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Consultation on New Policy Directions for the Big Lottery Fund

31 Aug 2011 - 09:36 by michelle.foster

The Government is seeking views on a number of proposed policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

Following the transfer of policy responsibility for BIG from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to the Cabinet Office, the consultation document sets out the Government's view that BIG is restricted in its ability to distribute funds and proposes a series of new policy directions for the Fund.

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Community Toolkit

31 Aug 2011 - 09:35 by michelle.foster

Community Toolkit is a free online resource for people who want to get involved in organising smaller, more straightforward community activities.

The barriers which prevent volunteering in your local community have been looked at and a website has been created that could give you some guidance, inspire you and, most importantly, provide you with some information you may need to get started. It includes guidance on some legal, health and safety, insurance and planning issues.

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Volunteering Opportunities at Women's Domestic Abuse Helpline

30 Aug 2011 - 12:10 by michelle.foster

The Women's Domestic Abuse Helpline (WDAH) is looking to recruit volunteers for the Helpline including the Community Helpline Language Service (CHLS).

• Could you be supportive and understanding over the phone to women who are experiencing domestic abuse?
• Do you have an understanding of the importance of confidentiality?
• Can you remain calm in a crisis?
• Do you want to make a difference to the lives of women and children?
• Could you commit to a three-hour rota session a week, for a minimum of 12 months?

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Health and Wellbeing Forum

30 Aug 2011 - 11:53 by michelle.foster

The Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board will be meeting for the first time at the end of September. The Board will aim to provide strong leadership and drive the public health and health improvement agenda with a range of partners around the table including the voluntary and community sector.

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Be Proud Awards 2011

24 Aug 2011 - 09:27 by michelle.foster

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to your community this year? Then why not nominate them for a Be Proud Award.

The awards are a celebration of Manchester’s heroes, rewarding volunteering, excellence and outstanding spirit in the community. This is your opportunity to recognise those who have worked hard to change and improve the lives of others or someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference. You can nominate anyone who lives, works or goes to school within the Manchester city boundaries.

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Some key changes happening at YASP

24 Aug 2011 - 09:19 by michelle.foster

Young Adult Advice & Support Project (YASP) has been successful in receiving a three year grant through Reaching Communities and YASP will be making a public announcement of this at the start of October. YASP are all very pleased that we will be able to continue to deliver services for 15-25 year olds.

There will be a number of changes in service delivery from October 2011. There will be some interim changes whilst the new Reaching Communities project at YASP is implemented.

The changes are:

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Support for Third Sector Survey Monkey – Full Responses Released

23 Aug 2011 - 15:57 by michelle.foster

Following the summary update provided in June the full feedback from the Survey carried out on support for the third sector at the end of last year (October to November 2010) has been released. 98 individuals responded which represented 74 organisations.

The feedback letter from Stephen Higgins, Senior Officer at the Business Improvement and Partnerships Team at Manchester City Council, reads:

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Inspired Facilities – Funding for Community Sports Projects

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00 by michelle.foster

Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.

Part of Places People Play, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, it is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.

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