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New Regional Community Activists Network

24 Mar 2010 - 12:50 by michelle.foster

Government Office North West are working with the North West Community Activist Network (NWCAN) in their aim to support local people who want to get involved in community action and local decision-making.  
NWCAN want to reach people wherever they live in the North West with a particular focus on the 18 North West Connecting Communities areas – for further information about these areas, visit: http://www.gos.gov.uk/gonw/PeopleSustainableCommunities/885175/?a=42496

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Talking Dementia

24 Mar 2010 - 12:48 by michelle.foster

Manchester LINk recently attended the “Talking Dementia” event organised jointly by Manchester City Council, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, the Alzheimer’s Society and NHS Manchester.

The event was an opportunity for the LINk to feed back some of the things people in Manchester have told them about their experiences living with or caring for someone with dementia. In addition, they were asked to comment on the recommendations from Manchester’s Dementia Strategy and make suggestions for their implementation.

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O2 Think Big

24 Mar 2010 - 12:43 by michelle.foster

Mobile phone company O2 has announced financial support initially of £300 - £2500 is available to young people aged 13-25 across the UK so that they can operate projects that make a difference in their communities.

The aim is to support young people aged 13-25 throughout the UK to work on projects and activities that will make their communities a better place to live. As well as receiving funding, the young people will be required to take part in training and mentoring schemes.

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Development Innovation Fund

24 Mar 2010 - 12:40 by michelle.foster

This new £7 million fund encourages community-based organisations across the UK to develop specific, small-scale, one-off projects that directly target poverty in the developing world whilst at the same time significantly developing awareness of the work within the UK.

Grants of up to £60,000 are available.

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Manchester Community Central - Question Time

15 Mar 2010 - 11:50 by mike.wright

At our launch event the Programme Manager gave a pledge that answers to questions posed would appear in our e-bulletin.  These are a selection of questions and answers.  The full event report with more detailed answers will be published soon.


Managing Expectations

Q:  Please be specific on what your resources and targets are so people are aware of capacity limitations

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BIG Chat

12 Mar 2010 - 15:44 by michelle.foster

On 16 March between 1pm and 3pm the Chair of Big Lottery Fund, Sir Clive Booth, will be taking part in a live web chat.

You can send your questions to BIG for Sir Clive to answer online between now and 16 March.

The Big Lottery will also be putting questions to the chairs of their decision-making committees in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Their answers will be recorded and uploaded as a podcast ahead of the BIG chat.

For further information, visit: www.bigchat.org.uk

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The Commissioning Support Programme

12 Mar 2010 - 15:36 by michelle.foster

The Commissioning Support Programme wants to work with commissioners and others working in children’s services to build a lively and engaging community of practice that will help commissioners achieve better outcomes for children and young people.

The Commissioning Support Programme (CSP) has developed a collaborative section on its website to support people involved in commissioning children and young people’s services.

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Skills - Third Sector - Apprentice Framework Consultation

11 Mar 2010 - 18:01 by michelle.foster

Skills – Third Sector is writing a framework for apprenticeships to meet the needs of third sector organisations.
They want to make sure that the framework structure reflects the views of third sector employers, training providers and people who want to work for charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations.

The consultation is now open and will run until 28 April 2010.

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The FSI Community

11 Mar 2010 - 17:58 by michelle.foster

From Wednesday 10 March small charities will be able to log on to the Community to chat with other charities, share information, join in online forums discussing the issues that affect them the most, and access exclusive online FSI content. 

The FSI Community is like Facebook for small charities and it is totally free to register and use. 
For further information, visit: http://www.thefsi.org/category/news/.

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NCVO Guidance for voluntary groups

11 Mar 2010 - 17:51 by michelle.foster

NCVO have prepared a resource sheet for organisations worried about possible changes to the funding they get from public bodies.  It highlights some of the main issues that organisations are coming across and gives ideas for action that can be taken. 

To access this resource, visit: http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/information/102232/new_financial_year_guidance/.

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