Our Recent Work


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People Powered Maps are neighbourhood maps of local services, places to visit, for living‐well and include themed walks for encouraging being active.

They are coproduced by local people, the experts, who know what is happening in their community and what truly are assets. Our People Powered Maps not only involve local people but train and employ them too as workshop facilitators. Thanks to funding from Manchester CCGs Mental Health Grant programme we are coproducing a map of Rusholme and the surrounding neighbourhoods.


Improved confidence and skills

Food Works trains and mentors people to become community food‐facilitators and includes the RSPH Food Safety Level 2 qualification. Food Works includes healthy‐eating, planning and delivering workshops, and exploring local health issues, which provides a fantastic springboard to volunteering and enhanced job prospects.

The heart of our approach is that health improves when people gain economic independence, fulfil their potential, creating an upward spiral of confidence, motivation and responsibility. In short, Food Works works because it improves opportunities and health.

We have delivered programmes with East Manchester Children’s Centres and Rainbow Haven and our current project is based from the Anson Community Grocer.

✔ Improved confidence and skills
✔ I will have a happy life
✔ Qualification
✔ Cooking skills and nutritional knowledge
✔ Improves prospects and health

“I have gained experience & it will enhance my employability in the catering industry. I would like to find a kitchen job”

Teklebrahn, Food Works


✔ We have recently completed work with buzz, the new Health &
     Wellbeing Service for people and communities in Manchester,
     providing PAR training, supporting their neighbourhood
     mapping work and developing an evaluation and impact
✔ Providing community organiser training for Southway Housing
     residents, as part of their work in Old Moat for reducing
     loneliness and isolation.
✔ Undertaking community engagement work as part of the
     developments for the North Manchester General Hospital Site.


Developing community organising skills

The Rusholme Social Café, now Birch Social Café, was born with a grant from the Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (Manchester CCGs). Working in partnership with the Birch Community Association, we co‐created a social‐space for coming together and planning community activities with social‐café volunteers and residents. It developed into a space for both older‐people and working‐age people with long‐term mental‐health conditions, creating age‐friendly and mental‐health friendly neighbourhoods through peer‐support and friendships. We are proud that the Birch Social Café is now an established community asset led and developed by the Birch Community Association, volunteers and members.

For information on the current programme please contact the Birch Community Centre on 0161 224 4624 or birchcc@tiscali.co.uk


Crowd funding

“A great idea from over the pond in Detroit arrives in Manchester. Detroit Soup www.detroitsoup.com is the founding project and celebrating 5-years of micro-funding including 95 suppers and £55,000 raised for local projects. Simply a SOUP is a community-supper for micro-funding local projects.”

On the night people come along to their neighbourhood SOUP event where they learn about the ideas for their community, share a supper and using the money raised on the night, vote on which project to fund. The funding comes from donations on the night and business sponsorship. There are no losers with people coming together around an idea, identifying and sharing resources. SOUPs are a great way to raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project.

✔ Collaboration
✔ Increases resources
✔ Access to community support and connections