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30 Jan 2018 - 11:51 by Nigel Rose

Earlier today I read part of a new report by the King's Fund called ‘Re-imagining Community Services’. It analyses the progress made toward creating new models of community services and summarises some of the key principles that should guide the development. It’s illustrated by a number of case studies (some rather less convincing than others – Wigan as an exemplar of working with local assets – it doesn't even have an infrastructure provider since Wigan CVS collapsed a couple of years ago).

One of the key findings, that particularly rang true for me, was that there has been limited...

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17 Jan 2018 - 16:56 by Nigel Rose

Carillion Crane from Macc's WindowThe collapse of Carillion is just the latest in a long line of failures by private companies to carry out public services in an effective and cost effective manner. Does anybody really believe, anymore, that privatising the railways or electricity or water, was a good idea?

This failure casts yet more doubt on the idea of commissioning in health and social care. Circle simply gave back a contract to run a...

9 Jan 2018 - 09:54 by aneeqa.javed

 Happy new year everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely festive break and are ready to take on 2018…

2018 is a big year for all things marketing and communications, as GDPR is set to come into place on 25th May. It might be worth getting yourself onto our website to have a look at how the new legislation will affect your organisation, you may even find the odd training course we’re running before May 
In terms of what 2018 holds for all things digital, I think we are finally at a point where people and organisations are appreciating the vital role social media...

2 Jan 2018 - 10:42 by Mike Wild

I’m writing this in the final days of 2017 and a list of things which will affect charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises even just within Manchester is something you can never actually finish writing (note to self: write more blogs this year) but here are the things which are swishing around in my head as things to think about for 2018.

Starting with a few things at national level, Office for Civil Society will start consultation on a new Civil Society Strategy. The Conservative-led governments since 2010 have sometimes...

22 Dec 2017 - 13:37 by Nigel Rose

Every year I do a humorous update on some of the policy issues and trends over the year. (2016, 2015). Given the general level of bleakness (read this if you feeling particularly strong) it seems only reasonable to try a lift the mood a fraction, whilst having a gentle dig at some of the frantic absurdity that surrounds us.

Elusive Growth
It is now generally acknowledged that the economy is broken especially in the North and even (please whisper) in Manchester. The previous economic orthodoxy to “build shiny new things” and “attract big business” led...

25 Oct 2017 - 15:03 by michelle.foster

Our latest data sets on our work with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and volunteers is now available on our website here: www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/policy-and-influence/open-data

Charity think tank NPC has published a practical guide outlining the process for how charities can turn their raw data into wisdom and informed action. Data with Destiny draws on the Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom model....

24 Oct 2017 - 14:13 by barkery.jammeh

November will see the start of a new Volunteer 'Meet Up' group run by Volunteer Centre Manchester. The two-hour friendly and informal sessions are a great opportunity for registered Volunteers of VCM to meet, socialise, network, share stories, get tips and advice and generally support each other.

After a volunteer begins a role with an organisation the connection to others volunteers outside of that organisation can become hard to develop or sustain. This platform will enable volunteers to be part of...

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10 Oct 2017 - 15:26 by jack.puller

"100 Subscribes is all it takes!..."

Jack!? What an earth is Micro-volunteering?

My colleague (Barkery) put it nicely in a blog post towards the back end of 2016.


Micro-volunteering is 'bite-sized, on-demand, no/low commitment actions that benefit a worthy cause'. Activities may include signing petitions, clicking voting buttons to help raise funds or...

3 Aug 2017 - 11:54 by michelle.foster

Our latest data sets on our work with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and volunteers is now available on our website here: www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/policy-and-influence/open-data

How much Big Lottery funding is spent in your local area?
Grants from the Big Lottery Fund provide a crucial source of income for much of the voluntary and community sector. And ensure that important public services are delivered to those in need.

Through the...

17 Jul 2017 - 15:23 by aneeqa.javed


Hope you are all well.

In this blog, I've come up with 5 mistakes you might be making while using social media, without knowing you are even doing it.

1) Lack of engagement- it’s all well scheduling posts in one go so you don’t have to be online all the time, but some people forget that social media is all about socialising. You do need to be online, I’d say at least once a day for 10-15 minutes, just to...

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