Fun-filled summer activities
Many of you will have enjoyed taking part in fun-filled community activities over the summer. Further opportunities to get active are detailed below for early September, as well as the chance to nominate worthy recipients for two Awards ceremonies.
The summer recess of Parliament has, surprisingly perhaps, been a busy time for housing announcements, including the publication of the long-awaited Housing Green Paper.
Festival of Manchester
A full day of family-fun is being held on Saturday 1st September, with the new Festival of Manchester where one of our community fund recipients, The Yaran Centre will be performing their traditional persian dance.
The two stages at the Festival will include African Caribbean dance, MCR Gay and Lesbian Choir, Bangladeshi folk tunes, Chinese classic dance, a mini Brazilian carnival, living history stories, poetry recitals, as well as arts and crafts activities.
The Yaran Centre will be exhibiting their women’s Persian dance troupe on the day and there will be other activities to get involved in, such as BMX and Kurby ball games, with soft play zones for toddlers. The Manchester Festival is being held at Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield at noon to 10pm, so please pop along.
Housing Green Paper
A ‘wide-ranging’ review of the sector was promised in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy and the Green Paper focused on resident rights, such as speeding up the complaints process and gaining more powers against rogue landlords. As part of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers, last month we announced how collectively we aim to deliver 16,000 new homes over the next five years. With the publication of the Green Paper, we welcome a broader discussion on how to drive the much-needed supply of affordable homes.
Rough Sleeping Strategy
The Government also announced its Rough Sleeping Strategy, aiming to inject £100m to end rough-sleeping and prevent homelessness by 2027, including £30m of support for substance misuse. One of the worthy charities we support through our Community Fund is homeless charity Mancunian Way and their outreach team Change4Good, who are combatting the impact of the drug Spice, which is used by 90 to 95% of homeless people in Manchester.
Supported Housing funding
The Government ended almost three years of uncertainty over the summer by dropping proposed changes to cap supported housing funding, instead maintaining welfare funding through housing benefit for all supported housing.
Manchester Be Proud and Sports Awards
Nominations are open to mark achievements for two Awards ceremonies this year, the Manchester Sports Awards and Be Proud Awards.
There are nine categories for the Manchester Sports Awards, including Community Sport Project and Young Volunteer, with nominations open until September 3 for the Awards, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel in October. To nominate please visit:
Manchester City Council’s Be Proud Awards are open for unsung heroes, who are committed to make Manchester a better place.
There are 12 categories, with the Award ceremony at The Midland Hotel in November.
To nominate please visit: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/forms/form/1578/en/manchester_be_proud_awards_2018
As always, if you have any issues or would like to get involved in our Tenant Scrutiny Committee, please contact our Customer Hub on 0161 2144120.