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On a Wing and a Prayer: St. John's Centre, Old Trafford

Christine Aspinall, Centre Manager of St John’s Centre, talks to Alex Wharton about local authority funding cuts in an interview for the GMLIP Realising the Potential of Community Hubs project.

Indian senior citizens centre

Chhaya Kanani, the Centre Manager of the Indian Senior Citizens Centre, tells Alex Wharton about reducing loneliness and isolation and the effect of cuts in local authority funding.

'The Langworthy Link' by Flickr user mwmbwls

The Cornerstone of community

Beth Perry talks to John Phillips, from Salford’s Langworthy Cornerstone about some of the challenges and joys of running a community centre.

Hello blossom

Happiness? It’s growing on trees

As new research again shows a direct link between street trees and mental wellbeing, is it time to put renewed efforts into safeguarding Greater Manchester’s urban canopy?

Neil Swannick at the Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Q&A: Neil Swannick, Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub Energy Group

Neil Swannick is Chair of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub’s Energy Group. Clare Wiley meets him to discuss the future of energy and why we should be taking our cues from Austria.

Religion is a force for good. Discuss.

Upcoming event: Manchester's new debating 'salon' takes on the secular question at Albert's Chop House in June.

TUC, NUS and UCU demonstration, Manchester, 29th January 2011 by Flickr user Plashing Vole

Poverty Action Group calls for an end to unfair benefits sanctions

Steve Connor reports on the latest call from the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group to rein in cuts that are hitting the poorest, hardest.

Event - Austerity, warmth and well-being: connecting fuel poverty and urban health

Join cities@manchester for an Urban Forum focusing on the health aspects of fuel poverty. A panel of experts will provide insights on these interrelated problems, followed by a discussion with the audience, and an opportunity for informal socialising.

Manchester Garden City - Victoria Street - courtesy of CityCo Manchester

Public Health and the Great Green Uplift of our Urban Ecosystem

'Would you favour schemes which maintain, improve, enhance and increase green space and waterways in and around Manchester?' Ask most people in Manchester this question and you’ll get an emphatic 'yes', of course. 

Global conference on urban health to hit Manchester in 2014

March 2014 will see policy makers and experts on urban health from across the world gather in Manchester for the 11th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH).

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