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“Will they aﬀect me?” The Government says... Welfare reforms will: 1._ Simplify the beneﬁts system by introducing one beneﬁt, Universal Credit, for all working age claimants. This will be means tested and will replace Income Support, JSA, ESA, Tax credits and Housing Beneﬁt. 2._ Make it easier for people to move into work by ensuring work pays and by paying claimants monthly in the same way that salaries are paid. 3._Reduce the amount of money that is spent on beneﬁts, par0cularly on housing costs. WELFARE REFORM ACT: THE WAY FORWARD There’s been a lot in the news recently about the Government’s Welfare Reform Act which will change the way in which many beneﬁts are assessed and paid. If you receive beneﬁts of any kind, then welfare reform changes could aﬀect you. The guidance we’ve put together here is based on our understanding of the current proposals and legisla0on. Two major changes which may aﬀect you are: 1.The introduc0on of Universal Credit. – Tenants born before the 6th January 1952 will be excempt from Universal Credit. 2. Reduced beneﬁt if you are under-‐occupying your home. Managing your own money. From October 2013, new working-‐age claimants will receive one single beneﬁt payment called Universal Credit. This payment will include any amount you receive towards housing, Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. By 2017, all exis0ng claimants, who have not previously had a change in circumstance, will receive Universal Credit. This payment will be made directly into your bank account once a month. What we currently call Housing Beneﬁt will no longer be paid directly to Mosscare Housing Group. This means that you will need to pay your rent from your Universal Credit and you will need to set up a way to make your rent payment. Older people (over working-‐ age) and some vulnerable people will have the opportunity to have the amount they receive towards housing paid directly to Mosscare Housing Group. -‐UNIVERSAL CREDIT WILL BE ROLLED OUT IN 3 PHASES. -‐Phase 1 Oct 2013 to April 2014 – all new claims and change of circumstances -‐Phase 2 April 2014 to Dec 2015 – exis9ng claimants who have a change of circumstances -‐Phase 3 Dec 2015 to Dec 2017 – all remaining households transferred -‐ geographically
Do you have a spare bedroom? The help you get with your rent will be reduced if you under-‐occupy your home. Rent for Housing Beneﬁt will be reduced by 14 % OR 25% if the household exceeds the size criteria. The Government has said it will set out more details regarding the size criteria in regula0ons , expected to be published in May 2012.From April 2013, if you are of working age and claim for help with your rent you will be assessed in the following way: _ It will be assumed that you will require one bedroom for each single adult or each couple. _ Children under the age of 16 and of the same gender are expected to share a bedroom. Children under ten and of diﬀerent genders, are expected to share a bedroom. If these rules are applied and you have at least one spare bedroom, the amount of beneﬁt you receive for housing will be reduced and you will have to make up the diﬀerence to your rent. At Mosscare Housing Group we have started to consider these changes and the impact they may have on many of you. We will keep you updated and let you know what we can do to help and support you through the changes. If you would like any support or advice or are concerned about anything you’ve read, please contact your Income Genera0on Oﬃcer. The Income Genera9on Team advises the following:-‐ Ensure you are prepared for these changes. Here are some ideas: 1. Paying your rent. Make sure you know how much your weekly rent is and make regular payments to your account. 2. Budget carefully. Working out a budget will help you iden9fy savings. This will help you plan ahead for the future and be prepared for any unexpected drop in income. 3. Open a suitable bank account. If you haven’t already got one you will need one as Universal Credit will be paid into a bank account each month. 4. Set up direct debits. Paying for your u9li9es and your rent by direct debit will help you budget and make sure your bills are paid on 9me. 5. Check your beneﬁts. If you are unemployed and looking for work, are on a low income, re0red, bringing up children, are ill or disabled or you are a carer, you could be en0tled to beneﬁts or ﬁnancial help that you didn’t know about. Turn2us is an interac0ve website that has a beneﬁts calculator on it. Fill out your details and the calculator will let you know if there is any ﬁnancial help that you could get access to. Visit www.turn2us.org.uk or call them on 0808 802 2000 for more details.
