On Wednesday 30th November, Growing in the City held their regular Men’s Shed Manchester session in Openshaw. People can drop in to take part in outdoor activities such as woodwork and gardening and the sessions are open to anyone. Working with people who are in similar situations, fellowship and social interaction are just some of the reasons that participants get involved. It is mainly men who attend and their ages have been anywhere from mid-30s to past retirement age.
We have extended the deadline to complete our State of the Sector survey to 18 December 2016.
We would like to encourage your organisation to complete our important survey as we want to know how the government cuts and economic recession have affected our sector. We need to know how many groups have lost funding, how many have had to reduce services and how many have had to close or are facing closure. But also how we continue to work together providing valuable services and support to the people of Manchester.
Climate change caused by human activity is threatening the well-being of humanity. The wealthiest countries and individuals are responsible for a disproportionate share of emissions, whilst the poorest countries and sections of society are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Similarly, our use of natural resources is unsustainable and unjust. Technological change is essential but not sufficient; fundamental changes to economic models and social norms will also be required, but there is not yet sufficient public or political consensus to make these changes.
Growing food in cities makes a lot of sense. Gardens, allotments, patios, rooftops and window-ledges all have the potential to provide us with an abundance of free and nutritious food.
Plus food grown in urban environments can help reduce food transportation, create jobs, and strengthen communities.
We all have food in common. We eat it, crave it, and dream about it. So let’s celebrate and grow it.
Macc’s purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. So for that reason alone, we’re supporting the People’s Plan as a non-partisan, citizen-led movement bringing new and seldom-heard voices into the conversation about the future of Greater Manchester.
This Manchester City Council report marks the end of their Community Strategy approved in 2006. It details the 'period of transformational change' seen in the city over the last ten years. It also sets out a number of issues still to be resolved and states that some inequalities and challenges have been made worse by the impact of welfare reform and cuts to public services.
Spirit Story was a week-long campaign held in September 2016 to document the extraordinary everyday stories of our sector. VCSE organisations were asked to choose one day during the week of 19-23 September and tell us about an activity that took place which included food distribution, advice sessions, support groups and a sporting memories session.
We gathered 32 stories which are now in a dedicated place on the Macc website - https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/spirit-story-0
We streamed our Spirit of Manchester Awards live, on Thursday 6 October.
You can watch our awards ceremony below.
Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Leicester are leading a project to improve their understanding of domestic gardens in Manchester and the benefits they provide to people and nature.
Live in Manchester? Tell Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Leicester about your back yard, find out more about how to improve the environment in Manchester and enter a prize draw to win £500 of shopping vouchers.
Watch our Chief Executive, Mike Wild talk about our upcoming Spirit of Manchester Awards on That's Manchester TV