I like stats and I like stories and I like it even better when the two are put together, because that’s where real richness is found.Numbers without stories are often, in my experience, misinterpreted or misunderstood, whereas stories without numbers can lack force and are dismissed as anecdotal.
What I don’t like is when people prioritise stats over stories, and that happens all too often. People believe, erroneously, that numbers are “harder”, more reliable, safer, less open to criticism, provide more truth. Often, this seems to me a way of making numbers mean what...
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I went to Young Manchester’s Welcome Event a couple of evenings ago held at HOME. It was a positive and celebratory event with performances by a number of young people including beat boxing, singing and dancing, as well as the usual heartfelt speeches, the best of which (sorry to other speakers) was one by Saeed Atcha, founder of the magazine Xplode (an invitee to the royal wedding!). He is definitely one to watch.
Young Manchester is an independent trust that has been set up and funded, to a large extent, by Manchester City Council to do some of the roles that the council used to...
I attended some interesting training last week looking at new approaches and perspectives around volunteer retention.
There were seven key things that were identified as being important to do in order to engage with a volunteer (and hopefully retain them):
• Be flexible
Eg: Have more than one volunteering role. Make it easier for people to come back and volunteer again if they have to take some time out.
• Focus on meaning and impact
Include the impact of the role in the volunteer description. Talk...
Shared Topic Areas
About a year ago, I wrote a blog which focused on the development of the Manchester Local Care Organisation. Its subtitle was Episode IV: A New Hope. Now that the LCO is officially launching on 1st April, I’m finding myself wondering what this moment actually means? And which bit of Star Wars is it?
Certainly it doesn’t signify the completion of a transformation programme and nobody would claim it does. That’s a long time in the future. So we havent yet destroyed the...
ICYMI: A little bit about the Active Communities Team at Macc:
The Active Communities work of Macc emerged in October 2017, and will develop the organisations approach to volunteering, active citizenship and asset based community development by being an enabler and partner to the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector through a...
Have you heard about the new GPDR legislation that everyone is busy coming to terms with, coming into place on 25th May 2018? I thought I’d tell you a bit about how the new rules fit into the marketing and communication world and the practical things you can be implementing
I was quite taken...
Shared Topic Areas
A little over 2 weeks into the UK Spring, and I've yet to reach for the cleaning products...
That said, colleagues at Macc can attest to my hoovering up of a stress ball innards (mung beans), that I split open, after taking great pride in making it earlier in the week at a Celebration of...
"Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was “Oh no, not again”.
Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now."
Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the...
Shared Topic Areas
- Black, Minority and Ethnic
- Children and Families
- Community Engagement
- Crime and Disorder
- Health and Wellbeing
- Learning, Skills and Employment
- Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual
- Mental Health
- Older People
- Physical Disability
- Policy and Influence
- Social enterprise
- Young People
So I’ve got a question that I’m struggling with at the moment. It’s attracting some mixed views in the office, so let’s put it out there for a wider debate.
Why is it so often the case that the public sector’s answer to working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is to create a job and additional resources within the public sector?
Now don’t get me wrong, I totally agree that you need to be “in it to influence it” I get that. We desperately need the voices of people that have experience of working within (not with) the VCSE sector within that space and...