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Great Place GM was a 3 year action research programme led by Greater Manchester Combined Authority from 2018-2021

and part of the national Great Place scheme funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

Its aim was to demonstrate the powerful contribution of culture and creativity to health and wellbeing, community and place. This was achieved through the development of imaginative partnerships and innovative ways of working across geographical and thematic boundaries including health and wellbeing, ageing well, place shaping and diversity and inclusion.

"What we’ve achieved is to demonstrate that culture and creativity contribute to dynamic and healthy communities and can help address social and health inequalities. But culture isn’t just a tool for change, it shapes our places, develops us as humans and is an essential part of the life force of the city region."

Julie McCarthy
Great Place GM Programme Manager

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