Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
4 October 2021
Manchester Community Central
Coronavirus advice and resources
Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations – National booking service now open for frontline health and care workers

If you are in an eligible role, and it is at least six months after your second dose of vaccine, you can book your appointment.
Eligible frontline health care workers – This means you have direct contact with people at higher risk from coronavirus (Covid-19)
Eligible frontline social care workers – This means you currently work in a care home for older or working age adults or you provide face-to-face care or support to individuals at higher risk from Covid-19 (adults or children who are clinically extremely vulnerable or those over the age of 16 who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19)
Read more about the booster vaccination for eligible individuals here
If you are eligible to receive your booster vaccination, sign up here to be sent information on how to book your appointment.


Winter vaccinations – boost your immunity  
Be prepared for Winter, remember to:

  • Get your Covid jabs
  • Get your Covid booster jab when called
  • Go and get a Flu jab
  • Wear a face covering in crowded places
  • If you have symptoms or feel unwell take a test

By getting your Flu and your Covid vaccinations, you will have more protection for you and those around you.

More information 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:

Join us this Thursday for our Spirit of Manchester Awards!

spirit of manchester awards invite

Make sure you come along and celebrate with us. This year is once again virtual so find your best chair, grab a drink and hear some stories of the brilliant work happening in Manchester's VCSE sector:


Under the competitive categories you will have a chance to vote for your favourite and determine the winners of this year’s awards. Is there someone from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector you wanted to thank for all they have done over the last year but didn’t get a nomination in? Don’t worry come along and add their name in the chat and we will mention them.


Don’t miss this uplifting event, showcasing the great city we live in and particularly the people of the VCSE sector.


Spirit of Manchester Raffle

spirit raffle

Don't miss your chance to win one of the great prizes in this year's Spirit of Manchester Raffle!

Text: SPIRIT21 to 70331 to get your tickets – £3 (plus your standard rate)

All proceeds go to the Spirit of Manchester Fund.


Online Volunteer Recruitment Fair

volunteers fair

Join us online for our virtual Volunteering Fair on Wednesday 20 October, 6pm-7.30pm
We are inviting organisations to hold a "Virtual Stall" at our online fair. If you are a volunteer organisation then this is the perfect opportunity to meet with potential volunteers that are actively looking for volunteer roles and tell them about what it is you do, your plans for the future and the volunteering opportunities available within your organisation. This is a free event for all involved and will take place online.
Register here


