Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
12 July 2021
Manchester Community Central
Coronavirus advice and resources
New Covid symptoms to look out for with the Delta variant

new symptoms

We all know by now to get a PCR test if we have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a change to how things taste or smell...
But with cases of Covid increasing, there are some new symptoms of the Delta variant that it's also really important to look out for:

      •    Diarrhoea
      •    Blocked/runny nose
      •    Aching muscles
      •    Long-lasting headache
      •    Vomiting
      •    Sore throat
      •    Generally feeling tired and unwell

If you have any of these symptoms you also need to book a PCR test. You can book one at or call NHS 119 and say you have been told to by Manchester City Council.

Please share to spread the word about these symptoms  


all over 18s can get the jab

All adults (people aged 18 and over) can now get their Covid vaccine
It's safe, free, and with more clinics popping up, it's easier than ever to grab one  

Visit to find your nearest site or book an appointment by phone by calling 0161 947 0770 or 0800 092 4020.



Covid Chats
Dr Cordelle Ofori talks Covid vaccine hesitancy
Moss Side resident Davine Forde, talks with Dr Cordelle Ofori about ways people can find out more information about Covid vaccines to help overcome any hesitancy about getting their jab.


Dr Cordelle Ofori talks Long Covid and importance of getting your vaccination
Moss Side resident Davine Forde, who has Long Covid talks with Dr Cordelle Ofori about the importance of getting your Covid jab to help prevent serious illness.


If you have Covid questions call 0800 092 4020 / 0161 947 0770 for information.



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:

Macc Equality Survey

Macc is reviewing our equalities and inclusion approach. We have been wanting to do this work for some time and while Covid-19 has disrupted so much over the last year, we believe this work is important and so we are now starting this as lockdown measures are easing. In the light of the increased focus on tackling racism, we want to make sure we are playing our part in that movement as best we can.


Like all organisations, Macc is always a “work in progress”. We know that we do not always get it right and that there is always room for improvement, always more we can do. We want to understand more about how Macc is seen by VCSE sector organisations in Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic communities. We know that some of that might be uncomfortable for us to hear but listening is the only way we can move forward.

If you have accessed our services, we would like to make sure we hear what your experience of this was. We also want to reach out to groups who may not have worked with Macc before as well as those we work with on a more regular basis.  


Macc will engage key Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic organisations in a focus group following the survey. Macc is pleased to be working with brap on this review as a non-recipient of Macc’s services and outside the City, they bring expertise in developing anti-racism work and an independent perspective from outside of our local Manchester sector. Find out more about brap’s work 


In the spirit of living our values (supportive, collaborative, influential) this short survey has been developed by brap with Macc and members of our Board of Trustees. It is designed to help Macc, our board, staff, and volunteers understand the current reach of our work and how our organisation and our work and services are experienced by groups in communities experiencing racial inequalities in Manchester. We will use the results to feed into our ongoing work to develop our anti-racism action plan and our practice and become a more inclusive organisation.


Please complete the survey here by the extended deadline 18 July 2021

You can complete the survey anonymously or leave your contact details at the end. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.


Please note that Macc will not see your responses, the results will be collated by brap.

Please do pass this survey onto other Black Asian Minority Ethnic led VCSE organisations, we want it to be distributed as widely as possible.


Please note we have used the term BAME in certain parts of the survey because we think it is a term that is well understood in our sector. However we do recognise it is limiting. Our principle is to describe individuals, groups and networks in the way that they prefer.


With thanks and best wishes

Mike Wild, Chief Executive, Macc


Voluntary Sector Assembly – Social Prescribing in Manchester
14 July, 2021 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Online
Social prescribing (Be Well) is operating across Manchester. A core element of the social prescribing model is linking people with long-term needs to neighbourhood organisations and assets, many of which are VCSE organisations.
The aim of this Voluntary Sector Assembly is for the VCSE sector to discuss and agree what it wants and needs in order to increase the impact and effectiveness of social prescribing. Together we will write a manifesto which will be presented by representatives of the assembly to senior representatives of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Manchester Local Care Organisation.
Join us for an afternoon of discussion and debate to help shape the future of social prescribing in the city.

