Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area

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The Gangstop march on June 1 was local people in the Longsight and Moss Side areas of Manchester saying 'enough' to drug gangs and the associated violence that has taken 14 young lives in recent years.

Following the march a number of community meetings took place where local people came together to discuss how to follow up the march. If young people were being attracted to gang culture, at least part of the reason must be a lack of other options. It was decided to form an organisation to represent the community to ensure that our young people had 'life-chances' as viable alternatives to crime.

CARISMA (Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area) was launched at a Community Consultation meeting on November 27.

Carisma's Values, Aims and Objectives were presented and questions and comments were invited. The response was unanimously in favour (e.g. this letter from the Manchester Evening News). At a further Community Meeting on January 31 eight local people were elected to join the interim Core Group to make a Core Group of twelve - four of them young people.

At the end of February 2003 we held our first Peace Week, culminating in a Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral for those who had lost loved ones to gang-related violence.

In the summer of 2003 CARISMA set up office in The Saltshaker on Alexandra Park Estate, Moss Side, giving us a local base.

CARISMA became a Registered Charity (no. 1112586) in December 2005.

For a fuller history and reflection, click here for
"Carisma - The First Ten Years" (pdf)