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Greater Manchester infrastructure charities draw the line on volunteering

2 May 2014 - 11:32 by Mike Wild

A group of voluntary sector support organisations across Greater Manchester have this week issued a joint statement championing volunteering and defining the difference between people who volunteer and those who are on unpaid work placement schemes.

The group includes Volunteer Centres and voluntary sector infrastructure organisations across Greater Manchester who are increasingly concerned that the line between volunteering and unpaid internships or work experience were becoming blurred.

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Update - Youth and Play Fund Commissioning Evaluation

17 Apr 2014 - 12:41 by Mike Wild

Macc, VYM and Manchester City Council worked co-operatively to produce an Evaluation of Youth and Play Fund Commissioning (2013-2015). The evaluation is based on survey data, focus groups and interviews with officers and councillors of Manchester City Council and with voluntary sector youth and play providers. It is divided into a number of sections each with findings, recommendations and questions to be considered, including sections on the application process, the decision making process panels and moderation and contract negotiation.

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Legal justice Together

17 Feb 2014 - 14:24 by john.butler



Legal Justice Together Conference

Manchester 15 th March Mechanics Institute

This FREE one day conference will cover the challenges to publicly funded legal advice services locally, regionally and nationally.
For more details about speakers etc see link below

It will be of interest to anyone effected by cuts to legal aid and legal advice provision in both criminal and civil law.

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Wellbeing and Health Policy

17 Feb 2014 - 13:15 by john.butler

The Department of Health has published a suite of evidence summaries on why wellbeing matters to health throughout someone’s life, and what policy makers can do about it.

For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing. For further information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wellbeing-and-health-policy  

Titles include:

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Draft Charter for Mental Health Services

23 Jan 2014 - 15:41 by john.butler

As part of our work to support engagement of the voluntary sector in the proposed recommissioning of mental health services Macc has set up an advisory group to strengthen the voice of people who use mental health services and mental health self advocacy groups. We began by producing a draft charter for mental health services, which is based on things that people who use mental health services have said in previous consultations.

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Fulfilling Lives : Ageing Better. Update

5 Nov 2013 - 15:04 by hannah.powell

The main purpose of the Big Lottery investment is to support older people who are marginalised or most at risk of social isolation and loneliness so that they can lead more fulfilling lives.

Following the successful initial expression of interest from eight of the ten Greater Manchester Authorities, GMCVO have now been appointed the lead organisation to take the bid through to the next stages; to develop the vision and strategy for better ageing and the final Partnership Business Plan which needs to be completed by the beginning of April 2014.

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Bee Saver Kits

8 May 2013 - 10:58 by margot.sullivan

Save Britain's bees. Donate to get your Bee Saver Kit now.

Our bees are dying out fast and a huge reason for this is the loss of their natural habitat. They've lost 97% of their grassland habitats in the past 60 years. But disaster can be averted.

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Race against time to save historic Ancoats Dispensary - '13th hour' stay of execution

1 May 2013 - 13:09 by margot.sullivan

Race against time to save historic Ancoats Dispensary

Historic Ancoats Dispensary has been given a ‘13th hour’ stay of execution – after it was set to be demolished. Councillors have ruled campaigners fighting to save the nineteenth century former hospital have one month to prove they have viable plans for its future.

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Manchester Hatecrime Strategy

21 Jan 2013 - 13:29 by Mike Wild

The week of 21st January 2013 is Hatecrime Awareness Week. The first in a week full of events is a launch of the new Hate Crime Strategy for the city by the Manchester Community Safety Partnership*.

Click here to see the calendar of events for Hatecrime Awareness Week (PDF)

Click here to download the new Hatecrime Strategy (PDF)

Hatecrime is crime which is targeted at a person because of

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