Community businesses across the region are working hard to improve the lives of the people who live and work around them.
And it’s for this reason that Power to Change is keen to support these very special organisations.
They are the little-known heroes of our communities. But the growing wave of community businesses setting up across the region are saving the very soul of our local areas – and creating lasting legacies in the process.
Set up by people determined to improve their locality in some way, these awe-inspiring projects are run entirely by volunteers, who create businesses that benefit their communities both financially and practically.
Ancoats Dispensary Trust in the city centre is one such organisation. Since 2012, when local residents realised that the Grade II listed landmark building was in danger of being demolished, the group has worked tirelessly to secure the future of the building and bring it back into use.
Karen Houghton, Chief Executive of Ancoats Dispensary Trust said: “After holding a vigil outside the building for more than three years to stop the bulldozers, and campaigning against the proposed demolition, in September last year the Trust was finally given the news that we had secured the building.
“We still have a daily presence there, but now it’s to explain to the public what we’re planning to do next.
“Architecturally, Ancoats Dispensary is beautiful, even in its ruinous state, but more important is the emotional and social connection.
“Our next steps are to define exactly what Ancoats Dispensary can offer that would be of most benefit to the community it serves.”