The programme has a wide scope to develop a strong legacy and we’ve already consulted with a number of people who have been through the struggles of the asylum/refugee process and have now made their homes mainly in Salford and across Greater Manchester – most live in areas of high deprivation. There are around 600 mainly Black African families that we will reach with just this part of the project. The respondents want access to creativity in all forms to connect with others, improve mental wellbeing and provide something of worth to Our Greater Manchester – they have asked for opportunities in music, dance, theatre, digital and visual arts and we will do everything we can to provide them.
Our #WelcomeToMcr project will explore the experiences of people who have moved to the Region and discover the stories that will inspire and share the solutions that people have found to connect with others, create new lives and celebrate the uniqueness of Our Greater Manchester. Our Greater Manchester has benefited from the inspiration, vibrancy and the love for community that many people have brought with them to make the region better in so many ways and we want to celebrate this through art, film, podcasts and other mediums to dispel the negativity around asylum and provide people with opportunities to develop employable skills, improve mental health and make new friends and connections.
MancSpirit is a charity that harnesses Creativity and the Arts to inspire positive mental wellbeing. We work across Greater Manchester and registered with the Charity Commission (No. 1184128). We are committed to improve the mental health of those people who choose Greater Manchester as a home, for a career, for leisure or for learning. MancSpirit is unashamedly Mancunian in Design and Delivery. We see being Mancunian as an attitude and we value those people and organisations that share our Vision of caring for others, helping those that help others, getting stuck in and getting things done and work with a range of partners to make real change.