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3 Jun 2020 - 10:00 by barkery.jammeh

We are half way through Volunteers week and we're hoping you are enjoying the stories as much as we are. Here is Michael's journey into volunteering, very inspiring.

Volunteer name: Michael

Volunteer age:60

Where are they from: Manchester

What's their volunteer role and what do they do in that role:
Michael volunteers on Pathways Independent Living and Pre- employment courses. Rhonda, the Pathways Co-ordinator enthuses “Michael has been a huge asset as a Pathways...

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2 Jun 2020 - 14:22 by barkery.jammeh

Volunteer name: Jimmy

Volunteer age: 30

Where are they from: Manchester

What's their volunteer role and what do they do in that role:

Jimmy has completed over 70 sessions assisting with:

• Greeting office visitors (including interview candidates)
• Answering the phone
• Typing up notes, feedback and timetables
• Updating documents and shredding
• Signing and laminating certificates and course books
• Making up packs of leaflets to promote...

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29 May 2020 - 11:53 by barkery.jammeh

It's day 2 of our very special Volunteers week stories and this morning we hear about Beverly Dargen and what motivated her to get into volunteering, we hope you enjoy.

 

Volunteer name:

Beverley Dargen

Volunteer age:

50 years

Where are they from:

Manchester

What's their volunteer role and what do they do in that role:

Beverley support parents of children who have severe learning/physical disabilities

How long have you/they been volunteering for...

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29 May 2020 - 11:40 by barkery.jammeh

Hi all,

Here is our second Volunteer story for today with Katrina from Breakthrough UK. 

Volunteer name: Katrina

Volunteer age: 31

Where are they from: Manchester

What's their volunteer role and what do they do in that role:

Katrina supports organisations to be more accessible as part of TfGM Disability Design Reference Group and Manchester International Festival’s Disabled Person’s Engagement Group. Katrina is a superstar volunteer and is a pleasure to be around. Katrina is...

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27 May 2020 - 11:18 by barkery.jammeh

Hi it's Volunteers Week again, doesn't time fly?!

Volunteers Week 2020 (June 1 - 7) is so different this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. First of all, all of us here at Macc would like to send our best wishes to all of you out there and we hope that you stay well and continue to look after yourself and those close to you in these anxious and uncertain times.

Every year Volunteer Centre Manchester (VCM) enjoy celebrating Volunteers Week with a number of different activities to help highlight some of the fantastic work that volunteers do in and around Manchester. This year...

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18 May 2020 - 14:53 by stuart.vaughan

We have heard a lot from the government regarding their offers of support to the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. Some of the rhetoric has promised much but delivered little that is tangible so far – the much trumpeted £750m package being a case in point. Where relief is available, rules can change and it can be difficult for VCSE organisations to determine whether or not they are eligible.

I’d like to draw people’s attention to an excellent bulletin from Locality, which attempts to summarise some of...

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4 May 2020 - 14:02 by danielle.conway

The film starts with a radio alarm clock, Sonny and Cher singing ‘I Got You Babe,’ and what becomes the infuriatingly famous line, “Okay campers, rise and shine!”  A perfectly cast Bill Murray plays a cynical weatherman who inexplicably has to relive the same day over and over again. Have you got it? I’ll give you a minute or two…

I wasn’t entirely sure whether to laugh or cry when I realised that I wrote my first Macc blog almost a year ago to the day and it was titled, ‘Welcome to your new world.’ I wrote about confusion, mess and the ridiculous pace of change in the health and...

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27 Apr 2020 - 14:42 by stuart.vaughan

Why all organisations should pay attention to their cashflow in times of uncertainty

There are many things to consider when running a business, a social enterprise, charity or voluntary organisation. Some are complex, some far reaching, but one thing is essential for all if they are to survive – cash. If you don’t have enough money in the bank at the end of the month to pay your debts, then your organisation can run into serious trouble. This applies at all times, but during the current pandemic it’s particularly important to...

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8 Apr 2020 - 11:47 by Mike Wild

We are in a time where everyone is expecting to hear bad news at some point. We’re also in a time where more than ever we need to support each other, to work together and unleash all the skill, creativity, kindness and compassion we can muster. So hearing the news of the sudden passing of Councillor Sue Murphy is a shock and a sad and cruel loss for those she loved and for all of us who were working with her to respond to these strange and anxious times.

Sue has been Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council for a long time and has had the lead on the voluntary sector for many years...

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30 Mar 2020 - 09:25 by Mike Wild

Was that only a week?

The first thing to I need to say here is a huge thank you to my amazing colleagues at Macc for their work over recent days. They have been incredible. Last Friday as I was leaving the office, I walked around making a little video and talking about everything which had been achieved that week. I couldn’t get through it without my voice breaking. But I wanted to capture that moment when everyone had gone home to be safe but to carry on. I thought at the time that I couldn’t remember having felt prouder of Macc and everyone in it. In the space of a few days they...

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