21 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 11:34

      Venue found for community centre destroyed in Withington fire

      VULNERABLE and elderly adults will get a replacement venue just days after a huge fire destroyed their community centre in Withington last week.

      The devastated users of Minehead Resource Centre have been given an empty council building in Ardwick that used to be a special school.

      The building is being renovated for them and staff at the centre have now launched an appeal for simple donations, including Christmas treats and decorations.

      The 65 regular users of the day centre will be provided free transport to Heathfield Day Centre in Newton Heath and Hall Lane Resource Centre in Wythenshawe while the Aked Close building is made ready.

      Councillor Paul Andrews, Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing at Manchester City Council, said: “Kindness in the face of such adversity shows again how Mancunians will always work together to pool resources, expertise and generosity to help those who are most vulnerable.

      “The situation isn’t ideal especially at this time of the year – but knowing people care is especially poignant at Christmas.”

      The council hopes the replacement venue will be used until February when a permanent solution will be in place.

      A Christmas party is now being organised “to bring a little bit of cheer for the group”.


      Nobody was hurt in the blaze which caused hundreds of thousands of damage.

      Police and fire service are still investigating the Minehead site.


      By Emilia Mincheva