First Street’s ‘Home’ complex in Manchester City Centre is due to open on Monday 18th May.

The area will be home to Manchester’s cultural scene and is set in Manchester’s Culture Quarter just around the corner from FM HQ and we’re looking forward to seeing what it has to offer.

As mentioned in previous posts this week, Forever Manchester understands the importance of funding arts groups across Greater Manchester. One of the groups we’ve funded is The Miners Community Arts and Music Centre in Moston in Manchester.

The Miners Community Arts and Music Centre (MCAMC) started life as a social club on an estate in North Manchester until it was neglected. MCAMC was established in 2011 and is ran solely by the community of Moston on a voluntary basis.

Over the last 3 years the residents of the area have totally refurbished three quarters of the building which was, in their words “an eyesore”.

MCAMC’s aim is to provide a local multi functional building that will bring the local community together for all aspects of socialising activities and a safe haven for younger people. There is space for local bands to rehearse and local artists to exhibit their work as well as a community cafe.

A variety of people use the community lead building, including groups for people with mental health issues. Functions held at the centre have included, events for residents and families, Halloween parties, Christmas pantomimes, Christmas parties for children, art exhibitions, comedy nights, free cinema nights and more.

This once neglected building is now an excellent space for the community use. The club hopes to host events for FC United supporters in the future.

See the timelapse video below showing the great change the work created and listen to interviews with members of the community. It’s great to see people in the community learning new skills in the process too.

Groups like this are what we here at Forever Manchester are all about. Louis and Lee, two men in the area were at the forefront of the refurbishments to the Miners Club. Thanks to their trade background, they managed to get friends in to help, but also show people in the community how to bricklay and do other things for themselves.

If you’d like to help us to fund more groups like this one DONATE TODAY. Your money will make a real difference to local people across Greater Manchester.