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Say hello Summer and get a 6 week Salford Community Leisure gym membership for just £40! 

Start your journey to a healthier, happier you at one of our friendly local centres across Salford. All packed with a variety of the very latest equipment, activities and exciting sessions to get you ready for summer.

Teddy Bears young and old will be picnicking in Salford in August as they celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with their owners – and you’re invited to join them.

B.O.O.BS (Be Open on Breastfeeding Salford), a social enterprise project based in Ordsall, will be hosting the picnic on Friday 3rd August and is inviting families to bring their favourite teddy bears with them.

Salford has one of the highest rates of falls causing injury and requiring hospital admission: Would you like to become a Falls Champion and having a conversation about falls prevention. Inspiring Communities Together are supporting the falls prevention programme by recruiting and training 200 falls champions to hold a falls prevention conversation. 
 

Research has shown many benefits claimants are unsure about the requirements of Universal Credit, such as setting up a bank account and using email, the internet and computers to apply for and manage their claim.

A new Salford City Council guide has details of local organisations offering advice including benefits, setting up a bank account, debt, managing money, housing and energy bills, using computers and the internet, dealing with low confidence, gaining skills and training.

Church Action on Poverty runs a social franchise called Your Local Pantry which helps people to set up community cooperative food stores, run by volunteers for the benefit of their members in low-income communities.

"It's more than just a full tummy, it's a massive link in the community"
(A Pantry customer in Stockport)

A Pantry is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by:

We are Buzzin’!’ Salford Mental Health Charity to feature at Tatton Flower Show

START, a mental health charity celebrating 25 years of working in Salford have been chosen to feature in this year’s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park from 18th – 22nd July 2018. START will be part of ‘The Bus Stop Boulevard’, a street scene lined with upcycled bus stops, with the charity’s design ‘The Buzz Stop’ inspired by the powerful symbol of the Manchester Bee.

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The 9th Annual Big Health Day for adults with learning disabilities will take place on Thursday 20th September at Salford City Football Club.

It will be a day of activities for people with learning disabilities, their carers and support staff.

Have fun and learn about how to maintain and improve your physical health with a focus on issues that we know are most important for people with learning disabilities

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A community land trust is an organisation established with the express purpose of acquiring and managing land for the social, economic, and environmental benefit of the local community.

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 Media Trust has launched a new UK -wide digital skills training programme designed to help charities and community groups access the vital digital marketing training they need, in order to strengthen their communications capabilities and get their voices heard in a rapidly evolving digital world.

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Greater Manchester Poverty Action is keen to support organisations and individuals to better understand some of the complexities around poverty.

GMPA want to support those who are delivering services or developing strategies for tackling poverty, those who are seeking to influence policy and practice and those who wish to strengthen funding bids by ensuring they are able to present accurate and up-to-date information to funders. 

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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England are asking local people and organisations for their help to draw up new ward boundaries across Salford City Council.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 60 councillors in the future.

They are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate 60 councillors. The Commission need your help to tell where the new boundaries should be drawn.

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‘Change happens too fast at the top for the people who can make it happen and too slow at the bottom for the people who need it!’

About the event

This event is brought to you by the Mayday Trust and is being organised and managed by Homeless Link.

There is a lot of talk about Systems Change, but what would that really look like for the homeless sector?

Salford CCG's Citizen and Patient Panel has over 3,000 members representing people who live, work and use health and social care services in Salford.

The panel events are held three times a year and provide a way for us to keep you informed of new developments and information and helps us to gather views to understand your needs and experiences when planning and improving healthcare.

Dr Tom Tasker, Salford GP and Chair of NHS Salford CCG, said:

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After a year out, The Pink Picnic returns Saturday 14th July to the Meadow Salford.

The Pink Picnic is Salford's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) Pride Celebration. The event is FREE and this year will be held at Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4PD.

GMCA is looking for

  • Evidence of how learning providers are currently using AEB to support particular groups and any niche provision they are currently delivering
  • Identifying additional flexibility in the use of AEB which would enable unmet skills needs to be addressed either for the unemployed or those employed
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The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Salford.

Heart of Salford

A firm favourite in the VCSE calendar this event acknowledges the vast contribution made by volunteers and organisations in Salford.

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People that have been groomed to commit crime are being urged to come forward and report their concerns as part of a week of action to raise awareness of criminal exploitation.  

The ‘Trapped’ campaign was launched in October last year to raise awareness of criminals who are grooming and exploiting children and vulnerable adults to commit crime on their behalf.

Smart home technology has been piloted in Salford to help older people live more safely in their homes.

Social housing provider Salix Homes is working with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester, and The University of Salford's department of autonomous systems and advanced robotics on a ground-breaking research project dubbed MiiHome.

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CodeUp is a learner-led monthly meetup for adults learning how to code.

