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Manchester Deaf Centre Spirit Story - “I feel like I belong to a community”

22 Sep 2016 - 09:45 by Nigel Rose

The DAVE (Deaf, Actively, Volunteering, Experience) project helps 35 young people (aged 16-25), with a wide range of hearing defects, to manage the transition from education to whatever they want to do next.

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Help us showcase the work of Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

12 Sep 2016 - 15:35 by michelle.foster

Our State of the Sector Survey in 2013 found that there were 3,093 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Manchester, with an estimated income of £477 million. The sector employed the equivalent of 12,400 full time staff and 94,300 volunteers gave 370,000 hours, with an estimated value of £332 million. Decision makers took note of the survey results, we know it increased their understanding of the sector. Some of the key facts (3093 organisations, 94,300 volunteers) are now widely quoted by colleagues in the Council, the NHS and other bodies such as Big Lottery Fund.

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Bupa UK Foundation Caring for Carers Funding Programme

15 Jul 2016 - 10:46 by michelle.foster

Across the UK around 7 million people are unpaid carers, supporting a family member or friend who is older, disabled or seriously ill. It is likely that the majority of people will take on caring responsibilities at some point in their lives. Unpaid carers make a vital, hidden contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation. However, carers are often under significant pressure and many find that caring can take its toll on their own health.

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Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People Summer Project for comic creators

15 Jul 2016 - 10:24 by michelle.foster

Are you 15 – 25 Years Old? Are you a Disabled Person? Do you live in Manchester?

From 20 July, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) is running a summer project to create a comic, working with artist Jim Medway.

The comic will be a story around hate crime, looking at what hate crime is and how we can tell people it’s wrong to be abusive and hostile to disabled people.

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Cast your vote for the Best Community Space Spirit of Manchester Award 2016

1 Jul 2016 - 12:32 by michelle.foster

Voting is now open to vote for the Best Community Space Spirit of Manchester Award 2016.

Award criteria
A community space can be a piece of land or a building available for use by the community. Organisations needed to show:
• Best use of a community space
• How the space is seen as central within the community
• The impact it has within the local community

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Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People Living Our Lives

10 Jun 2016 - 10:19 by michelle.foster

Living Our Lives are workshops and information sharing events for disabled people of all ages living in Manchester. They are an opportunity to find out more about different issues important to disabled people.

Living Our Lives workshops will be spread out through 2016 and early 2017, so let Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) know what you want to find out about these can schedule it in later this year.

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Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution

25 Feb 2016 - 19:19 by Mike Wild

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Could you give us 10 minutes to talk about health?

As part of Greater Manchester’s Devolution agenda, for the first time Greater Manchester is taking control of £6 billion of public funding for health and social care from April 2016.

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GMCDP need you to help with a comic strip about disability history

1 Oct 2015 - 16:03 by michelle.foster

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People’s (GMCDP) young disabled people are working on a joint project with Manchester City Council to put an exhibition together to celebrate Disability History month.

A group of young people are meeting regularly and like the idea of putting this across in the style of a comic.

If you are a young disabled person 18-30, live within Greater Manchester and would like to come along and see how you can be part of this exciting project please get in touch.

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Myths about the voluntary sector - Parts 5 and 6

10 Sep 2015 - 11:54 by Mike Wild

A few weeks back I met with a group of voluntary & community sector leaders working with children young people and families and our local Director of Children's Services. We were talking about how to build the relationship between the sectors so we hit on the idea of writing a blog to challenge a few myths and misconceptions which tend to distort the relationship.