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12 Dec 2016 - 14:40 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

We’re only a couple of weeks away from Christmas, and 2016 is ready to make way for 2017.

Just a couple of weeks ago, it was International Volunteer’s Day (IVD). The event takes place every year on December 5th and is viewed as an opportunity for volunteers and organisations to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities.

Seeing International Volunteer’s Day made me pause for a second and think about all the great work that...

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23 Nov 2016 - 09:39 by barkery.jammeh

Volunteering is a hobby or pastime enjoyed by millions of people all over the world and here at Volunteer Centre Manchester (VCM) we hold volunteer inductions every week with budding volunteers. The inductions are a good opportunity for VCM and volunteers to connect, discuss the mix of volunteering opportunities available, chat about what volunteers can expect from organisations and the Volunteer Centre, and to answer any questions volunteers have on the subject.

VCM like to highlight the fact that volunteering is a two-way relationship with both parties benefitting from the...

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2 Nov 2016 - 10:23 by barkery.jammeh

What are trustees?

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity and they help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. (Source www.trusteesweek.org)

Trustees' Week takes place from 7th-13th November this year, so now is the time to advertise your trustee roles with Volunteer Centre Manchester. Over Trustees week there will be lots of interest and discussion raised on the topic of trustees, so what better time to get your roles in and strike...

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26 Oct 2016 - 14:46 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

In my last blog I mentioned the exciting work that 360Giving are doing to launch a searchable facility (powered by open data) showing where grants go. GrantNav has recently been launched.

Finding detailed information about UK grantmaking – who is funding, what, where and how much –...

26 Oct 2016 - 11:41 by Mike Wild

Macc’s purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live. So for that reason alone, we’re supporting the People’s Plan as a non-partisan, citizen-led movement bringing new and seldom-heard voices into the conversation about the future of Greater Manchester.

It’s more than that, however. As I’ve said in our last couple of newsletter updates, the thing I’ve...

24 Oct 2016 - 10:54 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

We hope you had a great weekend!

In today's blog I would like to talk to you about Christmas.... I know we've not even had Halloween or Bonfire night yet, but you know how time flies!

From now - and in the run up to Christmas, the Volunteer Centre receives an increased number of requests to dispense information and guidance on volunteering opportunities that are taking place on or around Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

We're writing to let you know that as an organisation you can register your Christmas opportunities on our...

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26 Sep 2016 - 15:10 by barkery.jammeh

Microvolunteering and online volunteering may not be the first things that spring to mind for people looking at volunteering opportunities. Traditional volunteering roles usually involve spending time on site with an organisation working with other staff, volunteers or service users, or maybe volunteering at an event.

Microvolunteering, on the other hand, seeks to use small chunks of people’s time in a way that still makes a difference to the organisations they want to help. It works on the premise that, although not everyone can take regular chunks of time to go...

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22 Aug 2016 - 14:41 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

It’s Monday 22nd August 2016, we hope you all had a great weekend.

We are delighted to let you know about a new piece of work we have been working on that will be of great benefit to the local community and the organisations we work with. Over the past few months Macc and Volunteer Centre Manchester have developed a brand new system that will enable company staff to take part in Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) and will be piloting the scheme with Manchester City Council.

What is Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV)?

Many employers...

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28 Jul 2016 - 12:48 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

Last week we hosted an exciting information session with 360Giving (www.threesixtygiving.org), whose mission is to support organisations to publish their grants data in an open, standardised way and help people...

25 Jul 2016 - 12:04 by barkery.jammeh

Hello all,

It’s Monday 25th July 2016, we hope you all had a great weekend.

It’s the start of the School Summer Holidays and hopefully we get the sunshine to match!

Talking of summer, everyone is in a great mood and this is the time of the year where you can find lots of fun activities, festivals, summer fairs, and carnivals to get involved with.

For most of these events to go ahead they are heavily reliant on volunteers getting involved. If you have a few days off over the summer and have some spare time, there are lots of volunteering opportunities that are...

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