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Press Release

15th February 2018

New report and manifesto published by 42nd Street’s We Tell You peer researchers explores how to better understand and improve young black men’s access to mental health services.

We Tell You double page spread

  • Peer research led by Greater Manchester mental health charity 42nd Street.
  • Co-produced with 27 young black peers.
  • Access the full report and manifesto here.
  • Watch a YouTube clip from the peers themselves here.

A Manchester peer research group, We Tell You, based at mental health charity 42nd Street and supported by leading academic Patrick Williams, has authored a new research report and manifesto exploring black men’s perspectives towards mental health services; the goal is to improve understanding and improve access to support.

Commissioned by Manchester City Council (MCC) Equalities Unit, the 27 young black peers began the research across Greater Manchester at the end of 2013. Together they have interviewed 78 young black men aged 15 – 24. The result, titled ‘Perceptions’, is an insightful, honest and courageous report with 14 key findings and 8 recommendations, accompanied by a 10 point manifesto.

Simone Spray, Chief Executive of 42nd Street, said,

“This report is critical as it shines a light on the issues that young black men experience every day when they need support with their emotional wellbeing. The young people that have led this work have demonstrated why it’s so important to listen and respond to their real lived experience and expertise; 42nd Street is taking the messages from the report and manifesto very seriously and is already looking at ways to design responsive and culturally sensitive services with young people to ensure that we address the inequalities that they have so eloquently and passionately described to us.”

Over half of mental health problems in adult life begin by the age of 14, and 75% by 17. However, 60 – 70% of children and young people who have experienced clinical difficulties have not received any form of early intervention. The Centre for Mental Health reported in May 2016 that it typically takes ten years for a young person to get any help, from the time they first show the signs of a mental health difficulty to the time they get support.

The experience of black men is even more striking. They are consistently under-represented in child and adolescent mental health services, yet are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act, and are more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

Patrick Williams, principal lecturer in Sociology and co-author of the report said,

“Recent statistical studies have again confirmed some of the harmful consequences for some BAME people who come into contact with the police and other regulatory agencies. In the We Tell You report, it is through the young people’s stories that we hear of the experience of mental health and wellbeing problems.”

The report highlights how there is a general fear of using mental health services for black men, partly because of how this may be perceived by others, but also because of a fear of medical approaches as opposed to therapeutic person-centred approaches.

Many of the young men are concerned that their race may negatively influence their experience in a mental health service and are therefore often reluctant to engage. However, the young men recognise the value of having someone they can talk to and the benefit that this can have on their mental well-being.

Julie Wharton, Project Leader of Hideaway Youth Project in Moss Side, while talking about their weekly group for young men, said,

“It’s a safe space for young men to talk that’s needed, but quite often those spaces are just not available. The sessions provide a positive environment where they can discuss what is going in their lives with people they can trust. This is good for their general confidence and mental well-being.”

The report also places the concerns of young black men in the context of the on-going negative association of black people with mental illnesses.

Patrick added:

“In We Tell You, young people speak of the perceived stigma of mental health problems, the personal impacts of negative media representations of young black men, amid the contemporary pressures placed upon our young people and the limited spaces within which to address their everyday concerns.”

The report further highlights the importance of collective discussion groups and supportive activities including boxercise, cooking and art workshops; along with a stronger presence of services in local communities and a desire to see more positive images of young men and their stories of success.

Samson Dada, a peer-researcher, when asked about his time on the project said,

“It has been an enormous privilege for every one of the peer researchers to be part of the We Tell You project. We feel we are helping to shape an important conversation in making sure that young black people get the mental health services they need and deserve.”

Join the conversation @42ndStreetmcr #WeTellYou


7th September 2017

42nd Street leads new youth mental health project in Greater Manchester

A new £100,000 investment is supporting Manchester-based mental health charity 42nd Street to equip local community groups with the skills and confidence to support young people who have experienced trauma.

The funding has been awarded by the Co-op Foundation, and the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding.
Following the MEN Arena attack on 22 May, 42nd Street and other local charities have seen more young people turn to small community groups for support.

Through this project, 42nd Street will offer therapeutic support to young people, whilst working with partners to give grassroots organisations the skills needed to support young people in their own communities. They will work closely with the NHS-run Manchester Resilience Hub to ensure those affected by the Arena bombing receive appropriate mental health support.

Simone Spray, Chief Executive at 42nd Street said,

“42nd Street and other charities have been very involved in supporting communities after the MEN Arena attack. What has become clear is that the ripples are far reaching and go beyond those who were directly involved; but it is often difficult for young people to know where to go for help. This project is all about building on community strengths and enabling them to support their young people.”

