Trinity Church Amani Centre Ladies Group

Eccle Bourne

I travelled from Jamaica, St Marys in 1962 aged 31years old. I first arrived in Aylesbury. I came to Manchester in February and moved to Darcy Street, Moss Side to Iive with a friend. I went back home to Jamaica in 1963 for 16 months to look after my Auntie who was ill.The things I missed most from back home was my relatives and friends, I still travel back home and also round the world. Ilived on Darcy Street until I got married on May 29th, two days after my Birthday, we then moved to Duke Street. From 1972 to 1976 I lived in John Nash Crescent, Hulme, I still remember the number, 525. I remember the shops on Clopton Walk, Mr Young’s Hardware shop, I still have some pots from there! ‘Did you know about Alexandra Road? It was beautiful, full of shops.Moss Side has changed, things, time and people change. I have been part of the Baptist Church from 1962.

Claris Small

I was born in St Catherine, Jamaica. I married my Husband Llewellyn in Jamaica and then came to England on 29 October 1959. Llewellyn came four months after to join me.It was cold and dark.It was hard at first adjusting to the new areas.The biggest things I missed about home was Family and the ‘Freedom’

Just going out in the fields, but the good things were meeting new people and making new friends.
Moss Side has changed, before we would know everyone. You would go shopping in the market and we would chat for so long!

I had all my four children over here and they went to Webster Primary School in Moss Side. I have been with Trinity Church since 1966.

I told my children, I will take you home to where I am from, to see your family. When I took my daughter when she was 12, she went back again when she was 22 and took her child. My Grandson is proud of his family in Jamaica

Icylyn Burke

I was born in St Catherine, Jamaica 27th May 1927, and came to England 2nd May 1962 aged 34years young!! My Husband was here already and sent for me. I had to leave my little children back home; I missed them, but was so happy when they came here to be with me. I had six children and was married to Jocelyn on 8th October 1950. I would keep in touch with back home by letter. When we come here first it was difficult getting around, finding places even travelling to work. The good things about coming to England was that, we have things here that we didn’t in Jamaica, back home we would have to pay for such things as going to see the Doctor. Here we had lots of opportunities. Before I come to England, I was speaking to the Deacon back home, he said ‘When you go England you will be at College’ and he was right, I was learning and seeing things I had never seen before!

I brought my children up in Moss Side; we had everything here, Church, School, and Shops we didn’t have to go to Town. I have been part of the Church since 1962 through thick and thin and I’m still here.

Moss Side has changed, we could leave doors open and the children would go and play, in and out, fear of nothing.We grown-ups would talk over the back fence, one time we were talking so much I burnt my pot!

It is important to pass on our stories from when we came over from Jamaica. Getting stories now, they know what it was really like.

Dawn Marie Graham

I came here from Jamaica as a little girl. I was 7yrs old and came with Mother to be with Father. I missed selling ‘Bulla Cake’ it was our family business back home. I really missed my friend Teddy, he would give me piggy back rides!

My first job was in Insurance, typing, I loved it.

What life was like when I came up from Jamaica. I was seven years old when I came to England.We lived in Wolverhampton.Life was very hard to live but everyone was nice to one another. People had to live in one room even families and I had even had to make up coal fire! Everyone was so good with one another and friendly. It was hard to live then, I had a dog called Sally, it was a very playful dog and made me happy. After about two years we came to live in Manchester. All the neighbours were very nice and loving. All the neighbours were like family. In Moss Side everyone was nice. I knew lots of brothers and sisters; people would meet one another and have a little chat. Now everyone has changed. My life feels completely different, living alone and seeing other people.

Vashti Taylor

I come from Smail Field in Jamaica and arrived in England on 13thMarch 1965 aged 26yrs old. I joined my partner Lynvale who I then married and we had our children. When I first came over Lynvale was late meting me at Manchester Airport so I got a taxi to Preston! As I was travelling there I was looking at all the factories and asked the driver ‘where are the houses?’ He said that is the houses!! We first came to Preston, which is where I had my first job at a Brewery. Later on we moved to Manchester. My jobs in Manchester would be working at the Co-Op and then in Park Hospital on maternity. I never really had a hard finding work time, in one of my jobs I got promoted within 7 months. The only bad thing that I remember was a lady touching my stroking my arm and saying ‘oh isn’t your skin so soft, I thought it would be tough and feeling my hair and shocked that it want wiry! Adjusting to the cold weather was hard, a new set of clothes to wear. In my case when I was coming over I packed silk, cotton, taffeta, we didn’t really have clothes for the cold weather. Though in Jamaica there is a place where they use fireplaces like over here. It’s where the soldiers are stationed, Newcastle. The good thing about coming to England was that we had new opportunities.
Moss Side has changed completely. Most of the community has split and moved away.

Miriam ‘Gloria’ Gaynor

I was born in Jamaica, Bull Bay, 7 miles from Kingston. I came to Britain in 1957. Jamaica was British, we were British, anyone my age must know that. We would cultivate green bananas, yam and sweet potatoes; the trucks would take them to the Wharf. A lot of people would come to England to work then some would go back home. When I packed my case I only had West Indies clothes to pack! When we came, we all wanted to go back, if you ask people my age that’s what they say. I missed everything – picking up fruit from the tree. My first job was sewing; when we first came to England they would give us the worst jobs. I came in ‘57’ you couldn’t get a job, worst, you couldn’t get a room! You would see them peeping through the window when you would knock on the door. One time a friend of mine was in Hospital and the Nurse was looking under my friend’s nightdress, my friend asked what she was doing, she said she was looking for a tail!

When you did rent a room, sometimes you would rent from someone who bought a house, they would rent your room out while you were at work, getting two rents. Them days you could buy a house cheap £200 – £300.

We would use a coal fire to dry your clothes.
We went through a lot you know.

Church of God of Prophecy Esmerelda Whittingham

Esmerelda Whittingham

I was born in Labour Hall St Catherine Parish, Jamaica. I came to England on 5th June 1962 for new opportunities. When I was back home I would sew children’s clothes and take them to Sugar Foot Mountain Market, King Street. I said I was going to get a stall, you had to pay for the stall. A woman I know said ‘take your money and go England. I came first to Leeds, then to Manchester. I didn’t really think anything much when I came. The first houses we came to had ‘No Vacancies’ for Black People. Some work places would not employ us either. Burtons Tailoring would take people on, it was a big factory owned by Jewish people. We would make suits. The wages were 2 shillings & 6 pence an hour. We would start at 8.00am and finish at 5.00pm

At first when we came over there were no provisions really, you were given a little money until you found work.

I would rent a room in a big house, everybody did. There was only one kitchen and one bathroom.

On Saturdays we would go market and buy a big fish – a haddock for 2 shillings and a chicken. You would go home clean up the fish and cook it, fry it and put it away for the week. The chicken was for Sunday.

I have five sons, three were here and two in Jamaica. I joined the Church of God of Prophecy in 1966; I’m here all the time!

When we first came, we would worship in Daddy Simpson’s cellar on Acomb Street and would go to the house for prayer meetings. My work in the church has been Auxiliary and Ministry Group Leader.

Spelling Bee 2016

Spelling Bee 2016 – November 2016

GIFT participated in a Spelling Bee Competition with three other supplementary schools. Each child was given a set of words to learn in class and also at home. The first round of the competition took place on Saturday 19th November 2016 at St John’s Community Centre, St John’s Road, Old Trafford, The following week, the semi-final and finals was held on Saturday 26th November 2016 at St John’s Community Centre. GIFT Year 13 to 15 achieved the runner up spot in their group.

Spelling Bee 2016


Spelling Bee 2016

Our motto throughout 2017 is to;

Follow your Heart

Create Peace

Fall in Love

Show Gratitude

Enjoy the little things

Dream Big

Believe in miracles

Discover your Passion

Be Spontaneous

Embrace every possibility

Believe in yourself

Your life is now’ Author Unknown


Spelling Bee 2016

Patsy Mckie Mothers Against Violence

Patsy Mckie, Mothers Against Violence: I was born in 1947 in St Kitts, West Indies; the real name for St Kitts is really St Christopher.

I set sail for the UK in July 1965. My dad was already here, both parents had came but Mum came back to the West Indies after a couple of years to be with the children. From being a child I had lived with my Gran, she had decided that I was best located with her, when she died I then lived with my Aunt. When I came to UK we came to Manchester and lived near the MRI Norwood Street, Chorlton on Medlock. I came when I was 18 years old, I wasn’t a child, and I was working by that time. My first job was taking boxes, they always seemed empty, and then covering them, and it was based in a basemen / cellar in Town, Faulkner Street.

On coming to UK; I loved it, it was bigger than the West Indies, I came in summer so that was nice. I didn’t expect anything, I just thought England was a nice place to be, I had seen it on postcards.

I am the Co-Founder and Founder of MAV – Mothers Against Violence. MAV started 1989 because of the gun crime in Manchester, shootings and young men actually shooting other young men. Even when I wasn’t aware in relation to why it was happening you would hear stories; it was drugs, guns that kind of thing. For me it was more than that, it was about people not knowing how to control themselves and do what’s right.

I would pray ‘lord help, what we can do to help change, so many young dying’. Then, one day my Son too was shot, then I had the pain. I heard about other people, but I didn’t know what they felt. My Son was 20 when he died.

It’s important to make the best choice, the wisest choice and always take opportunities. You can only fall down, you can always get up. What’s in your heart, there’s always something in your heart you want to do, if it’s there then you must do it.

One of the things I like to say to young people is ‘there is nothing you can’t do’. Once you get the right mind set, because it is our minds, it’s the way we think, we believe that takes us down any particular road, the choice is always yours, some people don’t think they have a choice, you do.

It’s always the choice you make that moves you into the direction you take.

Chavez Finlayson

I was born on 29.6.96, I lived at the back of Ducie High School until I was 2 yearrs old and then moved to Fallowfield. The area was relatively a quiet area, people say bad things about it, although it wasn’t as notorious as Moss Side. Things began to calm down. I don’t really think there was such a community spirit as Moss Side. We would only really associate with the next door neighbour. At my Granddads in Moss Side there was friends and family across the road. There was a tight group going on, all the kids would come together in the street to play. Happy times, fond memories of childhood. You could say I lived both in Moss Side and Fallowfield really. For a long time I believed everything I was told, believe in God, go to Kingdom Hall, it was my duty. As you get older you get into your own. I personally distanced myself, now I don’t really believe in those things too much. Religion has caused a lot of conflict. Certain people think they are of a higher level of thinking.

I feel like Manchester, when I look back it seemed livelier.

A lot of stuff our parents did at their age has a knock on effect for us. A lot of people my age don’t go out much, their into their own thing. Everyone is literally in their phone. Choosing internet of social interaction. I’m not saying technology is a bad thing, just the way it can affect certain people. Social Media is good for seeing other people’s views; it can be a double edge sword.

When I look at pictures of Alex Road, there were a lot of people, a lot of shops, community. My Mum and Uncle tell me stories; the elders say it was better. Even though I wasn’t there I can tell it was better then. It’s down to us, like when people say ‘oh no one goes Carnival’ it’s down to us to do things for ourselves.

Welcome to our relaunched services at Brow House

Welcome to our relaunched services at Brow House

Welcome to our relaunched services at Brow House.

We will be providing the following services:

  • Sessional/Tutorial workshops

The Learning Support and Mentoring project aims to work towards the social inclusion of young people through the provision of education and training. This project offers out of school provision for young people aged 8 to 15 years and aged 16 to 19 years. The activities consist of study skills to assist children with homework and examination preparation to reinforce foundation skills needed to access the core curriculum.

  • Career/Personal Development workshop

This project provides an opportunity for young people to participate in weekly workshops which consist of the following themes.

How to use your life skills/experience to achieve your goals?

How to overcome peer pressure and stay focused?

How to overcome barriers that prevent young people from achieving their goals

The project gives young people the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills, increase their confidence and self-esteem and become more proactive in the community.

Health and Wellbeing sessions

These sessions will provide one to one and small group support for those who may be experiencing social, mental and emotional difficulties that prevents them from achieving their goals/aspirations.

Community Mentoring and Mediation Service

This provides an integrated community mentoring and mediation service aimed at helping young people and their families to resolve conflict within the home and school to address issues that inhibit the family from functioning as a whole. The project trains up volunteers to become community mediators or mentors to use restorative justice approaches within the home, school and community.

The partnership with One Manchester will enable GIFT to build on its service delivery model which can respond to the changing needs of our community as follows:

    • localise support services in a community setting
    • Increased educational attainment and employability
    • Increased confidence and well-being for local residents and young people


Amari Blissett Young Roots at GIFT

I was born in Withington Hospital; I grew up in Gorton for 10 years then moved to Reddish. My family are from around here. My Gran lives in Hulme and my family is from Moss Side and Stretford. Coming to Moss Side and Hulme as a kid is a place to me, where my family is, my Gran and that. As I grow older I would hear stories and labels are placed. I wasn’t scared, just wary. Even in Gorton when I was growing up you would see things. With every experience you learn and grow. I know Moss Side, not familiar with it, like knowing where streets are. I am more at home in Gorton, where I grew up. My Mum moved us to Reddish to give us a better life, so we didn’t have to see those bad things. When I was at Primary School there were only two Black people in my year. Gorton is a more White working class area, where Reddish is more White middle class. I’m thankful, even when it comes to music, some people I know only listen to Grime or Hip Hop because they think it’s ‘Black’ I listen to different music because of my experience.

I’m in a band, Eternal Minds, it stands for ‘People who are not afraid to change what’s around them’ I have been in the Band for two years. Society and Media expect you to think a certain way. Think how to help the culture you’re in and change it for the better.

Unity is probably the most important song we wrote it stands for Love, Hope, Joy, Peace, East, West and You and Us. In Primary School it was mainly White, I didn’t really see other cultures until I went to Stretford Grammar. Now, these days we have more wisdom to deal with each other, getting rid of prejudice and ignorance.

We are all Humans; we all go through the same things. When you meet someone focus on the similarities. Music is one of the most powerful tools. Our band has different mediums to spread our message. I want to bring people together rather than to isolate.