Ceremonial Mayor's Charity Appeal

The Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Peter Connor, is supporting the following charities during his term of office.

The Andrew Cooke Music Award Trust and Memorial Fund

This charity helps all children across the city to afford to buy and afford tutoring of a musical instrument. Music has been proved to help children socially, build confidence, teaches discipline and helps them to express themselves. Most importantly learning to play a musical instrument gives children enjoyment and the opportunity of learning a new skill.

Start – Inspiring Minds

Start use creativity to help vulnerable people from all walks of life improve their skills and gain in confidence. Members often make remarkable progress and soon learn how to become valued members of the community, contributing in ways they themselves could never have imagined.

Many vulnerable people in our community are too often left on the sidelines or hidden from view. Yet plenty have untapped potential and are capable of achieving extraordinary things. Start in Salford exists to nurture those talents and bring about a newfound confidence in those who feel isolated or excluded. With our help, members learn valuable new skills and their stories are truly inspirational.

From our fully resourced centre at Brunswick House, members have access to some excellent facilities, including art and media studios, craft workshops and gardens. It is here that professional tutors bring out the best in our members, so that they can grow in confidence, build self-esteem and become valued contributors to the wider community.

Emmaus - Salford

Emmaus Salford was established in the city in 2007. Emmaus is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

They provide a home for as long as someone needs it and meaningful work in their social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to work, helps their companions to regain lost self-esteem and the confidence to get back on their feet.


Established in 2002 and based at the University of Salford, Kidscan funds research into new and improved treatments for childhood cancer.

Currently one in every 500 children in Britain will be diagnosed with cancer before they reach adulthood – that’s 6 children every single day, 20% of these children will not survive. For those that do, life can be very difficult as a result of the treatments they receive. These treatments have normally been designed for use in adults and, tragically, their use in children can lead to devastating side-effects which can impact on a child’s health for the rest of their life.

By creating new, targeted treatments which will cure children without damaging their developing bodies, Kidscan hopes to create a world where every child diagnosed with cancer not only survives but thrives.

Feryal Rajah Educational Trust

The Trust was established in 1996 as a memorial to Feryal Rajah, a well-known and much respected doctor and wife of the Leader of Salford City Council, Councillor John Merry. The trust provides financial assistance to help women to complete their studies and gain qualifications

Any woman who lives in Salford and wants to pursue a career in nursing, medicine or allied professions (such as physiotherapy, chiropody or dietetics to name a few) and is experiencing financial difficulties can apply for a grant.

Feryal, who sadly passed away in 1995, had a passionate interest in education and the advancement of women’s opportunities. Since the Feryal Rajah Trust was established in 1996, there have been over £10,000 of grants awarded to 30 Salford women in need of help with their studies.

Ceremonial Mayor's Community Chest

This fund offers grant awards of up to £500 to local community groups or individuals to help them make a difference in their community or to help them achieve a specific goal. 

Grants will be awarded to projects which demonstrate that there will be a benefit to Salford residents, have a community focus and be open to, and inclusive of, all. 

Examples of eligible projects (although this list is not exhaustive):

  • Refurbishment of a community facility
  • Provision of play equipment, benches and audio equipment
  • Communal equipment for community facilities
  • Help in promoting the arts to improve health and wellbeing. 

Grants will also be awarded to individuals to help them achieve a personal goal for example:

  • Sports equipment/kit to help in training for a specific challenge
  • Musical instruments to assist those wishing to take external exams or play in a concert.
  • Contribution towards travel to enable participation in an event
  • Help in fostering the arts (dancing, acting, singing, art). 

Applications will be accepted from January 2018 and it is hoped that the first grant awards will be made soon after. The fund will continue distributing awards until all funds are depleted.

For further information about the Ceremonial Mayor's charity appeal, please email michelle.lindsay@salford.gov.uk or call the Ceremonial Mayor's office on 0161 793 3030.

This page was last updated on 5 June 2017

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