Wythenshawe Community Initiative celebrates after receiving £250,000 from the National Lottery.

December 2019

Local community group, Wythenshawe Community Initiative, is today celebrating after being awarded almost £250,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with children and families.  The group, based in Wythenshawe, Manchester, will use the cash to run a new project for primary school aged children and their families. This project will help families to build resilience, encourage good mental health and improve family relationships by providing one to one support and fun group activities.

Woodhouse Park Family Centre is part of Wythenshawe Community Initiative (WCI), a voluntary organisation based in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe, Manchester. The organisation has been running for twenty five years and over that time has provided support to over 5,000 children and families. The charity has changed and adapted to ensure it is still “Responding to the needs of the local community and making a difference to the lives of local families”, which are the drivers for the way the centre has developed. In 2017/18 WCI won the ‘Best Community Initiative’ award at the inaugural Manchester awards, then in March 2018 the Centre Manager won ‘Woman of the Year’ at the English Women’s awards (North.) 

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see a new Family Support Coordinator position created, offering packages of support to families to enable them to gain the confidence and skills to achieve their ambitions and help them address any underlying issues such as stress, debt, poverty and a lack of support networks that are having an impact on their child in school. Fun practical workshops, taster sessions and group trips, chosen by the families, will be at the heart of the project, giving parents and children the chance to have fun together and build up a support network.

Clare North, Manager at the Centre says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to offer support to even more of the families who need it most and help increase aspirations and outcomes for our local children, which is vital for them to be happy and successful adults.”



20th Anniversary Celebrations!

2013 sees Wythenshawe Community Initiative celebrate our 20th Anniversary. WCI is a truly local charity and was the brainchild of local residents in 1993 who were concerned about the high level of need and lack of resources for families in Woodhouse Park. Supported by the local minister a steering group was formed and Wythenshawe Community Initiative (then known as Woodhouse Park Family Centre) was born. Since then we have gone on to support over 4,000 families and created employment opportunities for 44 people, as well as countless volunteering and sessional positions.

We hope you will agree that this is a fantastic achievement, particularly in the current funding climate, and we are planning to mark this success in a number of ways throughout the year.


Past Events

Friday 5th April – Live Music Night at Greenbrow Social Club. We had a night of great music and lots of laughs. Live acts included Brainy's Fiddle, Left to Burn, Claire Mooney and Mathew Petit. For pictures of the event please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/WHP-Family-Centre/169518767262.

Big thanks to all who attended and especially those who performed so brilliantly for us! A special thank you must go to Damien Brehony who organised the event for us! The final total raised was a fantastic £523!!!

Saturday 6th July - The FSI's Challenge 2013, Thornbridge Hall, Peak District Derbyshire. What a glorious weekend we had for the 10k Challenge. The sun shone as 9 staff and family members followed the Monsal Trail. Photos from the weekend can be seen on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151539283297263.1073741829.169518767262&type=3

Sponsor money is still coming in so we will update the total soon! A massive thank you to all those who took part or came along to support and a special thanks to everyone who donated!

Wednesday 7th August - Family Funday at Woodhouse Park Family Centre , saw our annual street party, tying in with National Playday with fun and games for all the family. Around 200 families enjoyed loads of great activities including:

  • Rodeo Bull and Bouncy Castle
  • Face painting
  • Splat the Rat
  • Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Snakes and Ladders
  • Stalls
  • Craft activities
  • Refreshments
  • And much much more.....

Our local radio station WFM broadcast live from the Centre on the day. Why not check out our Facebook page to see some photos from the day https://www.facebook.com/events/478409735585965/?ref=22

Friday 18th October – Celebration Fundraising Night at St Anthony's Parish Centre, raffle, auction and much more. More details coing soon!


We are also launching a 20th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal – aiming to reach £20,000. You could help us achieve this target in the following ways:

  • Sponsor our Commemorative Booklet (see below for more details). This will reflect on the successes achieved over the previous 20 years. It will be used as a tool to raise the profile of the charity and inform a wide range of stakeholders about our valuable work. It therefore provides a brilliant opportunity for your company to display its support and commitment to a local charity that is really making a difference.
  • Donate items for our 20th Anniversary Raffle or Auction to be drawn at the October Celebration event.
  • Provide volunteer support or other in-kind help for one of our 20th Anniversary events
  • Promote our 20th Anniversary fundraising campaign to your friends, family or employees

If you want to find out more please contact us on 0161 498 0292 or email info@whpfamilycentre.co.uk.



We would like to put together a collection of stories from staff and users, both past and present, as a way of showing what impact the organisation has had over the years. If you have been involved in the organisation in any way over the last 20 years we would love to hear from you. It would be great if you could take some time to write a short piece about your memories and experiences of your time at Wythenshawe Community Initiative/Woodhouse Park Family Centre. Below are a few questions to get you started, but feel free to write about anything you want. Any photos you may have would be great too. You can email your story to info@whpfamilycentre.co.uk


Date you first came to the Centre:

Services used/Job you had:

Why did you first come to the Centre?

What difference did the Centre make?

What is your best memory of the Centre?

What do you think is the most important thing about the Centre?



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