LMCP, Princess Road, Manchester
0161 226 4632


Learn • Motivate • Change • Prosper

The Longsight/ Moss Side Community Project was set up in the late 1960s to support socio-economically less-advantaged residents of the Longsight and Moss Side wards of Manchester. Since then our work has expanded to cover the City of Manchester and the Borough of Trafford. Here is our quick history that demonstrates the breadth and depth of our work, our pioneering approach and responding to the needs of our stakeholders :

1960s (late) – Longsight / Moss Side Community Project set up
1970 – professional community development worker employed
1971 – 2nd community development worker appointed to initiate community work among Asian families in Longsight
– more community workers employed to support housing improvement, educational attainment, training and employment – for all communities
1979 – ‘earning and learning’ garment machining workshops set up with direct funding from the Manpower Services Commission (predecessor of the Depart for Work and Pensions)
1985 – Long Moss Ltd, Asian women’s co-operative (to 1987)
1990 – contract with Manchester Social Services to support older South Asians and South Asian women with mental health needs
1991 – Asian Carers’ Group set up – the first carers support group in Manchester
1991 – became founder member of Black Community Care Consultation Forum and for the next few years contributed to community care plans and the development and delivery of social care services for Manchester’s BME  communities including supporting community groups to run luncheon clubs under contract to Manchester Social Services
1995 – registered as charity
1995 – Outreach worker qualified as a Social Work Practice Teacher and started offering placement opportunities to BA and MA social work students
1995 – funding from Tudor Trust (and later from Lloyds TSB Foundation) – Employment Skills Link Worker employed to encourage South Asians into care-related work – also served as a demonstration project for commissioners and providers in how to recruit care workers from BME communities
1996 – worked with Manchester Social Services to develop culturally/religiously appropriate day care at Hillside Resource Centre
1997 – worked with Manchester Social Service’s Adult Placement service to develop and deliver services for BME communities
1998 – Health Challenge Awards 1998, NHS Executive Northwest – Highly Commended (community group category) for contribution to improving the health of the local Asian community
1999 – supported Manchester Care to develop culturally/religiously appropriate home care (Dekh Bhal)
2001 – introduced a Personal Development Programme for local residents and our volunteers
2005 – contract with Trafford Council to support older South Asians and their carers and to provide strategic support to develop/improve services
2005 – one of our Outreach Workers qualified as a Social Worker
2006 – supported Trafford Adult Social Care to develop a resource centre and commission low level day care for South Asians
2008 – LMCP Care Link registered as charity and company limited by guarantee
2011 – Engaging with Hard to Reach Groups Workbook produced for Trafford Council
2011 – developed and delivered a cultural awareness programme for Trafford Council’s and its providers’ social care staff (in partnership with ACCG and TMA
2011 – developed and delivered a Personal Assistants Programme – a pilot funded by Trafford Council to improve the pool of PAs for those with personal social care budgets
2012 – Tackling Type 2 Diabetes within South Asian Communities in Trafford funded through the Promoting and Advancing Equality Voluntary Sector Grants Scheme 2012/13
2013 – signed up to the Trafford Telecare Pledge and delivered Telecare awareness funded by Trafford Council
2014 – Manchester BME Health and Social Care Partnership -founder member
2014 – Lead provider for Manchester CCGs 1 year programme on reducing isolation and loneliness among Manchester’s older residents
2015 – designed, developed and delivered a bespoke cultural awareness programme for Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group
2015 – following Trafford Council’s retendering exercise, successfully secured funding for Wellbeing and information and advice services as part of partnerships led by Age UK (MAPLE) and Trafford CAB (Information and Advice)
2016 – Pathways to Careers in Social Care – a 12 month programme funded by THT Community Panel to promote the health and well-being of people living in the Old Trafford area by promoting awareness, providing training, creating volunteer opportunities and providing access to employment in the field of social care
2017 – Manchester CCG grant for 1 year programme to improve uptake of IAPT
2017 – Refreshed vision, mission and values. New branding and website developed
2018 – Trafford Council Winter Resilience Pilot – funding secured
2018 – continued to make significant contribution to the development of the Manchester Carers Network (MCN) and the securing by the MCN of substantial funding to develop and deliver a 3 year Learning and Development Programme for carers in Manchester
2019 – cultural awareness training developed and delivered for Macc (Manchester Alliance       for Community Care), Alzheimer’s and Together Dementia Support
2019 – our chair led on the development of the Trafford Community Collective
2019 – our local MP, Kate Green, recommended us for the NHS Parliamentary Awards. We were declared the Regional Champion for the Northwest for the Health Equalities Award. We hosted a well-attended celebratory event
2019 – Being a Carer in Manchester – we developed and delivered a highly acclaimed 6 workshop programme for South Asian carers
2019 – to improve service user contribution to all aspects of our work through a Service User Advisory Group, we developed and delivered a 6 workshop programme
2019 – we agreed to support the trial of a device for diabetics to improve their compliance
2020 – developed and delivered a cultural awareness programme for Being There
2020 – adapted to the Pandemic by, for example, providing support over the phone, social media and video calls
2020 – became a member of the Carers Manchester Contact Point partnership
2020 – became a member of the Carers Manchester Central Locality Partnership
2020 – secured 2 year funding the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation, together with additional funding from DCMS
2020 – entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Oxford University on an NIHR funded research project – Understanding and using people’s experiences of social care to guide service improvements: could an effective and efficient co-design approach be translated from health to social care using the exemplar of loneliness?
2020 – entered into a Collaboration Agreement with York University on an Abbeyfield Research Foundation funded research project – “Enhancing Person-centeredness in the community support of older people (EPIC): A feasibility study of using Situational Judgement Testing to improve the quality of social care delivery”.
2020 – started work on LMCP Theory of Change with support from Capacity Builders at THT
2020 – secured a 2-year grant from the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation (Racial Equity funding stream) and DCMS
2021 – secured a grant from Trafford Council to help improve digital awareness of and access by older South Asian residents through a tablet loan scheme
2021 – secured a grant from Trafford Council to improve LMCP’s IT infrastructure including a bespoke database management system to better capture interventions and outcomes/impact
2021 – secured a grant from Trafford Council to raise awareness and develop a peer support group to manage long term conditions more effectively, thereby contributing to the reduction of health inequalities
2021 – became a member of the Trafford Community Collective
2022 – secured a 3/5 year contract from Trafford Council to provide information and advice
2022 – University of York – HOPES project (https://hopes.org.uk ) – LMCP contributed to the research and then were asked to lead on the EDI review of the HOPES learning resource and help refine it through co-delivery
2022 – Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board grant – Long COVID and Bangladeshi community in Manchester and Trafford – awareness raising and facilitating peer support group