Sunday 2nd August saw the North Manchester Games, where Forever Manchester had a stand.

The typical Mancunian summer gave us a break for a day and it even brightened up towards the end, bringing loads of local residents down to Boggart Hole Clough.

The purpose of our presence at the Games was to inform the residents of Harpurhey and Moston of the Fourteen project; which is benefiting fourteen communities across the United Kingdom thanks to the legacy of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 [Click here to read more about the project]

We were present at the games from 12-4pm on the day and we managed to engage with hundreds of residents, with over 50 of them filling in forms with their information to hear more about our work in the areas surrounding areas.

Residents also filled in Cash4Graft forms, which enable residents with ideas to come together and make them a reality. Cash4Graft awards four or more residents with grants of up to £250 to get their ideas to engage their local community off the ground. This could be street parties, allotment projects, children’s arts and crafts clubs and many more. For more information on this head to our Funding page.

Our Community Building team, Helen, Lyndsey and Graeme were joined by Sales and Marketing Director Paul on the day. The team mapped assets with the residents with our large map of the areas we will be benefiting under the Fourteen project.

Residents were able to map where they lived with our team and inform us of their skills or interests which could benefit their area. Our Community Building will then hope to connect other residents who share similar interests and skills to improve the whole community.

On the day our team gave out Forever Manchester wristbands and badges for people to wear with pride alongside our fanzine, to allow residents to learn a little bit more about what we do and the groups we fund.

Two people we met on the day were Kay Phillips and Richard Searle, who run a variety of community projects in Harpurhey. Their local community came together when they were fighting a compulsory purchase order put on the houses in their area. They were successful with their protest and it created great community pride. From this a community bee hive and a community allotment were born among loads of other projects. Their final goal is to have a community farm for all local residents to benefit from and enjoy. It will also allow residents to gain new skills and learn about a working farm. We even bought some of their delicious honey for our office!

All in all a great day was had, and plenty of residents in Harpurhey and Moston are now more engaged with us and the work we are doing in their area.

We hope the Cash4Graft forms filled in on the day bring together the local communities and spread the word even further for more residents to engage and make their ideas a reality.