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Lets Get the Greater Manchester Food Revolution Moving

6 Jun 2013 - 17:09 by sarah.gilston

Join in supporting Manchester Veg People's CrowdFunding Campaign
8 June-20 July
Manchester Veg People is a co-operative of local organic growers and restaurants working together to provide fresh, seasonal food of the highest possible quality. In their first year they sold fresh local produce with a value of £22,000 despite not having their own vehicle and premises. Imagine what they could do this year and in future years with your help.

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Wildlife Stocktake Highlights UK's Most Threatened Species

24 May 2013 - 13:57 by margot.sullivan

Wildlife stocktake highlights UK's most threatened species – The State of Nature Report May 2013.

An unprecedented stocktake of UK wildlife has revealed that most species are struggling and that one in three have halved in number in the past half century. It suggests 60% of animal and plant species studied have declined in the past 50 years. Beetles and wildlfowers are among the most vulnerable species.

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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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Minister Discusses GM Green Deal

15 May 2013 - 14:02 by margot.sullivan

Minister discusses GM Green Deal


Greg Barker, Minister for Climate Change made a visit to Manchester on Thursday, May 9 to discuss Greater Manchester’s progress in pioneering the Green Deal.

The Minister met with housing, skills, building and energy experts from Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub – made up of representatives from the ten local authorities and private sector businesses, whose aim is to reduce carbon emissions across the region by  48 per cent by  2020.

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Red Rose Forest is planning to transform Manchester's Stevenson Square this summer

15 May 2013 - 13:39 by margot.sullivan

Red Rose Forest is planning to transform Manchester's Stevenson Square this summer. 

But they need your help to turn their vision into reality.

They want to plant street trees, add hanging baskets and create a green roof on top of the old toilet block.

They've already raised some funds but need your help to raise the final £6,000 for the project.

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Scale of Climate Week 2013 & Dates of Climate Week 2014

15 May 2013 - 13:21 by margot.sullivan

Scale of Climate Week 2013

Climate Week in March 2013 involved a massive 3,500 events attended by half a million people across the UK. Social media activity was also huge - Climate Week was the top trend on Twitter.

Over 1,300 organisations promoted Climate Week in advance and 2,800 ran events during the week. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who has helped to make it Britain's biggest climate change campaign.

Dates of Climate Week 2014

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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.