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Voluntary Sector Assembly Upcoming Events

Manchester Voluntary Sector Assembly
Wednesday 18 September

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, Cassidy Close, Manchester, M4 5HU

This Voluntary Sector Assembly is an opportunity to discuss how work with young people in the city has been impacted by funding cuts and how the sector has been able to respond to that, and also how different ‘pockets’ of activity might be better coordinated or joined up more effectively. You will hear about Help Through Crisis, a joint project involving Manchester Mind, the GM Coalition for Disabled People and Centrepoint, which supports young people. Included in this is the issue of how the project learning can be built into other work once the project funding ceases.

Becky Bainbridge from Reclaim will also be speaking about their work to support young people, particularly in Moss Side and Hulme, to develop their leadership skills.

This event would be useful to anyone in the Manchester voluntary, community and social enterprise sector who works with young people. The programme is attached below (including a range of three workshops to choose from):


1.30 - 1.45pm     Welcome and introduction

1.45 - 2.00pm     Scene setting - Where are youth services and support nationally, and what challenges do we face? – Manchester Mind 

2.00 - 2.30pm     Young Manchester - Our work and the future in Manchester

2.30 - 2.45pm     Break

2.45 - 3.30pm     Workshops: 

1. Most significant change - types of outcomes and how to use stories - Helen Walker, Policy and Influence Team, Macc
2. Showcase Help Through Crisis project – Manchester Mind
3. Young people’s voice - Youth Focus NW 

3.30 - 4.00pm      Investing in young people as future leaders – Becky Bainbridge, Reclaim
This session will ask you to consider how you and your organisation might empower young people to become part of decision making processes, and Becky will give examples of campaigns and successes for young people 

4.00 - 4.30pm      National perspective - Paul Schofield, Senior Policy Advisor, Local Team North and Youth Policy Team, DCMS 

4.30pm                Close

You can now book your place by completing the booking form