Here at Forever Manchester we aspire to bring you as many stories as we can about the wonderful community groups we support. We know the power that stories can have in bringing people together and starting community activity, so that’s why we’re so excited when people find new ways to share with others.

We’ve been working for a while in Harpurhey and Moston as part of the Fourteen Project. Alongside our Community Builder, Graeme, a group of already active residents have been brought together to form The Local Reference Group (LRG). After realising that they had a wealth of stories to tell and more to come in the future, the group decided to commission decorated writer Len Grant to help them capture some of their stories and set them up to tell more in the future.

This has led to the launch of the Another Music blog which already has a number of stories about the work the group and the wider community have been doing, here’s Len to explain more:

“‘A community is only as strong as the stories it tells about itself.’

“I love this quote from Tarell Alvin McCraney, the writer of the award-winning film Moonlight. It typifies much of my work, no more so than the new blog I’ve launched for Forever Manchester.

“Another Music highlights the great community work in Harpurhey and Moston in north Manchester, an area that’s had its share of negative headlines. I’ll be reporting on youth projects, health and wellbeing initiatives and arts and crafts activities. And I’m getting local people involved too. By the end of the year all the website content will be written by the community itself.”

View the blog here: