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Catching Up

I promised to catch up with you on Saturday's conference organised by the Manchester Partnership, so here goes. This was the fourth conference of its kind and the theme this year was "2015 - Manchester's Journey". It's about what we need to do to achieve our shared vision for Manchester by 2015 and our recognition that we will only get where we want to be by everybody pulling together!

More than 500 of Manchester's residents attended at the Manchester Central conference centre.  Walking through the Main Hall it was immediately apparent just how much fun people were having whilst addressing serious issues at the same time.  There were 70 stalls giving out information and advice on all aspects of life in the city.  Activities such as face painting and smoothie making were a big hit with young and old alike and the varied dance performances provided a colourful picture of the diverse cultures in the city.

One of our own home-grown stars Olympic athlete Darren Campbell talked about his dreams, personal challenges and achievements in an inspirational speech.  There was a presentation by young people from Moss Side on Moss Side's manifesto and a film produced by young people from across the city sharing their dreams and aspirations for Manchester.

The event was an excellent opportunity for residents to come and tell us what's important to them and their neighbourhood in an informal and relaxed environment.  We received over 60 pledges from residents looking to help improve the quality of life in the city.  Manchester residents are committed to making their neighbourhoods better by working in partnership with public services to address some of the key challenges in the city, including activities to improve community cohesion and improving their local environment.

Thanks to all who turned up, and to those who organised the event. And if you weren't there and want to know more, you can read it on

There are 4 responses to “Catching Up”

  1. Martin Rathfelder Says:

    The vast majority of the 500 people present were paid staff of the various organisations running the stalls. There was no real attempt to publicise this event to the public and it is very hard to see that it contributed anything useful. We need to prepare much more carefully if we are going to run any more events like this.

  2. Laura Shepherd (LSP Manager) Says:

    The event is held every two years by Manchester Partnership and is something that the Local Strategic Partnership has been committed to doing. The 2008 event was well publicised through the free newspapers, community radio, Key 103 and the Evening News. 15,000 leaflets were distributed and community organisations put the information on their websites and in their news bulletins. 767 people registered to attend the event, 297 came on the day. We could always do with more people at the event, but the stalls, the performance spaces, the rooms where partners talked directly to those attending were well appreciated, as the feedback sheets indicate. Any additional suggestions for publicity or increased attendance would be gratefully received. A report on what people told us is important to them is being compiled and that will go onto by the end of April, but of most importance is the fact that the comments and ideas will go to the partners who work on improving life for residents

  3. J.Shephard Says:

    re: laura shepherd 15.4.08 response. A report covering the 2015 event was supposed to be available from end of April. I have checked Manchester Partnership website and can find nothing . Could someone provide a link.

  4. Laura Shepherd Says:

    Sorry our website is out of date, thanl you for emailing me separately and I hope you found the report informative



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