We are happy to report we’re growing the Kindling family! With extra staff coming on board in recent months for Veg Box People, Manchester Veg People and our own Kindling team, our old office in Hulme was getting a little cramped. So we’ve all recently moved into Bridge 5 Mill, an amazing, 150 year-old, ecologically refurbished mill building in Ancoats, ten minutes along the canal from Piccadilly station.
It is lovely being in the mill as it feels a bit like coming home – two of Kindling’s founders (Helen and Chris) were part of the small team that purchased and converted the building in an ambitious £4 million eco-restoration project almost twenty years ago, that gave the mill given a new lease of life and saw local unemployed people trained up in eco-construction and refurb.
As we were in our previous office at Work for Change, it’s also great once again to be surrounded by innovative, progressive and dynamic projects and people who are all contributing to a happier, fairer and more sustainable Manchester. We’ve come to the Mill just as two other new tenants have moved in – the Workers Educational Association who tackle disadvantage through education and Manchester Carers Centre, supporting unpaid carers in our city. We’re joining existing tenants like Three Bees Co-operative, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, and the Manchester Environment Education Network. So we’re really looking forward to getting to know our neighbours and maybe even finding ways of working together in the future.
The mill has lots of event space for hire as well as offices, so if you’d like to join us there, check out the website!