WHO WE ARE
Manchester has a proud history of solidarity – of standing up for those who need help. From Peterloo to the Pankhursts, our city gives a voice to the voiceless. We stick together here, too – we know the power of community and know that, as Mancunians, we have far more in common than that which divides us. And the Manchester of today is no exception. Under pressure, we pull together. We Love MCR works with some of our most vulnerable people and most ambitious Communities – to help them to write Manchester’s next chapter.
We know too well the problems that face us. Within our bright, international city, one in three of our children live in poverty, and one in ten Mancunians have no qualifications. Tragically, there are also those who seek to sow divisions within our Communities. We aim to address these challenges – by offering ways to spread opportunities and to help Communities to build themselves up. A little money really can go a long way when we invest it in direct support.
A SELECTION OF OUR WORK
Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund
The fund aims to give young Mancunians a helping hand to take opportunities that may otherwise be out of their reach. Limited finances can be a barrier to many young people, and we recognise that a little financial support at the right time can make a big difference when starting out on a career, self-employment or learning path.
We welcome requests for grants to purchase equipment, to fund training and accreditations, and to support other costs relating to moving into employment, education or training. More info here: https://www.welovemcrcharity.org/rising-stars/
[One of our first Rising Stars, Rachael, an aspiring Paralympian swimmer]
We Love Manchester Covid-19 Community Response Fund
On Monday March 23rd 2020, before the government announced the nationwide lockdown of all but essential services, we launched our COVID-19 Community Response Fund – this offers grants to community groups and charities that are supporting vulnerable people and communities on the front line right now in our city.
In the first 100 days, We Love Mcr had awarded an average of £7,900 every day in Grants to charities and groups on the frontline, which equated to 239 grants totalling £790,000. Watch this video we created, with groups we funded, to celebrate our first 100 days:
Our support for the food crisis in particular has so far led us to donate over £400,000 to organisations tackling food insecurity in Manchester. This quick and comprehensive support was vital for so many of Manchester’s charities in the face of the crisis. In the words of Joan Walby, CEO of one of Manchester’s forefront homelessness charities – Mustard Tree:
“They were one of the first organisations to grant us emergency support in March, which gave us the confidence to remain open.”
The Fund’s page is here in full detail: https://www.welovemcrcharity.org/mcr-response-fund/
[Open Kitchen MCR, co-ordinating their gargantuan food effort, which We Love MCR funded twice]
Ghyll Head Therapeutic Breaks
Every year as one of our biggest projects, We Love MCR funds short breaks for Manchester families, to stay and learn at the beautiful Ghyll Head Outdoor Learning Centre. For many, this will be their first ever family break & for some their first time out of Manchester. But more importantly, it’s a crucial part of their work to succeed and grow as individuals and families. The cost to children, parents and the community of families that fall apart can be profound. Our support for this flagship programme is one of our most important actions.
Our families don’t simply put themselves forward for a break. The expert teams at Manchester Early Help and Barnardo’s referred 26 families, with nearly 50 children, to us for Summer 2019, to join the Charity’s therapeutic family breaks programme. The families are invited because it is important to them that they strengthen their family relationships and work to achieve their goals. By welcoming support from experts in Manchester and Ghyll Head, they are already taking steps forward to improve their lives.
Read the wonderful story about this programme, and a volunteer with us who wrote about his experiences: https://www.welovemcrcharity.org/2019/10/magic-memories-by-lake-windermere-2019/
[2018’s first cohort of families outside Ghyll Head’s main building]
Stronger Communities Fund
The fund calls on community groups and individuals in Manchester to apply for funding of up to £2000 for initiatives that will bring their communities together. The Charity wants to celebrate Manchester’s uniqueness, multicultural neighbourhoods and youthful energy. Manchester is a diverse city and we recognise the importance of building strong relationships across our diverse communities. The city has a long history of people working together in cooperation, and we believe the need to pull together is even more vital as our city continues to change and grow.
We look to support projects which have one or more of the following themes:
- Helping in the early years
- Combating loneliness and social exclusion
- Protecting and improving our open spaces
- Offering positive youth activities
Full info here: https://www.welovemcrcharity.org/stronger-communities-fund/
[Manchester Cares hosting a film club in South Manchester, one of the many recipients of our Stronger Communities grants.]
We are present on all 3 major social media platforms:
- Twitter – @MCR_Charity
- Instagram – @welovemcr_charity
- Facebook – We Love MCR Charity
Get all the information about us on our website: www.welovemcrcharity.org