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Voluntary Sector Assembly - COVID-19 and the Manchester Voluntary Sector

8 April, 2020 - 13:00 to 16:00

This is a time of rapid change, more rapid than most of us have ever experienced. National and local government are operating at a speed that even two weeks ago would have been considered impossible and it is very difficult to keep up with what is going on. VCSE groups are going through a rapid transition that impacts every organisation in a different way. Some organisations have adapted easily and quickly and are running most of their services and providing new services.

Race equality and migrant rights organisations call for independent review into institutional racism in the Home Office

23 Mar 2020 - 15:40 by michelle.foster

RunnymedeFollowing the publication of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, 15 race equality and migrant rights organisations (full list below) have today called for an independent review into the extent of institutional racism in the Home Office and whether its immigration policies are in accordance with equality law around racial discrimination.

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ACORN's petition to protect renters

23 Mar 2020 - 13:07 by michelle.foster

ACORN is currently pushing for the government to protect renters against the economic impact that the outbreak may have on them. The petition calls on the Government to enact temporary rent freezes for renters suffering with the virus or self isolating for the period of their self isolation and recovery. The measures brought in on 18 March banning any applications for new evictions in the next 3 months still compel renters to repay any rent payments they can't afford at this time through a future payment plan.

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Surveys launched to help respond to the Coronavirus outbreak

18 Mar 2020 - 15:30 by michelle.foster

GM Poverty ActionThe Coronavirus is having a huge impact across GM Poverty Action’s network. Public, private and VCSE sector organisations are thinking about how they maintain and adapt services to response to emerging needs. The situation will have a significant impact on people experiencing poverty, and on responses to poverty, both in the short and long-term.

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Support your community projects with great tasting surplus food

12 Mar 2020 - 16:01 by michelle.foster

Food DropFood Drop, a platform that ensures unsold food from the high street goes to local charities, is coming to Manchester.

Cafes and restaurants are often forced to throw away perfectly edible food at the end of the day. Food Drop makes it easy for this food to be collected by nearby charities, helping reduce food waste and strengthen local communities.

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GM Poverty Action Newsletter – 11 March 2020

12 Mar 2020 - 15:57 by michelle.foster

GM Poverty ActionIn the latest newsletter today GM Poverty Action look at the GM Food Poverty Action Plan one year on and share information about the progress made. GM Poverty Action also ask for your contributions to a discussion taking place later this month in London about how the NHS tackles poverty.

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Census Support Service

6 Mar 2020 - 11:27 by michelle.foster

Good Things FoundationGood Things Foundation has been contracted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the delivery of the next Census in England and Wales.

In 2021 the Census will be ‘digital first’ and Good Things Foundation will provide support to ensure those without digital skills or digital access can participate.

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GM Poverty Action Newsletter 26 February 2020

6 Mar 2020 - 11:24 by michelle.foster

GM Poverty ActionIn the latest newsletter GM Poverty Action look at putting poverty high on the agenda as the Mayoral election approaches. There is information about forthcoming training courses, an update on the GM Living Wage campaign.

There is a write up on the recent Talking about Poverty meeting and a few other short articles of interest, as well as the usual list of forthcoming events.

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