Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
2 December 2019
Manchester Community Central
16 Days Campaign
16 Days of Action
Manchester Women’s Aid has invited charities and organisations to work on a collective campaign to mark the 2019 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls

From Monday 25 November to Tuesday 10 December, 17 Manchester charities and organisations will unite to mark 16 Days of Action. Standing alongside this year’s national and global campaigns, they are making a collective call for businesses to help support an end to violence connected to the workplace and invest in the resources to help those suffering domestic violence. They will make their voices heard with a light-hearted, creative campaign that will centre on Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue, Our Emmeline, in St Peter’s Square. Each day of the campaign, one of the charities will dress Emmeline in a different job role as a reminder of the campaign’s objectives and the call internationally for change in the workplace. The messages are serious, but the engagement is intended to be creative and inspiring to all.


Our turn at Macc is today, Monday 2 December. You can follow the campaign on Twitter. More information about the campaign and how businesses can make a pledge is available via:

Weston Charity Awards
2020 Weston Charity Awards
Established to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community, the Garfield Weston Foundation are calling for charity leaders in the North West who would benefit from mentoring and coaching support to steer their organisation to the next stage in its development. This year the Awards will support 20 charities, across the North and Midlands of England, and Wales. Winners will receive £6,500 unrestricted grant funding alongside business mentoring support from capacity building charity Pilotlight. Applications are open until 10 January 2020.
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The Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants
From October 2019 The Woodward Charitable Trust Trustees will only make grants towards core costs rather than specific projects as they recognise that smaller charities can find these hard to fund. Small grants of under £3,000 are available for small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year. Deadline: 31 January 2020, 12:00
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Help the Homeless
Help the Homeless Grant Scheme
Grants of up to £5,000 for capital projects are available to small and medium-sized charities registered in the UK working to assist homeless people to rebuild their lives and return to the community. Funding is targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter. Next deadline 15 December 2019
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Idig trees
2019/20 I Dig Trees programme now open
The Community Volunteering Charity (TCV) have 350,000 carbon busting trees to give away to community groups and volunteers for free. Throughout the bare-root planting season of 2019/20, TCV are aiming to plant even more trees – another 350,000+ trees in over 800 green spaces across the UK which will be achieved with approximately 37,000 hours of community volunteering for everyone to grow.
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Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service
Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service
The impact of bereavement through suicide is devastating - for family - for friends - for the community. The Suicide Bereavement Information Service has been set up to help answer your questions - whether seeking advice on immediate issues that need addressing or making you aware of ongoing support services. This confidential service is for people living in: Bolton – Bury – Manchester – Oldham – Rochdale Salford - Stockport – Tameside – Trafford – Wigan
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Manchester Cares
Winter Wellbeing from Manchester Cares
If you're over 65 Manchester Cares can help you stay warm, active and connected this winter. Manchester Cares can deliver a blanket or item of warm clothing to your door; connect you with organisations who could help you reduce your bills, offer financial advice and provide practical solutions to keep your home warm; invite you to 15 free social clubs a month and other activities in your area; arrange a small grant for you if you're struggling to stay warm this winter; introduce you to a younger neighbour who could visit once a week for a chat over a brew
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Future Fires
Future Fires is a programme which supports young artists to develop a socially-engaged art project in their own communities. During the twelve-month programme, Future Fires will receive high-level training and mentoring to develop their creative practice, leadership and project management skills. Once the training is completed, Future Fires will receive up to £1,000 of funding to make it happen. Deadline for applications: 11 December 2019, 10:00
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Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council Welfare Reform Survey
Manchester City Council would like to understand how their residents have been affected by welfare reform and Universal Credit. Manchester residents who claim Universal Credit (or their family claim) are encouraged to answer these questions to tell the Council how Universal Credit is affecting their life. Responses will also be used to help the Council and their partners develop services. The survey closes on 18 December
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GM Hate Crime Plan
Greater Manchester Hate Crime Plan – deadline extended to 8 December
Greater Manchester Combined Authority have worked with many people and organisations involved in tackling hate crime to develop a set of priorities for the Greater Manchester Hate Crime Plan. Now, GMCA want to know what you think so they can develop them further. GMCA want to hear from everyone in Greater Manchester, regardless of whether you have experienced hate crime or not.
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Digital Readiness Tool
Measure your digital readiness with a new online tool
Skills for Care have worked in partnership with Digital Social Care to create a digital self-assessment tool for social care employers. The free online tool will help to measure: how capable staff are in harnessing the benefits of digital tools and skills; whether they have the right infrastructure in place to use more digital tools.
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  > Venture Arts Festive Fair

