Gorton Visual Arts

Gorton Visual Arts

Funding application made to help group get a new printer to continue supporting the local community.

Benefit of funding local projects

Identifying funding empowers communities to deliver the solutions they have designed. Research has shown that staff who can offer mediation, guidance and support in the funding application and project process are as important to community groups as receiving the funding itself. Staff who have a good knowledge of the area and who needs support, enable funding to be accessed by more marginalised people and groups. Funding sometimes needs to come from multiple sources and Neighbourhood Health Workers save time being able to quickly identify multiple potential sources.



Project team


Gorton Visual Arts


Gorton Visual Arts has been creating artwork in and around Gorton and Manchester since 2006 at the Aviary Community Rooms in Debdale Park. The group is made up of local residents and Lead Artist Ian McKay . The group includes many elderly residents and adults with learning difficulties working together in a safe studio environment.

In April Neighbourhood Health Worker Noah made the group aware of the Manchester Wellbeing Fund FastTrack program to help combat the negative effects of lockdown on resident’s wellbeing. Through accessing this funding Ian created art activity packs alongside a series of activities for members of their core group to carry out at home during the difficult period of lockdown as meeting at their studio has not been possible.

The project has steadily grown to include other residents in the area with the support of both One Manchester and Levenshulme Inspire Community Centre.

Noah has worked with the lead artist Ian to help find a way to keep the project going and to be able to include new people who wanted to get involved.


"The printer will be an essential part of what we offer and deliver to local vulnerable/isolated people immediately and when things start to resume back to normal, because of the ever increasing amount of people wanting to be involved in our work presently. While helping people remaining active and maintaining their health and wellbeing, we strongly feel when life resumes back to normal and the group members return to their rented facility studio some new people will come along and join the group while others will remain in their homes. The printer will enable us to continue to print out in an professional quality, the developed activities we continually will set for the group and enable us to reach out and send by post quality printed images and stage by stage instructions for the many who will remain in their homes and complete the tasks, in this way we feel, the numbers of people we engage with and help will constantly increase."


To support Gorton Visual Arts during the current pandemic buzz have supplied the group with a new printer to help when producing new activities to be sent out to residents taking part. Noah has also supported Ian to access funding for additional art materials so that more people will be able to receive packs of art materials so they can take part. This will also mean that a further twelve creative projects can be developed to benefit the wellbeing of participants during this difficult time.

Strategic links to local/national policies




NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Our Manchester Strategy

Communities engaged in the design and delivery of local services

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Addressing inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Research/evidence base

Ambition for Ageing (2020) - Changing a place: Microfunding, co-production and community development

Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis - Sourcing Financial Resources for Community Development Initiatives

National Lottery Community Fund (2019) - Understanding Thriving Communities

Young Foundation (2013) - Improving small scale grant funding for local voluntary and community organisations


Noah Mellor - buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker


T: 07484 546 326

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