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Let's talk about the EU Referendum....

19 Apr 2016 - 15:37 by Mike Wild

Do you realise that the result of the EU Referendum will be announced in Manchester? Must admit, that one had passed me by in the midst of a lot of noise which is supposedly the national debate. Campaigning has only just officially started but of course it’s been going on for months if not years already. There’s a lot of media coverage about the political positioning and opinions being hurled back and forth in speeches. There are fairly regular “sector” positions reported in the media too on both sides – particularly the voice of business leaders.

Food items collection for Syria Refugees

15 Apr 2016 - 09:55 by michelle.foster

Awaaz Community Project in collaboration with SKT Welfare are collecting essential life saving food items for the refugees in Syria.

54.3 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty, without adequate access to food. Many citizens face hunger, malnutrition, and starvation. Your support is needed to make a difference to their lives.

SKT Welfare operates a 100% donation policy. In one of their recent projects SKT Welfare distributed over 16,648 food parcels in Damascus and Northern Syria. Your donations will benefit the children and poor people of Syria.

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BBC launches volunteering initiative encouraging people to Do Something Great

15 Apr 2016 - 09:47 by michelle.foster

This year the BBC will be encouraging audiences to Do Something Great and discover their ‘inner volunteer’.

With a wealth of inspiring and heart-warming programmes across TV and radio, and a bespoke online quiz to help people discover their perfect volunteering match, the BBC will be putting people and charities in touch, to help each other.

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Sunday Assembly in Manchester

8 Apr 2016 - 09:34 by michelle.foster

"The Sunday Assembly was started by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, two comedians who were on the way to a gig in Bath when they discovered they both wanted to do something that was like church but totally secular and inclusive of all - no matter what they believed.

The first ever Sunday Assembly meeting took place on 6 January 2013 at The Nave in Islington. Almost 200 people turned up at the first meeting, 300 at the second and soon people all over the world asked to start one.

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The Care Leavers Association are searching for new premises can you help?

8 Apr 2016 - 09:33 by michelle.foster

The Care Leavers Association is a charity working with young people and adults who were in care as children. Their current office space is being redeveloped and they need to find alternative space. The Care Leavers Association are looking for something between 700 and 1000 sq foot in Manchester city centre and are flexible in terms of layout. If you have or know of a suitable space, contact 0161 637 5040, or email: info@careleavers.com.

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Wythenshawe Games 2016

18 Mar 2016 - 09:59 by michelle.foster

Wythenshawe Games is Manchester’s largest community sports festival, taking in and around Wythenshawe and centering on the beautiful and historic Wythenshawe Park and Hall.

This year the Games will be over five days, Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 31 July), and will include:

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Office/Storage space required

12 Feb 2016 - 10:57 by michelle.foster

VSG Installations a voluntary sector supplier are looking for an office/storage space to rent in the central/north Manchester area within a voluntary sector organisation, with easy links to motorways across the north west. Office space for up to six desks, with space around the room to have large boards on the walls for training purposes. Storage area. Ideally parking spaces for 2 – 4 vehicles.

If you have space available, email Jim Yelland, at: Jim@VSGroupHoldings.co.uk

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Coming Up in 2016...

4 Jan 2016 - 09:38 by Mike Wild

I don’t think any of us is expecting life to get any easier in 2016! There are many so forces acting upon us as a sector at the moment which can make it feel like our agenda is being reduced to a fight for survival – and yet there are opportunities ahead. The difficulty will be in getting ourselves organised as a sector to be able to take them up. We need to increase collaboration and that takes an investment of time, energy and creativity which are rare commodities when you’re working flat out simply to keep the doors open. Here are some thoughts on what lies ahead in 2016…

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