Manchester Community Central weekly ebulletin
8 November 2021
Manchester Community Central
Coronavirus advice and resources

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:

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022 Grants Programme – only a few days left to apply

Hate crime has no place in Manchester. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we all have a responsibility to stand against hatred and discrimination. Manchester Community Safety Partnership has sixteen £750 grants available to voluntary, community, social enterprise and public sector groups. These aim to raise awareness of what hate crime is and to increase the reporting of hate crime incidents. Deadline for applications: 10 November, 12pm.
Apply here 


Volunteers’ Expenses Fund

Funded by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust, fifteen £920 grants are available to grassroots organisations in the city of Manchester to sustain volunteer support of communities which are already affected by social inequalities and have been impacted the most by the pandemic to cope with those impacts. Deadline for applications: 1 December, 12pm
Apply here


State of the Manchester VCSE Sector 2021 Report Launch – Creating the future

7 December, 2pm - 3.30pm, Online via Zoom

"This is a report about the past, but it has to start a conversation about the future." 
This Manchester Voluntary Sector Assembly event will launch the State of the Manchester VSCE 2021 report, talk about its findings and you will have the chance to discuss with VCSE colleagues what the future could look like and how we can work towards this together.

Register here


One Manchester Inclusive Community Welfare Support Fund

One Manchester are seeking to offer at total of £100,000 of grants, with a maximum grant size of £25,000 that will support more effective and coordinated access to welfare support and assistance in our communities. One Manchester want to hear from organisations that already have experience in providing relevant support in our communities that are committed to sharing information and increasing coordination of the support they provide with One Manchester, and other service providers. Deadline: 8 December, 5pm 

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Exploring Urgent and Emergency Care Winter Pressures – VCSE small grants
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) is seeking applications from Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations to develop the NHS's understanding of how people use services in Greater Manchester and why some people inappropriately access urgent and emergency care services. Grants of up to £1,000 are now available to carry out engagement work with communities to support the completion of surveys and the further gathering of intelligence. Deadline: 12 November, 5pm
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RADEQUAL Small Grants 2022
RADEQUAL is Manchester’s campaign to build community resilience. The RADEQUAL Grant funding theme for 2022 will be ‘Building Community Resilience to Hateful Extremism’. RADEQUAL define hateful extremism as ideas, attitudes and behaviours that are hateful towards specific ‘others’ and designed to undermine social cohesion. For 2022, RADEQUAL are planning to offer groups and organisations in the city a small grant (up to £500) to deliver engagement, events and training which help to build awareness and capacity to tackle hateful extremism.Deadline: 3 December, 5pm
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forever manchester
Connecting Communities at Christmas 2021
Forever Manchester are offering 100 awards of £100 to help community groups across Greater Manchester celebrate Christmas together. Connecting Communities at Christmas welcomes applications from grassroots community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Applicants must be from a community organisation with their own bank account, or know a community organisation willing to accept an award on your behalf. Deadline: 19 November, 12pm
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Women's Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2
The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2 is a £1.5m fund that has been set up to support local networks of organisations working with and for women to make change to systems that cause women’s poverty in their area. It is a place-based approach to systems change that is open to networks in and around the following areas: Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Middlesbrough / Teesside, Kingston upon Hull, Newcastle, Liverpool / Merseyside and West Yorkshire (Bradford and Leeds). First stage applications close on 10 December, 5pm
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Spin to win
Fundraising website easyfundraising is giving voluntary groups and third sector organisations 1000s of opportunities to win donations this November. When anyone connected to your organisation plays Spin to Win, they could win you anything from 10p - £50 every day. One in ten people are guaranteed to win a donation for their good cause every day throughout November. Make sure your organisation is registered with easyfundraising so you can take part. 
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Easyfundraising competition winner: Ladybarn Community Hub
Congratulations to Ladybarn Community Hub who have won £100 in our recent competition with fundraising partner, easyfundraising. Hub Manager Jessica says: “We will use the prize money to help fund our weekly over 50s lunch groups. easyfundraising is fantastic! It is so easy to set up, lots of retailers are involved and you have so many tools to help promote your charity. So glad we joined easyfundraising.” easyfundraising enables community organisations like yours generate an income by turning online shopping into donations. Over 6,000 leading retailers will all donate to your organisation for free. 
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Read Easy – Volunteer Reading Coach
Read Easy UK is a registered charity that works through affiliated local groups to provide one-to-one reading coaching to adults, using trained volunteers. By enabling people to tackle their reading difficulties, Read Easy also allows each individual to grow in confidence and self-esteem, become more independent, move on to other forms of education if they wish, and improve their employment opportunities. Volunteer Reading Coaches are needed to support Read Easy Manchester Central and North. As a volunteer Reading Coach, you will receive two one-day training sessions. 
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Sport England Digital Marketing Hub 
The Sport England Digital Marketing Hub is a free hub of on-demand training, webinars, mentorship and benefits to provide support for those in Sports and Physical Activity in England. Designed to help organisations and individuals grow participation and keep the Nation active. Learn how to apply new tools, methods, and processes to your Digital Marketing with real-time results. Learn from Digital Marketing Experts and Industry Leaders by engaging in the training, webinars and learning material that helps you to do more with the digital platforms at your fingertips.
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Greater Manchester Youth Network – Level one Introduction to Youth Work
Delivered by Greater Manchester Youth Network, this free six-session programme offers a Level One AQA accreditation alongside this learning experience therefore participants will need to attend the full programme and complete a small amount of coursework alongside this. This training is open to anyone aged 18+ who works, lives, studies or volunteers in the City of Manchester. The training will provide an introduction to several different aspects of youth work, including both theoretical and practical applications in a range of youth work settings. 
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Free online LAB Wellbeing course 
Do you know anyone who could benefit from building their emotional resilience in a creative and supportive environment? This free two-week course will run 12 - 26 November and is for Manchester city residents (north/south/central), aged over 19 (all ages above welcome), unemployed and with the right to live and work in the UK. LAB stands for Learn Achieve Believe – Supported by peers and experienced LAB Project staff, this course will help participants take the first steps to a more positive future that they have chosen for themselves using drama, CBT and NLP.
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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week
The Gas Safe Charity is offering free carbon monoxide (CO) Zoom workshops this Autumn to help launch Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week on 22 November. As the days get colder and the heating is turned on, the potential risks of CO poisoning increase. The workshops last about an hour and are a mix of practical information and interaction. They are aimed at staff and volunteers from any organisation that delivers a service in the home of a vulnerable person. This could be face to face or telephone support. The focus is on the sources, signs and symptoms of CO poisoning and the risks around low level poisoning and what actions to take if you suspect this.
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GM Poverty Action newsletter 3 November 2021
In the latest newsletter GM Poverty Action share the detail of events that will take place in Greater Manchester during Living Wage Week. There is reaction to the Autumn Budget and the CSR. Law firm, Linklaters share their passion for the Real Living Wage and there are articles about two new reports on Hunger and the welfare state and the need to strengthen local welfare assistance schemes. The Elephants Trail have released a film ‘Made in Bury: Elephant in the Room’ drawing on the experiences of local people and there are also details about assistance available from United Utilities for people affected by a reduction in benefits.
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events calendar

