At The Manchester Shop, we believe it's incredibly important to give back to our local community. After all, they have given so much to us, and we wouldn't be who we are today without them!
We've been donating to the foundations who mean the most to us since we opened our doors in 2016, but why have we chosen to work with the people we do? Our Retail Manager Miki talks about why raising funds for these special charities matters.
Home is where the heart is.
That's an old saying my nan used to repeat and it stayed with me all my life.
Manchester is where my heart is. The Manchester Shop is my love song to the city I call home. If my home is Manchester, that makes all fellow Mancs (be it born n bred or honorary) our family. We should take care of our brothers and sisters when they need a hand. We wanted to give something back to the city we love.
Manchester Women's Aid - pankhursttrust.org
I grew up around domestic abuse and violence. For many people, it's a part of daily life. Manchester Women's Aid can help. We want to help raise awareness of the charity's existence for those who need help and provide donations to help keep this amazing organisation running.
Manchester Women’s Aid provides vital support services to those suffering from domestic violence and abuse. Through community outreach, group work sessions, children’s play, safe homes and educational resources, they aim to create a world where domestic abuse survivors can live fear-free.
How we help - We donate 15% of sales from The Pankhurst Range sold in our shop and online. We also have an exclusive mug gift set and donate £5 from each sale to the charity.
Coffee4Craig - coffee4craig.com
Taking a walk through our city whilst beautiful and amazing, can be equally heart-breaking. The number of homeless people living on our streets is increasing daily. We wanted to find a way to provide some support and comfort and then we found Coffee4Craig. What an amazing organisation.
Coffee4Craig provides vital support for Manchester’s homeless and people in crisis. Each evening they operate an out of hours drop-in service in the heart of Manchester city centre. They offer hot food, showers, food parcels, medical support and mental health crisis intervention. People are treated with respect and compassion. There is always a shoulder, a friendly ear, the kettle is always on and access to the services and help people need.
How we help - £5 of every online and in-store sale of our Coffee4Craig mug gift set is donated to the charity. We started this campaign during the COVID pandemic and set out to raise £2500 by selling 500 mugs. Because the people of Manchester are amazing and our spirit is so strong, we hit that target in 9 months! And we're thrilled that we're going to continue selling the mug and donating to Coffee4Craig.
Forever Manchester - forevermanchester.com
Forever Manchester is the only charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester.
It's all about...
- Putting smiles on the faces of our local communities
- Supporting local people transforming the lives of others
- Bringing local people together to create something special
- Caring about those people who care enough to act
- Championing local people doing extraordinary things together.
How we help - We sell Forever Manchester's merchandise in our Afflecks Shop, including their Manchester Icons range designed by Stanley Chow. We also offer an exclusive mug gift set and donate £5 from each sale to the charity.
akt - akt.org.uk
akt supports lgbtq+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. They support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities.
How we help - We donate 10% of sales from our Rainbow Bee range as well as specific products from our sister companies Luna and Extreme Largeness Wholesale. We also donate £5 from each sale of our Canal Street gift set.
Total donated - £28,302.02 (April 2022)
Manc & Proud Charity T-Shirt
On 22nd May 2017, 22 people were killed as a result of a terrorist incident at Manchester Evening News Arena during an Ariana Grande concert. This shocked the whole city, we never thought something this tragic could happen in our home. Everyone wanted to help, we got together and thought about what we could do. Our Manc and Proud logo t-shirt had been a best seller for us throughout the year, so we decided to give £10 profit from each sale to the British Red Cross through the MEN JustGiving fund.
The response was incredible. We were getting orders from all over the world, hundreds of people wanted to show support for the cause. While we worked solidly to make sure people got their shirts, Manchester rebuilt itself, the community stood together and got stronger. After an emotional month of making thousands of t-shirts (and drinking thousands of brews!) we made our first donation of £11,370. We were overwhelmed with this achievement and incredibly grateful to everyone who bought a t-shirt from us. Whether it was online, in Afflecks or at Manchester Market, the donations were sent on to a very worthy cause. We carried on for another month and raised over £13,000. Thank you to anyone who supported us at this time!