Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
18 January 2021
Manchester Community Central
Coronavirus advice and resources
National Lockdown – Stay at home

act like you've got it


Manchester's Director of Public Health, David Regan explains the new lockdown rules and why now it's more important than ever for us all to play our part.


david regan


Stay at home
Protect the NHS
Save lives

By remaining at home, you are helping to reduce transmission of Covid-19.

National lockdown guidance

Easy read guidance on the national lockdown



COVID Vaccination update
Five new locations have been set up to start delivering Covid vaccinations across Manchester this week.

So far, over 1,000 Mancunians have signed as volunteers to help local healthcare teams protect everyone who lives in the city. You will be contacted for an appointment, so no need to ring your GP.
Press release: Army of volunteers prepares to support Manchester mass vaccination programme


Vaccine FAQ's – questions answered
Why COVID vaccination is safe and important


The Covid vaccine roll out is now well underway and if you may have questions the NHS website has information about why vaccination safe and important.



Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect our community against serious illnesses.

You will be contacted for an appointment, so no need to ring your GP.



  Vaccination testimony

  Gardening great Gran Dena gives Covid some welly one of first to

  have jab at Newton Heath site. The 92-year-old former nurse,

  wants to give confidence to others.


Website resources

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, view our website resources here

These pages will be regularly updated and added to, if you have any resources or learning to share or if there is anything you think needs to be added, please email:

Volunteering: Manchester's Covid-19 Vaccination Programme – Be part of the historic response to Covid-19

volunteer vaacination programme


Macc and Volunteer Centre Manchester are supporting Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) with its recruitment to support Manchester's Covid-19 vaccination programme at community-based sites across the city.


How to get involved
At present, the majority of vaccination sites urgently need Volunteer Marshals to safely direct patients on site when they; arrive, receive their vaccination and exit, along with supporting car park traffic and handing out PPE and information. To express your interest in supporting at the vaccine sites find out more and
register here


If you require any further information about this role, contact the MHCC Engagement Team on 0161 213 1756 or email:


Winners of competition to celebrate lives of older people announced

The winners of a photography competition aimed at challenging negative stereotypes of older people will have their work shown to thousands of people from this week.


Six striking images that celebrate the diversity of older people’s lives and their contributions to society will be shown on digital billboards in each of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs.


Twelve winning entries in the Old Frame New Picture competition will also feature on a set of postcards and a total of 41 shortlisted images will be displayed in an online exhibition. This set of pictures will also be made available as an image library to charities and public sector organisations in Greater Manchester to use in their marketing and communications materials.


Organisers hope that the positive images of older people will counter the often negative and stereotyped images of ageing that show older people as frail, vulnerable and in need.


The competition was organised by Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and voluntary and community sector support organisation Macc. It is part of the Valuable, Not Vulnerable campaign that aims to celebrate the contribution of older people and to challenge negative stereotypes using accurate and realistic images and stories.


The winners are:
1.    “A proud man”, taken by professional photographer Darren Robinson of First Choice Homes Oldham tenant Danny Coley
2.    “Birthday girls’ day out”, by amateur photographer Lydia Fernandez-Arias, of Maureen Maunsell and Sheila Wallin enjoying themselves on a children’s playground
3.    “Pulse”, by amateur photographer Sabrina Fuller of her partner Eddie Sherwood, a drummer who used to play with bands Simply Red and Inner Sense


The online exhibition of all 41 shortlisted images can be found on the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network website


Read the full press release here


Help us to get our online directory of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Manchester up to date

As part of our Winter Kindness Campaign we want to make sure everyone has access to up to date information about the support available from local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations in Manchester – and, for those wishing to help, how they can support the work of local community organisations to ensure nobody is left behind during these difficult times.
Over the winter, Macc is repurposing our online directory as a free, open resource for pulling all this information together in one place so that local people, public sector partners and businesses can use it. Our directory is Manchester’s public record of VCSE organisations, containing basic information about who they are and what they do. We will expand this with much more detailed information about the support and services on offer, opening times, contact details and information about what organisations need, such as volunteer support or asks for donations and fundraising campaigns.
This means that individuals can find what is open and what kinds of support are available. It also helps us at Macc understand what organisations need and how we can support our amazing VCSE colleagues in their continuing response to Covid-19. This is especially important this winter, as we know people and organisations will need support more than ever.