Elec0ons for the following were elected at the AGM Coordinators: Maintenance Tony Pace Gardening John Pugh Publicity and informa0on Vacant Network Chris Middleton Membership Sian and Rob Finance Luke Hayward The following have yet be elected by the relevant working group: Publicity and Informa9on Deputy To be elected Events Group Coordinator To be elected Network Group Deputy To be elected Gardening Deputy To be elected Membership Deputy To be elected Maintenance Deputy To be elected Improvements To be elected Security, H&S To be elected Finance Deputy To be elected Commiqee At the AGM the elec0ons the following were elected: Rob Harrison Janine James Shelagh Murphy Eddie Koehler Lee Fullwood Luke Heyward Angelo Kovacevic Janice Bell Saﬀron Gardenchild There is 1 vacancy For Publicity and Informa9on Coordinator
FREE THINGS TO DO IN MANCHESTER BY GEOFF EVANS Meat Free In Manchester Albert Square, Manchester Almost Famous Story Session: Andrew Clover Saturday 19th May 2012 from 11:00am, un0l 4:00pm Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Crea0ve cookery, a banger bonanza, tas0ngs, wacky Monday 7th May 2012 from 12:30pm waiters, Mr Bloom, the Vegetable Nannies, sausage Known by children from CBBC's My Almost Famous Family silliness and all manner of foodie fun. Get 0ps and hints and by parents for his 'Dad Rules' column in Sunday Times from the experts in the professional cookery theatre. Rose Style, Andrew Clover will lead this exci0ng and Elliot will be demonstra0ng, alongside Alex Connell, entertaining story session. We will see him doing what he Principal Tutor from the Cordon Vert cookery school. does best: being very silly and comical while he explains Across the square will be our Banger Bonanza featuring his Seven Secrets of Storytelling. sausage related ac0vi0es, from tas0ngs and relish making to Banger Races. There'll be smoothie bikes, giant card Spotlight: The Calendar Project games, free samples, informa0on and food stalls. Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester -‐visit www.meaureeinmanchester.org Friday 11th May 2012 from 6:30pm Part of a series of early evening small group concerts Larkin' About At Contact embracing a wide and varied range of musical genres. Contact Theatre, Manchester Saturday 19th May 2012 from 3:00pm, un0l Late Cra]ernoon Tea Party Reinven0ng Manchester's play0me, Larkin’ About invite The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester you to join in their games. Saturday 12th May 2012 from 1:00pm, un0l 4:00pm Players will be chasing and racing, searching and Taster cra] workshops in a fun, friendly and relaxed collec0ng, code-‐breaking and puzzle-‐solving in a series of environment. Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with games throughout Contact and beyond. other cra] minded people. Andrea Lord and Susan Kane -‐visit www.contactmcr.com/larkinmcr for further (MCDC resident designer/makers) will lead you through informa0on. fun and fast Curator's Tour: Subversion cra] processes to hand-‐make an object inspired by their Cornerhouse, Manchester own crea0ve prac0ce. Sunday 20th May 2012 from 2:00pm, un0l 3:00pm -‐Bring your own cakes and tasty bakes to share. Exhibi0on curator Omar Kholeif will discuss his selec0on of -‐To register for this event call 0161 275 7450 or email: the par0cipa0ng ar0sts and his reasons for oﬀering an firstname.lastname@example.org alterna0ve presenta0on of the ‘imagined’ Arab world. Suitable for all levels.
The following classes take place at the venues listed below. Please contact the venues for further informa0on about classes. Hulme Community Garden Centre HCGC Hulme Library HL Kath Locke Centre KL Moss Side Powerhouse Library MSPL St Wilfred’s Enterprise Centre SWEC Zion Arts Centre ZAC Zion Community Health and Resource Centre ZCHRC Monday Sugar Group, diabe0c support group, 1-‐3pm, £1. KLC Silver Surfers Computer Course, for the over 50s, 10am-‐12pm, free. KLC Beginners Qigong class, 4-‐5pm, £3 voluntary contribu0on. Medita0ve exercise to help the mind, body and spirit. KLC Intermediate Qigong class, 5-‐6pm, £3 voluntary contribu0on. Medita0ve exercise to help the mind, body and spirit. KLC Music Classes with One Educa0on Music, 4-‐9pm, ages 6-‐18, free (small registra0on charge – registra0on available every Monday). ZAC Intermediate Ballet, 7-‐8pm, ages 18+, £5.50 per session or £45 for ten sessions. ZAC Intermediate Jazz Dance with Dance MCR, 8-‐9pm, ages 18+, £5.50 per session or £45 for ten sessions. ZAC “Bea0ng the Blues” Cogni0ve Behavioural Therapy (cCBT), 2.30-‐5.30pm. An 8 week computerised course designed to aid people aﬀected by depression and/or anxiety. Enquiries: 0161 226 3871. ZCHRC Tuesday Flex It at 50, exercise for the over 50s, 12-‐1pm, £2 per session. KLC Soca aerobics, women only, 6.30-‐7.45pm, £3.50 adults/ £2.50 children (50p reduc0on for members). More informa0on at www.socaaerobics.co.uk KLC Social phobia, 7-‐9pm, free. Support group. KLC Low cost homeopathy clinic, 0mes vary, call venue for further informa0on. £10 per person and £1.50 per remedy. KLC Drop in homeopathy clinic, 6-‐8pm. £5 per person. KLC Drama drop in, 4.30-‐5.30pm, ages 7-‐11 years, free. Drama club. ZAC Diamond Palace (Under 16s), 5.30pm -‐ 7pm, ages 10-‐16 years, free. Diamond Palace Theatre Company works with young people to help engage them with the community through an exci0ng drama and mul0-‐media project based around events from the last Manchester riots. ZAC