20 year old Iqra from Rochdale is a board member and soon to be trustee of the Youth Focus North West, a youth project that works alongside 42nd Street.
Speaking about this new project Iqra said:

“Young people need support that is closer to home, from groups they know and trust and who are available when they need them. I hope the project will help communities to be more open and understanding.”

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund said:

“National Lottery funding is here to support communities, and we’re pleased to be investing in 42nd Street and its partners alongside the Co-op Foundation. The partnership will strengthen the support available to young people delivered on their doorstep by local charities and voluntary organisations.”

Jim Cooke, head of the Co-op Foundation said:

“42nd Street has been a key partner in our work to support young people’s wellbeing and tackle loneliness. In the wake of the MEN Arena attack we were keen to help them respond to any increased needs among young people in Manchester. We also felt strongly that a collaborative approach was needed and are delighted to be co-funding this project with the Big Lottery Fund.”


Notes to Editors

Big Lottery Fund
• The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
• It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
• Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

The Co-op Foundation
• The Co-op Foundation (registered charity number 1093028) helps disadvantaged communities to overcome their challenges by putting co-operative values into practice.
• It aims to connect and empower people so they can work together to make things better
• The Co-op Foundation is growing a UK-wide network of partners working together to prevent and tackle youth loneliness. The projects delivered by our network help young people form stronger connections in their community. While helping others, young people gain the skills to make the most of life’s opportunities and to cope with its challenges.
• More information can be found at www.coop.co.uk/foundation and on Twitter @Coop_Foundation


27th January 2017

Historic devolution agreement for health and social care organisations and voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

In what’s being billed as another devolution first, a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector, comprising of nearly 15, 000 organisations.

Greater Manchester today becomes the only area of the country to formally recognise in an official agreement, the contribution and importance of the VCSE sector in designing and delivering health and social care services.

The ground-breaking five-year agreement, which is backed up by over £1.1m in investment from the Partnership’s transformation fund is the product of hundreds of conversations over the past year designed to establish a new way for the statutory and VCSE sectors to work together as two equal, complementary partners. The Partnership’s transformation fund is a £450m pot to push forward changes needed to create a sustainable care system.


Alex Whinnom, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO), member of the VCSE Reference Group which negotiated the agreement and Partnership board member said:

“This agreement is more than just words – it really recognises the value of equal partnership between the statutory and VCSE sectors with each playing to our strengths. It shows that once again we are thinking and doing things differently here in Greater Manchester and we are not afraid of radical change if that will make a difference to everyone.”

“We know that there are significant challenges to overcome and this MoU sets out our ambitions to start moving the focus from fixing problems to enabling people to stay well in the first place. VCSE organisations are best placed to support and mobilise people and communities to do more for themselves and others, and benefit from a better quality of life.”

Greater Manchester VCSE organisations are already major providers of health and social care (c5, 000), community development (c5, 000) and sports and leisure (c4, 000) and bring considerable resources in the form of independent income and volunteers. Local government and the statutory health sector contribute only 38% of Greater Manchester’s VCSE income; and 1.1m hours per week of formal volunteering are given.


The MoU builds on the Partnership’s five transformation themes outlined in ‘Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care’:

    1. Helping people live healthier lives: The VCSE sector is at the forefront of providing community activities and resources that allow people to stay well and live independently. VCSE groups reach huge numbers of residents, can help mobilise communities, change behaviours and find the ‘missing thousands’. GreaterSport is a Greater Manchester Charity changing lives through physical activity and sport. Working with a wide range of partners from the public, private and voluntary sector, they aim to increase the health and wellbeing of residents by making an active lifestyle, the easy choice in order to increase regular participation.
    2. Transforming community-based care and support: integrated care and support will benefit from the involvement of VCSE providers to assist with co-design, co-delivery and provision of services, particularly in relation to Local Care Organisations. 41% of VCSE groups across Greater Manchester work in a specific neighbourhood. Hope Citadel Healthcare is a social enterprise that provides primary care services in Fitton Hill (Oldham), Hollinwood, Levenshulme and Middleton, ensuring good health care gets to people with the greatest health needs, but also works to improve people’s health and well-being to stop them getting ill in the first place.
    3. Helping hospitals work better together: VCSE organisations provide specialist services which patients rely on such as community transport, language interpretation and meet and greet services. VCSE organisations can help ensure disadvantaged groups, people with needs for reasonable adjustments and people with experience of discrimination can benefit equally from health and social care changes. Miles of Smiles is a community transport and befriending scheme in Tameside, which has been running for over ten years. It was set up to reduce the number of missed appointments by people who have difficulty accessing or using public transport to attend health related appointments. In twelve months, volunteer drivers helped patients access around 10, 000 appointments.
    4.  Sharing more across the whole public services: this programme is mainly relevant to the statutory sector, though the VCSE sector can assist through offering its skillset and knowledge base to help reduce overheads.
    5. Enabling better care: the VCSE sector can offer building and venues within communities or take on buildings through asset transfer. The VCSE workforce of paid staff, volunteers and carers can be developed alongside that of the statutory sector, enabling mutual support and learning.


