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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 community wetland in the North West with our hosts  Locality member The Broughton Trust and the Environment Agency. Learn how communities have been in control from the start as 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.

Please note that this visit is outdoors. It will involve walking round the site and may be less suitable for those with limited mobility.  If the weather is particularly inclement it will take part at an alternative venue

Find out more about The Broughton Trust

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!

Find out more about Stretford Public Hall

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!

Find out more about Love Withington Baths

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.

Find out more about Salford Lads Club

Back on Track – inclusive communities

Community means everyone, including those who are going through challenging times. Formed in 1977, Back on Track run a learning centre in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, complete with iconic mural reflecting their work with adults who are going through a process of recovery or rehabilitation following problems with alcohol or drugs, offending, homelessness and mental health.  Come and see what they do and visit their very successful café and external catering enterprise Swan Kitchens which provides real work experience opportunities and stock for a new project, Back on Track Markets with the wonderful strapline “Changing the world, one cake at a time!”

Please note as Back on Track are in Central Manchester we will be using public transport on this visit. Manchester’s Metro system is fully accessible and the walk at either end of the journey is less than five minutes.

Find out more about Back on Track

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