Our Room Manchester is a creative community for male, trans & non-binary people who sex work.
With nearly 20 years’ experience of supporting our community our vision is that men, trans, and non-binary people who sex work are supported and empowered to live happier, healthier, more creative lives.
We believe in the transformative power of art and the right for everyone to participate in our city’s rich cultural life. We provide a rich and varied programme of creative activities and projects.
We believe all people who sex work deserve dignity, respect and safety.
We began life as ‘The Blue Room’ and changed our name to ‘The Men’s Room’ in 2009. Over the years we have supported increasing numbers of trans and non-binary people and its increasingly clear that our old name no longer reflected who we worked with and who we are as an organisation. In November 2023 after a long consultation with our participants and partners we changed our name to Our Room.
We provide a friendly, non-judgemental space where people can get advice and support and get involved in our creative programme.
Our support and advocacy team work with our participants to address immediate and long-term support needs, offering practical support, advice and advocacy on a huge range of issue substance misuse, housing troubles, sexual health, metal health and emotional wellbeing etc. Our staff and volunteers are experienced professionals from the fields of social work, the arts and youth work. We work in partnership with agencies across Manchester.
We speak up and speak out on issues which are important to the people we work with. Our vision is to empower our service users through arts engagement to take control of their own lives.