Meet the Judges

[L-R] Imo Itore (Crick Institute), Jenny Paton (Wellcome Trust), Simon Parry (University of Manchester) and Bhim Virmani (Valuing Older People)
[L-R] Imo Itore (Crick Institute), Jenny Paton (Wellcome Trust), Simon Parry (University of Manchester) and Bhim Virmani (Valuing Older People)
On a sunny Manchester afternoon in mid-October, the judging panel of the Atlas:mcr awards met at MACC offices to discuss the applications and award up to five pilots of £2000. The panel comprised social policy graduate and community engagement officer, Imo Itoro, Wellcome Trust advisor, Jenny Paton, University of Manchester Lecturer in drama and arts management, Dr Simon Parry and Bhim Virmani, from Valuing Older People.

Six awards were made – we look forward to announcing them soon.

Seed Pilots

feeling lonely?

We’re now inviting applications from Greater Manchester Community organisations to apply for up to £2000 to pilot creative work in partnership with Cultural Organisations and staff including researchers at the University of Manchester to address social isolation together.

To apply, download this Application form and guidance notes and read the guidance notes on page 3 before submitting your proposal.

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Applications are encouraged from people identifying as and organisations working to support BAME, Disabled and LGBT perspectives. 

The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday 9th October 2015. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

Please direct all queries by email.


A Manifesto for making things worse…

How can we make things worse?
How can we make things worse?

Social isolation and loneliness in Greater Manchester can cause high levels of emotional distress. Without early support and intervention, this can cause people’s health to deteriorate and require intensive longer-term support.

In May 2015, we hosted an event at Martin Harris Centre bringing together community organisations, arts organisations and researchers from the University of Manchester, to explore ways to make social isolation worse. Yes – worse!

Next steps?

The workshop was facilitated by Simon from TIPP and moments were captured by artist, Paul Gent.

Now, we hope to support up to four pilots to make things better.