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Community spirit recognised

Community spirit recognised

The annual Pride of Gorton Awards have taken place at Gorton Monastery, celebrating the local heroes who are championing community spirit.

There was well deserved recognition for one our inspiring and tireless tenants, Alan Kinsey, who was nominated and got to the final three in the People’s Champion Award.

Alan, who lives in Abbey Hey, has long been an inspirational figure who is always on hand to support local people and volunteer his time and knowledge to bring about positive community change. This has included as part of Arcon’s Tenant Scrutiny Group for nearly 30 years and contributing to better services for customers over this time.

 Among an almost endless list of local initiatives that Alan has championed, he was nominated for the award for his role in the development of the ‘Age Friendly Benches’ project – a series of benches unveiled in the Gorton and Abbey Hey area.

The benches, which have also been supported by Arcon and buzz Manchester Health and Wellbeing Service, have been positioned to create an accessible walking route connecting people to local community spaces, services, shops, and facilities.

Claire Morris, Group Director of Arcon and Business Diversification, said: “We’re really proud of Alan for everything he’s done for the local community. Alan is kind, caring and selfless, a fantastic neighbour, a truly valued volunteer, and a friend to so many. If everybody could ‘be more Alan’ the world would be a brighter place. We hope Alan’s story can inspire more people to get involved in supporting their community.”

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We’re also proud of Arcon Community Development Officer Sarah Taylor, who was also recognised at the awards and won the Outstanding Service by a Key Worker category.

Sarah was nominated for helping local people stay safe during the pandemic and helping to establish new community projects with organisational partners. Her efforts have included delivering face masks to residents, supporting at a vaccination centre and, together with Creative City, getting a new Women’s Craft Group up and running at Gorton Community Centre.

The women’s group meets weekly and provides friendly creative sessions for local women to have fun, meet new people and enjoy crafts such as weaving, clay making, painting, jewellery making and sewing.

Sarah was also involved in the Age Friendly Benches project with Alan, and is one of a wider team who organise the series of We Are Women webinars. These provide free opportunities for local women to connect with inspirational women from this country and around the world, sharing experiences and stories of achievements.

Would you like to follow Alan’s footsteps and get more involved in influencing services or supporting your local community? Or want to know more about the Women’s Craft Group, the We Are Women webinars, and other community initiatives? Please contact Sarah Taylor on 07392 108288 or email