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Donations helped transform eyesore into charity headquarters

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Published by Julien Tremblin for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Education

Donations from building contractors and suppliers have made it possible for a once derelict eyesore to be transformed into a charity’s new headquarters.

Catch 22’s Youth Inclusion Programme (YIP) has moved to the building, which has benefited from nearly £80,000 of refurbishment work.

The former doctor’s surgery had been vacant since 2000, becoming a blight on the local estate after suffering thousands of pounds worth of fire damage.

The project was led by Northwards Housing, which had looked at ways of bringing the property back into use. When it came to light that the YIP had outgrown their old premises, negotiations began to see if the vacant building could be converted into new headquarters for the charity.

The YIP specialises in working with young people to tackle the threat of youth crime and anti-social behaviour in the north Manchester area.

Greig Lees, Northwards Housing’s Head of Regeneration, said: “The refurbishment of 1 Cardale Walk in Harpurhey not only brings a long-term void property back into use, it allows the YIP to continue with, and build upon, the great work they carry out locally.”

In partnership with Wates Living Space, Northwards tapped into their supply chains and received donations to make the move a reality. Despite the difficulties of the current economic climate, Northwards’ contractors donated around £40,000 of contributions in labour and materials to the project.

Since 2005, Northwards and Wates have worked together to bring north Manchester’s council homes up to the government’s Decent Homes Standard. By teaming up again to help Catch 22, Wates aimed to give something back to the north Manchester community and leave a legacy for future generations to benefit from.

Nicola Wood, Manchester Services Co-ordinator for Catch 22, said: “We are absolutely overjoyed with the new building. It is beyond anything we ever wished for. It will enable us to reach out further into the community and support even more young people and their families and will hopefully encourage resident and community involvement.”

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