Our annual 'Spirit of Manchester' programme is a celebration of the work of thousands of voluntary organisations, community groups, charities and social enterprises in Manchester. We believe it's important to recognise, support and encourage volunteers and local voluntary action. The programme includes a Festival of events across the city organised by local groups. The highlight of the week is the Spirit of Manchester Awards in which we recognise examples great community spirit and all that's best about the voluntary sector. We want to raise the profile of the sector amongst the general public and encourage local giving and active citizenship. In these pages you can find out about this year's activities as well as look back over some fantastic stories from previous years.