Please see below a message from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall opening the new NHS Nightingale North West Hospital in Manchester.
The LGBT Foundation has launched a befriending service to help people during the covid19 lockdown.
“Our new telephone befriending programme Rainbow Brew Buddies aims to reduce loneliness for LGBT people across Greater Manchester who may have reduced opportunities to make social connections due to the recent coronavirus outbreak or other circumstances in their life.
Those who sign up for the service will be allocated a buddy, who will have received training from LGBT Foundation and have passed a DBS check. You will then “get-together” over the phone with them for a brew and a chat at least once a week for around 30 minutes.”
Full details are available on the LGBT Foundation website HERE
Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed a guide to support residents and support organisations to assist people through the current health emergency.
This guide will be updated regularly as the situation develops. This guide is correct to 3rd April 2020. A downloadable version of the guide is available here
Is it an emergency?
- is there a threat to life (including road traffic incidents where someone is injured or the road is blocked)
- does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon
- is there a risk of serious damage to property
- is a serious offence in progress
- there’s serious disruption to the public or there could be
If you’re concerned about a business or venue that’s open and you don’t think it should be, please check the guidance on this first.
We’re seeking to resolve situations where people appear to be or are contravening the government advice on physical social distancing and the stay at home measures without resorting to enforcement and issuing fines.
Please only tell us about something if you feel there is a significant issue or breach which you think we need to know about.
Use the form available HERE to report any concerns about breaches of the regulations and where they are.
The government is building several new hospitals across the UK to cope with the demand placed on the NHS because of the Covid19 crisis. The Manchester “Nightingale” hospital is being contracted in the Manchester Central Convention Complex (formerly known as the G-Mex).
If you are a member of Manchester Libraries, you can access the website or app PressReader. There are over 5000 newspaper and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages for free!
All the UK newspapers are there, including the Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.
Newsbank is another website available for free offering a digital range of regional and international English language newspapers, including The Manchester Evening News , The Guardian , The Times , The Daily Mirror , The Daily Mail , and The Daily Express .
Includes international newspapers such as The New York Times , The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Times of India , The Nation (Islamabad), and The Irish Times .
All you have to do is go to the website and type in your library card number.
If you don’t have a Manchester Libraries card but still want to access the site, you can now sign up for a temporary library card and the wonderful people at Newsbank will give you full access!
Free School Meals
Coronavirus: information about help with food costs while schools are closed.
If your child qualifies and their school is in Manchester, you can Apply for free school meals
You’ll need to contact the school yourself if it isn’t listed.
If your child’s school is outside Manchester, their free school meals will be dealt with by the local authority the school is in. Go to the GOV.UK website and enter the postcode of the school your child attends to find out how to get them.
Which children qualify for them?
Your child may qualify if you have any of these incomes:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- the guaranteed part of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (as long as your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and you don’t get Working Tax Credit)
- Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits
Children who receive these benefits themselves instead of through a parent or guardian, can also qualify for free school meals.
Your child may qualify if you are an asylum seeker.
Children who are younger than the compulsory age for starting school but in full-time education, can also get free school meals.
How long can they get free school meals for?
Children who are eligible for free school meals now will be eligible for them until either:
- they finish school; or
- if on 31 March 2022 they are still in school, until they finish the phase of schooling they are in (primary or secondary) –
whichever is sooner.
Infant free school meals in England
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can get free school meals whatever your income. But if you have one of the qualifying incomes (above) it will help the school if you tell them this, so they can get extra funding.
Announcement from Manchester City Council
Manchester Community Response
If you need help you can get it now by calling 0800 234 6123
We have set up a hub to support Manchester’s most vulnerable people, and help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.
We want to help you if you are:
- over the age of 70, are self isolating and have no support network,
- if you have received a letter from the NHS advising you are high risk, or
- you are medically vulnerable according to the government criteria.
We can help with things like:
- Delivery of food
- Delivery of medication
- Combating loneliness
- Managing fuel top-up payments
Help is also be available for other reasons, for example if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer.
Across the City a community of charities, businesses, community groups and the Council have all come together to make sure you have the support you need during this challenging time.
Get help – 0800 234 6123
If you live alone, are struggling to make ends meet, are self-isolating or generally in need of advice or support please contact us between 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Call our helpline to access the support you need.
Manchester City Council have now launched a section on their website with advice and information.
The LCA is holding two Hustings meetings for the 2019 local elections.
19.30, Thursday 18th April, The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme
19.30, Thursday 25th April, The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme
These are open, public meetings where anyone can question candidates directly. The full list of candidates is provided below.
Ward boundaries were changed in 2018 with Levenshulme Ward now expanded to include much of what was previously the Gorton South Ward which has been abolished. Burnage Ward has also expanded and now includes a big chunk of what was previously Levenshulme Ward running right up to Albert Road.
