Factory Social Value secures Achates Philanthropy Prize

Procured via the NWCH High Value Framework, Framework Partner Laing O’Rourke is working with Manchester City Council to deliver The Factory, a £110m state of the art performing arts venue in Manchester. As part of this, the project team supported the International Arts and Homelessness Festival in Manchester, the first of its kind.

As part of early discussions on social value delivery for The Factory, it was decided to support homeless charity With One Voice (WOV), an international arts and homelessness movement which seeks to connect and strengthen the sector worldwide.

The festival brought together art projects working with people who have experienced homelessness, artists with experience of homelessness, practitioners, policy-makers, homeless agencies and academics.

As well as sponsoring the festival itself, Laing O’Rourke dedicated six members of its leadership development programme to provide consultation and project management on the mural project, ‘Doodle on Ducie Street’. The project brought together people with experience of homelessness, Manchester street artists and New York Street artist Joel Bergner to co-produce a public mural in Manchester in the lead up to the festival and summit.

Laing O’Rourke has won the Achates Philanthropy Prize for their work in supporting WOV.

“What an unexpected honour it was to learn we had won the Achates Prize – we feel very privileged and exceptionally grateful! Working in close partnership with With One Voice over the last 6 months has really helped us to open our eyes and our minds to a sector we would not typically have much interface with in our day jobs. It has taught us to adapt our way of thinking, really helping us to galvanise a much more informed understanding of such a politically relevant topic in homelessness, but more importantly how impactful use of the arts can be to positively tackle the issue and empower members of the homeless community. It has been a real pleasure and we hope the partnership between our respective organisations long continues.” Danielle of the LOR leadership development programme


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