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6 Jun 2017 - 10:52 by guest.blogger

Our fourth, fifth and sixth Volunteer's Week Spirit Stories come from Beca, Al and Marie who all volunteer with Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH).

"MASH supports women engaged in prostitution (sex work). Last year MASH supported 884 women.

All the women we support are individuals and have their own reasons for sex working, however some women feel like they have less choices than others and MASH specialise in...

5 Jun 2017 - 16:36 by guest.blogger

 Our third Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Hannah – a volunteer with City Year UK.

City Year UK is a youth social action charity, challenging 18 - 25 year olds to give a year in their local community supporting students and schools in disadvantaged areas across Greater Manchester.

City Year volunteers give their time 4 days a week at a local school as tutors, mentors and role models, supporting students both in and outside the classroom.


1 Jun 2017 - 16:28 by guest.blogger

Our first Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Molly – a volunteer with NAPAC who supports the organisation as a Telephone Support Line Call Handler.

NAPAC helps adults that have been abused in childhood; their main area of work is to offer a Telephone Support line that provides support to adult survivors of child abuse. NAPAC also provides support via e-mail and they pride themselves on answering every call or e-mail they receive individually.


31 May 2017 - 15:49 by michelle.foster

Our latest data sets on our work with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and volunteers is now available on our website here: www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/policy-and-influence/open-data

360Giving are currently running a pilot initiative across Greater Manchester that will make grantmaking in the region more effective for all.

An estimated £6.1bn of grants were made by UK grantmaking organisations in 2013/14, with £2.2bn coming from government....

31 May 2017 - 08:57 by guest.blogger

Our second Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story has been suuplied by John Sennett.

Enter John Sennett...

"John Sennett, a volunteer veteran brings to life his passion for helping others and the charity sector, by running the blog, John’s Road to Volunteering.

John’s Road to Volunteering is a platform sharing a volunteer’s journey into inspiring, motivating and educating others, whilst giving others an opportunity to share their story."

Click here to read the blog...

26 May 2017 - 17:40 by Mike Wild

I'm delighted to share a blog written by Dr Sohail Munshi, reflecting on the response to the events at the MEN Arena this week. (Click here to read Macc's response)

I’ve never written a blog before so this is a first.

I’ve been a GP for 20 years in Manchester and had the privilege of being a guest in the lives of my patients on a daily basis. I’ve also been involved in the work...

24 May 2017 - 12:42 by claire.tomkinson

On Sunday night I was lucky enough to be at Manchester Arena on a birthday night out with my brother listening to Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince. I learnt a lot that evening, but what really resonated with me was Brian’s insights into what people say about planet Earth when they return from space. To be so far away and look at Earth as such a tiny dot, we suddenly realise how tiny, vulnerable and insignificant we really are. To see everything that we have ever known as a dot makes the fact that people wouldn’t get along with each other, and that there are such big divisions within our...

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16 May 2017 - 16:15 by anna.tate

 Following on from mental Health awareness week 2017, it seems like a good time to highlight challenges that some of us are experiencing, that are impacting on our mental health but not talking about. As postnatal mental health is not always discussed as much as it should be, I thought it might be useful to share my experiences.

I can honestly say I am a proud mum of a 13 month old little girl and feeling like we’re winning most of the time. However, I am aware I may not feel this way tomorrow or next week. It’s definitely a take one day at a time situation and that’s ok.


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12 May 2017 - 11:50 by aneeqa.javed

Hi again!

There are loads of social media management tools to help you manage your social media accounts. It’s about knowing which ones will work with your social media accounts. I would suggest you set time a side every week, maybe an hour or two to create and organise all your content, and schedule them in for that week. Here are a couple of tools which let you do just that.


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8 May 2017 - 15:44 by Mike Wild

So, here we are again.

Among the many questions raised by last year's EU Referendum, is whether charities and voluntary organisations and social enterprises were too quiet in the debate. I'd say this was definitely the case.

There was a lot of confusion - not least from the Charity Commission - about whether campaigning on the Referendum constituted "political activity" and although it was eventually made quite clear that it didn't, I think that by then it was too late and the uncertainty had made charity leaders wary of getting involved. Of course a General Election is a...