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Public Consultation now launched! Have your say HS2 West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond....

16 Aug 2013 - 11:40 by margot.sullivan

Public Consultation now launched!


Have your say HS2 West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond....
High Speed Rail – Formal Public Consultation on the proposed route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond has now been launched (closes on 1700 on 31 January 2014)

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Cooking for Everyone - Free Sessions

16 Aug 2013 - 10:09 by margot.sullivan

Cooking for Everyone

Do you want to learn how to cook improve your baking skills, make dishes from scratch live better and spend less?

Then check out these FREE sessions at:

Trinity Methodist Hall, Butler Street, Miles Platting, M4 7JE

Garden visit and healthy snacks – Tuesday 3 September 10-12 noon
Bread Making – Tuesday 10 September 12 – 3:00pm
Making Scones and Jam – Tuesday 17 September 12-3:00pm
Storing and Preserving – Tuesday 24 September 12-3:00pm
Autumn Treats – Tuesday 1 October 10-12 noon

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Surviving the Recovery

13 Aug 2013 - 10:48 by Mike Wild

During the recent bout of hot weather, I somehow managed to come down with a cold. I not only felt ill, I also felt ridiculous: I mean who gets a cold in the middle of a heatwave? As I write this, figures have just been released showing that the country’s economy is slowly starting to grow again after the recession. It’s a similar feeling: I’m being told it’s lovely out there but it feels dreadful. No matter what the economic analysis says, when I look around I see incomes reducing, prices rising, services closing and life generally becoming more difficult.

Spirit of Manchester

26 Jul 2013 - 16:14 by Mike Wild

I've mentioned previously that there's a danger that this blog becomes a series of rants about things I'm angry about. Well not today, at least!

Our State of the Voluntary Sector report shows there are over 3000 voluntary and community groups in Manchester. I don't know them all but I do know a lot of them and one of the great pleasures of my job is that I get to see some of the amazing things happening in groups across Manchester and meet some fantastic people.

Free trees for school, community and youth groups

19 Jul 2013 - 09:47 by michelle.foster

The Woodland Trust have 4000 free tree packs to give away to school, community and youth groups this autumn.

Bring your community together to do something good for your neighbourhood by applying for the chance to receive a free tree pack to plant in November 2013.

Each pack is worth £30, £105 or £420. All you need to do is find a suitable site and supply the volunteer planters and tree protection.

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Every Can Counts

19 Jun 2013 - 13:31 by margot.sullivan

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of National Recycling Week (17-23
June) EMERGE is launching the Every Can Counts scheme to provide
businesses in the Manchester area with a recycling service for drinks
cans which is attractive, flexible and above all, effective.

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Walking the Breadline: The scandal of food poverty in 21st-century Britain - Report

12 Jun 2013 - 13:43 by margot.sullivan

Walking the Breadline: The scandal of food poverty in 21st-century Britain

Published 30 May 2013
Details: Authors, Cooper, Niall & Dumpleton, Sarah
ISBN: 978-1-78077-334-6
Publisher: Oxfam GB & Church Action on Poverty
Type: Research report

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Visits to Co-operatives & Social Enterprises 22 June - 6 July 2013

7 Jun 2013 - 13:06 by margot.sullivan

Interested in finding out more about co-operatives and social enterprises in Greater Manchester?
Want to attend visits, but need your travel costs paid?


Co-operatives2020 are offering a series of FREE visits in Greater Manchester to celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight! Find out more about co-operative and enterprising ways of working in diverse sectors – including the arts, food, environment, retail and workspaces. Be inspired by positive, practical solutions, gain knowledge, meet the hosts and show your support for the local economy!

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Lets Get the Greater Manchester Food Revolution Moving

6 Jun 2013 - 17:09 by sarah.gilston

Join in supporting Manchester Veg People's CrowdFunding Campaign
8 June-20 July
Manchester Veg People is a co-operative of local organic growers and restaurants working together to provide fresh, seasonal food of the highest possible quality. In their first year they sold fresh local produce with a value of £22,000 despite not having their own vehicle and premises. Imagine what they could do this year and in future years with your help.

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