Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
23 December 2019
Manchester Community Central
Christmas and New Year closure information

This is our final ebulletin of the year. Our first ebulletin in the New Year will focus on what is coming up from us in 2020, which will be circulated on 6 January.

The Macc team sends best wishes to all during this festive period and looks forward to working with you again next year.

GM Moving
GM Moving appoints 10GM to support developing the GM workforce
We’re really pleased that Macc, on behalf of 10GM, have been appointed to work alongside GM Moving to develop a systems leadership approach to support the GM workforce. We’ll be working with a number of delivery partners, including Do Well and AQuA, to work in localities and at a GM level to look at the culture, behaviours, skills, knowledge and capabilities of current and future leaders across Greater Manchester around the shared purpose of getting people moving more.
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Auto Trader Community Fund
Auto Trader Community Fund
The Auto Trader Community Fund aims to encourage small, community-based and locally controlled groups that manage themselves, encourage people to get involved as volunteers and who just need a bit of financial help to be able to work with their community in the way they’d like. The Auto Trader Community Fund welcomes applications from grassroots community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Organisations can request an award of up to £1,000. Deadline date for applications: 15 January 2020, 12:00
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Greggs Foundation
Greggs Foundation – Local Community Projects Fund
Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund awards grants of up to £2,000 to enable not for profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn’t afford to do. Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 will be unsuccessful. Deadline for Round 1: 23 February 2020
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Bipolar UK
Bipolar UK Manchester Support Group
Bipolar is a severe mental health condition characterised by significant mood swings. Around 2% of the population is estimated to have bipolar and the number of those affected by bipolar, such as family and friends, is significantly higher. Unsupported, it can increase the risk of suicide by 20 times. The Manchester support group is free to attend and is open to anyone affected by bipolar, including family, friends and carers. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month (the group does not meet in December), from 7pm-9pm at Central Manchester Friends Meeting House.
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Central Manchester Service User and Carers’ Network
Do you use mental health services or care for someone who does? Why not come along and meet like-minded people? The Network would love to meet you and hear your experiences in a service user and carer led discussion group. The group meets the third Monday of every month 12.30pm-2pm at Brunswick Parish Church
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MS Society
Improving Quality of Life for people with MS – Bolton, Salford and Manchester
The MS Society has launched a new project to support people living with MS in Bolton, Salford and Manchester. The project aims to support people with MS to improve their emotional wellbeing and financial security. The MS Society can provide support and information on a range of topics, including: finances, independence, employment and wellbeing.
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Horizons Festival 2020 – Call Out for Expressions of Interest
Horizons Festival celebrates international arts and global culture and runs alongside Refugee Week. The festival features a week long programme of theatre, film, art, performance, workshops and debate showcasing the artistic talent of refugees and migrants. The third Horizons Festival will take place between 13 and 20 June 2020. The festival would like to hear from Northern-based artists and companies from refugee backgrounds who might like to perform or share creative work at the festival. Deadline: 13 January, 17:00
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That Counts
That Counts! competition launch
GreaterSport are on the hunt to find Greater Manchester’s most inspiring stories about moving a little more each day and the positive effects it has had. To be in with the chance of being the next face of the campaign all you have to do is post your story, image and/or video under any of the competition posts found on the ThatCountsGM social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Winners will receive a £100 Decathalon voucher, as well as being the next That Counts! star.
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Recruiting volunteers with a criminal history survey
Bolton CVS are currently running the Giving Back in Bolton project and are working hard to develop best practice guidance for volunteering organisations so that people with criminal records are fairly represented in volunteering opportunities. You can help by completing the short survey.
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Greater Moments Project
Capturing the experience of people with dementia
Social Sense and Hitch have been commissioned by Dementia United to develop a ‘Lived Experience Barometer.’ This will be used to capture information about what it is like to live with dementia in Greater Manchester. ‘Greater Moments’ is the new name for the lived experience barometer. As part of the ongoing commitment to involving people affected by dementia within the development of Greater Moments, they would like to ask you to select your favourite 3 logo designs.
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nfpSynergy 20 predictions for the future – how might the charity world have changed in 20 years?
What will world the world look like for charities 20 years from now? Joe Saxton shares some of his predictions for how the third sector might grow and change – for better or for worse – in the years to come.
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  > Christmas Day Dinner

