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3 Feb 2015 - 10:58 by Mike Wild

Tonight is the “manVcam” rally in on Albert Square in Manchester. Some local voluntary and community groups have been wondering about whether it’s appropriate to go along, so here's my take on it.

The rally’s aim is to challenge the Government’s reduction of the amount of money which is given to Manchester City Council to provide public services. It’s been heavily trailed in the press with a list of celebrity speakers lined up to take part: http://www....

19 Jan 2015 - 15:26 by michelle.foster

We have updated our open data sets on the groups we have on our database which shows which ward they are based, their equalities focus and their annual turnover.

Our volunteering data has also been updated and we are pleased to be releasing even more data about the volunteers we have been in contact with. As well as showing the ward where our volunteers live, their gender and the numbers of volunteers we have been in contact with we are also releasing data which shows the age, ethnicity and employment status of the volunteers registered with us.


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11 Dec 2014 - 12:11 by Mike Wild

As I write this, the team are just about to head over to the Mechanics Institute for today's Emergency Voluntary Sector Assembly event to discuss the impact of Council budget proposals on the work of the voluntary and community groups in Manchester.

Unsurprisingly there has been huge interest in this meeting so I'm confident that we'll see a good cross-section of the local sector: large and small organisations, from all parts of the city and delivering a huge range of services and activities in local commnities. There will be a lot of anger borne out of deep concern for local...

28 Nov 2014 - 12:11 by john.butler

Manchester City Council are planning massive cuts to services which help maintain positive mental health and resilience and cutting all services that support people recovering from severe and enduring mental health conditions. At the same time the NHS in Manchester is planning to discharge (step down to primary care) up to 800 people from community mental health services. (This is something that is also happening in other areas across Greater Manchester as beds and staff have been cut over the past few years) .This is a group of people who statutory mental health services say they can no...

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20 Nov 2014 - 17:53 by Nigel Rose

Voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSOs) are often asked to make voluntary cuts in their funding by public authorities such as Councils. How do they to decide “What to Offer”?

The starting point is that this is a negotiation, even if the whole process is done by email/letter. The public authority is negotiating with you about a variation in a contract. It makes no difference if it is termed a grant. All relationships where there is an exchange, where an organisation gives you money and expects something in return are forms of contractual relationships. The terms of the...

12 Nov 2014 - 15:23 by Mike Wild

A lot of people in the local voluntary sector are going to be very angry today. They’re going to feel threatened, undervalued, rejected and hopeless. The Council’s budget proposals will make horrible reading for many people who’ve been working very hard for a long time to make a difference in the city. For some groups this will mean cuts to services and activities. For many it will mean many job losses – the sector is an employer too, after all. For some this may be the last straw and we may see the end of a number of organisations that have made a great contribution to the city.


23 Oct 2014 - 12:25 by michelle.foster

Wikipedia defines Open data as ‘…the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.’

So in plain English we have published data which you can use for whatever you like!

We’ve very pleased to be releasing our data on groups on our database, volunteers that are registered with us and grants awarded through our Reducing Social Isolation grants programme.

What can you find?
You can find the number of groups registered on our...

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22 Aug 2014 - 15:00 by Mike Wild

Four weeks to go and the Spirit of Manchester Festival is building up nicely.

Below is a Google Map of all the venues and events in the Spirit of Manchester Festival. It's my hope that over the next few weeks, we'll see more and more markers on this map. Wouldn't it be great if we could cover the city? If you're a local voluntary sector group and you've not yet got involved, there's still time. Just go to our festival webpage www....

11 Aug 2014 - 13:57 by miriam.belfield

 Out of the many reasons I applied for an internship, probably the one I dwelt on most was the fear of being unprepared for the real world come summer 2015 when I graduate. As I scrolled through available opportunities nothing appeared to spring out at me and I had almost become resigned to the fact that I would return home for the summer in search of any sort of employment that would tide me over till September. That was when I discovered the Spirit of Manchester Internship, a new initiative that was looking for someone to organise a Festival to celebrate the voluntary work that goes on...

31 Jul 2014 - 13:40 by Mike Wild

One of the things I love most about working in the voluntary sector is that if you have a really good idea you can generally find a way to make it happen. It might take a while – things like our State of the Sector and Civil Economy work were on my wishlist for years before we were finally able to publish the finished work. But sometimes you can be taken by surprise at how fast you can go from the idea to it actually happening.

Back in January...