I’ve been involved in Greater Manchester Social Value Network since its beginning in 2015. I have been to dozens of meetings about social value, run many workshops, attended a fair few conferences and, despite the efforts of the network and other social value organisations, there is still a lot of basic misunderstanding about some aspects of a social value approach. One of the mistakes I come across frequently is the confusion of social value with “additional” or “on-top” value and that’s what this blog is about.
Monday 22 July 2019 marks 100 years (to the day) of the formation of Manchester and Salford Council of Social Service. Macc, Salford CVS and Gaddum have worked together to mark the occasion with a celebratory event at the People’s History Museum. We felt it is important to mark 100 years of social action across the twin cities of Salford and Manchester.
Darren Knight, Chief Executive of Bolton CVS has conducted some research, on behalf of Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Refernce Group, into the relationship of Local Care Organisations (organisations that bring together stautory community health and social care providers) and the VCSE sector. In brief, all LCO's want to work with VCSE sector and recognise their importance but that is not translating into funding or consistent engagement mechanisms as yet.
I like stats and I like stories and I like it even better when the two are put together, because that’s where real richness is found.
"Care & Repair England aims to improve housing & related services so that older people can live independently in their own homes for as long as they choose.
- Our special focus is on older people living in poor or unsuitable private housing
- We work with, and not just for, older people
- We innovate, develop, support and promote practical housing help eg with home repairs, adaptations, or advice about moving home
We seek to improve related policy and practice."
"Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was “Oh no, not again”.
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The Manchester Provider Board (MPB) is inviting Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector Organisations to attend one of a set of “Future-Search” workshops to discuss the future of community health and social care services in Manchester.
The co-design group met on Feb 21st 2017 to discuss the results of the consultation and work out the implications for the design of the funding programme, identifying a number of issues that needed further work. These included answers to questions such as: what does strength based funding mean and how would it be evidenced?; define what Manchester-based is and how it is measured?; and what is the approach to neighbourhoods where there are not strong organisations? An implementation group was formed and has been meeting weekly to develop the detail of the funding programme.