As part of the commitment to our Place Strategy we’ve taken over and renovated a disused warehouse in Moss Side and turned it into our newest community asset, the Boiler House.
Previously used as a repairs depo, we’ve given the building a new lease of life by teaming up with Sow The City and The Men’s Shed projects which both previously received funding through our Community Soups. The two projects will use the building as a base from which to run their projects, where they will be provided with workspaces set out and decorated to look like garden sheds.
The space will also be used to hold recycled items of furniture which have been donated by One Manchester members of staff and tenants. The idea being that the furniture will be fixed up and donated to our most vulnerable tenants who are in need of items of furniture in their homes.
Our Customer Involvement Officer, explained how he envisions the future of this new space:
“We made sure to consult with the local community before starting this project to make sure that this unique space will most benefit the area.
“Whether that be isolated males from the tower blocks, or for people that don’t have garden space of their own. We want to promote stronger links with the community.”
During our launch event for the Boiler House members of the Men’s Shed project used one of the workstations and set about constructing a garden table with the help of the community members who attended the event.
Nick, who leads the project, encouraged anybody who is interested to come along and take part in the group which now meet at the Boiler House every Friday morning:
“Some people have no experience and some are pretty competent. This morning we’ve produced our first work bench which is a good result considering it’s a mixed group.”
John, one of the founding members of the Sow The City project expressed his delight in seeing lots of local residents attending the launch event:
“People from just a few roads away have come along and they’re really interested in getting involved in the project, so far so good! In the future we want to have all sorts of groups using the Boiler House, we’ve got lots of different workspaces we can use.”
For more information about this project, or to find out how to get involved with any of the groups held at the Boiler House, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.