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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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30 Jan 2019 - 07:10 by Mike Wild

One thing - among many - which has puzzled me about the Brexit debate is the sheer number of people who have focused entirely on trade (transactions): there has been virtually nothing about international co-operation and broader relationships. This has been to such an extent that people are shocked when they hear about things like medical supplies being affected (a moment marked by the closure last week of the London HQ of the European Medicines Agency which is moving to Amsterdam). We have allowed ourselves to lose sight of the complexity of the world in which we live, the web of...

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29 Jan 2019 - 10:14 by karen.dyson

Questions around the issues for your first 100 days in post are pretty standard interview fare. If you take out leave for Christmas, I reach that milestone today.

In my interview I talked about issues around representation. Macc is often called ‘The Voice of the Sector,’ and it’s not a term we often dispute, because it helps makes sure that the sector has seats at the table when consultations are being carried out and decisions are being made. However, if we’re going to say this, how do we make sure we know what the sector wants us to say?  How do we involve organisations,...

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13 Dec 2018 - 15:39 by shanna.lennon

My two colleagues and I have just come from dropping off donations at  Emmeline’s Pantry. Here at Macc we decided that one of the ways we could practice what we preach is by supporting a local Christmas Appeal, we asked for suggestions and picked at random. Emmeline’s Pantry was the name that came out of the hat.


30 Nov 2018 - 14:54 by victoria.jones

I recently travelled to Margate in Kent with GMOPN Action Group member Elaine Unegbu, in order to attend the Big Lottery’s annual Ageing Better Conference. Having never been to a conference before, I was quite apprehensive and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I needn’t have worried though as the conference was fantastic! I had the opportunity to learn so much from a wide range of people and to find out what the rest of the country is doing in order to make their area more age-friendly.


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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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