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New Government Obesity Plan Published
Thursday, 17 November 2016 15:02

The government has published its plan to tackle childhood obesity over the next ten years.  ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’ outlines the different ways that the government plans to significantly reduce childhood obesity by offering healthier options.  This includes the implementation of the soft drinks industry levy, making school food healthier and clearer labelling.  To find out more about the new plan, click here

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2016 15:12
Growing in the City win Best Community Space Award
Friday, 19 August 2016 10:00

Spirit of Manchester 2016 Best Community Space Award winner – Growing in the City

Macc have announced the winner of their Spirit of Manchester 2016 Best Community Space Award – and it’s congratulations to our very own Growing Manchester group, ‘Growing in the City’!

This is the first year of the Best Community Space award and Macc decided that the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Manchester would decide the winner. Over 700 votes were cast in the online vote and Growing in the City were up against some tough competition who are doing some fantastic work in Manchester.

Mike Wild, Macc Chief Executive said:

“Many congratulations to Growing in the City for winning the Best Community Space Award in our first ever online vote. They are worthy winners but it has to be said, looking at the wealth of talent in all the nominated groups, there were no losers in this competition!”

Growing in the City will be collecting their award at the Spirit of Manchester 2016 Awards Ceremony on 6 October.

For more information about the Macc and the Spirit of Manchester awards visit here.

To read a geat article about Growing in the City, their growing site and their Men’s Shed project, visit here.


Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 10:18
Food Futures Emergency Food Provision Directory
Friday, 29 July 2016 15:21

The Food Futures emergency food provision directory lists some of the food banks and venues currently operating in Manchester that offer emergency meal provision.  This document can be used to help support agencies to signpost users to support services or to help individuals identify local services that best suit their needs.

We will update this directory as the situation changes however if you are aware of amends that need to be made, have any questions about the directory or would like to have your service listed, please contact Lindsay Laidlaw on email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or telephone 0161 234 3540.

You can download the directory here

Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 15:30
Growing Manchester
Monday, 18 July 2016 15:47

Growing Manchester Programme – Open Now!

Need support to help you and your project grow your own healthy, fresh and sustainable food?  Have access to some land for food growing but not sure where to start?  The 'Growing Manchester' programme could be just what you are looking for to help you and your project get started, or take your project to the next level!

The Growing Manchester Programme is now open to new applications for TEN projects to come and join us in our ambition to grow and live sustainably.  For more information on Growing Manchester, eligibility and criteria, visit here.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 16:05
Manchester City Council Draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:12

Manchester City Council is beginning a consultation on the draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and would welcome any comments you may have on this issue.  

The draft Hot Food Takeaway SPD builds on existing policies in the Core Strategy relating to health and the night time economy, including policies SP1, C1, C2, C10 and DM1. The intention of the SPD is to provide further detail on these policies in relation to hot food takeaways.  A copy of the Core Strategy can be found on the City Council’s website here.

The draft hot food takeaway SPD is the next stage following the Issues and Evidence gathering stage, which was completed last Summer.  This stage seeks comments on the draft document and there are a number of ways to do this.  You can consult via the Planning Portal here, by email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by Post to Planning Strategy Team, City Policy, Manchester City Council, Level 5, Town Hall Extension, PO Box 532, Manchester, M60 2LA.

All comments must be received by the Council by 5pm on 20th September 2016.

Following the consultation the Manchester City Council will consider all the comments and possibly make modifications before adopting the final version of the SPD, at which point it will inform the Council’s decision making process.  If you require any further information on this consultation please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Friday on 0161 234 4561.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:39
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