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Transforming Rehabilitation

23 Sep 2013 - 08:49 by michelle.foster

The Ministry of Justice has launched the first stage of a tendering process for Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) with an intention to get them in place in 2015. CRCs are a mechanism to move a significant proportion of probation services out of the public sector.

Tier 1 providers, the organisations who wish to run the CRCs have to register before 31 October.

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Surviving the Recovery

13 Aug 2013 - 10:48 by Mike Wild

During the recent bout of hot weather, I somehow managed to come down with a cold. I not only felt ill, I also felt ridiculous: I mean who gets a cold in the middle of a heatwave? As I write this, figures have just been released showing that the country’s economy is slowly starting to grow again after the recession. It’s a similar feeling: I’m being told it’s lovely out there but it feels dreadful. No matter what the economic analysis says, when I look around I see incomes reducing, prices rising, services closing and life generally becoming more difficult.

Spirit of Manchester

26 Jul 2013 - 16:14 by Mike Wild

I've mentioned previously that there's a danger that this blog becomes a series of rants about things I'm angry about. Well not today, at least!

Our State of the Voluntary Sector report shows there are over 3000 voluntary and community groups in Manchester. I don't know them all but I do know a lot of them and one of the great pleasures of my job is that I get to see some of the amazing things happening in groups across Manchester and meet some fantastic people.

Hate Crime Strategy – Third Party Reporting Centres

26 Jul 2013 - 09:56 by michelle.foster

In January this year, The Manchester Community Safety Partnership launched its new Hate Crime Strategy - Let's End Hate Crime for Manchester.

This strategy sets out a clear vision for tackling hate crime in Manchester against the following five key partnership priorities:
1. Prevent hate crime
2. Increase the reporting of hate crime and hate incidents
3. Take effective action against perpetrators
4. Support victims of hate crime
5. Improve partnership responses

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Framework Agreement for the Provision of Troubled Families Interventions

4 Jul 2013 - 16:57 by Nigel Rose
Manchester City Council (MCC) is very keen for organisations to apply for a new opportunity advertised on The Chest to be part of a preferred providers list for services for Troubled Families. The closing date is 19th July. They are hoping that a large number of organisations, small and large, offering a very wide range of services are successful in meeting the basic quality requirements.
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Home-Start Manchester North - Working with Offenders and their Families pilot

22 May 2013 - 14:52 by michelle.foster

‘Bringing into play an offenders’ family unit and community as a catalyst for reducing the risk of re-offence.’

Using the scheme’s existing delivery model - placing a parent volunteer with the offender and their family to build relationships and facilitate positive whole family and community engagement.

Eligible families:
• a willingness from the whole family to engage with support
• at least 1 child under five years
• an offender due for release from custody OR on low level supervision

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8 things you should know about the Voluntary Sector in Manchester...

17 May 2013 - 14:02 by michelle.foster

1. In 2012/13 there were 3,093 community and voluntary organisations, co-operatives and social enterprises in Manchester

2. In 2012/13 the total income of the sector was £477 million

3. Medium and large organisations receive 95% of the total sector income

4. 1,987 organisations are micro (with an annual income under £10 thousand)

5. There are 94,300 volunteers in the sector

6. Volunteers give 370,000 hours each week

7. The contribution of volunteers in the sector is valued at £332 million each year

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State of the Sector 2013

10 May 2013 - 16:25 by Mike Wild

This morning I was in the happy position of being able to present our new research into the state of the voluntary sector in Manchester. It has been a long-held ambition of mine to be able to show the full extent of the enormous contribution which voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and the community work of faith groups make to the city. 

Launching the Girls in Gangs Website and Teaching Resource for Work with Young People

5 Apr 2013 - 09:08 by michelle.foster

Union Street Media Arts CIC (USMA) have been working with Cedar Mount Academy (CMA) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to support pupils to raise awareness about the risks of gang involvement through media, film and performance. This is being done within their school, other schools and youth organisations, around Greater Manchester and beyond. The project was funded by the Home Office to carry out this piece of work under the Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund.

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Respectabull - a powerful free workshop for young people

28 Mar 2013 - 13:30 by sarah.gilston

What is the Respactabull Project?
A powerful, free workshop for young people in London, Birmingham and Manchester

Designed to be run as a workshop with groups of young people, the project aims to stimulate debate and discussion around the issues of responsible dog ownership, antisocial behaviour and the law.

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