Poynton Area Community Partnership
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The Poynton Area Community Partnership (PACP)
The Partnership (PACP) is a group of volunteers that strives to make Poynton and the parishes of Adlington, Disley, Mottram St Andrew, Prestbury, Kettleshulme and Pott Shrigley attractive places to visit, live, work and spend their leisure time. More details below.
Poynton Area Community Partnership (PACP)
The Poynton Area Community Partnership is part of a wider network of partnerships across Cheshire East, and is an independent group of like-minded volunteers who understand and represent the interests of Poynton, Adlington, Bollington, Disley, Mottram St Andrew, Prestbury, Kettleshulme and Pott Shrigley. Cheshire East Borough Council is also represented.
PACP works together to make Poynton and those parishes listed above attractive places where people want to visit, live, work and spend their leisure time. PACP vision is to make its residents and neighbourhoods better connected, to promote a strong sense of place by supporting civic pride projects, to promote health and wellbeing, and work to reduce social isolation. The Chairman, Cllr. Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Poynton's current Mayor, is keen to bring our local communities closer together, and is also passionate about promoting Civic Pride and driving and supporting meaningful projects in the wider local area.
Thanks to funding from Cheshire East the PACP has produced and distributed a useful “Guide To Local Interest, Activity and Hobby Groups”, with 56 entries. In addition it has also paid for transport to enable residents to attend falls prevention classes; funded room hire for a care group’s singalong sessions; made a contribution towards some furniture for a village hall; helped fund a community minibus, and has helped with the costs of running a local youth club.
Voluntary groups and organisations in those parishes listed above can apply to PACP for modest grants. Projects need to be aligned to the aims outlined above, and grant applications are fairly evaluated by a PACP sub- committee.
How to Apply for A Grant: Complete the application form, which you can download here, and follow the instructions on how to submit it. For further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 01625 374950.
Poynton Area Community Partnership Publications
PACP Report - 2018 - view or download here.
PACP Report - 2017 - view or download here.
PACP Guide to local interest, activity and hobby groups can be viewed or download here.
May 19 - Higher Poynton Tennis Club
Details to follow.
April 19 - St George's Poynton
Details to follow.
April 19 - St Pauls Poynton PTA
St Paul's Primary School have a Forest School in their grounds. The Forest School gives children the opportunity to play in a natural environment making them happier, healthier and aiding concentration - you can read more here: http://www.stpauls.cheshire.sch.uk/forest-school/.
They requested some funding to help build a secure wooden shelter in a designated area within a forest situated within the school grounds along with supplying additional resources and waterproofs for the children to use in a safe dry area and be able to explore in all weather conditions. The forest area does not currently have any shelter which hinders potential usage.
They are applying to a number of sources to provide sufficient funding for the work and once this is secured, they aim to begin work immediately. They have local residents who are skilled workmen/women ready to start the project! The photo was taken when the Mayor of Poynton, and Chairman of PACP, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore visited the Forest School in March 2019.
April 19 - Pott Shrigley PTA
Details to follow.
April 19 - Pott Shrigley Village Hall
Details to follow.
March 19 - Clickety Click Club
Details to follow.
March 19 - Lower Park PTA
Lower Park Primary School Parent Teacher Association have identified the area outside the School Hall as a potential site for a large-scale, intergenerational community project to better utilise the space and make it an area for the children to use more effectively. And which can be utilised by teachers and children to improve the health and wellbeing of the children at Lower Park. Their vision is to create a Sensory Garden.
A sensory garden is a self-contained garden area designed to provide opportunities to stimulate the senses, both individually and in combination, in ways that users may not usually encounter. For Lower Park School, the garden will create a space to encourage students to undertake diversionary activities, such as gardening/growing vegetables, creating a bughouse, even monitoring the weather through a self-built weather station.
They also want to involve community groups to enable sharing of knowledge and experience with the children which will create truly intergenerational activities to take place and hopefully open the door for long term relationships between the school and other community groups (including the Hollies Pre-School that borders the piece of land).
It will also support Citizenship and Science projects and link to the curriculum with alternative learning for Special Educational Needs children, enable the development of wellbeing activities and the development of transferable life skills. They are applying to a number of sources to provide sufficient funding for the work and once this is secured, they aim to begin work immediately.
The photo below shows the design which has been provided by Nottcutts Garden Centre. CLICK on the image to see a larger version.
February 19 - Lostock Hall School PTA
Details to follow.
February 19 - Poynton AED Group
Poynton AED Group has led partnership working with Poynton Town Council and North West Ambulance Service (N.W.A.S.) to provide residents with improved access to A.E.D.s in Poynton. The units have been installed in the decommissioned phone boxes that the town council has adopted. North West Ambulance Service provided free Community A.E.D. training sessions as part of an ongoing collaborative project between North West Ambulance Service, Poynton AED Group, Poynton Town Council and Poynton Area Community Partnership.
An updated list of Poynton’s defibrillator units (AEDs) and their locations has been published as a PDF at https://bit.ly/2P5lV7P
January 19 - Energy Youth at PBC
Details to follow.
January 19 - 3rd Poynton Scout Group – Patio Area
Details to follow.
December 18 - Poynton Christian Fellowship - The Hub
PACP supported The Hub Youth Club as it raised funds for furniture, facilities and equipment. The Hub is a youth club run by PCF Church every Friday evening during school term for all those in school years 7-13. It hosts a range of activities from sports to baking; discussion groups, games consoles to movies. We’ve also had themed nights, quizzes and end of term parties. And a summer camp!
The aim is to provide the young people of the area with fun activities, but also to build bridges and relationships with the young people in order that we might have a positive impact and influence in their lives to help develop them as people; we also touch on relevant life topics and difficult topics for young people today.
