Local Heritage, Military History, Community support and Mental Health advice! All featured in ‘Heroes Amongst Us’. A new free exhibition coming to Altrincham Football Club on the 9th and 10th November 2023.

The exhibition, organised by the MancSpirit Charity in partnership with Trafford Veterans CIC and Altrincham Football Club, is gathering pace and follows on from the inspiring series of podcast interviews on ‘That Great Manc Pod’ giving local Veterans and their families the opportunity to share their stories about growing up, military service, overcoming physical and mental health challenges and how they continue to support each other and their local communities.

The podcasts are part of a programme delivered by the MancSpirit Charity, and supported by GMCA Culture, which provides local people in Trafford a stronger voice, captures living history, inspires a stronger sense of identity and develops new skills in digital streaming which tackles social isolation, loneliness and mental health challenges.

Paul Ludden, co-founder of MancSpirit, said “It’s an honour working with local Veterans and their families to share their stories and invite them to have a voice in the development of Cultural activity in the Region. Far too often projects are developed ‘about’ people, rather than ‘with’ people and we want to ensure that all of our Greater Manchester communities are valued and included”.

The exhibition, kindly hosted by Altrincham Football Club, and podcasts feature people who are supported by Trafford Veterans CIC with their regular Friday ‘Hub’ meetings, Monthly breakfasts and a whole range of individual and group support tailored to the needs of those in need.

Claire Squires, co-founder of Trafford Veterans CIC, shared “This exhibition is especially important in the run up to Remembrance Day this year as we still feel a strong sense of duty to our local Communities and we believe that Veterans and their families still have a lot to offer even though many are struggling themselves. This camaraderie is at the heart of everything we do and through the podcasts and this exhibition we are offering more people the opportunity to connect, explore their own family history and join in and develop a whole range of activities that are both fun and friendly and open to all”.

The Exhibition is free and is being held Thursday 9th November and Friday 10th November at the Altrincham Football Club, J Davidson Stadium, Moss lane, Hale, Altrincham, WA15 8AP. Everyone is welcome and Claire will be offering people the opportunity to help people research their own family military history on both days, so bring your photo’s, medals and any other items along on the day!

Damian Carr, co-founder of MancSpirit adds, “With the wars in the middle-east and the Ukraine filling our news, it is especially important that we remember all of those people that have been lost or have suffered from conflict throughout history. Through the ‘Heroes Amongst Us’ programme we are giving people the opportunity to see and hear first hand how some of those people have overcome some huge challenges still finding friendship, connection and hope despite what they have been through”

The exhibition is supported by the MancSpirit Charity, a Manchester based Charity that harnesses Creativity and the Arts to inspire positive mental health. Damian Carr, MancSpirit’s co-founder said, “It has been an absolute pleasure supporting this exhibition working with Trafford Veterans CIC and I have no doubt that everyone who visits will be find something of value during the Remembrance period”.

For more information @GreatMancPod and @TraffordVetsUK on Twitter. The event is free and the exhibition runs 9th and 10th November.

*Editors note

‘Hereos Amongst Us’ is an exhibition showcasing the local heritage and the work of Trafford Veterans, collaborated by the MancSpirit Charity.

Trafford Veterans CIC is Trafford Veterans is a group of armed forces veterans, emergency service personnel and local volunteers, who all live in Trafford, Greater Manchester. The group was formed in 2015  after the two founding members, Royal Navy Veteran Claire Wright and British Army Veteran Chris Squires, left the armed forces and faced a struggle with physical and mental injuries. This affected their transition from the military back into their respective communities. Their experiences prompted them to provide peer support to other veterans and members of the community, so people would not feel alone

Contact – Claire Squires         Email: info@traffordveterans.org


MancSpirit is a charity that harnesses Creativity and the Arts to inspire positive mental wellbeing. We are Greater Manchester’s Mental Wellbeing Charity – committed to improve the mental health of those people who choose Greater Manchester as a home, for a career, for leisure or for learning.

Contact – Damian Carr            Email: damian@mancspirit.com