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Voluntary Sector Assembly Upcoming Event

Inclusive Economy Showcase
How people are building a fairer and more sustainable economy in Manchester

Wednesday 28 September
Redbank House Please note this event is in-person only.

An inclusive economy in Manchester means an economy that works for people in our city. An inclusive economy means people are paid a fair wage, people have a say in how the economy works, the environment isn't destroyed in pursuit of profit and opportunities are available for all to live a happy healthy life. We also need a fairer economy that helps us face the ongoing cost of living crisis and the worsening effects of the climate crisis. This next Voluntary Sector Assembly event will be focused on how the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is helping to make the economy in Manchester fairer and more inclusive. You will hear from people across the city who will show you how they are doing just that and explain how you can get involved in this work.

You will hear from organisations such as:

  • A social enterprise supporting women change makers
  • A charity supporting local economies
  • Community-led housing schemes
  • A group increasing the diversity of people involved in social enterprise

We will also be launching the Manchester Social Economy Network, a free network for all those in our city who are creating a fairer, more inclusive economy. 

Come along and find out what inspiring change is happening across Manchester and how you can join in. BOOK YOUR PLACE - https://bit.ly/3SW6Zd9


10.30–10.45: Arrival

10.45-11.00: Introduction to the Inclusive Economy Showcase
Thomas Waring from Macc will welcome you all, explain how the inclusive economy showcase will work and introduce you to the inspirational individuals who will be leading this showcase.

11.00-11.25: An inclusive economy and the cost of living crisis
Two speakers will explain what we mean by an inclusive economy, and why changing how our economy works matters, especially during a cost of living crisis. Our first speaker is Helen Powers from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) who will introduce the topic of an inclusive economy, explaining what this means, and why it matters to people in Manchester. Next, Nickala Torkington from Flourish CIC will explain the ways in which organisations across Manchester are helping to create a more inclusive economy, giving practical examples and encouraging others to join in.

11:25-12:25 Inclusive Economy Showcase
We will have a range of stalls across the venue where you will be able to hear all about people’s work helping to create a fairer and more sustainable economy in Manchester. You will hear why their work matters and how it is helping to create long term change, and you will have chance to ask questions and hear how you can get involved.

Here are just some of those who will be there:

- Business support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) social businesses across Greater Manchester
Led by: Anwar Ali and Hanif Alli from BASE: Support for BAME* Social Entrepreneurs

*We use the BAME abbreviation as we believe it is widely understood, but we acknowledge many feel this term is inadequate and limiting. We are therefore currently reviewing our use of the term. Our principle is to refer to individuals, organisations or networks by the terminology they themselves prefer.

- Community led housing, what is brewing in Manchester?
Led by: Rachel Summerscales from Greater Manchester Community Led Homes

- A free network for those wanting to create a fairer and more sustainable economy in Manchester
Led by: Thomas Waring from Macc

12:25:12:30 Goodbyes and what comes next
We will close with a roundup of what we have heard today, and share details of a free network launching in Manchester for those who want to be involved in this work.