“The executive and members of the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M) express our horror at yet another Islamophobic attack. Yet another arson attack has been perpetrated against the Nasfat Mosque, which has gutted the building this time. This is an unacceptable act and we are united with people of all faiths and none in deploring all hate crimes. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, especially with those members and congregants of the Nasfat Manchester Islamic Centre.
I'm delighted to share a blog written by Dr Sohail Munshi, reflecting on the response to the events at the MEN Arena this week. (Click here to read Macc's response)
I’ve never written a blog before so this is a first.
Our thoughts today, following the horrendous incident at the Manchester Arena last night, are with those who were caught up in the attack, especially those killed and injured and their families. Such acts of indiscriminate terror have no part in our society and we stand together with all who long for a world in which violence and terror does not have the last word.
As faith and interfaith groups in Manchester, we reaffirm our commitment to working together to increase understanding and respect between all people.
We have pulled together a range of information collected so far about the additional support local charities & community organisations are offering in the aftermath of the events.
Scroll down to the foot of the page to view the updates.
Helplines and official contact information
The Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M) are arranging an act as a mark of respect and to send a message of solidarity amongst all our communities to coincide with the London event tomorrow. The London Met are holding a minute silence by getting people to link arms along Westminster Bridge at 2.40pm this Wednesday 29 March.
FN4M are requesting your assistance in being able to organise this locally, i.e. 2.40pm this Wednesday. FN4M are also hoping for everyone to call the venue 'Westminster Bridge' for that minute of silence and use the #westandtogether.
We have extended the deadline to complete our State of the Sector survey to 18 December 2016.
We would like to encourage your organisation to complete our important survey as we want to know how the government cuts and economic recession have affected our sector. We need to know how many groups have lost funding, how many have had to reduce services and how many have had to close or are facing closure. But also how we continue to work together providing valuable services and support to the people of Manchester.
Macc’s purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. So for that reason alone, we’re supporting the People’s Plan as a non-partisan, citizen-led movement bringing new and seldom-heard voices into the conversation about the future of Greater Manchester.
We streamed our Spirit of Manchester Awards live, on Thursday 6 October.
You can watch our awards ceremony below.
Watch our Chief Executive, Mike Wild talk about our upcoming Spirit of Manchester Awards on That's Manchester TV