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27 Nov 2018 - 17:37 by Mike Wild

Our Sharing Our Wellness conversation is about what keeps you mentally well and helps get through the bad days. I’m going to share something which has been going on for me this year and what helped….

Today is 28th November and I’m in work. That never happens. This is always the first Annual Leave day I book in every year because it's my auntie’s birthday. But this year is different. She passed away over the summer at the age of 102.

If we’ve ever, met you will probably have heard me mention Auntie Eil (my Great Aunt, technically - and metaphorically...

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19 Nov 2018 - 11:25 by victoria.jones

Hello! As part of the Sharing Wellness campaign, staff members have been encouraged to discuss what keeps them well. I decided to write this blog post about my own experiences and what helps me to keep well. 


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16 Nov 2018 - 15:47 by shanna.lennon


Having been at the Volunteers Centre Manchester for eight months, I decided it was about time for me to learn more about the voluntary Trustee role.

So, in the lead up to Trustees Week, I started by Googling its dictionary...

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...