Please share and promote these Hustings. They are your opportunity to question candidates who will represent us on Manchester City Council.
|Candidate’s Surname||Other Name(s)||Description (if any)|
|Ali||Azra Gulshan||Labour Party|
|Dundas||Benjamin||The Green Party|
|Hossain||Shahed||The Conservative Party Candidate|
|Rae||Ian Sidney||UK Independence Party (UKIP)|
|Timoney||Andrea Dawn||Liberal Democrats|
|Candidate’s Surname||Other Name(s)||Description (if any)|
|Catterall||Bob||UK Independence Party (UKIP)|
|Hickey||Andrew Peter||Liberal Democrats|
|Sheikh||Basat Mahmood||Labour Party|
|Smith||James||The Conservative Party Candidate|
|Venes||Dick||The Green Party|
Eight people ready for your questions TONIGHT.
19.00 at the Jain Centre, 667-9 Stockport Road, M12 4QE.
- ABIDOGUN, Kemi (Christian Peoples Alliance)
- CLIFFORD, Peter (Communist League)
- DISCO, The Irrelevant Johnny (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
- GALLOWAY, George (Independent)
- HOPKINS, David Michael
- KHAN, Mohammed Afzal (Labour Party)
- MAYO, Jess (Green Party)
- PEARCEY, Jackie (Liberal Democrats)
The list of candidates for the Manchester Gorton parliamentary by-election has been confirmed.
- ABIDOGUN, Kemi (Christian Peoples Alliance)
- CLIFFORD, Peter (Communist League)
- DISCO, The Irrelevant Johnny (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
- ECKERSLEY, Phil (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
- GALLOWAY, George (Independent)
- HOPKINS, David Michael
- JARADAT, Shaden (Conservative Party)
- KHAN, Mohammed Afzal (Labour Party)
- KHANDOKER, Sufi Miah (Independent)
- MAYO, Jess (Green Party)
- PEARCEY, Jackie (Liberal Democrats)
The hustings for candidates organised by Levenshulme Community Association takes place on Saturday 22nd April at the Jain Community Centre, 667/669 Stockport Road, Manchester, M12 4QE, starting at 19.00.
Manchester City Council is consulting on future funding arrangements for voluntary and community organisations.
“We fund many voluntary and community sector organisations. They’re an important part of the city providing care, support and help to Manchester people.
We want to make sure we get the best value for money, and provide that money in a way that helps organisations to do good work.
Over the past few months we have been working with a ‘co-design group’ made up of people from the council, voluntary and community sector organisations and the NHS, to come up with some new options for funding the voluntary sector in Manchester. We’ve based these proposals on the Our Manchester Strategy.”
See full information and respond HERE
Read the “Our Manchester” strategy HERE
Levenshulme Community Association has organised a Community Forum on policing, crime, safety and securty for Wednesday 11th January, 19.00 at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range) following a reported rape of a 12 year old girl.
The meeting is public and an opportunity to hear from Greater Manchester Police and councillors. There will also be the chance to raise any questions or concerns directly on crime and policing in the area.
This is understandably receiving considerable media coverage.
Manchester Evening News
BBC Radio Manchester reported on dangerous and nuisance bikes today. Reporter Emily Wolstencroft interviewed Levenshulme residents in Thairish café including LCA Secretary Jeremy Hoad.
You can hear the report on iPlayer (44 minutes into the programme, repeated at 2h12m).
Listen on iPlayer HERE
OK, people of Levenshulme, the debate is on!
- The Levenshulme EU Debate
- Wednesday 15th June 2016, 19.00
- The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, M19 2HQ (off Albert Road)
Levenshulme Community Association is delighted to announce the big EU debate.
Should the UK remain part of the European Union or should it leave? You decide.
Levenshulme Community Association is not a political organisation and does not take a position on the EU Referendum.
Once again Levenshulme Community Association is organising hustings for the local elections. All candidates have been invited. Everyone is welcome. These are open, public meetings and an opportunity for anyone to ask questions of any candidates in the May local elections.
Wednesday 27th April
1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, M19 2HQ
Gorton South Ward
Thursday 28th April
747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 3AR
A single transport card for Manchester is on hold following a complete failure of the Atos company to deliver the system for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
The scheme – similar to the Oyster Card system in London – is being rethought after it became clear Atos was completely incapable of delivering the system. The MEN reports that according to TfGM all costs incurred (£15m) have been refunded by Atos and TfGM will now explore how to get the failed project moving again.
There does not appear to be any comment from Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor, who is responsible for transport across Greater Manchester.
Read the MEN report HERE
Levenshulme’s Bankley Studios is offering a residency for a local artist from Greater Manchester.