Diamond Palace Theatre Company, 7-‐9pm, age 16+, free. Diamond Palace Theatre Company work with people who aspire to cause posi0ve change in the community by working on projects rooted in common experience and looking towards posi0ve change. ZAC Love Soul Choir, 7-‐9pm, ages 16+, £20 per month. Love Soul Choir is a non-‐religious, Pop, Soul and Motown group. ZAC Zion Young Performers (ZYP!), 6-‐8pm, ages 12-‐18, free. ZYP (Zion Young Performers) are Zion Arts Centre's in-‐ house youth performance group. ZAC Capoeira Beginners Course, 6.30-‐7.30pm, £20 for full 4 week course. Course runs from 8th May un0l 19th May. ZAC Floristry Course, 10am-‐1pm. Gain a NCFE Level 2 qualiﬁca0on through this 51 hour course. ZCHRC Massage, 10am-‐1pm, £7.50 waged/£5 unwaged. Treat yourself to a tailor-‐made soothing massage to take away your aches and pains. ZCHRC Yoga, 6-‐7.30pm, dona0on. ZCHRC SHARE: Self Harm Awareness and Recovery for Everyone, 6-‐8pm, free. A friendly and caring drop-‐in self help group that is open to everyone. The group supports people who are experiencing issues around self harm. ZCHRC Wednesday Family support “Time Talk Drop-‐in”, 12-‐1pm, free. Support provided for expectant parents or parents/ carers of children aged 0-‐5 years. KLC Mix It Up A]erschool Club, 4-‐5pm, ages 7-‐11, free. Mix It Up is an a]er school crea0ve workshop run by professional ar0sts for children to learn about drawing, movement, dance, music and anima0on exploring a diﬀerent fun theme every week. ZAC Break Dancing, 5-‐7pm, ages 12-‐18, free. 5-‐5.45pm Beginners and 6-‐6.45pm Improvers. ZAC Act Up North, 7-‐9pm, ages 18+. Adult screen ac0ng classes. ZAC Introduc0on to Screen Prin0ng, 6-‐8pm, ages 16+, £130 for 6 weeks. ZAC ASHA Drop-‐in, 9am-‐5pm, free. Support and advice for failed asylum seekers, ﬁrst come ﬁrst served. ZCHRC Posi0ve Lifestyles, a 12 week course aﬃrming that ‘posi0ve living’ is a lifestyle choice. ZCHRC Zion Anxiety Drop-‐In, 1-‐3pm, free. Support for people living with any anxiety related disorder. ZCHRC Zion Depression Drop-‐In, 3-‐5pm, free. Support for people living with any form of depression. ZCHRC
Thursday asylum seekers, ﬁrst come ﬁrst Toddler Gardening Club, cra] or served. ZCHRC gardening session aimed at 0-‐3 Floristry course, 1-‐4pm. Gain a years old, 11am-‐12pm, £2 per NCFE Level 1 qualiﬁca0on. ZCHRC child including materials and S0tch ‘n’ Bitch, 1.30-‐3.30pm, refreshments. HCGC dona0ons. Kni}ng and crochet Tiny Tots, 10.15-‐10.45am, under drop-‐in group for all levels. We’ll 5s, free. Stories, rhymes and even teach you how! All ages and songs. HL abili0es. ZCHRC Iyengar Yoga, 6.30-‐7.45pm, £3. “Bea0ng the Blues” Cogni0ve KLC Behavioural Therapy (cCBT), Zumba Gold (for the ac0ve older 4.30-‐7.30pm. An 8 week person), 10-‐10.45am, £3 per computerised course designed to session. KLC aid people aﬀected by depression CV and Employment Workshop, and/or anxiety. Enquiries: 0161 11am-‐1pm, free. Just call in or 226 3871. ZCHRC telephone Steve/Charloqe on Menz health group, 5-‐7pm, 0161 227 3758. MSPL dona0on. A chance for men to get West African drum classes, 7-‐9pm, together for various ac0vi0es and £5/£4 concs/free for under 16s discussions. ZCHRC accompanied by a paying adult. Learn tradi0onal rhythms and Friday songs in a friendly and relaxing Brazilian Body Sculp, women only, environment with an experienced 9.30-‐10.30am, £2 per session. KLC teacher. Suitable for all levels. Spangles and Bangles, workshop Beginners welcome. All to make your own jewellery, instruments provided. For more 3.30-‐5pm, £2 adults/£1 children informa0on contact Craig (accompanied by an adult). A 07910265221. SWEC range of art and cra] materials Steel Pans with One Educa0on are always on hand, and Music, 4.15-‐8.45pm, ages 8-‐18, refreshments are provided. KLC free. Registra0on available every Zumbalicious – Zumba Fitness Thursday. ZAC Class, 7-‐8pm, £5/£4 concs/£7.75 All Sorts Steel Sessions, 4.15 -‐ to book for Thursday and Friday 5.15pm, ages 12-‐19, free. Steel class. ZAC pan and music fusion and Yoga, 12-‐1pm, free. All levels experimenta0on! ZAC welcome and prac0ce maps Junior Youth Group, 5 -‐ 7pm, ages provided. ZCHRC 11-‐15, free. Ac0vi0es, games and Women of the World drop-‐in, discussions. ZAC 1-‐4pm, dona0on. Get together! Capoeira Angola (Adults), Share, listen, laugh and learn! Free 6.30-‐8pm, ages 15+, £5/£4 concs/ refreshments provided. Women £2 under 18s. ZAC only. ZCHRC Photoshop for Beginners Course, Qigong, 4.30-‐5.30pm, £3 voluntary 6-‐8pm, £90 for course. 