Two Salford charities are set to receive a share of £60,000 in funding thanks to a North West grant.

Prevent 2 Protect and Swinton Lions Community Sports Foundation are set to receive a share of the Equilibrium Foundation Grant Awards, which provide annual funding to smaller, lesser-known charities in the North West of England.

Six charities across the area will benefit from the £60,000 grant which is organised by The Equilibrium Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Cheshire-based Equilibrium Financial Planning.

Prevent 2 Protect is an organisation that aims to tackle safeguarding issues for young people through educational workshops.

The charity’s primary focus is its Gang for Life? project which combines physical and mental wellbeing and anti-gang educational sessions. Utilising the experiences of ex-gang members who have changed their lives around, the funding will allow them to expand the reach and frequency of the workshops.

Swinton Lions Community Sports Foundation promotes healthy lifestyles and sports engagement as a method for personal empowerment.

With the support of this grant, the club will develop innovative programmes that cater to those aged 7 to 18 across four targeted community hubs in Manchester.

Norbook Youth Club, Home-Start, Bare Necessities, and Bolton Toy Library were the four other winning charities.

Sarah Warburton, Chairperson of the Equilibrium Foundation, said: “We created the Equilibrium Foundation Grant Awards to show our appreciation for the local charities that provide vital support to those who need it most, and it was incredible to receive such a high volume of applications in our first year.

“Although our judging panel had an extremely difficult job in selecting just six organisations, we take immense pride in announcing this year’s winners, each of whom makes an outstanding contribution to tackling issues affecting children and young people in the local community.

“We look forward to following their journey as they implement new programmes and resources, and we can’t wait to see the difference the money will make in shaping the lives of those in the region.”

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