In 2022, Greater Manchester Moving were awarded £490,448 through the Home Office Safer Streets Fund to make the streets safer for women and girls through tackling gender-based violence and harassment. The fund allowed us to work at a dedicated pace from September 2022-2023.
Working alongside local people, partners, and system leaders, Right to the Streets aims to not only raise awareness of issues such as Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and street harassment, but to take action by trailing interventions that enable women and girls, and boys and men, to be active citizens in their communities, equipped with the tools, information, networks and agency to stop VAWG, and reclaim their right to the streets.
Right to the Streets is a movement for movement to make streets, parks, and public spaces safe, joyful, and welcoming places where everyone is invited to be active and move about freely, and you're invited to be part of it.
All our learnings and assets are available to download on the GM Moving Resource Hub. Access the hub by creating a free account here.
Watch the below video to find out more about Right to the Streets:
Emma Moseley, Policy Officer at Trafford Council gives a fantastic overview of the work in her article published on the LGiU website. Read the article here.
Read the final report for more information on the different elements and the impact on the community.
In the new series of the GM Moving Podcast, we speak to people and partners about how the Right to the Streets movement has grown and developed across the borough, the big difference it's making locally, and everything that we have learned along the way.
We'll be hearing the experiences and gathering ideas and solutions for improvement from council leaders, charities, community groups and others as they shift the dial from fear to freedom.
As part of Right to the Streets, Open Data Manchester hosted six online sessions with partners spotlighting different elements of the work, including the design of public space, movement and physical activity, bystander intervention, and the RttS podcast series.
All the sessions were recorded for anyone to watch back and hear more about the process, learnings, and impact.
Find them all the recorded sessions here
Watch the first one below -
We offered community grants to 21 successful projects who are passionate about making public places fun, joyful, and welcoming for all. Their activities included football sessions, bushcraft workshops, audio trails, walking groups, cycling sessions, yoga in the park, forest bathing, and many more.
These were in addition to the creative workshops and projects hosted by seven local arts organisations, which consisted of parades, photography, poetry, mural painting, discos and family fun days.
The campaign shows there's no place for sexual harassment or violence against women and girls in Trafford. It's currently harder for women and girls to lead active lives because of fear of unwanted attention and harassment in public spaces.
We want to change that so that women and girls have the freedom to move around safely and lead the lives they want.
We're doing this by showing people of all genders simple, practical steps we can all take to stop harassment when we see it and make our communities safer and more welcoming for everyone.
Follow our instagram page @righttothestreets_ for more tips and advice.
Use the #NoPlaceForIt campaign toolkit to help get the word out.
Look at the range of interventions here:
GM Moving is coordinating and supporting the team of project partners to deliver the planned interventions, as well as building and maintaining partnerships locally and systematically.
Open Data Manchester are running workshops and walkabouts to map the area with a focus on feelings and experiences, and exploring how other data – such as policing and crime statistics – compares to the lived experiences of those in the community whilst exploring what is needed to make streets more inclusive and welcoming. Read more about their activities here.
Diva Creative is leading on the Marketing and Communications campaign element, which includes delivering creative workshops with local organisations and establishing the key messaging for the project
MIC Media is producing a podcast series focusing on raising awareness of local case stories, lived experience, and learnings
Publica is an urban design and public realm practice, bringing research and expertise on how the physical environment informs perceptions of safety and belonging
Trafford Council is maximising impact to local residents through helping connect the project with local activity and partners, as well as informing wider policy and planning
We’re seeking expressions of interest from people and organisations who are interested in hearing about general involvement opportunities on work focusing on the GM Moving ambition of tackling inequalities.
If you’d like to be considered for future involvement opportunities that match your area of expertise please complete the short online form found here.