6 week contribu0on. Medita0ve exercise course beginning 3rd May. ZAC to help the mind, body and spirit. Zumbalicious – Zumba Fitness Women only. ZCHRC Class, 7-‐8pm, £5/£4 concs/ £7.75 to book for Thursday and Friday class. ZAC ASHA Drop-‐in, 9am-‐5pm, free. Support and advice for failed
Saturday Tai Chi Qigong, 11am-‐12pm, £4/£3 concs. KLC Street Dance for Kids, 10am-‐12pm, open to children aged 5-‐11 years, £2. ZAC Sat’dy All Sorts, 11am-‐1pm, open to 10-‐18 year olds, free. We are looking for talented young people with an interest in music to be part of our Sat'dy All Sorts team. We are looking for ﬁlm editors, stage managers, ligh0ng designers, ar0sts and promoters as well as performers of all types! ZAC Capoeira Kids, 11am-‐12pm (ages 3-‐8) and 12-‐1pm (ages 9-‐16), free. ZAC Capoeira Prac0ce, 12-‐1.30pm, age 15+, £3 adults/kids free. ZAC Hor0culture, 10am-‐1pm. Gain a NCFE qualiﬁca0on through this course. ZCHRC
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A list of community venues, their contact details and any ST WILFRED’S ENTERPRISE CENTRE events or workshops taking place can be found here. Regular weekly classes can be found in a separate lis0ng. St Wilfred’s Enterprise Centre, Birchvale Close, Manchester, Greater Manchester M15 5BJ. HULME COMMUNITY GARDEN CENTRE 28 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5RG. ZION ARTS CENTRE Telephone: 0161 227 8198. Hulme Community Garden 335 Streuord Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA. Centre (HCGC) is a unique community led inner-‐city Telephone: 0161 226 1912. The website hor0cultural project. Their mission is to bring the local www.zionarts.com has more informa0on about all community together through gardening. Please contact workshops and events. Please contact the venue for the venue for further informa0on and to conﬁrm further informa0on and updates, and to conﬁrm 0mes availability of workshop sessions. Further informa0on and availability of workshop sessions and events. about current and forthcoming events are available on WORKSHOP: Stage Combat Masterclass, Friday 11th their website: www.hulmegardencentre.org.uk. May, ages 16+, free. Experienced stage-‐ﬁghter Kenan Ally delivers a prac0cal workshop where you will learn stage Volunteers to help at Hulme Community Garden Centre combat skills. The session will look at how stage combat (HCGC) are always welcome. Volunteering can be can be used alongside text and by the end of the session undertaken at any 0me, with hours to suit you. However you will be able to demonstrate stage combat techniques it is recommended that the best way to start is to phone in performance. HCGC on 0161 227 8198 and ask for Helene in order to WORKSHOP: A Taste of World Dance, Saturday 12th May, discuss with her a day that would suit you. workshops from 9.30am -‐ 5pm, £20 advance/£25 on the By arrangement: Therapeu0c Hor0culture for adults with day for day pass or £5 advance/£6 on the day per learning diﬃcul0es or those who wish to improve their workshop. he Cultural Collage World Music Fes0val is the mental wellbeing. Call HCGC or email only Manchester event to promote professional world email@example.com to arrange a 0me. music from the city's diverse communi0es. It was started By arrangement: Training in food growing for allotment in 2010 by a voluntary group comprising local world music growers, free. Please phone and speak to Katherine radio producers, promoters and performers. Zion Arts Moores to arrange a 0me convenient for you. Centre will be host to a full day of workshops introducing diﬀerent cultural dancers and ar0sts from around the HULME LIBRARY world. Hulme Library, Streuord Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 9.30-‐10.45 am -‐ Chinese Fan Dance -‐ Tutor from Red Fan 5FQ. Telephone: 0161 227 3739. Email: Dance Company firstname.lastname@example.org. The building 11am-‐12.15pm -‐ Tradi0onal Uzbek Dance -‐ Tutor: San'at includes an Adult Educa0on Centre and Nashers Cafe. Mahmudova Please contact the venue for further informa0on. 12.45-‐2pm -‐ Spanish Flamenco -‐ Tutor: Gloria Lopez-‐ KATH LOCKE CENTRE Castejon 123 Moss Lane East, Hulme, Manchester, Greater 2.15-‐3.30pm -‐ Bachata (Dominican Republic) -‐ Tutor: Manchester, M15 5DD. Telephone: 0161 455 0211. A Felipe Nicanor Reyes variety of classes and therapies are available. Free 3.45-‐5pm -‐ Angolan Kizomba -‐ Tutor: Velma Dandzo condoms are available from recep0on Monday to WORKSHOP: Albino Mosquito Laboratory, last Saturday. Further informa0on is also available on their Wednesday of every month (May 30th, June 27th & July website: 25th), 6-‐9pm, ages 16+, free. One of Manchester's hqp://www.thebiglifegroup.com/big-‐life-‐centres/ foremost video and ﬁlm produc0on companies, Albino Various low cost therapies are available on an individual Mosquito are bringing their unique sense of crea0vity and basis at a rate of £10 per session, including body massage, experimenta0on to a series of monthly workshops. These reﬂexology, and Indian head massage. Women only provess-‐led crea0ve development workshops are aimed acupuncture is also available for £15 per session. Please at those who are looking to work with experimental AV contact the venue for further informa0on and to conﬁrm techniques to create new visual work. Workshops will be 0mes and availability of classes/therapies. of an experimental nature and will culminate in periodical showcasing of work in progress. MOSS SIDE POWERHOUSE LIBRARY 140 Raby Street, Moss Side, Manchester M15 4SL.
from DP Theatre Company, with a cast of ages ranging WORKSHOP: Social Media Surgery, Wednesday 16th May, from 12-‐50! 3-‐5pm, free. Social media surgery is here to listen to what organisa0ons like you, community organisa0ons, want to EXHIBITION: Black Dance in Britain, Photographic achieve through social media. Places are free -‐ come and Exhibi0on of Black Dance in the UK from the 1930s-‐1980s bring any social media, experts will help you out. by ADAD, 12th May -‐ 5th May. Gallery Opening Hours: Monday -‐ Friday from 5pm-‐9pm and Saturday from WORKSHOP: Art Aqack: The Sky's the Limit! 6th -‐ 8th 10am-‐4pm. The Associa0on of Dance of The African June, 10am -‐ 12.30pm (ages 7-‐11) or 1pm-‐3pm (16+), Diaspora (ADAD) is showcasing The Heritage Project in free. Half Term Ac0vity. Your chance to get involved with Manchester. It commemorates moments from Black the Manchester Day Parade 2012! This year the theme is Bri0sh dance from the 1930's to the 1990's, celebra0ng Manchester Heroes -‐ whether it’s every day people or some of the achievements and contribu0ons that have super heroes! The week will involve crea0ng fantas0cal been made to the Bri0sh Dance sector through a journey costumes, props and banners ready for the big parade! In that explores themes from the early pioneers of musicals the a]ernoon we are looking for talented ar0sts and local to the cross cultural inﬂuences of Africa, America and the residents to gtet involved in preparing for the parade! Caribbean. Exhibi0on Launch Friday 12th May, 6-‐9pm. Refreshments available and a chance to talk to WORKSHOP: Mother Hen Storytelling, 6 Week Course -‐ representa0ves from ADAD. advance booking essen0al -‐ 13th June -‐ 18th July, £30 for 6 weeks, 4.30 -‐ 5.30pm, ages 4-‐7. 'The magical world of ZION COMMUNITY HEALTH AND RESOURCE CENTRE mother hen' are fun and imagina0ve sessions that inspire 339 Streuord Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 4ZY. crea0vity in every child. Through a vibrant mix of Telephone 0161 226 5412. Informa0on is also available storytelling, theatre, music, puppetry and play, the on their website: hqp://www.zioncentre.co.uk children will be taken on a diﬀerent adventure each On a daily basis HARP Team Presents: Good Mood Food week! Together they will develop self expression and Café. Low cost healthy breakfasts and lunches! They also communica0on skills whilst making new friends and provide an outside catering service and have training growing in conﬁdence! opportuni0es for volunteers. DASH Needle Exchange: Open from 9.30am daily and EVENT: Word of Warning presents Olwen Davies, Ellie from 1pm on Monday. Free support and advice around Harrison & Levantes Dance Theatre, Friday 18th May, issues concerning drugs. Conﬁden0al needle exchange 7.30pm, £8/£5. From the team that exploded a gliqer and condom distribu0on. cannon in a theatre, comes a monthly night-‐out with a Free Computer Suite: available daily from 9.30am-‐4pm, pick'n'mix of performance. Some old friends, some new -‐ apart from Monday when it is available from you may not know them yet...but you will! See website or 9.30am-‐2.30pm. Browse the web, CVs, job search and call the venue for further informa0on. training packages to suit your needs. EVENT: Manchester Glee presents 'Saturday Night at the Urban gym: a new outdoor gym is now available at the Movies', 19th May 2012, 8-‐9pm, £5. Singing a collec0on Zion. It is designed for low impact exercise, their of obvious and not-‐so-‐obvious hits from various ﬁlm equipment