Mancunian Way started in response to the riots of 2011, which were the result of overwhelming problems of antisocial behaviour, homelessness and other problems affecting local communities and neighbourhoods. This organisation, started by Nick Buckley, works to fill in the gaps in the provision of local authorities such as schools, the police and housing associations. Instead of moaning about how insufficient services are, Nick and his team have done and are doing what they can to tackle social problems. And it seems to be working. Through a variety of projects and community focused activities, they have seen amazing improvements in peoples’ quality of life.
One of the biggest areas the charity specialises in is working with young people. They work preventatively, using early intervention to stop young people making mistakes that could negatively affect their whole lives. The expert and highly trained staff employed by Mancunian Way run youth clubs every day of the week to provide positive outlets, fun activities and a support network, as well as a healthy and positive outlet for energy that may otherwise have been used in a destructive way. Staff also engage youth, educating them about issues that affect them directly, including legal highs, sexual health. They also work to bridge intergenerational gaps, as well as breaking down barriers between youth and establishments such as the police. Their supportive and educational work has been instrumental in preventing people falling prey to sexual exploitation and illegal money lenders.
Change 4 Good is an outreach team that goes out into local communities to help the homeless engage with and access services that could enable them to create sustainable change in their lives. In the last seven months, this initiative has helped 17 people into accommodation, and another 28 to achieve a positive outcome. They also work with the public to inform people about better ways to help people than handing them change.
Mancunian Way have won many awards, including Charity of the Year at the E3 Business Awards 2016 and Community Project of the year at Key 103 Time to Shine awards. The police have said that because of their work in the estates around the borough of Gorton, antisocial behaviour has significantly reduced. Residents have expressed their gratitude to the charity for making their communities feel much safer and happier.
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