Emma Burne

"Friday's event was a phenomenal success and raised over £85k for the charity, I know the team are delighted by the amount raised and everyone is still buzzing after the evening."

Ruth Ibeguna, Founder and CEO, RECLAIM.

Gorton Monastery has taken its commitment to local young people very seriously.They have also provided inspiring opportunities for our young people, always thinking of RECLAIM teenagers for incredible events, such as singing in front of Prince Charles, meeting The Queen, attending various civic functions and ensuring that our young people and staff never feel like the poor relations but rather treasured VIPs.

Marie McLoughlin, Head of Youth Offending Service, Manchester City Council.

I am so impressed with what you have achieved to date having restored this beautiful building through working in partnership with some key individuals and organisations, attracting appropriate funding and using good business skills to develop it into the successful venue that it has become.

Dr Jeannine Goh, Director and Founder, The Enchanted Child Project.

By The Monastery ‘sharing its story’ its history naturally leads it to be the plce where spirituality and the deeper questions in life can be shared with the community. The stoy of The Monastery and its rich heritage and St Francis thus become an inspiration for the modern-day seeker. The Monastery’s forward thinking vision of housing a permanent education hub that is a joyful place for creativity and spirituality thus continues The Monastery’s story in a way that is both necessary and important in the modern day.

Sara Bayley, Headteacher, St James CE Primary School.

As a local primary school we are very fortunate to have such an amazing venue and resource on our doorstep. As a very deprived urban area, we have to take responsibility for the education of all of our community and being able to maximise on what the monastery can offer, through links with local schools, we can reach far beyond the school gates; it starts with school bt extends and benefits all in our community.

Shauna Murphy, Deputy Headteacher, St Brigid’s RC Primary School.

I would like say a huge thank you for the support and opportunities you have already provided for our children, staff and community of St Brigids. The children and staff across all age groups from 5-11 years of age have benefitted from visits including discussions and work on the history and legacy of the Monastery, they have thoroughly enjoyed their experiences and wish to further their research into the Monastery and the impact it has had within our local community.

Rev. David Gray, Gorton Community Ministry.

Already the Monastery has inspired people to share their personal and collective stories of family, faith, industry, character and so much more. The permanent education, health, community and visitor facilities will not only benefit local people, but will encourage others to come and share our story and be inspired by it to reshape their own communities for future generations.

Karen Robinson, Regional Development Manager, Contact A Family

It was great, all the staff were really helpful and friendly, the food was brilliant and the venue was second to none. I hope we are able to utilise the Monastery again in the future (if funding allows). I will be attending an event in February supporting another charity, Brainwave, who are holding a family event there at half term so I look forward to my return.
Many thanks for everything and please pass on my praise to the staff team who were most welcoming and supportive.