Register here
Spirit of Manchester 2021 Quiz


15 September, 7pm - 9.30pm, The Bay Horse Tavern, Manchester City Centre


Join us for what will certainly be an entertaining evening raising valuable funds for the Spirit of Manchester Fund. The Spirit of Manchester Fund provides mini-grants to local voluntary community groups, social enterprises or registered charities to help deliver projects, events or community activities which improve the wellbeing of people who live, work or study in Manchester.


This year the Quiz will be held at The Bay Horse Tavern (on Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA) and will be hosted by our very own in-house quizmaster Mr Martin Preston – Deputy Chief Executive at Macc.


We invite you or a team (maximum of six per team) to come along for what we are sure will be a fun night. Cost: £5 per person


The winning team will be awarded a custom made trophy from Ella McIntosh from Manchester Craft and Design Centre.


Why not use the quiz as an opportunity to get together with friends, family and colleagues whilst raising funds for a valuable cause?


Register here

Spirit of Manchester 2021 – who do you want to thank?

awards 2021

We are offering the opportunity once again for you to thank organisations and individuals who you feel have demonstrated great work over the last 12 months. This is a non-competitive element with all submissions of thanks being mentioned on the night of the awards and also included on our website and in our Spirit of Manchester Awards brochure. These will be listed under three categories:
      •    PeopleofMcr
      •    Tackling inequalities
      •    Food and supplies


Submissions close on 1 September 2021



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


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.
We have repurposed 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. 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.

Update or register your organisation on our online directory here


ambtion for ageing
Round 2 of Supporting Ageing in Place is now open
Do you have an idea for a community project for older people? We are looking to fund groups and organisations working with communities to deliver projects in specific neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester. You might want to buy more equipment, improve your venue, run an activity or hold an event for older people.  Grants of up to £2,000. Due to lower numbers of applications in round one we would especially welcome proposals from groups and organisations working in Old Moat and Withington. Limited funding is available in Gorton but we still encourage you to make a proposal. Deadline: 26 July, 12pm
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sir robert mcalpine
Strong Foundations Grant Manchester

Building and civil engineering company, Sir Robert McAlpine, is proud to have launched the Strong Foundations Grant, supporting small charities and community organisations in and around Manchester. For their 2021 fund, Sir Robert McAlpine has set up grants in a total of 7 locations across England and Scotland to engage local residents and boost community wellbeing in areas around their construction projects. The Strong Foundations Grant is open to groups looking for up to £3,000 funding for new ideas or existing projects, with the aim of driving positive change in local communities. Deadline: 22 July

