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BMCA Youth Zone is Manchester Be Proud Award Winners Unsung Hero Group of the Year 2016


It is our pleasure to announce that the Youth Zone was nominated for two awards in 2016.  One for Manchester Sports Awards, Youth and Community Sport Project which unfortunately we didn’t make the finalists for.  We were also nominated for the Be Proud Awards Unsung Hero Group of the Year 2016.  We made the finalists.  Lance, one of our staff; Clover, our Chair; Steve, a volunteer and Tobija, one of our young people went along for the awards ceremony at Manchester Town Hall on December 2nd. It was a fantastic evening, they were treated to a lovely three course meal before the awards ceremony began.  BMCA Youth Zone won the award for Unsung Hero Group of the Year 2016.  We would like to thank our three nominees Maureen, Elliot and Rudi for giving us the opportunity to be celebrated for some of the great work we do here on the Merseybank Estate.  We would also like to congratulate the other two finalists in our category, Anson Community Shop and Barakah Food Aid.

Pre-loved school uniform available

Thanks to the generous donations from the Community, we now have a stock of  pre-loved school uniform available. Maureen McFadden, Busy B’s has diligently washed and ironed it all, and Bernie & Norman have kindly agreed to distribute it through Quids In Food Club on Merseybank Avenue. You do not need to be a member of the Food Club to be able to get uniform.





Extended Library Opening Hours from September 2016


Since March of this year, we have seen the Library membership grow by 111 new members, and we are proud to say that the Library has been visited by 814 Adults and 432 Children in the same period.  The Library is staffed by Volunteers, members of our Community who freely donate their time and skills to keeping the Library “ship shape” ; without them it would not be possible to be able to offer the high standard of service and support that we do.  It is largely through their support that from MONDAY  12TH SEPTEMBER our Library Opening Hours will be extended

Monday – Friday Morning 9.30a.m.  to 12.30p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Afternoon 1p.m. to 4p.m. 

Tuesday afternoon has  been extended from 1p.m. to 8p.m.

Saturday mornings 9.30a.m. to 12p.m. 


  ~ Confucius

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”

~ Dr. Seuss

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

Some of our Library Volunteers
(left to right) Leon, Mary, Khin-than, Nabil, Helena and John Parr

If you would like to find out about being a Volunteer Librarian – please call into the Centre and enquire at Reception.

Summer Fun Day 9th July

Come and join in on the fun at our Summer Fun Day 9th July 12-2 pm
lots of free activities for the children which include face painting, Kick Ball ,Biscuit Decorating and much more.
Refreshments Available

plenty of stalls which include a Crafts stall, Tombola, Raffle, and Bric a Brac so come and grab yourself a bargain.
Admission fee Adults 50p Children Free

Whatever the weather we hope to see you there .


Recognising The Value of BMCA Playwork in Manchester

Play at BMCA (small image size)

BMCA Youth and Play team were selected as one of three play providers in the Manchester area to be involved in a case study, which has a report presenting the findings from a small-scale research project that explores the value of playwork provision for children, their families and the wider community in Manchester.  Towards the end of last year, Stuart Lester may have spoken to some of you about the impact of our Junior Club and Junior generation sessions on your children and families.  The report is attached to this post, feel free to click the link and read all about the findings. Link:The value of playwork provision in Manchester