This document is a summary of the results of consultation carried out by Manchester City Council (MCC), with the support of Macc, concerning proposals for funding for voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSO) in Manchester.
You know that game where you have to pick the people, living or dead, you’d most like to have round a dinner table? Being a bit of an ideas geek, I have a similar thing about who I’d like to hear speak at my dream conference. I’m lucky that I occasionally get to hear some brilliant speakers from the world of charities and social enterprises.
Macc provided a strongly critical response to the consultation on the Manchester Local Care Organisation Prospectus based on discussion with a small number of voluntary sector organisations and a meeting with a number of key health and social care commissioners in the city.
Some of the main criticisms were:
The fourth meeting of the co-design group was held on 18th November. Based on the work done in previous sessions, the group designed funding model options and considered the benefits of different approaches. The models suggested have been written up into a consultation document which will be sent out in the new year. There will also be consultation meetings. Further information about the co-designing process can be found here.
North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (NMCCG) and Public Health, Manchester City Council are holding a meeting to discuss their future tender for Community Links for Health in North Manchester on Monday 16th January, from 9.30-12.30 at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, M2 5NS. Communities Links for Health will connect people who access health and care services with a range of social and community sources of support to enable them to improve their health.
The third meeting of the co-design group was held on Tuesday 1st November. It began with presentations focusing on examples of approaches to procurement including; setting up a separate organisation to do it - Manchester Youth Trust; crowd funding; and models from Camden and Bristol. The group then discussed the examples and began to develop a range of models.
Macc’s purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. So for that reason alone, we’re supporting the People’s Plan as a non-partisan, citizen-led movement bringing new and seldom-heard voices into the conversation about the future of Greater Manchester.
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Our State of the Sector Survey in 2013 found that there were 3,093 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Manchester, with an estimated income of £477 million. The sector employed the equivalent of 12,400 full time staff and 94,300 volunteers gave 370,000 hours, with an estimated value of £332 million. Decision makers took note of the survey results, we know it increased their understanding of the sector. Some of the key facts (3093 organisations, 94,300 volunteers) are now widely quoted by colleagues in the Council, the NHS and other bodies such as Big Lottery Fund.