White Ribbon Campaign 2023

White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that follow it is an important time of the year to raise awareness about men’s violence against women as well as the active role men must play in ending it. 

#ChangeTheStory is about reversing this narrative: All Men can take an active role in stopping violence before it starts by recognising and calling out attitudes and behaviours that are harmful and constitute as violence, and lead to more extreme cases of violence.

1 in 4 girls, in mixed sex schools, have experienced unwanted sexual touching in school.

6 in 10 women have experienced harassment at the gym.

1.7 million women had experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2022.

These statistics convey the widespread nature of men’s violence against women in our society. This is a sad reality — and one we can change.

We held a coffee morning on Friday 24th November 2023, inviting all the local community and partner agencies, including, Jane Almond, Domestic Violence Lead for Bury Council, the Mayor, local councillors, James Daly MP and GMP Bury North.

During this event, attendees wore white ribbons and took the pledge, whilst also enjoying cake and a hot drink. 

For the next planned event, Bury FC Men’s Team were playing Pilkington and agreed to wear the white ribbon to highlight this matter, and to also sign the pledge.  

This was supported by the full Bury FC Men and Bury FC Ladies, including all staff and management. 

We would like to thank Bury Football Club and Dave McNabb for their support with this campaign.

The signed pledge will be displayed at Bury Town Hall and also at Bury Football Club. 


Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebration – 75 glorious years!

The first even we held before we even opened the hub officially. We held a community picnic on Redvales playing field. We try to have everything free or as cheap as possible so it’s accessible for all.

We had special guests from Bury Football Club and players from the Bury FC ladies team came down as our special guests. 

We had face painting, henna, a DJ, mascots, a belly dancer and much more. 

We were supported by local partners and community groups including ADAB, BAME, and GMP Bury North. 

It was a fabulous day in the sunshine attended by lots of the community. 

Some of the feedback

“amazing community event with a true community spirit. The kids loved playing football with the professionals and a free bouncy castle is always a hit, well-done ladies”

“amazing afternoon, came with a picnic. Everyone together, true community spirit. Met some new people off the estate.”


Police & Communities Together Meetings

Every 12 weeks the hub hosts the Police and Communities Together meetings.

These meetings are open to the public and are held in the ward area. These meetings are for the Redvales ward. 

They are attended by our Redvales Policing team, Local elected councillors, and other members of the Bury Council. There is no need to book, just come along. These meetings will be advertised on our website and social media, along with the Bury GMP North social media pages.

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Violence Against Women & Girls Day

FGRS Community Hub signed up in support of Greater Manchester Police and the hosting of Operation Lioness and Violence Against Women and Girls day. 

As part of this, we attended a stall in the Bury centre to talk to women and girls about keeping safe and the services we all deliver. We promoted our domestic abuse drop-in and our Ladies Mental Health talking Group. We also offer our space as a drop-in 3 days a week as a place of safety for a lady/ young lady to come have a brew and get support or just to come and have a brew. 

As part of this campaign, Sgt Irish of GMP Bury North offered a self-defence and safety class for women and young girls. We hired the gym within Bury Football Club and she came down one evening to give 45 women and young girls some self-defense classes and advice about keeping themselves safe. 

The session was fully booked within and hour. 

More of these sessions coming soon!


Suicide Prevention & Awareness Walk

We joined a march through Bury town centre in support of Public Health, Bury Council and The Big Fandango. Rebecca from The Big Fandango lost her daughter to suicide. Lots of families who have lost someone to suicide attended. 

I was honoured to represent FGRS during this walk with my husband, as we lost a very close friend to suicide some years ago. The prevention of this is obviously very important, but its also important to support those left behind. It was an emotional but very powerful day.

The march was a huge success and ended with the unveiling of a remembrance stone based at Castle Leisure Centre. The stone is situated in the garden area to the front of the building and will remain there. It is a safe spot for people to go, take a minute and remember.