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12 May 2017 - 11:50 by aneeqa.javed

Hi again!

There are loads of social media management tools to help you manage your social media accounts. It’s about knowing which ones will work with your social media accounts. I would suggest you set time a side every week, maybe an hour or two to create and organise all your content, and schedule them in for that week. Here are a couple of tools which let you do just that.


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8 May 2017 - 15:44 by Mike Wild

So, here we are again.

Among the many questions raised by last year's EU Referendum, is whether charities and voluntary organisations and social enterprises were too quiet in the debate. I'd say this was definitely the case.

There was a lot of confusion - not least from the Charity Commission - about whether campaigning on the Referendum constituted "political activity" and although it was eventually made quite clear that it didn't, I think that by then it was too late and the uncertainty had made charity leaders wary of getting involved. Of course a General Election is a...

3 May 2017 - 17:20 by Nigel Rose

I wrote this essay for a competition (which I didn't win), run by the King's Fund, called "The NHS if’ that explored future scenarios for the NHS. I wanted to write something in a different style, with a bit more of a human feel than the example essays that they commissioned "policy" people to write. I wrote it about the area I live in and the GP surgery I go to and it has some people from Chorlton in it (suitably disguised). In the end, I thought the winning essays were pretty good. Hope you find it interesting and uplifting...

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2 May 2017 - 15:47 by allison.foreman

Greater Manchester's on countdown to elect their first ever mayor. As the hustings come to a close we can reflect on the pledges and views have been shared by candidates at hustings designed to win votes on Thursday 4th May. To see some of the candidates in-action, here are three short films made at the recent Older Peoples Greater Manchester Network event, featuring invited candidates: Sean Anstee, Conservative; Jane Brophy, Liberal Democrats; Andy Burnham, Labour; and Will Paterson, Greens; responses to questions from the audience on homes, transport, health and social care.


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21 Apr 2017 - 11:51 by aneeqa.javed

I’m back with some more social media tips! This time I’ll be looking at good old Facebook.                                    

I personally love Facebook for personal use. But when it comes to creating a page for your organisation, I find maintaining it a pain. It can be very difficult to get your page off the ground, as others cannot find your page as easily as they can on Twitter and I find it more difficult to use at times. Having said that, once you’ve...

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10 Apr 2017 - 10:43 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

Welcome to the final blog post in our mini series from Macc staff and their adventures in the world of volunteering.

Today we hear from Jack Puller. Jack is a Development worker and Team Leader at Volunteer Centre Manchester and has been with us since November 2013. Check out Jack's great story below :-)

Jack Puller:

It's very fitting that I should be ask to write something about my volunteering experiences - I recently observed my 10 Year Volunteering Anniversary:


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6 Apr 2017 - 13:37 by allison.foreman

Welcome to the first in a series of blogs highlighting the work of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN). My role within Macc involves working with the network in partnership with Ambition for Ageing to develop a voice for older people and influence strategies affecting their lives. Here’s a peek at last weeks’ older peoples hustings event with invited Greater Manchester mayoral candidates.

‘We’re going to grill the Greater Manchester mayoral candidates!’
……‘I meant ask them questions’, hope you’re ready for us!’ said Marie from Rochdale as she...

5 Apr 2017 - 11:55 by aneeqa.javed


Ok, so you’ve heard about Twitter, individuals and businesses rave on about how useful it is to engage with your audience, get content out there and how it increases business.
But time is precious and often we can’t find enough time and resources to look into Twitter and create content for it. Most of our aim isn’t to increase business as such but to increase awareness of a cause and organisation, which will be done differently to if you wanted to, say,...

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29 Mar 2017 - 22:31 by Mike Wild

It's 29th March 2017. So in an attempt to be positive about what the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector can do as Brexit officially starts, here's a short video blog we made.


27 Mar 2017 - 13:05 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

We hope you had a great weekend and made the most of the beautiful sunshine!

Welcome back to our mini series of blogs from the team here at Macc. This series has allowed us to take a look back at our own careers and see the impact volunteering had on us and how it helped to shape and influence us later down the road.

In the series we have already heard from Claire Tomkinson and Nigel Rose and today's great story comes from Karen Dyson. Karen is the Organisational Development Worker at Macc...

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