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Alcohol Services Consultation

4 Jul 2014 - 12:13 by john.butler

Manchester City Council’s Public Health team is currently looking at how alcohol early intervention and treatment services are delivered within the city. They are looking at how the whole system can be redesigned, following a review earlier this year that identified ways the current system could be improved.

They want to take into account the opinions and views of a range of people. This includes current and ex-service users and their carers, people involved in providing alcohol services, providers of other services in the city, and members of the public with an interest.

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Work Capability Assessment Call for Evidence

30 Jun 2014 - 16:49 by john.butler

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Dr Paul Litchfield to undertake the fifth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), This is the final statutory independent review of the WCA, as required by section 10 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007.

Information about the call for evidence can be found here http://tinyurl.com/nhff9dm

Who this call for evidence is aimed at

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Fulfilling Potential ESA and the fate of the Work-Related Activity Group by Catherine Hale

18 Jun 2014 - 10:54 by john.butler

'Fulfilling Potential?' is a new report by Catherine Hale, co-published by Mind and The Centre for Welfare Reform, it outlines the abject failure of the Government's back-to-work programme.

The report describes the experience of those sick and disabled people who are put into the 'Work Related Activity Group' in order to help them find work. The report found:

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A Civil Economy for Manchester

6 May 2014 - 10:32 by Mike Wild

Could Manchester be Europe’s answer to America’s hippest city - Portland, Oregon?

Manchester has enjoyed solid economic success, there is now an opportunity for a ‘new wave’ to Manchester’s future. A new report A Civil Economy for Manchester, prepared for Macc by the think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) demonstrates how this new wave is about unleashing the power of citizens, social and voluntary group.

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Greater Manchester infrastructure charities draw the line on volunteering

2 May 2014 - 11:32 by Mike Wild

A group of voluntary sector support organisations across Greater Manchester have this week issued a joint statement championing volunteering and defining the difference between people who volunteer and those who are on unpaid work placement schemes.

The group includes Volunteer Centres and voluntary sector infrastructure organisations across Greater Manchester who are increasingly concerned that the line between volunteering and unpaid internships or work experience were becoming blurred.

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Update - Youth and Play Fund Commissioning Evaluation

17 Apr 2014 - 12:41 by Mike Wild

Macc, VYM and Manchester City Council worked co-operatively to produce an Evaluation of Youth and Play Fund Commissioning (2013-2015). The evaluation is based on survey data, focus groups and interviews with officers and councillors of Manchester City Council and with voluntary sector youth and play providers. It is divided into a number of sections each with findings, recommendations and questions to be considered, including sections on the application process, the decision making process panels and moderation and contract negotiation.

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Legal justice Together

17 Feb 2014 - 14:24 by john.butler

 

 

Legal Justice Together Conference

Manchester 15 th March Mechanics Institute

This FREE one day conference will cover the challenges to publicly funded legal advice services locally, regionally and nationally.
For more details about speakers etc see link below

It will be of interest to anyone effected by cuts to legal aid and legal advice provision in both criminal and civil law.

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Wellbeing and Health Policy

17 Feb 2014 - 13:15 by john.butler

The Department of Health has published a suite of evidence summaries on why wellbeing matters to health throughout someone’s life, and what policy makers can do about it.

For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing. For further information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wellbeing-and-health-policy  

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Draft Charter for Mental Health Services

23 Jan 2014 - 15:41 by john.butler

As part of our work to support engagement of the voluntary sector in the proposed recommissioning of mental health services Macc has set up an advisory group to strengthen the voice of people who use mental health services and mental health self advocacy groups. We began by producing a draft charter for mental health services, which is based on things that people who use mental health services have said in previous consultations.

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