Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
19 July 2021
Manchester Community Central
Coronavirus advice and resources
Messages for Manchester with restrictions easing today

Thanks for helping to keep our city safe. Although legal restrictions are lifting on 19 July, Covid case numbers are high, so please keep:
      •    Meeting outside
      •    Getting your jabs
      •    Getting testing regularly
      •    Wearing a face covering in busy places
      •    Wash hands regularly


Keep doing your bit for Manchester by:
      •    Self-isolating: If you have symptoms or test positive
      •    Think about others: Protect people more vulnerable to Covid by seeing them when your both fully
      •    Parents keep covid out of school by doing regular rapid tests


Your help doing this will get us back where we need to be. For more information visit:


get tested twice a week

Keep doing your rapid tests twice a week  
We all need to continue to take rapid, free coronavirus tests twice a week. This is how we track the virus and stop its spread. Make sure you register your result, even if it is negative.


grab a jab

Still time to grab your Covid jab
Even if it's been a little while since you were invited for your Covid-19 vaccine, it's never too late to come forward and have it. If you’re aged 18+ you can book your appointment online  or go to a Covid-19 vaccination drop-in centre near you, find your nearest drop-in centre


Vaccination and testing webinar
In this latest webinar with David Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester; Dr Cordelle Ofori, Public Health Consultant and part of the Manchester team; and Dr Manisha Kumar, working GP and Medical Director at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning they answer Covid questions on the latest vaccination, testing and variants of concern details, based on what community groups, businesses and individuals have been asking.


Eid al-Adha celebrate safely
Although many restrictions will be lifted from 19 July, infections in Manchester continue to rise. Help us to reduce transmission of Covid-19, please celebrate Eid al-Adha safely and continue to be cautious and respectful during celebrations.


Covid-safe workplaces and businesses
Across Greater Manchester, business leaders and owners have been innovating and adapting to continue trading throughout the challenge of Covid-19. Growth Company have collated a range of tools and resources on their website to help you maintain the safety of your workplace. The Growth Company also have a team of experts on hand if you need support.


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:

Spirit of Manchester 2021 Quiz

spirit 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
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
Read more
Greater Manchester Peer Support Innovation Grant
Does your organisation or group need support to grow your peer support activities? The Greater Manchester Peer Support Innovation Grant is designed to support new or smaller peer support groups with innovative ways of introducing peer support to the community. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to £250 towards their project or event (from a total available funding pot of £2,500). Deadline for the first round of funding: 26 July, 12pm
Read more
In Our Nature Community Grant
Apply for up to £10,000 of grant funding and bring your community project to life. Are you part of a Manchester based community, youth or voluntary group? Has your group got an innovative project idea to help your community come together to take positive action on the environment? If the answer is yes – apply for a community project grant and bring your group's ideas to life. Projects should take an innovative, community-led approach to tackling a local environmental issue, which also delivers social and financial benefits to their local community. Deadline: 31 July
Read more
movement for good awards
Movement for Good awards
Designed to give eligible charities the financial assistance they need to help them make a real difference, Ecclesiastical are awarding a £10,000 grant to 30 charities. Ecclesiastical will then choose two of these winners to receive an additional £50,000 grant and one winner to receive a massive £100,000 additional grant. Ecclesiastical would like to hear from charities which work in areas that support the key themes: Education and skills; Rural or community development; Arts, culture or heritage; Climate change or environment; Human rights or equality. Deadline: 6 August
Read more
The King's 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards fund
The 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £120,000 and £3 million. If your charity's total annual income is between £20,000 and £120,000 then you can apply to the GSK Grow Programme. GSK IMPACT Award winners receive a whole host of benefits including funding, training and development, publicity and national recognition. Deadline: 20 September, 5pm
Read more
national heritage memorial fund
The National Heritage Memorial Fund
This funding stream offers project grants to support any heritage asset which is: of outstanding importance to the national heritage; at risk due to the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19). Charities, not-for-profit and public sector organisations are welcome to apply over the next two years. To apply, you must first submit an Expression of Interest, and you are encouraged to contact The National Heritage Memorial Fund beforehand.
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F3 ‘Not for Profit Programme’ at Manchester City Football Club
Does your Organisation or Community Group need a new, exciting and fresh way of raising unlimited funds? The F3 ‘Not for Profit Programme’ at Manchester City Football Club are looking to work with local not for profit organisations and their volunteers to deliver stadium catering to the thousands of fans at matches and events in a dedicated ‘Not for Profit’ charity kiosk. A percentage of the profits generated by each kiosk is paid directly to the group. Find out more about how the scheme works and ask your questions at an event on 28 July, 10am-1pm at the Etihad Stadium.
Read more
starting plates
Starting plates – Fun cookery workshops over the Summer holidays
To join you need to be a resident of Levenshulme, Longsight or Gorton and be an expectant Mum, Dad or Carer or have a child under 2. Siblings are welcome to accompany you. Learn how to cook simple dishes that are easy on the pocket. Using store cupboard ingredients. Easy to make dishes from around the world. Are suitable to feed a little one and can be adapted to your family’s tastes. The workshops are taking place at: Levenshulme Inspire Centre 4, 11, 25 August and 1 September and Levenshulme Old Library 5, 12, 26 August and 2 September AM and PM sessions.
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northmoor community association
Northmoor Hub Café

