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1 Jun 2017 - 16:28 by guest.blogger

Our first Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Molly – a volunteer with NAPAC who supports the organisation as a Telephone Support Line Call Handler.

NAPAC helps adults that have been abused in childhood; their main area of work is to offer a Telephone Support line that provides support to adult survivors of child abuse. NAPAC also provides support via e-mail and they pride themselves on answering every call or e-mail they receive individually.


31 May 2017 - 15:49 by michelle.foster

Our latest data sets on our work with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and volunteers is now available on our website here: www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/policy-and-influence/open-data

360Giving are currently running a pilot initiative across Greater Manchester that will make grantmaking in the region more effective for all.

An estimated £6.1bn of grants were made by UK grantmaking organisations in 2013/14, with £2.2bn coming from government....

31 May 2017 - 08:57 by guest.blogger

Our second Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story has been suuplied by John Sennett.

Enter John Sennett...

"John Sennett, a volunteer veteran brings to life his passion for helping others and the charity sector, by running the blog, John’s Road to Volunteering.

John’s Road to Volunteering is a platform sharing a volunteer’s journey into inspiring, motivating and educating others, whilst giving others an opportunity to share their story."

Click here to read the blog...

26 May 2017 - 17:40 by Mike Wild

I'm delighted to share a blog written by Dr Sohail Munshi, reflecting on the response to the events at the MEN Arena this week. (Click here to read Macc's response)

I’ve never written a blog before so this is a first.

I’ve been a GP for 20 years in Manchester and had the privilege of being a guest in the lives of my patients on a daily basis. I’ve also been involved in the work...

24 May 2017 - 12:42 by claire.tomkinson

On Sunday night I was lucky enough to be at Manchester Arena on a birthday night out with my brother listening to Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince. I learnt a lot that evening, but what really resonated with me was Brian’s insights into what people say about planet Earth when they return from space. To be so far away and look at Earth as such a tiny dot, we suddenly realise how tiny, vulnerable and insignificant we really are. To see everything that we have ever known as a dot makes the fact that people wouldn’t get along with each other, and that there are such big divisions within our...

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16 May 2017 - 16:15 by anna.tate

 Following on from mental Health awareness week 2017, it seems like a good time to highlight challenges that some of us are experiencing, that are impacting on our mental health but not talking about. As postnatal mental health is not always discussed as much as it should be, I thought it might be useful to share my experiences.

I can honestly say I am a proud mum of a 13 month old little girl and feeling like we’re winning most of the time. However, I am aware I may not feel this way tomorrow or next week. It’s definitely a take one day at a time situation and that’s ok.


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12 May 2017 - 11:50 by aneeqa.javed

Hi again!

There are loads of social media management tools to help you manage your social media accounts. It’s about knowing which ones will work with your social media accounts. I would suggest you set time a side every week, maybe an hour or two to create and organise all your content, and schedule them in for that week. Here are a couple of tools which let you do just that.


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8 May 2017 - 15:44 by Mike Wild

So, here we are again.

Among the many questions raised by last year's EU Referendum, is whether charities and voluntary organisations and social enterprises were too quiet in the debate. I'd say this was definitely the case.

There was a lot of confusion - not least from the Charity Commission - about whether campaigning on the Referendum constituted "political activity" and although it was eventually made quite clear that it didn't, I think that by then it was too late and the uncertainty had made charity leaders wary of getting involved. Of course a General Election is a...

3 May 2017 - 17:20 by Nigel Rose

I wrote this essay for a competition (which I didn't win), run by the King's Fund, called "The NHS if’ that explored future scenarios for the NHS. I wanted to write something in a different style, with a bit more of a human feel than the example essays that they commissioned "policy" people to write. I wrote it about the area I live in and the GP surgery I go to and it has some people from Chorlton in it (suitably disguised). In the end, I thought the winning essays were pretty good. Hope you find it interesting and uplifting...

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2 May 2017 - 15:47 by allison.foreman

Greater Manchester's on countdown to elect their first ever mayor. As the hustings come to a close we can reflect on the pledges and views have been shared by candidates at hustings designed to win votes on Thursday 4th May. To see some of the candidates in-action, here are three short films made at the recent Older Peoples Greater Manchester Network event, featuring invited candidates: Sean Anstee, Conservative; Jane Brophy, Liberal Democrats; Andy Burnham, Labour; and Will Paterson, Greens; responses to questions from the audience on homes, transport, health and social care.


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