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Start in Salford creative arts and wellbeing centre

“Providing support to the community needs support from the community. Partnerships are a vital ingredient to our success”

Partners and Funding

START is generously supported by local and national organisations, having become a registered charity and company limited by guarantee in 1999. Over the years, we have built strong working relationships with local partners, and this has been instrumental in our development.

START is funded through Service Contracts and generated income alongside a variety of grants. We are also contracted by the Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver services as part of their mental health provision across Salford.

As a registered charity, we rely on a range of funding sources to further develop our programmes and make them more widely available.

In addition to securing grants and tender opportunities, we generate income through our trading arm Start Creative and via donations and fundraising. We also welcome support from local businesses and individuals. For more information see our Support Us page.


Partnership Organisations

Organisations working in partnership with Start to deliver services include:

  • Salford College
  • Pendleton College
  • Manchester College of Art and Technology (MANCAT)
  • University of Salford
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Salford City Council
  • Salford CCG
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS
  • Salford CVS
  • Broughton Trust
  • Salford City Reds Foundation
  • employment organisations e.g. Connexions, Stepping Stones, Welfare Rights, Salford Foyer
  • Youth Offending Teams (YOT)
  • Teen Pregnancy Teams
  • NHS Salford
  • Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital School
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Dementia Friendly

A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and confident they can contribute to community life.


We also enjoy generous funding grants from the following organisations: