Each year Manchester City Council host annual awards for community work in Manchester and for a second year running the Booth Centre have made the final. 

The BE PROUD awards celebrate those who make a difference to our communities. 

"All over Manchester there are individuals, groups and voluntary organisations who are bringing their neighbourhoods together and making a big difference to community life.

Young and old are working together - indoors and outdoors - on local projects, large and small. They're continuing week in week out, providing vital support, giving their time, giving their skills or just their energy. Their projects are taking shape, growing, making real improvements and inspiring others to get involved too." 


Members of the Progression Group and Royal Exchange Community Programme Leader Ben Turner at the awards dinner held at the Town Hall in Manchester.

The Community Leader Programme was a three year partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Booth Centre: a service offering advice and activities for homeless people in Manchester. From 2011 – 2014, the partnership used theatre processes and practice as creative tools to develop the social and personal skills of adults who have experienced homelessness. Working together, the overall aim of the partnership was to contribute to participants’ ability to resettle, find stability and address ongoing health and substance misuse issues.

In April 2014, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Booth Centre delivered Backstage? Me?, a one day event looking at homelessness and theatre which offered an opportunity for debate, discussion and intelligence sharing with other homeless charities, arts organisations, practitioners and social change professionals.