Something extraordinary is happening in Greater Manchester

It's people like John Biggs that make Greater Manchester great. John has worked at Whitemoss community centre for 50 years.

Every week hundreds of people come through his doors for football practices, bingo nights and CV clinics. He’s not the only one. Across Greater Manchester, people like John do everything from teaching people IT skills to get back into work, to giving disabled people the chance to get into gardening.

John Biggs outside Whitemoss youth club and community centre

John Biggs outside Whitemoss youth club and community centre

They should be first to benefit from the clean energy revolution.

18 community groups in Greater Manchester are determined to make that happen, working together to fundraise for their own solar roofs. You can sponsor a virtual solar panel from just £5.

They should be first to benefit from the clean energy revolution.

18 community groups in Greater Manchester are determined to make that happen, working together to fundraise for their own solar roofs. You can sponsor a virtual solar panel from just £5.

This isn’t just a nice thing to have. Community groups have had a rough time lately, with a host of funding cuts. Every penny they don’t have to spend on bills can be put to good use elsewhere.

And in the wake of disastrous flooding across the region, these groups are keen to do their bit to tackle climate change.

18 community organisations are raising money for solar roofs across Greater Manchester.

18 community organisations are raising money for solar roofs across Greater Manchester.

We’ve seen fundraising for solar is possible with Solar Schools - across the country schools have raised over half a million pounds and put up over 1000 panels.

But we can't let the kids have all the fun, so we’ve taken the same idea to Greater Manchester. But this time there’s a deadline. They've got until September to plug in their panels before the government's renewable energy cuts kick in.

It won’t be easy. But these volunteers overcome all sorts of challenges every day. If anyone can do it, they can.

Let's give the groups a big boost to get them going. Pick a favourite project and chip in.