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See for yourself Locality Convention ’17 visits

Choose one of our five visits to inspiring community-led projects around Manchester.

The Kersal Wetland – partnership in action
Come and visit the first wetland in the North with our host Locality member The Broughton Trust. Learn how essential flood defences have become a real community asset with seven football pitches, meadow flowers on the banks, a 2.5 km golden path around the site, local graffiti art and more. The project won the community category at the 2016 Green Gown Awards and was runner up in the Environment Agency Flood & Coast Project Excellence Awards 2017 for Working in Partnership.

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Stretford Public Hall – real community ownership
Stretford Public Hall is a unique, multi-purpose venue owned and run by the local community. Built in 1878 and once home to Stretford Civic Theatre, the Hall will become a dynamic space for arts, learning, meeting, work, and leisure. Extensive renovations have led to the opening of The Lofthouse, an exciting workspace for creatives and start-ups and a suite of shared artists’ studios. In February 2017 a community share offer raised over £250,000 to restore the Victorian ballroom so it can host a range of community and cultural activities. Learn how the offer worked, what membership means for those involved and be inspired to ensure your community really is in control!

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Love Withington Baths – getting your message across
Withington Baths and Leisure Centre is run by the community, for the community. This enhanced and restored building, pool and grounds is not just surviving but thriving. Love Withington Baths, the organisation behind this success, is delighted to welcome you to showcase their achievements and talk about how membership of Locality helped on their journey to success. With a focus on social media and marketing, they hope that community organisations dipping their toes in the water of localism will leave this visit wanting to dive straight in!

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Salford Lads Club – making history, telling stories
Salford Lads Club is described by visitors as like a “tardis” – an Edwardian world of concert halls, billiards rooms and sports gyms. A century on and the club continues to provide opportunities for local young people in sports and arts. It was an exemplar of its time in 1903 and it is now listed as ‘the best example of this rare form of social provision in England’ and yet it’s so much more. The iconic building has been used as a location for numerous films, TV and radio programmes – perhaps most notably on the inside sleeve of The Smiths LP ‘The Queen is Dead’. Come and hear about how the club has used its popular heritage to generate income and support as a major tourist attraction.

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Inclusive Communities – venue to be announced
Everyone needs a safe place to call home, positive relationships and a purpose in life. This visit explores ways to value communities who are often marginalised and sometimes excluded. Depending on operational issues we will visit great examples of inclusion and celebration across homelessness and BAME community engagement.

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