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17 Jul 2015 - 11:26 by Mike Wild

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

I've not really said anything much in this blog about Greater Manchester Devolution yet. That's largely because almost as soon as you write anything down about Devolution, it's out of date: suddenly there’s another new announcement about new “powers” being given to Greater Manchester. There’s not been anything substantial in these announcements about the role of the voluntary and community sector so far which might give the impression that nothing is happening...

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29 Jun 2015 - 12:14 by Mike Wild

A short (5 min) video blog on why Macc decided to develop a policy on Open Data and how we chose what data to share.


You can find Macc's Open Data releases (updated quarterly) here:


20 Apr 2015 - 13:44 by michelle.foster

We’ve just updated our Groups and Volunteers data on our website for January to March 2015, which you can view here

I recently went to a workshop called ‘Discovering Neighbourhood Statistics’ delivered by the Unity out of Diversity Project at the University of Manchester which gave an overview on searching for statistics on the Office for National Statistics website: https://neighbourhood.statistics...

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24 Mar 2015 - 11:24 by Mike Wild

As the General Election draws nearer, I've been mulling over what's happened to the voluntary and community sector during the last five years. Below is a piece originally written back in summer 2011. This was, for me, the moment where I pulled together a lot of ideas and impressions and started to move towards the work which eventually became our Civil Economy for Manchester work with CLES. I'm posting this partly because I think many of the questions still remain unaddressed (which perhaps says something in itself)...

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3 Feb 2015 - 17:29 by Nigel Rose

This blog explores the Living Longer, Living Better programme in Manchester and the role of Macc and the voluntary sector.

Living Longer Living Better, known as LLLB, is the major joint programme in Manchester between Health Services and Manchester City Council and is overseen by the Health and Wellbeing Board. In a context where Manchester has some of the highest rates of people with long-term conditions and some of the worst outcomes in the country, its aim is to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions through integrating hospital-based and community-based services. The key document...

3 Feb 2015 - 10:58 by Mike Wild

Tonight is the “manVcam” rally in on Albert Square in Manchester. Some local voluntary and community groups have been wondering about whether it’s appropriate to go along, so here's my take on it.

The rally’s aim is to challenge the Government’s reduction of the amount of money which is given to Manchester City Council to provide public services. It’s been heavily trailed in the press with a list of celebrity speakers lined up to take part: http://www....

19 Jan 2015 - 15:26 by michelle.foster

We have updated our open data sets on the groups we have on our database which shows which ward they are based, their equalities focus and their annual turnover.

Our volunteering data has also been updated and we are pleased to be releasing even more data about the volunteers we have been in contact with. As well as showing the ward where our volunteers live, their gender and the numbers of volunteers we have been in contact with we are also releasing data which shows the age, ethnicity and employment status of the volunteers registered with us.


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11 Dec 2014 - 12:11 by Mike Wild

As I write this, the team are just about to head over to the Mechanics Institute for today's Emergency Voluntary Sector Assembly event to discuss the impact of Council budget proposals on the work of the voluntary and community groups in Manchester.

Unsurprisingly there has been huge interest in this meeting so I'm confident that we'll see a good cross-section of the local sector: large and small organisations, from all parts of the city and delivering a huge range of services and activities in local commnities. There will be a lot of anger borne out of deep concern for local...

28 Nov 2014 - 12:11 by john.butler

Manchester City Council are planning massive cuts to services which help maintain positive mental health and resilience and cutting all services that support people recovering from severe and enduring mental health conditions. At the same time the NHS in Manchester is planning to discharge (step down to primary care) up to 800 people from community mental health services. (This is something that is also happening in other areas across Greater Manchester as beds and staff have been cut over the past few years) .This is a group of people who statutory mental health services say they can no...

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20 Nov 2014 - 17:53 by Nigel Rose

Voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSOs) are often asked to make voluntary cuts in their funding by public authorities such as Councils. How do they to decide “What to Offer”?

The starting point is that this is a negotiation, even if the whole process is done by email/letter. The public authority is negotiating with you about a variation in a contract. It makes no difference if it is termed a grant. All relationships where there is an exchange, where an organisation gives you money and expects something in return are forms of contractual relationships. The terms of the...