• Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

    By Tess Tainton

    It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is nature. According to the Mental Health Foundation: “ When it comes to mental health benefits, nature has a very wide definition. It can mean green spaces such as parks, woodland or forests as well as blue spaces like rivers, wetlands, beaches or canals. It also […]

  • ICM Art & Wellbeing Blog – Arthur & Martha collaborations

    By Art and Wellbeing Group

    Our ICM Art and Wellbeing group have collaborated with arts organisations Arthur & Martha on three projects over the past six months. We began working together back in September 2020 when Phil Davenport joined the group on Zoom to deliver a poetry workshop. That week’s theme was ‘swans’ and was inspired by the Swan Buildings […]

  • New GROW Traineeship based at akt in Manchester!

    By Charlotte Clapham

    Shelter is looking for a new GROW Trainee to be based at the LGBTQ+ youth charity akt. We’re looking for people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage (including but not limited to; homelessness, the criminal justice system, mental ill-health and substance misuse), who are passionate about using their own experiences to help make positive change […]

  • No Wrong Door Animations Tender – Expressions of interest deadline: 12pm, 22nd April 2021

    By Matt Johnson

    Background  Inspiring Change Manchester is one of 12 Fulfilling Lives Programmes, funded by National Lottery Community Fund, exploring multiple disadvantage. We are an 8-year learning and development programme, working to instigate system change by modelling service innovations and best practice to develop equitable services for people excluded in the system.  The films we are creating are […]

  • Women’s Voices – International Women’s Day 2021

    By Women's Voices Member

    Earlier this year two ‘tribes’ of women came together to deliver a week of activities to celebrate women as part of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2021 and explore this year’s theme ‘choose to challenge’. “It came at a perfect time for me, not been involved in anything, despite wanting to” “Right […]

  • GROW Traineeships – recruiting remotely during Covid

    By Charlotte Clapham

    ICM are currently busy planning the final year of the GROW Trainee programme. In doing so we have been reflecting on our last recruitment cycle back in November, which saw us welcome four new GROW Trainees to the ICM team. This year we have Lily based at Back on Track, Steve on the Housing First […]

  • Women’s Voices Movement: Community Reporting

    By Women's Voices Member

    Over the past few months, Women’s Voices Movement group partnered with People’s Voice Media to undertake a peer research project to give voice to women’s lives during lockdown. Eight members of the group were trained in the community reporting model.  Community reporting is a storytelling movement that support people to record and share stories of […]

  • ICM is looking for a Research Partner to explore lived experience employment

    By Matt Johnson

    Inspiring Change Manchester is an 8 year, National Lottery Community Fund programme, designed to help improve outcomes for people facing multiple disadvantage, which includes; homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues and involvement in the criminal justice It forms part of the National Lottery’s Fulfilling Lives Programme, a £112 Million investment over 8 years (2014 […]

  • ICM Closes to New Referrals

    By Matt Johnson

    As Inspiring Change Manchester approaches the final year of our project, unfortunately the time has come to announce that we are no longer able to take on any new people. We are therefore now closed to new referrals.  We know that building long term relationships and gaining trust with people, there is a higher likelihood […]

  • Suicide Prevention Day 2020 – Survival

    By Tess Tainton

    Content warning: This piece discusses suicide in a way that some readers may find triggering. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email or  14th May is my survivaversary. It’s a word I made up to turn something negative into something positive. That date is when I tried to end […]

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