Other programme themes within the Partnership include cancer, learning disabilities, mental health, dementia and diabetes; which the VCSE sector is also well-placed to deliver on.

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“I’m delighted that we are able to lead the way here in Greater Manchester and recognise the strength of our individual and collective communities to play their part in devolution. The inclusion of the voluntary sector is critical to the success of health and social care devolution.”

“The voluntary sector is essential to full health and social care integration. It’s only through a community-based approach that we will see the radical upgrades needed to transform services and deliver improvements to people’s health, care and life expectancy.”

“This agreement builds on a long history of collaboration across Greater Manchester and is vital to delivering the greatest and fastest improvement to the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester”.

The Partnership and the VCSE sector have agreed to:

  • Develop and maintain a Greater Manchester VCSE Assembly and provide good, consistent and up-to-date information to the VCSE sector. The VCSE Reference Group will be the first point-of-call for engagement with the sector.
  • Enable conversations between both sectors in the form of focus groups, discussions, surveys etc. and ensure that VCSE leaders are represented at strategic boards and working parties.
  • Enable VCSE policy experts to contribute and respond to strategy and policy documents and impact assessments.
  • Support and extend remit of the VCSE Equalities Group.

Lord Peter Smith, Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is vital to developing and delivering solutions to the some of the most persistent and pressing health and social care issues in Greater Manchester.”


“This agreement is hugely welcome and I look forward to building on the strength of our existing relationships and the opportunities presented by devolution to involve local groups and communities in the transformation of health and social care.”



Notes to editors:

  • For further information please contact Laura Conrad, Communications and Engagement Manager: laura.conrad@nhs.net / 0161 625 7463.
  • Case study of Salford Time Bank included. Salford Time Bank is supported by Unlimited Potential, a local social enterprise.
  • The Memorandum of Understanding can be found here http://www.gmhsc.org.uk/assets/11-GM-VCSE-MoU-draft-16.1-Cover-Sheet-TD-v2.0.pdf. This builds on the joint review of partnerships and investment in voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in the health and care sector (Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England, May 2015) www.vcsereview.org.uk
  • Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is the body made up of the 37 NHS organisations and councils in the city region, which is overseeing devolution and taking charge of the £6bn health and social care budget. Governed by the Health and Social Care Partnership Board, which meets in public each month, the Partnership comprises the 37 local authorities and NHS organisations in Greater Manchester, plus representatives from primary care, NHS England, VCSE sector, Healthwatch, Greater Manchester Police and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The Strategic Partnership Board Executive, which represents the full Partnership, reviews work streams and makes recommendations to enable the Strategic Partnership Board to make effective decisions. More information available www.gmhsc.org.uk
  • The Greater Manchester VCSE Reference Group seeks to promote the role and involvement of the VCSE sector and communities in Greater Manchester’s devolution agenda, including health and social care. It comprises individuals from 18 voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations across Greater Manchester. It works closely with GMCVO, the city-region level VCSE support and development organisation, which is a member of the Reference Group. There are 18 members, nominated by their own networks and held accountable to their network and the Reference Group by a signed protocol agreement. Voluntary Sector North West provide the secretariat and a full list of current membership can be found here: www.vsnw.org.uk/gm-vcse-devolution-reference-group
  • 23% of groups within Greater Manchester’s VCSE sector work with older people; 14% of groups work with disabled people; 11% of groups work with people from a Black and Minority Ethnic background; 11% of groups work with families and a further 11% of groups work with people with mental health issues
  • Statistics and figures taken from Greater Manchester State of the Voluntary Sector 2013, Sheffield Hallam University and Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation Annual Review 2015-16; both available www.gmcvo.org.uk
  • Interview opportunities available and further case studies available on request.



