There's been some lovely results from Emanuel Whittaker's pledge to spend £10,000 on community projects in north Manchester.
In bidding to handle some of our home improvements programmes, Emanuel Whittaker committed to bringing thousands of pounds worth of extra benefits to the community, as well as hiring apprentices from the local area.
Transforming the face of the TLM Centre
One facility they've helped is the TLM Centre in Monsall.
Providing everything from a junior youth club and over 50s group to a drama club and poetry workshop, the centre has been a vital community hub for over 40 years! But such long service meant that the cladding around the building had begun to rot.
Emanuel Whittaker fitted the venue with completely new cladding, making a big difference to the appearance of the venue. Ken Moran, manager of the Centre, said he was "over the moon" with the new look of the place.
Here's what the new cladding looks like:
More space for the Chatterbox Project
Over in Charlestown, Emanuel Whittaker donated a portable storage unit to the Chatterbox Project. (You can see members of the Chatterbox and Emanuel Whittaker teams in front of it at the top of this page.)
Chatterbox is a charity that runs all kinds of services, including a food bank, 'stay and play' activities for toddlers and parents, community gardening, art classes and more.
The extra space is something the charity has been trying to fund for over ten years! Sue Asprey from the team said: "it will directly benefit Chatterbox in supporting the community for many years to come. We sincerely thank you for all your support and will be eternally grateful."
That's not all...
Last year, Emanuel Whittaker bought and built a brand new shed at our Victoria Square retirement scheme in Ancoats, helping the tenants and scheme managers to launch a gardening club.
And in Newton Heath, they hired local firm Bradley Green Tree and Garden Services to overhaul the overgrown community garden at Exbridge Walk.
The work meant a lot to local resident Marlene Garnett who used to voluntarily look after the garden with her husband Bill but had to stop due to health complications. Watch this video to see her talk about the difference the improvements have made to the garden:
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Emanuel Whittaker’s work across Northwards’ homes includes various programmes such as fire safety improvements and replacement bathrooms and kitchens.