I like stats and I like stories and I like it even better when the two are put together, because that’s where real richness is found.
All Policy and Influence
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.
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.
Today our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died and those whose lives will be forever affected by the horrific events of that night. We want you to know that you are not alone, we stand with you.
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.
In the latest newsletter Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) report on the launch of GMPA’s Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance and provide information about the next step. They have also included the second GMPA Beyond Poverty report with Charlotte’s story and information about Working Wardrobe – an excellent new project based in Bolton aimed at helping people move into permanent employment.
The UK Civil Society Almanac is now in its 17th edition. It brings together data from charities’ accounts, administrative data and surveys to provide a comprehensive overview of the structure and economy of the UK voluntary sector. In so doing it offers invaluable insights into the ways in which the sector is experiencing growth and change.
In the latest Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) newsletter GMPA launch their Beyond Poverty Report which shares the stories of people from across Greater Manchester who have recent or current first-hand experience of poverty. In this issue there are also some snippets of information about food poverty projects both National and local and provided a brief introduction to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report on Universal Basic Income. The Living Wage has its usual regular column and details about forthcoming events are included, as usual, on the final page.
I went to Young Manchester’s Welcome Event a couple of evenings ago held at HOME. It was a positive and celebratory event with performances by a number of young people including beat boxing, singing and dancing, as well as the usual heartfelt speeches, the best of which (sorry to other speakers) was one by Saeed Atcha, founder of the magazine Xplode (an invitee to the royal wedding!). He is definitely one to watch.
The Macc Policy Network is an opportunity for people involved in the voluntary sector across Manchester to learn from each other about what is happening in policy and strategy in the city. The more we share, the more effective we can be.
In this first network meeting, members of the Macc Policy and Influence Team will talk about the wide range of strategic discussions we are involved in and share our views on future directions and opportunities. There’ll be plenty of time for discussion and getting to know each other.