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21 May 2019 - 14:36 by helen.walker

"You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.” - Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale


For me, this quote sums up the power of stories. Sometimes stories are seen as fluffy and not as serious as facts and figures but before we had statistical models and survey data, we had stories. They were used as education, entertainment and to inspire.

I still remember being in reception class at school sitting and listening to my teacher telling a story. Being transported to other worlds...

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8 May 2019 - 11:34 by karen.dyson

It is possible to switch off from work when you have a job in the voluntary sector but this hasn’t been one one of those days for me.

The day began with a tram journey to Manchester, whiling away the time as I often do, by pottering about on Facebook and twitter. Most days I think this just answers my own question about why don’t I read as many books as I used to, but today it was very productive. As well as excellent and inspiring stories about creative work our colleagues are doing in the sector and the benefits this brings for the people of Manchester, I also came across...

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29 Apr 2019 - 10:32 by danielle.conway

Having heard the good news that I had been offered the role of Health and Care Development Worker at Macc, I was obviously elated and very keen to get started. So, I looked in my diary and saw that the North Manchester Community Explorers meeting was coming up. These meetings have been so useful for me in my previous role as a Community Connector. They have supported me to learn about the fantastic work being done within the VCSE sector but also became pivotal for me when building networks across sector boundaries. You’ve got to love those relationship building opportunities, right?...

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18 Apr 2019 - 13:48 by aleena.khan

Victoria and I attended an Ambition for Ageing seminar yesterday by Kate Jopling where she presented the findings from a recent publication ‘Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering: Review of community contributions in later life' by the Centre for Aging Better in partnership with the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS). The report can be found here: https://www....

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12 Apr 2019 - 15:49 by shanna.lennon

 

Volunteer Coordinator Forum – March 2019


We were joined by a wide range of organisations working across Manchester City...

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8 Apr 2019 - 20:19 by Mike Wild

Recently I had a very nice letter inviting me to write for a publication (quite high status) and a follow-up phone conversation to explore further. In the course of this, the London-based publisher emphasised that wanting to reach outside their heavily London-focused circle was a big priority for them. Who can guess the next bit of the conversation?

Having approached me with this request and explained why they wanted my input, they then told me about the fee. Don't get too excited. They hit me with the news that it would cost Macc £4000. Yes, we would have to pay...

19 Feb 2019 - 10:04 by claire.tomkinson

Systems Leadership

I’ve always struggled with imposter syndrome, and over the last couple of years I’ve tried really hard to make friends with it and attempt to turn some of those feelings into a strength rather than letting them become a weakness. It’s something that I’m getting better at with time, and a lot of the feedback that I have received from people that have read my first blog, either specifically mentioned imposter syndrome, or shared that they were...

6 Feb 2019 - 15:49 by claire.tomkinson

Being a “leader”

I have never really considered myself a leader. I never even aspired to be a leader when I was growing up (although I refuse to admit that means I am actually a “grown up” now). I think I had a vague idea about wanting to be useful or making a difference to something, but I never really associated this with a particular role or a desire for some kind of power or control. Leadership to me meant being in charge of something, and it wasn’t that the thought of being “in charge” of something never really appealed to me. It just never really...

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30 Jan 2019 - 07:10 by Mike Wild

One thing - among many - which has puzzled me about the Brexit debate is the sheer number of people who have focused entirely on trade (transactions): there has been virtually nothing about international co-operation and broader relationships. This has been to such an extent that people are shocked when they hear about things like medical supplies being affected (a moment marked by the closure last week of the London HQ of the European Medicines Agency which is moving to Amsterdam). We have allowed ourselves to lose sight of the complexity of the world in which we live, the web of...

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29 Jan 2019 - 10:14 by karen.dyson

Questions around the issues for your first 100 days in post are pretty standard interview fare. If you take out leave for Christmas, I reach that milestone today.

In my interview I talked about issues around representation. Macc is often called ‘The Voice of the Sector,’ and it’s not a term we often dispute, because it helps makes sure that the sector has seats at the table when consultations are being carried out and decisions are being made. However, if we’re going to say this, how do we make sure we know what the sector wants us to say?  How do we involve organisations,...

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