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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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Lobbying and Transparency Bill

24 Oct 2013 - 19:01 by Mike Wild

At our Spirit of Manchester awards event last month one of the categories was for Most Successful Campaign. We wanted to acknowledge campaigning work because we’ve always believed that it’s the job of charities not just to meet needs but to drive change for the longer term. The history of social change in this country has been driven by the campaigning efforts of groups for centuries.

Macc wins Council Infrastructure Contract

18 Oct 2013 - 12:51 by michelle.foster

As you may be aware, earlier this year the City Council launched a competitive tendering process for the contract to provide support to the city's voluntary and community sector for the next three years.

We are delighted to announce that Macc has been awarded this contract.

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Grants available for events for Inter Faith Week 2013

30 Aug 2013 - 13:13 by michelle.foster

Small Grants Programme for events organised by and for young people focussed around Inter Faith Week 17-23 November 2013.

The Trust will be awarding small grants up to £500 for organisations running events or projects connected with Inter Faith Week 2013.

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation.

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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.

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. 

LSEN holding a meeting for organisations interested in bidding for the new ESOL Fund

25 Feb 2013 - 21:38 by walt.crowson

The Department for Communities and Local Government recently launched a competition to discover and support organisations that can deliver community-based English language programmes in the following identified areas of the North West

Bradford, Kirklees, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Pendle

This competition is open to all organisations and further information can be found at:

'The Art of Science'- International Women's Day 2013

3 March, 2013 - 13:20 to 17:15

The Muslim and Jewish Forum Greater Manchester will be hosting it's 5th annual arts event in celebration of International Women's Day 2013 at The Manchester Multifaith Centre. This year's event is bigger than ever with more workshops planned over two weekends! There will be drama, art, dance and creative writing workshops as well as kosher and Asian refreshments!

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