Residency opportunity for an artist based in Greater Manchester
Bankley Studios would like to offer the opportunity of a two-month residency in Bankley’s project space ‘Studio20’ to an artist based in the Greater Manchester area. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who may not be able to participate in intensive creative practice away from home due to various other commitments. We welcome applications from artists working in all types of contemporary visual art, including two- and three-dimensional practices, installation, new media, moving image and performance.
Taking place during May and June 2016, the residency will offer the artist space and time to experiment and test ideas, and to produce a new body of work for an exhibition in our newly renovated Gallery Space. The Artist will be supported by the Project Space Team and receive one-on-one mentoring sessions with a curator in preparation for their show.
During the residency Bankley will be hosting talks and critical discussions with artists and arts professionals around the theme of ‘Process’. The artist in residence may wish to contribute towards this event, i.e. with an Artist Talk or Open studio event.
The residency includes:
- 24h access to a free studio space at Bankley’s Project Space ‘Studio20’
- £200 stipend towards materials
- 2-week solo exhibition in the Gallery Space, either immediately following the residency or scheduled later in the year (to be agreed with the artist)
- Mentoring by a curator who will work with the artist in the installation of the show
The artist will be encouraged to hold their own artist talk and/or or Open Studio event and to add to the Bankley blog whilst in residence
Artists will be required to submit an application form (see below) alongside 5 images of current work (in .jpeg format, no larger than 1 MB each) and an Artist CV. Selected artists will then be invited for an interview with members of the Bankley committee before the final decision is made.
Deadline for applications: Friday 18th March 2016
Interviews will take place in April 2016.
Further information about Bankley Studios can be found HERE
After years of campaigns, consultations, marches, plans, occupations, letters, meetings, talking and even quite a bit of dancing the people of Levenshulme can now celebrate as our new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre throws open its doors.
Here are a few photographs of the new Arcadia. These are the third set in the series of photographs recording the old Levensulme Baths, the original Levenshulme Library and now the new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.
Arcadia is a brand new £9.3m facility. It is managed and operated by Greenwich Leisure Limited under the Better brand through a contract with Manchester City Council. GLL are experts in managing leisure facilities. The facilities were built by Laing O’Rourke both on time and on budget. The quality and attention to detail is very impressive. Arcadia includes:
- Community Library of 300 square metres including dedicated children’s library
- Over 20 free computers
- Free wifi throughout the centre
- Two swimming pools
- Flexible changing rooms that can provide dedicated access to one pool for use by specific groups or for private hire
- Multipurpose Community Studio for exercise classes or community activities or meetings
- 60 station gym with additional free weights
- Sauna – up to 12 people
- Steam room – up to 12 people
- Disabled access throughout with a large lift and easy access for the pools
- A buggy store
Arcadia stands as a wonderful facility and proof of what can be achieved when there is a genuine cooperative, positive collaboration between residents, our community, councillors, council officers, designers and developers.
This is our facility.
(All photographs copyright Jeremy Hoad)
Manchester City Council is consulting on budget cuts for 2016/17. The consultation closes today.
“We’re setting our budget for 2016/17 and want your views. You can read what we’re consulting about and the options we’re considering and have your say.
Today is your last chance to respond – the formal consultation closes midnight.”
Find out more and submit your views HERE.
Watch an explanatory video HERE.
With news that Tony Lloyd* has confirmed his intention to stand for the position of Greater Manchester Mayor the Manchester Evening News has suggested a few other possible candidates.
The MEN offers a shortlist of actual and potential candidates:
- Tony Lloyd (Labour Party)
- Richard Leese (Labour Party)
- Ivan Lewis (Labour Party)
- Hazel Blears (Labour Party)
- Jonathan Reynolds (Labour Party)
- Julie Reid (Labour Party)
According to the options suggested the MEN appears to think that only Labour Party politicians will stand for election as Greater Manchester Mayor.
Included on the list is local Councillor Julie Reid (Gorton South Ward) whose ward covers much of Levenshulme.
Billed as the only “Corbynista” to have been touted as a potential candidate the MEN says: “Councillor Reid has reportedly been vocal among colleagues in expressing n interest [in standing for Greater Manchester Mayor]“.
* Tony Lloyd is currently Greater Mnchester Mayor after being appointed to the role without any election last year when the leaders of Greater Manchester councils signed up to the devolution deal offered by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Councillor Julie Reid (Gorton South Ward). Photo courtesy of the MEN.
Councils across Greater Manchester join together to share access to almost 3 million books from this weekend.
Everyone living in Manchester, Bolton, Oldham , Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Trafford will be able to borrow books from scores of sites across Greater Manchester – rather than just libraries in their own boroughs with Tameside council joining later this year.
