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Community Events

Find out more about what's coming up at Birley:  

Community Learning Festival, Tuesday 25th-Thursday 27th July

The Community Learning Festival returns to Brooks this July with a three-day event focused on community learning. Organised in partnership with the Louise Da-Cacodia Education Trust, this year’s festival will focus on the themes of Democracy and Resistance, Health and Wellbeing, and Creativity and Sustainability. If you would like to participate, run a stall or workshop contact Carol Packham

Manchester’s Got Talent, Thursday 10th August

In August, the University will again welcome local residents to the Brooks Building for the annual talent showcase. Organised by Akeim Mundell, the event provides an opportunity for singers, poets, musicians and dancers from Hulme and Moss Side to perform in front of a local crowd. 

Young Voices Study

Exploring Experiences of Hearing Voices for Young People and their Parents or Caregivers.

Over the next few months, clinical psychologists and researchers Dr Sarah Parry and Dr Filippo Varese will be working closely with expert-by-experience groups and NHS children's services to develop a greater understanding of what tailored support is required for young people who hear voices and their families.

Senior members of the research team, Professors Tony Morrison and Rebecca Lawthom, will also be supporting the development of the project, with a view to expanding the work over the next twelve months. This project is currently sponsored by a collaborative funding venture between the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, a joint initiative to promote further exploration of important issues relating to people’s health and wellbeing.

If you might be interested in talking to the team about your experiences of hearing voices during childhood or as the parent/carer of a young person (aged 18 years and under) who hears voices, please contact:

Alternatively, you can complete our online survey:

Hearing voices survey for children and young people who hear or have heard voices: Hearing Voices Children/Young Person Survey

Hearing voices survey for parents/guardians of young people who hear or have heard voices: Hearing Voices Parents and Caregivers Online Survey

Click on the links below to view recent event highlights:


Manchester Young Lives, Thursday 18th May

On Thursday 18th May, Manchester Young Lives held their ‘Celebration of Success’ Awards Ceremony to recognise the achievements of young people and staff over the last year. Representatives from local youth organisations, housing associations and key individuals joined over two hundred young people to celebrate the support and guidance offered by the local charity. 

Over-50s Christmas Lunch, Friday 9th December

More than 70 local residents from Hulme and Moss Side joined us at the Brooks building for a very special over-50s Christmas lunch. The afternoon was organised by the Engagement Team, with support from Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhoods, Residential Life and local community partners.

Welcome Week Exhibition, Tuesday 20th September

Welcome Week Exhibition, Tuesday 20th September

On 20th September, as part of our student welcome activities, we held an exhibition at Brooks for new students on campus.

 Local organisations, businesses and community groups were on-hand to provide information and advice on volunteering opportunities, health services and the best places to visit in the local area.

On the day we were joined by 19 partners from Hulme and Moss Side, including: