Macc has joined forces with over 85 organisations in expressing our grave concerns about the impacts a no-deal Brexit will have on civil society. Together with organisations from across the devolved nations, as well as a breadth of English regions, we have called on the Prime Minister to urgently engage with our concerns about leaving the EU without a deal on the 31st October.
Now in its 7th year, our Spirit of Manchester programme is an annual celebration of the work of the thousands of volunteers, community groups, charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Manchester. Macc’s aim in running this programme is to raise the profile of the sector among the public to encourage local giving and active citizenship.
I’ve been wondering what else we could do to encourage the voices of leaders of charities, voluntary organisations and community groups around Brexit. My impression is that charity sector leaders would certainly want to speak up but are unsure how to go about it in the right way. Is Brexit simply too difficult for us to talk about?
I started writing something shortly after the new Prime Minister has made his first speech on the steps of Downing Street. Another premiership set to be dominated by Brexit. It has paralysed national policy and politics for the last 3 years and it looks like this is set to continue for the foreseeable future...but the phrase which is ringing in my ears from the speech is “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters”. I suspect many politicians would put charities and campaigners in those categories.
Airport City is supporting this summer’s Wythenshawe Games, a free, fun, sports and activities festival for all ages.
Based in Wythenshawe Park, on the doorstep of Airport City, the Games run over five days in the school summer holidays from 11am to 5pm, offering something for everyone with a host of different sports to try.
LEAP - The energy and money saving service, is a free service that is helping people keep warm and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money.
This project covers Manchester and all of Greater Manchester.
It is open to all types of householders – homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants.
Situated on the A6 between Stockport and Manchester Levenshulme Inspire is a vibrant community centre providing variety of activities to support our community. Levenshulme Inspire offer a thriving café and meeting rooms can be hired. Levenshulme Inspire is easily accessed via public transport, and on street parking is readily available.
"You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.” - Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale
A new IPPR North report looks at how local authorities can help to create a culture where people are paid a Living Wage North that can provide a decent income for all.
The North is enduring a severe job quality crisis. Record high employment figures conceal major deficiencies in the quality of work people are doing. And while every region of the country has seen an unprecedented squeeze on wages, real weekly pay has fallen by £21 since 2008 in the North – more than the national average. Poor job quality and low pay has a profound effect on people in terms of in-work
Recently I had a very nice letter inviting me to write for a publication (quite high status) and a follow-up phone conversation to explore further. In the course of this, the London-based publisher emphasised that wanting to reach outside their heavily London-focused circle was a big priority for them. Who can guess the next bit of the conversation?