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Step Up Manchester seek new board members

Step Up is the new place-based giving scheme for Manchester, focussing on the North and East neighbourhoods of Ancoats, Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw in its initial stages. James Scott Vandeventer, former researcher and Fellow of IPM serves on the board of Step Up, advising the project through its formation and helping give it shape. The scheme is now on the lookout for additional members to join the board in order to drive Step Up forward.

Step Up brings people together from within the community to maximise human potential, energy, skills, and resilience for the benefit of local people. The aim of the scheme is to connect people, businesses, public and voluntary organisations to enable creative ideas to flourish, supporting the giving of time, money, resources, or expertise to develop new projects led by the community. Step Up looks to support ideas and projects that boost the overall health and wellbeing of the place.

MaxTrax, a new community cycle route, is one of the first projects Step up will support. Max’s Cycle Track is to be built as a lasting memorial for Max Rimmer-Chambers in the Openshaw community where he lived. Max loved his local community, playing and cycling with friends inside Delemere Park. His family in partnership with the Friends of Delemere Park and Manchester City Council, are working together to create a new cycle trail for the local community as a lasting legacy for Max.

Getting Involved in Step Up

Step Up, are helping build an exciting and prosperous future for Manchester and are currently looking to expand its Board of Trustees and Advisory Panel.  

They are searching for caring, dynamic and committed people who are passionate about building community and making a real difference to a place and the people who live there.  

The project managers are interested in hearing from residents, businesses, members of the public or individuals involved in local voluntary groups.  

Call for Board members

The scheme is particularly looking for individuals to join the Board of trustees who have experience at a senior/executive management level and expertise that will enable the charity to move forward

To enhance the skills of the Board they are specifically seeking those who have expertise in the following areas: 

  • Executive and Brand Marketing  
  • Engaging local businesses  
  • Campaigning  
  • Fundraising 
  • Charity Law 
  • Finance  
  • IT

Advisory Panel Recruitment  

Another key role within Step Up Manchester is the Advisory Panel, which has been established to ensure the scheme is engaging widely with local stakeholders.  

The Advisory Panel is made up of a number of people representing the voluntary, community, social and public sectors, as well as local residents. Its primary purpose is to advise the Board of Trustees on potential projects to be considered for investment.  

Step Up is currently seeking local people who have a keen interest in the place they live or work, and have a passion to support others to grow, flourish and maximise their potential.  Ideally, they are looking for a representative from each of the following neighbourhoods to join the Advisory Panel: 

  • Ancoats 
  • Beswick 
  • Clayton 
  • Openshaw  

Get in touch and find out more

To request an application form or for an informal conversation about either of the roles or the scheme in general, please email or call on 07879 531649. 

Go to for more information and to see their current projects.  

Corporate Launch Event 2020

Step Up are hosting an official corporate launch event, suitable for businesses looking to support ideas in the local communities of Ancoats, Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw.  

The event is set to take place on Tuesday, 1st December 2pm-3pm.

Click here to find out more and register for the launch event





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Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better.

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