This is perfect timing just before the new Levenshulme library opens on Saturday 20th February in the new £9.3m Arcadia Levenshulme Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road.
See the Manchester Libraries announcement HERE
Manchester Evening News article HERE
ITV News report HERE
Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Loyd, is spending almost a million pounds of funding from the Greater Manchester Police budget on a project to get neighbourhoods to do things to reduce demand for police services in 2016.
The GMPCC website says: “Communities across Greater Manchester are being invited to bid for a slice of £900,000 to reduce demand on police services by building strong neighbourhoods, boosting volunteering, and empowering our region’s young people.”
The funds available:
Commissioner’s neighbourhood fund
- Grants of up to £1000 (from a total fund of £200,000)
Active citizens’ fund
- Grants of up to £5000 (from a total fund of £200,000)
Youth aspiration fund
- Grants of up to £30,000 (from a total fund of £500,000)
Find out full details HERE.
We are pleased to confirm that the new £9.3m Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre situated in the heart of Levenshulme on the A6 will open on Saturday 20th February 2016.
This will be the culmination of a long and hard fought campaign by the LCA and Levenshulme residents and groups to keep our existing baths and library open and then to replace them with new facilities.
This is an amazing success story in hard times. It is a story of a community coming together to fight for its facilities. It is a story of Manchester City Council working positively and productively with our community. It is a story of responsive and engaging council officers. It is a story of political differences and collective action. Above all, it is a success story that the people of Levenshulme should be proud of.
We hope to see as many people as possible celebrate the opening of Arcadia with us. Further details will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.
Here are a few photographs from December. This was during a tour after the LCA Community Forum Meeting.
Here is an update from Greater Manchester Police regarding the various firearms incidents over the holiday period.
“Police have made five arrests this week after recent shootings in Manchester.
Detectives investigating ongoing disputes between Manchester crime groups have made five arrests this week in connection with firearms discharges.
On Wednesday 6 January 2016, a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest on Salisbury Road in Moss Side. He has since been bailed.
Two men have been arrested in connection with a firearm discharge that took place in the Milford Drive area of Levenshulme on Monday 4 January. A 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday 6 January 2016 on suspicion of firearms offences, violent disorder and criminal damage. A second man was arrested on Thursday 7 January 2016 also on suspicion of firearms offences, violent disorder and criminal damage. They have since been bailed.
Today, Friday 8 January 2016, two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder after two firearms discharges on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day on Lytham Road in Levenshulme. A 26-year-old man and a 30-year-old man are currently in police custody.
Superintendent David Pester from GMP’s South Manchester Division said: “This week our officers have worked incredibly hard in difficult circumstances to bring those who are using guns on our streets to justice.
“We have arrested five men who are connected to the organised crime groups we have been investigating, but we still have a long way to go.
“We understand that the community are still very concerned about these ongoing disputes and I’d like to reassure them that we are doing all that we can to address their concerns.
“This week we have met with community leaders and elected members and we will continue to update everyone about the ongoing investigations. Officers, supported by officers from the Force Major Incident Team and specialist resources, are working tirelessly around the clock to bring the offenders to justice.
“We still need the community’s help to rid these offenders from the streets of Manchester, so, if you have any information that could help our investigation, please get in touch. Every piece of information, no matter how large or small could be vital.
“We still have a long way to go, and a lot of work still needs to be done but we want this to be a message to those out there that know they have been behaving recklessly and putting innocent lives in danger.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4223 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
West Point Residents Association in conjunction with local Councillors have organised a special meeting next Tuesday 12th January (7pm) at Birchfields Primary School, Lytham Road.
This will be an opportunity for local residents to hear from and put questions to GMP officers and local Councillors following the two recent incidents in Lytham Road.
Another meeting has been organised at the Klondyke, Burnage Range on Wednesday 13th January (7pm).
People across Levenahulme are increasingly concerned after a spate of gunshot incidents across the area. Guns have been fired in the area three times in less than two weeks in what is thought to be gang related incidents. Nobody has been injured.
The latest report from the Mnchester Evening News is available HERE
If you have any information on any of these incidents you should contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 6078 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
Levenshulme artists Paul Magrs and Daniel Pitts both have paintings in the Freedom from Torture North West Art Auction 2015.
The auction takes place on Thursday, 12 November, 2015, 18:00 to 22.00 at Z-Arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, Manchester M15 5Z
Further information is available HERE
Grants are available from Manchester City Council to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016 for events and activities held in March 2016.
International Women’s Day recognises women’s achievements and highlights the continued struggle for equal rights and equality for women. As the birthplace of women’s suffrage in the UK, Manchester has always been at the heart of the women’s movement. We’ve been celebrating International Women’s Day for more than 25 years.
The application form and guidance is available HERE
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 17th November at 17.00.
