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Hepatitis C Drop-in

14 Feb 2011 - 09:28 by michelle.foster

The Black Health Agency (BHA) has been commissioned to set up Hepatitis C Support Groups in Greater Manchester.

Hepatitis C Support Greater Manchester are coordinating a drop-in service for anyone affected by hepatitis C. There will be advice and information from people that have been through similar experiences. If you have recently been diagnosed with hepatitis C, are under treatment or are a carer, relative or friend of an individual with hepatitis C, join them for confidential free advice and information.

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Manchester City Council publishes proposed budget details

10 Feb 2011 - 16:22 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council published its proposed budget for 2011/12 on 8 February 2011, setting out how it will make £109 million of savings over the next financial year, rising to £170m in the 2012/13.

The Council's financial position, and proposals for dealing with it, are set out in the reports to be considered by its Executive on Wednesday 16 February.

Although the Council anticipated a reduction in central funding and had planned to make substantial savings, the Government's financial settlement meant £60 million more savings would have to be found next year.

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Anxiety UK Peer Mentoring Project

10 Feb 2011 - 16:21 by michelle.foster

Anxiety UK has implemented a new peer mentoring project designed to help individuals who are currently suffering from anxiety or depression.

Anxiety UK aim to support individuals suffering from an Anxiety condition by matching them with a mentor who has previously suffered from a similar condition. During the 6 months the mentoring relationship will allow each other to move forward with coping with anxiety, gaining confidence or working towards employment, training or volunteering.

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BBC Learning Campaign, First Click

10 Feb 2011 - 16:15 by michelle.foster

BBC First Click is a two-year BBC Learning campaign to encourage people who currently don’t use the internet, to understand and enjoy its benefits. The campaign is part of the BBC’s remit to help deliver the benefits of emerging communications technologies and to promote media literacy. First Click builds on previous initiatives such as BBC WebWise.

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Support for Big Lottery Applications

10 Feb 2011 - 12:18 by michelle.foster

“Many organisations facing financial problems will look to the Big Lottery Fund for their salvation. The Fund's chief executive Peter Wanless accepts that his organisation will be seen as "the only game in town" but it is already over-subscribed – the BLF receives about 30,000 applications a year and makes up to 14,000 awards.

"There are more deserving organisations than we've got money for, and we've always been oversubscribed."

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Clark: Councils must reveal spend on voluntary groups

10 Feb 2011 - 12:16 by michelle.foster

Decentralisation minister Greg Clark has written to councils instructing them to publish their spending on the local voluntary and community sector.

In a letter to council leaders, Clark said that the Government will expect local authorities to publish details of all grants and payments, as well as copies of contracts and tenders, that they make to local voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

Clark claimed that this could open up new markets for voluntary and community groups by allowing them to assess whether they could submit a credible bid to run local services.

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Trustees: Facing the Challenge - review

8 Feb 2011 - 15:00 by cheryl.mcalister

With a funding crisis looming for the voluntary sector in Manchester, there will be some major decisions to be taken over the coming weeks. Although voluntary organisations are used to delegating much organisational business to their professional managers, responsibility for the major decisions remains with trustees, both legally and to avoid practical conflicts of interest.

Manchester Community Central hosted this event specifically aimed at Trustees as a follow on from the Thinking the Unthinkable series.

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Healthy Heart Grants

4 Feb 2011 - 11:55 by michelle.foster


Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers can apply for grants of between £1,000 to £10,000.

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Santander Foundation

4 Feb 2011 - 11:46 by michelle.foster


The Santander Foundation funds local, regional and national charities for their work within the UK and are committed to helping disadvantaged people through their two charitable priorities. Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded anywhere in the UK.

All of the funding must directly help disadvantaged people through one or both of these charitable priorities - education and training, or financial capability.

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Young Roots

4 Feb 2011 - 11:46 by michelle.foster


Young Roots is a grant programme designed to engage young people aged 13-25 with their heritage. Young Roots projects stem directly from the interest and ideas of young people, who are supported by youth and heritage organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with their local communities.

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