Making a Difference Tameside was founded in 2002 by project manager Janice Hogg in response to the growing need for assistance amongst those with enduring mental health problems. Recognising the difficulties that many people have in becoming socially integrated due to poor mental health, Janice formed a team of volunteers who alongside her began to assist people in the community. Whilst this was – and still is – useful to many, there was something missing – a place where people would have an opportunity to come together with a purpose.
This led to the opening of the original ‘Life Skills Workshop’ on Wood Street in Ashton Under Lyne. For many years this was a suitable venue and allowed many people to gain a sense of accomplishment through simple activities such as arts and crafts, cookery and music.
As time progressed, so did the people, including not only a desire for variety in the skills offered, but a desire to work towards a brighter future where they could envisage voluntary work or gainful employment. A new, bigger, location was needed to enable this and so began a new chapter on Stamford Street just a short walk away from the old building.
This new building was originally an outdoors and camping retailers and required significant renovation. Thanks to the generosity and tremendous efforts of both the local community and our volunteers, the building was transformed from an empty shell to a full ‘Life Skills Centre’ encompassing not only a bigger and more varied workshop, but a cafe that provides an opportunity for workshop members to gain experience and build their confidence.
Here are some photos showing the process from the beginning:
Updates coming soon…