THE MAYOR’S CHARITIES
The Town Mayor chooses local causes to support with their fundraising efforts over the course of their Mayoral year and will host a variety of fundraising events to raise funds for their chosen charities. All fundraising events are open to all, and all have the dual aims of providing a great community event whilst raising as much money for the good causes as possible.
We have a thriving Scout community in Knutsford and some amazing volunteer leaders but they need help. They receive no outside support and the 4 groups (1st, 2nd, and 5th Knutsford and 1st Mobberley) are individual charities in their own right with all of their income is derived from modest subscriptions and fundraising.
They do wonderful work in developing life skills for children and young adults and promoting an active lifestyle – all of which helps enormously with mental health wellbeing.
Children from 4-6 can join a Squirrels unit, 6-8 join Beavers, 8-10.5 is Cubs and 10.5-14 is Scouts. Children aged 14-18 then join the Explorers. Each scout group has its own scout hut to maintain and provides a diverse range of activities to support the development of children.
KNUTSFORD MEN’S SHED
Whilst Knutsford doesn’t currently have a branch of the Men’s Sheds Association, and the Town Mayor is this year raising funds to support the establishment of one.
For a long time research has shown the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing and men typically find it more difficult to build social connections, and unlike women of a similar age, fewer older men have networks of friends and rarely share concerns about health and personal worries. It is not the case for all men, but for some, when retirement comes, it can feel like personal identity and purpose is lost. Men’s Sheds can help change that.
Men’s Sheds are a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. Whilst many men like to spend time in their own garden sheds Men’s Sheds are about social connections and friendship building, and sharing skills and knowledge.