Mental health charity 42nd Street to launch a new venue and programme for heritage, arts and mental health with investment from Heritage Lottery Fund, LandAid and the Redevco Foundation.

The Horsfall corner view

42nd Street, a Manchester-based mental health charity working with young people under stress, has today received £516,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with further support from LandAid and the Redevco Foundation to enable the opening of its new venue, The Horsfall, in May 2016.

The Horsfall builds on 42nd Street’s trusted and innovative approach to improving young people’s mental health. The programme will see national and international artists, makers and heritage experts, working with local young people to reinterpret stories from the past, their own stories and to imagine new futures.

On Monday 3rd November at 4pm, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast Taking Art to the People a 30 minute documentary exploring the history of the Ancoats Art Museum and how 42nd Street is building on its legacy.

The project will begin with the renovation and repurposing of an empty, Victorian shop into a three storey, dedicated creative space by Manchester based architects Stephenson STUDIO. The launch programme (2016-18) includes a site specific theatre experience, visual arts exhibitions, online collaborations between young people in the UK and Los Angeles and opportunities for young people to develop creative skills for a commercial market.

42nd Street has taken inspiration for the project from the Ancoats Art Museum; a unique social and artistic experiment established in Ancoats, Manchester at the end of the 19th Century. Its founder, Thomas C Horsfall sought to promote wellbeing and social change through contact with art and nature. Horsfall filled the museum with artworks, sculptures, music recitals, public lectures and even live birds in a bid to make the lives of those living in the surrounding slums more bearable. The Horsfall project will draw on this rich, but little known story and make it relevant and useful to young people across the city today.

The innovative programme of workshops, performances and exhibitions will be led by Julie McCarthy; 42nd Street’s Creative Producer and will bring young people together with some of the best creative minds to reimagine how we engage with heritage and the arts.



Commenting on the award, 42nd Street Chief Executive Simone Spray said: “The Horsfall Project is a really exciting development for 42nd Street. Throughout our 35 year history we have always recognised the importance of using creativity to support young people with their emotional wellbeing; now we can consolidate this approach by bringing alive an historically significant building and bringing a brand new creative programme to the City that reflects the heritage of the area. We will be able to support more young people, give something back to the communities of Ancoats and prove the positive link between our programme and good emotional and mental health. I would like to thank Heritage Lottery Fund, LandAid and the Redevco Foundation for making it possible for us to achieve our vision…watch this space…”


Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “We were really impressed when we saw the plans for The Horsfall project as it will not only see the complete restoration of an important Victorian building but will also help improve young people’s mental health through a series of engaging heritage, arts and learning activities. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Victorian shop will now be transformed into a much-needed community space in the heart of Ancoats, providing vital opportunities and support for local young people for many years to come.”


Notes to editors

About 42nd Street

42nd Street is an innovative Greater Manchester mental health charity committed to supporting young people aged 11- 25 who are experiencing mental health difficulties. With an excellent 35 year reputation, our unique holistic service model combines therapeutic psychological interventions with advocacy and social care. We reach 2000 young people each year via individual therapeutic support, projects and activities, leadership, peer research and a creative programme.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk   @heritagelottery

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Julie McCarthy, Creative Producer, at 42nd Street on 0161 228 7321 or 07823 349237


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Manchester’s young LGBTQ* community will benefit from a grant from the BBC’s Children in Need, thanks to two local charities.

4nd Street and Lets Go have secured funding of over £100,000 for a project to challenge isolation and loneliness amongst 13-18 year olds across Greater Manchester.

The project will use creative social media to engage LGBTQ young people across the city, developing their skills, enabling friendships and improving mental wellbeing.

Simone Spray, CEO of 42nd Street, says: We’re delighted to be working alongside Lets Go on this ground-breaking project, funded by Children in Need. Having listened to the experiences of LGBTQ young people, it’s clear that they can often feel isolated as they work through their emotions and feelings, which can lead to a negative impact on their emotional health and wellbeing. This project will address that by creating safe, relevant digital solutions using the latest technology – informed and steered by the young people themselves.”

The project will last for three years and will involve weekly group work sessions at 4nd Street’s Manchester base ‘The Space’ on Great Ancoats Street, as well as with LGBTQ groups across the region.

Karen Shannon, Director of Lets Go, adds: “This project will create a safe online space where young LGBTQ people can share their experiences, gain peer support and use creative methods to explore their identity. We’re really looking forward to working with young people in a creative way using social media, new digital tools and a new web platform that will connect them, as well as support them. This initiative will benefit hundreds of young people in the region and many more who use it online.”

