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

stay at home


Stay at home
Protect the NHS
Save lives


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



Facebook live Covid-19 FAQs event with Manchester’s Director of Public Health Dave Regan and Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning
If you missed last week’s Facebook live event with Manchester’s Director of Public Health Dave Regan and Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, where they answered community questions on Covid-19, a transcription (alternative languages available) and video of the event are online now



Vaccination programme
As of 31 January nearly 63,000 people have had their first dose of the vaccine in Manchester.

Here’s a community message from Nigerian GPs in the UK who have had their Covid-19 vaccination

Covid: Vaccine conspiracies answered this link attached includes additional links to films that are translated in South Asian languages.


If you have had the Covid Vaccine remember to still follow the Government guidelines
Remember, even if you've had the Covid vaccine you must stick to the rules and follow social distancing guidance.
Read the latest guidance here



Happy Chinese New Year


happy chinese new year


Happy Chinese New Year for Friday 12 February, when communities celebrate the Year of the Ox.

This is most important celebrations of the year in China, and for communities in our city.  

Covid-19 restrictions mean that celebrations will be different this year, but this vibrant occasion can still be enjoyed at home with great food, decorations and having virtual celebrations online with friends and family. For details of online events and activities for Chinese New Year click here

Anyone celebrating is being asked to do so in accordance with national Covid-19 guidance – remember that you must only celebrate in person with those in your household or bubble.



Mental Health Support with MCRActive




How have you been feeling lately? If you've been struggling with your mood, stress, anxiety or sleep, Every Mind Matters has a great mind plan quiz to create a personalised mental wellbeing action plan for you.
MCRactive are here to support you and have lots of mental health resources from mindfulness podcasts to mental health guides from experts. Click here for more information and spread the word to support our loved ones.



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:

Vaccinations and testing for Manchester VCSE sector frontline health and care staff against Covid-19

vaccinations and testing


Staff and volunteers in the voluntary community and social enterprise sector have played a major role in the community response to Covid-19. We want to make sure all workers who directly provide frontline support AND who are working with people clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 across the city can work safely and access Covid-19 vaccinations as soon as possible, wherever they work, whoever they work for, whether as an employee or as a volunteer.


The scale of this is of course unlike any vaccination programme we have seen before so firstly we need to understand the numbers of people in the workforce who need to be vaccinated and of those, how many are at particular risk. Macc will send a daily update to the local NHS staff who are leading on the vaccination programme. This will ensure your organisation is on the list to be contacted as vaccines become available. As vaccination slots become available, you will be contacted by the vaccination team with further details.


Asymptomatic testing
Around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus don’t display any symptoms. The Government has announced a scheme to target Covid-19 testing for people who cannot work from home during lockdown. Obviously this applies to keyworkers such as VCSE sector staff and volunteers who are involved in providing support in the community so again, it may be that your workforce needs access to regular testing. Manchester is now offering weekly testing for some frontline staff who are in vital roles that cannot be done from home, where they will have more, unavoidable contact with other people.


Sign up your organisation 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:


Sign up for Policy and Influence updates



We have relaunched our P&I Shorts, a fortnightly email update from the Policy and Influence Team here at Macc. We spent a lot of 2020 finding our feet (virtually) and working with others to provide webinars, Voluntary Sector Assemblies, attendance at Covid-19 meetings, No Going Back, Community Explorers, the cuts campaign and much more. This was helped by lots of coffee, children, pets and making origami dinosaurs!


Looking forward, none of us know what 2021 will bring except more uncertainty and keeping up to date with policy news and campaigns will be even more important. We have relaunched P&I Shorts to bring you the latest news that affects the Manchester VCSE sector every two weeks. On top of this, we will highlight some forthcoming events, share reports and let you know what we thought of them, and most importantly, share with you opportunities to have your voice heard. To get P&I Shorts sent directly to your inbox, please sign up on our website


VCSE organisations – Alternative venue discussion – third event

We are hosting the next discussion space for VCSE organisations to meet and discuss what organisations currently need from a venue as this may have changed due to the impact of Covid-19. We hosted similar sessions last year and will be holding another at the end of February which will be a space for VCSE organisations to discuss their current venue needs, what challenges there may be and what offers from other organisations are available.
This event will include the following discussion points:
      •    Future thinking about premises – particularly with the increased interest in remote working
      •    Interest in sharing spaces generally – and specifically for things like counselling services where
           smaller confidential spaces are needed
      •    Interest in a city centre hub space
      •    Offers available from VCSE organisations willing to safely share their current venue space
      •    Sharing examples of solutions VCSE organisations have developed in response to venue
           challenges, which other organisations may benefit from

This meeting will be on 24 February 2pm-3pm and will take place via zoom. If you attended previous events, you are welcome to attend this event too or invite others who could not attend previously. If you or a representative from your organisation would like to attend, please email: for further details.