The Breakfast In Bed project set up by Jamie Whittaker has been profiled in an article in the Guardian.
The best summary of this Levenshulme based project is this:
“…the power of community, of the kindness that occurs when ordinary people come together.”
Levenshulme people overcome adversity, support each other, fight for their community and reach out to others in many different ways.
“Jamie Whittaker started bringing breakfast to homeless people on the streets of Manchester in January. “I had a week off work and I was walking from one train station to another. It was freezing, and there were 10 [homeless] people. They were all supposed to have been offered temporary accommodation because it is that cold, but it was all lies. They shouldn’t have been there.” So he took matters into his own hands.
As with many of the grassroots groups and projects that have sprung up under austerity, social media has played a huge role in the campaigning and organising. Whittaker, 35, who works shifts at a children’s home, started posting about the homelessness problem on the Facebook group Levy Massive, a community group for local people in Levenshume. He gained donations and volunteers as a result. Breakfast in Bed is not a charity and is not government-funded – local businesses and people have donated their time, labour, money and food to keep the project going. The project’s own Facebook group now has more than 800 members and new volunteers are joining all the time.”
The article goes on to mention the involvement and support of the local community.
“…Whittaker is… keen to point out that the volunteers act as go-betweens for two, often conflicting sides. He says: “We reach people they don’t reach, people they don’t know are there, and who are trying to stay off the radar. People who have burnt bridges with the council … we hope that we’re able to rebuild those connections.” With more donations, he’s hoping that the group can start helping to house people as well. They already hold monthly “pop-up” events. This month, it’s the haircuts.
At Shine, a salon in Levenshume, the atmosphere is almost festive, thanks to the cheery manner of the staff and the Shepherd’s pie steaming in the corner. Soon all the chairs are full. Joanne is given a new, chic bob, while Dave, an alcoholic who has been homeless on and off for 15 years, gets a shave and a cut. At the back of the room another staff member rolls cigarettes almost as quickly as they are smoked. A staffie darts about in excitement. The event is a testament to the power of community, of the kindness that occurs when ordinary people come together. In its matter-of-fact Mancunian way, it’s very moving. Outside, where there are extra seats, people are eating. A man cries as his hair is cut. Others are worrying about the freezing temperatures to come, that groups such as this can’t ever fully breach the widening gaps in services.”
Read the full article HERE
A few reasons to love Levenshulme by Becci Johnson in Timeout:
- You baulk at the prospect of another A6 takeaway.
- You’ve gotten to know your neighbours through visiting Levy Market.
- You’ve gotten to know your neighbours through visiting Levy Market.
- You monitor the seasons by driving up Errwood Road, whilst you fight the urge to stop and buy biscuits.
- You know how to find the secret lake.
- You smile wryly at tourists taking selfies on a nameless street.
You could fill the whole magazine with reasons why Levenshulme is so great, though.
Read the full article HERE.
Another new school is being planned near us. This time in Rusholme in addition to the new school run by the Dean Trust opening in Ardwick.
Great to see Manchester City Council planning for the future and committing itself to a good model of educational provision.
Council statement and consultation:
“We’re planning to open a brand new secondary school in Rusholme in September 2017 to meet the growing demand for places in the area. And we want to know what you think.
The school will be built on land just off Lytham Road. It will be for girls and boys, and have eight forms for each year group.
The new school will be set up as a ‘free school’. Find out more about free schools at: www.gov.uk/types-of-school/free-schools
With modern facilities and a high-quality environment, the new school will help more children meet their full potential and encourage people to live in the neighbourhood.
What do you think?
Give us your views and we’ll use them to help develop the proposal in the best way to meet local needs.
When we have drawn up more detailed plans we’ll invite interested organisations to bid to become the school’s sponsor.”
The consultation is available HERE
The consultation closes at 5pm, Friday 13 November 2015.
Manchester City Council is consulting on planning guidance for hot food takeaways. This would be come part of the council’s Strategic Plan as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
The consultation is available HERE
If you wish to comment you must register with the council’s consultation portal. You can do this by following the instruction on the link above.
The council’s introduction is provided below:
The City Council intend to prepare a Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document and would welcome any comments you have on this issue.
The Manchester Core Strategy includes a number of policies relevant to Hot Food Takeaways and the intention of the SPD is to provide further detail on these policies. A copy of the Core Strategy can be found on the City Council’s website HERE
We are particularly interested in how you think planning policy relating to hot food takeaways can support the most appropriate mix of uses within our District and Local Centres and promote healthy lifestyles, especially for young people.
We would like your views about the right planning policy for Hot Food Takeaways.
A meeting of Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum will take place this evening, Thursday 16th July, 19.00-21.00 at the Inspire Centre on Stockport Road.
