If you become sick or disabled and lose your job you want to know that you will be supported. Poorly designed rules make it difficult to determine who is fit for work and who isn’t. Citizens Advice are calling on the Government to make ESA fit for work.
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'Fulfilling Potential?' is a new report by Catherine Hale, co-published by Mind and The Centre for Welfare Reform, it outlines the abject failure of the Government's back-to-work programme.
The report describes the experience of those sick and disabled people who are put into the 'Work Related Activity Group' in order to help them find work. The report found:
Could Manchester be Europe’s answer to America’s hippest city - Portland, Oregon?
Manchester has enjoyed solid economic success, there is now an opportunity for a ‘new wave’ to Manchester’s future. A new report A Civil Economy for Manchester, prepared for Macc by the think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) demonstrates how this new wave is about unleashing the power of citizens, social and voluntary group.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.