Author Archives: Ed Cox

Still supporting the shielded

Still supporting the shielded

As the lockdown begins to ease, our focus at Inspire remains on those who are most vulnerable in our community and, in particular, the older people for whom it is not yet safe enough to leave their homes. We want to reassure them – and all those who care about them – that we will keep providing meals, food deliveries and our phone buddies service for as long as it seems the service is needed.

Making safe fun

We know that many people would love the Inspire Centre to re-open for general use. We would too. We are making plans to allow a small number of organisations to use the rooms for meetings and we are also planning for people to be able to meet in our outside spaces too but we will not re-open until we can be sure that the Inspire Centre is a safe place to meet. We don’t think this will be until later in July and we don’t think that even then the Inspire Cafe will be able to re-open at that time.

We want to “make safe fun” so we are looking for lots of ideas for promoting safe interaction and meeting opportunities from pop-up meeting bubbles to funky face-masks. If you have got clever and fun ideas for how Inspire can help us all start socialising safely together again then do let us know on or 0161 850 5717.

Digital support needed?

We are also very conscious of how many people don’t have access to the right equipment or broadband to be able to link up online. For some people it’s a matter of not knowing how these things work either. So we are working with Levy Corona Helpers and Levenshulme Good Neighbours to link up those who need computers, laptops or tablets with those who can give them away. We will help clean and refurbish equipment and offer a bit of support with their use. Please get in touch if you know of anybody in need or you think you could help out in some way. 0161 850 5717.

Massive thank-you … but please keep supporting us

Finally we want to say a massive thank-you to the hundreds of people who have supported Inspire over the past 10 weeks. So many people have helped out as volunteers alongside our dedicated and hard-working staff team. Delivering food, phoning people, helping out with The Bread and Butter food project. We are also incredibly grateful to those who have made financial donations. Without those funds and a handful of emergency grants from local agencies like the council, we could not have kept going as we have. We are especially grateful to Dorothy Brown for her garden walk.

Our fund-raising campaign is still open and we still need more support. In fact, as we start to contemplate the costs of making the centre safe your support is even more vital. If you feel you can give then you will help to ensure we can re-open safer, sooner. YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION.

Thanks again for all your support.