Tackling Inequalities Fund
Greater Sport and GM Moving have now launched phase 3 of their Tackling Inequalities Fund. The fund is to help reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity, and on active lives. Applications are now open and organisations across Greater Manchester can apply. The funding needs to be utilised to support people in one of the following target groups to be active: Lower socio-economic groups; Culturally diverse communities; Disabled people, and People with long-term health conditions. Each organisation can apply for funds up to £10,000.
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we stand together
We Stand Together Affiliate Awards
Affiliate to We Stand Together and, if you run great local cohesion activities, you could win a share of £12,500. We Stand Together is the Greater Manchester brand for cohesion and your organisation can receive a grant to help We Stand Together achieve its goals. You may be a local tenants or residents group, a neighbourhood association, a community association, a faith group partnering with other local organisations or any other group, whether constituted or not. Deadline: 15 October, 12pm
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northwards housing
Hobin's Community Fund – applications for Monsall are now open
Do you have an idea that will bring long-term benefits to the north Manchester community? Hobin’s Community Fund provides grant funding to groups and organisations to help them make a sustainable positive impact across north Manchester. Applications for Monsall (including Moston, Harpurhey, Collyhurst and Newton Heath) are now open. You don’t have to be a constituted group, charity or company to apply – as long as the work you’re planning is of lasting value to the people of north Manchester. Deadline: 18 October
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gm imhn
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 £2500). Applications for the second round of funding close on 25 October, 12pm
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one manchester
One Manchester Social Recovery Fund
One Manchester are currently inviting applications to their Social Recovery Fund and are looking to offer grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 (from a total fund of £50,000) to rebuild and grow new connections in our communities. One Manchester want to hear from organisations that help isolated people in our communities to make friends and socialise in their community, to get them the help they need, when they need it. Deadline: 31 October
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great big co-production converstaion
The Great Big Co-Production Conversation
11 - 22 October 2021 We all know that moving more and being more active is good for our health and wellbeing. This isn’t a conversation about why we should move more. This is about recognising that there are complex barriers and inequalities that get in the way, which we can overcome if we explore how communities and public services can work alongside each other in ways that are mutually beneficial and helpful. In ways that are led by communities, and supported by public services where appropriate.
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coffee 4 craig
Coffee4Craig are recruiting trustees
Coffee4Craig was founded in 2013 by Risha and Hendrix Lancaster following the death of Risha’s brother Craig White, who died of a heroin overdose whilst sleeping on the streets in Cardiff. Coffee4Craig was born in his memory and started as a simple idea that if you pass someone sleeping on the streets, buy them a coffee and say, 'This is from Craig'. Coffee4Craig are seeking to appoint a new Secretary Trustee and a new General Trustee to the Board of Trustees, and are looking for committed, dynamic and motivated individuals who are sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Coffee4Craig. Deadline: 17 October
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manchester jewish museum
Manchester Jewish Museum are recruiting for new volunteers
Do you want to be part of a brand new museum? Do you want to help bring people together and share Jewish stories with the world? Do you want to support one of Manchester’s most beautiful historic buildings? Manchester Jewish Museum are recruiting a number of volunteer roles: Café Volunteers; Gallery and Synagogue Guides; and Welcome Desk Volunteers. Whether you’re interested in learning new skills, giving something back or just making new friends and being part of a team, why not get in touch? Deadline: 17 October
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playlist for life
Award-winning music and dementia charity Playlist for Life is bringing the power of personal playlists to Manchester
Music and dementia charity Playlist for Life is inviting community groups and organisations across the UK to join their free Help Point network to share the power of personal music for people living with dementia, their families and carers. The charity are running a 12-month project building a network of ‘Help Points’ in Manchester. The charity is also looking for volunteers to help spread the word.
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gm vcse leadership group
New Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector Accord signed with Greater Manchester Leaders
The Greater Manchester VCSE sector has signed a new agreement with Greater Manchester Leaders in local government and health to work together to reduce inequalities in Greater Manchester. The new GM VCSE Accord replaces the 2017 Accord and the Memorandum of Understanding, also signed in 2017. It takes into account the development of the GM Integrated Care System (ICS) next year and the challenges facing Greater Manchester following the Covid-19 pandemic.
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nw cyber resilience centre
North West Cyber Resilience Centre – Fully-funded program of support for small businesses
The North West Cyber Resilience Centre want to help raise awareness of the cyber threats that come with moving online and provide practical support to help protect small businesses based in Greater Manchester from online crime. The pandemic has seen a 400% increase in reports of cyber fraud with small businesses finding themselves at the greatest risk and without access to relevant, affordable and trusted support. This program will help to protect businesses against online crime.
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cranfield trust
Free charity webinars on key management topics
The new series of free charity webinars covering key management topics from the Cranfield Trust are exclusively developed for leaders of charities, CICs and non-profit organisations. Through the webinars you will learn practical solutions, best practices and vital knowledge to tackle the challenges your charity might be facing today. The webinars include: What is governance, why does it matter in post Covid 19 funding landscape?; How to grow your charity faster: start with what works; Leading positive change – how to get people to engage in the change process willingly.
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association of chairs
Where to start when addressing the climate crisis
The Association of Chairs have written a blog on where to start when addressing the climate crisis which provides a round of up useful resources for Chairs and trustee boards. From measuring an organisation's environmental footprint to creating guiding principles for reducing emissions, there is a lot boards can do. Across the world, climate change is having a devastating effect on communities, damaging homes and livelihoods.
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Free mindfulness for wellbeing online courses
Free mindfulness courses this autumn for Manchester City residents with challenging health conditions, disabilities or pain, and carers and supporters. Introductory session – Get a taste of mindfulness and learn some skills on 6 October, 11am. Online Courses, starting: 6 October, 7pm – Long Covid specific course; 14 October, 11am and 19 October, 7pm. The courses are run by Breathworks, a Manchester charity providing courses in living well with pain, illness and stress for more than twenty years. 
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Sign up to be part Scope’s Research Panel
Scope’s Research Panel is a group of disabled people (and parents and carers of disabled children) who take part in research projects with Scope. Scope are looking for new people to sign up. It’s a great way for disabled people to use their lived experiences and have their say, and get vouchers as a thank you for their time and effort. The vouchers won’t affect any benefits, and can be spent online or in shops at Amazon, Tesco, Asda and more.
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world menal health day
"Do One Thing" for World Mental Health Day Sunday 10 October

