We are a charitable trust set up by people who live in the Pennine Township area which lies within the Borough of Rochdale. Our aim is to improve and develop the area for everyone.
Locally accountable, our mission is to identify what people in the area need and try to improve the quality of life. We do this by working in partnership with others.
Attaining charitable status in 2006 has meant we can apply for grants to help our community.
The Pennine Township covers Littleborough, Milnrow, New Hey, Wardle and Smallbridge & Firgrove wards of Rochdale Council.
The Moorend Development Trust is managed by a Trust Board of up to 12 board volunteer members. Its income comes from various sources including grants and asset income.

Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations. Our vision is a fair and diverse society where every neighbourhood thrives and where local people determine their future together.

Our membership is a distinctive yet inclusive network, united by an ambition to create healthy, happy, prosperous neighbourhoods, and developing enterprising solutions to local problems through sustainable, long-term, community-led activity.

This charter draws our membership network together through a shared commitment to our vision and values.

As part of the offer to our members, Locality commits to:

  • Providing a wide range of expert, hands-on advice and support to members to help members grow, develop and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Working with funders and policy makers, to shape policy, and develop programmes and initiatives that offer benefits and opportunities to our members
  • Significantly raising the profile of issues that affect our members, and the solutions that our members have developed
  • Delivering a wide range of needs-based training and peer networking events, across the country and online
  • Being there for our members, come what may.

As a member you commit to:

  • Providing services and activities that are by the community, for the community
  • Seeking out, listening, and responding to the needs and views of local people – championing them and advocating on their behalf
  • Driving positive social change and making communities fairer and more inclusive
  • Earning income from your services and activities and keeping it in the local economy Maximising community assets, such as buildings and land, to bring long-term resilience
  • Being independent and free to determine your own direction, priorities and objectives.

Together we are:
Ambitious – we will push ourselves to do better and achieve more, think creatively and inspire others
Respectful – we will constantly think about the impact of what we do, take a friendly approach and hold ourselves to high quality standards
Fearless – we will be confident in stating our case, pressing for positive change and holding people to account in a constructive and solution focused way.

Objects of the Trust

The governing document of the Trust (the Memorandum of Association) defines the objects as follows: –

  • To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.
  • The maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities.
  • To promote and advance education for the public benefit, in particular but not exclusively in the arts.
  • To promote the preservation and protection of the environment.
  • To promote the preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance.
  • Other such charitable purposes beneficial to the community as the trustees deem fit.