Dr Haider Ali. Image taken from Manchester Evening News
InYourArea supports the Mirror’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness, and there is still time to name YOUR local heroes.
Do you have a neighbor who is always ready to lend a hand, is someone in your community fundraising or supporting their local charity or community group?
Now is your chance to say thank you. If you know someone who has made your community a better, kinder place, we want to hear from you.
We’ve already received some fabulous nominations from the lovely people of Manchester – and we’ve highlighted a few below.
And you can name your local hero by emailing [email protected] or writing to My Local Hero, Daily Mirror, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP.
These nominations came from the Volunteer Center Manchester team. You can follow them on facebook here.
Connie is a drama student who uses 42nd Street charity to support CBT. She studied sign language for four years and uses her signing skills for theater performances and events.
She offered to teach a friend sign language and the offer snowballed and she has now set up online sign classes and runs a 6 week program to teach people for free.
She’s driven to help deaf people who experience loneliness and isolation due to their communication difficulties – and the sign can make a huge difference.
Bike deliveries to Chorlton
With bicycles on loan from Transport for Greater Manchester, deliveries are made to local residents of Whalley Range and Moss Side, offering free cooked meals to vulnerable people.
Glynis of the group commented: “Having a positive contribution to make has certainly helped both physical and mental well-being, his mutual aid indeed.”
Follow them on facebook here.
Manchester Mind Cheerful / Food Team
The team took care of turning Fairshare’s food donations into hundreds of servings of tasty and nutritious home-cooked meals, operating out of the Windrush Center in Manchester.
Dr Ali Haider
A general practitioner and part-time tutor at the University of Manchester, Dr Ali Haider delivered 450 care packages to staff living in hotels during the lockdown.
He delivered food, toiletries and treats, along with a thank you note, and attached his phone number if they needed to speak to anyone.
A photography project documenting a locked south Manchester street brought neighbors together – while maintaining social distancing.
Kellianne Newiss, a full-time photographer, came up with the idea of photographing her neighbors in Levenshulme after hearing about a similar project in America.
Follow Kellianne on facebook and take a look at some of the awesome photos she takes here.
Smithy’s Mourning Group
A lovely group of caring volunteers who support each other. A lady makes Sunday roasts for the ladies who are alone, they bring a birthday cake and candles to anyone else alone to make sure they are not forgotten.
They also knit blankets, cardigans and hats for the NMGH neonatal unit.
Ardwick and Longsight Support Group
The group has organized thematic donations around ‘5 Ways to Wellness’ for residents of Ardwick to help them feel connected to the outside world during the pandemic.
One of the themes was To be active so they donated an exercise bike to a local resident.
Follow them on facebook here.
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With the college campus closed, Olivia – a third-year materials science and engineering student with a master’s degree in textile technology – returned to her summer job in Lichfield, working as a seamstress in the Tudor Sew alteration shop.
Alongside shop owner Tina, Olivia has voluntarily sewn scrubs for NHS staff in the area.
Angela leads a lockdown sharing group, sharing pencils, paper, and books with the Lockdown kids. She manages food and clothing donations / collections and has created a mural for the local community.
Edo offers support to African families in Manchester, helping them understand government guidelines that many did not understand due to language barriers.
They launched the first African food bank in Greater Manchester, supporting 80 families per week.
Becky has programs in place at the Barlow Moor Community Association, including a remote friendship service, activity kits and postcards to make people smile.
John has been running the Whitemoss club for 60 years. During the lockdown, he kept the youth club in shape, keeping grass clippings, allotment gardens and hosting curling games for the club’s reopening to connect the elderly and the young.
You can follow their facebook group here.
Manchester resident Cate came up with the idea of crochet hearts to help isolated people feel connected and give to coronavirus patients.
Adeyinka led the Cheer Up Project, creating a comfort box to drop on the doorstep of women’s doors on Valentine’s Day.
The initiative has made it possible for women, who have been victims of domestic violence, whose spouses are hospitalized or died due to Covid, to feel remembered and valued.
Be Military / Dave Pike
Manchester’s veteran military instructors have been running daily training programs since the lockdown for more than 200 participants in Manchester.
They also offer free weekly online chats for more vulnerable and isolated people, especially veterans who suffer from mental health issues, isolation and loneliness.
They also produced 28,000 visors which were distributed to Northern Care Alliance NHS staff for NHS staff.
Talk about my generation
The campaign was set up for people aged 50 and over in Greater Manchester to tell their stories and share the challenges associated with aging.
The content they produce keeps people’s morale up and helps them find ways to cope with this time.
Those over 50 volunteer to become community reporters, from hosting their own reggae radio show to hosting their own photography clubs. Community journalists also show their own range of skills, talents and experiences, and learn new ones, from podcasting to media production.
Take a look at their website here.