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7 Nov 2012 - 15:47 by Mike Wild

For nearly a year now, I've been a member of the 'shadow' Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board, representing the voluntary and community sector. This is a new body which was formed under the new NHS and Social Care Act which introduces the Coalition Government's changes to the way health and social care services are structured across England. There must be one Board in each Local Authority area. The Department of Health defines the role of the Health and Wellbeing Board as follows:

  • strengthen democratic legitimacy by involving democratically elected representatives and patient...

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30 Oct 2012 - 13:07 by cormac.lawler

The LSEN - Learning Skills Employment Network - is a network of organisations and individuals interested in learning and employment issues in Manchester (and beyond). In this post, we'd like to give an overview of who we are and what we do.

LSEN community learning seminar July 2012

LSEN provides a single point of contact for all Third Sector learning, skills and employment training providers across Manchester. We focus on building capacity and promoting partnership work with our three key objectives...

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27 Sep 2012 - 14:57 by Mike Wild

A week later and I’ve calmed down a bit now.

I’ve found it rather hard to judge whether our Macc to the Future event last week was a success. People have said great things about it but my memory of the day is one of rushing about: when I wasn’t speaking to an audience I was catching quick conversations with people some of whom I knew and some I didn’t. Still, that's a good sign.

I delighted with the speakers we had at the start of the day. Councillor Sue Murphy (Deputy Leader of the City Council) made a great start by saying how proud the Council is of the local sector. With...

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12 Sep 2012 - 13:51 by Mike Wild

I've finally got a blog of my own! Of course the immediate problem is what insightful and entertaining pearls of wisdom I should try to create for my first post.

One question I get asked a lot is "What does ‘MACC’ stand for?” And I usually reply by starting to talk about values until it dawns on me that they're actually just asking about the acronym M.A.C.C.

My usual reply was that it stands for ‘Manchester Alliance for Community Care’. Like most acronyms, it tends to leave people not much wiser so I'd have to explain that Manchester Alliance for Community Care started in 1981...

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