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.
Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of returning homeless people to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.
Grants from Help the Homeless are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations for capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000.
All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.
After 19 years based at Manchester Cathedral the Booth Centre has moved.
On 31 March The Booth Centre opened a new Advice and Skills Centre at Edward Holt House, on Pimblett Street, just behind Victoria Station in Manchester. (This is the old Glentop House building which has been gutted and remodled).
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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.
Manchester Council has voted unanimously in favour of a motion recognising the plight of people who have come to this country to seek safety, only to find themselves forced into poverty and homelessness.
Before Christmas, Mike Wild (Chief Executive of Macc) and Nigel Rose (Macc’s Strategic Lead on Commissioning) met with Geoff Little (Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester City Council) and Carol Culley (Assistant Chief Executive, Finance and Performance). We wanted to discuss the impact not just of the next wave of public sector cuts but the prolonged effects of recession. We also wanted to explore the Council’s views on how the voluntary and community sector can rise to meet the challenges faced by the communities in Manchester.