Since 1989, Forever Manchester has raised over £36m for community projects in the Greater Manchester area. Their CEO Nick Massey and community builder co-ordinator Helen Capiter spoke to Thomas Barrett at their offices about how to play to the strengths of a community and not asking for permission.   How has Forever Manchester changed with the times? Nick: We reinvented ourselves six or seven years ago. Like many, we were involved with managing a lot of contracts for statutory organisations, government and local authorities. We would deliver grant programmes on behalf of them. It was a successful period from 2000 to 2009/2010. There was lots of money flowing through and we were involved with exciting programmes. We were in a good position as a grantmaker. We had good networks, knew people and did a good job of it. But after the recession started biting hard, and there was a change in government, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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