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.
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
- Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS
- 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
START is a social enterprise certified with the Social Enterprise Mark http://www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk The Mark acts as a guarantee that Start in Salford genuinely operates as a social enterprise, using profits/surpluses to provide opportunities to disadvantaged or socially excluded people in the local community. We are in business to help people.
Investors in People
START is proud to hold the Gold Investors in People award, this puts us in the top 5% of companies who hold the IIP accreditation. In addition to this we hold the 'Towards Excellence in Volunteering' award and are currently working towards the Matrix Quality Standard.
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We also enjoy generous funding grants from the following organisations:
- The Big Lottery Fund
- Lloyds TSB Foundation
- Northwest Regional Development Agency
- The Heritage Lottery Fund
- The People’s Health Trust
- The Booth Charities
- BBC Children in Need