Kickstart for the voluntary sector

The Kickstart scheme is being run by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.


Following the introduction of the Kickstart scheme, Macc and Young Manchester identified barriers to the voluntary sector in being able to get involved – most voluntary organisations would be unlikely to be able to take the 30 employees required, in order to become a gateway for the scheme. Whilst that requirement will be amended from 1 February, we have been exploring Kickstart gateway organisations that could work with the sector.


Kickstart gateways are organisations that act on behalf of employers batching together applications and submitting them to the DWP. They can help with initial applications and support in the training and development of Kickstart workers.


Macc and Young Manchester have held a number of meetings with one such gateway, Groundwork Greater Manchester. We feel that they possess the necessary specialist skills and experience to be able to provide local groups and the young people involved in the scheme with an effective and comprehensive package of support.


Macc and Young Manchester have organised an initial online event on 22 February, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, for groups interested in finding more Groundwork Greater Manchester’s Kickstart offer.


Register here


Green Social Prescribing funding boost for Greater Manchester Mental Health
Organisations across Greater Manchester are being encouraged to come together to submit bids for local funding after the region secured £500,000 government funding for green social prescribing to improve the region’s mental health. Green social prescribing connects people with nature-based activities such as walking and cycling, community gardening and food-growing projects, as well as tasks such as tree planting.  Deadline: 26 February, 5pm.
Read more
Greater Manchester Perinatal and PIMH Peer Support Grants
Action Together is working on behalf of The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to offer small microgrants across Greater Manchester (GM) for groups offering (or wanting to offer) peer support to new and expectant parents. The development of Perinatal and Parent Infant Mental Health Peer Support is part of GM’s ‘Whole System’ approach to supporting families in the 0-2 period. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support GM based peer-led voluntary groups. Deadline: 12 February
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ESF Community Grants – Greater Manchester Moving-on Grants Round
The Moving-On round seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of Covid-19, working both remotely and within social distancing requirements, once restrictions are eased. Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. To find out more about applying to the fund you can attend a briefing session on 10 February, 11.30am-12.30pm. Deadline: 22 February, 8am
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near neighbours
Near Neighbours Community Covid Relief Grants
Community Champions are looking to fund up to £4,000 for emerging local groups as well as charities, religious organisations and other not-for-profit organisations that have been affected by Covid. They will look especially favourably on small BAME-led organisations with a low annual turnover. To be eligible for Near Neighbours Community Covid Relief Grants your project should meet the following criteria: Support communities; Be locally embedded; Support the emerging needs of the community; Keep people safe; Keep people connected; Keep people informed. The Grants Panel will be assessing applications and awarding grants weekly on a first-come, first-served basis, early applications are encouraged.
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Pilotlight – Do you need help getting to the next step in your journey?
Pilotlight offers charities and social enterprises based across England, Scotland and Wales access to the strategic business support they need to thrive. There are two types of programmes: longer, holistic programmes designed to look at your organisation strategically and help build leadership capacity; and shorter, focused programmes designed to tackle a specific opportunity or issue your organisation is facing. The next programme start dates are: Longer programmes are allocated on a rolling basis; Shorter programmes begin in April 2021
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skills for growth
Free support for VCSE organisations from the Skills for Growth SME Support programme
Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations have been hit hard by the economic and operational consequences of the pandemic. A new service has been launched to help organisations come back stronger from the challenges presented during the pandemic, this time better equipped and better prepared with the skills for the future. Skills for Growth – SME Support is a fully funded, tailored service offering one-to-one, personalised and impartial advice from skills coaches, wellbeing champions and change specialists to help organisations grow through re-shaping, developing talent and enhancing team performance.
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manchester bme network
Love Our City TaraTalks – invitation to capacity building sessions
Starting on 9 February the Manchester BME Network CIC warmly invite you to a series of online community conversations as part of their continuing Love Our City Project funded by RadEqual. These are capacity building sessions running throughout the month are aimed at informing and empowering BME communities and individuals – you are welcome to attend any or all of these sessions free of charge. Understanding and Recognising Unconscious Bias, 9 February, 5.45pm; Culture and Diversity: Cohesive Communities-Critical Thinking, 11 February, 4.30pm; Understanding all forms of Hateful Extremism, 16 February, 5.45pm;  Understanding Islam and Islamophobia 25 February, 4.30pm.
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Racism and the Pandemic Survey
Racism and the Pandemic is an Arts and Humanities Research Council project and film that aims to shed light on institutional and workplace racism in health and social care during and prior to the pandemic in the UK. The survey is open to all health and social care workers.  It takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Racism and the Pandemic is an Urgent Call Covid-19 project that will shed light on the diverse racisms that Black and Asian health workers encountered both during the pandemic and throughout your careers. 
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we stand together
Togetherness key for new cohesion project
We Stand Together to take anti-discrimination workshops to schools, colleges, youth and community groups alongside developing and supporting local WeStandTogether groups to undertake local cohesion work. WeStandTogether will be undertaking a large-scale prevention project focussing on protecting people and communities most vulnerable to hate crime in Greater Manchester including minority ethnicities and religions, refugees, LGBT+, disabled and older people. Using funds made available from the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), the project intend to increase people’s confidence to report hate crime and support those who wish to stand together with minorities to challenge hatred.
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CAHN Counselling Service
