This briefing is a humorous (we hope) summary of some of the key trends that Macc’s Policy and Influence team have spotted during the last year that we think will impact on Manchester’s Voluntary Sector over the next year. It is not comprehensive by any means and we apologise for all the really important and vital stuff that we’ve missed out.
Voluntary sector is OK!
Our time has come. We are officially recognised by all kinds of people everywhere, in lots of strategic documents, as being really important. We are...
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Happy New Year from Volunteer Centre Manchester!
It’s January 2017 and lots of people will be looking to make positive changes in their life, one of which may be volunteering in some form or another. So what better time to have a look at what your volunteering program will look like over the next year? As an organisation that provides volunteering opportunities, with just a few added adjustments it is possible that you can make your volunteering program better than ever!
In so many ways 2016 wasn’t a great year was it? There seemed to be tragic stories flying at us every day which were about the worst sides of humanity. It was often hard to remember the positives. I doubt that is going to change very much in 2017. It’s very tempting to write a lot of words about the new political realities but other people are far better qualified to do that than I am. Being someone who has a healthy respect for people with knowledge - call them experts if you like - I’ll leave that to them.
Once again, I start the year thinking life in our sector isn’t going to get...
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Manchester Evening News: Tributes paid to community campaigner Dr Sylvia Sham
I can’t help thinking that writing this is the last thing Dr. Sylvia Sham would want me to be doing. I’m sure she’d be saying that I should be getting on with more important stuff. But I need to take time to adjust my brain a bit because I’ve got to get used to asking myself “What would Sylvia have said?”. Past tense. And it’s just guesswork because I can’t ask her any more.
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We’re only a couple of weeks away from Christmas, and 2016 is ready to make way for 2017.
Just a couple of weeks ago, it was International Volunteer’s Day (IVD). The event takes place every year on December 5th and is viewed as an opportunity for volunteers and organisations to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities.
Seeing International Volunteer’s Day made me pause for a second and think about all the great work that...
Volunteering is a hobby or pastime enjoyed by millions of people all over the world and here at Volunteer Centre Manchester (VCM) we hold volunteer inductions every week with budding volunteers. The inductions are a good opportunity for VCM and volunteers to connect, discuss the mix of volunteering opportunities available, chat about what volunteers can expect from organisations and the Volunteer Centre, and to answer any questions volunteers have on the subject.
VCM like to highlight the fact that volunteering is a two-way relationship with both parties benefitting from the...
What are trustees?
Trustees are the people in charge of a charity and they help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. (Source www.trusteesweek.org)
Trustees' Week takes place from 7th-13th November this year, so now is the time to advertise your trustee roles with Volunteer Centre Manchester. Over Trustees week there will be lots of interest and discussion raised on the topic of trustees, so what better time to get your roles in and strike...
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
In my last blog I mentioned the exciting work that 360Giving are doing to launch a searchable facility (powered by open data) showing where grants go. GrantNav has recently been launched.
Finding detailed information about UK grantmaking – who is funding, what, where and how much –...
Macc’s purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. So for that reason alone, we’re supporting the People’s Plan as a non-partisan, citizen-led movement bringing new and seldom-heard voices into the conversation about the future of Greater Manchester.
It’s more than that, however. As I’ve said in our last couple of newsletter updates, the thing I’ve...
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- Learning, Skills and Employment
- Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual
- Mental Health
- Older People
- Physical Disability
- Policy and Influence
- Social enterprise
- Young People
We hope you had a great weekend!
In today's blog I would like to talk to you about Christmas.... I know we've not even had Halloween or Bonfire night yet, but you know how time flies!
From now - and in the run up to Christmas, the Volunteer Centre receives an increased number of requests to dispense information and guidance on volunteering opportunities that are taking place on or around Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
We're writing to let you know that as an organisation you can register your Christmas opportunities on our...