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The incredible places up for the I Love MCR Most Loved Community Hub award

Meet the nominees for Manchester's most loved community hubs at the inaugural I Love MCR Awards.

What makes this year’s awards truly special is the category that honours the heartbeat of this remarkable city – the community hubs.

These hubs are the pillars that hold up the diverse neighbourhoods of Manchester, nurturing culture, providing support, and promoting a sense of belonging.

In a city that has embraced change and growth, these hubs have played a pivotal role in maintaining the essence of Manchester.

With DieCast Manchester as the grand stage for this prestigious event, we invite you to get to know the eight community hubs that have captured the hearts of the city’s residents.

They have been nominated for the coveted title of ‘Most Loved Community Hub,’ and their stories are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

From empowering the youth to championing the arts and supporting mental well-being, these hubs exemplify the very essence of Manchester.

So without further ado, let’s meet these amazing community hubs, each with a unique mission and a shared passion for making Manchester the wonderful place it is.


Photo: Jody Hartley

53Two is a creative and community space located in the heart of Manchester.

It is known for hosting a variety of events, including theatre productions, art exhibitions, workshops, and more.

It provides a platform for local artists and performers to showcase their talents.

They are an incredible theatre and arts charity in the city centre of Manchester, providing creative output for all of Greater Manchester and giving artists a great space to create.

Vote for them here

Feel Good Club

Feel Good Club is a mental health and well-being-focused community hub in Manchester.

It aims to create a safe and supportive environment for individuals to discuss mental health, access resources, and engage in self-care practices.

Their mission is to create online and physical spaces where people feel safe, comfortable and feel good being themselves

It may host workshops, support groups, and events centred around well-being.

Vote for them here

Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Mill Theatre is a prominent arts venue in Manchester, particularly known for its theatrical productions.

It provides a space for both established and emerging artists to stage plays, musicals, and other performances.

Vote for them here

Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse

The Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse is a community centre in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

It is designed to empower and support the local community through various programs, such as youth activities, education, and cultural events.

Vote for them here

Manchester Youth Zone

Manchester Youth Zone, named North West Charity of the Year, has been a beacon for North Manchester’s young people for a decade.

It’s a safe, supportive space for those aged 8-19 (up to 25 for those with additional needs) to build confidence, achieve goals, and enjoy life. Manchester Youth Zone empowers youth to pursue their dreams and offers a strong support system.

Vote for them here


Opened in September, Underground in Altrincham is a creative hub blending music, fashion, art, and grooming. It houses a barbershop, a live music venue, a unique clothing store, and an art gallery for emerging talents.

Underfound emphasises independent and ethically sourced brands, countering fast fashion with socially responsible options.

Vote for them here

Station South

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Station South, born from a passion for community, transformed a disused railway station into a bustling cycle café, bar, bike workshop, and urban garden.

It’s become a beloved destination for locals and visitors.

The café sits along the Fallowfield Loop, offering a pitstop for cyclists.

They plan to create a community garden, connecting people with nature.

Station South is committed to being a community hub, offering a diverse menu, from coffee to cocktails, in a welcoming atmosphere.

Vote for them here

BQ Bitesize

BQ Bitesize, located in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, is a recent gem in the community.

Despite its small size, it offers exceptional food led by former French chef Freddie Minns and a great wine selection managed by Lucas Roskell.

It’s a go-to spot for MCDC shoppers, supporting independent craft-makers while providing a cozy space for relaxation and refreshment.

The Butchers Quarter and BQ Bitesize prioritise high welfare and sustainable sourcing.

They feature produce from BQ’s meat counter, use UK-grown vegetables, and support local suppliers like Mancoco coffee, Central Wines, and DGHNT bakery. They also host wine tastings and supper clubs, fostering a close-knit community.

In a city as vibrant and diverse as Manchester, these eight community hubs truly stand as the beating heart of the community.

They represent the essence of Manchester – a place where culture thrives, well-being is nurtured, and support is abundant.

I Love Manchester sends a special thanks to the award sponsors AO ArenaHilton Manchester, Sapporo TeppanyakiPalace Theatre & Opera HouseJulie Twist PropertiesGlengoyne, and Happy Radio for making this special event possible.

This is an inclusive event and it’s because of their support, we’re able to offer complimentary tickets to charities, community groups, disabled people and carers who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend.


Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people and communities across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate or fundraise what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. Thank you in advance!

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