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Planning for this years Adult Learners Week celebrations in Manchester

22 Feb 2013 - 10:02 by michelle.foster

The Learning Skills and Employment Network (LSEN) will once again be co-ordinating Adult Learners Week activities in Manchester, as well as supporting the North West Consortium and Steering Group and they need your help with this.

LSEN see Adult Learners Week activities as part of their broader Community Learning Strategy and consequently are pulling together a Manchester based Steering Group to help plan out this year’s programme

If your organisation has something to offer Adult Learners Week this year – LSEN need to know

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Grants now available for community enterprises

22 Feb 2013 - 10:01 by michelle.foster

Are you concerned about the threat of closure of your local pub or post office for example, then why not take it over? Do you think you are better placed to run a local service currently run by your local authority, then why not investigate the possibility of delivering it yourself?

There are Pre-Feasibility Grants available for amounts of up to £10,000 for organisations to build internal capacity to help them to compete to deliver public services and/or own and manage assets.

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Volunteer Centre Manchester now has its own dedicated training page

22 Feb 2013 - 09:59 by michelle.foster

To see what’s on offer and sign up for courses, visit: www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/volunteer-centre/training

Upcoming training includes:
Health Champions - Understanding Health Improvement Level
Introduction to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Volunteers and The Law
Managing Volunteers
Safe Recruitment
 

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Does your work help to improve offenders' relationships?

21 Feb 2013 - 14:04 by michelle.foster

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is developing a new toolkit with National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to measure the outcomes of work to improve offenders' relationships, and is working with Clinks to get your opinions on what this should include. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes, and the deadline for responses is 13 March.

To take part in the survey and give your opinions, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BDV5H2X  

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BIG backed scheme puts volunteers at heart of parks

21 Feb 2013 - 12:28 by michelle.foster

Vital green spaces across England that are at risk of decline due to significant funding cuts are to be supported through a Lottery backed ‘Love Parks’ project announced today.

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is awarding £416,450 to GreenSpace’s ‘Love Parks’ project which will see a nationwide network of trained volunteers created to help conserve parks and green spaces up and down the country.

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Your Square Mile Seeks Opinions from Moss Side and Hulme Residents For ‘Social Capital Survey’

20 Feb 2013 - 15:19 by michelle.foster

Community engagement organisation Your Square Mile is calling on the residents of Moss Side and Hulme to offer their views on their community, local politics and decision making through a Social Capital Survey.

Moss Side and Hulme residents can click on www.surveymonkey.com/s/GM9KVCR to fill in the survey. The results will help Your Square Mile track how things have improved in the area.

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Community Associations Funding Programme July 2013 - March 2016 Support for applicants

The community associations Manchester City Council support have historically been established community centres or associations providing a range of services and activities, or enabling others to provide services and activities, for local people. Just over £430,000 is spent on grant funding to support the valuable work these groups carry out in the community and these associations have played a vital role in supporting local residents in response to local needs.

TUPE Consultation - A critical barrier to commissioning the voluntary sector?

20 Feb 2013 - 13:19 by Nigel Rose

The Government (through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)) is currently consulting on proposed changes to Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) regulations. TUPE, the requirement on organisations awarded contracts by public authorities to take on staff at their original terms and conditions (for a limited period), is seen as a major barrier, by some, to the outsourcing of public services.

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