• When it comes to co-production, we all need a little openness and honesty!

    By James Found

    Recently we’ve had the chance to reflect on the types of changes we have seen across Inspiring Change Manchester (ICM) through trying to meaningfully involve people with lived experience in the design and delivery of our project. Working together with our partner agency Groundswell ( we have been developing an evaluation of our involvement work, […]

  • Co-Production – Call it what it is!

    By Tess Tainton

    Tess Tainton is the Involvement Coordinator at ICM. In this blog she shares her views on the issues around correct use of the term coproduction. When I hear the word ‘co-production’ my heart sinks. It’s not because I don’t agree with it, because I do; it’s because of the conversations which surround it and the […]

  • Co Production Week 2020

    By Charlotte Clapham

    As part of Co-Production Week, Charlotte Clapham, our GROW Traineeship Development Officer at Inspiring Change Manchester, talks about the importance of coproduction, and the barriers to doing it properly. This week is co-production week, and therefore a chance for people, services and organisations around the UK to celebrate, advocate for and raise awareness of co-production. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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