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Stories that happened this month

  • Value of social enterprise sector found to be significantly underestimated at £24 billion versus the real contribution it makes of £60 billion
  • New evidence shows social enterprises are performing better economically than traditional firms
  • Sector employs 1 in 20 people and accounts for 3% of GDP – three times larger than agriculture and as big as creative services

Government must harness the collective power of the UK’s growing social enterprise sector if the UK economy is to become more competitive and inclusive, new research shows.


Crisis support in Greater Manchester has collapsed, with the amount of support provided falling 92% since 2010/11 according to a major new study.

Support for vulnerable people wanting to live independently in their own homes and people facing a sudden financial crisis has collapsed in Greater Manchester with local authorities struggling to respond to demand due to the severity of central government cuts, according to a major new study by Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA).


If you are a Community Interest Company (CIC) you can apply to convert directly to a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

Step 1: Prepare a conversion resolution

The directors of the CIC will need to produce a conversion resolution which confirms that the members of the CIC wish to convert the CIC into a CIO under the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Conversion) Regulations which came into force on 1 September 2018.


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Cycle for Health is a 12-week course designed to help you improve your health and fitness. The course is FREE of charge, we’ll even provide the bikes and helmets. Courses are open to anyone over 16 years old.

Experienced cycling instructors will guide and support you, regardless of experience and ability, to build confidence and gain skills.

The programme can help people with physical and mental health conditions to start or return to cycling.

The Home Office has announced that more than £1.1 million has been awarded to fund a new project in Greater Manchester aimed at supporting children and young people at risk of exploitation or abuse.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) successfully applied for money from the Government’s Trusted Relationship Fund to run a new project in the area over the next four years. The scheme aims to intervene early to make sure children build their resilience to the threats posed by abusive predators or being drawn into county lines. 


Historic signing of Paris Declaration at Manchester Pride launches city-region’s bid to become a Fast Track City.

Over £1 million committed to end the 300 new HIV transmissions in Greater Manchester every year.

Greater Manchester is to join a global network of cities spearheading the fight against HIV.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham unveiled the plan for the city-region to become part of the Fast Track Cities network as he spoke at the Manchester Pride Candlelit Vigil, where thousands of people came together in Sackville Gardens to remember those lost to HIV and stand united against the challenges facing LGBT communities.


The £3million Sporting Capital Fund was created by Sporting Assets, the leading sport for social impact advisor, in partnership with the Access Foundation.

It is funded by the Growth Fund, which was set up by the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital, to support social investors committed to meeting the funding needs of charities and social enterprises.

Commenting on the launch of the fund earlier this year, Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:  “It’s not just about the sport – it’s a community asset… simply being engaged in sport is good for your physical and mental wellbeing.”

Including dementia, perinatal, children and young people and adult mental health.

The GM Mental Health VCSE (Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise) Forum, links directly with the implementation of the Greater Manchester Mental Health Strategy. The foum meetings have been designed to ensure that the fullest range of VCSE partners, involved with delivering emotional wellbeing and mental health support (including dementia support) to children, young people, adults and families across Greater Manchester have a chance to understand, influence and implement the strategy. Also, to ensure inclusion, transparency and accountability across and within the VCSE sector.

Manchester BME Network and Greater Manchester BME Network will be holding our next joint networking event on Thursday 27th September 2018 

  • Date: Thursday 27th September 2018
  • Time: 9:30 - 14:00
  • Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Ardwick, M12 6FZ
  • BookingPlease click here to book

Starting promptly at 10am (registration from 9.30am).

Please save the date until the programme is finalised.

Lunch will be provided by BME Network members who are social entrepreneurs.


SPACE is visiting Partisan Salford on 4th October, 2pm-4pm.

It is FREE to access and no booking is required.

SPACE would love you to join them in their pop-up wellbeing room. SPACE offers a cup of tea, chat, creative installations and inspirational activities. It is a space where people take time to take care of themselves.

SPACE is intended as a celebration - a space for everyone, anyone - to simply be in, breathe in, talk in, chill in, interact in, laugh in. It’s a space where people can come as they are and leave when they like, and engage (or not) with any elements in the room that they choose. 

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Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; providing specialist information, advice, development support and opportunities for influence and collaboration.

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