civic action

EdLab Spark: Support an activity at The Place Fallowfield

The Place in Fallowfield is a multi use learning centre incorporating Fallowfield library. There are courses offered by the WEA and it is supported by local housing provider One Manchester. It is an inspiring example of the community and local businesses coming together to save a great local resource from the cuts. The Place is home to some larger events which showcase different opportunities available. One example of this is an upcoming event on apprenticeships in January.


When people arrive at education events they may be nervous. They may not have had the best time at school or other education. They may lack confidence in seeking out new opportunities.

Can you design an activity that can happen to support other events. Your mission is to help people gain confidence about learning and make a link to what they have already done. It might be full of familiar and friendly things and allow them to get involved in a fun way. At the end of visiting your stall, they should come away feeling positive about what they already know and ready to learn more.

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EdLab Spark: Organise a Film screening at the Brooks Building

The challenge to work with staff promote  one off or regular film screenings in the Brook Building. Your key role will be to decide the right films, work out the practicalities and then carry out a plan to promote these free film events to your target audience be it student, staff or local people.

Watching films is a great way to bring different members of the community together and to share ideas and spark positive action.


Showing films brings people together. In Heaton the Savoy Picture House has been transformed from a run down flea pit to a thriving community hub. A recent screening of the film Suffragette saw the place packed out.

A film can be used as the start of a conversation. Community and Art film houses like the  Home and other local Picture Houses bring in the directors and associated groups and individuals to share details of the issues and build connections to social movements.

Movies can inspire you to change the world. Seeing the positive transformations that passionate individuals can create a willingness to work together on a local level.

More Information:
If you would like to support and develop this project please contact or

Partner Name: Various – Faculty of Education, Brooks Facilities Team, Student Union
Keywords: film screening, community development, arts, civic action, popular education, local forums


Help Uncovering Hidden Voices Create a Visual History Resource

Uncovering Voices is a project which aims to build on some of the work of the Hidden Voices community research project which focused on the day-to-day lives, views and experiences of Hulme’s older residents. Hidden Voices was lead by local residents and studied the local area. They found that that isolation and disengagement of the elderly was a big problem locally. 

We are looking to work with local partners to support this challenge. The challenge for us is to come up with information, images and text to help jog memories and provoke discussion. There are many resources open to us in the MMU and central library. We can work together to gather these images and stories to put them onto tablets to bring the get togethers of the community groups.

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