     5 December, 18:00 - 20:30, Venture Arts Studios


  > Vegan Luncheon Club – Christmas Meal

     10 December, 13:00 - 15:00, Crossacres Resource Centre


  > IOFNW Networking Event: Working with your
     management board and trustees to achieve your

     10 December, 17:30 - 19:30, DWF 1



  > Let it Snow: Every Month's Winter Carol Concert

     11 December, 19:30 - 21:30, Yes


  > Calm night at the Museum - Autism Friendly & Dementia Friendly

     12 December, 18:00 - 21:00, Manchester Museum

  > A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - The Men's Club - Curry Night

     12 December, 18:30 - 20:30, Rajdoot Tandoori


  > BMCA Christmas Cracker

     13 December, 16:00 - 18:00, Barlow Moor Community Centre

  > Nature and ageing well in towns and cities

     9 January, 10:00 - 16:00, Whitworth Art Gallery

Search for more events here


> Introduction to Equality and Diversity

  9 December, 13:30 - 16:30, Greater Manchester Youth

> Leading a Team

   10 December, 09:30 - 16:00, Macc

> Management skills workshop

   7 January, 09:30 - 16:00, Central Manchester

> Menopause and the workplace

   14 January, 09:30 - 12:30, Central Manchester

> Introduction to Equality and Diversity

   20 January, 13:00 - 16:00, Benchill Community Centre

> Mindfulness - 8 week course (Manchester Mind)

   11 February, 17:00 - 19:00, Zion Community Centre


Search for more training opportunities here


> Associate Director at CLES

  Salary: £38,000 - £49,000 per annum | Deadline: 4 December, 17:00


> Researcher at CLES

   Salary: £19,000 - £37,000 per annum | Deadline: 4 December, 17:00


> Domestic Abuse Refuge Manager at Crossroads Derbyshire

   Salary: £24,313 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 4 December, 17:30


> Adult and CYPF Clinical Administrator (Sabbatical cover) at Freedom from Torture

   Salary: £15,472 per annum | Hours: 24.5 hours per week | Deadline: 9 December


> Positive Relationships Key Worker at Stockport Without Abuse

   Salary: £20,258 - £22,212 pro rata | Hours: 14 hours per week | Deadline: 10 December, 12:00


> Training and Quality Assurance Officer at Henshaws

   Salary: £12,809.16 per year / £11.73 per hour | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 11 December,


> 4MATION Activism Support Coordinator at The 4Front Project Ltd

   Salary: £22,000 - £24,000 pro-rata | Hours: Part Time | Deadline: 13 December, 17:00


> Social Worker, Community Mental Health Area Team (North West) at Manchester Mind

   Salary: £32,878 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 16 December, 9:00


> Court Support Worker at Crossroads Derbyshire

   Salary: Scale point 10 £20,751 per annum pro rata | Hours: 22.5 hours per week |Deadline: 18
   December, 17:30


> Young Women’s Domestic Abuse Worker (Maternity Cover) at Crossroads Derbyshire

   Salary: Scale point 10 £20,751 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 18 December, 17:30

> Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) at Stockport Without Abuse

   Salary: £23,698 per annum pro rata | Hours: 28 hours per week | Deadline: 19 December, 12:00


> Campaigns Coordinator at The University of Manchester Students Union

   Salary: £20,901 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 2 January, 12:00


Search for more job opportunities here

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