Despite being back in lockdown, you can still receive support from CAHN through their free and confidential, culturally and religiously appropriate counselling sessions with qualified professionals from the Caribbean and African community. The counselling service and helpline are open to provide the community the support they need during these unprecedented times.
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elevate young minds
Elevate Young Minds
Elevate Young Minds is a youth-led organisation based in Manchester. They are launching four new programmes geared around helping local youth to grow and develop their skills and provide a space for social interaction, particularly in response to the lack of social activities available at the moment because of Covid. Their clubs will be online or in person, depending on restrictions, and include STEM, Black Youth Forum, Film club and Harvest.
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widows empowerment trust
The Widows Empowerment Trust update on services
The Widows Empowerment Trust provides support to widow/ers who are at the risk of suffering from loneliness and social isolation. The Widows Empowerment Trust hold Arts and Craft classes on Wednesdays at 4.30pm; Bingo and Quiz nights via zoom every Saturday at 3.30pm; assistance with food grocery delivery; one-to-one community visits; and have also a set-up a group on FaceBook called Widows Connect that is run by widows and provides a safe place for widows to talk about their grief and to connect with each other to provide the support needed.
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womens voices cic
Women's Empowerment to work Programme
The Women's Empowerment to work Programme run by Women’s Voices CIC will support women to explore flexible options around employment. The free 12 week programme will help women in the community to boost skills, knowledge and confidence to help them take the next steps to change their life and find work that they can and want to do. The fully funded programme is a wonderful opportunity for women who are not currently working to: Explore their work options; Learn new skills including ESOL; Network and make friends; Be supported to take the next steps into work to achieve what they want for their future. The course is every Monday 10am - 2.30pm, starting on 1 March.
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Who is Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP)?
The following few months are going to see Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) entering a new development stage and they would like to extend the opportunity for members to become involved also. Project worker Gemma would like to run a series of workshops that will offer a unique opportunity to shape the way GMCDP continues it practices. These sessions will be held online via zoom. Do you know what a DPO is? Would you feel comfortable explaining GMCDP to a friend? Do you know why GMCDP hold the views and values they currently have? Join GMCDP on 19 February, 4pm-6pm.
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Digital Skills online workshops
The Digital Skills Team at Manchester Adult Education are offering online Skill Up workshops on a variety of different topics. These online Skill Up workshops will start this week and run weekly. Workshops include: Presentation skills; Spreadsheets for beginners; Social media for parents; Video calling; Email basics; Google docs; Scams and phishing awareness; and File management.
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Manchester Employment Support Partnership – free online support sessions
The Manchester Employment Support Partnership has been set up to provide support and assistance to Manchester residents and employers who have been affected by Covid-19.  Residents and employers are able to request support. In addition, the partnership has been setting up free online support sessions covering CV building, interview skills, confidence building, self-employment support, business start-up advice and more, facilitated by Manchester Adult Education, PeoplePlus, Proper Job Theatre and other partners.
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digital candle
Digital candle: Free digital advice for charities
If you work for a charity or non-profit organisation and could use an hour of help on digital, data or design from a volunteer expert, take a look at Digital Candle. An initiative of Platypus Digital, supported by Catalyst, the free service matches charities up with one of more than 300 volunteer experts for an hour of free advice. Simply submit your question and within 48 hours you will receive an email matching you with an appropriate expert, who will provide advice and possible signposting on to additional support resources.
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digital comms
Media Trust Digital Comms Programme in partnership with
This in-depth digital communications training programme for UK registered charities includes webinars, tailored resources, online digital marketing strategy workshops and both Spring and Summer Schools. Charities can book now onto the first three webinars, in partnership with Google Digital Garage, covering social media strategy, writing for social media and Google Analytics. On some elements of the programme, priority spaces will be given to charities that support work and learning and online safety.
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Manchester Digital Strategy: Creating an inclusive, sustainable and resilient smart city
The new Manchester Digital Strategy – Creating an Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Smart City aims to set out a new vision and commitment for using digital technologies to enable a smart city. This is a working title and part of the next phase of the consultation process includes asking for suggestions for the wording for this headline. This is a strategy for the city as a whole, as well as providing a strategic framework for the City Council’s own digital transformation. The Manchester Digital Strategy aims to provide a vision of how Manchester can become an inclusive and resilient Smart City over the next five years.
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Innovations in community-centred support directory
This directory showcases types of support that are innovative in their approach to improving people’s health and wellbeing. They come in all shapes and sizes and share the following features: they are person-centred; they work with people’s strengths; they are about supporting people to have a life and not a service. This directory is to showcase approaches that are reimagining social care and help to make them mainstream. They can make a big difference and have a positive impact on people’s lives. But they are marginal to the care and support landscape.
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GM Poverty Action Newsletter 3 February 2021
In the latest newsletter GM Poverty Action thank the Principal Partner organisations who are already supporting them in 2021 and GM Living Wage Campaign coordinator John Hacking invites you to join him as they commit themselves to the goal of making Greater Manchester a Real Living Wage City Region. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership publishes the mental wellbeing conversation findings and the Child Poverty Acton Group launch a survey to gather information about the learning in lockdown experiences of families in England.
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  > CRiVA webinar: Male victims' experiences of domestic
      abuse during Covid-19

