Bransholme Chat has currently moved to a phone service, supporting the most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods. If you know someone who’d benefit from this service please contact email@example.com, and we’ll keep you all posted about future opening and how we’ll do this safely and considerately.
Back to Ours is and always has been about people, and what do people like doing best? Having a proper good old natter.
Enter Bransholme Chat at the Living Room; at the heart of the project is bringing people together and helping to build new friendships at a time when social isolation is at its highest. It’s a place where anyone and everyone can come and talk about what’s happening in their community or lives, encouraging chat and discussions between local people.
Our Neighbourhood Programme Manager, Tony Forrester, says:
“Huge thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, who’ve funded Bransholme Chat.
“Back to Ours and the North Point Shopping Centre Management have worked with some of the local residents to create a space that they can simply drop in, chat and maybe try something new – with this funding for the next three years we can offer the community something unique and new.
“We want to encourage lots of chat and try to create some events based on some of those conversations, and we hope the space will keep changing its look and direction as we move further down the line.”
The space is multi-functional, with the front room open for drop-in chat and the back room used for exhibitions, workshops, gigs, and even theatre shows – Back to Ours’ in-house children’s show High Horse premiered at The Living Room for a week during May half-term in 2019, before moving onto The Big Malarkey and Freedom Festival. It was also a hive of production activity during 1940’s punk-pop circus opera Back to Bransholme, and has hosted exhibitions by artists Dom Heffer, Shaz Darley and Chrissy Collinson.