Multiple Disadvantage Day 2020 #SeeTheFullPicture

by Matt Johnson

The 1st July 2020 marks the second annual Multiple Disadvantage Day, a campaign led by the Fulfilling Lives programme, raising awareness to the challenges experienced by people facing multiple disadvantages, who are among the most vulnerable and most marginalised members of our society. Multiple disadvantage is recognised as a co-occurring combination of complex challenges, such […]

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  • New Wellbeing and Relief Fund to Challenge Multiple Disadvantage in Manchester’s Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee Communities.

    By Matt Johnson

    To celebrate Refugee Week, ICM is launching a new Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) Wellbeing and Relief Fund, to invest in innovations which support people facing multiple disadvantage from BAMER communities in Manchester. The fund is to support collaborative projects between ICM, partner agencies and BAMER communities. This fund is to establish collaborative […]


  • Men’s Health Week: 15-21 June 2020

    By Paul Crudgington

    Paul Crudgington is an Engagement Co-ordinator at Back on Track, working in collaboration with ICM to provide creative and wellbeing centred engagement opportunities for our members. In this blog, Paul talks about lockdown and wellbeing, written as part of Men’s Health Week. I have a confession to make. I was quite blasé about lockdown and […]


  • Volunteers Week 2020

    By Liz Knott

    “Community Led Initiatives (CLI) are a Voluntary Organisation set up by Pete and Matt in 2013, who had started to rebuild their lives after addiction, mental ill health and prison. Having learnt what works and does not work in helping others facing multiple disadvantages, their lived experience shapes and influences how we operate our service […]


  • Art and Wellbeing: Creative Engagement during Lockdown

    By Dylan Gwilym

    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Dylan Gwilym, ICM’s Mental Health Coordinator, talks about getting creative during lockdown. During lockdown, we have been thinking of innovative ways to continue to deliver the ICM creative engagement groups for our members, to provide meaningful, social and expressive participation opportunities to support mental wellbeing. Art and creative […]


  • Mental Health Awareness Week: Kindness

    By Tess Tainton

    Tess Tainton is the Involvement Coordinator at Inspiring Change Manchester and Co-Chair for the Mental Health Action Group, part of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership. In this blog, she explores the Mental Health Awareness Week theme of Kindness. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is kindness. I’m writing this in […]


  • My Experience on the GROW (Getting Real Opportunity at Work) Traineeship Programme

    By Michelle Sherriff

    In this blog, Michelle Sherriff talks about her experiences on the ICM GROW traineeship programme, based at Back on Track. She explores digital inclusion, overcoming dyslexia and barriers to work, and talks openly about her own inspirational recovery journey, and how she is using her personal lived experience to support others. Hi, my name is […]


  • Women’s Voices ‘Stuck in Limbo’ Podcast

    By Matt Johnson

    Inspiring Change Manchester’s Women’s Voices have teamed up with Shelter to produce this podcast about the ‘Stuck In Limbo’ report they coproduced with Shelter. In this podcast, Rachel, Claire, Jackie and Martha talk with Genevieve about their work advocating for and supporting women facing multiple disadvantage.


  • Amanda’s Wellbeing Workouts

    By Matt Johnson

    Our Engagement Worker, Amanda, has been busy working to support her members keep their minds and bodies active during lockdown. One of the women she supports is in a wheelchair and was feeling demotivated and isolated during lockdown, so Amanda had an idea! She encouraged her member to find a fitness video they could do […]


  • Reflective Practice Podcast

    By Matt Johnson

    Inspiring Change Manchester is committed to developing good practice around Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) as an approach to support the emotional and mental wellbeing and health of all our members, including staff, volunteers and the people who access our services. As a client facing organisation, working with people facing multiple disadvantage, we recognise the importance […]



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