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Dad's should be more involved with 'Family Life'

16 May 2013 - 14:41 by mary.duncan

A Listening Event with Jon Cruddas MP, Labour Party Policy Coordinator

A debate was organised by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Wythenshawe on Monday to look at parenting policies. Jon Cruddas was the keynote speaker (author of the Labour Party’s Election Manifesto for 2015). In theory, this was planned to be a ‘listening’ event to define the central challenges for social policy over the coming decade. The focus for the debate was families and childhood - a better start in life.

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Volunteering in Social Care - Do you have a view?

20 Mar 2013 - 15:31 by mary.duncan

Manchester City Council are reviewing a range of voluntary and community sector contracts/grants and are proposing to expand the use of volunteering as a way of reconciling increasing demand for social care support with cuts to social care funding.

This has triggered some concerns and debate within the VCS and within the Macc team about the proposed project that will ‘stretch their local offer on social care support, by expanding volunteering and community engagement’.

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - Deadline for new topics.

29 Nov 2012 - 10:44 by mary.duncan


This is a reminder from Neil Bendel (Public Health Manchester) The deadline for submitting suggested topic themes for the refreshed Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is Friday December 7th.
There are additional areas tabled for consideration from the Director of Public Health :

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Esther Rantzen launches Help Line for Older Peopel

26 Nov 2012 - 14:49 by mary.duncan

Esther Rantzen, Chair of the Silver Line Trustees, together with officers from the Manchester City Council, today launched the Helpline for older people in Manchester. The telephone number is:

0800 328 8888 for advice, information and friendship.

The concerns raised in our previous blog were partly answered:

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Manchester Helpline for Older People

21 Nov 2012 - 15:06 by mary.duncan

The Silver Line – helpline for Older People
This will be a pilot for three months in Manchester and the Isle of Man. The pilots are funded through Comic Relief. Depending on the outcome of these pilots the Trustees hope to launch a National Helpline by the Summer 2013.Esther Rantzen is Chair of the Trustees. The Helpline is for older people (no age limit) in the area, who seek information, advice and friendship.

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