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Heritage Lottery Fund – All Our Stories

13 Jul 2012 - 11:17 by michelle.foster

All Our Stories is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has developed All Our Stories in support of the BBC’s The Great British Story – A People’s History. Presented by Michael Wood, the new series will be broadcast on BBC Two.

Funding can be requested for the following types of activity to explore and learn about heritage:

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The Big Dig

13 Jul 2012 - 10:24 by michelle.foster

Are you in need of a free Summer Activity or Project for your group this summer?

Something that can literally grow in the Future? Then you need BIG DIG.

What is The Big Dig?
The Big Dig is a nationwide project which aims to engage over 10,000 people in Community Food-Growing Projects across England by September 2013. In Greater Manchester Big Dig is run by The Kindling Trust.

The Summer Program
Over the summer free support will be offered to groups to run:
• Big Dig Taster Sessions
• Big Dig Short Projects

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2012 Annual Vote Registration

12 Jul 2012 - 13:38 by michelle.foster

The Electoral Registration Officer (Sir Howard Bernstein) has a legal duty to maintain Manchester‘s Register of Electors. To compile the register they have by law to conduct an Annual Registration process. This includes forms being sent to each household in the City asking for information on who lives there, followed by a door knock canvass of the households who haven’t returned their form.

An electoral registration form should have been delivered to your home in June.

Make sure the details are correct and post it back as soon as possible, or you may lose your right to vote.

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Cash Grants 2012/2013 for Didsbury East and Didsbury West wards

12 Jul 2012 - 10:47 by michelle.foster

The new Cash Grants Programme for 2012-13 has now been launched. This funding is available to spend on projects in the ward that meet identified local priorities.

There will be three review dates with the initial review date of the 31 August to look at any applications that have been submitted.

Please ensure you complete all sections of the application form and ensure that you submit quotes/estimates for work to be carried out and for any single purchase items costing £300 or more. Please also ensure that you submit 3 quotes for any items over £2,000.

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Manchester Common Assessment Framework

10 Jul 2012 - 16:17 by michelle.foster

The lives of children and young people in Manchester are improved through the offer of Early Help using Manchester Common Assessment Framework (MCAF) to underpin strong preventative work and support the message that improving outcomes is everyone’s business.

Everyone working with a family has a role to play in ensuring children and young people receive Early Help, with families feeling a part of the inclusive process.

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Voluntary Sector Safeguarding Toolkit

6 Jul 2012 - 11:49 by cheryl.mcalister
  • Are you aware of what the "Manchester Minimum Safeguarding Standards" are?
  • Are you up to date with your safeguarding?
  • Do you work with children and / or vulnerable adults?
  • Have you got the right safeguarding and child protection arrangements in place?

The Voluntary Sector Safeguarding Toolkit has been developed in partnership with Macc, MSCB and Manchester City Council in response to the safeguarding minimum standards.

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Opportunity to apply for Lay Assessor roles in authorising new NHS Commissioning Groups (short deadline!)

6 Jul 2012 - 10:04 by tracey.rawlins

NOTE: We have received the following from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement regarding the involvement of the public in 'authorising' (i.e formally approving the registration of) the new NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. This is an opportunity for 'lay assessors' to be involved in the panel. This information was only sent out on the evening of 5th July - and the deadline is 10th July. We have made a complaint about this timescale as we think this is extremely poor engagement practice but are offering the information in case it is of interest:

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Update Your Contact Details

4 Jul 2012 - 13:04 by michelle.foster

As part of reshaping support for the local voluntary and community sector, Macc is working with partners to look at how we collect and share information with local groups. We know lots of groups are receiving lots of different news bulletins often containing a lot of the same information. That’s time-consuming to read and a wasteful way of putting information together. It also means groups are listed on several databases and all being asked to fill in updates many times over.

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HealthWatch Manchester Consultation

4 Jul 2012 - 12:02 by michelle.foster

Getting your views about HealthWatch

HealthWatch is a new, independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public and strengthen the patient and public voice. If people want complaints or issues raising, HealthWatch can be their advocate. Manchester City Council want to know what people want from HealthWatch to make it the best it can be.

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Community Right to Challenge comes into force

4 Jul 2012 - 12:02 by michelle.foster

More communities will be able to bid to take over local services they think they can run differently and better as the Community Right to Challenge provisions come into effect.

The Community Right to Challenge hands more power back to communities, allowing voluntary and community groups, parish councils and local authority staff to express an interest in taking over the running of local authority services, making services more responsive to local needs and delivering better value for money.

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