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Inspire Magazine - Winter 2018

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NEWS Making space for the community Manley Park Community Centre is looking great thanks to recent renovation work by WRPS. The roofing contractors have given the centre and its facilities a new lease of life as part of their commitment to provide social value, after being awarded the contract to restore a building in nearby Alexandra Park. Social value means that we ask the companies we work with to think about the added-value that they can bring to our communities by delivering additional social, economic or environmental benefits. The Manley Park Community Centre is a popular destination for local kids, and the Youth on Solid Ground project use the building as their headquarters for activity in the area. The centre now looks better than ever after WRPS fixed new roof tiles and door frames, and repaired the building’s electrical sockets. We were also pleased to help out by contributing £4,500 for a new boiler, radiators and a plastic water tank to be fitted in the building. Majid Dar, co-founder of the Youth on Solid Ground project explained what it meant to have the work carried out on the community centre: “It’s been a lifesaver for this organisation and this community. We have hundreds of kids who use these facilities and without this work it would have been an unsafe space for them to use. “I think it’s a brilliant initiative to get businesses involved in community projects and programmes. With them giving something back and doing something, residents from the communities are benefiting. We’re helping these kids grow and develop and so it’s all going in a circle; everybody benefits.” One Manchester chief executive Dave Power expressed his delight at being able to help the project: “We’re really pleased we were able to help the community centre renovate their building. Now it can be enjoyed safely and I think this really shows how businesses and One Manchester can have a positive impact in the community.” To tree or not to tree? The health benefits of trees make them an essential part of the future of any city or town by decreasing stress, reducing harmful pollutants in the air and removing carbon from the atmosphere. That’s why over the last four months we have been carrying out a survey of the tree stock in our neighbourhoods in conjunction with the contractor Urban Green Ltd. By March 2018, all our trees will be mapped and assessed to identify trees which require attention. A programme of works will then be undertaken. 4 @onemcr

NEWS Talking the talk at The East Manchester Academy The benefits of young people talking about their thoughts and emotions are being promoted as part of a new initiative in collaboration with Buzz, Manchester’s NHS Health & Wellbeing service. Addressing mental health in school is vitally important as it can affect classroom learning and social interactions, which are critical to the success of students. The school will work with 12 students acting as health and wellbeing ambassadors, whose role will be to encourage fellow pupils to discuss strategies to deal with stress, along with other coping mechanisms when times get tough. The school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead, Amanda Ram says, “It’s my aim to raise awareness and decrease stigma so that students are able to be open about, and are signposted to, the appropriate services to support their mental health and wellbeing.” One Manchester staff received Boost training from Buzz to enable them to deliver sessions to customers that would improve their mental health and wellbeing. Buzz offers a range of support and advice to help people live fuller, healthier, happier and longer lives. Their services include: • Techniques to improve your wellbeing • Understanding yourself more • Understanding the impact of stress and managing it better • Recognising and challenging thoughts that are stressful, upsetting or just unhelpful • Feeling more confident and improving your self-esteem • Useful techniques to communicate your needs better You can find out more about how Buzz can help you by visiting, calling 0161 248 1767 or following @buzzmanc on Twitter. Making friends with dementia A Levenshulme group set up for dementia sufferers and their carers is inviting others living with the condition to attend their support sessions taking place every Wednesday. Along with providing emotional support, the group arrange fun activities such as bingo, quizzes, exercise, sing-alongs and dancing. The Peter Quinn Friendship Group is open to those suffering from memory problems, caring for somebody who does, or anybody able to volunteer their time. When: Wednesday 12pm-2.30pm Where: St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Elbow Street, Levenshulme, M19 3PY For further information contact Marion Quinn on 07767 497625 or email 0330 355 1002 75

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