Update or register your organisation on our online directory here
If you have any questions please email Michelle at:


manchester city council
Manchester City Council Covid-19 Impact Fund
£300,000 is available for voluntary sector activity to support mental health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation in Manchester. Manchester City Council are particularly interested in support for the following groups: BAME communities; disabled people; LGBTQ+ communities; North Manchester residents; and older people. Grants available: up to £10,000 for organisations applying on their own and up to £30,000 for organisations applying in partnership. Manchester City Council are running 1 hour virtual drop in sessions for those thinking about applying on: 27 January, 10am; and 18 February, 2pm. Deadlines: 18 January, 3pm; 8 February, 3pm; 1 March 2021, 3pm.
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forever manchester
Forever Manchester Awards – open for applications
Funding is available for community groups in Greater Manchester whose normal activities have been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic and wish to get back up and running. Forever Manchester is offering awards of up to £1,000. Forever Manchester welcome applications from locally managed community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. For this round, Forever Manchester specifically want to fund groups whose activities have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and who haven’t been able to interact with and provide positive things for people in their community, as they normally would. Deadline: 5 February
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Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities – Small Grants
Grants are available for GM BAME led VCSE organisations to focus on emergency needs within BAME communities. The grants will fund new activities and services as well as the additional costs of adapting existing services due to Covid-19. The grants will also help counter the loss of fundraising income directly caused by the pandemic. Grants of £1,000 - £5,000 are available to fund small BAME led VCSE organisations to respond to the needs of their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadline: 26 February, 4pm
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big life group
Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund
The Big Life Group are excited to announce the launch of the Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund. The aim of the fund is to support new and established groups and organisations to build capacity and deliver projects to support social prescribing to people over the age of 18. The fund will support people in improving or help with managing their health and wellbeing. There are 4 levels of grant funding: Micro grants (up to £1,000); Medium grants (between £1,000 and £5,000); Large grants (between £5,000 and £10,000); and Exceptional grants (over £10,000). Applications for the Micro grants fund are now open. The Medium, Large and Exceptional grant funds will open later in January 2021.
Read more
nfu muttual
NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund
The NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund was set up to support community initiatives and charitable events, as well as to help boost staff fundraising initiatives. Donations are limited to a maximum of £1,000. NFU Mutual ideally like to fund something specific so they can measure the difference their donation has made – whether it’s purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time. Next deadline: Round 1 – 31 March.
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Tech for Good Build 2021
Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation have launched the next round of their joint UK Tech for Good funding programme. The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. The Covid-19 crisis has since increased the need for organisations to explore how digital and design approaches can be used to create more impact for the people they work with. This round will fund up to 18 digital projects with investments of up to £70,000 over a period of nine months. Deadline: 12 February, 12pm
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greater moments
Free activities to help Greater Manchester residents through the winter
There are now hundreds of free activities on offer to help older Greater Manchester residents through the winter, especially those living with dementia. The Greater Moments app has been developed by Social Sense and Hitch Marketing as part of Dementia United, Greater Manchester’s programme for dementia. The aim of the app is to bring local services, activities and social experiences together in one place, enabling greater connection throughout communities and improved wellbeing for carers and those with long term conditions.
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Free BT Wi-Fi vouchers support learning in lockdown
BT has a number of free Wi-Fi voucher codes available for schools to distribute to pupils aged 16 or under who don’t currently have adequate access to internet connectivity at home. They are allocating vouchers in proportion to the number of pupils at a school who are eligible for free school meals.
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manchester adult education
Digital Skills with Manchester Adult Education
Manchester Adult Education has a Digital Skills offer: Skill Up workshop (drop in), Beginners course (6 weeks) and Digital Essentials (12 weeks). Whether you want to learn how to use your device to do something specific or gain a qualification in digital skills, Manchester Adult Education have a course that will meet your needs.
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Free employability programme for 18-24 year olds
UpRising are currently accepting applications for Fastlaners, a free online employability skills programme for 18-24 year olds. The next programme will run from 1-26 February 2021, with an additional 12 months of mentoring support. The programme will feature a range of employability and personal development workshops interspersed with opportunities to develop your networks and learn about life working in a number of different sectors. The programme is open to 18-24 year olds from the Greater Manchester area who are unemployed or facing redundancy.
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Greater Manchester Technology Fund – launched by Mayor of Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester Combined Authority has launched phase two of the Greater Manchester Technology Fund as an emergency response to support disadvantaged young people learning from home, following the lockdown announcement and immediate closure of schools and colleges. Andy Burnham has called on Greater Manchester's business community to make a commitment in line with The Young Person's Guarantee to support this initiative to ensure young people have the tools to continue their education during this period of lockdown and schools can be supported to deliver learning during this time, ensuring no one is left behind.
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Serious Violence Reduction Campaign – Parents and young person’s survey
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) are launching a Greater Manchester-wide survey to help develop a new campaign for young people, to support them to achieve their aspirations and to not get involved in crime. The campaign will be positive and will be developed with input from young people. It will also offer support to parents and carers to help young people get on well in life. To develop the campaign, GMCA and VRU want to hear from young people aged 10-17 and their parents and carers, from across Greater Manchester. Deadline: 21 January
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fair housing futures
Join the Tenants' Voices Legislative Theatre online workshops: Arts for advocacy
Have you experienced challenges as a tenant in the private rental sector? Do you have ideas to improve tenant-landlord relations, or to protect tenants' rights? Want to make a change? Led by theatre facilitator Katy Rubin, these drop-in workshops will lead to an opportunity to participate in a community theatre project to support and strengthen tenants' rights. Workshop 1: 18 January, 3pm-5pm, workshop 2: 26 January, 6pm-8pm. Everyone is an actor: no theatre experience necessary. Open to all tenants in the private rented sector, ages 15+
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bounceback food
Bounceback Food CIC Social Enterprise Internship 2021
For two weeks this summer, Bounceback Food CIC will be running their annual Social Enterprise Internship programme from 5 July to 16 July. After the success of last year, it will once again run remotely, meaning that the opportunity can be offered to people across the UK. This voluntary remote internship is great for anyone looking to gain experience within the social enterprise sector and improve their CV. All applicants must be 18 or over. Deadline: 31 March, 5pm
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charity commission
Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the charity sector
The Charity Commission have updated their guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Understandably, charities are concerned about what to do during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, so the Charity Commission have set out their response to the most commonly asked questions.
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Big Garden Birdwatch – 29-31 January 2021
The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is taking place on 29 - 31 January. Enjoy an hour with nature and discover the wildlife on your doorstep and join thousands of people taking part to see the drama unfold on your doorstep. We might not be able to get together with loved ones at the moment, but you can make plans with friends and family to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of your own homes. Spend an hour counting the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony, then tell the RSPB what you saw. It really is that simple!
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  > Criminal justice network meeting – England

