Opportunities To Get Involved

Want To Get Involved?

There are many ways to get involved in your local community. Opportunities range from helping out at the tenants base, attending a social group, becoming an active member with a recognised Tenants Association and joining our Board.


Pioneer People

Pioneer People are a group of residents that are dedicated to improving the lives of local people. They strive to make our communities stronger and encourage residents to take responsibility for their own community and to work together to improve it.

The term Pioneer People is a collective name for all the formal and informal groups that work in the neighbourhood and meet up to swap and share notes and ideas. Our aim is to reach out to as many residents as possible and encourage them to join us.

Pioneer people kids


We meet monthly at the Tenants Base, more often if we have an event or a project on the go. You can also follow and ‘like’ the Pioneer People Facebook page.

The Rough Diamonds

We meet every Thursday evening in The Linda Fletcher Community Base. Our main aim is to help reduce social isolation in our Community. We know that life can be lonely for some and by meeting once a week to play games, quizzes and have a laugh we can improve the quality of lives.  We don’t just stop there we also have a craft session on a Wednesday where we invite local people to come along and share their skills and learn new ones making  friends along the way.  This last 4 years we have received funding to run “Healthy Eating” cooking course which are always a huge success. We teach people that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or expensive. We offer people the opportunity to try something different for free. We are an open and honest group that welcome all. Please see the “What’s on Guide” for days and time.

We follow the 5 ways to Wellbeing in all our activities:-

Rough Diamonds objectives


The Digital Diamonds

Since taking over from REACH in 2015, The Digital Diamonds have continued the great work in the Linda Fletcher Community Base. We work together in partnership with Ashton Pioneer Homes to offer free internet access to local people.  Our aim is to reduce digital isolation and help support as many people as possible get online. We know that having access to the internet can significantly improve lives, whether it is finding employment, saving money or keeping in touch with family.  There are so many reasons why we support people to get online.  We have 6 desk top computers and 3 laptops up and running.  We have staff and volunteers to help support users with basic I.T, benefits, emails, Job search and Face book.  We even saved one user £100 by getting his car insurance online! Please see our “What’s On Guide” for opening times

The APH Board meet every 6 weeks and are responsible for the governance of the organisation. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member please call and speak to Tony Berry, Chief Executive.

If you just want to help out or you would just want to get out and meet new people then please give Nicola a call for a friendly chat on 0161 343 81528 or email:  nicola.woods@ashtonpioneerhomes.co.uk


Resident Involvement Case Studies. 

Below you can read some exciting Resident Involvement case studies. If you have an exciting story to tell about your experience with Resident Involvement at APH, contact Nicola our Community Capacity Worker on the above email.

The Rough Diamonds- Cooking on a Budget

The Rough Diamonds- Skills Sharing

The Linda Fletcher IT Suite

The Internet and Beyond with APH and The Pioneer People

Be Online 2015: Health

The IT Suite: Paul Johnsons Story

The Rough Diamonds and Digital Diamonds: Dee Wilson

The Rough Diamonds Social Group: Jemma Rain