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Social Justice Organisations

With the support of Forever Manchester we’re supporting an inspirational range of social justice organisations that are tirelessly working under extreme pressure and adversity. All of our social justice partners incorporate the Arts to deliver vital services.
Some have been delivering their services for generations whilst others are very new. Every penny we raise through our activities will go directly to supporting the work of these organisations.

Back on Track

Established in 1977, Back on Track is a Manchester charity that enables disadvantaged adults to make lasting positive changes in their lives. They run a learning centre in the Northern Quarter, working with people going through a process of recovery or rehabilitation to build the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives. They work with ex-offender and people who have had problems with alcohol or drugs, homelessness or mental health

Lifeshare

30 years this year, established to help meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Manchester and Salford. They are a first point of contact with people on the streets, offering practical assistance, support and information and continuing assistance that enables people to secure suitable accommodation, support them in maintaining their tenancies, and help them to access initiatives that carry their lives forward.

Guns to Goods

Guns to Goods’ is a Community Interest Company that recycles metal from guns for use in the production of creative artifacts. It is an artists’ collective, partnering organisations who actively work within communities to reduce weapons based crime.

Partisan Collective

Aims to create a space for independent, DIY, cultural and political activities in Manchester. Their main focus is on getting a permanent space up, running and open for use. A particular focus is on supporting LGBT to access a safe environment away from the commercial venues in other parts of the city. Here they can access information and receive support and guidance.

Young Identity

A community-based writing project for young people that encourages literacy, critical thinking and active citizenship. Formed in Moss Side, Manchester in 2006, their creative project includes poetry, script writing and performances. They support teenagers and young adults by using poetry, prose and performance, assisting them to write about subjects that have a direct impact on their future and proving a platform from which their voices are heard.

Ancoats Dispensary Trust

Began as a reactionary, grassroots movement in 2012 to the proposed demolition of the Grade II Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary. A local group of concerned residents from this moment dedicated themselves to the future restoration of the Dispensary and objected to the proposed demolition tirelessly. In partnership with voluntary, statutory public bodies and local businesses, the Trust is developing a sustainable long-term plan for the Dispensary that includes restoration and reintegration as a community beacon.

Hulme Community Garden Centre

The seeds of Hulme Community Garden centre were planted in 1999 by 3 local residents who had a vision of providing the slowly regenerating Hulme with a public green space, and to encourage healthy living through gardening and food growing. The founders hoped that the fractured community would have a focal point and somewhere to experience and learn about plants and the natural world. Now an established part of Hulme, the centre is continuing to grow and expand, always with the same intrinsic ideals that were there from the beginning - to inspire, educate and heal, and of course offer a huge range of plants for sale throughout the year.

WAST

Women Asylum Seekers Together is a solidarity and campaigning group based in Manchester. They have a specific focus on championing the voices of women, many of whom come from cultures and communities where the voices of women are not prioritised. WAST lobbies for the rights of women asylum seekers in general and to raise awareness about issues that force women to seek international protection and the injustices they undergo while going through the asylum system. WAST are experts in using the Arts to provide women asylum seekers with a platform through which they achieve this

42nd Street

Since 1980 42nd Street has been supporting young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing. They work with young people 11 – 25 living in Greater Manchester. Their diverse services include individual therapeutic support, advocacy, projects and activities, and a creative programme via The Horsfall, their new arts space. Their leadership, peer research and volunteering opportunities enable young people to share experience, participate in decision-making and create change. 42nd Street’s Ambassadors campaign to improve young people’s experiences of mental health services and work with peers, youth councils, local authorities and CCGs to influence change.

Venture Arts

Venture Arts is a progressive visual arts charity based in Hulme. They work alongside learning disabled artists to make and show exciting new collaborative visual arts work using a range of arts including illustration, photography, moving image, animation, textile art, ceramics and art as environment.