     25 December, 13:00 - 17:00, Church of the Resurrection and
     St Barnabas


  > Hospice at Home OPEL Study consensus event

     16 January, 9:00 - 16:30, The Met Hotel King Street


  > Brabners Charity Law annual update 

     28 January, 16:00 - 18:00, Brabners Office





  > Ten Years of Change in the Voluntary Sector – Exploring Research Findings in a Greater
     Manchester Context

     5 February, 10:00 - 16:00, St Thomas Centre


  > Learning Disabilities and Autism 2020 Manchester

     12 March, 8:30 - 16:30, The Bridgewater Hall


  > Northern Economic Summit

     19 May, 9:30 - 16:45, Central Manchester


Search for more events here


> Feeding your future: free 10 week cooking programme

   8 January, 18:00 - 21:00, Chorlton

> Introduction to equality and diversity

   20 January, 13:00 - 16:00, Benchill Community Centre

> Developing an effective board team – live webinar

   21 January, 13:00 - 14:15, Online

> Maximising support for people on low incomes in the
   austerity era

   30 January, Church House


Search for more training opportunities here


> Trauma Informed Domestic Abuse Practitioner at Stockport Without Abuse

   Salary: £25,951 pro-rata | Hours: 28 hours per week | Deadline: 6 January, 10:00


> PA/Executive Assistant to CEO at Henshaws Society for Blind People

   Salary: £20,202 per annum pro rata | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 6 January


> Sexual Health Lead at LGBT Foundation

   Salary: £29,913 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 6 January


> Advisor at Students’ Union’s University of Manchester

   Salary: £21,417 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 10 January, 9:00


> Monitoring and Evaluation Administrator at Just Psychology CIC

   Salary: £21,089 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline for CVs: 10 January | Deadline for
   applications: 17 January


> Health and Well-Being Coordinator at Bolton Lads and Girls Club

   Salary: Up to £27,000 pro rata | Hours: 20-37 hours per week | Deadline: 14 January, 17:00


> Neighbourhood Sport Officer at MCRactive

   Salary: £25,801 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 19 January


> Support worker at Caritas Diocese of Salford

   Salary: £18,795 - £19,171 per annum | Hours: 18.5 hours per week | Deadline: 20 January, 9:00


> Lead Play Worker at YPAC Manchester

   Salary: £12 per hour | Hours: 4 hours per week | Deadline: 22 January, 12:00


> Sessional Play Worker at YPAC Manchester

   Salary: £10 per hour | Hours: 3 hours per week | Deadline: 22 January, 12:00


> Family Support Coordinator at Wythenshawe Community Initiative

   Salary: £24,000 - £26,000 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 22 January, 16:00


> Marketing and Communications Manager at the Manchester Jewish Museum
   Salary: £30,000 pro rata | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 31 January, 17:00


Search for more job opportunities here

   Visit our website: 

> Information, factsheets and resources

> Online Directory of VCSE groups

> To hire one of our meeting rooms

> To sign up to become a member and much more

   Active Communities

The aim of the Greater Manchester Older People's Network is to inform and influence Greater Manchester strategies that affect older people. Membership is open to all older people living in Greater Manchester.


Skill Givers is an employer supported volunteering project working with organisations across Manchester and Salford. The project links employers with local voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises, who support their community to get active.


Volunteer Centre Manchester provides information, support and training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer and to organisations who work with or involve volunteers.

   Group Development

The Capacity Building Team provides group development support to build the capacity and sustainability of Manchester's voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. This is available through bespoke, one-to-one support and our training and we co-ordinate a training calendar of other relevant training opportunities from across the city.

Click here for resources on starting a group, governance, funding factsheets, managing / taking on a building, policy templates, a directory of VCSE organisations and much more.


Weekly Drop-in Tuesday afternoons 2pm-4pm

Community groups: brand new / starting out, never accessed support from Macc, not sure of or how we can help, come along for a chat with our friendly team at offices: Macc, 3rd Floor, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW. We’ll be there to listen to your ideas and questions, tell you about what we offer and show you how you can access our support.

   Policy and Influence

The Policy and Influence Team promotes positive change in Manchester through bringing the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector together, enabling opportunities for constructive dialogue with the statutory and private sectors, encouraging creative solutions and informing the sector about policy and strategic developments.

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