The grant will fund a Mental Health Practitioner and a Digital Engagement Coordinator, sessional artists, computer equipment, web making, trips, and volunteer expenses.

Simone concludes: “Mental health issues for young people are increasing, with demand for our services doubling over the last two years – and that’s only the tip of iceberg. This project is a real opportunity to explore new ways of working that will support some of our most vulnerable young people at a critical time in their lives.”

* lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning



Lets Go was the first art and media service in the UK to spin out of a local authority and now operates as a community interest company and public service mutual. Working with local communities, the organisation uses art and creativity to inspire the Greater Manchester community, helping people to create a positive change in society.

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42nd Street is an innovative Greater Manchester charity with 35 years’ experience of providing free and confidential support to young people aged 11- 25 who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Further info:

Ruth Wilson

07881 022 733




For immediate release 20 May 2015

Gift Shop



A Pop Up art shop by 42nd Street and young people from Old Trafford. 


Saturday 30th May 12-5pm

St John’s Community Centre

Ayres Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 7GX

Opening Hours

Saturday 30th May:    12-5pm

Sunday 31st May:       12-5pm

Wednesday 3rd June 10am-4pm

Thursday 4th June:     2-8pm

Friday 5th June:          10am-4pm

Saturday 6th June:     12-5pm


Have you ever through about what you really have to offer other people?

Do you ever stop and gift yourself something that really makes you feel happy?

What do young people really have to offer their local communities?

These are the questions workers from 42nd Street and artist Nicola Colclough has been asking groups of young people in Old Trafford in Spring, 2015.

The result is a pop up shop, bursting at the seams with useful and beautiful creations, the entrepreneurial spirit of local young people and located in a two-berth caravan on the grounds of a busy local community centre.

Open for one week only, the shop gives visitors the chance to browse and buy from a range of jams, home bakes, ceramics and jewellery. There will also be opportunities to take part in daily activities offered by young people alongside professional artists.

Gift Shop was created by mental health organisation 42nd Street in response to the growing number of young people presenting in Old Trafford with poor mental health. Funded by Old Trafford Community Panel and Curious Minds, the project has engaged with around 50 young people and aims to help them discover the skills, ideas and talents they have to offer those around them.

Read more about 42nd Street www.42ndstreet.org.uk

Simone Spray, Chief Executive for 42nd Street, said: “Gift Shop is a really important part of our diverse programme. For the young people involved it is an opportunity to learn new skills, get creative and impact positively on their own mental health, sense of identity and self-esteem. This is a new way of working for 42nd Street and one we hope to replicate across Greater Manchester. We know the hard work and dedication the young people have obviously invested in the shop will inspire everyone that experiences it.”


Media enquiries, including images and interviews

Contact us on: 07976 710835 or at Julie.McCarthy@42ndstreet.org.uk

Follow us @ancoatsart and



About 42nd Street

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester voluntary sector charity and national leader in working with young people experiencing stress and facing difficulties. Since 2011, 42nd Street has been based in an award winning, purpose built home on Great Ancoats Street in Ancoats, Manchester. 42nd Street’s commitment is to support young people under stress to achieve their full potential and we currently deliver individual and group work support to more than 2000 young people per year.


Old Trafford Community Panel

Trafford Housing Trust has a Community Panel in each of its five neighbourhood areas. The Panels are made up of local tenant representatives and other interested residents. Panels are set up to involve residents and other stakeholders in creating sustainable neighbourhoods and places where people want to live by amongst other things, deciding where the Community Budget is spent. The Community Budget is a pot of money, allocated to the Community Panels and is made available for schemes to help improve the security, health and well-being in the local community, as well as other new initiatives in the areas.

Project Partners and Funders

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The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that 42nd Street, has today, 15th December 2014, accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at 42nd Street, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 -significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50. 

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

42nd Street Chief Executive, Simone Spray said: “ It is very important for us here at 42nd Street to have become a Living Wage accredited employer, not just because it is the right thing to do for the incredible team that work here, but also as a broader message to others that are currently not paying their staff a Living Wage. There is a growing challenge nationally around the rise of low pay and the growth of in work poverty. At 42nd Street we see the profound impact of poverty on young people’s mental health and wellbeing and that is why we feel it is so important to raise expectations around pay and ask all employers to take up the opportunity to voluntarily pay a living wage.”


Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome 42nd Street to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, including 42nd Street, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. ”


Media Contact

Living Wage 

Gillian Owen, 07876 246 150, gillian.owen@citizensuk.org.uk

42nd Street 

Simone Spray, 0161 228 7321 simone.spray@42ndstreet.org.uk

Notes to Editors

About the Living Wage Foundation

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The London Living Wage is currently £8.80 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Greater London Authority and covers all boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £7.65 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 700 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

About 42nd Street

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester charity committed to supporting young people under stress to achieve their full potential. 42nd Street has an extensive 30 year track record of providing an innovative menu of services to young people under stress and experiencing mental health problems in Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Tameside & Glossop.

We are a community based organisation and offer services in schools and colleges, in partnership with youth organisations and have developed a strong reputation for delivering a high quality creative programme connecting young people with arts, heritage and the local community. In 2013-14 we supported c.1800 young people (11-25 years of age) and 97% would recommend our services to others. In addition to direct services to young people, we have a national reputation in the field of suicide and self-harm, and offer training, research and consultancy.

In 2014 we were Finalist, Charity of Year (Children and Young People Now Awards) and we are a Living Wage employer, home to an award winning building in Manchester.



29th October 2014

 ancoats recital shop

                                           LOCAL RECALL – AN ANCOATS RECITAL

Thursday 20 November 2014

7 – 9pm


40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF

Free entry

Live sound performance and screening by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive), with young people from 42nd Street, Unity Radio 92.8fm and invited guests.

Over Autumn 2014, artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) have been working with young people from Ancoats based charity 42nd street and Unity Radio 92.8fm as part of A Different Spirit.

A Different Spirit is a programme of installations and events produced by 42nd Street’s Creative Producer Julie McCarthy and curated by Helen Wewiora (wewioraprojects). The programme aims to celebrate Ancoats and contribute to the positive health and wellbeing of young people and local residents, exploring Ancoats heritage through the lens of contemporary art. A Different Spirit takes as its starting point the history of 19th Century philanthropist Thomas Horsfall’s Manchester Art Museum. Local Recall – An Ancoats Recital, a live public event at Hallé St Peter’s will celebrate the culmination of the project with an evening of free music and film.

For their live artwork Local Recall, Open Music Archive connect with the social history of Ancoats through music, specifically looking at archival material associated with Manchester Art Museum (1886-1953) and re-visit the free art, music and lectures offered to the Ancoats public from the late 1800s to mid-1900s.

Working with popular songs and tunes (identified from archive newspaper accounts documenting the music played at gatherings in 19th Century Ancoats and sourced from player-piano rolls – pre-programmed music recorded on perforated paper), Open Music Archive have run workshops with young people from 42nd Street, supported by Unity Radio 92.8fm, to remix, cut-up, loop and re-assemble 19th Century music to be pressed onto vinyl dub plates and performed by young people and invited musicians to a 21st Century audience on 20 November at Halle St Peter’s.

In addition, the artists will present a new audio visual work, constructed using the algorithmic logic of the search query to source, rip and remix archive footage shot in Manchester between 1892 and 1992. This new film is accompanied by a soundtrack, in which the 1890s music material is re-assembled using 1990s music technology.

This specially commissioned soundtrack is produced by Graham Massey, founding member of 808 State, invited by the artists because of his wealth of experience with music technologies of the 1990s and deep connection to the area – 808 State recorded at Blossom Street in the early 1990s

Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White from Open Music Archive, said: “For A Different Spirit we explored the idea of work, thinking about the context of capitalism and its relationship to youth, emotional life and the production of music. Referencing the idea of ‘hauntology’ – ghosts and echoes that persist through repetition in the playback of music, our new work Local Recall draws a line between the model industrial city of the late 19th Century and post-industrial Manchester of the early 1990s”.

Read more about Open Music Archive www.openmusicarchive.org/projects and

A Different Spirit here: http://www.adifferentspirit.org.uk/

Simone Spray, Chief Executive for 42nd Street, said: “A Different Spirit is a really important part of our diverse programme. For the young people involved it is an opportunity to use cutting edge creative approaches to explore the story and heritage of the Ancoats area and to understand how that creative process can impact positively on their own mental health, sense of identity and self-esteem. Many of the young people that access 42nd Street never get an opportunity to be involved in projects like this and to create their own music has been a real adventure that we know will intrigue and inspire everyone that experiences the event.”


