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The Prince’s Trust Team Programme – Community Project

19 Sep 2013 - 11:41 by michelle.foster

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme based at The Manchester College’s Fallowfield site is currently looking for worthwhile projects in the community for its students to complete.

Perhaps there’s a local youth club or community centre in need of refurbishment or an area of land or community garden that could do with a makeover.

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Could you offer an Offender a valuable volunteering opportunity?

6 Sep 2013 - 09:52 by michelle.foster

Back on Track work with some fantastic guys who are on the Probation 'Achieve' project and are currently looking for charitable organisations and voluntary sector agencies who could offer both one day taster session and more substantial 30hour placements. To give these men a positive experience of volunteering and some valuable skills to add to their CV.

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Spirit of Manchester Awards shortlist announced

27 Aug 2013 - 09:30 by michelle.foster

The judges, including the Lord Mayor of Manchester, have now met and decided on the shortlisted candidates for the first Spirit of Manchester Award! The nominations reflected all the exciting and diverse work happening in Manchester's voluntary and community sector. We will be making films of all the shortlisted applicants which will be voted on at the awards ceremony to determine the winner.

We are excited that the awards will be presented at the new NOMA building, thank you to the Co-operative who kindly donated the room.

Shortlisted organisations

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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.

Opportunity to Help Troubled Families

17 Jul 2013 - 10:22 by Nigel Rose

The closing date to be part of the preferred providers list for services to Troubled Families has been extended for 2 weeks to 5pm on Fri 2nd August. Applications can be made through The Chest and the name of the opportunity is  "Framework Agreement for the Provision of Troubled Families Interventions". Read more here.

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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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DBS factsheet - how it works and key issues for organisations

28 Jun 2013 - 10:30 by michelle.foster

The Disclosure and Barring Service launched its Update Service on 17 June.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) launched its Update Service on 17 June 2013. This service is designed to deliver portability of disclosure and barring (formerly CRB) checks. It will allow a person to show a certificate to more than one employer and allow that employer to check whether the information on that person has changed since the certificate was produced.

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Volunteering Centre Manchester Evaluation Questionnaire for Organisations

13 Jun 2013 - 17:56 by michelle.foster

It's that time of year again. We were wondering if you could spare a few minutes to complete a quick questionnaire to find out how we are doing.

There are 8 tick box questions relating to brokerage, good practice and developing opportunities so should take only two minutes to complete.

To complete the survey, please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/SZX5359

Many thanks for your help.

Mark Pritchard
Volunteer Centre Manager
Volunteer Centre Manchester


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VM Movement Thoughtful Thursdays - For Volunteer Managers

13 Jun 2013 - 17:07 by michelle.foster

VM Movement are all about championing volunteer management & helping managers of volunteers to connect, learn & share stuff. It is run entirely through voluntary contribution of volunteer managers, and they’re always happy to hear from other volunteer managers who want to get involved.

The VM Movement lead an informal learning and discussion chat on twitter every Thursday, called Thoughtful Thursday (#ttvolmgrs), which is a great way of sharing your ideas, opinions, thoughts, etc. with other people who carry out a similar role.

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