We know that you will share our shock and sorrow following the event which took place last night at the MEN Arena.  At times such as these, we must pull together to support and care for each other.

Our thoughts and love are with them and their families.

Our families will be suffering right now too – especially the children. Please see below for some advice from Winston’s Wish about how to help children during times such as these:

  • Talk to children using words they understand; give information to younger children a bit at a time
  • Try and encourage children to ask questions
  • Answer questions honestly and simply; talking about it won’t make it worse
  • Accept that some things can’t be ‘made better’
  • Show willingness to talk about difficult things and use this as an opportunity to reassure them
  • If children are asking questions, it is a good thing – it shows they trust you and it is better than keeping questions and worries to themselves
  • Remember that ‘super parents’ or ‘super teachers’ don’t exist. Just do and say what you can
  • Don’t be afraid to show children how you are feeling


GOV.UK official information.

This page contains advice on where to seek urgent assistance and information, including the official helplines for this incident.

It also provides guidance on support services available for victims, witnesses, family members, and all those affected by the attack.


#TogetherTrafford vigil at Trafford Town Hall

Trafford’s partnership organisations are aware that people want to come together at this sad time and express their support or grief publically for the devastating event that occurred in Manchesteon Monday evening.

The vigil, for families, friends, staff, partners and all will be held on Monday 29 May at 4pm in the Sunken Gardens at Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH. A number of approaches have been made to Trafford Council and its partners to host vigils and the Council and GMP feels that one event for people to attend will bring the community together and are urging those who wish to attend are signposted to attend this official event.

The event is open to everyone, whether you live in Trafford or not. The short event will consist of messages from local leaders and the young people of our borough.

Guests are also advised that there is no parking available on site however the Town Hall is fully accessible via public transport and is opposite The Old Trafford Metrolink station.

As we are at ‘Critical’ level nationally and with the major events taking place in our city and Trafford this weekend, holding mass gatherings will only increase pressure on police resources and we advise against the organisation of these events.

Those who attend are also discouraged from bringing flowers and candles and are asked to donate to the Red Cross Recovery Fund instead at: https://beta.redcross.org.uk/appeal/manchester-emergency-fund


Worried About The World

Some things that are happening in the world can make us scared, or feel confused, unsafe or like we don’t have control.

However you feel, it can really help to share your feelings and get support.

Here are some useful links that may help with recent events in Manchester.