Drayton Manor Trip – 2014

Our Summer programme at Whiz wasn’t as busy as previous years due to lack of funding. We managed to stay open for the usual hours, with mostly in-house activities and a trip to Drayton Manor. We encourage local residents and parents to join us on our trip, and this year we took 25 from the immediate neighbourhood in order to build relationships between the youth club and local residents. This was very successful and feedback was very positive, indicating that we should open the trip up to more members of the community in future.

Drayton Manor trip 2014

Was the Celebrate Festival 2014?

Celebrate area map 2014

82 Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 0BG

[Written 21 June 2014] The Celebrate Festival is today! 12 noon to 6pm at JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Avenue (near Edgerton Road North and Clarendon Road), Whalley Range M16 0BG.

If you are coming by bus, the 84 and 86 stop quite close; see the map above. It’s a short walk from the Chorlton Metrolink stop too.

Celebrate Festival returns to JNR8 Youth and Community Centre this Saturday!

Poster for Celebrate Festival 2014Now in our 17th year, we are pleased to bring the festival back to its main base at JNR8 Youth and Community Centre. A celebration of creativity and diversity in Whalley Range, the theme this year is ‘ALL AGES’, and we have a wide range of exciting activities, workshops, and performances for children and adults alike.

We have a variety of creative activities including Screen Printing with Upper Space, Upcycling with Stitched Up, Poetry & MCing with Young Identity, sports activities with Youth On Solid Ground, a pool tournament from Cue Ball Crazy, Badge Making, DJing, Jewellery Making, Mosaics, Collage, face painting, a bouncy castle and much more!

On the stage…

12:30 – 12:40 – WHIZ Magic Show
Young magicians from WHIZ won’t be revealing any secrets

12:45 – 12:55 – WHIZ Kickboxing
The WHIZ Thai Kickboxing group will be showing off some of their moves

1.00 – 1.20 – The Mad Donnas
Songs ranging from jazz and swing through to pop from this quartet of local vocalists

1.30 – 1.55 – Phil Reed
Low whistle, bodhrán and flute player Phil Reed returns to the festival

1:55 – 2:10 – Redeyedare
Local acoustic singer songwriter playing original material

2:40 – 3:25 – Martin Connor and The Soul Apostles
Martin Connor is a wonderfully talented vocalist who’s voice lays bare his love for soul, and The Soul Apostles provide the perfect musical bed for it.

3:45 – 4:15 – Raul Caleno
Raul is accompanied byhis backing band of keyboards, drums and flute

4:20 – 4:40 – Young Identity
Following their poetry and MC workshop Young Identity showcase what they’ve been working on

5:10 – 5:30 – Open Voice Choir
Open Voice is a friendly open choir who sing songs from all over the world

5:30 – 6:00 – Raffle!
Tickets available at the entrance gate for an excellent array of prizes!

Mind on Fire DJs and DJ Coops will be keeping the vibes going between the acts….


Raffle prizes 2014

  • The Nip and Tipple, meal voucher
  • Tibetan Kitchen, meal voucher
  • Giri Goro, meal for two
  • Bottle of Whisky
  • Range Reflexology, Reflexology treatment voucher
  • Unicorn Hamper
  • Selection of Rat Pack CDs
  • Bottle of Organic Wine, Magnum of Prosecco
  • Japanese plate




Joe Webster
07886 461 060

Celebrate Festival 2014

Poster for Celebrate Festival 2014Now in its 17th year, CELEBRATE festival returns to JNR8 Youth and Community Centre on
Saturday 21st June. The theme this year is ‘ALL AGES’, and there will be a range of exciting activities, workshops, and performances for children and adults alike.

So come down and get involved in a variety of arts and crafts, listen to some of the best local music and try some delicious local food… and make sure you try your luck with the raffle!

Featuring performances from artists including…

  • + more tba

A variety of workshops including…
Screen Printing, Upcycling, Sewing, Badge Making, Djing, Mcing, Jewellery Making, Mosaics, Collage, Poetry and much, much more!

Saturday 21st June 2014
12pm – 6pm
JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, M16 0BG

There is still time to get involved!
If you are interested in performing, running a stall or volunteering, please get in touch with the festival coordinator Joe Webster on 07886461060 – or email joe@mindonfire.co.uk

Free Talk English Courses for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Talk English Manchester April 2014

This exciting course will start at JNR8 after the Easter break on Monday 28th April – and every Monday during term time from 10 am -1pm.
The enrolment day is Thursday 17th April from 10 am – 3 pm

The Talk English Project is offering free beginner English courses for speakers of other languages (ESOL) across Manchester.  These courses will be taught by volunteer ESOL teachers who are being trained and supported through the Talk English Project.

Talk English Courses are free and are aimed at adults whose English is very limited (Entry 1), who don’t speak English at all (Pre-entry) or who may not have accessed ESOL courses in the past.Through the project we are hoping to reach adults who are not currently eligible for mainstream ESOL courses funded by the Skills Funding Agency, which are mainly targeted at people who are actively seeking work.

By attending classes, learners will be able to improve their basic communication skills for everyday life.  The courses are not accredited and do not count towards citizenship, however learners will receive an internal certificate recognising their attendance and achievement at the end of the course

Enrolment will take place during class times from 22 April 2014 but learners will be able to enrol on the classes after that date if there are spaces available.To enrol, learners must bring proof of ID and proof of address. All classes will take place once a week and will run until July 2014 in the first instance.

If you have any service users who need very basic English classes and are unable to access courses due to waiting lists or eligibility, please refer them to one of our classes.  Please find details of courses attached and a poster for you to display in your centres.

