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The Men’s Room Spirit Story - a journey of discovery of Manchester life

20 Sep 2016 - 15:28 by helen.walker

'I found the tour a real eye opener and enjoyable. There is a voice out there and the Men's Room have helped me find it'

Lost and Found is a four month piece of work by The Men’s Room . On Tuesday 20th September, 23 people were led by a service user guide on a walking tour of the Northern Quarter in Manchester. The aim is to have opportunity to see Manchester through someone else's eyes, walk alongside lived experience and be exposed to The Men's Room creative approach to life.

As part of the project, garden planters were made at Hulme Community Garden Centre by people who wouldn’t normally be involved in gardening. These would be included in five gardens that are based at city centre locations. They also made viewing boxes to enable people to ‘look at Manchester in a different way’ during the walking tours.

The Lost and Found walking tour starts from the Men’s Room Swan Street Office. The audience are those who have experienced homelessness, drug use and mental health issues, and it will enable people to have an engagement with the city and challenge media messages around homelessness. It also enables a dialogue with a wider audience as the boxes have QR codes where people can find out more.

'Homelessness what is it?
Is it a disease or a way of life?
Is it the norm or just the way things are now?
Is it forever and not to be thought about again?
The answers are simple


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