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Manchester City Council consultation launched on 2015-17 budget options – deadline 18 Feb 2014

27 Nov 2014 - 09:38 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council has launched the main consultation on its 2015-17 budget options, along with a number of individual consultations on specific elements.

Options for consultation were agreed by the council’s Executive on Wednesday 26 November.

They aim to address an estimated funding shortfall of £59m in 2015/16, potentially rising to £90 million in 2016/17.

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Today We Are Angry, Tomorrow We Must Talk

12 Nov 2014 - 15:23 by Mike Wild

A lot of people in the local voluntary sector are going to be very angry today. They’re going to feel threatened, undervalued, rejected and hopeless. The Council’s budget proposals will make horrible reading for many people who’ve been working very hard for a long time to make a difference in the city. For some groups this will mean cuts to services and activities. For many it will mean many job losses – the sector is an employer too, after all. For some this may be the last straw and we may see the end of a number of organisations that have made a great contribution to the city.

Introducing the Spirit of Manchester Festival

31 Jul 2014 - 13:40 by Mike Wild

One of the things I love most about working in the voluntary sector is that if you have a really good idea you can generally find a way to make it happen. It might take a while – things like our State of the Sector and Civil Economy work were on my wishlist for years before we were finally able to publish the finished work. But sometimes you can be taken by surprise at how fast you can go from the idea to it actually happening.

Understanding Needs and Improving Services in Minority Communities Consultation

29 May 2014 - 11:20 by michelle.foster

Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M) is carrying out research this year about what concerns people have for their communities and the city. FN4M are interested in the concerns of everyone, but especially those in the faith communities.

Could you help in the first stage of this research by promoting or joining one of two initial discussion groups taking place on:
Thursday 12 June 2014, at 12pm to 1.30pm and 7pm to 8.30pm at the Manchester Multifaith Centre is at Ada House, 77 Thompson Street, M4 5FY.

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Greater Manchester Faith Leaders Election Statement

13 May 2014 - 14:24 by michelle.foster

This is a statement from the Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders regarding the Local and European Parliamentary elections on Thursday 22 May 2014.

“We will vote on May 22nd. We urge all people in our communities to vote.

The elections – European and local – depend upon our involvement. Our communities' health depends upon every person within them expressing their view. If we abstain, can we complain? If we stay at home, we may be saying “Yes” to a political vision that will destroy our society.

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A Civil Economy for Manchester

6 May 2014 - 10:32 by Mike Wild

Could Manchester be Europe’s answer to America’s hippest city - Portland, Oregon?

Manchester has enjoyed solid economic success, there is now an opportunity for a ‘new wave’ to Manchester’s future. A new report A Civil Economy for Manchester, prepared for Macc by the think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) demonstrates how this new wave is about unleashing the power of citizens, social and voluntary group.

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Youth Social Action Project and launch of Faith Youth Manchester

31 Oct 2013 - 10:44 by michelle.foster

Calling young people of faith, aged 13-19, who would like to meet and develop friendship with 13-19’s of other faiths.

Faith Network for Manchester is looking to form a small group of young people to decide, plan and run a social action activity around interfaith week 17-24 November.

The small group will then offer the social action project to a larger group to participate in, with everyone invited to a concluding celebration which will launch Faith Youth Manchester (FYM) on Sunday 24 November (afternoon or evening to be confirmed by the young people).

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