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Alternative Models of Ownership: risks and opportunities for the community-led housing movement

20 September, 2018 - 18:00 to 20:30

What does Labour’s Alternative Models of Ownership report and new financing from the current Conservative administration mean for the community-led housing movement?

How far do these moves signify a cross-party moment of political opportunity or is recent rhetoric likely to result, in reality, in watered down versions of community ownership and governance?

How can we ensure that new agendas for greater community leadership and control remain substantive and are provided with the necessary levels of investment and support infrastructure?

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Manchester Community Development Practice Working Group – The Rise of Community Development in Manchester

15 Jun 2018 - 10:54 by michelle.foster

This briefing is by the Community Development Practice Working Group, an informal group of skilled community development workers who are seeking to improve knowledge, understanding and practice of community development. The briefing begins with a short overview of the linkages between community development work practice and some key Manchester strategies. It then describes what community development work practice is and illustrates through a number of case studies.

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GM Poverty Action Newsletter: UK poverty strategy needed; Beyond Poverty: Sarah's Story; Bolton Lads and Girls Club; Central heating offer

15 Jun 2018 - 10:04 by michelle.foster

In the latest Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) newsletter GMPA Director, Graham Whitham writes about the urgent need for a UK poverty strategy and they share Sarah’s story as part of their GMPA Beyond Poverty report. Greater Manchester Poverty Action

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Smart Cities and Communities: Solving Urban Challenges

27 September, 2018 - 08:30 to 16:30

Our cities and communities are facing increasing pressures on housing, energy, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare due to rapid urbanisation and ageing populations. The UN estimates that by 2030, 5 billion people will be living in cities across the world. To address these societal challenges governments across the globe are embracing the smart city concept and developing cutting-edge technologies to improve the quality of life for citizens.

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Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester

31 May 2018 - 11:31 by michelle.foster

Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester is an action research partnership and the events programme is aimed at building up a Greater Manchester network of people, groups and organisations interested in promoting community-led housing, while also in thinking through the potential and challenges associated with these models.

They are particularly interested in thinking through what co-housing, community land trusts, and a variety of housing cooperative models have to offer low-income neighbourhoods potentially facing either decline or gentrification.

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GM Poverty Action Newsletter: Benefit Sanctions; Beyond Poverty: Penny's Story; Scam Awareness; GM Living Wage Campaign

31 May 2018 - 09:51 by michelle.foster

In the latest Greater Manchester Poverty Action newsletter they look at the negative impact of benefit sanctions following the publication of a major new study and it also shares the third story in the GMPA Beyond Poverty report from Penny. Greater Manchester Poverty Action

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Macc Policy Network Meeting

31 July, 2018 - 09:30 to 11:00

This second meeting of the Macc Policy Network is for anyone involved in policy for a Manchester VCSE organisation.

The first meeting of Macc’s Policy Network was held on 29 May. It was really informative and the participants agreed that it was well worth continuing.

At this next meeting, Hayley from Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau will be doing an informal briefing about an area of policy she is involved in.

The agreed approach to the meetings, at least at first, will be that:

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Community Leaders join Greater Manchester’s Devolution Reference Group

18 May 2018 - 09:55 by michelle.foster

The Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Devolution Reference Group has welcomed two new members.

Khadija Tily, Operations Manager at the regeneration and development charity KYP in Rochdale) has over 35 years’ experience working in education and the VCSE sector. Her 20 year vision for Greater Manchester is to see a marked change and improvement in specific localities that have not seen sufficient development in the last 30 years. She fears that the dialogue and landscape have changed very little in that time.

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