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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...

22 Feb 2017 - 16:12 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

Here is our second blog this week as part of Student Volunteering Week 2017. Today's post is from the Volunteering and Community Engagement Team, at The University of Manchester.

The Volunteering and Community Engagement Team are responsible for supporting any student within the University who wishes to volunteer. The team also provide advice and guidance to academic schools, community and not-for-profit organisations who want to involve student...

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20 Feb 2017 - 10:18 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

As part of Student Volunteering Week 2017, Volunteer Centre Manchester is welcoming Guest Blogs from people who undertake volunteering and those who manage and support said activity. Today we have a great blog from Christian Sinclair.

Christian is a Manchester-based Designer and Freelance Filmmaker and we asked Christian to share his journey and experiences of volunteering with Venture Arts, an Arts centre based in Hulme, Manchester, that provides...

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6 Feb 2017 - 15:47 by barkery.jammeh

A couple of weeks ago, I came across an interesting blog post entitled Stuart Etherington’s New Year Letter to the Sector which gave his thoughts, as NCVO Chief Executive, on the potential challenges for the voluntary sector in 2017 and beyond.

In the blog, Sir Stuart asks us to think about what we can do to help bolster, re-invigorate and better manage volunteering as a whole across the UK, an issue that needs addressing more than ever in the present climate. As a...

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23 Jan 2017 - 12:56 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

Here's to a great week!

Just quickly, last week we shared with you some information on how you can get involved with Volunteering in and around Manchester.

To follow that up, this week we’d like to share with you our 10 top tips (In no particular order) to help make your volunteering journey an enjoyable experience.




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16 Jan 2017 - 09:08 by barkery.jammeh

In January a lot of people take the time to reflect and think about what the year ahead may look like for them, both professionally and/or personally and a lot of the time volunteering can find its way on to the list of ‘things to do’ this year.

Unfortunately though, it doesn’t always get crossed off the list and that isn’t because people can’t be bothered or have gone off the idea, a lot of the time it’s they don’t know how to get started.



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12 Jan 2017 - 16:07 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

We recently awarded grants to applicants to our Mental Health Grants Programme and will be realising the data on our Open data page soon.

The Mental Health Grants Programme is provided by NHS North, Central and South Manchester CCGs and administered by Macc.

In all 77 eligible...

9 Jan 2017 - 16:41 by Nigel Rose

This briefing is a humorous (we hope) summary of some of the key trends that Macc’s Policy and Influence team have spotted during the last year that we think will impact on Manchester’s Voluntary Sector over the next year. It is not comprehensive by any means and we apologise for all the really important and vital stuff that we’ve missed out.

Voluntary sector is OK!
Our time has come. We are officially recognised by all kinds of people everywhere, in lots of strategic documents, as being really important. We are...

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9 Jan 2017 - 09:59 by barkery.jammeh

Happy New Year from Volunteer Centre Manchester!

It’s January 2017 and lots of people will be looking to make positive changes in their life, one of which may be volunteering in some form or another. So what better time to have a look at what your volunteering program will look like over the next year? As an organisation that provides volunteering opportunities, with just a few added adjustments it is possible that you can make your volunteering program better than ever!


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3 Jan 2017 - 11:00 by Mike Wild

In so many ways 2016 wasn’t a great year was it? There seemed to be tragic stories flying at us every day which were about the worst sides of humanity. It was often hard to remember the positives. I doubt that is going to change very much in 2017. It’s very tempting to write a lot of words about the new political realities but other people are far better qualified to do that than I am. Being someone who has a healthy respect for people with knowledge - call them experts if you like - I’ll leave that to them.

Once again, I start the year thinking life in our sector isn’t going to get...

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