is specialised in developing your balance, soundtracks, Manchester Glee's performance includes 4 raising your cardio and increasing your ﬂexibility. The gym and 5 part harmonies, medleys and some amazing is available Mon/Weds/Fri 8.30am-‐6pm, Tues/Thur choreography! We are, quite simp-‐Glee the best! 8.30am-‐8pm, Sat 10am-‐2pm. First Wednesday of the month: In-‐house Solicitor. Free EVENT: Deep Within by Ac0ng on Impulse, Saturday 26th advice from experienced solicitors. To book an May, show starts at 7.30pm, £7 / £5 concs. Drama from appointment please contact 0161 226 5412. the streets: as real as it gets. When newcomer Ryan Last Thursday of the month: Homeopathy for Health, arrives at the soup van, he has to gain the trust of the 5.30-‐8pm, £7.50 waged/£5 unwaged. To book an homeless community. But they soon suspect that his appointment please call: 0161 455 0215 or 0161 226 story is not all that it seems. As he seeks answers from 5421. the streets his quest begins to spiral out of control and his life changes forever. A mul0-‐media mystery play, set on the streets of Manchester, with a cast from the homeless and marginalised community. Ac0ng on Impulse is a charity that gives a voice to this group through ﬁlm and theatre. The play has been developed through ideas and workshops with the group and follows their acclaimed performance of 'Dream on the Streets' at the Zion in 2010.
1) Members present: (41) Angelo Kovacevic, Angelo Kovacevic JR, Ben Mellor, Chiara Addis, Chantelle Scoq, Chris Middleton, Chris0an Klesse, David Redhead, Eddie Koehler, Fiona Rielly, Geoﬀ Evans, Hannah Berry, Jaki Ademuyiwa, Jamie Redhead, Jane Lennard, Janice Bell, Janine James, John Pugh, Julie Roberts, Karina Nyananyo, Katherine Bird, Keith Underhill, Lee Fullwood, Lucy Cooper, Luke Hayward, Maq Dunning, Miranda Bailey, Nickie Withan, Niki Chenery, Rachel Davies, Ricardo Vilela, Rob Harrison, Rob O’Connor, Ruth Middleton, Saﬀron Gardenchild, Sarah Gilston, Shelagh Murphy, Siân Whiqon, Simon Parnell, Susan Gallagher, Zia James , Non Members present: (5) Cathy Boardman, Helen Butcher, Kallum Tolkien, Tachia Newall, William Cragg, Apologies: (7) Andy Barton , Bindi Foster-‐Brown, Fiona Smith, Jordan Dobson, Leonie Higgins, Lianne Heys, Robert Moran, 2) New people. S.Ball and OJ introduced themselves. Helen Butcher indicated her presence. Minutes Of Last GM: 3.1) Any correc0ons? -‐ none 3.2) Maqers arising? -‐ none Minutes were PASSED as a true and correct record with 7 absten0ons. 4) CommiSee report. 5) CommiSee report Ra9ﬁca9on The report was PASSED with 1 against and 7 absten0ons. 6) Finance Report Some discrepancies in the ﬁgures presented and problems with the sinking fund were discussed. 7) Accounts The oﬃcial audited accounts are not yet ready. It may be necessary to convene an emergency commiqee mee0ng to approve them 8) Appointment of an Auditor Slade and cooper were proposed. Approved 1 against and 8 Absten0ons 9) Working group annual reports: Networking : The work on upgrading phase 1 to be completed in September, Networking group will not be making any
mice sized holes. Maintenance : Stock condi0on surveys need to be worked on and Lee will arrange mee0ngs with anyone willing and interested to work on it. You don’t need to know anything about maintenance to do this. There were no ques0ons to the other working Groups reports. 10-‐13 Reports on ASendance, New members and resigned members These reports were received with a few minor correc0ons. A cons0tu0onal review to consider whether these are necessary. 14) Next GM (AGM) Mee9ng: Tuesday 17th April, 2012 @ HFC Yard Theatre Next commiSee Mee9ng: Wednesday 4th April, 2012 @ Mee0ng Room Dead line for GM (AGM) agenda: Tuesday 3rd April 2012 17:00 BST 15) AOB 15.1 MMU This was proposed by Katherine Bird who accepted amendments from Lee Fullwood and Dave Redhead This GM requests that the Commi1ee write formally to MMU on behalf of residents, reques;ng more informa;on and communica;on about the building work and prepara;on for their development on Birley Fields, speciﬁcally: More informa;on about each stage of the work and what it will entail Rules about at what ;mes noisy work can and can't start Details about how HfC will be compensated if those rules are broken (they will be) When we can expect the resident's parking scheme to be implemented -‐ we were assured at the planning hearing that this would be in place before building work started The le1er should point out that noisy work disturbed residents from 7.30am on Saturday 3rd March and 16th March at 6.20am. We should be ask MMU to 'donate' some money to HfC to compensate us in advance for the disrup;on, for window cleaning and rodent infesta;on. The commi1ee to send evidence of mice infesta;on.
