Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
13 July 2020
Manchester Community Central
Coronavirus advice and resources
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On our website you can find a range of resources and support aimed at local charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

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Search for funding on our FREE Funding Portal

                      Funding portal

In order to support the sector during these unprecedented times access to our Funding Portal is currently open to all VCSE organisations in the city of Manchester. Special thanks to IDOX for allowing us to offer this. If you need any help with using the funding portal please email us:


Planning to Re-open webinar – recording and resources

As a number of VCSE organisations consider recovery and a return to the physical workplace, this webinar looked at how to plan and execute a return as safely as possible. Resources on our website include: Reopening VCSE buildings and services – Getting ready for the new ‘normal’, an overview and links for further advice; Frequently asked questions; Covid-19 checklist and risk assessment; 3 Risk assessment examples; Example Site Operating Procedures; HSE blank risk assessment template; Posters: 2 metre distance, face masks on public transport, and how to get a coronavirus test. Click here to see the recording and resources

Please contact us to let us know about any North-based voluntary and community groups who cannot access digital resources and therefore could not attend the Planning to re-open webinar. North Manchester Together is working to provide a limited number of ‘grab bags’ containing printed webinar resources for such groups. Please note that this offer is for North groups only (Wards affected: Crumpsall, Harpurhey, Higher Blackley, Charlestown, Ancoats and Beswick, Miles Platting and Newton Heath, Moston, Clayton and Openshaw, Cheetham). If you live, work or volunteer in North and would like to receive the North Manchester Together ebulletin, please sign up here

Free Macc webinar: Sustaining your Leadership...Avoiding burnout

16 July, 13:00 - 14:00, Online

During this period of an ever changing landscape we need to adapt to new working practices and learn new skills. Many leaders are working flat out dealing with many directives, maintaining a sense of perspective whilst doing a good job.

Leaders feel under pressure to be kind to their employees and clients, change practice whilst increasingly under pressure to meet targets.

Delivered by Steve Playford, Leadership and Wellbeing consultant, this webinar will give you the opportunity to consider models of measuring risk, assess your priorities and still remain authentic and true to your values.

The webinar will also look at your wellbeing, your routines, and how the body deals with stress and burnout, and the emotion of change when you move out of your comfort zone.

In these times of uncertainty and crisis, leadership has never been more important. Learning about sustaining your leadership will help you to feel stronger and reframe as we move through this global pandemic.

Click here to register

State of the Sector 2020

state of the sector 2020

The State of the Sector survey is back and we need your help!

The last survey in 2017 found there were an estimated 15,890 voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Greater Manchester supporting over 21.9 million interventions with clients, users or beneficiaries and are worth a total income into the city region was estimated to be £1.3 billion. This survey provided valuable evidence to decision makers of the important social and economic contribution the VCSE Sector brings to Greater Manchester and its individual boroughs.

However it is time to repeat the survey as there have been significant changes within the sector, local areas and Greater Manchester. Particularly as the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 has radically changed how we live and how the sector delivers its services.

We need to know how these changes have affected our sector to enable them to continue to make a difference by providing valuable services and supporting the people of Greater Manchester.

We will be launching the survey on the 20 July 2020 – so watch this space!

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win either £1,000 or £200 for their organisation.

This research will not just enable us to shine a spotlight, but also give a voice to every local area and Greater Manchester as a whole.

The State of the Sector is a partnership research initiative between 10GM (a joint venture to support the VCSE sector across Greater Manchester), GMCVO and locality partners. Leading the research on behalf of the partnership will be the University of Salford.


Central Hub in Manchester to support city's most vulnerable residents

     central hub

The central hub will coordinate vital support for Manchester's most vulnerable people, to help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The service will run six days a week, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The number for people to call is: 0800 234 6123 or email:
Manchester City Council have translated their messages for the helpline number in to different languages: Arabic, Bangladeshi, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, French, Guajarti, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Urdu and British Sign Language which can be found here


