The co-design group met on Feb 21st 2017 to discuss the results of the consultation and work out the implications for the design of the funding programme, identifying a number of issues that needed further work. These included answers to questions such as: what does strength based funding mean and how would it be evidenced?; define what Manchester-based is and how it is measured?; and what is the approach to neighbourhoods where there are not strong organisations? An implementation group was formed and has been meeting weekly to develop the detail of the funding programme.
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This document is a summary of the results of consultation carried out by Manchester City Council (MCC), with the support of Macc, concerning proposals for funding for voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSO) in Manchester.
Voluntary Sector Assembly
The next assembly will be in June. The main focus will be “State of the Sector” (see below).
Spirit of Manchester Awards
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open. Nominate your group/volunteer here: http://bit.ly/SpiritofMcr by 30 April.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. This document is unique and signifies an intention to transform the relationship between the sector and health and social care devolution.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the NHS have published the first formal draft of the Greater Manchester Cancer Education Strategic Plan, commissioned as part of the recently published GM Cancer Plan. A consultation has been opened for groups and individuals to give comments.
Good progress is being made to create a New Manchester-wide hospital trust according to the March 2017 Single Hospital Service Programme Bulletin.
A new NCVO report challenges government to ensure all future devolution agreements include standards of engagement and plans for voluntary sector involvement.
The Road Ahead - A review of the voluntary sector's operating environment is the latest NCVO analysis of the challenges and opportunities for the voluntary sector. It shows that there continued to be a rising demand for services but at the same time, reducing resources from local and central government. NCVO also predict that this will continue to present a challenge together with other issues such as the potential impact of the Brexit vote on the economy and household income.
The role of Manchester City Council's Valuing Young People Board is to oversee and promote Manchester's Young People's Strategy. The main items on the agenda were: NEET Reduction Plan; 2020 Vision; and Wythenshawe Youth Alliance.