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Hidden Gems

As part of our ‘Halls 2 Home’ campaign, Manchester Student Homes (MSH) has worked with student volunteers and long term residents to create ‘Hidden Gems’. The project highlights 25 of the local artistic, cultural, environmental and historic ‘gems’ that play an important part in the lives of local community members in Fallowfield and Withington. From this work, a map of Fallowfield and Withington has been created showing the locations of these 25 ‘gems’.

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​Using the maps MSH has organised 2 Hidden Gems Tours to provide students, local residents and University staff a chance to explore Fallowfield and to further encourage community cohesion. Students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University along with MSH landlords acted as tour guides. The first tour took place in November 2015 followed by the second tour in March 2016. 

Hidden Gems News

 

Hidden Gems Walking Tour          14th February 2019                                                      

On Thursday 14th February 2019 (Valentine’s Day!), Manchester Student Homes hosted the third Hidden Gems Walking Tour. Leading the tour was the MSH Community Cohesion Interns and Student Advisors who guided the group to various historical and undiscovered ‘Hidden Gem’ Locations. Student volunteers completed an induction and during the tour they worked in pairs to provide an overview and background of each Hidden Gem located within UoM Owen's Park Campus, Fallowfield and Withington. Over 15 places of interest were discovered around Fallowfield and Withington including, Firs Botanical Gardens, Fallowfield Stadium, Platt Chapel, Holy Innocents Church and The Red Lion.

The attendees included student landlords, members of the Community Guardians, long term residents and alumni university students. We would like to thank our student volunteers from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University who provided an insight to the locations we discovered. The tour was a welcoming opportunity for community members to come together and for students to meet long term residents.

After the success of our most recent tour, we will be looking forward to hosting another Hidden Gems tour soon!

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30th March 2016

hidden gems fallowfield tour

 

Following the success of the November 2015 Hidden Gems Tours, Manchester Student Homes (MSH) decided to organise another tour on 16th March 2016 to provide students, local residents and University staff another chance to explore Fallowfield and to further encourage community cohesion. The second tour was another huge success and greatly enjoyed by everyone involved! A number of attendees were surprised by how much history is hidden around the Fallowfield area and how much of the local area was shaped by the community itself. One participant commented:

‘This was an excellent opportunity for students and community members to come together to learn more about the area we live in and to celebrate Fallowfield’s rich and diverse history.’

The tours would not have been possible without our student volunteers from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University who acted as excellent tour guides. We would also like to thank Greater Manchester Police, Withington Civic Society, Friends of Platt Fields Park and Fallowfield Community Guardians for their support. Their safety advice and knowledge of the local area was invaluable. Future tours will be taking place later in the year and if you would like to take part or have any tales about the Hidden Gems sites that would benefit the tours please email Brett Langsdale (Community Cohesion Intern) at brett.langsdale@manchester.ac.uk.  

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11th November 2015

hidden gems tours 2015

 

The Hidden Gems tours of Fallowfield and Withington 2015 were a great success and we received excellent feedback from everyone who attended! All of us discovered something new about the area and made note of a number of sites which are well worth visiting again.

These tours would not have been possible without the help of our student volunteers from the Manchester Leadership Programme and our MSH accredited landlord volunteers both of whom acted as excellent tour guides. We would also like to thank Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council for their support in attending the tours. Their safety advice and knowledge of the local area was invaluable. Future tours will be taking place early next year and if you would like to take part or have any tales about the Hidden Gems sites please email Brett at brett.langsdale@manchester.ac.uk. 

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9th October 2015

hidden gems launch

 

As part of our ‘Halls 2 Home’ campaign, MSH has worked with student volunteers and long term residents to create ‘Hidden Gems’. The project highlights 25 of the local artistic, cultural, environmental and historic ‘gems’ that play an important part in the lives of local community members in Fallowfield and Withington.

The project will launch at 1.30pm on the 11th November 2015. The launch will consist of community tours of the hidden gem sites split into 2 routes, a Fallowfield tour and a Withington tour. As well as students and permanent residents, local PCSO's will also be joining the tours and will definitely have a tale or two to tell. A competition will also be running throughout November in which competitors begin their adventure by visiting Manchester Student Homes to obtain a Hidden Gems map. They must then visit one of the Hidden Gem sites, take a selfie and finally upload it to:

- our Twitter or Facebook page using #MSHHiddenGems.

The competition is open to individuals and groups and a winner/winning group will be selected at random and receive a prize.

If you would like to get involved or would like to find out more information please send an e-mail to brett.langsdale@manchester.ac.uk or contact us at 0161 275 7680.

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14th July 2015

shout-out from amy for manchester student homes and the hidden gems project

 

As part of the ‘Halls 2 Home’, the Hidden Gems project aims to educate the student population on the local artistic, cultural, environmental and historic ‘gems’ that play an important part in the lives of local community members in Fallowfield and Withington. This project involved working with student and long term resident volunteers to research these gems in off-campus areas. We are currently in the design phase of this process. We hope that the community map can be used by both future students as well as local long-term residents to explore these areas which tend to have large student populations. Amy,  an international student studying at the University of Manchester, was one of the volunteers involved with the research wanted to share her time and experience working on the Hidden Gems project with Manchester Student Homes.

"Working with the Manchester Student Homes was a really exciting and wonderful experience. It was also the most unforgettable experience in my whole exchange period at the University of Manchester. Thanks to the Hidden Gems Project and the Manchester Leadership Programme, I met many new friends. For us, we explored a whole new area that we may have not otherwise. As well, we were able to practice useful skills and techniques to work as a team and to deal with people.

During the past five months, we have explored the Hidden Gems in Fallowfield and Withington area. With the great help from the enthusiastic Manchester Student Homes team, we would not have been able to achieve so much. 

One large achievement for us and this project is winning the ‘Good Neighbours Community Award’. The Good Neighbours Team provided us with their experiences and knowledge as much as possible but also helped us develop our own thoughts. Their roles as a connection between students and local communities are amazing. It was really impressive to see that, especially when I interviewed several locals to collect information about Hidden Gems. That’s when I realised why students should view themselves as part of local community, instead of just living in their own 'bubbles'.

What's more, we were always warmly welcomed by MSH with tea and snacks every time we visit. I never will forget the cake that I had on my Birthday at MSH, it tasted so good! MSH team are really friendly, they are willing to share and really cheer for others people’s happiness. So do not hesitate to push open the door of Manchester student homes, you will always be welcomed!"

- Amy (Xiao Shi) Shi, Renmin University of China

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16th April 2015

hidden gems – join the steering group

 

As the research stage of the Hidden Gems project nears completion, we are now looking for local community members to join the steering group who will work with us in deciding what ‘gems’ will be included in the final community map. If you would like to work alongside Manchester Student Homes on this exciting project, then please contact brett.langsdale@manchester.ac.uk.    

Manchester Student Homes, Unit 1-3 Ladybarn House, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6ND
Tel Main: 0161 275 7680/1, Email: manchesterstudenthomes@manchester.ac.uk

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