This was approved with 1 absten0on 15.2 Posterous Ricardo asked for photo and video archives of homes for change for a website/blog thebigyeller.posterous.com (the password to be posted on Yell) 16 Elec9on of Working Group Coordinators Membership: 1 Spoilt paper Quota 18 Rob and Siân 35 Reopen Nomina0ons 1 Rob and Siân Elected Gardening: 1 Spoilt paper Quota 18 John Pugh 35 Reopen Nomina0ons 1 John Pugh Elected Finance: 1 Spoilt paper Quota 18 Luke Hayward 36 Reopen Nomina0ons 0 Luke Hayward Elected Network: 1 Spoilt paper Quota 18 Chris Middleton 36 Reopen Nomina0ons 0 Chris Middleton Elected Maintenance: 1 Spoilt paper Quota 18 Tony Pace 35 Reopen Nomina0ons 1 Tony Pace Elected P and I: Reopen Nomina0ons elected Unopposed 17 CommiSee Elec9on ELECTED Angelo Kovacevic, Eddie Koehler, Janice Bell, Janine James, Lee Fullwood, Luke Hayward, Rob Harrison, Saﬀron Gardenchild and Shelagh Murphy, Quota was 3.4 No spoilt papers 34 Valid votes
Next Commiqee Mee0ng 6th June 2012 -‐ Minutes Shelagh Present. Rob Harrison (chair), Shelagh Murphy, Eddie Koehler, 4. Welfare Reform. Housing Beneﬁt restric0ons on larger Luke Hayward, Janine property than household James, Angelo Kovacevic, Lee Fulwood, Safron Gardenchild. requires. Surrinder Swali (Mosscare), Keith Underhill (Chair GM), Event organised for 24th May in Yard Theatre at 6.30pm. Apologies. Janice Bell. Discussed planning arrangements and aqendance of commiqee 1. Commiqee Minutes and Ac0ons. 4th April 2012. members. Mosscare will also send a representa0ve. Addi0onal interested people, invited friends of members, Rob progressed legal ques0ons re tenancies. No ﬁnal statement members of Redbricks are also welcome. yet. We will not be adver0sing outside the co-‐op as this is a ﬁrst CAB leqer re Gas Supply. No progress. event. Tenancy leqers. Mee0ng held between Sian and Shelagh, report provided as agenda item. Dave Redhead, Sian Whiqon and Jaki will be contribu0ng and Accounts. Agreed at GM 17th April 2012. helping us all to understand the impact of this act. Recharging tenants. No progress. We will have the opportunity to share, discuss and enquire Facilita0on Event. Arranged for 24th May 2012. Yard Theatre. implica0ons for member and for HfC. Advert on the Big Yeller. Ideas and strategies to reduce the impact on debt and upheaval Financial Planning Mee0ng. To be arranged. will be explored with recommenda0ons for HfC to persue. MMU leqer sent on our behalf by Katherine Bird a]er comments and agreement by commiqee members. 5. Membership Report Ar0cles for the Big Yeller; Conﬂict of Interest ( in answer to comments made by auditors.) Eddie reported that membership are examining ac0ve and in Training Day for Co-‐op and health and Safety Training for Lee ac0ve members. Also mesne tenants. Training for Co-‐op Secretary training for Shelagh Keith is conduc0ng an cons0tu0onal review which in some places overlaps with membership requirements. 2. Leqers to Tenants. Issues of sub le}ng and not living in HfC rented ﬂat has raised Ini0al report for commiqee discussion was provided by Sian issues of legality; especially if HB is involved. and Shelagh. Surrinder represen0ng Mosscare took a full part in commen0ng Request for extended leave of absence, addi0onal 6 months for on issues raised. Leila Paine, agreed a]er a vote. Everyone had a contribu0on to make . The conclusion being that issues 1-‐6 could be progressed at AOB. mee0ng with Lorraine at Mosscare oﬃces on 8th May 2012. Items 7 and 8 to be further discussed within membership and Lee enquired at Co-‐op purchasing a projector. Janine has a]er legal advice. oﬀered projector to co-‐op requires bulbs. P&I may also be discussing this at their mee0ng, needs to be Report will be made available on yell. progressed. 3. Mosscare Report. Event on 24th May agreed budget of £30 for hot & cold drinks basic food/sanwiches. Surrinder gave report showing total arrears of £21.552.53. Top ten arrears £10.708.11 slight increase of £267.62 Complaints. One NTQ has been served and will be reviewed next month. 6th June 2012. Court Ac0on on 8th June will be considered at next mee0ng 6th All other tenants have agreements in place or Housing Beneﬁt June with full reports available. pending.
