Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
1 March 2021
Manchester Community Central
Coronavirus advice and resources
The Covid-19 Roadmap for England

road map step 1


The government will start to lift Covid-19 restrictions in England with a four-step roadmap to provide a route back to a more normal life. The Covid-19 Roadmap for England: Step 1 from 8 March 2021. Find out more here



Over 100,000 people in Manchester now had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Thanks to the amazing work of our NHS teams and the thousands of volunteers across the city, more than 100,000 people registered at GP practices in Manchester have now received their first dose of the Covid vaccine. More information about vaccination


How the Covid-19 vaccines work?
If you have any concerns or want to know how the Covid-19 vaccines work, these short videos will explain how:
Astra Zeneca Vaccine Video
Pfizer Vaccine Video



South Asian Heritage Month presents: Recording about Covid-19 vaccines - Ask the experts event
A Recording about Covid-19 vaccines – an ‘Ask the experts event’ – which includes Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director, at MHCC on the experts panel.
South Asian Heritage Month Presents: Covid-19 Vaccines – Ask The Experts YouTube video  



Manchester’s surge testing – what you need to know webinar

Surge testing for new variants of Covid-19 has come to parts of Manchester. This webinar gave an opportunity for the local community to hear the latest news about the programme – why it’s been introduced, how it’s progressing and what the local community can do to promote uptake. David Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester gave an overview and answered questions on this important work for the city.


surge testing webinar


This event was co-hosted by Macc, CAHN, Europia and the Manchester BME Network



NHS Test and Trace Community Leaders webinar
3 March, 4pm - 5.30pm, Online
The free webinar will give you direct access to the NHS Test and Trace and DHSC Vaccines teams to gain up-to-the-minute information on how your communities can access testing, tracing, vaccines and other Covid-19 protection and support services.
You can also hear from charities such as the British Red Cross and the Literacy Trust about how voluntary sector organisations are bringing people together to protect themselves, their families and friends, and their communities against the impacts of Covid-19.


The webinar will help you stay up-to-date with the evolving situation; deepen your knowledge about NHS Test and Trace and the vaccines programme; and support your ongoing efforts to help protect people in your communities.


Places are limited. Register here



Covid vaccination and Ramadan
The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) have produced an FAQ for Muslim communities regarding fasting and Covid-19 vaccinations. They have also produced a graphic you can share on social media, which shares the key message that taking the Covid-19 vaccination does not invalidate the fast during Ramadan.



CAHN Covid-19 Vaccines Report


cahn vaccine report


This report has been produced following CAHN’s special Health Hour information session on 16 January that focused on the Covid-19 vaccines with a panel of Black GPs and senior consultants who shared their experiences, and personal reasons for taking the Covid-19 vaccines and what would encourage Caribbean and African people to take the vaccine when offered. The event was attended by CAHN’s Patron, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester and Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Vaccines Deployment.

The report highlights the disparities faced and the basis upon which many Black people will engage and make decisions about which path to choose for their own health. 40% of the 220 respondents to the post-event evaluation (within a week) said they would receive the Covid-19 vaccines based on the information they have received during the Health Hour session.

Read the report here



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



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:


Virtual Volunteering Fair

virtual volunteering fair

Join us online for our virtual Volunteering Fair

10 March, 6pm - 8pm, Online

We are inviting organisations to hold a "Virtual Stall" at our online fair. If you are a volunteer organisation with volunteer roles to fill, then this is the perfect opportunity to meet with potential volunteers that are actively looking for volunteer roles. Tell them about what it is you do, your plans for the future and the volunteering opportunities available within your organisation and make those connections.


Each organisation will have around 10 minutes for their presentation but you are welcome to attend the whole event should you wish. This is a free event for all involved.


Register here


Be a hero from home!

 hero from home


Our Hero From Home microsite offers information, guidance and practical resources on ways you can get involved in lots of different opportunities, events and activities from home. These pages include information about virtual volunteering opportunities that you can do from home, including our Online Advocate role which involves sharing messages of hope and help on social media to support voluntary organisations, charities and communities in Manchester. If you are a group or organisation and would like to add something to the Hero From Home microsite, please contact Volunteer Centre Manchester on 0161 830 4770 or email:


No Going Back – Gorton and Levenshulme highlights the need for a radical approach to building resilient communities that can transform people’s lives

no going back

Representatives of voluntary sector organisations and local groups in Gorton and Levenshulme have shared their experiences and views of working at a neighbourhood level during the Covid-19 crisis in a new Macc report that will be published on Monday 8 March.