  > Love Thy Neighbour

     12 - 24 November, Manchester Metropolitan University


   > Hybrid flexible working in pandemic times and making the
     most of your space

     18 November, 11am - 12pm, Online


   > Virtual meet the funder event: The Henry Smith Charity

     30 November, 1pm - 2pm, Online



   > Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods: Opening up during Covid-19 and managing risks

     30 November, 1.30pm - 3pm, Online


   > The Gift of Communication: Create Connections

     9 December, 2pm - 4.30pm, Online


   Search for more events here





  > 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: Being resilient: Taking personal steps to be resilient and flourish at work

    1 December, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, Online


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

    8 December, 10am - 11.30am, Online


  > Free Macc webinar: Being a resilient organisation

    19 January, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, Online


Search for more training opportunities here




> Creative Project Evaluator for In Our Words at Odd Arts

   Salary: Up to £8,000 over the whole project (£3,000 per annum over 2.75 years) | Deadline: 11 November

2 x Restorative Practitioners at Remedi

   Salary: £20,280 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 25 hours per week | Deadline: 12 November, 10am

Employment and Integration Adviser at Breaking Barriers

   Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 12 November

Senior Programme Manager at Breaking Barriers

   Salary: £38,000 - £40,000 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 12 November

Macmillan Engagement Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support

   Salary: £29,000 - £35,000 per annum | Hours: 34.5 hours per week| Deadline: 14 November, 10pm

Macmillan Engagement Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support

   Salary: £40,000 - £44,000 per annum | Hours: 34.5 hours per week | Deadline: 14 November, 10pm

Youth Justice Community Connector at Salford CVS

   Salary: £27,741 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 15 November, 12pm

Health Development Coordinator at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

   Salary: £40,057 - £45,839 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 15 November

Restorative Practitioner at Remedi

   Salary: £20,280 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 19 November, 10am

Service Development Manager at The Shaw Centre

   Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 21 hours per week | Deadline: 19 November,

Chief Executive Officer at Manchester YMCA

   Salary: £60,000 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 19 November, 5pm

Modern Slavery Case Worker at The Medaille Trust

   Salary: £24,000 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 22 November, 9am

Modern Slavery Case Worker Assistant at The Medaille Trust

   Salary: £20,000 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 30 hours per week | Deadline: 22 November, 10am

Modern Slavery Case Worker Assistant at The Medaille Trust

   Salary: £20,000 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 12.5 hours per week | Deadline: 22 November, 10am

Night Welfare Worker at The Medaille Trust

   Salary: £20,592 per annum | Hours: 36 hours per week | Deadline: 22 November, 10am

Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor at the Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s

   Salary: £23,868 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 17.5 per week | Deadline: 22 November

> Digital Assistant at Hallé Concerts Society

   Salary: £24,000 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline: 26 November, 12pm

Senior Operations Manager at Rethinking Economics

   Salary: £30,420 - £33,970 per annum, pro rata | Hours: Part time | Deadline: 27 November

Community Outreach Domestic Abuse Worker at Crossroads Derbyshire

   Salary: £22,183 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 29 November, 9am

Young Persons Worker at Crossroads Derbyshire

   Salary: £22,183 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 29 November, 9am

Training and Development Worker (Cancer Screening and Engagement) at Unique Improvements

   Salary: £27,754 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 24.5 hours per week | Deadline: 30 November, 5pm

> Youth Can Do Study Support Worker at Northmoor Community Association

   Salary: £17,457 per annum, pro rata | Hours: 15 hours per week | Deadline: 2 December, 12pm


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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