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Mike Wild, Chief Executive

My role is to lead Macc, developing the organisation so we play a useful role in the life of Manchester. I keep a watch on policy issues, try to be creative in new ways to make more good things happen in the city and speak up on behalf of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. I build relationships with a wide range of partners and support our Trustees in ensuring Macc and the rest of the sector makes a real difference in Manchester. In other words I try to get more people doing socially useful stuff.

More Useful Stuff (2011)

24 Mar 2015 - 11:24 by Mike Wild

As the General Election draws nearer, I've been mulling over what's happened to the voluntary and community sector during the last five years. Below is a piece originally written back in summer 2011. This was, for me, the moment where I pulled together a lot of ideas and impressions and started to move towards the work which eventually became our Civil Economy for Manchester work with CLES.

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5.30pm Albert Square, Tuesday 3rd Feb

3 Feb 2015 - 10:58 by Mike Wild

The Hashtag is #McrFundingCuts

11 Dec 2014 - 12:11 by Mike Wild

As I write this, the team are just about to head over to the Mechanics Institute for today's Emergency Voluntary Sector Assembly event to discuss the impact of Council budget proposals on the work of the voluntary and community groups in Manchester.

Today We Are Angry, Tomorrow We Must Talk

12 Nov 2014 - 15:23 by Mike Wild

A lot of people in the local voluntary sector are going to be very angry today. They’re going to feel threatened, undervalued, rejected and hopeless. The Council’s budget proposals will make horrible reading for many people who’ve been working very hard for a long time to make a difference in the city. For some groups this will mean cuts to services and activities. For many it will mean many job losses – the sector is an employer too, after all. For some this may be the last straw and we may see the end of a number of organisations that have made a great contribution to the city.

Spirit of Manchester Festival: Let's Fill the Map!

22 Aug 2014 - 15:00 by Mike Wild

Introducing the Spirit of Manchester Festival

31 Jul 2014 - 13:40 by Mike Wild

One of the things I love most about working in the voluntary sector is that if you have a really good idea you can generally find a way to make it happen. It might take a while – things like our State of the Sector and Civil Economy work were on my wishlist for years before we were finally able to publish the finished work. But sometimes you can be taken by surprise at how fast you can go from the idea to it actually happening.

Honourable Mentions

19 Jun 2014 - 10:26 by Mike Wild

In the last few weeks, we’ve seen announcements of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and the Birthday Honours. Of course I always check these to see if any local people or groups have won recognition for their work and it’s been great to see Manchester well represented. Here’s a quick list

Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2014

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Don't forget to say "Thank You".

4 Jun 2014 - 13:18 by Mike Wild

I’ve just come back from being on the BBC Breakfast sofa talking about volunteering. As is always the case with these things, it’s all very rushed and last minute and it’s over in a flash. Actually that’s one of good things in a sense because it gives you less time to panic! It was a great opportunity to fly the flag for volunteering in the middle of Volunteers Week and to talk about the sheer wealth of volunteering which happens in Manchester, as one exampleof the amazing work of volunteers across the whole country.

Guest Blog: Livelihoods and VCS Assets

23 Apr 2014 - 19:35 by Mike Wild

I've not added anything to my blog for ages - lots of ideas but no time to write them up properly! Anyway, I'm delighted to be posting this guest blog by Katy Goldstraw, Manchester Met Student. Katy is currently working on a PhD thesis on the impact of austerity on the voluntary sector and is working with Macc to talk to local groups and share her findings. You can access her research here http://bearingwitnessadultsocialcarevcsmanchester.wordpress.com/

Mike

 

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