forever manchester
Forever Manchester Community Support Fund
The Community Support Fund is for grassroots community groups that are responding to the impact of Covid-19 by helping those most affected. The Community Support Fund accepts applications from constituted community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Groups can apply for up to £5,000. Forever Manchester aims to assess and make decisions within two weeks of receipt of application.
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national lottery community fund
The National Lottery Community Fund – Coronavirus Community Support Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund has launched the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF). It is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities and local enterprises. The fund is aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England to support you to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by Covid-19. If your organisation is applying remember you can contact for support in making an application, contact us 0333 321 3021 or email us:
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prince's trust
Future Workforce Fund Grants Programme
The Prince’s Trust is committed to transforming young people’s lives across Greater Manchester. The Prince’s Trust are embarking on an exciting programme of work in the region, in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority called Future Workforce Fund. As part of Future Workforce Fund, The Prince’s Trust have designed a grants programme that will support pilot projects delivered by partner organisations, with individual grants of up to £25,000. Deadline: 27 July, 5pm
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gm mental health grants
Grants to support Mental Wellbeing – Stage 2
GMCVO, working in partnership with 10GM, have launched the second stage of a grants programme to support adults from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester that may struggle to achieve high levels of mental wellbeing. For this second stage organisations with an income of up to £50,000, in its most recent full financial year, can apply. Grants of £100-£500 will be awarded on an ongoing basis during July and August.
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heritage fund
Heritage Emergency Fund
The Heritage Fund are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need. The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for two grant levels to cover emergency costs during this difficult time: Emergency grants of £3,000 to £50,000 and Emergency grants of £50,000 to £250,000. Deadline: 31 July
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Woodward Charitable Trust general grant round
Woodward Charitable Trust offers funding towards the core costs of UK charities with annual income less than £200,000. Trustees will consider applications for core costs which will achieve a positive impact. The majority of grants are for less than £3,000. Deadline: 31 July
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youth music network
Youth Music’s Fund A grants programme
Youth Music’s Fund A grants programme awards grants between £2,000 and £30,000 for high-quality projects that aim to help to achieve a musically inclusive England. Youth Music has six priority funding areas: Early years; Young adults; Disabled young people; Young people facing barriers; The youth justice system; and Organisations and the workforce. Deadline: 31 July
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austin and hope pilkington trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust award grants to registered charities that work in the UK and aim to give grants to those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are most limited. The fund will support projects that focus on the many complex issues that have arisen from the Covid 19 pandemic that address the specific needs of people aged 60 and over. Priority will be given to charities that work within BAME communities. Grants of £1,000 are available. Deadline: 31 July
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julia and hans rausing trust
Julia and Hans Rausing Launch £10 million Charity Survival Fund
Julia and Hans Rausing are pleased to announce the launch of a new ‘Charity Survival Fund’. A total of £10 million will be made available to support charities in the UK, targeting small and medium size charities. The aim is to provide core funding to help charities overcome the impact of Covid-19, offsetting lost income. The size of the grants on offer range from £1,000 to £250,000. Deadline: 27 July
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RECLAIM: New report finds Manchester's violent crime won't be solved without listening to young people
This new report launched by RECLAIM finds that young people across the city feel their knowledge is too often missing in debates on how to tackle the rise in knife crime. The project, coordinated by local working-class youth charity RECLAIM, asked young people across the city what they want and need to feel safe. With partner organisations it brought them together with professionals working on this issue to explore what would help Manchester pioneer a braver approach. The young people involved in this project have presented a clear challenge to the sector, funders and decision-makers.
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centre for ageing better
New Centre for Ageing Better report: Supporting carers back into work
A new report from the Centre for Ageing Better looks at the needs of those with caring responsibilities trying to seek employment and how they can be supported back into work. The report is based on learning from Ambition for Ageing project, Working Potential.
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parents guide to black lives matter
A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter
This guide aims to provide resources, advice, and tips to ensure that children are aware of racial inequality, racial hierarchies, and white privilege present in modern-day society, as well as share tools and knowledge in which to combat racism today.
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manchester local care organisation
Virtual Support Circles
Everyone working in or supporting the health and social care system in Manchester is welcome to register to attend a virtual support circle. It only lasts for an hour, and it is a safe and confidential reflective space where you will have the opportunity to talk and share with other people from across the system in Manchester. Manchester Local Care Organisation are providing the following support circles: Look after yourself; Set the emotional tone; Be inclusive in the way you lead; Create safe spaces; Encourage everyone to talk; and Look out for your team throughout July.
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action for conservation
Action for Conservation WildWEB – digital action programme for young people
Action for Conservation have launched WildWEB, a brand new digital programme to support young people aged 13 - 17 to take action for the environment over this period and prepare for the world that lies beyond the lockdown. WildWEB is completely free and is hosted by a team alongside expert volunteers and an exciting lineup of special guests.
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common purpose
Online leadership programme for young people
UK101 is a free, online programme that enables participants to become part of a more connected generation of future leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. This free, interactive, online programme, is open to all 18-25 year olds and offers participants the chance to develop their leadership skills using a model which has been co-created with 1,000 young people. The next programme launches in August takes about 4-6 hours and can be completed at your own pace during the seven-week programme period.
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GM Race Equality Change Agents Programme
The GM RECAP has been inspired by the National NHS WRES Experts Programme to enable 60 partner organisations across NHS, local authority, wider public sector and third sector organisations to become delivery partners. The next programme commences on 21 September. Application deadline: 1 August.
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stockport without abuse
Stockport Without Abuse are looking for a Chair of the Board of Trustees
Stockport Without Abuse is a highly regarded, specialist charity who has been supporting, empowering and educating individuals and families affected by domestic abuse since 1975, when they were then known as Stockport Women’s Aid, and before that Heaton Moor Women’s Group. Stockport Without Abuse are looking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees, as their long standing Chair steps back from this role. Deadline: 27 July, 9:00
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Queer Family Tea are looking for a new space to meet in

