History

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.