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Chimney Pot Park Fun Day – August 2014

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Salford Girls 2014 – Positive Affirmations Chimney Pot Park Fun Day – Saturday 9th August 2014

Funded by Salix Homes

This was an event co-ordinated and led by members of the RECLAIM Salford Girls Project to encourage people attending the day’s event to create their very own positive messages on a canvas using a variety of art techniques including stencils and spray painting.

Under the guidance of a local artist Pete Obsolete (creator of Obsolete & LEGEND clothing), the girls were given tutorials on these techniques before taking a lead on peer mentoring other young people in creating their own art pieces carrying an array of strong and powerful messages about Salford and their personal aspirations.

With a number of activities available on the day, this proved to be a hugely popular event with over 150 visiting people visiting the stall and with 65 canvas’ produced over the course of the afternoon.

Each person who engaged with the stall were offered refreshments whilst being able to learn about the Salford Girls project and the importance of creating inspirational messages that conveyed how strongly people feel about their local communities in Salford (as well as a few divided loyalties over football teams!!)

Using the skills developed from their time on the 8 month LEAD (Leadership, Enterprise, Activism & Development) Project, the girls were able to encourage and inspire young people to think creatively about their personal viewpoints and to understand the power of positive affirmation.

“Young People in Salford being seen, being heard and leading change.”

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Every Wednesday evening, RECLAIM participants, graduates and volunteers transform our humble office and library into a buzzing music studio. The RE:MIXED group have already been working hard on making some exciting new music. Have a listen to some of the tracks on Soundcloud. Huge thanks to Balraj and Joe for helping Iain and Emma for running the evening – if you want to get involved, send us an email!

RECLAIM grads off to Uni!

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Congratulations to all the RECLAIM graduates off to start University this week! We’re all really proud of what you’ve accomplished and we know you’ve got everything it takes to succeed.

Massive congratulations to Terry (Moss Side Boys 08), Jaimeel (RE:VERB, RECLAIM Our Name), Alieh (South Manchester Girls 09, RE:VERB), and Jordan (Moss Side Boys 08) – we hope you all have a fantastic time and keep fulfilling the potential we saw in you all at 14!

Gorton Girls Graduate

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On Sunday 8th September, the 2013 Gorton Girls project finished with an incredible Graduation event showcasing the girls achievements over the last eight months in front of a packed crowd of distinguished Mancunians and Gortonians, including Gerald Kaufman MP and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd. The evening began with a glamorous fashion show celebrating the multicultural background of the girls – with funding raised by one of the evening’s Graduates, 13-year-old Mariama. Speeches from former RECLAIM graduates, from RECLAIM CEO Ruth Ibegbuna, and from Paul Griffiths, chair of the Monastery and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, brought the evening to a close.

Huge thanks to the Elaine Griffiths and the team at Gorton Monastery for supporting RECLAIM and for making the evening so special.

RECLAIM’s 3rd Birthday

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Happy Birthday RECLAIM! On 1st September, we had our third birthday and celebrated with a grueling 55-mile sponsored bike ride across Greater Manchester. We revisited every area we’ve worked in, taking us into Bolton, Gorton, Harpurhey, Moss Side and more.

Thanks to your amazing support, we raised almost £3000 for RECLAIM! Here’s to many more years of RECLAIM helping young people in Greater Manchester be seen, be heard and lead change.

Alieh at Wireless Festival

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Alieh, graduate of the 2008 South Manchester Girls project and one-quarter of RE:VERB, our women’s hip-hop collective, was a performer at Wireless Festival, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rihanna, Frank Ocean and Jay Z.

RE:VERB have an incredible album of covers of Manchester tracks from the Hacienda era. Keep an eye on our newsletter and website for more details!

Ride for RECLAIM

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September 1st is RECLAIM’s third anniversary as an independent charity, and to celebrate we’re going to revisit every single one of the 12 areas we’ve worked in. Starting at Urbis, where the RECLAIM story began, we’re going to travel through Moss Side, Gorton, Salford, to as far afield as Bolton, and we finish at our offices on Portland Street.

If you want to get involved, get in touch with Emma at e.horridge@reclaimproject.org.uk by 6th August.

Moss Side Boys 2013

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RECLAIM is back in Moss Side, running an eight-month project with 30 boys and 15 mentors. We’ve already had the Conference and a fantastic sports weekend, and we’re looking forward to working on with the boys on their fantastic Manifesto.

RECLAIM Gorton Girls 2013

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RECLAIM have started our third Gorton project! Over the next eight months, we’ll be working with young women in Gorton, to improve their self-confidence, help them find their voice, and help them make the changes they want to see in area.

We’ve already had Conference week, where the Girls meet their mentors and RECLAIM staff for the first time, and establish what they want to get out of the next eight months, and the girls have written an incredible Manifesto.

Keep an eye on twitter and our website for updates on the girl’s progress and activities.


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No, not quite a transatlantic RECLAIM project – we all decided to abandon our lunch and spend a bit of time, erm, dancing.

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