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Manchester City Council consultation launched on 2015-17 budget options – deadline 18 Feb 2014

27 Nov 2014 - 09:38 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council has launched the main consultation on its 2015-17 budget options, along with a number of individual consultations on specific elements.

Options for consultation were agreed by the council’s Executive on Wednesday 26 November.

They aim to address an estimated funding shortfall of £59m in 2015/16, potentially rising to £90 million in 2016/17.

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Today We Are Angry, Tomorrow We Must Talk

12 Nov 2014 - 15:23 by Mike Wild

A lot of people in the local voluntary sector are going to be very angry today. They’re going to feel threatened, undervalued, rejected and hopeless. The Council’s budget proposals will make horrible reading for many people who’ve been working very hard for a long time to make a difference in the city. For some groups this will mean cuts to services and activities. For many it will mean many job losses – the sector is an employer too, after all. For some this may be the last straw and we may see the end of a number of organisations that have made a great contribution to the city.

The 2014 Manchester Sleepout - Are you up for the challenge?

3 Oct 2014 - 11:26 by michelle.foster

For one night only The Booth Centre are sleeping out to highlight some of the hardships that homeless people have to face every single night. You are invited to join the Booth Centre to raise vital funds for the Booth Centre, a charity that provides activities, advice and support to homeless people in Manchester.

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Introducing the Spirit of Manchester Festival

31 Jul 2014 - 13:40 by Mike Wild

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 Grant Scheme – Deadlines for 2014

29 May 2014 - 10:33 by michelle.foster

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.

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The Booth Centre has moved

7 May 2014 - 12:13 by michelle.foster

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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A Civil Economy for Manchester

6 May 2014 - 10:32 by Mike Wild

Could Manchester be Europe’s answer to America’s hippest city - Portland, Oregon?

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.

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Manchester becomes 11th Council to recognise plight of people forced into poverty and homelessness after fleeing persecution

28 Mar 2014 - 15:45 by michelle.foster

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.

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The Challenge for Manchester

27 Jan 2014 - 15:12 by Mike Wild

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.