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22 Mar 2017 - 13:50 by aneeqa.javed

Social media has become part of everyday life and a fundamental way in which the world communicates. There are over 2.34 billion social media users worldwide, frankly, if you don’t have a social media presence, you’re missing out!

And yes, there are lots of questions swimming about, about whether social media is worth your time and effort, especially in our sector, where time and resources are extremely valuable and limited. It doesn’t matter what kind of organisation you are, in my opinion, social media is...

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13 Mar 2017 - 11:55 by barkery.jammeh

Hi all,

Welcome to part two of our Macc mini stories. Volunteering has been influential in helping to shape the career paths for a lot of the team here at Macc and we wanted to share them with you through our blog.

Last time we heard from Claire and next up we have Nigel Rose. Nigel is the Strategic Lead (Commissioning) at Macc and has been with us for 4 years. Nigel has a really varied and interesting volunteer history which spans over 30 years. check out Nigel's story below!

Nigel Rose:


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6 Mar 2017 - 11:13 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

As you may be aware we recently celebrated ‘Student Volunteering Week 2017’ and as part of the week we invited guests to share their volunteering stories with us via our blog.
The posts were great and it was really interesting to learn about the impact volunteering had, in particular, on the career choices for those involved.

This became a talking point in the office and we quickly realised that volunteering had been influential in helping to shape the career paths for most of us too. The stories in the office were too good not to share and so we...

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23 Feb 2017 - 11:50 by Mike Wild

You know that game where you have to pick the people, living or dead, you’d most like to have round a dinner table? Being a bit of an ideas geek, I have a similar thing about who I’d like to hear speak at my dream conference. I’m lucky that I occasionally get to hear some brilliant speakers from the world of charities and social enterprises. Hearing someone like Kathy Evans or Neil McInroy or Debra Allcock Tyler speak is something I need every so often...

22 Feb 2017 - 16:12 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

Here is our second blog this week as part of Student Volunteering Week 2017. Today's post is from the Volunteering and Community Engagement Team, at The University of Manchester.

The Volunteering and Community Engagement Team are responsible for supporting any student within the University who wishes to volunteer. The team also provide advice and guidance to academic schools, community and not-for-profit organisations who want to involve student...

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20 Feb 2017 - 10:18 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

As part of Student Volunteering Week 2017, Volunteer Centre Manchester is welcoming Guest Blogs from people who undertake volunteering and those who manage and support said activity. Today we have a great blog from Christian Sinclair.

Christian is a Manchester-based Designer and Freelance Filmmaker and we asked Christian to share his journey and experiences of volunteering with Venture Arts, an Arts centre based in Hulme, Manchester, that provides...

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6 Feb 2017 - 15:47 by barkery.jammeh

A couple of weeks ago, I came across an interesting blog post entitled Stuart Etherington’s New Year Letter to the Sector which gave his thoughts, as NCVO Chief Executive, on the potential challenges for the voluntary sector in 2017 and beyond.

In the blog, Sir Stuart asks us to think about what we can do to help bolster, re-invigorate and better manage volunteering as a whole across the UK, an issue that needs addressing more than ever in the present climate. As a...

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23 Jan 2017 - 12:56 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

Here's to a great week!

Just quickly, last week we shared with you some information on how you can get involved with Volunteering in and around Manchester.

To follow that up, this week we’d like to share with you our 10 top tips (In no particular order) to help make your volunteering journey an enjoyable experience.




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16 Jan 2017 - 09:08 by barkery.jammeh

In January a lot of people take the time to reflect and think about what the year ahead may look like for them, both professionally and/or personally and a lot of the time volunteering can find its way on to the list of ‘things to do’ this year.

Unfortunately though, it doesn’t always get crossed off the list and that isn’t because people can’t be bothered or have gone off the idea, a lot of the time it’s they don’t know how to get started.



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12 Jan 2017 - 16:07 by michelle.foster

Our latest data sets on our work with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and volunteers is now available on our website here: www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/policy-and-influence/open-data

We recently awarded grants to applicants to our Mental Health Grants Programme and will be realising the data on our Open data page soon.

The Mental Health Grants Programme is provided by NHS North, Central and South Manchester CCGs and administered by Macc.

In all 77 eligible...