Neil MacInnes

Building on the success from our previous WBN events, we have planned the ultimate celebration of storytelling and performance poetry! Local publisher Flapjack Press will present five top North West poets as part of our open mic night at Central Library.

The poets include Jackie Hagan, Rod Tame, Dave Viney, Cathy Crabb and Tony Curry!
At the end of the evening, WBN books will be gifted to the 200+ people who have booked on the event.

We have been working with Lifeshare homeless charity for young people over the last few months.
These have included the ‘We Say’ exhibitions of work from street workers or young women who are homeless during International Women’s Day.

We recently worked with them for the launch of the Reading Well for Young People initiative.
A collection of 35 titles will be made available in every Manchester library. The titles provide 13 to 18 year-olds with support on common mental health conditions, such as depression, body image, anxiety and stress. A set of the books was also donated to Lifeshare to be available for the young people who use the centre.

The books have already proved a big success.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Reading Well books. Our clients are loving them. For example we had a client with autism who was experiencing a meltdown. After they had calmed down they picked a book up and read alone. In the past they would have left the building. The books have already enabled us to continue to monitor clients well-being.

Darren Adcock. Lifeshare Staff Member.

Neil MacInnes,  Strategic Lead –  Libraries, Galleries and Culture, Manchester City Council and President Elect – SCL has decided to also support the Lifeshare charity and Charter Street Mission, by donating his WBN books to the charities.

The books will be available for young people using the Lifeshare Charity and at the Mission where there is a collection of books for homeless people to read.