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Would You Like to Join the VCN Task Group?

18 Apr 2012 - 15:49 by michelle.foster

The Volunteering Community Network (VCN) Task Group are looking to continue the great work the task group has achieved over the past few years. The recent achievements of gaining funding and the support from the council for Volunteer Centre Manchester has shown that it does make a difference to continue to promote the positive affect of volunteering and the continuous need for further investment and support.

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Increasing Business Support for the Local Community Survey

16 Apr 2012 - 16:19 by michelle.foster

The charity Urban Forum has been working with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Manchester City Council and local stakeholders on a project in Cheetham Hill. The project has been looking at ways in which resilience can be increased through collaboration between the business, voluntary and community sector, and public sector at the neighbourhood level.

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New policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund

13 Apr 2012 - 09:40 by michelle.foster

The Cabinet Office have published their New Policy Directions for the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) following the consultation they held last year. The Cabinet Office have also published a summary of the responses from the consultation.

Responsibility for the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), including setting policy directions transferred from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the Cabinet Office in April 2011 following the Public Bodies Review Programme.

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The Scurrah Wainwright Charity

12 Apr 2012 - 10:24 by michelle.foster

The Charity funds projects in England, primarily in Yorkshire and the North of England, as well as Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. It rarely funds work in any other part of the world.

It looks for innovative work in the field of social reform, with a preference for ‘root-cause’ rather than palliative projects.

It favours causes that are outside the mainstream, and unlikely to be funded by other charities. It will contribute to core costs.

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Towards Employability

12 Apr 2012 - 09:36 by michelle.foster

Trinity House Community Resource Centre are running drop-in support / training sessions throughout the year for 18 to 24 year olds living in the Old Moat and Burnage areas (M19 & M20).

Towards Employability has three key elements:

1. An initial engagement and recruitment period, with referrals from Job Centre Plus - Didsbury and Longsight and self referrals. During which a registration and individual action plan would be completed.
Access to accredited courses - 20 April 2012, 9:00 - 16:00 Food Hygiene in Catering Level 2

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The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

11 Apr 2012 - 16:40 by michelle.foster

The Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973 with funds from The Worshipful Company of Weavers, which is the oldest City of London Livery Company and has a history dating back before 1130 AD.

The Benevolent Fund Priorities are:
1. Helping disadvantaged young people
The object of the fund is to support projects working with disadvantaged young people to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. Young people are defined as being aged from 5 to 30 years.

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Would you like to become an Olympic Ambassador?

11 Apr 2012 - 09:19 by michelle.foster

Olympic Ambassadors will welcome visitors from all over the UK and the world to the North West during the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The Ambassador Programme is the joint volunteer programme for Manchester, Salford and Trafford communities to get involved in the London 2012 games preparations and games times activities in the 3 communities.

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Attitudes to Foster Care Survey

11 Apr 2012 - 09:05 by michelle.foster

Caritas Diocese of Salford, a Greater Manchester social welfare charity that is also a Foster Care Agency, is conducting an online survey in order to find out more about the region’s attitudes towards Fostering and Foster Care.

The results will help vulnerable children in the care system by having a more targeted approach in attracting local carers.

The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete and applicants can enter into a prize draw to win a £100 M&S voucher.

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Achieve Pilots – Helping Ex-Offenders into work

5 Apr 2012 - 15:46 by michelle.foster

“Achieve” is a Ministry Of Justice scheme, to help ex-offenders into work, especially those with additional disadvantages. Participants in the scheme are either on community orders, released on licence, or released from a short sentence.

Greater Manchester Probation is delivering the scheme for the North West region. They are just finishing delivering the first contract and will begin a second one in April 2012.

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