Recently I had a very nice letter inviting me to write for a publication (quite high status) and a follow-up phone conversation to explore further. In the course of this, the London-based publisher emphasised that wanting to reach outside their heavily London-focused circle was a big priority for them. Who can guess the next bit of the conversation?
All Community Engagement
GreaterSport is conducting research to understand more about residents of Greater Manchester and physical activity. This will inform the campaign they are undertaking to help them achieve their target of getting 75% of GM residents active.
GreaterSport have commissioned an independent research agency, to conduct a survey to understand the experiences of GM residents.
This report provides a record of the Connecting Chorlton, Fallowfield and Whalley Range event in November 2018. The gathering encouraged networking and collaboration between a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations concerned with promoting health and well-being in its broadest sense, across three wards, in the new Chorlton, Fallowfield and Whalley Range neighbourhood. This initiative was started by the Whalley Range Community Forum.
Love Our City is a project funded through RadEqual, Manchester City Council. The RadEqual programme is based on rethinking radicalisation and recognising the challenges relating to our collective understanding of prejudice, hate and extremism which are all very complex issues. The programme recognises that part of the solutions to these big issues has to involve people and the places where they live.
Church Action on Poverty needs people to help them develop Self-Reliant Groups (SRG) in Greater Manchester.
An SRG is made up of 4-10 members from the same neighbourhood and / or similar economic and social experience. They meet regularly and save small manageable amounts, such as 50p or £1 per week. The group is not dependent on outside funding, and has collective and rotating leadership.
My two colleagues and I have just come from dropping off donations at Emmeline’s Pantry. Here at Macc we decided that one of the ways we could practice what we preach is by supporting a local Christmas Appeal, we asked for suggestions and picked at random. Emmeline’s Pantry was the name that came out of the hat.
As part of our ongoing Manchester-wide conversation about mental wellbeing and Sharing Wellness campaign, we are now offering an extended flash round of mini grants of between £500 and £1000 to VCSE groups. The campaign is supported by Manchester Health & Care Commissioning through its Mental Health Grants Programme.The deadline for completed application forms is by 5pm on 23rd November 2018.
Every Tuesday, the dedicated Friends of Ladybarn Park voluntary action gardening group meet in order to enhance and maintain the beauty of the lovely shared space in the heart of the busy community of Fallowfield. Facilities are aimed at all age groups and include a children’s playground, multi-use sports area and a bowling green.
The surrounding parkland, including the landmark ‘Poplar Walk’, are carefully tended by enthusiastic volunteers, and at 85, Doreen Robinson is one of the most well-known and committed gardeners.
We spoke to Sandhya, the Safety4Sisters North West facilitator, about the weekly migrant women’s group that was held on Tuesday.