I like stats and I like stories and I like it even better when the two are put together, because that’s where real richness is found.
I went to Young Manchester’s Welcome Event a couple of evenings ago held at HOME. It was a positive and celebratory event with performances by a number of young people including beat boxing, singing and dancing, as well as the usual heartfelt speeches, the best of which (sorry to other speakers) was one by Saeed Atcha, founder of the magazine Xplode (an invitee to the royal wedding!). He is definitely one to watch.
This blog is going to seem really ungrateful but I know for sure I am not alone in this view.
I am a bit fed up of seeing another fund that gives out tiny grants.
I’ve just had a look at the Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine Construction Fund which is £20,000 in all, and is giving out “small” grants of £500 and “large” grants of £2,000. £2,000 is not a large grant, it’s a tiny grant!
Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust is doing the same thing, though the overall pot is much larger, they are giving out lots and lots of tiny grants.
Earlier today I read part of a new report by the King's Fund called ‘Re-imagining Community Services’. It analyses the progress made toward creating new models of community services and summarises some of the key principles that should guide the development. It’s illustrated by a number of case studies (some rather less convincing than others – Wigan as an exemplar of working with local assets – it doesn't even have an infrastructure provider since Wigan CVS collapsed a couple of years ago).
The collapse of Carillion is just the latest in a long line of failures by private companies to carry out public services in an effective and cost effective manner. Does anybody really believe, anymore, that privatising the railways or electricity or water, was a good idea?
Every year I do a humorous update on some of the policy issues and trends over the year. (2016, 2015). Given the general level of bleakness (read this if you feeling particularly strong) it seems only reasonable to try a lift the mood a fraction, whilst having a gentle dig at some of the frantic absurdity that surrounds us.
I wrote this essay for a competition (which I didn't win), run by the King's Fund, called "The NHS if’ that explored future scenarios for the NHS. I wanted to write something in a different style, with a bit more of a human feel than the example essays that they commissioned "policy" people to write. I wrote it about the area I live in and the GP surgery I go to and it has some people from Chorlton in it (suitably disguised). In the end, I thought the winning essays were pretty good.
This briefing is a humorous (we hope) summary of some of the key trends that Macc’s Policy and Influence team have spotted during the last year that we think will impact on Manchester’s Voluntary Sector over the next year. It is not comprehensive by any means and we apologise for all the really important and vital stuff that we’ve missed out.
This blog is a summary of some of the key trends that Macc’s Policy and Influence team have spotted during the last year that we think will impact on Manchester’s Voluntary Sector over the next year. It is not comprehensive by any means and we apologise for all the really important and vital stuff that we’ve missed out.
We’ve not included the most obvious trend which is that there will be less money, a lot less money, as we haven’t got anything new or different to say about it.
This blog explores the Living Longer, Living Better programme in Manchester and the role of Macc and the voluntary sector.