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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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29 Jun 2017 - 15:38 by aneeqa.javed


Sorry, its been a while!

Today I'll look at how you can make you social media content interesting and creative.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to know what to post and how to convey a message in an engaging way. But there are ways of doing it; it just takes time and patience- two things we all tend to lack!
Here are some ways of creating content which are easy and don’t take too long to make:
1) Create mini images- you can make these anywhere like Microsoft word, Publisher or if you’re feeling even more creative, you could something more fancy. But...

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7 Jun 2017 - 13:49 by guest.blogger

Our seventh Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Eileen – a volunteer with Age UK Manchester.

"Age UK Manchester (formerly Age Concern Manchester) is an independent charity working with and for older people across Manchester.

Age UK Manchester offers information, advice and support to people aged 60 or over, we provide high quality day, home and residential care in Manchester and run a number of projects and services for...

6 Jun 2017 - 10:52 by guest.blogger

Our fourth, fifth and sixth Volunteer's Week Spirit Stories come from Beca, Al and Marie who all volunteer with Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH).

"MASH supports women engaged in prostitution (sex work). Last year MASH supported 884 women.

All the women we support are individuals and have their own reasons for sex working, however some women feel like they have less choices than others and MASH specialise in...

5 Jun 2017 - 16:36 by guest.blogger

 Our third Volunteers’ Week Spirit Story comes from Hannah – a volunteer with City Year UK.

City Year UK is a youth social action charity, challenging 18 - 25 year olds to give a year in their local community supporting students and schools in disadvantaged areas across Greater Manchester.

City Year volunteers give their time 4 days a week at a local school as tutors, mentors and role models, supporting students both in and outside the classroom.