“If we all do one thing, we can change everything” Sunday 10 October is World Mental Health Day (WMHD). After the events of the last few years our mental health remains more important than ever. Taking inspiration from national Mind’s WMHD campaign Manchester Mind are marking the event by encouraging you to “Do One Thing” to support your own mental health and for the mental health of those around us. Whether you are looking to take the first steps towards getting help, find the best way to reach out to a loved one who is struggling, challenge mental health inequality or raise awareness to de-stigmatise mental health issues – now is a good time.

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ncvo almanac 2021
The UK Civil Society Almanac 2021 is live
NCVO have launched the latest edition of the UK Civil Society Almanac. The Almanac is the most detailed resource on the voluntary sector’s finances and workforce. It contains an enormous amount of crucial information on organisations of all types and sizes, from income and assets to the demographics of our sector’s valued volunteers. Based on Charity Commission data, the report mostly covers 2018-19 financial accounts, but NCVO have worked hard to supplement this with more recent data sources to tell the story about how Covid-19 has impacted the sector and its people.
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GM Poverty Action newsletter 22 September 2021
In the latest GM Poverty Action newsletter you are invited to the launch of the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission. Also in the newsletter, IPPR North have written about addressing digital exclusion, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest analysis on the number of families who will be impacted by the Universal Credit cut is in the spotlight with the figures for all GM constituencies and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers share their newsletter focussing on food. There is yet again more good news from the GM Living Wage Campaign.
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events calendar

  > Social Value: The VCSE Sector and Public Procurement

     5 October, 6.15pm - 8.30pm, Friends' Meeting House


  > World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service

     7 October, 6pm, Manchester Cathedral


  > Somali Adult Social Care Agency (SASCA) Annual
     General Meeting

     11 October, 2pm - 3.15pm, Online



  > (Virtual) Volunteer Coordinators Forum

     12 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Online


  > Nationality and Borders Bill: Making your voice heard

     13 October, 11am - 12pm, Online


  > Greater Manchester Green Summit 2021

     18 October, 9am - 4.30pm, The Lowry


  > Creating Positive Change 

     28 October, 6pm - 8pm, Online


Search for more events here




  > Free Macc webinar: Committee and meeting skills

    13 October, 10am - 12pm, Online 



  > Free Macc webinar: Introduction to digital fundraising

     21 October, 10am - 11.30am, Online


  > Free Macc webinar: Trustee roles and responsibilities –
     the role of a trustee

     3 November, 1pm - 2.30pm, Online


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

     10 November, 1pm - 2.30pm, Online


  > Free Macc webinar: Volunteers and the law

     16 November, 10am - 12pm, Online


  > Free Macc webinar: Beginners guide to social media

     18 November, 10am - 11.30am, Online


  > Free Macc webinar: Choosing your structure

     24 November, 10am - 12pm, Online


  > Free Macc webinar: How storytelling can help your fundraising (2 part session)

