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Improving public engagement with Parliament

21 Jun 2011 - 15:48 by michelle.foster

The North West launch of a paper setting out ideas on how the House of Commons can be made more relevant to the public took place recently at the St Thomas Centre in Manchester.

The paper, written by an independent advisory council (SACPE) announced by the Speaker in 2009, highlights ideas and suggestions which detail how the public can better engage with the institution of Parliament and it broadly focuses around three themes: style, process and participation.

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BT Community Connections Reopens for Applications

16 Jun 2011 - 14:35 by michelle.foster

The BT Community Connections scheme has opened for a second 2011 round.

The awards scheme is intended to provide voluntary groups and charitable organisations working to benefit the community in the UK with IT equipment and Internet access. Successful applicants to the programme will receive a laptop and a year's free broadband Internet connection.

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BBC Performing Arts Fund - Community Dance

16 Jun 2011 - 14:34 by michelle.foster

The BBC Performing Arts Fund are looking for applications from groups working across all ages and genres, and that get their local community’s toes tapping. From flamenco to hip hop; from ballroom to morris dancing; groups the length and breadth of the UK are enthusiastic and passionate about dance and they want to support and encourage their development.

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Volunteering with a Criminal Record

16 Jun 2011 - 14:33 by michelle.foster

Back on Track have recently published a booklet of success stories and tips for volunteering with a criminal record.

The aim of the booklet is to share the stories of ex-offenders from Greater Manchester who have made a success of volunteering.

It is hoped it will provide inspiration and useful contacts for:
• potential volunteers
• organisations that involve volunteers
• advice and support agencies

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Office Accommodation – Central Manchester

15 Jun 2011 - 10:04 by michelle.foster

Back on Track has office accommodation available in Manchester city centre to rent to charities or social enterprise organisations.

There are two offices for 3 to 4 people (£75 per week) and one large room which could serve as a training room or an office for up to 12 (£170 per week).

The offices are located in Swan Buildings in the Northern Quarter, a charming Victorian building which is home to 9 other charities.

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Launch of Places People Play - Protecting Playing Fields Scheme

8 Jun 2011 - 12:03 by michelle.foster

Sport England has launched the Places People Play programme to create a legacy of participation for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, investing £10 million of National Lottery funding in community sports projects over three years from 2011-2014.

The Protecting Playing Fields (PFF) scheme will fund capital projects to establish, develop and improve playing fields for community and sporting use.
Grants of £20,000 to £50,000 are available and match funding is required for all applications.

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