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.
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.
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!
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.