All of us who love our city have been saddened, angered, frustrated and even scared by recent events.
This is a time when the voluntary and community sector can help support affected communities and ensure the city stays calm. Manchester has hundreds of voluntary and community groups who provide services and create relationships. Often, we’re the ones who are able to work with people who aren’t in contact with statutory services, we have a unique relationship with local communities, we’re trusted and we can play a huge role over the next few days and weeks.
• Keep talking to your service users and local communities. Engage them in discussion
• Take care not to spread rumours that lead people to feel unsafe
• Business as usual - reassure your staff and volunteers that there is no reason to change what you normally do, it’s even more important at times like this
It’s in these dark times that voluntary and community activity really shines. The massive support for the cleanup operation on Wednesday is proof that people care passionately about Manchester.
If you have any news you would like to share with the rest of the sector about events or activities you’re planning please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0333 321 3021 and we’ll circulate them in our next bulletin on Monday and on the Manchester Community Central website. I’m also doing some updates on Twitter @MikeWildMACC. As always we will be doing what we can to support groups during this period.
Here’s hoping for a great Carnival this weekend which shows the true spirit of Manchester!
Please find below statements from Communities of Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and the Mental Health and Social Care Trust. Also below is an information sheet with possible issues for VCS groups, links on how to keep up to date and information about events and activities taking place in Manchester.
NCVO have set up a Posterous site for voluntary and community organisations to share their experiences and insight on the recent disturbances across the country, visit: http://reviewrenew.posterous.com/.