     30 November, 10am - 12pm and 8 December, 1pm - 3pm, Online


  > Free Macc webinar: Funding your project – searching for funds

     8 December, 10am - 11.30am, Online


Search for more training opportunities here




> School Adolescent Counsellor at Football Beyond Borders

   Salary: £26,000 - £30,000 per annum | Hours: 40 hours per week | Deadline: 4 October

> 4 x Oasis Navigator Youth Development Workers at Oasis Hub Oldham

   Salary: £11,815 - £23,630 per annum | Hours: 20 - 40 hours per week | Deadline: 7 October, 9am

> Centre Manager (Activities and Wellbeing Team) at the Booth Centre

   Salary: NJC point 28 - £32,234 per annum | Hours: 40 hours per week | Deadline: 10 October, 5pm

> 2 x UK Year of Service Green Start Environmental Traineeship for 18 - 24 year olds at The
   Conservation Volunteers

   Salary: £9.50 per hour | Deadline: 10 October

> 2 x Modern Slavery Case Worker Assistants at the Medaille Trust

   Salary: £20,000 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 1 post 30 hours per week and 1 post 12.5 hours per week |
   Deadline: 11 October, 9am

> Head of Philanthropy – Capital Campaigns at OnSide Youth Zones

   Salary: £60,000 - £70,000 per annum | Hours: 40 hours per week or part time | Deadline: 11 October, 9am

> Prospect Research Manager at OnSide Youth Zones

   Salary: £30,000 - £34,000 per annum pro-rata | Hours: Part time | Deadline: 11 October, 9am

> BME Complex Needs Worker at Saheli

   Salary: £23,000 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 11 October, 9am

> Sustainable Futures Achievement Coordinator at Oasis Hub Oldham

   Salary: £24,614 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 11 October, 12pm

> 4 x Community Connectors at Salford CVS

   Salary: £25,481 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 11 October, 12pm 

> Strategic Lead – Business Operations at GreaterSport

   Salary: £32,234 - £40,876 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 11 October, 5pm

> Adult Intervention Worker at the Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid)

   Salary: £23,868 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 14 October

> 2 x Connect Workers at the Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid)

   Salary: £22,077 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 15 October, 12pm

> Sexual Health Advisor and Engagement Lead at BHA for Equality

   Salary: £27,741 - £29,577 per annum | Hours: 35 hours or 28 hours per week | Deadline: 17 October

> Family Intervention Worker (Mental Health Lead) at Manchester Mind

   Salary: £25,991 - £27,741 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 18 October, 12pm

> Learning Mentor at the Edge

   Salary: £22,000 per annum | Hours: 40 hours per week | Deadline: 18 October, 5pm

> Volunteer Recruitment and Staff Training Manager at HideOut Youth Zone

   Salary: Up to £28,000 per annum | Hours: 40 hours per week | Deadline: 19 October, 5pm

> Partnerships Development Manager (VCSE and Changing Futures) at 10GM

   Salary: £35,745 - £37,890 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 24 October

> Involvement and Co-production Manager (Multiple Disadvantage) at the Greater Manchester
   Combined Authority

   Salary: £36,922 - £40,876 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 24 October

> Principal – Data Fusion and Human Insight (Multiple Disadvantage) at the Greater Manchester
   Combined Authority

   Salary: £41,881 – £45,859 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 24 October

> Community Engagement Worker (Getting Help) at Gaddum

   Salary: £21,589 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 25 October, 12pm

> Partnership and Sustainability Coordinator at Volition Community

   Salary: £25,300 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 29 October, 5pm

> Volunteer Service Administrator at the Together Trust

   Salary: £9,877.33 per annum, actual | Hours: 20 hours per week | Deadline: 31 October

> Older People’s Equalities Panel Development Worker at Macc

   Salary: £25,991 per annum, pro rata (Actual £15,595 per annum) | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 1
   November, 12pm

> OD and Systems Administrator at the Together Trust

   Salary: £7,408 per annum, actual | Hours: 15 hours per week | Deadline: 7 November


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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