      9 February, 2pm - 3pm, Online


   > Creating an Effective Marketing Strategy with Russell

     11 February, 10am - 11am, Online


  > How secure are you online?

     11 February, 6pm - 8pm, Online




  > Collective Community Response Meeting

     12 February, 1pm - 3pm, Online


  > Tackling racial inequalities and racism in active lives, physical activity and sport

     18 February, 10am - 12pm, Online


  > GM Living Wage Campaign meeting

     23 February, 2pm - 3.30pm, Online



Search for more events here


> Free Macc webinar: Trustee roles and responsibilities –
   How to be a good trustee

   11 February, 1pm - 2.30pm, Online

> Free Answer Cancer webinar: Train the Facilitator or
   Answer Cancer Champions

   16 February and 23 February, 10am - 12.30pm, Online

> Free Do-IT webinar: Supporting employees to return safely
   back to work

   18 February, 11.30am - 12pm, Online

> Get Grants webinar: Online Bid Writing for Charities and
   Community groups course

   22 February - 1 March, 9.30am - 11.30am, 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



> Communications Officer at High Peak CVS

   Salary: £23,836 per annum pro rata | Hours: 16 hours per week | Deadline: 15 February, 5pm

> NHS Rainbow Badge Project Manager at LGBT Foundation

   Salary: £30,212 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 18 February, 9am

> Charity Branch Manager, North Manchester at Being There

   Salary: £25,007 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 19 February

> Community Projects Lead at Groundwork

   Salary: £22,000 - £25,000 per annum pro rata | Hours: 36.66 hours per week | Deadline: 22 February,

> Business Support Manager at Together Dementia Support

   Salary: £23,000 - £27,000 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 22 February, 10am

> Home Care Co-Ordinator at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £18,766 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 22 February

> Retail Manager at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £20,000 per annum | Hours: Full time| Deadline: 22 February

> Home Care Co-Ordinator at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £18,766 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 22 February

> Ageing Well Development Worker at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £22,261 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 22 February

> Bistro Supervisor at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £11 per hour | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 22 February

> Catering assistant at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £8.72 per hour | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 22 February

> Fundraising Officer at GM Poverty Action

   Salary: £28,000 - £31,000 per annum pro rata | Hours: 3.5 days per week | Deadline: 25 February, 5pm

> Adult Carers Outreach and Development Worker at Gaddum

   Salary: £21,589 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 26 February, 12pm

> 2 x Young Carers Link Worker (Maternity Cover) at Gaddum

   Salary: £21,589 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 26 February, 12pm

> Policy Officer at GM Poverty Action

   Salary: £28,000 - £31,000 per annum pro rata, | Hours: 3.5 days per week | Deadline: 5 March, 5pm

> Student mental health mentors at Moodswings

   Salary: £19,048 per annum pro rata | Hours: Flexible, zero hours contract | Deadline: 31 March


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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