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santander foundation
Santander Foundation Financial and Digital Empowerment Fund
The Santander Foundation Financial and Digital Empowerment Fund is focused on helping people in the UK to become digitally and financially empowered. The Santander Foundation want to give people the tools, knowledge and confidence to make better decisions about money and will award £1.8 million over three years to 12 UK charities or Community Interest Companies to have a greater impact in communities. Grants of up to £150,000 per organisation will be awarded over a three-year period. Deadline: 13 August
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Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant
Grants of between £250 - £1,000 are available for UK registered charities working to help those at disadvantage in society to cover the costs involved in directly supporting those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues. Donations usually fund items of capital expenditure i.e. items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity's running costs. Deadline: 2 August
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magic little grants
Magic Little Grants 2021
The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000 the opportunity to apply for a £500 grant. This year the fund has expanded to support the following funding themes: Improving mental wellbeing; Enabling community participation in the arts; Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty; Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality; Improving biodiversity and green spaces; Enabling participation in physical activity; Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability; Increasing community access to outdoor space. Deadline: 31 October
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Funding opportunity – diversifying your income
Through our partnership with funding website easyfundraising, 43 groups, voluntary organisations and charities are now benefitting from extra funding. If you are looking for ways to diversify your income, this is something your organisation can also get involved in.It’s a simple idea – well-known retailers, like Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Trainline,, Currys, Aviva, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, will send your organisation cashback donations when your volunteers, staff and supporters use the free easyfundraising website to shop with them.
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face mask
Free PPE from the Department of Health and Social Care
The Department of Health and Social Care is offering free PPE (personal protective equipment) for use by voluntary sector organisations. To express your interest in this free PPE you need to complete an online form providing a few details and then a representative of DHSC will contact you to arrange delivery. The PPE and the delivery are both free of charge.
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Ellii – A programme of opportunities to enable the women’s support sector to Flourish
Flourish Together are seeking to find 20 diverse women’s support organisations across Greater Manchester. Ellii is a 6-9 month programme aimed at the Women’s Support Sector to help develop skills in Enterprise, Leadership, Learning, Innovation and Influencing, whilst connect diverse grass roots support organisations alongside some of the longer standing women’s support organisations. The free information sessions are taking place throughout July, August and September. Deadline: 8 September
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great places housing group
Great Spaces: Northmoor Retail Units
Great Spaces Northmoor retail spaces are part of an iconic, Grade II listed building in the heart of Northmoor. The building has three retail units, 19 residential apartments, and the much-loved Northmoor Community Centre. The building has recently been refurbished in order to restore most of the stunning original features of the space. Shop measurements: 89 Northmoor – 113.08m² (This includes back of house areas). Floor to ceiling height in main shop area 3.787m / 91 Northmoor – 104.14m² (This includes back of house areas and cellar). Floor to ceiling height in main shop area 3.610m. Deadline: 18 July
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Excelerate Women – Greater Manchester Business Growth Programme
Excelerate Women is a fully funded online scale up programme offering coaching for Greater Manchester women business leaders and their teams to springboard business growth. The programme is delivered over 6 weeks through a combination of group mentoring, 1:1 coaching and advice, with access to additional free training between sessions choosing modules that suit individual business needs. During the sessions participants will meet other like-minded women business leaders and leave with a plan to fast track their business or organisation moving forward.
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pash partnership
Prep Awareness Campaign July 2021
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a HIV prevention gamechanger in supporting to get to zero new HIV transmissions by 2030 – a global ambition set out by UNAIDS.  Alongside other prevention methods including condoms, regular testing, PEP and U=U, PrEP equips communities with the tools to achieve the global target. Right now, PrEP uptake is too low in women, trans and non-binary people, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority groups and heterosexual men. You can help change this. Join The PaSH Partnership in amplifying PrEP awareness messages for these communities in the PrEP awareness campaign which launches today.   
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odd arts
Create: Community – A free community drama and film project for young people over summer
Make a difference to your community by using creativity to explore local issues that matter to you. Over 5 weeks you will meet with professionals to play creative games, learn skills in devising, film making and drama and create your very own film that looks at real life issues today. For ages 9 – 12 years. The workshops take place at Newton Heath Library, 2 Old Church St, Manchester M40 2JF. Food packages will be provided to all attendees.
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citizens advice manchester
Switched On
Switched On is a project run by Citizens Advice Manchester offering energy advice to young people aged 16-25, as many young people don't receive practical advice when starting to live independently about how to manage their household costs. Switched On offer fun, interactive workshops for young people to learn the basics of energy efficiency and managing their bills, as well as 1-2-1 advice with one of the Young People's Energy Advisers for more targeted support. The team run regular online workshops or they can organise a free, bespoke workshop for your group.
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statisticians for society
Statisticians for Society
Statisticians for Society connects small charitable organisations with volunteer statisticians. It aims to provide organisations with expert help to collect, analyse and present data. It was set up by the Royal Statistical Society to enable its members to donate their time and skills to good causes. Any third sector organisation (charities, social enterprises, community interest groups etc.) based in the UK with an annual income of less than £1 million can request support.
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GM Poverty Action newsletter 7 July 2021
In the latest GM Poverty Action newsletter there is a report on the publication of a new guide for local and combined authorities about the voluntary adoption and implementation of socio-economic duty. There is an update on the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission and brief overviews of two reports about in-work poverty and left behind neighbourhoods. There is also an article about support available from United Utilities and a list of forthcoming events.
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  > Answer Cancer July Stakeholder Collaborative

