The One Manchester guide to all things Openshaw!

Openshaw is two miles east of Manchester city centre. It was incorporated into the city of Manchester in 1890 and its name derives from the Old English Opinschawe, which means an open wood or coppice. Find out more about news, activities and how to get involved.

Local community groups and organisations

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

Aiming to help, support and empower people in our local communities to achieve, be active citizens, and improve their lives. They focus their efforts on working with young people, enabling them to contribute positively to their wider communities.

Company Chameleon tours internationally, staging over 50 indoor and outdoor performances every year. Wherever they perform, they lead a dance class or a workshop. As a result, they have introduced thousands of young people, from countries all over the world, to a different side of dance and movement.

Helping people made vulnerable through domestic abuse and those marginalised by poverty and unemployment. They provide a spirit of care, a place of safety, hope and healing with a practical approach to assisting and empowerment.

Justlife's vision is clear and simple, to make people’s experience of housing vulnerability as short, safe and healthy as possible.

Skating Edge Academy offers roller skating to help people of all ages, sizes, disabilities and fitness levels to attain well-being, strength, and relaxation.

They hold lessons in basic skills through to advanced dance, figures and free skating. The academy is affiliated to the Federation of Artistic Roller Skating. 

The Salvation Army offers community activities, support with food and clothing, and advice on life issues.,-2.1671961,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487bb14c07340f11:0x66386460deabe67e!8m2!3d53.4736226!4d-2.1650074

Rogue is an artist-run Community Interest Company providing accessible studio space. It's the largest independent studio group in the North West with more than 85 artists working in 57,000 square feet of space at the former Varna Street school buildings in Openshaw. Members range from recent graduates to established practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines and media including drawing, film and video, illustration, installation, interactive art, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. Visit the Rogue Artist Studio website to find out more.


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