The Manna Timeline
May 2014 - Manna Community CIC is founded
Formed on 1st May 2014, Manna Community CIC is all about supporting people on life’s journey. Our vision is to create opportunities in and around the Doncaster area, that can act as a context for meeting the broad range of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs within local communities.
December 2014 - Light Up Doncaster
Manna Community projected a series of static images onto the east side of Doncaster Minster, during the 2014 advent season. Doncaster Minster, is one of Doncaster’s most well known landmarks. Around 30,000 vehicles per day, pass the Minster in each direction. The projection took place between 4pm and 8pm, on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December 2014.
2015 - Supporting The Sand House Project
Manna Community believes that a vital part of any community is maintaining links with its heritage. Heritage is much more than just historic buildings and monuments. It includes cultures & memories, landscapes & nature, and anything that makes an area unique and worth celebrating. Heritage is what gives us our sense of belonging and pride in where we live. The Sand House Experience is an ideal way to celebrate our town’s heritage.
April 2016 - First Manna Packs Given Out
Our mission at Manna Community is to support people on life’s journey. We do this in many ways through the various projects we run, one of which is the giving of Manna Packs. Some packs are given to large groups at events, simply as a gift containing items to bless and support people, and some are tailor produced for individuals, to meet a specific need.
Summer 2016 - Manna Counselling Service Launched
The importance of mental health and wellbeing is often underestimated in today’s fast paced life. At Manna we are committed to supporting people on life’s journey, and believe that everyone should have access to counselling when they need it.
September 2016 - The Manna Pop-Up Cafe Opens
At the heart of the Manna Pop-up Café is a flexible space designed specifically to support the diverse needs of the local community in areas around Doncaster. The Café first launched on Friday 9th September 2016, and sought to provide a context for connections between local organisations and local residents. Those involved include the local Church, Education, Civic and Business leaders who we are proud to work alongside.
November 2016 - Community Pastors Project
At Manna Community, we believe people deserve to feel valued and listened to. Part of our ministry involved this 1 year project, the main purpose of which was to connect with people on a personal level, offering support, advice and encouragement.
September 2017 - Memento Launched
Here at Manna we understand how bereavement can affect people in so many different ways. This is why we launched Memento Bereavement Support, a specially dedicated time including lunch, to give an opportunity to connect and chat in a warm and comforting environment.
January 2018 - Manna Meet-Ups
As a community we felt the need to gather more, and create spaces in which we could get to know one another, laugh together, and learn more about our place in the world. Our meet-ups give that opportunity, and happen regularly throughout the month.
January 2018 - The Well Bentley
Manna signs legal handover documents, to formally begin working in partnership with DMBC and other key community stakeholders, to re-purpose the former Bentley Training Site. The vision is to create an innovative community hub, known as The Well.
December 2018 - Promoting Bentley using “Bentley is Great” (#bentleyisgreat)
Bentley is Great is a new initiative, launched in December 2018, and is managed by Manna Community CIC supported by our partners. Inspired by the ‘Doncaster is Great’ idea, we shout about everything that’s great about Bentley, and we also re-Tweet the hashtag #bentleyisgreat to a Facebook page
February 2019 - Bentley Pavilion
With a focus on families and communities, we will provide a range of support; services, events and projects based around four community themes. These themes are hospitality, health, heritage and hope. Following on from our 6 month community engagement consultation, our business plan is fully reflective of community need. We will include the Park area and surrounding Bentley assets within our long term planning and involve every dimension reflected within the Bentley community in a cohesive and immersive way.