Entitled, No Going Back: Gorton and Levenshulme, the publication gives a platform to 16 local organisations to highlight some of the local voices in a city neighbourhood that don’t often get a hearing. The collection of inspirational stories and quotes focuses on Gorton and Levenshulme, a community area that has faced its fair share of challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


In total, 16 organisations contributed to the report including two community associations, a bowling club, an organisation that teaches circus skills (yes, and you may be surprised why that matters!), a youth service, and an organisation that runs classes to reduce stress. The stories feature work with young people, South Asian women, refugees, migrants, people with dementia and older neighbours. The insight they share covers topics from how to make a new home to how to address health inequalities, how to set up a rapid volunteering scheme, how to organise food banks and why we shouldn’t need them.


“The experiences of the local voluntary organisations featured in No Going Back – Gorton and Levenshulme offer a glimpse of how communities can come together to tackle the health and social care crisis in Manchester, a crisis that has been building over the last 20 years and worsened by many years of austerity,” said Mike Wild, Macc Chief Executive. “It is time to take a truly radical approach, one based in a practical and realistic idea of community, the kind of approach illustrated in every story that is highlighted in this publication,” he said.


Look out for the publication next Monday in a special Manchester Community Central bulletin and on social media #NogoingbackMcr


power to change
Community Business Renewal Fund Round three
Power to Change has launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative, in response to the Covid-19 crisis and this £3million Community Business Renewal Fund is part of this support package for the community business sector. The last round of the Community Business Renewal Fund opens at 10am on 2 March. Apply for an unrestricted grant between £10,000 and £20,000 to support your organisation to adapt and evolve to the changing circumstances. The round closes at 4pm on 9 March. 
Read more
one manchester
Community Soup – Applications are now open for Hulme and Moss Side
Are you a group or individual with innovative plans to make a difference? This can be making the best of local resources or public spaces, addressing environmental issues or helping improve people’s wellbeing. One Manchester want everyone in their communities to have the opportunity to access positive activities that promote health and wellbeing, bring the community together and help reduce loneliness and isolation. The Community Soups allows local community groups and businesses to pitch for up to £4,000 in funding to support their projects and voting takes place within the community.
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GMP Asset Recovery Incentive Scheme (ARIS) money
Greater Manchester Police have a fantastic opportunity to invest cash back into the community. The money set aside has been taken back from those who commit acts of criminality in Manchester. A maximum of £1,000, and is there for you to invest in your local groups or neighbourhood activities. This cash is to support your local groups in order to assist in planning community meetings, purchase much needed equipment for youth engagement or to assist in transforming your street, local community projects and any other projects in the community.  The panel meet monthly to review applications.
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charity service
The Charity Service Grant Fund
Funding, up to a maximum of £3,000, is available to registered charities, CICs and voluntary organisations supporting the most disadvantaged people living within the Greater Manchester area. Grants are available to assist with the purchase or supply of amenities, activities or equipment to improve general welfare of the local community or individuals. The average grant award is £1,000, in exceptional circumstances larger grants, up to a maximum of £3,000, may be considered. The Charity Service would not normally fund an organisation that has been registered for less than 3 years. New project costs, for a specific period, will be considered.
Read more
big life
The 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 Be Well clients. The fund will support Be Well clients in improving or help with managing their health and wellbeing. There are 3 levels of grant funding: Micro grants (up to £1,000); Medium grants (up to £10,000); Exceptional grants (over £10,000).
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2021 Windrush Day Grant Scheme
The Windrush Day Grant Scheme provides funding to communities looking to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution. The government is looking for organisations to develop and run projects seeking to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British economic, social, and cultural life. This includes those who arrived on the ship, their contemporaries, and descendants. The minimum amount available is £2,500 and the maximum is £25,000. Deadline: 10 March
Read more
magic little grants
Magic Little Grants 2021

Smaller charities and community groups across Great Britain can apply for a one-off £500 grant from 1 March until 31 October 2021. Six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Localgiving will be working together to award more than £1 million in small grants to some 2,000 charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales over the next six months.

Read more
bbc children in need
Children in Need

Children in Need is currently open for applications to its Small and Large Grants funding streams. This funder makes grants to registered charities, voluntary groups, special schools, churches and CICs, for projects which make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children (aged up to 18).

Next deadline: 12 April 2021

Read more
community fund
National Lottery Community Fund: Growing Great Ideas
The Growing Great Ideas programme has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change. The National Lottery Community Fund is looking for visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations. These initiatives are expected to be generating an infrastructure through which many things are possible. The minimum grant size is £150,000. Application deadline: Ongoing
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Development grants for VCSE groups who offer maternity-related mental health support
The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership are leading a programme to improve mental health support and services for families in pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life. To ensure that there is a strong network of voluntary community and social enterprise organisations available to help deliver this service, grants are available to help build capacity of groups who support parents facing challenges relating to the maternity experience.
Read more
nfu mutual
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: 31 March
Read more



psychotherapy manchester
Psychotherapy Manchester CIC Free 1:1 art therapy sessions

Have you been having mental health difficulties? Feeling isolated?