Media enquiries, including images and interviews

Contact us on: 0161 228 7321or at Julie.McCarthy@42ndstreet.org.uk

Follow us @ancoatsart and http://www.adifferentspirit.org.uk

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The event is free and it is possible to turn up on the night but capacity will be limited so to avoid disappointment please book ticketshere

Details of full line up TBA

The event will be recorded and broadcast at a later date on Unity Radio 92.8fm


About Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White

The practice of international artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White sits at the intersection between art, design, music and IT systems. They work collaboratively to explore the potential of public domain material, mining for out-of-copyright shellac 78s and celluloid film, which is used as a vehicle to initiate new collaborations with musicians, designers, artists and curators. They have an interest in shared resources and continue to commit to free access, preservation and distribution of archives for all.

Their current project Open Music Archive sources, digitises and distributes out of copyright sound recordings, a project they situate within the current discourse surrounding notions of authorship, ownership and distribution, reanimated by a porting of Free/Libre and Open Source software models to wider creative contexts.


About 42nd Street

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester voluntary sector charity and national leader in working with young people under stress. Since 2011 42nd Street has been based in an award winning, purpose built home on Great Ancoats Street in Ancoats, Manchester. 42nd Street’s commitment is to support young people under stress to achieve their full potential and they currently deliver individual and group work support to more than 1800 young people per year.


About A Different Spirit

A Different Spirit is a programme of installations and events produced by 42nd Street’s Creative Producer Julie McCarthy and curated by Helen Wewiora (wewioraprojects). The programme celebrates Ancoats and contributes to the positive health and wellbeing of young people and local residents by exploring Ancoats heritage and its relationship to life today. The programme takes as its starting point 19th Century philanthropist Thomas Horsfall’s Manchester Art Museum, and looks at past and present through the lens of contemporary art.


About Unity Radio

Unity Radio 92.8fm is more than just a radio station. Its primary audience is 15-25yrs and secondary audience is 26-35yrs. Unity Radio champions the tastes and interests of its target audience by reflecting popular trends and embracing musical cultures not otherwise served by radio in Greater Manchester. Unity Radio works directly to engage young people, connecting them directly to their work, reinforcing positive messages, and nurturing and showcasing home grown UK talent


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Fund to celebrate life of Kieran Crump Raiswell passes £26k mark.

Friends, family and the community came together last month to celebrate the life of Kieran Crump Raiswell and help raise nearly £6,000 for the Manchester charity 42nd Street.

The second Kieran Fest was staged over the weekend of September 5-7 and together with a raffle staged last week at Kieran’s former sixth college, Loreto, raised £5,888 to help support the charity, which supports young people experiencing stress.

Kieran was murdered in a motiveless attack in Whalley Range in January 2013.

Manchester-based organisations such as Manchester City, Manchester United, FC United, the Royal Exchange and the National Cycling Centre joined local Chorlton shops and businesses to supply a stellar range of raffle prices which included tickets for gigs, the theatre, football matches plus vouchers for a broad range of restaurants.

The weekend included a quiz at Chorlton High’s Blue Box theatre, a football match between Kieran’s old team mates from FC Bluestar and the current Under 18 side, a band night at Chorlton Irish Club, featuring 90s rocker Tommy Scott from Space, and a family fun day at South West Manchester Cricket Club. All the venues were provided free of charge.

In total, Kieran’s family and friends have now raised £26,660 for 42nd Street and money from last year’s first Kieran Fest has already been used to fund the redesign of the charity’s website and a new series of breaks for young people called Kieran’s Getaways. So far the funds have supported two Getaway events. One group of young women who planned their own weekend away to the Lake District to get some space to recharge, reflect and unwind and a second group of young men from Moss Side who will be travelling to London to discuss their issues with key politicians in the Houses of Parliament.

Kieran’s father Roland Crump said: “The response of the community in supporting Kieran Fest again this year has been brilliant. I am extremely grateful to friends and family in continuing to help build a positive legacy to celebrate Kieran’s life. Kieran Fest is a chance for people to have fun and, at the same time, provide vital support to young people across Manchester. I look forward to seeing you again next year at Kieran Fest 2015.”

And Simone Spray, chief executive at 42nd Street added: “42nd Street is extremely fortunate to have the support of Kieran’s friends and family. When you are at Kieran Fest you really do feel part of something special, something that reflects the love and respect Kieran’s friends and family have for him. At 42nd Street we are careful to use the valuable funds raised to provide young people with opportunities we wouldn’t otherwise be able to offer. Kieran’s Getaways are now an important part of our varied programme and complement beautifully the one to one counselling and therapy work and the group work opportunities that young people are already accessing for support.”



