Manchester CAN! (Congregations, Associations and Neighbourhoods) is a broad-based, not-for-profit organisation that works to unite, train, and organise communities in Manchester across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and geographic lines for the common good.
Our primary objective is to develop local leadership and organised power to challenge the issues that prevent low- and middle-income families from improving their circumstances.
Manchester CAN! was founded by a group of clergy, from different faiths and denominations, and other community leaders who began meeting in 2018 with a common desire to transcend the historic divisions that existed among communities in Manchester.
These founders aimed to build a new organisation that would be free to join, and which could help form relationships across these divides and provide a new vehicle for different constituencies to act together in ways which would be powerful, affordable and effective.
We’re part of the UK Neighbours national community union. We work with local charities like Shelter Manchester, congregations like Manchester Reform Synagogue, or the Khizra Mosque, and smaller clubs and associations that lie along the length and breadth of the city.
So far, we’ve fought back against social polarisation and hate speech by uniting our communities.
We’ve coalesced very diverse communities from all over Manchester to build our cities first ‘Community Land Trust’ - Common Ground - which will provide lifelong affordable homes for local people in need.
We’ve campaigned to end the injustice of housing discrimination against people who claim benefits.
We are campaigning for more affordable homes for the people of our city, so that our families can stay together and our communities can be stronger and more resilient.
And we are working to end homelessness, and the root causes of homelessness: poor government policies, poor wages, unemployment and debt.
It costs nothing to join us, but a commitment to change is essential. Join us. Make change happen today.