Elena Jones
Talk English Area Coordinator (Manchester)
Manchester Adult Education Service
Abraham Moss Adult Learning Centre
Crescent Road, Crumpsall, M8 5UF
Email: e.jones@manchester.gov.uk
Mobile: 07717788673
Follow us on Twitter @TalkEnglishMcr

Positivity and Employability @ JNR8

Positivity and Employment Programme

Come along to a series of workshops and receive one to one coaching to help to feel more confident, motivated and positive whilst not working.

This all will help you push forward with your employment search and employment options.

You will gain a positive perspective to see you through what may be challenging times: You will feel:

  • More positive, with a healthier outlook on your life and circumstances. 
  • More motivated and optimistic, with greater energy to tackle your challenges more effectively.
  • Better about yourself, with deeper self-belief and more commitment for your future.

There will be 3 half day positivity workshops and the possibility of one to one coaching to support you with your goals. 29th of January,12th and 26th of February 12 – 2pm then 5th and 12th of March for booking in for a one to one coaching session.

Come along to JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Ave, Whalley Range, M16 0BG Tel 0161 881 3744

Whalley Range Work Club
Whalley Range Community Forum
Age Friendly Whalley Range
Positivity Workshop Manchester

Community First Whalley Range

Bright Idea Opportunity Group: Free short courses to support people who want to start up their own business

Bright Idea Opportunity GroupCatering, Gardening, Child Minding, Health & Beauty, Home Tutoring, Dressmaking, Window Cleaning, Dance Classes, Painting & Decorating

New Year, New Start!
Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon
JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Avenue,
Whalley Range, Manchester M16 0BG Tel: 0161 881 3744

Find out about:

  • Benefits and self-employment
  • Registering as self-employed
  • Positive life-coaching
  • Building self-esteem
  • Financing your Business
  • Support organisations
  • Local office space/hotdesks

We can help you with:

  • Looking at your business idea
  • Preparing a business plan
  • One to one business support
  • Learning from local businesses
  • Publicity and Promotion
  • Increasing confidence and utilising your skills
  • Identifying your market

Increase your self belief and confidence in pursuing your goal towards self-employment!

Have you always had a dream to set up your own business but were unsure of how to take the first step?

If so why not attend our new Bright Idea Opportunity group – launching today at the JNR8 Centre?

Qualified workers will be on hand to give advice and support about the first steps to self-employment – with a positivity course running alongside the sessions to increase self esteem and self belief – to help you to increase positivity, motivation and optimism about work possibilities. It’s all done in a warm and friendly environment to help you to learn and apply new ways of thinking.

The course aims to support people through the initial routes to self-employment, to help participants to increase their self belief and confidence in pursuing their goals to tackle  challenges.

Why not come along today to enrol – and see if it’s for you?

Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre

Hate Crime Awareness Event

Launches 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm on January 25th at JNR8.

The Whalley Range Community Forum worker and Chair attended a short training course in November to find out more about the JNR8 Youth & Community Centre taking on the role of a Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre, in line with  Manchester’s Hate Crime Strategy.

The strategy sets out a clear vision for tackling hate crime in Manchester against the following five key partnership priorities:

  1. Prevent hate crime,
  2. Increase the reporting of hate crime and hate incidents,
  3. Take effective action against perpetrators,
  4. Support victims of hate crime,
  5. Improve partnership responses.

The five strands of hate crime set out by the Government which will be recorded and monitored are:

  1. Disability,
  2. Race,
  3. Religion or belief,
  4. Sexual orientation,
  5. Trans and gender reassignment.

Alternative sub culture became the sixth hate crime strand in April 2013.

The Whalley Range Community Forum believe the JNR8 Centre is an ideal venue to support residents who feel they have been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident – as we have built up a good relationship with local residents and groups.  There are facilities at the centre to support victims to report incidents on the dedicated website  which gives information and an online reporting facility. (Reporting incidents anonymously is an option.)

The different levels of a reporting centre can vary depending on resources available – from displaying literature, promoting hate crime reporting or providing recording, reporting and signposting to support services. We aim to display information and support residents if they wish to report incidents online.

To launch the JNR8 Third Party status we applied for a small grant to hold a launch event at JNR8/MPMC on January 25th from 2:30-4:00pm.

The event is JNR8 hate-free zone: Diversity & Culture fair

We will invite local groups to host stalls, demonstrating the diversity of Whalley Range and our partners.

We will invite Victim Support and have invited the GM Police and Crime Commissioner – Tony Lloyd – has been invited to speak along with our Police Inspector Paul Kinrade. We are awaiting confirmation of attendance. We have invited a local group: Reclaim – to work with people to produce a Whalley Range Manifesto:

  • saying no to hate crimes and discrimination
  • promoting a commitment to an age friendly community,
  • promoting and celebrating our richly diverse community
  • respecting our diversity of faiths/cultures/lifestyles,
  • living/working together peacefully
  • striving to respect and look after our environment responsibly

Generating Opportunities Open Day event

Generating Opportunities flyer Restart‘Signpost’ for Job Seekers and School Leavers

Generating Opportunities’ invites you to our Work Club Open Day for all job seekers-including schoolleavers and parents returning to work/training.

Tuesday, September 10th from 2-5 pm

  • CV update/upload
  • find local opportunities
  • online searching
  • one-to-one
  • register with Universal Jobmatch

Come along to our Open Day to chat with us to find out what’s on offer and to identify local opportunities.

JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, M16 0BG