Art therapy could help.

Psychotherapy Manchester CIC is offering free 1 to 1 art therapy sessions for people aged 18+ which cover a range of difficulties: depression, anxiety, Covid-19.

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ambition for ageing
Ambition for Ageing briefing: What works in tackling social isolation of older people in Bangladeshi communities
The new briefing from Ambition for Ageing shares what works in tackling social isolation of older people in small, tight-knit marginalised communities. It alsdo shares transferable learning from their Community Navigator project delivered by British Red Cross that worked with small, tight-knit ethnic minority communities – Bangladeshi communities – in Greater Manchester. Older people in these communities are at higher risk of social isolation, and some community members are at particularly high risk due to intersecting barriers from multiple factors.
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food wave
EU Food Wave programme
The mission of Food Wave is to empower young people to create awareness of sustainable food, and have an influential voice in institutional decisions to achieve a fair and sustainable food system by 2030. 200 young people will be recruited this year as volunteers for the Manchester part of the programme. There are 17 cities taking part across the EU (the aim is for up to 15 Million young people to be involved across the EU through social media). The Manchester programme is being supported by Manchester Climate Change Agency, Sow the City, Met Munch and Groundwork Greater Manchester.
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  > Cyber Aware with NCSC

     3 March, 11am - 12pm, Online


  > CAHN International Women's Day Event – Breaking the
     cycle of poor maternal outcomes

     8 March, 11am -1pm, Online


  > Stronger Things 2021: Communities vs Crisis

     9 - 11 March, 9.30am - 1pm, Online





  > The Better Information Programme – Health Literacy Awareness

     11 March, 12pm - 1pm, Online


  > The Better Information Programme – Introduction to misinformation

     22 March, 12pm - 1.30pm, Online


  > Strengthening the role of local welfare assistance

     23 March, 10am -12pm, Online


Search for more events here


> Free Macc webinar: How to use easyfundraising to benefit
   from free funding for your organisation

   3 March, 1pm - 2pm, Online

> Free Macc webinar: We Love Mcr Meet the Funder

   4 March, 1pm - 2pm, Online

> Free Macc webinar: Bid writing

   18 March, 1pm - 3.30pm, Online

> Free GM Working Together webinars: Looking after
   yourself and your teams

   19 March, 1.30pm - 3pm and 25 March, 10am - 11.30am,

> Free Macc webinar: Introduction to Basic book-keeping

   25 March, 10am - 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



> Community Connector – Wellbeing Matters social prescribing service – Salford at Salford CVS

   Salary: £25,481 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 3 March, 5pm

> Communications Officer – Connecting BAME Entrepreneurs (Co-BAME) at GMCVO

   Salary: Starting £26,317 per annum pro rata | Hours: 17.5 hours per week | Deadline: 5 March, 9am

> Trust and Grants Administrator at Henshaws

   Salary: £15,943.20 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 5 March

> Project Coordinator at Young Manchester

   Salary: £22,000 per annum pro rata | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 7 March

> Refuge Caseworker at Stockport Without Abuse

   Salary: £20,258 - £22,656 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 8 March, 9am

> Collections Officer (Our Town Hall Project) at Manchester City Council

   Salary: £30,451 - £33,782 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 9 March

> Answer Cancer Programme Manager at Salford CVS

   Salary: £28,596 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 30 hours per week | Deadline: 15 March, 12pm

> Domestic Abuse Support Advisor at Wythenshawe Safespots

   Salary: £11 per hour | Hours: 12 or 18 hours per week | Deadline: 16 March

> Community Grower at Sow the City

   Salary: £19,000 - £24,000 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 17 March, 5pm

> Employability and Enterprise Coordinator at HideOut Youth Zone

   Salary: Up to £25,000 per annum | Hours: 40 hours per week | Deadline: 18 March, 9am

> Cleaner at HideOut Youth Zone

   Salary: £8.72 per hour | Hours: 25 hours per week | Deadline: 18 March, 9am

> Resettlement Worker at the Booth Centre
   Salary: £25,481 - £26,511 per annum | Hours: 40 Hours per week | Deadline: 21 March, 4pm  
> Fundraising and Development Manager (Maternity Cover) at the Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating
   Manchester Women’s Aid)

   Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 26 March

> Navigator at the Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid)

   Salary: £28,190 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 29 March


Search for more job 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


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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   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

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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