     20 July, 10am - 12pm, Online 


  > Sport is Back Festival in Manchester

     24 July - 1 August, Throughout Manchester


  > Towards Greater Food? Taking Stock of Food Support in
     the Covid-19 Crisis

     9-10 September, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Online


  Search for more events here


> Free Macc webinar: Can employers insist that staff have
   the Covid vaccine?

   15 July, 11am - 12pm, Online

> Free Buzz Manchester webinar: The Better Information
   Programme: Introduction to misinformation

   20 July, 2pm - 3.30pm, Online

> Get Grants webinar: Storytelling for fundraising

   21 July - 28 July, 9.30am - 11.30am, Online

> Free Manchester Mind webinar: Mental Health Awareness

   5 August, 1pm - 4pm, Online


Search for more training opportunities here



> 2 x Chef’s at the Milk and Honey Cafe

   Salary: £9,500 per annum | Hours: 20 hours per week | Deadline: 15 July, 12pm

> Development Worker at Emmeline's Pantry

   Salary: £25,000 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 16 July

> Community Projects Lead at Groundwork Greater Manchester

   Salary: £22,000 - £25,000 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 36.66 hours per week | Deadline: 16 July

> Events Assistant at Manchester Cathedral

   Salary: £19,110 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 18 July 

> Volunteer Manager at NHS Manchester CCG

   Salary: £38,890 - £44,503 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 20 July

> Ensembles Administrator at The Hallé

   Salary: £18,500 per annum, pro rata | Hours: Part-time | Deadline: 23 July, 12pm

> Development Worker at Women Asylum Seekers Together (Manchester)

   Salary: £28,672 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 25 July

> 2 x Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) at Stockport Without Abuse

   Salary: £24,657.48 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 26 July, 9am

> Co-Production Facilitator at Unlimited Potential

   Salary: £26,511 - £29,577 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 26 July, 9am

> Support Worker (Morning Star and Emergency Accommodation) at Caritas Diocese of Salford

   Salary: £19,572 - £19,964 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 2 August, 9am

> Manchester IRIS GP Lead post: Identification and Referral to Improve Safety at The Pankhurst
   Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid)

   Hours: 7.5 hours per week (2 sessions per week 3.75 hours) | Deadline: 2 August, 9am

> Trauma Informed Counselling Practitioner at Stockport Without Abuse

   Salary: £26,470 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 2 August, 9am

> Finance Assistant at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £18,694 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 2 August, 12pm

> Inspire Receptionist at Levenshulme Inspire

   Salary: £9.30 per hour | Hours: 21-28 hours per week | Deadline: 6 August, 5pm

> Domestic Abuse Worker (Young People) at Crossroads Derbyshire

   Salary: £22,183 - £24,491 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 9 August, 9am

> Development Officer – Donations at The Hallé

   Salary: £18,500 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 9 August, 12pm


Search for more job opportunities here


  Volunteering and Covid-19


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Search for funding on our FREE Funding Portal

Funding portal

Our funding search engine is a straight forward FREE service using information from IDOX Information Solutions that can help voluntary, community, social enterprise sector organisations like yours to find suitable funding. By becoming a member of Macc you will gain access to our free funding portal of funding opportunities.


Please note: To be eligible to access our funding portal you must be a voluntary, community, social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations working in the City of Manchester with at least 50% of your beneficiaries in the City of Manchester. VCSE organisations working outside of the City of Manchester, consultants, sole traders, statutory bodies, private businesses and infrastructure organisations who become members of Macc aren’t eligible to access our funding portal. To sign up to become a member of Macc and to access our funding portal, complete our membership form


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:


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   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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