During the conference we are offering delegates the opportunity to join walking tours of Mancheter run by Invisible Mancheter, is a social enterprise which doesn't believe in labels or stereotypes and wants to show that everyone has great potential, a fact reflected in our tour guides. All tour revenue is invested in providing support for the tour guides, who have all been affected by homelessness. Invisible Manchester trains people affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city and offer these alternative tours to tourists and locals.
Each tour takes between 1 and 1.5 hours and costs £10. You can book your place by clicking on one of the links below. You will also be able to book at the Information Desk during the IATEFL Conference.
Off the cobbles walking tour
Danny's powerful and insightful poetry, for many, is a highlight of the tour. He is now a published poet and has performed his work at venues across Manchester. His story shows the impact the arts can have on the mental and emotional health of the homeless community, and he’s passionate about using his experience to raise awareness and tackle stigma about homelessness.
He started writing poetry after taking part in a creative skills workshop, run by the Arthur and Martha production company for those experiencing homelessness. This learning experience inspired Danny and ignited his love of writing, as well as rebuilding his confidence, helping him move off the streets.
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Back in time walking tour
As a transgender woman, Laura’s tour tries to build bridges between her past and the person she has become today. She hopes to educate locals and tourists alike, to understand the difficulties of living on the streets as well as being transgender, in order for people to gain an insight on the issues surrounding homelessness.
What to expect?
Your experience starts at one of Manchester’s finest listed buildings, the Central Library, in St Peter’s Square. Where you should keep an eye out for Laura in her green hoodie which you’ll be welcomed with a meet and greet!
The one and a half mile walk will take you to places like:
- St Peter’s Square, where the Central Library, The Midland Hotel, and Emmeline Pankhurst statue are located.
- Manchester Art Gallery, including the gallery cafe
- China Town, where photo opportunities arise
- Piccadilly Gardens, the home of the Queen Victoria statue
- Chapter One Books, a break for a tea or coffee
- The Northern Quarter, taking you to beautiful and intriguing sites, for example, Greater Manchester Police Museum.
- The tour will end in the center of the Northern Quarter.
This tour will take you around the seen and unseen of Manchester’s streets.
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