Our work with the Friends of Fallowfield to transform the former Fallowfield Library into The Place at Platt Lane has gained national recognition with a win in the 'Better Neighbourhoods' category of the National Housing Federation's 2016 Community Impact Awards.
The winners were decided by a public vote during Community Impact Week which ran from 29 August to 4 September 2016 based on a shortlist compiled by a panel of housing industry experts.
Community Impact Week and the Community Impact Awards are a chance to showcase some of the innovative ways in which housing associations are improving lives.
The Place at Platt Lane was officially handed into community ownership earlier this year after three years of hard work from a team of passionate volunteers supported by One Manchester staff and with the backing of Manchester City Council.
It shows how housing associations like ours can work with our communities and other partners to transform a library threatened with closure into a sustainable library and community resource, which is helping to bring people together and create a better community for all to enjoy.
Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway, MBE of HemingwayDesign was full of praise for what has been achieved at The Place at Platt Lane. He said: "There was some pretty good stuff in this year’s batch. The Place at Platt Lane offers a wide range of services seven days a week – not only saving the local library from the sad fate of so many libraries ravaged by cuts, but making a tremendous and lasting difference to people’s daily lives.
"Community resources like this really do help to improve the very fabric of the places in which we live, improving neighbourhoods for local people."