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GCHQ Women in Tech Scholarship 2020

19 Feb 2020 - 11:23 by michelle.foster

GCHQ’s Women in Tech Scholarship 2020 provides the ideal opportunity for those wanting to gain a better understanding of Software Engineering in GCHQ. The scholarship will enable you to gain an insight into the fundamental technical skills needed to develop, deliver and succeed in one of the most exciting areas of technology. GCHQ have partnered with a leading training provider to deliver this exciting scheme, which has been designed to empower aspiring technologists.

Course duration: 12 weeks
Deadline for applications: 8 April
Eligibility: UK nationals only

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The Owl and The Coconut

The mission of The Owl and The Coconut is to create a mindful, healthy, happy, creative society for all, and cultivate Manchester wellness! They create safe, preventative Mindful Art tools, events and resources to enable people to be active partners in nurturing their own mental and emotional wellbeing. Mindful Art is a catalyst, creating empowered, mindful, creative, compassionate people and communities.

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2020 Nomination form

Guidelines for nominations

Applicants need to write a maximum of 200 words showing how the nominee has met the criteria for that category over the last year.

The criteria for each category can be found here and below when selecting the award category.

**Please note: only the first nomination received will be submitted for judging. One nomination per person/organisation for the same category, is adequate, making multiple nominations will not influence any decisions**

How information about you will be used

We will use your information to:

  • Produce a nominations pack for our judging panel to shortlist all nominations received for our Awards
  • Email the person / organisation that has been shortlisted by our judges, using the email address you provided, to inform them that they have been shortlisted
  • Email the person / organisation that has been shortlisted by our judges, using the email address you provided, to arrange for a film to be made about them to be shown at our awards ceremony
  • Email the person / organisation that has been shortlisted by our judges, using the email address you provided, to invite them to attend our Awards Ceremony
  • Use the information provided in the description field on the nominations form in our Awards brochure that will be available at the Awards Ceremony

Please be aware that if you are shortlisted, your name or organisations name will be listed on our website. Please also be aware that the description you provide here, if shortlisted, will be used in our publicity brochure which will be handed out at the Awards Ceremony and in the case of the Best Community Cohesion and Best Community Space Awards it will also be used in publicity materials to encourage people to vote for the organisation.

Your information will be stored in our password protected online database. Once we receive your information, we will make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. We will not share your information with third parties.

To read more about how the information you provide us will be used please read our privacy policy
 

Nomination Form

Your contact details

Nominated person/organisation's contact details

Volunteer of the Year Award Criteria

The Volunteer of the Year award is open to all volunteers within the city of Manchester. Volunteers should be nominated by the organisation that they volunteer for.

Nominations must show:

  • How they go above and beyond their role
  • How they inspire and motivate others to volunteer
  • The impact they have made

Volunteering Team Award Criteria

Volunteer teams should be nominated by the organisation they volunteer for.

Nominations must show:

  • How the team has made an impact to the organisation and the wider community
  • Give a demonstration of how a team has worked together on a specific project / challenge
  • Where the team have remained organised and shown innovation

Volunteer Involving Organisation Award Criteria

Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a volunteer.

Nominations must show how the organisation:

  • Promotes, retains and rewards volunteers / volunteering
  • Makes volunteers feel part of the team
  • Promotes volunteering through their vision and values

Trustee/Committee Member of the Year Award Criteria

Open to individual trustees/committee members of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations within the City of Manchester. The trustee/committee member should be nominated by the organisation for whom they are a trustee/committee member.

Nominations must show:

  • What positive difference the trustee/committee member has made in the organisation
  • What qualities, knowledge and skills they bring to the Board or Committee
  • How they support other trustees/committee members and develop good governance
  • How they are a champion for the organisation

By Trustee/ Committee Member we mean unpaid roles as trustees, committee members, board members or directors.

Service User Involving Organisation Award Criteria

Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a person who uses the organisation’s services.

Nominations must show:

  • How they involve the people who benefit from the service in delivery and shaping the service
  • Examples such as including service users on the board, asking for feedback regularly or holding consultations. Have service users become staff / volunteers in delivering the service?

