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"We are an independent charity (established in 1996) working to turn ideas into action for a sustainable future - by this we mean a future that is greener, safer, healthier and equitable." [1]

"In the summer of 1995 in a smoky pub somewhere in Manchester two friends - Helen Woodcock and Chris Walsh sat chatting... Jane Pickering, a friend... also decided to do the same thing. Now there were four people and bids were made to the National Lottery, European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Now we just had to sit back and wait… Autumn and Winter of 1998: Starting Projects. Some good news: our ERDF bid was approved. Cathy Brookes was employed to run Building Equality (the women's construction course) and we set about finding a building to spend the £115,000 from ERDF on. We found a building called Miller House. It was the right size, about 15,000 sq. ft. and in the right area, the Ancoats Urban Village...." [1]


Accessed March 2014: [2]



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  1. MERCi Home, organizational web page, accessed March 27, 2014.
  2. MERCi Board, organizational web page, accessed March 27, 2014.