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.
Macc has been reviewing our work around equalities and human rights, both as part of the provision of Manchester City Council’s infrastructure for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector and as part of Macc’s work and our organisational aims and objectives.
Romanian Roma migrants in Greater Manchester live mostly in the Gorton/Levenshulme/Longsight area.
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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.
Before Christmas, Mike Wild (Chief Executive of Macc) and Nigel Rose (Macc’s Strategic Lead on Commissioning) met with Geoff Little (Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester City Council) and Carol Culley (Assistant Chief Executive, Finance and Performance). We wanted to discuss the impact not just of the next wave of public sector cuts but the prolonged effects of recession. We also wanted to explore the Council’s views on how the voluntary and community sector can rise to meet the challenges faced by the communities in Manchester.
Greater Manchester Police are currently reviewing and revising their equality objectives and producing an Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) Strategy.
As part of this work, the Police and Crime Commissioner is assisting the Force in carrying out internal and external consultation on the proposed Strategy and Action Plan.
Initial work has been developed and internal consultation has taken place with key officers and Branch leads and they are now looking to consult with key voluntary sector networks.
I think it’s generally recognised that the biggest social and economic divide in the country is not between North and South but between London and The Rest of the Country. Alex Swallow’s latest blog for Third Sector has finally prompted me to set down some of my thinking on this and how it affects our sector. http://alexswallow.thirdsector.co.uk/2013/12/10/decentralising-power-and-distributing-ideas/
Manchester City Council have published their first Market Position Statement concerning Adult Social Care.