The Hub is very grateful to PACP for the funding, which has been applied to Stage 1 of our project i.e. a new look for the Hub Lounge, with new flooring and furniture (see pic below).
August 18 – Disley Community Bus
The Disley Community Bus Scheme is run by Disley Parish Council and operates as a not-for-profit community transport scheme. In 2018 a brand new 15-seater minibus was purchased with funding from Disley Parish Council, the National Lottery, Poynton Area Community Partnership, Disley & Newtown Good Neighbours, Cuppa an’ a Chat and many personal donations. The minibus is driven by a team of wonderful volunteer drivers who have all completed a minibus driving awareness course.
June 18 - HayLo Theatre
The HayLo Theatre performance of ‘Over the Garden Fence’, is an incredibly moving play about dementia. The play certainly has the power to change attitudes and behaviours about dementia and delivers a message of compassion and understanding in a highly entertaining way.
The Performance was organised by Poynton Dementia Steering Group with support from PACP.
June 18 - Disley School Association
May 18 – Step Ladder
PACP supported Adlington Parish Council to purchase a Step Ladder.
We received this message received from the parish Council representative:
"We are extremely grateful for the grant that enabled us to purchase the new step ladder. We work very hard to ensure that the hall is safe for all users and this is a sturdy but easy to use step ladder. Hopefully, it will discourage people from balancing on a chair when putting up decorations for parties and it makes maintenance and cleaning of the hall easier too".
It ensures that all ages can be involved and stay safe whilst engaging in activities such as putting up bunting, fairy lights and flowers in as safe a manner as possible.
May 18 – Parish Notice Board
PACP supported Adlington Parish Council to provide a Parish Notice Board. It will enable all residents and visitors to see what is happening in the area and will display lots of useful information including what’s on and what’s happening in the area. All this helps to build strong community links and addresses social isolation through advertised activities.
December 2017 - A guide to local interest, activity and hobby groups
Following concerns with the devastating impact that being lonely can have, PACP produced and distributed 'A guide to local interest, activity and hobby groups' ahead of the festive period in December 2017.
The booklet contains information about the impact of loneliness and encouraged people to join the social groups. It was distributed to every Poynton household via the Poynton Post and copies made available at the Civic Hall, library and parish venues.
The publication was well received and the group hope to expand on supporting projects that reduce loneliness.
Download the guide here.
December 2017 - Carers Trust4 All - Sing-a-Long Sessions
P.A.C.P. working with Carers Trust 4 All, organised a pilot 'Singing Together, Sing-a-Long' session for individuals and their carers, held at Poynton Civic Hall on March 23rd 2017.
Twenty-three people attended on the day and were keen that this beneficial activity should continue. P.A.C.P. have agreed to fund the venue so a monthly session can be delivered for the rest of the year.
PACP have funded monthly sing-a-long-sessions throughout the year with positive responses from those who attended including: ‘singing is a good mood booster’; ‘it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a good voice’; ‘the instruments add to the fun’; ‘like to meet friends again’; ‘lovely session joining in together; a nice afternoon out’.
89% of respondents said that singing improved their quality of life and 91% said attending the group has benefitted their health/ and or confidence.
October 2017 - Flicks in the Stix Community Cinema
A successful grant application to PACP is helping to fund the purchase of 45 new stackable chairs with soft seat cushioning and vinyl seat covering for the village hall.
The chairs will enhance the life of the local community through the various groups associated with the village hall.
September 17 – Dementia Friends Information Sessions
The programme to deliver training to raise awareness and create a dementia friendly community in Poynton commenced in September 2017. Many sessions have been delivered including two to year eight students at Poynton High school, with the help of Dementia Volunteer Champions, this is someone who someone who is a trained volunteer and runs information sessions for friends, colleagues and the wider community. The sessions cover five key messages that we want everyone to know about dementia and help people think what they could do to help.
Dementia Friends Champions attend a volunteer Induction day and then organise their own information sessions, with support from their Dementia Friends Officer. Poynton was officially recognised as ‘Working Towards becoming dementia friendly’ through the work of the Poynton Dementia steering group and we now support and assess others to become part of the dementia friendly communities’ initiative.
Comments received include ‘ I didn’t understand how someone living with dementia is affected, ‘I now understand the impact dementia has on the individual and their families’ ‘I am no longer frightened of the term dementia and am going to become a dementia champion ‘ ‘I will wear my dementia friends badge and encourage others to become one’.
Through our sessions we now have over 300 new friends!
May 17 - Pott Shrigley Church School
PACP have supported an application from Pott Shrigley Church School PTA to contribute to the production of a leaflet to promote the school, which faced the possibility of closure at the end of 2016.
The leaflet will help to raise awareness and hopefully increase numbers for the start of the September 2017/2018 school year.
May 17 - Be Steady, Be Safe
The nearest falls prevention class to Disley is the 'Be Steady, Be Safe' programme run by Everybody Sport and Recreation at Poynton Civic Hall. A number of Disley residents had registered to join the programme but did not have transportation from Disley to Poynton.
Disley Parish Council offered the use of their Community Bus and its wonderful volunteer drivers to transport up to 9 participants to the Poynton every Monday to allow Disley residents to benefit from the programme.
Details of the Be Steady, Be Safe programme can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF here.
The use of the Disley Community Bus is creating closer ties between the communities of Disley and Poynton, is environmentally beneficial by using a single vehicle and is helping to reduce social isolation by bringing older residents together for the trip as well as for the training session.
The administration and fuel costs were donated by Disley Parish Council and a grant by PACP covered the expenses.