transform YOUR COMMUNITY and MAKe a DIFFERENCE together

Connect with your neighbours and collaborate to make your community a better place. Making a Difference Together is a transformational and experiential programme that supports people to effectively collaborate through coaching and training in leadership and creative problem solving skills. Making a Difference Together develops people to be Community Leaders able to create and sustain effective collaboration for positive change in their communities.

Outcomes

  • A connected community group

  • Co-created solutions to shared challenges

  • Confidence for community action

  • Deep understanding of other’s perspective and reality

  • A Product or Service prototype to improve the lived experience of a community

Take a look at our latest Making a Difference Together results.

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I worked with Maria and Katie from Amity for 3 months in 2016 as part of the Age-friendly Manchester programme. I found them easy to work with, collaborative, responsive, efficient and effective. They quickly understood the requirements of the brief I provided but also checked at appropriate stages to make sure work was on track. I feel that their approach to working can yield clear results that can be used to improve services and neighbourhood working. They worked well with a cross section of people from the community in Whalley Range and have strong communication skills. I look forward to future collaborations and whole-heartedly recommend them.
— Patrick Hanfling, Project Manager, Age-friendly Manchester, Manchester City Council.
The programme has impacted my job and my thinking, it’s impacted on life in general [because] it’s about the way you operate in the world - it’s been very inspirational to me. It made me feel much more confident in my job and capable of being in control and a bit less frantic and more able to take things slowly. I now understand more why people behave the way they do. Also, how you can impact on the healthiness of your work environment by being more mindful of the way you initiate projects, the way you interact.
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
This is a brilliant programme and something that everyone should do! Amity are excellent.
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
I think it’s gone from an attitude before of “let’s see where we can get help to do this” to “we CAN do this”. There’s more of a reward - the more we engage with the community project the more we can bring back to the group session and 1:1 so one thing accelerates the other
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
I got fed up with myself moaning about everything, complaining.. there are great things going on, for every moaning tweet I’ll do a positive one. I’ve learnt to counter-balance every negative thought / situation with a positive...When I’m out and about I am now looking at ways to improve things rather than criticising. My mind goes to how can we change that
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
One of my biggest take aways is listening and having a clear mind, find that point where your mind is clear, calm and everything is settled. It makes easier to listen and understand what people are saying to you, give opportunities to listen to others without cutting them off. You are not thinking of a million things while they are talking.
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
I feel more confidence in being able to action ideas and in my ability to express my opinions. I can now talk to people that I don’t really know and have the confidence to get other people enthusiastic about the ideas I have got.
It is nice to know that people in my community are now listening and asking for support. I have the confidence now to feel I can help people
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
The knowledge is already in the room” is the way this programme is approached. Before the programme this was only a theoretical concept to me
I am less afraid to speak, less afraid to speak in front of people I don’t know, more confident speaking in front of strangers
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
I just have to try things, just do it, no just have all the ideas in my head, actually go out and make a difference.
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
What I’ve really learnt is to let people talk and not disrupt them. To focus on my listening and be more mindful when I listen to people and get all pre-conceptions out of my head. Being present, listening from a blank canvas - it can tell you more than words.
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
Wherever we work, there is a strong chance that we will have to get along with a variety of people. That we should work together. So, that’s one of the reasons that we need to be able to consider other people’s opinions and make sure that we consider the people around we when making a decision. I have learned to hear the opinions of other members of the group
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
Rather than assuming that I know what someone is thinking or about to say, I now really listen to others point of view and ideas
— MaDT Community Leaders Programme Participant
Learning that people have lots of things within them that I can’t grasp straight away so my vision of them will not always be as rich as they really are. It’s been really nice to see how we all ask/answer questions differently. I remember at first being surprised that [some people are] part of the programme, and had to double check myself to say of course, why should they not be. People are always richer than you see....
— - MaDT Community Leaders Participant