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GET INVOLVED Spark Something Good

We’re Sparking Something Good in Manchester!

From 7th - 13th October we’re going to be carrying out 24 transformational projects across Manchester including animal centres and outdoor areas across the city, and lots of you have volunteered! From painting to gardening to running a tea party- there’s something for everyone. Take a look below at the projects on offer, and check back soon to see how we got on.  

To give you a taste of what’s in store, check out our video from the launch of Spark Something Good in London. 

For any queries, or to register your interest in future Spark Something Good events please get in touch at SSG@marks-and-spencer.com

THE PROJECTS

1 Haywill Animal Rescue and Therapy Centre - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Haywill animal rescue is focused on providing homes and care for abused and unwanted animals.

They have been established for over 23 years and are self funded. They have finally moved to an ideal, larger location for their horses, ponies and ex-battery hens.

2 Royal Voluntary Service - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Royal Voluntary Service lunch clubs bring older people together to enjoy a hot nutritious meal and socialise with friends at the same time. There are 450 community centres and lunch clubs across England, Scotland and Wales.

Lunch clubs typically might meet once a month. The meal is just one part of the lunchtime experience.It's a social occasion as much as it is a nutritional one.

Royal Voluntary Service encourages healthy eating. For those not used to cooking for themselves, typically men who have lost their wives, they teach one pot cooking which is a nutritional solution that will provide a healthy meal for successive days.


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3 Making it For Charity - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Making for charity is a non profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of others. Their mission is to use their talents to bring a smile to people who need it most. They provide ideas, resources and project advice for people who wish to support charities through the production of craft items.

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4 Whitemoss Youth Club and Community Centre - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

We are a Youth Club and community centre for young and older people, offering many services through the day for the local community.


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5 St John's Garden, Manchester City Council - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

St John's Gardens in central Manchester, England, lies between Lower Byrom Street, Byrom Street and Quay Street. Previously occupied by St John's Church and its graveyard between 1769 and 1931, the site was redeveloped into a formal garden in 1932. It contains a central memorial to the church and those buried in its graveyard, whose tombstones have been covered over by 18 inches (460 mm) of soil except for that of John Owens, founder of Owen's College.

The garden was awarded a Green Flag in 2012 and is part of the St John Street conservation area

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6 Pioneer Quay, Manchester City Council - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

The Pioneer Quay area of Castlefield  has become neglected and subject to anti-social behaviour over recent years.. A group, consisting Castlefield Forum, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), who own the site, Manchester City Council (MCC), Officers & Local Councilors, Castlefield Gallery and Canal & Rivers Trust have been meeting regularly since the new year to try to find a solution to problems on the site.

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7 Real Food Wythenshawe - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Real Food Wythenshawe is an ambitious five-year programme to engage and excite the people of Wythenshawe in growing and cooking fresh, sustainable food. It’s an ambitious project that aims to reach people across the whole community, supporting them all to lead healthier, lower carbon lifestyles through the food they grow, cook and eat. It’s all been made possible thanks to a grant of £1 million from the BIG Lottery Fund – Communities Living Sustainably (CLS).

Real Food Wythenshawe are leading on a food poverty group  which is setting up a food distribution centre where they can take donations of food and distribute them to the food banks cross the whole of Wythenshawe.

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8 Trafford Ecology Park - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Trafford Ecology Park is a registered Site of Biological Importance, providing a wildlife oasis within one of Europe's oldest and largest industrial parks. The park was originally part of the 'De Trafford' family estate but was enveloped by encroaching industry in the early 1900s.  In the following years the area was used as a tipping site by industry and partly filled with construction rubble and slag from steel works.


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9 Ladybarn Community Centre - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Ladybarn Community Association exists to work with the local community and in partnership with other organisations to develop opportunities for local people through the provision of activities that meet the needs of the local community.


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10 Green Gym by The Conservation Volunteers - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

The Conservation Volunteers have been reclaiming green places since 1959.

Right now, when one third of the UK's green places are in danger of being lost or degraded, their work is more important than ever.

But neglecting green places is a false economy.  It doesn't take long for a once-loved open space to become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, and a cost to society. So looking after green places isn't just about caring for nature.  It's about caring for people as well.

The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places.  Through their own environmental projects and through their network of 2,000 community groups, they see people – every day, and all across the UK – taking responsibility for their own local environments.

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11 Manchester Dog's Home - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

At MCDH the mission is very clear. They promise to…

-Continue to accept stray and unwanted dogs in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire districts

-To vaccinate and microchip all dogs in our care and find them good homes

-To care for and treat the sick and injured dogs and nurse them back to good health ready for adoption

-To provide low cost neutering

-To attend schools and other events to teach about responsible dog ownership and safety

-To assist the under privileged in their pet ownership problems

-We also promise that we will never put a healthy dog down

        

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12 Wood Street Mission - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Wood Street Mission is a registered children’s charity based in the centre of Manchester. They help children and families living in Manchester and Salford with everyday items most of us take for granted. All the families they support are affected by poverty.

Wood Street’s mission is to help alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families through practical help and services to families and supporting them as they try to lift themselves out of poverty. 

One way is through The Clothing Project. Wood Street Mission takes donations to allow it to provide families help with clothing for their children every 6 months, should they need to and bedding each year.