      20 January, 10am - 11.30am, Online


  > Influencing policy: The role of influencing in Prison
     Reform Trust’s work

     3 February, 10am - 11.30am, Online


  > Peer support session: Tech and digital for small voluntary

     3 February, 11am - 12.30pm, Online




  > Health and justice network meeting

     9 February, 10am - 11.30am, Online


  > Striving to thrive in 2021

     10 February, 6pm - 7.30pm, Online


Search for more events here


> Free Macc webinar: Manchester meet the funder – The
   National Lottery Community Fund

   20 January, 10am - 11.30am, Online

> Free Macc webinar: Volunteers and the law

   29 January, 10am - 12pm, Online

> Free Macc webinar: Beginners guide to social media

   25 February, 1pm -2.30pm, Online

> Free Macc and Ethical Property Foundation webinar:
   Everyday premises management in a Covid world

   22 April, 11am - 12pm, Online


Search for more training opportunities here



> Part-time Freelance Administrator at TLC-St Lukes

   Salary: Budget of £8,000 for the year | Hours: 1 day per week | Deadline: 22 January

> Finance Manager at Manchester Deaf Centre

   Salary: £26,999 per annum pro rata | Hours: 3 days per week | Deadline: 22 January

> Pride in Ageing Officer (Events and Services) at LGBT Foundation

   Salary: £18,571 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 25 January, 9am

> Village Development Co-ordinator at LGBT Foundation

   Salary: £23,353 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 27 January, 9am

> Schools Mental Health Practitioner at Manchester Mind

   Salary: £27,905 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 28 January, 9am

> Education and Wellbeing Specialist at Brook Manchester

   Salary: £22,034 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 28 January

> Programme Coordinator – North West England at Action for Conservation

   Salary: £23,500 – £25,500 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline extended: 31 January

> Head of Communications at LGBT Foundation

   Salary: £30,212 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 2 February, 9am

> Head of Policy and Research at LGBT Foundation

   Salary: £30,212 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 2 February, 9am

> Training and Learning Programme Manager at Healthy Me Healthy Communities

   Salary: Actual £15,600 per annum | Hours: 22.5 hours per week | Deadline: 10 February, 4pm

> Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Homeless Healthcare Service at Urban Village Medical Practice

   Salary: £45,753 - £51,668 per annum | Hours: Full-time | Deadline: 12 February

> Hospital Worker – Homeless Healthcare Service at Urban Village Medical Practice

   Salary: £31,740 per annum | Hours: Full-time | Deadline: 12 February


Search for more job opportunities here


  Volunteering and Covid-19


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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:


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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

The Skill Givers project has expanded and is now able to offer support to ALL voluntary groups, community groups, charities and social enterprises across Salford and Manchester. Over the next six months we will be focusing on trying to support the voluntary sector with adapting to the new ways of working that have had to be in place due to Covid-19. We want to know how employee volunteers can really make a difference to your organisation Get in touch and let us know! You can find out more and register for the project on the Skill Givers website or contact the Project Coordinator if you have any questions about how this may work for you organisation, tel: 0791 225 9255, email:


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.

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