The One Manchester guide to all things Ardwick!

Ardwick is a district of Manchester in North West England, one mile south east of the city centre. The population of the Ardwick Ward at the 2011 census was 19,250.

Here are a few of the community groups and organisations that are active in Ardwick. If you want us to include your group on this page, just complete the form at the bottom of this page.


Ardwick Sports Hall is a multi use venue. It is also the home of Manchester Roller Hockey Club and Arcadia Roller Derby.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester is the former home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio.

St Thomas Centre is a renovated Grade 2 listed Georgian church - the third oldest church in Manchester. It is located on what is affectionately dubbed ‘voluntary sector row’ in the Ardwick area of Manchester, due to the number of voluntary sector organisations based on the same street.

The building is home to Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) who manage the ground floor conference centre as a subsidiary enterprise of the parent charity. GMCVO has over 40 years’ experience of working with the voluntary sector in the local area, and has established the Centre as a hub for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.



Strictly Wheels Foundation was founded by “Strictly Wheels” – Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness after they began dancing and are now the UK’s first and only top class Latin Wheelchair Dance Sport couple and compete in Para Dance for Team GB at IPC Level.

Strictly Wheels Foundation is a charity based in Manchester and working throughout the UK to promote wheelchair dancing by providing demonstrations, showcase performances and workshops.  They also run Wheelchair Dance Classes in Manchester.

When Manchester City Council decided it had to close Victoria Baths in 1993, there was a vigorous reaction in the local community. Manchester residents greatly valued the Turkish baths, the Aeratone, the swimming facilities, and the building itself.

The campaign to try and prevent closure of the Baths became the Friends of Victoria Baths and a charitable trust - the Victoria Baths Trust - was set up with the aim of fully restoring the building and bringing the Turkish Baths and at least one of the swimming pools back into public use.

Their story has many ups and downs, including the amazing success on BBC's Restoration series in 2003.

Now the building is partially restored and work continues towards full restoration.

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