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Manchester Heritage Buildings Network

Historic England in the North West has been working with partners to provide a series of training sessions aimed at voluntary groups in Manchester considering taking on a 'heritage building' project.

Historic England in the North West has been working in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Manchester City Council, the Architectural Heritage Fund and Manchester Community Central to provide a series of training sessions aimed at voluntary groups in Manchester considering taking on a 'heritage building' project.

The programme evolved out of a desire to improve the success of groups applying for grants for heritage projects in Manchester. An initial workshop with representatives from community groups identified a number of skills or knowledge gaps and demonstrated the appetite for the advice and support that the combined agencies could offer to the voluntary sector.

Christina Sinclair advises delegates on planning and listed building regulations
Christina Sinclair advises delegates on planning and listed building regulations © Manchester City Council

So far training sessions have been delivered on 'Developing the Vision', 'Gearing up' 'Finding Funding', 'VAT issues', and most recently 'Delivering the Project'. Sessions have been a mix of group activities, presentations, inspiring talks by guest speakers and discussion.

Feedback has been really positive so far and the interactive nature of the programme has meant that the delegates have helped to shape the subsequent training sessions. As the programme nears its end, we intend to produce a resource pack and video clips of interviews of participants. These will be available to other community groups to help encourage, support and inspire them in getting involved in similar heritage projects.

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