All Community Engagement
Out of the many reasons I applied for an internship, probably the one I dwelt on most was the fear of being unprepared for the real world come summer 2015 when I graduate. As I scrolled through available opportunities nothing appeared to spring out at me and I had almost become resigned to the fact that I would return home for the summer in search of any sort of employment that would tide me over till September.
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.
Manchester City Council are looking for your views on alcohol early intervention and treatment services, to help them decide how to improve them.
These services help people understand how alcohol affects them and those around them and they help people manage, reduce or stop drinking. A quarter of Manchester's adults could be drinking to risky levels.
The survey asks what you think is important in these services and asks how these services should be delivered, and what results you think are important.
Manchester's Community Safety Partnership is in the process of refreshing its strategy to tackle crime and disorder across Manchester. A number of priorities have been identified and the Partnership is keen to consult with voluntary and community sector organisations to ensure that these priorities meet local needs and concerns.
Manchester City Council is consulting on the future of Ancoats and New Islington. An updated neighbourhood development framework has been produced and local residents and businesses are being asked to comment on the proposals.
You can come along and view the proposals at one of the drop in sessions on:
• Thursday 3 July 2014, 2.30pm - 7pm at St Michael's Church
• Thursday 17 July 2014, 2.30pm - 7pm at Vivid Lounge, Great Ancoats Street
• Tuesday 22 July 2014, 8am - 10am at Unit 2, Royal Mills, Redhill Street, Ancoats
Manchester City Centre has just seen the arrival of two new Community Organisers, who aim to listen to at least 1000 people and recruit a group volunteers interested in improving their local communities in the Northern Quarter and Ancoats.
Alice Toomer and Sherelle Fairweather will be listening to and working with the communities of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats over the next year, being hosted by the Young Advisors Charity based in the Northern Quarter.
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of community across the UK. Last year 3.65 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the fifth annual Big Lunch. This year's Big Lunch is on Sunday 1 June 2014.
Could Manchester be Europe’s answer to America’s hippest city - Portland, Oregon?
Manchester has enjoyed solid economic success, there is now an opportunity for a ‘new wave’ to Manchester’s future. A new report A Civil Economy for Manchester, prepared for Macc by the think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) demonstrates how this new wave is about unleashing the power of citizens, social and voluntary group.