Acharity focused on protecting and empowering young people in Greater Manchester is opening a huge new community centre in Gorton.
Designed for everyone aged 8-19 regardless of background – the new £6.6m facility is providing mini Mancunians with a safe space to socialise and discover their talents; aiming to tackle child poverty and homelessness, obesity, and gang culture in the process.
Focused on giving youngsters “somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to”, HideOut is packed out with exercise space.
Alongside an indoor climbing wall, 3G kick pitch, skate park, four court sports hall, fully-equipped gym, dance and drama studio, and martial arts gym, the centre also offers space for youngsters to flex their creative muscles with a media room, recording studio and arts and crafts studio.
Alongside recreational fun, organisers will be operating employability workshops to help youngsters kickstart the careers of their dreams, aided by the state-of-the-art training kitchen and employability suite.
This incredible Youth Zone will ultimately help to create dozens of new jobs and volunteer opportunities; whilst strengthening the wider Manchester community as a whole.
Founded and funded by local businessman and BetFred owner Fred Done, HideOut was originally scheduled to open its doors this March, with the red ribbon-cutting pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic.
The facility is planning to welcome the first wave of youngsters later this year as restrictions continue to ease.
But in the meantime, they need your help.
A fundraising campaign has been launched called ‘The Thousand‘ – which will help HideOut raise vital money for running costs and specialist equipment/resources.
Manchester City Council has pledged its support for the centre, but significant financial backing is still required to ensure HideOut can continue to operate, grow and expand.
Learn more about how you can help become one of The Thousand and ensure HideOut cements its place as an essential, vibrant hub of the Manchester youth community on their website.
Independent Polish restaurant Platzki is bringing back its famous vodka and pierogi festival to Manchester this week, and we couldn’t be more excited for some hearty dumpling fare.
Notorious for its top-tier filled pierogi, which are made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savoury or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water, Platzki is already something of a go-to for fine Polish food in Manchester.
But now, traditional European dumpling fans have another reason to get themselves down as the restaurant will be focusing almost entirely on pierogi for two days this week.
Taking place across Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October from 3pm until sell-out (or at 9pm, whichever comes first), diners will have the chance to try Platzki’s perfect homemade pierogi in a range of mouth-watering flavours.
There will be plenty of different fillings to try, including some brand new vegetarian pierogi for non-meat eaters.
That’s not all, either. There’ll also be a midweek vodka tipple on standby as Platzki shows off its huge range of favourite Polish vodkas.
Think salted caramel vodka, strawberry vodka, golden black cherry vodka, hazelnut vodka and delicious cherry-chocolate vodka, all of which are (as we know too well from experience) dangerously drinkable.
Each day, the team will be making hundreds of pierogi for local dumpling lovers to sample.
Elsewhere, there’ll also be serving up some of their favourite dishes from the menu including a hearty sausage stew with freshly-baked bread, and melt-in-the-mouth karkówka roasted pork neck with spinach egg noodles.
A fixture in the city since 2018, Platzki has built up a reputation for serving an interesting list of Polish vodka and wine alongside traditional dishes like dumplings, pork neck and meatballs.
It has a gorgeous plant-filled restaurant and a bright terrace that backs onto the Great Northern Warehouse, giving diners views over the Great Northern Square as they dig into some of the best Polish food in the city.
To find out more about this week’s dumpling festival, follow Platzki on Instagram here.
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11 arrests after mass brawl breaks out before Oldham vs Wrexham game
At least 11 people are said to have been arrested after a mass brawl broke out before Saturday’s match between Oldham Athletic and Wrexham AFC.
The fight broke out in a residential area in Failsworth just hours before the game between the two National League sides, as locals can be seen watching on as the chaos unfolds.
As you can see in the clip above, dozens of fans from both teams can be seen scrapping and launching projectiles, with a police tactical aid unit driving right through the middle of the crowds.
Superintendent Phillip Hutchinson, Silver Commander for the operation, said that more than 60 fans were hit with a dispersal order and made to leave the area.
Hutchinson went on to warn that “Disorder and violence at football matches is unacceptable and we have launched a post-match investigation to identify more offenders who will be arrested and placed before the courts, where we will seek football banning orders.
It was only last month that Latics player Hallam Hope was ‘seriously injured’ following an assault in the car park after a home game against Chesterfield.
Wrexham, still riding the wave of positivity after being bought by celebrity owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, went on to beat the north Manchester side 2-1 with a last-gasp winner in the 95th minute.