Creme of Nature Community Action Award Progress Report

The latest update from the 2010 winner of the Community Action Awards. (back to the Awards page)

Student Action Manchester

As a result [of the Award] we have been able to start three fantastic new projects. These are:

Manchester's Young Creators (MYC)

MYC is an exciting new creative community project which empowers young people with the fewest opportunities, to achieve beyond their expectations. It also provides University of Manchester students life-changing volunteering experiences, allowing them to become creative leaders within their local community, engaging with young people through artistic workshops and productions. This is a great opportunity for young people to develop their creative and personal skills, whilst students engage positively with their local community enhancing their individual creativity.
This project helps young children in Manchester from a range of backgrounds.

Here are some of the photographs from the initial workshops.

Here is the poster for the final production, which was held at the Student’s Union. All the parents of the children attended, along with senior chancellor of the University. In total we had over 100 people from the community in attendance.

After the production, the children received certificates. It proved a very enjoyable and very successful project for all involved. We will be running this project again this semester, and it is due to start in two weeks.


Women's Shelter

The Women’s Shelter is a project that is run twice weekly by students. We cook a hot, nutritious meal for local women housed in a Shelter who have been affected by domestic abuse and violence. We also run more one off events like Christmas parties, Pamper evenings and the occasional night of baking! For the women we work with it can provide a few hours relief from what is certainly a period of huge uncertainty, change and worry.

(As this is a particularly sensitive project we are unable to provide photographs)




Refugee Teaching Project (RTP)

RTP provides weekly informal lunchtime classes for refugees with low levels of English. The aim of the project is to increase their confidence in speaking English and cover conversational topics that are important for everyday life in the UK (transport, shopping, health etc.)We are currently in the process of expanding the project by contacting various charities who we hope will increase the number of refugees who we can help through this project.

This project helped 30 Bhutanese refugees that arrived in the UK last year via the Gateway Project.







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