MORE than £40,000 has been raised by Parklife's 2021 festival for community groups in Prestwich.

The money is being split between 32 groups, with the highest amount of £2,000 being awarded to Jewish Action for Mental Health, Prestwich Carnival Committee and Prestwich Methodist Youth Association Youth Club

Many of the other projects were showcased at The Phoenix Centre, Prestwich, where a celebration event was held on Sunday.

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More than £120,000 has now been awarded to local community groups over the past six years through the Parklife Community Fund, to help make use of green space and promote activities for young people.

Despite this, the disruption caused by the annual event to locals around Heaton Park is still dividing opinions on where the festival should take place.

Cllr Richard Gold, cabinet member for communities at the council, said: “We have been working with Parklife for several years to minimise the disruption to Prestwich residents and will continue to do so.

“It’s important that local people and businesses benefit from having these events on their doorstep.

"To have so many local community groups from across Holyrood, Sedgley and St Mary’s be successful in receiving funding is testament to the large number of vital organisations we have supporting our communities.

“Projects included schemes to engage different communities in using green space, across different faiths, ages and backgrounds.

“I never fail to be amazed at the range of projects which this year includes something for everyone from walking and cycling, art and culture, health and wellbeing, opportunities to develop skills, gardening and recreation and activities for young people.”

Applications for the Parklife Community Fund will reopen following the 2022 festival in June.

The list of groups awarded this year are:

  • 8thPrestwich Scout Group (£1,505)
  • Albert Avenue Allotment Association (£1,600)
  • Bury Greenwood Project (£1,000)
  • Bury New Road Heritage Project (£800)
  • Creative Living Centre (£900)
  • Cteen Manchester (£1,200)
  • Earlybird Project (£1,000)
  • Friends of Philip’s Park (£2,000)
  • Friendship Circle (£800)
  • Highfield Road Allotment (£1,900)
  • Incredible Edible Prestwich (£1,200)
  • Jewel Foundation (£2,000)
  • Jewish Action for Mental Health (£2,000)
  • Langley Allotments Holders Association (£2,000)
  • Maccabi Centre (£800)
  • Manchester Area Home Educators (£1,000)
  • NCA Northwest CIC (£1,200)
  • Our Lady of Grace Parent and Toddler Group (£1,200)
  • Prestwich Allstars FC (£1,200)
  • Prestwich Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (£2,000)
  • Prestwich Arts Festival (£2,000)
  • Prestwich Carnival Committee (£2,000)
  • Prestwich Cinema (£300)
  • Prestwich Circle (£1,250)
  • Prestwich Methodist Youth Association Resources Project (£2,000)
  • Prestwich Methodist Youth Association Youth Club (£2,000)
  • Prestwich Street Kitchen (£500)
  • Prestwich Together (£300)
  • Seed Community Action (£1,200)
  • South Clough Allotment Holders Association (£1,600)
  • St. Mary’s Churchyard Action Group (£2,000)
  • Yom Hashoah (£1,200)