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George House Trust Spirit Story - Everybody Valued, Everybody Equal

22 Sep 2016 - 12:05 by Nigel Rose

Last night (Wednesday 21st September), George House Trust (GHT) held its Annual General Meeting. It has a unique governance structure, one that fully involves the people who use GHT services and the volunteers. It is part of what makes the culture of GHT, a culture where everyone is valued, everyone is equal.

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Help us showcase the work of Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

12 Sep 2016 - 15:35 by michelle.foster

Our State of the Sector Survey in 2013 found that there were 3,093 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Manchester, with an estimated income of £477 million. The sector employed the equivalent of 12,400 full time staff and 94,300 volunteers gave 370,000 hours, with an estimated value of £332 million. Decision makers took note of the survey results, we know it increased their understanding of the sector. Some of the key facts (3093 organisations, 94,300 volunteers) are now widely quoted by colleagues in the Council, the NHS and other bodies such as Big Lottery Fund.

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Never Going Underground - Community Exhibition opportunities

22 Jul 2016 - 09:54 by michelle.foster

The People’s History Museum is currently working on an exciting community-led project to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Never Going Underground: The fight for LGBT+ rights will focus on the fight for equality for those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and other gender and sexuality minorities (LGBT+). The project will include a major programme of events including a landmark exhibition to open in February 2017 developed by a team of Community Curators.

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Cast your vote for the Best Community Space Spirit of Manchester Award 2016

1 Jul 2016 - 12:32 by michelle.foster

Voting is now open to vote for the Best Community Space Spirit of Manchester Award 2016.

Award criteria
A community space can be a piece of land or a building available for use by the community. Organisations needed to show:
• Best use of a community space
• How the space is seen as central within the community
• The impact it has within the local community

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LGBT Foundation Trustee Recruitment

17 Jun 2016 - 10:44 by michelle.foster

LGBT Foundation are recruiting for new Trustees to join their board. LGBT Foundation are seeking highly skilled and senior managers across all sectors who can bring influence, professional knowledge and experience to the organisation in the following areas:
• Health/with an NHS Background
• Research, Insight and Policy
• Legal/Governance/with Company Secretary background
• Commercial expertise and background

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2016

6 May 2016 - 10:07 by michelle.foster

LGBT Foundation are hosting a Hate Crime Vigil in Sackville Gardens in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Tuesday 17 May from 6-7pm.

This is an opportunity for the community to come together and commemorate those who have been the victims of hate crime.

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Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution

25 Feb 2016 - 19:19 by Mike Wild

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Could you give us 10 minutes to talk about health?

As part of Greater Manchester’s Devolution agenda, for the first time Greater Manchester is taking control of £6 billion of public funding for health and social care from April 2016.

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Better Things - LGBT people with a learning disability

8 Jan 2016 - 09:39 by michelle.foster

Better Things is a safe, friendly and supportive place for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people who have a learning disability.

You can share feelings, talk about fears or issues. Make new friends – it is free, it is friendly and it is fun.

The group meets every third Monday of the month at 6.30pm-8.30pm at LGF, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF.

For further information and to attend, contact Brenda on 0161 728 7616.

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LGBT Foundation National HIV Testing Activities

13 Nov 2015 - 10:37 by michelle.foster

As part of the National HIV Testing week Campaign 21 Nov. The LGBT Foundation are delivering an extensive programme of activities in Manchester city and across Greater Manchester. Including extended clinic times, Men’s Workshop, Drop in, outreach and more.

Men’s workshop
Date & Time: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 6.30pm-9pm
Venue: LGBT Foundation, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF
(Light refreshments will be provided)

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Myths about the voluntary sector - Parts 5 and 6

10 Sep 2015 - 11:54 by Mike Wild

A few weeks back I met with a group of voluntary & community sector leaders working with children young people and families and our local Director of Children's Services. We were talking about how to build the relationship between the sectors so we hit on the idea of writing a blog to challenge a few myths and misconceptions which tend to distort the relationship.