Posts tagged: communities

It’s my life: Staying in control. A school-based intervention to improve wellbeing and promote healthy attitudes towards alcohol

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Researchers often use school Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) classes to test new ways of engaging young people with health-related issues such as alcohol. It is important that good quality research is carried out in order to work out what approaches work to influence young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

This workshop will describe how a universal school-based intervention to address adolescent well-being and alcohol misuse was designed and tested, and will explore how schools, parents and communities might collaborate with researchers to further develop these ideas and methods in their own contexts.

This is an invitation only event. For further details, please contact Joanna Bragg (

‘Seeing from the South’ an exchange with South-African shelter activists


Alinah Mofokeng

“We are poor, but we are not hopeless. We know what we are doing”. 

This is Alinah Mofokeng, one of three activists from the South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) who came to visit Manchester last month. The three came to explain their approaches and to exchange knowledge with local organisations through a combination of visits around Manchester and Salford, and a half-day workshop drawing together activists from around the country.


Creative Writing Lecturer invited to meet Minister for Disabled People


From left to right: Dr Ursula Hurley (Principal Investigator for the project) Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People Philip Connolly, Policy and Communications Manager, Disability Rights UK (Community Co-investigator for the project) Joe Macleod-Iredale, postgraduate student in the School of Arts and Media

Dr Ursula Hurley, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, recently visited Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, at the Department for Work and Pensions. Ursula was invited to meet the Minister to update him on her AHRC Connected Communities project, ‘In The Making’, which explores digital fabrication and its potential to improve the lives of disabled people.

The Minister heard about the project’s successful workshops around the Greater Manchester area and expressed interest in its initial findings, particularly with regard to employability and entrepreneurship. The Minister offered his backing for the development of this technology and asked to be kept informed about the progress of this and subsequent projects.