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21 Apr 2017 - 11:51 by aneeqa.javed

I’m back with some more social media tips! This time I’ll be looking at good old Facebook.                                    

I personally love Facebook for personal use. But when it comes to creating a page for your organisation, I find maintaining it a pain. It can be very difficult to get your page off the ground, as others cannot find your page as easily as they can on Twitter and I find it more difficult to use at times. Having said that, once you’ve...

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10 Apr 2017 - 10:43 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

Welcome to the final blog post in our mini series from Macc staff and their adventures in the world of volunteering.

Today we hear from Jack Puller. Jack is a Development worker and Team Leader at Volunteer Centre Manchester and has been with us since November 2013. Check out Jack's great story below :-)

Jack Puller:

It's very fitting that I should be ask to write something about my volunteering experiences - I recently observed my 10 Year Volunteering Anniversary:


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6 Apr 2017 - 13:37 by allison.foreman

Welcome to the first in a series of blogs highlighting the work of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN). My role within Macc involves working with the network in partnership with Ambition for Ageing to develop a voice for older people and influence strategies affecting their lives. Here’s a peek at last weeks’ older peoples hustings event with invited Greater Manchester mayoral candidates.

‘We’re going to grill the Greater Manchester mayoral candidates!’
……‘I meant ask them questions’, hope you’re ready for us!’ said Marie from Rochdale as she...

5 Apr 2017 - 11:55 by aneeqa.javed


Ok, so you’ve heard about Twitter, individuals and businesses rave on about how useful it is to engage with your audience, get content out there and how it increases business.
But time is precious and often we can’t find enough time and resources to look into Twitter and create content for it. Most of our aim isn’t to increase business as such but to increase awareness of a cause and organisation, which will be done differently to if you wanted to, say,...

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29 Mar 2017 - 22:31 by Mike Wild

It's 29th March 2017. So in an attempt to be positive about what the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector can do as Brexit officially starts, here's a short video blog we made.


27 Mar 2017 - 13:05 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

We hope you had a great weekend and made the most of the beautiful sunshine!

Welcome back to our mini series of blogs from the team here at Macc. This series has allowed us to take a look back at our own careers and see the impact volunteering had on us and how it helped to shape and influence us later down the road.

In the series we have already heard from Claire Tomkinson and Nigel Rose and today's great story comes from Karen Dyson. Karen is the Organisational Development Worker at Macc...

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22 Mar 2017 - 13:50 by aneeqa.javed

Social media has become part of everyday life and a fundamental way in which the world communicates. There are over 2.34 billion social media users worldwide, frankly, if you don’t have a social media presence, you’re missing out!

And yes, there are lots of questions swimming about, about whether social media is worth your time and effort, especially in our sector, where time and resources are extremely valuable and limited. It doesn’t matter what kind of organisation you are, in my opinion, social media is...

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13 Mar 2017 - 11:55 by barkery.jammeh

Hi all,

Welcome to part two of our Macc mini stories. Volunteering has been influential in helping to shape the career paths for a lot of the team here at Macc and we wanted to share them with you through our blog.

Last time we heard from Claire and next up we have Nigel Rose. Nigel is the Strategic Lead (Commissioning) at Macc and has been with us for 4 years. Nigel has a really varied and interesting volunteer history which spans over 30 years. check out Nigel's story below!

Nigel Rose:


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6 Mar 2017 - 11:13 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

As you may be aware we recently celebrated ‘Student Volunteering Week 2017’ and as part of the week we invited guests to share their volunteering stories with us via our blog.
The posts were great and it was really interesting to learn about the impact volunteering had, in particular, on the career choices for those involved.

This became a talking point in the office and we quickly realised that volunteering had been influential in helping to shape the career paths for most of us too. The stories in the office were too good not to share and so we...

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23 Feb 2017 - 11:50 by Mike Wild

You know that game where you have to pick the people, living or dead, you’d most like to have round a dinner table? Being a bit of an ideas geek, I have a similar thing about who I’d like to hear speak at my dream conference. I’m lucky that I occasionally get to hear some brilliant speakers from the world of charities and social enterprises. Hearing someone like Kathy Evans or Neil McInroy or Debra Allcock Tyler speak is something I need every so often...