Come along, take a seat and meet your community at Northmoor Community Association’s new Northmoor Hub Café.

The café includes a library, local information and internet and printing.

The café is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-1pm and Wednesday 4-7pm. Address: Northmoor Hub, 103 Northmoor Road, Longsight, Manchester, M12 5RT

Read more
all fm
Free radio/podcast training for young people and youth workers
ALL FM Community Radio are again working with young people 13-17 over the summer to produce radio broadcasts and/or podcasts. ALL FM can bring their kit and work with groups at your place or invite you to their accessible studios in Levenshulme. It’s all free and they'll receive a certificate at the end. ALL FM would love youth workers to join the training too if they’d like to. Project dates are flexible, anytime between 14 July and 31 August.
Read more
youth elements
The Blended Employment Club
The Blended Employment Club is a free employment programme. You can attend virtual coffee mornings and talk to professionals from many industries. Learn and develop new skills with support from an employment coach and gain national accreditations in areas that interest you. The Blended Employment Club works to support adults over 19 who are looking for employment. Within the project are e-learning modules on a range of subjects, including enterprise 101, volunteering, wellbeing and You do You. As a participant you will be supported up to eight weeks.
Read more



youth elements
Youth Elements resilience workshops
Youth Elements are running two resilience workshops over the August holidays. Youth Elements are looking to partner with organisations across Greater Manchester, to deliver these workshop. The Youth Elements Team will come to the young people and visit a space of comfort, safety, and ownership. The sessions are provided free to young people. Young people will be awarded certificates for taking part in the session.
Read more
Stand Out: free, personalised careers course for young people
RECLAIM know things are tough right now for young people, especially if you're trying to find a job. The pandemic has reduced not only the number of jobs, but the chance to make new connections. To help, RECLAIM have partnered with UpRising and One Million Mentors to offer a package of free support to help you stand out. By signing up to the Stand Out programme you'll get tailored support with your CV and job applications, plus access to top business professionals, some of the biggest employers in the UK and the chance to connect with likeminded people on the journey to employability. All from the comfort of your own home. The programme starts on 26 July.
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university of manchester
University of Manchester call for work placements
This year the University of Manchester are looking for a number of suitable roles in which to place postgraduates who can undertake a variety of tasks and activities as part of their course. These placements can run from November 2021 to May 2022 and should comprise a minimum of 15 days work. These placements are for students on MA programmes in Arts Management, Policy and Practice, Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Heritage Studies and Film Studies, Contemporary collecting and digital exhibition making.
Read more
tlc st lukes
TLC-St Luke’s celebrate launch of The Memory Book
Local Artists from Manchester’s pioneering mental health charity TLC-St Luke’s gathered in Swinton Grove Park to launch The Memory Book, a collection of the work they produced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Containing art works, poems, photographs, stories, diaries, and collages from 44 different contributors, the book showcases the various projects that participants took part in over the last year.
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Uganda Community in Greater Manchester (UCOMM) are looking for a Volunteer Data Assistant
