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Volunteer Management Programme: bursaries to support volunteer management skills development

7 Apr 2010 - 14:57 by michelle.foster

The final strand of Capacitybuilders’ Volunteer Management Programme is a £1m bursary scheme to support volunteer management skills development.

Bursaries of up to £1950 are available to fully fund an approved skills development package.

There are three levels of access available based on individual experience and role. You also have the option of obtaining an award from a nationally recognised accreditation body.

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Thinking the Unthinkable

26 Mar 2010 - 10:00 by mike.wright

What will you do if …
…your funding is cut by a quarter or even a half?
…you don’t win that next contract?

Should you…
…rethink and restructure your services?
…work more closely with others? Seek merger? Or even close down?

Thinking the Unthinkable
Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector in Manchester adapt to change

Date: Tuesday 18th May 2010
Venue: The Mechanics Institute, Manchester M12 6FZ

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Consultation – Advice Services in Manchester

24 Mar 2010 - 15:43 by michelle.foster

An independent review of externally funded advice services in Manchester concluded that the advice provided is generally of high quality, but provision is ad hoc, fragmented and more appropriate models of provision should be explored. Areas of Manchester are not covered by accessible advice services and some agencies struggle with cramped and unsuitable premises and lack the infrastructure to cope with demand.

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Launch of the 2010 Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards

24 Mar 2010 - 12:54 by michelle.foster

Nurses, midwives and health visitors are invited to apply for awards which honour Mary Seacole's name and acknowledge her achievements.  Proposed projects or activities should be designed to benefit the health needs of people from black and minority ethnic communities.

There are two award programmes:

The Mary Seacole Leadership Awards are worth up to £12,500 each and provide the opportunity to:
• undertake a specific health care project; and
• enhance personal effectiveness, leadership style, communication skills and the ability to influence.

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The Hearing Voices Network

24 Mar 2010 - 12:53 by michelle.foster

The Hearing Voices Network are starting a group at Victoria Park Centre, 70 Daisy Bank Road, M14 5QN on Friday 9 April 2010.

The group will be run by 2 highly experienced members of the Hearing Voices Network, Kate and Brian. Kate and Brian have many years experience in facilitating self-help amongst individuals who struggle with negative voices.

The group will meet every week on a Friday, from 1.30 – 3pm.

Refreshments will be available. The group is free to attend and anyone can refer themselves to it.

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New Regional Community Activists Network

24 Mar 2010 - 12:50 by michelle.foster

Government Office North West are working with the North West Community Activist Network (NWCAN) in their aim to support local people who want to get involved in community action and local decision-making.  
NWCAN want to reach people wherever they live in the North West with a particular focus on the 18 North West Connecting Communities areas – for further information about these areas, visit: http://www.gos.gov.uk/gonw/PeopleSustainableCommunities/885175/?a=42496

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Talking Dementia

24 Mar 2010 - 12:48 by michelle.foster

Manchester LINk recently attended the “Talking Dementia” event organised jointly by Manchester City Council, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, the Alzheimer’s Society and NHS Manchester.

The event was an opportunity for the LINk to feed back some of the things people in Manchester have told them about their experiences living with or caring for someone with dementia. In addition, they were asked to comment on the recommendations from Manchester’s Dementia Strategy and make suggestions for their implementation.

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O2 Think Big

24 Mar 2010 - 12:43 by michelle.foster

Mobile phone company O2 has announced financial support initially of £300 - £2500 is available to young people aged 13-25 across the UK so that they can operate projects that make a difference in their communities.

The aim is to support young people aged 13-25 throughout the UK to work on projects and activities that will make their communities a better place to live. As well as receiving funding, the young people will be required to take part in training and mentoring schemes.

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