Queer Family Tea are a Manchester based community group who meet on a regular basis as a hub for the queer community in the city. Queer Family Tea are looking for a space of around 6m x 6m plus with disabled access. It would be great if there were enough tables and chairs for around 20 people and access to a kitchen area. Ideally Queer Family Tea are looking for space near the city centre with good transport links. If you know of a space that might work email Nick at:

Furniture available for non-profit organisations
The LGBT Foundation would like to donate some surplus furniture to not for profit organisations: 30 desks and divider screens, 10 office chairs, 5 x Tampa cupboards, 3 x sofas, 5/6 oblong tables, a couple of 2 drawer filing cabinets, a number of meeting room chairs. The furniture is free to non-profit organisations and needs to be collected by the end of next week 17 July, you will need to provide your own transport to collect the furniture. To express an interest email:
GM Poverty Action Annual Impact survey
GM Poverty Action have launched their Annual Impact Survey to find out more about how people in their network feel about their work, what they value and the different ways in which GMPA has impact. The findings will help inform GMPA’s work and support them when making a case to funders and other stakeholders. Deadline: 29 July, 17:00
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Survey: COVID-19: Your needs, strengths and visions for change
Feminist Spaces are a small network of activists, academics and community workers working alongside RAPAR. Feminist Spaces would like to invite you to complete a survey to help them to understand women's needs, strengths and visions for change during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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our pass survey
Our Pass: Complete a short survey on your travel and win up to £500
Our Pass provides 16-18 year olds with free bus travel in Greater Manchester. Help SYSTRA to understand how this impacts you by completing a short survey. Complete the survey by 14 August 2020 and you can be entered into a prize draw to win £500 or one of three runner-up prizes of £100. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
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  > Volunteer Managers' Seminar: Staying Resilient During
     Times of Change

     14 July, 10:00 - 11:30, Online


  > Community fundraising networking event: same storm –
     different boat

     14 July, 13:00 - 14:00, Online


  > Next Steps – What does the future look like for your
     organisation? Asking yourself the difficult questions

     15 July, 11:00 - 12:00, Online


  > Charities Collaborating – Why it’s important in a fast changing world and how to make it work

     16 July, 11:00 - 12:00, Online


  > Re-thinking remote working: looking beyond zoom and teams to efficiency, effectiveness and
     well being

     22 July, 11:00 - 12:00, Online


  > Talking and walking through numbers – focussed on financials, including cashflow forecasting
     and funding

     28 July, 11:00 - 12:00, Online


  > How we can build a more secure future: Nesta talks to Dr Rebecca Eleanor Johnson

     10 August, 12:00 - 13:00, Online


Search for more events here


> Free Charity Digital webinar: Fighting crisis with content

   16 July, 13:00 - 14:00, Online

> Free Association of Chairs webinar: Online Peer Surgery:
   Coronavirus – a chance to share

   17 July, 13:00 - 14:00, Online

> ACAS webinar Employment law update

   23 July, 10:00 - 12:00, Online

> ACAS webinar: Transition from lockdown: key employment
   considerations for workplaces in England

   23 July, 10:00 - 12:00, Online


Search for more training opportunities here

  Volunteering and Covid-19


Sign up to volunteer and help here




If you are a charity or community group which needs people to help sign up here


   Staying socially connected

> Summer Reading Challenge – Fancy winning some digital rewards? The Summer Reading Challenge
   continues and there’s still time to get stuck in. Whether it’s library books, e-books or comics - set your own
   reading goals and review books online. There’s a new daily activity on Facebook (Mon-Fri), or catch up on
   YouTube. Find out more about the weekly programme and everything you need to know about the
   Summer Reading Challenge.


