Faith Network for Manchester was established in 2004.
It grew out of the then Local Strategic Partnership and Community Network for Manchester. When these bodies ceased to exist, FN4M continued to provide and develop a faith network for the city.
In 2013, we secured three years of funding from the Equalities Programme of Manchester City Council. This enabled the appointment of a Community Development Worker, supported by an administrator and two sessional project workers for the Women of Faith project. We also moved into Ada House and opened the Manchester Multifaith Centre.
The network continued to develop, delivering five projects around the city: interfaith dialogues, ‘In Your Faith’ for schools and young people, ‘Women of Faith’, Peace Mala workshops and a research project. In 2016, a further year of funding was secured from the Equalities Programme, enabling all the projects to continue. A further grant was also secured from the Home Office, with support from the City Council, to develop a programme of interfaith dialogues for the student community of the city.
In May 2017 the Manchester Multifaith Centre closed and we moved into an office at the Wai Yin Society until we could find suitable alternative accommodation to enable us to reopen it.
The city was rocked in 2017 by the Manchester Arena bombing and we stepped up our community cohesion work as a result. We had already been working to bridge the gap between the many communities who live in our great city, but the bombing simply strengthened our resolve to get people together, talking and to enhance understanding between different faith groups.
Happily, we were able to reopen the Manchester Multifaith Centre in November 2019 when we moved into the Wesley Centre on Royce Road in Hulme.
We are currently involved in health and social care work across Greater Manchester, climate change awareness projects, schools programmes, and a range of other interfaith activities.