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13 Wythenshawe Campus - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Wythenshawe Campus is a school for young people with Emotional, Social and Behavioural Difficulties (ESB) and is part of the Manchester Federation of ESB day Schools. Over the last year Groundwork MSSTT has been working with the Federation as they set up Wythenshawe as a new base for Key Stage 4 provision. The Federation’s vision is to create a work-based curriculum at the school, which focuses on the areas of business, horticulture and catering, and prepares the students effectively for the world of work. The school are also working with Groundwork to develop their school field into a community space for learning, growing and leisure. As part of this a consultation and design process is being led by Groundwork’s landscape design team.


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14 Royal British Legion Armed Forces M&S Taster Workshop - Sorry, this project is now fully subscribed!

Royal British Legion will be working with M&S. The Royal Biritish Legion help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families all year round. They also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen.


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15 Four Seasons Walkway, Altrincham Community Team - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Altrincham Community Team is committed to improving the environment in and around Altrincham and believes that the community has a substantial role to play in delivering positive change.  The Altrincham In Bloom campaign includes contributions made by dozens of people, groups and businesses.


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16 Canal and River Trust - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

In an increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, our historic canals and rivers provide a local haven for people and nature. They are the charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. The canals and rivers that they look after offer an authentic, unfenced, ‘no turnstiles’ opportunity to interact with history and nature first-hand. It’s a very big job looking after them.

On top of maintaining 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, which are often over 200 years old, they are responsible for an enormous network of bridges, embankments, towpaths, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs alongside everything else that makes up our wonderful waterways. By keeping our waterways alive they can ensure that visitors will always enjoy the boats, wildlife and sense of community that they create.

From improving towpaths for cyclists and encouraging biodiversity by creating new wildlife habitats to maintaining our locks, bridges and aqueducts, they are constantly working to make our canals and rivers the very best they can be.


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17 Bailey's Wood - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Bailey’s Wood is a neglected, heavily littered piece of land that has suffered over the years, but Groundwork are working with key partners to transform it and make it a significant recreational and conservation asset for the proposed new and existing communities of the area. Bailey’s Wood is one of the few remaining pieces of Semi-Natural Ancient Woodland in Manchester and is therefore an important resource for its heritage and biodiversity value; it forms part of the Irk Valley Greenspace Network and is a designated Site of Biological Importance for its woodland and areas of acid grassland.

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18 Sale Customer - Sorry, this project is now fully subscribed!

A giving foster Mum and customer close to the heart of our staff.

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19 Stockport Walkway - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

This project is being organised by Stockport M&S as part of their role in the BITC's Healthy High Street initiative. The Healthy High Streets programme’s Founding Partners Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander are collaborating with local town teams to develop and implement activities including prioritising accessibility and safety and providing expert help and resource to market and celebrate the high street.

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20 Cheeky Cherubs - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Their brand new play centre caters for a wide age range and comprises of a large, state of the art play frame with separate area for under 4s, an ICT suite with PCs and Wii to keep older children happy, a cafe (with home-cooked, affordable,nutritious food prepared by Teresa, our in house chef) where children can make their own pizzas and an early learning play and crafts area.

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21 The Christie Charity Nursery - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres and their five year strategy aims to enhance their world-leading status. While they have ambitions to continually grow and improve, their aims will always remain the same - to deliver the highest quality care and treatment with real patient benefits.

They are proud to provide patients with the best standards of care in a world class cancer centre.


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22 Macmillan - Sorry this project is now fully subscribed!

Mission Statement from Macamillan: No one should face cancer alone. So when you need someone to turn to, we’re here. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life. We are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It's not only patients who live with cancer, we also help carers, families and communities. We fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres. But we give so much more than medical help.

People need practical support at home, so we provide anything from some precious time off for a carer, to a lift to hospital. People need emotional support, so we listen, advise and share information through our cancer support specialists, website and trained professionals. People need financial help to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring, so we give benefits advice, and grants for anything from heating bills to travel costs. Together we listen, we learn, we act to help people live with cancer.

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23 Oxfam - Sorry, this project is now fully subscribed!

Oxfam is a global movement of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. It's an injustice which can, and must, be overcome.

To spread that change and make it last, political solutions are also needed to tackle the root causes of poverty and create societies where empowered individuals can thrive.

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24 Mustard Tree - Sorry, this project is now fully subscribed!

Mustard Tree was established as a charity in 1994 by Dave and Shona Smith who started by taking food and drink onto the streets and spending time listening to those sleeping rough. They are now based across three sites; a large warehouse facility in Ancoats, and a retail outlet in Eccles Precinct and Little Hulton and work annually with approx 4000 registered clients. They provide life support and promote sustainable solutions through the provision of food, clothing, furniture, training and enterprise. They seek to improve the life-skills, resilience and wellbeing of their clients so that they have the choice and opportunity of moving in to work, education, training or volunteering.

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VIDEO/IMAGE GALLERY

Watch our launch video for Spark Something Good!

Spark Something Good Kicks off at Gray’s Inn!

Spark Something Good Kicks off at Gray’s Inn!

Achievement For All, Euston

Achievement For All, Euston

Achievement For All, Euston

Achievement For All, Euston

Achievement For All, Euston

The Winch, Swiss Cottage

The Winch, Swiss Cottage

The Winch, Swiss Cottage

The Winch, Swiss Cottage

The Winch, Swiss Cottage