> Summer park activities – Parks are great places to explore the natural world around you, and not just for
   walks. You could try a scavenger hunt or maybe make art from the nature you find in the park. If you’re
   looking for more activities to do with just your family and your social bubble, The Woodland Trust has
   some great ideas for you to try. 


> Storytime with Anne, Nutty and Wilson – Kids love a story before bed. 'Around The World In A Day' is
   written and illustrated by Manchester Libraries Ann Sharp and based on her son’s 2 beloved toy rabbits.
   Join Nutty and Wilson on their global lockdown adventures


> The return of athletics clubs – MCRactive are reopening the athletics clubs at Boggart Hole and
   Wythenshawe for public use. Access will be by pre-booked sessions only. All enquiries to find and confirm
   booking should be sent to for Boggart Hole Clough and for Wythenshawe Park. The team is thrilled to open these tracks, and to
   see the green-shoots of recovery as we take those small steps back to being physically active as a city


> Join The Movement – Join Sport England in their ‘Join The Movement’ campaign which is encouraging
   people to keep active at home. They have a new timetable of free and paid, live online classes for people
   of all abilities. Exercise alone, together, with a mixture of free and paid classes, for people of all abilities.


> Range of kids sports – There’s a range of sport and physical activities you can get your kids involved
   with whilst maintaining social distancing measures. If you’re looking to go outdoors, Woodlands Park has
   now opened its grounds for small 1:5 group PE sessions. This includes, Athletics, Dance, Net/wall, Strike
   Field and Multi Skills activities, all under social distancing and hygiene measures.


> National Literacy Trust free audio book – Ben Fogle, co-author of the amazing Mr Dog series, has
   created a free audiobook of him reading Mr Dog and the Faraway Fox, a story that helps children to
   consider local wildlife protection. The audiobook is available to listen to on the National Literacy Trust’s
   Family Zone. If you enjoy the book, there is also a Mr Dog activity pack to go through.


> Virtual Factory – Manchester International Festival has just launched Virtual Factory. Some of the world’s
   leading international artists have been commissioned to create a series of designs, creating new worlds of
   their own and all before TheFactoryMcr is actually open.


   Source: Manchester City Council Allsorts To Do At Home. For even more great activities and ideas, click




> Our Manchester Disability Partnership Strategic Development Lead at Breakthrough

   Salary rate or fee: £20,000 (Based on a 6 month fixed term full time role or a fixed fee for a commissioned
   piece of work) | Deadline: 19 July

> 12 x Regional Census Support Manager at Good Things Foundation

   Salary: £27,000 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 20 July

> Social Prescribing Project Manager at Active Partnerships

   Salary: Negotiable | Hours: 2-3 days per week | Deadline: 20 July

> Youth Work Manager at The Proud Trust

   Salary: £31,024.50 pro rata | Hours: 30 hours per week | Deadline: 22 July, 17:00

> Criminal Justice Support Worker at Community Led Initiatives

   Salary: £19,817 per annum | Deadline: 27 July, 12:00

> 2 x Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme Facilitator at TLC: Talk, Listen, Change

   Salary: £13.19 per hour | Hours: Part time | Deadline: 30 July, 9:00

> Bridging to Change: Integrated Partner Support Service Practitioner at TLC: Talk, Listen, Change

   Salary: £13.19 per hour | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 30 July, 9:00

> Training and Development co-ordinator at The Flowhesion Foundation

   Salary: £21,736- £25,837 pro-rata | Hours: 20 hours per week | Deadline: 7 August

Click here for more job opportunities


   Visit our website: 

> Information, factsheets and resources

> Online Directory of VCSE groups

> 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.


   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.

Contact us

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Telephone information service: 0333 321 3021

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