Launch of the African and Caribbean Alliance

Brand new VCSE project launches in North Manchester

There were inspiring speeches by inspirational people at the launch of the African and Caribbean Alliance, a new VCSE project set up by five of our brilliant community partners.

ACA will share expertise, knowledge, identify partnership opportunities and coordinate organisations to address, support, work with and serve the needs of children, young people and families in North Manchester, focusing their work particularly at Black African and Black Caribbean communities. This will ensure that these communities, that may have been traditionally less able to access universal offers of support, are more aware of what services are available and help service providers reach more of those in need.

We heard from Jay Quadri, from Nurturing Foundations who set up the project, our own CEO Amanda Naylor and partners Sharon Thomas (NTCOG), Alice Solomon (ReflecTeen), Mary Olanrewaju (Equal Education Chances) and Christina Lydon (MYZ).  They all spoke about the amazing work already happening and gave some exciting hints as what was to follow!

the Youth and Play VCSE sector in North Manchester does an amazing and vital job providing free activities and support to children, teenagers and families.  Every week, 17 different organisations deliver over 40 different sessions and work with more than 600 young people.  

The African Carribbean Alliance will provide much needed support to some of these organisations, enabling staff to access development and training opportunities, provide spaces and networks to discuss issues and find solutions and help connect families, communities and organisations.  We can’t wait to hear what they do next!