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8 Nov 2018 - 11:21 by chelsea.murphy

As part of our Sharing Wellness campaign, we have encouraged our staff, volunteers and the people we work with to discuss what keeps them well. I found this anonymous submission in my inbox and thought it was a perfect example of how staying resilient during difficult periods of life is a personal process, and is often supported by small, frequent acts of self-care. 



I wouldn’t say I’ve been mentally ill in my life; ...

5 Nov 2018 - 13:47 by victoria.jones

Hello! I’m Victoria and I will be working here at Macc for the next year as part of a Graduate training Programme called Charityworks.

At Macc, I’m part of the Active Communities team and I’ll be working primarily on the facilitation of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network

It seems only fitting...

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20 Aug 2018 - 17:12 by Nigel Rose

I have just finished reading an autobiography of Jane Jacobs, one of the most well-known writers about urban planning and a lifelong community activist. Her most famous book is the The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Coincidentally, at the end of last week, I received an invitation,...

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2 Aug 2018 - 14:49 by Nigel Rose

The second meeting of the Macc Policy Network was held yesterday and it was absolutely fascinating. The range of issues that participants spoke about demonstrates again (as if it that was actually required), the richness, diversity and passion in the VCSE sector.

These are some of the issues discussed leaving out my contribution which you can read in our recent policy bulletin:

  • The work of Greater Manchester Poverty Action on food poverty and the links with local growing and with diversity.
  • Research into hidden young people who are unable...

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24 Jul 2018 - 11:23 by Nigel Rose

"Community development work is a huge force for good that could, if done well, transform the lives of people ,,,,,, if done poorly community development work can cause serious damage to communities."

Following the first publication by The Manchester Community Development Work Practice Group, "...

20 Jun 2018 - 15:35 by shanna.lennon

This week is Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and community events, which brings people together to learn more about each other and recognise the massive contribution refugees make to society in the UK....

5 Jun 2018 - 15:15 by Nigel Rose

I like stats and I like stories and I like it even better when the two are put together, because that’s where real richness is found.Numbers without stories are often, in my experience, misinterpreted or misunderstood, whereas stories without numbers can lack force and are dismissed as anecdotal.

What I don’t like is when people prioritise stats over stories, and that happens all too often. People believe, erroneously, that numbers are “harder”, more reliable, safer, less open to criticism, provide more truth. Often, this seems to me a way of making numbers mean what...

15 May 2018 - 09:41 by michelle.foster

360Giving supports organisations to publish their grants data in an open, standardised way and helps people to understand and use the data to support decision-making and learning across the charitable giving sector.

On GrantNav: http://grantnav.threesixtygiving.org/ you can search, explore and download UK grant data from funders publishing open data to the 360Giving Standard, all for free.


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2 May 2018 - 16:01 by Nigel Rose

I went to Young Manchester’s Welcome Event a couple of evenings ago held at HOME. It was a positive and celebratory event with performances by a number of young people including beat boxing, singing and dancing, as well as the usual heartfelt speeches, the best of which (sorry to other speakers) was one by Saeed Atcha, founder of the magazine Xplode (an invitee to the royal wedding!). He is definitely one to watch.

Young Manchester is an independent trust that has been set up and funded, to a large extent, by Manchester City Council to do some of the roles that the council used to...

30 Apr 2018 - 14:05 by hayley.lightfoot

I attended some interesting training last week looking at new approaches and perspectives around volunteer retention.

There were seven key things that were identified as being important to do in order to engage with a volunteer (and hopefully retain them):

Be flexible
Eg: Have more than one volunteering role. Make it easier for people to come back and volunteer again if they have to take some time out.

Focus on meaning and impact
Include the impact of the role in the volunteer description. Talk...

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