Tuesday 29th March saw the first ever Community Ambassador Open Evening.

At the open evening, the Community Ambassadors Initiative was launched in a busy room at The Park Inn Hotel.

In attendance were many active community members from neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester, who were invited to come along to hear about our new Community Ambassador initiative in the hope of signing up as new Community Ambassadors.

When looking for Community Ambassadors, we are looking for people with a passion for where they live and a passion for the communities of Greater Manchester. People who see the strengths and good things that happen every day in local places and a people that see the potential for communities to fix their own problems and decide their own future.

Community Ambassadors will act as our eyes and ears in their neighbourhoods, spreading the word about Forever Manchester and connecting even more people with what we do.

The evening was a huge hit, with many people dropping their ‘expression of interest’ forms in to us on the night, which our Connecting Communities Co-ordinator James Hampson will be chasing up.

During the evening, our Chief Executive Nick Massey gave a speech about what it means to be “Forever Manchester” and why as a charity we believe so strongly in the strengths and positive activities happening in communities every day.

James then took to the stage and explained what is involved in being a Community Ambassador, and how by working together and celebrating each other’s successes everyone benefits in our communities.

The event was also attended by Terry Snowden MBE from LDOK Radio and Rob Lees from MaD Theatre, who both spoke about the benefits of being involved with Forever Manchester and how easy being an Ambassador is,. Big thanks to both of them as their experience made the idea real. The night was a success and we have plenty of people interested in signing up and sharing their gifts and stories from where they live.

We plan to recruit loads more Community Ambassadors as time goes on so if you want to get involved in this exciting new initiative that will benefit both yourself, your community and Forever Manchester please keep an eye out for our next event later in the year.

If you’d like more information, download our Community Toolkit here.