The meeting will:
- vote on the area covered by the Forum;
- approve a constitution for the group; and
- elect a committee.
The agenda, draft constitution and proposed designated area are provided below.
Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre (LCAC) activities start today with an exhibition at Bankley Mill (19.00) and a launch party at Fred’s Ale House (21.00). Even before that readings on the Village Green happen at 12.00 and 20.00.
Details are available HERE
There are loads of events and activities on over the next seventeen days from imaginary bike rides to a marathon reading of Das Kapital Karl Marx, discussions about regeneration, home and the urban environment, readings and discussions of work by Marxist geographer David Harvey, Communist era children’s games from Poland and a public intervention to highlight access to public services at the railway station: “To show our desire to use the station we will form a queue to fail to get up the stairs.”
Far from failing LCAC are showing what can be achieved with £2,210 funding from Levenshulme Market Fund to produce a packed programme of events by Levenshulme artists, philosophers and residents to revitalise our High Street and attract people to our community.
This is genuine local direct action and imagination at work and what fringe events should be all about during the Manchester International Festival. An explosion of creativity emerging organically from a vibrant, diverse, challenging and exciting community like Levenshulme.
There will be a meeting for the campaign to have Levenshulme Library converted into a community centre (once the library service moves out next year. )
Wednesday 8th July at 6pm at Levenshulme Library
Following the public meeting on the 16th June at Inspire, it was agreed to form a constituted community organisation, that in time could develop into a management organmisation for the library building.
Initially it will be a simple ‘un-incorporated association’ that can open a bank account to hold funds, form a wide membership of local people and elect people to help the community govern the association. Based on a charitable constitution, that can be developed further as plans evolve.
If you wish to support this exciting development and back the campaign please come along to the meeting above. We will be adopting our first constitution.
At the last meeting a number of other proposals were made:
- To visit other buildings to find out what works, what doesn’t, what’s involved … whatever we can learn from them.
- Undertake a survey of skills in our community that can contribute to the campaign.
- Research the history of the Carnegie endowment, that provided the community with the building in the first place.
- Network and connect with as many individuals, community groups, facilities, and interests in the community as we possibly can.
- Invite Manchester City Council to meet with us, and offer whatever support they can to the campaign.
- Find a good name and brand for the new facility… any designers, publicists, marketeers or PR people out there… your community needs you!!
Please come along. Everyone is welcome. “Meet nice people who care about our community, have your say and show your support.”
Keep up to date on facebook:
(Message posted on behalf of Levenshulme Library Stakeholders Group)
The next meeting of Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum will take place on Thursday 16th July 2015, 19.00 at the Inspire Centre on Stockport Road.
The meeting will consider and agree the area defined for the Forum, constituting the Forum as a group and electing the first committee members to help take the idea further and make the Forum a reality.
Exciting steps to move forward and formally establish a Forum so that the people of Levenshulme can have a direct influence over what happens in our area.
Everyone is welcome.
Levenshulme often smells of warm biscuits thanks to the McVities factory on Stockport Road. That satisfies most people’s biscuity cravings. But it wasn’t enough for Josie Stripe who wrote to McVities proposing a drive-thru.
After presenting a strong case Ms Stripe concludes by saying:
“A McVities drive-thru would fill both the market and my stomach, and I would dearly love to see it succeed.”
The whole of Levenshulme, if not Manchester, is behind you, Josie.
Manchester City Council has killed off its CASH Grant scheme for council wards and replaced it with a new Neighbourhood Investment Fund (NIF) worth £10,000 less per ward.
CASH Grants of £30,000 per year were previously available to each Ward with local councillors deciding on where and how the money was spent. These have now been abolished and replaced withthe NIF that provides up to £20,000 per ward each year.
The new scheme comes into effect immediately from today (Monday 22nd June 2015). Information from Manchester City Council states:
“Local people and community groups can have a huge impact in their community and Manchester City Council remains committed to supporting activity that improves neighbourhoods and enhances peoples lives.”
The fund is open to established groups, voluntary groups and other community groups, as well as groups of residents working together for the first time. School Parent Teacher Associations can also apply if they have the support of local residents and parents and the project benefits the wider community as well as the school.
Your group must have a bank account in order to receive any approved funding, or have permission from another group to receive the funding for you as a referee. Payment can not be made to personal bank accounts.
NIF funding is available for projects that fall in to the following categories:
Work & Skills
Projects that help people in a community to get back in to work by offering additional learning and opportunities to improve skills. It could also help fund any activities relating to coaching, mentoring or volunteering.
New groups can bid for initial seed funding to get an idea off the ground, become more recognised in the local neighbourhood and actively engage the community with activities. Established groups could also receive one off funding to help support smaller groups and deliver local projects.
