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10 Oct 2017 - 15:26 by jack.puller

"100 Subscribes is all it takes!..."

Jack!? What an earth is Micro-volunteering?

My colleague (Barkery) put it nicely in a blog post towards the back end of 2016.


Micro-volunteering is 'bite-sized, on-demand, no/low commitment actions that benefit a worthy cause'. Activities may include signing petitions, clicking voting buttons to help raise funds or...

3 Aug 2017 - 11:54 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

How much Big Lottery funding is spent in your local area?
Grants from the Big Lottery Fund provide a crucial source of income for much of the voluntary and community sector. And ensure that important public services are delivered to those in need.

Through the...

17 Jul 2017 - 15:23 by aneeqa.javed


Hope you are all well.

In this blog, I've come up with 5 mistakes you might be making while using social media, without knowing you are even doing it.

1) Lack of engagement- it’s all well scheduling posts in one go so you don’t have to be online all the time, but some people forget that social media is all about socialising. You do need to be online, I’d say at least once a day for 10-15 minutes, just to...

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29 Jun 2017 - 15:38 by aneeqa.javed


Sorry, its been a while!

Today I'll look at how you can make you social media content interesting and creative.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to know what to post and how to convey a message in an engaging way. But there are ways of doing it; it just takes time and patience- two things we all tend to lack!
Here are some ways of creating content which are easy and don’t take too long to make:
1) Create mini images- you can make these anywhere like Microsoft word, Publisher or if you’re feeling even more creative, you could something more fancy. But...

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7 Jun 2017 - 13:49 by guest.blogger

Our seventh Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Eileen – a volunteer with Age UK Manchester.

"Age UK Manchester (formerly Age Concern Manchester) is an independent charity working with and for older people across Manchester.

Age UK Manchester offers information, advice and support to people aged 60 or over, we provide high quality day, home and residential care in Manchester and run a number of projects and services for...

6 Jun 2017 - 10:52 by guest.blogger

Our fourth, fifth and sixth Volunteer's Week Spirit Stories come from Beca, Al and Marie who all volunteer with Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH).

"MASH supports women engaged in prostitution (sex work). Last year MASH supported 884 women.

All the women we support are individuals and have their own reasons for sex working, however some women feel like they have less choices than others and MASH specialise in...

5 Jun 2017 - 16:36 by guest.blogger

 Our third Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Hannah – a volunteer with City Year UK.

City Year UK is a youth social action charity, challenging 18 - 25 year olds to give a year in their local community supporting students and schools in disadvantaged areas across Greater Manchester.

City Year volunteers give their time 4 days a week at a local school as tutors, mentors and role models, supporting students both in and outside the classroom.


1 Jun 2017 - 16:28 by guest.blogger

Our first Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Molly – a volunteer with NAPAC who supports the organisation as a Telephone Support Line Call Handler.

NAPAC helps adults that have been abused in childhood; their main area of work is to offer a Telephone Support line that provides support to adult survivors of child abuse. NAPAC also provides support via e-mail and they pride themselves on answering every call or e-mail they receive individually.


31 May 2017 - 15:49 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

360Giving are currently running a pilot initiative across Greater Manchester that will make grantmaking in the region more effective for all.

An estimated £6.1bn of grants were made by UK grantmaking organisations in 2013/14, with £2.2bn coming from government....

31 May 2017 - 08:57 by guest.blogger

Our second Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story has been suuplied by John Sennett.

Enter John Sennett...

"John Sennett, a volunteer veteran brings to life his passion for helping others and the charity sector, by running the blog, John’s Road to Volunteering.

John’s Road to Volunteering is a platform sharing a volunteer’s journey into inspiring, motivating and educating others, whilst giving others an opportunity to share their story."

Click here to read the blog...