“It’s beautiful to watch people develop.”

continued from “My welcome was like a big warm hug.”

The National Lottery is funding Forever Manchester’s work in the Ardwick ward and, when the pandemic took hold, suggested the project might be put on hold. By then Lisa had already made significant connections with the community and wanted to keep the momentum going.

“No one else was stopping serving their community,” she recalls, “indeed there was a greater sense of drive and purpose.”

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“My welcome was like a big warm hug.”

Lisa from Forever Manchester has been working in the Ardwick ward for over two years now. Her community building work will continue until December but, as this blog is drawing to a close, here’s a review of what she’s been up to.

We’re in the meeting room at Forever Manchester’s city centre offices and I start by asking Lisa what she was doing before working in Ardwick.

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“It’s a taboo subject.”

“Our community find it very difficult to talk about mental health. People feel stigmatised. Religion, culture and beliefs all have an impact on how people see mental health.”

By profession Nkoyo Shadracks – known to everyone as Precious – is a mental health nurse. Outside of work she runs Bold Step, a voluntary group that’s dedicated to improving mental health in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community.

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