow disappeared. Once Chris and Richard have finished their training they will be able to safely take Scouts up the mountains.

Richard said: "It was a great course that I enjoyed and learned a lot, to pass onto my Scouts."

If you would like to help young people in Scouting but in a nice warm Scout HQ instead of being up a cold mountain contact Alan Fish Email: Tel: 07931765120. For roles in Scouting visit 


Scout leader training in Greater Manchester East

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

15 Leaders from seven Scout Districts across Greater Manchester East Scout County took part in a training weekend in Middleton. The subjects covered planning and delivering a quality programme, growing the section, introduction to residential experiences, running safe activities, practical skills and international scouting.
Six leaders from the Tameside area attended. Alison, from 3rd Gee Cross Beaver Colony, said: "It was an invaluable to learn so much information in so short a time in a friendly environment."

Giles, her colleague from 3rd, said: "It was informative, well run and a credit to all the training team."

From 1st Broadbottom Scout Troop, Keith said: "The training was very good, there was a long time to chat to other leaders and learn from them."

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Paul from 1st Mossley said: "Networking with other leaders has given me a fantastic amount of ideas that I can put into my programme for my Scouts."
Amanda from 6th Ashton Cubs said: "It was a relaxed and friendly environment which enables a positive learning experience."

While Charlotte from the Network team said: "Learning gets much better the more you do. I appreciate how to relate training to my role in scouting."

Karen, one of the training team said: "The group quickly gelled into good teams, worked well and entered into the spirit well."

Steve Holloway, the County Commissioner and Chef for the weekend said: "It was a great weekend, fantastic to see so many leaders enjoying their training experience."
The course director, Cliff Meadowcroft said: "It was a good course with everyone engaging. Thanks to the trainers, who gave up their time to facilitate the leaders learning experience."
If you are over 18 and would like to help young people in Scouting or find out how you could help behind the scenes then contact Alan Fish Email: Tel: 07931765120. For information of how you can help and find one of the 36 Scout groups in Tameside visit


Tree planting at local playing field

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Friends of King George the Fifth Playing Fields (FoKGVPF) volunteers, alongside the Tameside Countryside volunteers and Peter Longbottom Greenspace Development Officer planted new trees in King Georges in Ashton. The trees were provided by Tameside Council to replace the trees down the main path through the park which has been vandeleised. Manhar Patel, one of the FoKGVPF volunteers, asked Park Watch and the public to report anyone damaging the trees to ring 101. If the trees have already been damaged, contact Peter Longbottom at Tameside Council on Tel: 07812107781. If you would like to help in King Georges or in Georgie Porgies cafe contact Alan Dean Email:  Tel: 0795174480.

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Visit to see how you could volunteer in the park.


It's only a few quid

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

“Its only a Few Quid” by Shontal around Stop Loan Sharking Awareness.  It will also be the first showcase of the community artwork sofa which some vulnerable groups and residents took part in. A joint education and awareness raising project with Tameside Council, Cash Box Credit Union, Greater Manchester Police, New Charter Homes, Stop Loan Sharks and the Illegal Money Lending Team England. 

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 5.30pm - Cash Box Credit Union; 6pm - 7.30pm - Play

Venue: Church of the Nazarene, 230 Stamford St, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7LJ

To reserve your place, please RSVP to Sue Moorcroft by 7 April 2017 Email:; Tel: 0161 342 3584.

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Click here to view the event poster.


North West Charity Awards

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

The North West Charity Awards (free to enter) is the only event in the region truly dedicated to celebrating the great work done in our third sector. Recognising the charities and individuals who go above and beyond to support their community and causes.

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The North West charity community have a lot to shout about! If your charity has had an excellent past year, apply now to put your organisation’s hard work in the Northern Spotlight. Click here to submit your application.
There are 14 awards that will be presented at the awards evening to be held at The Midland Hotel, Manchester. Click here to see all categories.
Entry is free and charities can enter up to five categories where applicable. Deadline for applications is 16 June at midnight.
Click here to enter.

Good Luck from the North West Charity Awards Team!


Mental Health Care Event

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Have you or a family member received care for mental health in the last 12 months? This can include help with dementia/Alzheimer’s, someone on the autistic spectrum and/or any other mental health condition. Or, maybe you are a carer for someone receiving mental health care?

Healthwatch Tameside is holding an event on Saturday 1 April, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, followed by a light lunch. It is at The Grafton Centre in Hyde.

Click here for more details and to book a place or you can ring 0161 667 2526.

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Thursday, 16th March 2017

Calling Oldham and Tameside community groups! This Saturday (18 March) is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day. Please use your social media accounts to support CSE Awareness Day 2017.  Click here to download the social media pack with background info, suggested messages, hashtags and images to share with your contacts and on your social media accounts. It also contains details of a Thunderclap you can sign up.

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The “It’s not okay” campaign is organised by Project Phoenix, Greater Manchester’s multi-agency response to tackling child sexual exploitation. Phoenix brings together PCC Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police, the ten GM local authorities, health, the third sector, education and social care professionals to tackle the issue.

Phoenix and “It’s not okay” has significant support from the region’s senior leaders, so please do all you can to push and support this campaign via your communications channels.
Click here for more information about Project Phoenix and who we are.

If you have any queries about this pack, please contact: Danielle Young, GMP Senior Public Relations Officer on or 0161 856 6052 or Kate Leach, Media and Communications Officer on or 0161 793 3020.


Match Made in Tameside

Tuesday, 14th March 2017

In October 2015, Tameside 4 Good in partnership with Tameside Council’s employment and skills team hosted Match Made in Tameside. The event led to a charity of the year partnership between Droylsden Glass and Tameside Sight which raised £932 to support visually impaired people in Tameside.

Match Made in Tameside was designed to give charitable organisations the opportunity to showcase their work and ‘speed date’ local businesses with the aim of starting mutually beneficial relationships. At the event in October 2015, Droylsden Glass chose to support Tameside Sight. The charity provides support to the visually impaired with the sole aim of improving their independence and the feeling of being valued within the local community.

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Kevin Thackeray, director at Droylsden Glass Ltd, said: “Supporting Tameside Sight seemed to be a perfect fit, as I could relate directly with them as my father-in-law became partially sighted in 2004. Overnight his independence and confidence were reduced considerably, normal day to day activities which we take for granted now required careful planning. From this meeting we decided that we would support Tameside Sight throughout 2016 where possible raising awareness, fundraising, and other areas of support, attending their events and the donation of a printer.”

Tameside 4 Good improves lives in Tameside through the giving of time, skills, money and resources to local good causes.

For more information visit