Thanks to Community Soup!

Last Tuesday Levenshulme Good Neighbours took part in ‘Community Soup.’ The sessions involve inviting people and groups with creative ideas that make a real difference in their communities to pitch to a community audience in different parts of the city. After enjoying some hot soup (or other delicious food!) and listening to the pitches, the audience got to vote for the projects they thought should get the funding.

Levenshulme Good Neighbours took the stand to pitch our idea for an inclusive music project, aimed at older people in our befriending service. Our idea was to create a series of bespoke music events, performed by a live band or musician for our members, which allowed our members to preselect songs from their past or present which were meaningful to them. They could be songs from a wedding, a favourite track from the 60s – or just a number that they love to dance or sing to. The ultimate aim was to create a CD of these tracks which could be gifted to our members for them to enjoy.

The room was full and the other pitches were all for equally worthy causes – which is why we were especially thankful to win 2nd prize and £2,000 of funding towards the project! We’d like to thank One Manchester for their help and the chance to pitch, and we look forward to starting the project.

People’s History Museum: Migration

This month we had another performance from the brilliant People’s History Museum. The one-woman plays highlight social issues from the past and present, and we have been using these to compliment our “memory café” sessions. The performance this time was called “Moving Histories” and it examined the topic of migration told through eyes of a… Continue Reading

Trip to Chester!

This week the folks at Leveshulme Good Neighbours joined the Inspired People Project for a trip to Chester. Half of our number chose a visit to Chester Zoo, while the other half opted for a day out shopping in the lovely Chester town. Those who went to the zoo had a fantastic time enjoying the… Continue Reading

Wheel chair training with Manchester Cares

Levenshulme Good Neighbours now run official wheelchair training for new and old volunteers. With the demand we are getting for away day trips and our recent volunteer recruitment drive, its about time too! So far we are getting good feedback with the training provided so please ring: 0161 850 1066 or email ray@levenshulmegoodneighbours.org.uk for all… Continue Reading

You’re having a laugh…!

We celebrated this April Fool’s Day  with a very apt visit from the Laughter Clinic. Hosted by Robin Graham from Feel Good Communities, the workshop discussed the benefits and therapeutic nature of laughter, and gave us time to reflect on what makes us laugh. Did you know, simply because our physiology changes when we laugh,… Continue Reading

LGN at the Imperial War Museum North

A massive thank you to everyone who came along to our trip to the Imperial War Museum North this week! What brilliant day out we had. It was fascinating and moving to hear some of our own members describe their experiences of the war, whether first hand or through the memories of close family members.… Continue Reading

Christmas Meal!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came our LGN Christmas Meal in December, and helped us welcome the festive season in style. There was food, singing, Christmas jumpers and even some dancing at the end – impressive considering that substantial three course meal. We hope you all have a wonderful… Continue Reading

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