Ancoats Art Museum is reborn in the public realm: Artist Lucy Harvey explores Useful Work Versus Useless Toilwith young people in Ancoats.

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Inspired by 19th Century philanthropist Thomas Horsfall’s Ancoats Art Museum, artist Lucy Harvey and young people from Ancoats based mental health charity 42nd Street will launch a new site specific installation on Great Ancoats Street, Manchester.

Useful Work Versus Useless Toil questions the function of the decorative arts and the role of museum collections. Taking its title from the William Morris lecture of the same name, the work responds to the Ancoats Art Museum by juxtaposing botanical ornament with Manchester’s Industrial heritage. The signature processes of the arts and crafts movement have been playfully subverted to create an installation which explores our contemporary desires for authenticity and the romanticisation of nature and heritage.

A friend and self-appointed disciple of Ruskin, Thomas Horsfall was committed to demonstrating that art and nature could stimulate the character, the morals and the skills of the working classes. In 1884, Horsfall opened the Art Museum in Ancoats, Manchester; the world’s first industrial suburb and one of Britain’s cruelest Victorian slums. With rooms dedicated to painting, sculpture, architecture, and domestic arts, the museum was a refuge for some, a source of inspiration to others and for many a place to socialise away from the mills and grimy streets.

useful work versus useless toil is part of A Different Spirit –a series of projects by 42nd Street, celebrating the history of Ancoats in creative ways and contributing to the positive health and wellbeing of young people and local residents.

*useful work versus useless toil is located at 87 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG. It can be viewed from the street and is lit between the hours of 9.30am -7pm Monday – Thursday (5pm on Fridays).

Private view  Thursday, 9th October 6.30-8pm

Lucy Harvey is a Manchester based visual artist whose practice responds to our relationship with objects. Her small scale sculptures and installations explore our desire for legacy and authenticity through making, repair and collection. She mimics and subverts the processes found in existing objects to create fictitious artefacts which attempt to document the hidden narratives behind industrial and traditional skill. Previous work has called on disciplines as diverse as shoe repair, glass recycling, fly fishing and canal conservation.

Her interest in social history and museum collection has been the focus of artist residencies and commissions for Cadw and Arts Council of Wales, Canal & Rivers Trust with Contemporary Arts Society and East Street Arts, the National Glass Centre, The Library Theatre Company and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Harvey has exhibited internationally and her work was acquired for the permanent collection of mima in 2009.


Notes to editors:

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester voluntary sector charity and national leader in working with young people under stress. Since 2012 42nd Street has been based in an award winning, purpose built home on Great Ancoats Street in Ancoats, Manchester. 42nd Street’s commitment is to support young people under stress to achieve their full potential. Their work currently covers Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Tameside. 42nd Street delivery includes individual support and group work opportunities to more than 800 young people per year.

The organisation has recently begun developing a long term cultural strategy to both embed creativity into the daily delivery at 42nd St and as a vehicle for engagement, partnership and joint working with local communities and organisations. A Different Spirit is the first step for 42nd Street in establishing a more permanent contemporary iteration of the Ancoats Art Museum. Adjacent to the Space and as part of their long lease on the land, 42nd Street have a three story Victorian shop which it is seeking to develop as a permanent and public facing home for its art, cultural and broader engagement activity.

Simone Spray, Chief Executive for 42nd Street, said: “A Different Spirit is a really important part of our diverse programme for young people at 42nd Street. For the young people involved it is a real opportunity to use cutting edge creative approaches to explore the story and heritage of the Ancoats area and to understand how that creative process can impact positively on their own mental health, sense of identity and self-esteem. Many of the young people that access 42nd Street never get an opportunity to be involved in projects like this and to create their own public realm exhibition has been a real adventure that we know will intrigue and inspire everyone that sees it.”

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Enquiries contact Julie McCarthy, 42nd Street, 0161 228 7321 Julie.McCarthy@42ndstreet.org.uk


A Different Spirit has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Guild of St George www.guildofstgeorge.org.uk and The Homes and Community Agencywww.homesandcommunities.co.uk

Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, North West, said:

What’s great about the ‘A Different Spirit’ project, and what we at HLF are passionate about, is that it will put young people in the driving seat and encourage them to explore this relatively unknown piece of Manchester’s heritage. They will take what they’ve learnt about the history of Ancoats Art Museum and use their new skills to translate it into a story that is relevant to them and their peers.”

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 35,000 projects with more than £5.5bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk

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