Hundreds of community action projects set to kick off across the North West

Festival Manchester, the largest church-led event in the North West in a generation, this week began launching community action projects across the region that will see hundreds of teams of volunteers heading out into their neighbourhoods.

Lockdown-induced social isolation has left many neighbourhoods seeking a greater sense of community over the last two years. Led by local churches who understand their communities’ needs, each Love Where U Live project will actively get involved in the lives in their community and work alongside them to help address issues local to their area.

All of the projects will build-up to Festival Manchester – a huge free family festival – happening in Wythenshawe Park from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July. Bringing high energy gigs, fun fairs, extreme sports, a family fun area and a Christian message of hope to Manchester, Festival Manchester will see artists including Guvna B, Goodboys, Lecrae and Matt Redman performing on the main stage.

In the months leading up to the festival weekend, hundreds of Love Where U Live projects will be launched across Manchester and the North West, focusing on activities including litter picking, garden makeovers, graffiti removal, neighbourhood BBQs, kid’s clubs and sports camps.

So far, 14 projects have been launched in locations including Wythenshawe, Rochdale, Blackley and Central Manchester. In Wythenshawe, 40 people from local churches came together to give makeovers to three gardens and ended up giving makeovers to eight gardens and a cul de sac. At a Community Fun Day in The Message Trust’s car park, over 800 people from the local community visited the site to take part in face painting, bouncy castles and a barbecue. The community gave very positive feedback to the extent where the local council has now agreed to work with us on similar projects in future.

Andy Hawthorne, founder and CEO of The Message Trust, said: “We believe that communities working together is the key to bringing positive change to our neighbourhoods in the aftermath of the pandemic. Through Love Where U Live projects we will not only celebrate this but share a message of good news to our neighbourhoods too by setting up fun, community building activities and helping to address local challenges. We’ll then get to celebrate everything that’s been happening at Festival Manchester in Wythenshawe Park from 1 – 3 July 2022.”

To find out about Festival Manchester head to www.festivalmanchester.com