UCOMM serves the Uganda Community in Greater Manchester. This is an exciting new volunteer role that will assist UCOMM in improving data quality in order to improve communication, enhance responsiveness to stakeholder need and support service development. The role will ensure that contact data held by UCOMM in relation to service users, volunteers and partner organisations is up to date; in the right format to use for communications and social media; is searchable and meets GDPR and confidentiality requirements.
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Independent Mental Health Network Peer Support Directory
Independent Mental Health Network are currently collating a directory of all mental health peer support groups in Greater Manchester, with the hope it makes it clearer for potential service users to find out what is out there that may benefit them, and how to access these services, and so that they can signpost service users.
Read more
Win a VW Campervan and help Manchester Vineyard reopen 422
This prize draw will support 422, a community project in Manchester. 422 has a long history of being a space where people come together. Once a library, youth centre, and now after years of standing empty, the plan is for 422 to become a Community Hub in an area that experiences some of the highest levels of deprivation in the UK. 422 will be a space where Manchester Vineyard, their partners and other local groups will offer immediate practical provision, as well as support and activities that empower and equip people, with the agency to overcome the grip of poverty on their lives and community.
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GM Poverty Action Annual Impact Survey 2021
Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) are currently running their Annual Impact Survey. GMPA run their annual survey to find out more about how the people in their network perceive their work, what they value and the different ways in which GMPA has an impact. The findings will help inform GMPA’s work and support them when making a case to funders and other stakeholders. Deadline: 6 August, 5pm
Read more




  > Muslim Jewish Forum’s Post Eid al-Adha picnic

     1 August, 12.30pm, St Mary's Park


  > Virtual Meet the Funder event: The Henry Smith Charity

     17 August, 10am - 11am, Online


  > Suicide Bereavement UK’s 10th International Conference

     23 September, 9am - 4.30pm, The Mercure Manchester


  > Safeguarding event – Every person, every conversation:
     are they safe?

     28 September, 9.30am - 12pm, Online


Search for more events here


> Free Macc webinar: Funding your project – searching for

   22 July, 1pm - 2.30pm, Online

> NCVO webinar: Charity finance for non-financial managers

   28 July, 9.45am - 3.15pm, Online

> Free Manchester Mind webinar: Mental health awareness

   5 August, 1pm - 4pm, Online

> Free Buzz Manchester webinar: The Better Information
   Programme – Health literacy awareness

   11 August, 12pm - 1pm, Online


Search for more training opportunities here



> 3 x Modern Slavery Case Worker Assistant at The Medaille Trust

   Salary: £20,000 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 2 x 37.5 hours per week, 1 x 30 hours per week | Deadline:
   23 July, 10am

> Co-Production Facilitator at Unlimited Potential

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

> Bilingual Diversity and Inclusion Link Worker at Being There

   Salary: £25,521 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 26 July

> HR Generalist at The Proud Trust

   Salary: £12 - £16 per hour based on experience | Hours: 1 day per week | Deadline: 28 July

> Emerge Worker Dispersed Properties at the Pankhurst Trust

   Salary: £21,077 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 30 July

> Finance Assistant at The Medaille Trust

   Salary: £18,000 - £21,000 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 4 August, 10am

> Information and Administration Assistant at Age UK Manchester

   Salary: £18,694 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 5 August, 4pm

> Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser at BHA for Equality

   Salary: £30,541- £32,234 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 14 August


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

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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