Improving the Environment and Increase Recycling
Groups looking to organise community clean ups or planting projects can bid – with special encouragement for ideas focussed on increased recycling and waste reduction in a community.
Other Activities and Events
Applications will be considered for events that benefit the community and support the ward priorities of the local area. Any ideas should be discussed with your local Regeneration Ward Officer before applying.
What you can’t get funding for
Some projects, activities, events or schemes do not fall within the criteria for a neighbourhood investment funds, therefore applications will not be considered for the following:
- Projects that do not directly benefit Manchester residents;
- Traffic-calming schemes or CCTV;
- Projects that simply replace existing facilities with no significant improvement;
- Projects that improve or benefit privately owned land to which the public have no access and un-adopted roads and footpaths;
- Projects that have already been completed or will have been by the time the grant is issued;
- Ongoing revenue funding of staff wages, salaries or expenses or overheads such as rent, leases or utility costs;
- Projects that only benefit individuals (e.g. qualifications, counselling sessions, professional legal advice etc.);
- Groups cannot directly benefit financially from their own application (they cannot be a fiscal beneficiary);
- Purchase of alcohol and gambling activities;
- Activities of a religious or political nature; or
- Activities that are contrary to Manchester City Council’s equal opportunities policy.
Applications are reviewed by a panel to decide where funds should be allocated. Your Regeneration Ward Officer will keep you updated through the process – each application should not exceed £10,000.
More information on NIF and access to the on-line application is available HERE
Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture 2015
A lecture from Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council on the development of the “Northern Powerhouse”.
Free event hosted by the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.
Wednesday 1st July 2015, 19.00
Manchester Conference Centre (Sackville Street)
Register a place HERE
“We are delighted to welcome the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein to address the Society on the hot topic of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.
The term ‘Northern Powerhouse’ may have come into common currency recently, but the underlying concept is one which our great northern cities – with Manchester very much in the vanguard – have been advocating for many years.
Put simply, it’s about recognising the need to rebalance the nation’s economy with major northern cities, both collectively and individually, being backed to unlock their potential. This means complementing, not competing with London and the South East. But it also means recognising and investing in the distinctive strengths of cities such as Manchester – whether it’s in culture or cutting edge research.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Manchester is fundamental to this vision – and that unless Manchester can realise its full potential no such rebalancing of the national economy will be possible.
This means investing in excellence, whether it’s improving transport infrastructure – for example the £15bn One North proposals to radically improve east-west transport connections between northern cities and complement HS2, supporting cultural facilities such as the £78m new Factory Manchester Arts Centre or supporting pioneering research into advanced materials such as graphene.
But also integral to the Northern Powerhouse concept is the recognition that city regions such as Greater Manchester – places with their acts together and clear strategic visions – need to be freed from stifling over-centralisation. Greater Manchester is in the forefront of the devolution agenda which recognises that instead of having ‘one size fits all’ national policies imposed centrally, we are better placed to create the conditions for growth and improving people’s lives by investing in local needs and priorities. This will enable us to use the available funding in a much smarter way.”
People with Pets in Poverty is a new charity to help homeless people and their pets.
Colin Alcock will launch People With Pets In Poverty later this month and aims to roll out a variety of schemes over the next five years. Colyn’s main aim is to help rough sleepers and the ‘hidden homeless’ which includes sofa surfers and people in overcrowded accommodation, hostels and night shelters.
Under the Home and Dry programme, PPP will provide safe accommodation for homeless people and their pets by paying the first month’s rent and deposit while providing a guarantee to landlords against damage caused by pets. In exchange service users must follow a recovery programme which could include counselling and a detox scheme.
Colyn has many ambitious plans for the charity, including pet food banks, an online homeless forum and even a charity single. By 2020 he hopes to have set up a community home for marginalised people with pets. He said:
“To a homeless person a pet is a guardian protector, a best friend and someone who will never judge them and always be pleased to be with them.
“I know what it’s like to sit on a street corner and beg. It’s soul destroying and isolating.”
“The next wave of homelessness is coming and it’s going to get worse. We’re looking at an all encompassing remedy.”
The first PPP meeting will be at Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme, on Wednesday June 24, from 7.30pm. All are welcome.
For details or to volunteer call Colyn on: 07985 442 505
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the full MEN article HERE
An article from the Manchester Evening News on the future of Levenshulme Library and the work of the Stakeholders Group set up to explore options is available HERE
It is a little unfortunate the article advertises the fundraiser on Friday 29th in an article published on Saturday 30th but any coverage is very welcome.
Note also that there are a couple of factual errors in the article:
1 The new baths and library facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2016, not Autumn 2015.
2 Levenshulme High School never took over the building. The school simply rented the space to use for part of the week. Local campaigning was essential to ensure the library stayed open as a library until the new facilities open.
