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Manchester Carers Network - Plant-based cooking and recycling

25 Sep 2019 - 18:00 by helen.walker

On Wednesday 25 September, members of the Manchester Carers Network attended a cookery and nutrition workshop, delivered by Bounceback Food. The five people attending had the opportunity to make their own tabbouleh, hummus and delicious (and low-sugar) Eton Mess. This was the 3rd workshop in the Live Well programme, which is designed to help people learn how to cook healthy recipes, improve their budgeting skills and get support with nutrition.

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Real Food Wythenshawe - "Our group reconnects people with their food"

25 Sep 2019 - 16:13 by helen.walker

Every Wednesday and Thursday, the Green Doctor groups meet at Glasshouse number 1 at the Horticultural Centre, Wythenshawe Park. These are drop-in sessions where people can learn all about food plus how to grow and harvest vegetables. If people just want to come along to have a chat and enjoy good company and a cup of tea then they are welcome too!

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Furniture Poverty Hub - Re-use, and Minimise Climate-Changing Impacts

25 Sep 2019 - 12:11 by helen.walker

On Wednesday 25 September, Helen from the Furniture Poverty Hub is working with the Tree of Life Centre to promote furniture reuse and it is a good start to the day as the civic centre in Wythenshawe have given them a shop free of charge to run this activity. They have displayed some donated furniture in the shop window and the aim is to have a conversation about the links between reusing furniture and the climate. 

What has our consumer-led, throw-away society got to do with the climate emergency?
A great deal, as it happens.

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Healthy Me Healthy Communities - "It’s more than just a shop"

25 Sep 2019 - 11:51 by helen.walker

On Tuesday morning, we visited Anson Community Grocers, a volunteer led project based in Anson House in the heart of the estate. Anson House has been providing valuable services for local people for the last 40 years, but three years ago Anson Community Grocers was set up by volunteers with the support of Healthy Me Healthy Communities.

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A2Z Renewable Development Trust - Wind power from waste

23 Sep 2019 - 13:29 by helen.walker

On Saturday 21st September, Azuka and a group of young people built a wind turbine in three hours in Longsight from waste materials such as drainage pipes. This was part of a A2Z Renewable Development Trust programme to provide training courses on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and many of the young people came from across Greater Manchester including Oldham and Moston. Many had heard about it by word of mouth. Two weeks ago, they talked about a battery to store solar energy and the young people learnt how a motor works and how it generates electricity.

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Stitched Up - Reduce waste and gain skills at the Repair Cafe

23 Sep 2019 - 11:35 by helen.walker

Saturday was a busy day for the Stitched Up Repair Cafe at their Chorlton HQ. This free volunteer-run event is on the 3rd Saturday of the month and anyone can drop in with their broken items to see if they can be fixed. On 21st September, they could help with fixing clothes, furniture, electrical items and computers.

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Statement from Independent Choices Board of Trustees in reference to the passing of Joanne Simpson

20 Sep 2019 - 14:32 by michelle.foster

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and former Director Joanne Simpson passed away earlier this week. Joanne was extremely dedicated to Independent Choices Greater Manchester and to the women that the organisation supports. She was instrumental in helping to grow the services we offer, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transsexual, questioning (LGBTQ) Independent Domestic Violence Adviser Service (IDVA). She was a valued colleague and a friend and will be very much missed by us all. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

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Common Purpose offers 30 bursaries for 30 years of leadership

20 Sep 2019 - 09:55 by michelle.foster

Common PurposeTo mark its 30-year anniversary, leadership experts Common Purpose UK, are offering 30 free bursary places on their leadership programmes. The places will be available to people, and organisations, who would not normally be able to afford to invest in their own leadership development, for example, small social enterprises, start-ups and small charities.

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