Meeting Community Need

Our community is situated in south central inner city Manchester and includes Rusholme, Fallowfield and Moss Side Wards,

Wards that are among the 10% most deprived in Britain. Trinity House CRC is a local charity benefiting local people who have to cope with all the problems that are associated with economic deprivation: poor housing; gangs, drugs; anti-social behaviour, violence, crime, low esteem, truancy, school exclusion, low achievement at school and subsequently in obtaining employment.

Our area has been a magnet for immigrants since the industrial revolution, immigrants from Ireland and the West Indies were followed in the 1950’s and 1960’s by immigrants from the Indian Sub-Continent, mainly Bangladesh and Pakistan. In more recent years immigrants have arrived from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in particular from Somalia. Included among this number are refugees and asylum seekers mostly from Africa and the Middle East to many of whom English is a second language. This rich mix of cultures makes our area one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant in Manchester. However due to social depravation this mix of cultures also has its down side of ethnic tensions particularly among young men.

At Trinity House we aim to benefit children, young people, families and carers and we are proud of the cultural and ethnic diversity to be found within our centre. Those participating in our projects come from more than fifteen ethnic groups including; Bengali, African, Caribbean, Dual Heritage, Eastern European, Irish, Somali, Pakistani, Black British and White British and of these there is no predominant group.

Identifying Need

In 2009 we collaborated with the Rusholme and Fallowfield Community Forum, a local charity which is based at Trinity House, in their production of the “South Central Manchester Youth Needs Survey Report 2009” This 58 page Report is based on 733 (301 male, 388 female and 44 undeclared) completed questionnaires and covers 14 ethnic categories, which are contained in 5 ethnic groups. The age range is 11 to 19 years of age.

The findings of this Report are of real value in assisting us to identify the needs of families and young people in our area and to help us develop plans to meet these needs. To view the Report go to www.rfcf.org.uk