Inspiring Campaign Award Criteria

Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.

Nominations must show:

  • How the organisation saw a need for change / action
  • How they were creative or innovative in the campaign
  • How they made a difference

Partnership and Collaboration Award Criteria

Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user. Partnerships can be voluntary or community sector organisation working with the public sector, private company or another community group.

Nominations must show:

  • How they made a difference by working in partnership

Equalities Award Criteria

Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. The work must have taken place in Manchester within the last 12 months.

Nominations must show:

  • How they address equalities issues and challenge discrimination – working on one or more of the following issues: race, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, faith or other issues for which people experience discrimination
  • The impact they have made

Business Award Criteria

Open to private businesses only. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a local voluntary sector organisation. This is for local businesses who are taking some responsibility for creating and supporting higher standards of living and quality of life in the communities in which they operate, while still being profitable.

Nominations must show:

  • Use of legal, ethical, environmental, social and financial responsibilities to be a force for good in local communities. Examples could include paying the real Living Wage, buying from local suppliers, reducing environmental impact or recruiting local people
  • Actively involving and engaging with the local community and the voluntary sector to utilise their skills, expertise and resources for local good

Employee Volunteering Award Criteria

This award is for an individual or group of employee volunteers who have made a difference using employer supported volunteering time through their employer. Employee volunteers can be nominated by the community organisation they worked with or by their employer.

Nominations must show:

  • How the individual or group of employee volunteers have made a difference
  • How they have been creative, using their existing skills in a new way

Community Space Award Criteria

A community space can be a piece of land or a building available for use by the community. Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.

Nominations much must show:

  • Best use of a community space
  • How the space is seen as central within the community
  • The impact it has within the community

Community Cohesion Award Criteria

For an individual or group who has done some great work to bring communities together to understand, appreciate and positively value each other. The work must have taken place in Manchester within the last 12 months.

Nominations must show:

  • Activities which have brought together people from across more than one community. These can be communities which are about a shared place, a shared identity or shared interests
  • How they promote growing together in harmony rather than conflict and celebrate the diverse nature of the people who live, work and study in this city

Health and Wellbeing Award Criteria

Nominated groups must have an annual income of less than £500,000 per year. Groups can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user.

Nominations must show how they:

  • Actively encourage others to get involved in improving wellbeing in their community

The Dr Sylvia Sham Award for Contribution to the Sector Criteria

This category is for an individual and can be wider than their contribution in the last year. An organisation, colleague or service user can nominate the individual and the overall winner will be picked by the panel of judges and told before the Awards event.

Nominations must show:

  • how the individual has made a significant contribution to the voluntary and community sector over a number of years
Please note: The description you provide here, if shortlisted, will be used in our publicity brochure which will be handed out at the Awards Ceremony and in the case of the Best Community Cohesion and Best Community Space Awards it will also be used in publicity materials to encourage people to vote for the organisation. Maximum 200 words

Please submit your nomination before 30 April 2020 (midnight)

Pilotlight now open for applications – Take the next step and develop your organisation

13 Feb 2020 - 15:24 by michelle.foster

PilotlightPilotlight is looking for leaders of ambitious charities and social enterprises based in England and Wales who are open to change and challenge. 

The Pilotlight Programme brings together senior leaders from prominent UK businesses with a charity leader to provide the strategic business support they need to develop their organisation.

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Newton Heath Poetry Competition

13 Feb 2020 - 15:21 by michelle.foster

Why do you love Newton Heath? Enter this competition and you could win a £50 voucher.

The competition is looking for local people to produce a poem about why you love Newton Heath and what it means to you. The winning poem will be displayed around the area and will be used for a Newton Heath promotional video. The winner will receive a £50 voucher of their choice.

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Free Cancer Champion Training Sessions - The Whole Works

13 Feb 2020 - 15:20 by michelle.foster

Answer CancerAnswer Cancer is a Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector-led response to cancer in Greater Manchester. It is the working name of the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme, a Voluntary Sector partnership working to improve cancer awareness across the region. You are invited to attend a free training workshop.

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