Devolution could be a unique opportunity for citizens and civil society to have a greater say about the future of Greater Manchester. The People’s Plan seeks to gather a wide and deep range of ideas and thoughts on what the future for all areas of Greater Manchester should be, exploring key issues such as the economy and jobs, health and social care, transport, housing, the environment, and how to build a citizen-led democracy.
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A recent report by the King's Fund and Nuffield Trust highlights the pressures that the current social care system is under. Six consecutive years of cuts to local authority budgets have seen 26% fewer people get help. Of particular concern is the finding that no one has a full picture of what has happened to older people who are no longer entitled to publicly funded care.
Spirit Story was a week-long campaign held in September 2016 to document the extraordinary everyday stories of our sector. VCSE organisations were asked to choose one day during the week of 19-23 September and tell us about an activity that took place which included food distribution, advice sessions, support groups and a sporting memories session.
We gathered 32 stories which are now in a dedicated place on the Macc website - https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/spirit-story-0
The second edition of the Manchester Health & Social Care Stakeholder Bulletin is out now. It contains an update on plans for the new single commissioning and hospital systems, and the latest information on the Local Care Organisation.
The bulletin also sets out the overall plans for integrating health and social care in Manchester, which are summarised by this diagram:
A new paper from the IPPR thinktank considers both the implications of Brexit for the North of England, and suggests a process by which the North can ensure that its needs are recognised within a national negotiation.
Last week we launched Sprit Story, a week-long campaign taking place in September that will document the extraordinary everyday stories of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Manchester. We have already had a great response so please contact us to make sure your organisation is involved!
The first report from the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit sets out the current picture of economic growth, inequality and poverty in Greater Manchester, and the potential that pursuing inclusive growth could bring. It also sets out the challenges to achieveing this such as persistant levels of poverty, a need for a stronger skills base and also asks if a 'more of the same' approach can really make the difference needed.
Manchester's Safeguarding Adults Board is collating its Annual Report 2015/16 to evidence how partners across Manchester have worked together to safeguard adults at risk in our community. Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board are offering you the opportunity to share examples of your work over this period so that it can be showcased within the report.
Do you want to show how you shape our city?
Would you like to promote your organisation and the important work of the voluntary and community sector in Manchester?
Over 10,000 people took part in Taking Charge Together, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership survey, which provided an insight into why people feel they cannot lead a healthier lifestyle. Most people surveyed were aware of the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise but the survey asked why this might be difficult to achieve.
The research identified three main factors which were barriers to making healthy choices: