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3 Jun 2019 - 14:32 by barkery.jammeh

Happy Volunteers Week :-)

Volunteers Week 2019 is here and we look forward to a great week of Celebration!

It’s a little bit different for us this year and a change from our usual and very popular ‘Volunteer Fair’ event (back next year)… but nevertheless we have plenty of activities planned and presentations scheduled for this week.

Reward & Recognition

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30 May 2019 - 15:43 by shanna.lennon


Volunteer Coordinator Forum – May 2019


This time round, we met at the Booth Centre, a day centre that offers advice, activities and support to homeless people in Manchester. It was great to...

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21 May 2019 - 14:36 by helen.walker

"You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.” - Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale

For me, this quote sums up the power of stories. Sometimes stories are seen as fluffy and not as serious as facts and figures but before we had statistical models and survey data, we had stories. They were used as education, entertainment and to inspire.

I still remember being in reception class at school sitting and listening to my teacher telling a story. Being transported to other worlds...

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8 May 2019 - 11:34 by karen.dyson

It is possible to switch off from work when you have a job in the voluntary sector but this hasn’t been one one of those days for me.

The day began with a tram journey to Manchester, whiling away the time as I often do, by pottering about on Facebook and twitter. Most days I think this just answers my own question about why don’t I read as many books as I used to, but today it was very productive. As well as excellent and inspiring stories about creative work our colleagues are doing in the sector and the benefits this brings for the people of Manchester, I also came across...

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29 Apr 2019 - 10:32 by danielle.conway

Having heard the good news that I had been offered the role of Health and Care Development Worker at Macc, I was obviously elated and very keen to get started. So, I looked in my diary and saw that the North Manchester Community Explorers meeting was coming up. These meetings have been so useful for me in my previous role as a Community Connector. They have supported me to learn about the fantastic work being done within the VCSE sector but also became pivotal for me when building networks across sector boundaries. You’ve got to love those relationship building opportunities, right?...

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18 Apr 2019 - 13:48 by aleena.khan

Victoria and I attended an Ambition for Ageing seminar yesterday by Kate Jopling where she presented the findings from a recent publication ‘Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering: Review of community contributions in later life' by the Centre for Aging Better in partnership with the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS). The report can be found here: https://www....

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12 Apr 2019 - 15:49 by shanna.lennon


Volunteer Coordinator Forum – March 2019

We were joined by a wide range of organisations working across Manchester City...

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8 Apr 2019 - 20:19 by Mike Wild

Recently I had a very nice letter inviting me to write for a publication (quite high status) and a follow-up phone conversation to explore further. In the course of this, the London-based publisher emphasised that wanting to reach outside their heavily London-focused circle was a big priority for them. Who can guess the next bit of the conversation?

Having approached me with this request and explained why they wanted my input, they then told me about the fee. Don't get too excited. They hit me with the news that it would cost Macc £4000. Yes, we would have to pay...

19 Feb 2019 - 10:04 by claire.tomkinson

Systems Leadership

I’ve always struggled with imposter syndrome, and over the last couple of years I’ve tried really hard to make friends with it and attempt to turn some of those feelings into a strength rather than letting them become a weakness. It’s something that I’m getting better at with time, and a lot of the feedback that I have received from people that have read my first blog, either specifically mentioned imposter syndrome, or shared that they were starting to...

6 Feb 2019 - 15:49 by claire.tomkinson

Being a “leader”

I have never really considered myself a leader. I never even aspired to be a leader when I was growing up (although I refuse to admit that means I am actually a “grown up” now). I think I had a vague idea about wanting to be useful or making a difference to something, but I never really associated this with a particular role or a desire for some kind of power or control. Leadership to me meant being in charge of something, and it wasn’t that the thought of being “in charge” of something never really appealed to me. It just never really...

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