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Voluntary Sector Assembly - 30 January 2014

The key debate for this assembly was ‘Saving the City’. Manchester residents are facing further savage cuts in public services and welfare benefits including £70 million reduction in Council Finances in 2015/2016. The voluntary, community and faith sector is becoming ever more important in maintaining the wellbeing of the city as the public sector reduces. This assembly focused on what our vision is for a way forward for the City. The event also included key note speaker Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council.

Assembly discussion
The discussion focused on the following questions:
1. We can all see the effects of recession and cuts to public services in local communities. What do you need to do in the short term to help in a crisis and in the longer term to tackle poverty and inequality?
2. How could private, public and voluntary sector organisations collaborate to make this happen?
The groups where then asked to discuss the points and questions they want to put to Sir Richard Leese

Click here to read the notes from the discussion groups


Mind Your Money: The Financial Capability Diet by Laura Scully – City South Housing TrustClick here to view the presentation 
Volunteer Transitions by Myrtle Finley – Greater Manchester Youth NetworkClick here to view the presentation 
The Power is Yours: Using the Sustainable Communities Act by Ameneh Enayat – Local WorksClick here to view the presentation 
Manchester Cathedral Volunteering for Employment Programme by Lauren Bailey-Rhodes – Manchester Cathedral 
Growing for Health by Charlotte Caygill, Debdale Eco CentreClick here to view the presentation


Key speakers
The Key Note Speaker was Sir Richard Leese – Leader of Manchester City Council
A video of Sir Richard’s speech and the question and answer session can found below.