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29 Nov 2012 - 10:44 by mary.duncan


This is a reminder from Neil Bendel (Public Health Manchester) The deadline for submitting suggested topic themes for the refreshed Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is Friday December 7th.
There are additional areas tabled for consideration from the Director of Public Health :

  • TB in children
  • Transport/Active travel
  • Early detection/prevention of cancer
  • Alcohol
  • Diabetes
  • End of Life Care
  • The JSNA team are also putting together proposals on sensory health issues.


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28 Nov 2012 - 12:15 by cormac.lawler

Recently, Walt and I participated in the Annual Conference and AGM of the Educational Centres Association (ECA), held in Leicester. The ECA supports LSEN in our work, and is a key educational organisation at a national and European level, which has been putting the learner at the centre of education for very-nearly 100 years.

York educational settlement, c 1938
York educational settlement, circa 1938 (I didn't take any photos of the recent meeting...

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26 Nov 2012 - 14:49 by mary.duncan

Esther Rantzen, Chair of the Silver Line Trustees, together with officers from the Manchester City Council, today launched the Helpline for older people in Manchester. The telephone number is:

0800 328 8888 for advice, information and friendship.

The concerns raised in our previous blog were partly answered:

The trained volunteers based in the Midlands will be dealing with the 'befriending' side of the service and not the information and advice. There are trained volunteers based in Greater Manchester and yes, the pilot is now covering Greater Manchester....

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22 Nov 2012 - 16:00 by ross.grant

Hi, and welcome to the new VYM Blog. Although this is entered as Ross’s blog, VYM is much more than Ross Grant, but more of that later. In particular though, it is also Sarah Gilston, VYM’s much valued Communication Support Worker, without whom you would receive very limited communication from VYM, and there's the Board of Trustees that governs and supports VYM staff.

Those of you familiar with older VYM Bulletins will remember Ross’s Ramble and it is quite possible that this blog will adopt a similar style and content, but (in theory) on a more frequent basis. I suppose that will...

21 Nov 2012 - 15:11 by nicola.shanahan

 Hello All,

Macc and VYM facilitated a meeting last week to discuss the Department for Education National Prospectus Funding Programme for the voluntary sector. Over 50 organisations expressed an interest about this opportunity and over 25 organisations came to the meeting to discuss the opportunity.

The funding programme itself seems designed to enable only large or national organisations to apply with very tight time-scales (Just 3 ½ weeks from their own briefings) and not enough time to develop a partnership approach – which incidentally was one of the areas where you would...

21 Nov 2012 - 15:06 by mary.duncan

The Silver Line – helpline for Older People
This will be a pilot for three months in Manchester and the Isle of Man. The pilots are funded through Comic Relief. Depending on the outcome of these pilots the Trustees hope to launch a National Helpline by the Summer 2013.Esther Rantzen is Chair of the Trustees. The Helpline is for older people (no age limit) in the area, who seek information, advice and friendship.

The publicity says ‘it will provide sign-posting to the rich variety of existing organisations offering support for older people’ and ‘ a telephone...

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16 Nov 2012 - 12:28 by cormac.lawler

 Last week, I participated in Townstock - a two day event focused on how citizens and communities can engage in and actively take control of the regeneration of their towns and local areas. It was a very interesting event, with speakers from various sectors and initiatives, giving examples and sharing experiences from across the country. Participants were encouraged to share and capture ideas - like this one about 'townternships'.


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13 Nov 2012 - 20:26 by walt.crowson

 Are you planning to nominate an individual or a learning project for an Adult Learners Week Award in 2013?

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 13th December 2012 – so don’t hesitate – or you will be too late!!!

Nominations don’t have to come from a provider of learner or even a tutor – anyone can nominate someone for an Award as long as the person you are nominating is over 18, lives in England and has undertaken at least some of their learning between December 2011 and December 2012.

Perhaps you have a friend or work colleague who has undertaken...

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9 Nov 2012 - 11:37 by Mike Wild

One of the dangers for me in writing a blog is that I'll end up writing only about things I'm angry about (there seems to be quite a lot at the moment) and it will become a terribly depressing read. However, I'm not going to apologise for the bleak picture I'm about to paint because it's what's really happening to people in our communities.

The other day I went to a briefing by Manchester Citizens Advice on a report they had produced in partnership with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies on the...

7 Nov 2012 - 15:47 by Mike Wild

For nearly a year now, I've been a member of the 'shadow' Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board, representing the voluntary and community sector. This is a new body which was formed under the new NHS and Social Care Act which introduces the Coalition Government's changes to the way health and social care services are structured across England. There must be one Board in each Local Authority area. The Department of Health defines the role of the Health and Wellbeing Board as follows:

  • strengthen democratic legitimacy by involving democratically elected representatives and patient...

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