General Mee0ng Minutes 17 April, 2012
Chair: Keith Underhill Minutes: Shelagh Murphy/Keith Underhill 1) Members present: Angelo Kovacevic, Chris0an Klesse, 2) David Dunlop, David Redhead, Eddie Koehler, John Pugh, Julie Roberts, Katherine Bird, Keith Underhill, Lee Fullwood, Lianne Heys, Rob Harrison, Saﬀron Gardenchild, Sarah Gilston, Shelagh Murphy, Sian Whiqon Apologies: Allan Kelly, Alex Buckley, Angelo Kovacevic JR, Chiara Addis, Chantelle Scoq, Helen Butcher, Jaki Ademuyiwa, Jamie Redhead, Jonny Tasker, Louise Wallwein, Luke Whitehead, Maq Dunning, Nickie Withan Non Members present: Cathy Boardman, Kallum Tolkien, Lee Antley, Tachia Newall, William Cragg 2) New people. Cathy Boardman, Kallum Tolkien and Tachia Newall introduced themselves. 3) Minutes Of Last GM: 3.1) Any correc0ons? -‐ none Minutes were PASSED as a true and correct record with 1 absten0on. 3.2) Maqers arising? none 4) Commiqee report. No ques0ons 5) Commiqee report Ra0ﬁca0on The report was PASSED with 1 absten0on. 6) Next Mee0ng Tuesday 15th May 2012 7) Accounts. A number of ques0ons were asked. Including concern that the interest received was so low. This to be looked at by the ﬁnance working group. The accounts were accepted unanimously. 8) Summer event – it was suggested that events groups should meet and put some op0ons to vote on. Perhaps we should have a survey. A September event was suggested. 9) Publicity and Informa0on by-‐elec0on: There were no Candidates Closed Session 10 Cathy Boardman, Kallum Tolkien and Tachia Newall were elected to membership. The mee0ng ﬁnished at 19:11
Prospec9ve Members Surgery is from 6.00pm to 6.30pm and is for prospec9ve members to get any support and advice about becoming a member of the co-‐op. 1. Members present, apologies, non-‐members present 2. Introduc9on of new people 3. Minutes of Last GM 3.1. Any correc9ons 3.2. MaSers arising 4. CommiSee report 5. Ra9ﬁca9on of commiSee report 6. Date, 9me and venue of next mee9ng 7. Any other business (to be given to the chair before mee9ng starts) 8. Publicity and Informa9on Coordinator By-‐elec9on Closed session 9. Other closed session business
HOMES FOR CHANGE Aims & Objectives The idea of the Homes For Change Co op is to create an asset that will be owned and controlled by the community not by people remote from the area who do not necessarily act in its interests. As with the old ‘Co-op’ it is by creating mutually controlled assets for future generations that ordinary people can create something over generations of such size as to be able to compete on equal terms with the big players.
To create a viable alternative to individual home ownership
To create model for urban development appropriate to the rebuilding of British cities •
To develop a building with a mix of uses, active throughout the day
To maximize the community’s control over its environment
To create a community owned asset as the basis for future developments
To produce a supportive, safe and secure environment for people of all ages
To replace reliance on experts with self-reliance, skill sharing and training •
To maximize the environmentally sustainable of the development by incorporating current best practice in green building
To promote radical design and to demonstrate that architecture for communities can be exciting •
To create a beacon for what is possible for disenfranchised communities
To create affordable accommodation based on communal benefit rather than individual profit.
To provide a supportive environment for local business to stimulate local economic activity and employment
To support the non-traditional lifestyles which have traditionally thrived in the area To actively support more vulnerable sections of the community