A public meeting is also scheduled for Tuesday 16th June, 19.00-21.00 at Levenshulme Inspire on Stockport Road. Further information and discussion is also available on a Facebook group at:
Mancunian Matters seems to have been impressed with Levenshulme’s councillors with mentions of both Basat Sheikh and Peter Cookson. It reported:
‘Basking in success over his first time win, Basat Mahmood Sheikh for Levenshulme said to one of his colleagues while the counts were being verified: “I have certainly proved myself”.’
‘The other side of Gorton also had a triumphant success, victor Peter Cookson said it was a ‘record breaking result’ after finding out he had 4564 votes.
£2 million funding has been secured to resurface Stockport Road from the Appollo to McVities.
The stretch of Stockport Road running through Levenshulme in particular is in a dire state of repair and has been in desperate need of attention for some time so this is great news.
We understand the project will include new cycle provision and redesign of the road to improve access and usability. Residents’ groups and businesses will be included in consultation about the exact design.
The project is scheduled to start this summer (2015). Further details will be reported when available.
Levenshulme qualifies for funding under the People’s Health Trust scheme as outlined by the organisation below:
“Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.
Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.
It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.
We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.
We run a two stage application process over a six week period that begins with a short online form. There’s step by step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please call us on 020 7697 4021 or email us.”
Further information including an online application form is available HERE
Manchester is one of eight cities to benefit from investment in cycling infrastructure from the government. The Department for a transport has confirmed Manchester has been awarded £22m from the total funding of £115m. This follows an investment of £20m in 2013.
Further details are available from Transport for Greater Manchester HERE
An article from the Manchester Evening News is available HERE
Information on the Greater Manchester Cycling Strategy is available HERE
Levenshulme has been one of the first areas to benefit from a new fund created by Manchester City Council to deep clean the city and tidy up tatty looking areas. The new project will also include funding for community groups. The information released by the council is provided below.
A fund of £5.5million is to be spent on a city-wide clean up programme.
The wide range of projects will improve district centres, parks and roads over the next few months, ensuring that benefits are seen as quickly as possible.
Parks and community spaces will receive £1.5million of the money, to fund works that have already been requested by friends groups and other organisations, such as cleaning war memorials, resurfacing children’s play areas, planting new flowers and low-maintenance shrubs, making improvements to existing allotments and creating new ones.
Another £1million will be spent on district centres, funding repairs to pedestrian crossings and railings, new lighting to improve visibility and deter crime as well as improvements to the appearance of run-down buildings. Parking issues will also be addressed, with updated signage, and there will also be improvements to grass verges and other open spaces.
As well as these practical projects, this funding will also help residents and businesses to organise their own community clean up campaigns, and will enable the setting up of business forums to support local traders who want to get involved too.
Over £1million will help to improve local infrastructure, renewing unsightly or rusted railings, benches and other street furniture, and replacing old litter bins with new, larger models like those recently introduced in the city centre.
Almost £500,000 will be spent on getting rid of overgrown, vacant plots and clearing waste grounds of debris across the city. There will be intensive work to clear grot-spots, roads, alleyways, and pieces of waste land across the city, which residents have complained about and, finally, in response to other concerns raised by schools, we’ll also use this funding to repaint road markings outside schools where dangerous parking is a problem.
See the Council page HERE
A message from Laing O’Rourke
We’re delighted to invite you the launch of the Laing O’Rourke Cash4Graft funding programme which is to take place from 18.00-20.00 on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at Laing O’Rourke offices at:
3 Archway, Birley Fields, Manchester, M15 5QJ
This exciting new fund focuses on supporting residents in the south Manchester area to come together to identify projects that will benefit their community and get together to deliver those projects. The programme will support grassroots community projects in and around the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre development scheduled to be opened next year for sums from £50 to £250 which can kickstart great initiatives that make our neighbourhoods happier, healthier and safer places to live.
Laing commitment to engaging with local communities where it delivers projects is essential to their ethos and their corporate social responsibility strategy and the launch of this programme means that they can deliver real impact at a local level. – making a difference where you live!
This strength-based approach looks at what’s strong and not what’s wrong in communities – residents coming together to develop great ideas – and support existing groups that already deliver real impact in south Manchester neighbourhoods.
Please feel free to invite fellow community groups to what promises to be
an informal event where we can talk to you about the programme, how
you can get involved and how you can apply for funding from the programme. Forever Manchester is working in partnership with Laing O’Rourke to deliver this programme.
We’d be delighted to see you there and it would be great if you could e-mail me back to let me know that you can make it.
We look forward to meeting you.
Head of Business Development
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Today is the deadline for comments on the council’s proposed budget. This includes significant and severe cuts to services.
Comment via the council’s website HERE