From the outset of the Manchester and Salford Community Cat Project, it has been absolutely key to form effective working partnerships with other local agencies and community groups in order to have the maximum outreach possible. So far, we have formed partnerships with several of these agencies and groups based throughout Manchester and Salford - such as local Trussell Trust foodbanks, the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group, Age UK Manchester, various Salford Council Neighborhood Teams, Mustard Tree, Inspiring Communities, several Housing Associations/ALMOs and many more.
One example of the partnerships we have formed is the first Manchester Animal Welfare Education and Community Working Group, which consists of Cats Protection, the Dogs Trust, PDSA, RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch, RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, Blue Cross and Manchester City Council. During its first meeting, the group pledged to meet regularly, share relevant animal welfare information and work collaboratively on future community events to improve welfare standards for all animals throughout the city of Manchester. One way of doing this, is through Community Pet Events, where owners can bring along their pet to be micro-chipped and health checked for free, as well as having the opportunity to seek advice on caring for their pet.