You tell CodeUp what you need support with, and they will do our best to help. With professional developers on hand to help, don't struggle alone, let CodeUp help you develop your skills, for free!

This Year marks 20 years of celebrating the contribution of refugees in the UK.

Family Fun Day

You are invited to take part in a Family Fun Day on Saturday 23rd June.

The Fun day will include a cultural celebration through art, music, food from around the world.

There will be a guest speaker who will talk about Eid.

Where: Beacon Youth Centre, London Street. Salford.M6 6QT

Time: 3pm -5pm

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Cycle City Active City is the ground-breaking conference and exhibition for all those working to encourage utility cycling, walking and active, healthy lifestyles across Britain.

Town and cities with high levels of cycling, walking, play and sport are healthy, fun and work for people. This event shows how we get from ideas to reality.

GMCVO have opportunities for affordable and accessible social investment loan finance aimed at small and very small social enterprises (or businesses with social impact) and charities that trade. These loans are designed for smaller organisations – even those that are very new - who have the potential to add more value to their local communities and grow their social impact.

Do you have a great idea for a business with social impact?

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A drinks reception to launch the findings of the Beyond Abuse project, which has been funded by the MHCLG.

When: 

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

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The mother of a young boy who was sexually abused after being groomed on his games console has spoken out as part of the ‘Keep Switched On’ campaign. The initiative has been launched by the ‘It’s Not Okay’ partnership to raise awareness of the risks of online grooming.

The mum, who is remaining anonymous to protect the identity of her son, is urging parents and carers to be vigilant of their children’s safety at all times, even when they are deemed to be ‘safe’ in their bedrooms.

The new, contracted providers of home care will be taking over the work in three stages, over the next two weeks.

The key dates for changes are:

18 June – approximately 10 people

25 June – approximately 130 people

1 July – approximately 330 people

Another 450 people (approximately) will continue to receive their home care from the same care provider.

Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey to help improve the services in Salford for carers.

Are you a carer who lives in Salford?

Do you look after someone who us unwell or disabled? They might be a family member, a friend or a neighbour.

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On the 19th January 2018, Greater Manchester made a historic and collective commitment to transform how carers are supported in their invaluable role through the signing of a Greater Manchester Carers Charter by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership organisations including voluntary, community and social enterprise groups.

The Eccles Metrolink line including the MediaCityUK stop will close, with no tram services running between Cornbrook and Eccles from Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August 2018 inclusive.

A full replacement bus service will be in operation for Metrolink passengers.

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Salford CCG is in the process of reviewing the letter which GPs hand to patients when they are being referred on a Suspected Cancer Referral.

They would like to get the views of people who live and work in Salford, especially those who have experienced using or working in cancer services in the last 12 months.

Jill, 80, has always been a busy person. She retired as far back as 1990 but carried on working part time for a theatrical agency.

Then, in 2013 her husband sadly passed away. “I had to learn how to live alone again” says Jill.

To be fair, she did a pretty good job of living alone.

“There’s a music professor who lives in my street. Every so often he was visited by European opera singers for their training so they used to stay with me”.

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Peacebuilders would like to invite you to attend a morning workshop on active listening.

  • Are you dealing with stressed out, angry or frustrated people as part of your role?
  • Do you work for a public sector body, charity or voluntary sector group?
  • Do you find yourself ‘muddling through’ with what you’ve picked up but would like to learn a better way?
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Week-long training programme for young people aged 17+ who are interested in TV.

The week is broken down as follows:

Friday 27th July: INDUCTION @ UTC, MediaCity

Students will meet each other and receive briefing on the week ahead from Towards People

Monday 30th July: STORYTELLING AND PITCHING

Creating the scripts for a drama pilot and pitching to Commissioners

Tuesday 31st July: FILMING AUDIO VISUAL CONTENT

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Event:  Living well with Young Onset Dementia: Findings from a three year study examining experiences, needs & preferences 

Date: Thursday 28th June 2018 

Venue: Council Chambers, The Old Fire Station, The Crescent, Salford

PROGRAMME

09 30 - 10 00 REGISTRATION       

10 00      Welcome (10 mins)

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Trauma Project-2018

Working with young people affected by the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017

Criteria:

We can work with anyone who has been impacted by the attack whether they were there that night or have been affected for other reasons. Young people can have other problems and issues that they would like to discuss too, however, they will have to be impacted by the M.E.N attack to qualify for our project.

The Festival of Ageing 2018 will take place across Greater Manchester between the 2nd and 15th July 2018 and will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing.

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Princes Trust are offering FREE spaces on Get Into Retail with Gap coming up in June.

Get into Retail

In partnership with GAP

This course, delivered in partnership with Gap, giving you in-depth professional training in the retail industry by completing 3 week on the job work experience with GAP, for unemployed or out of education young people aged 16-30 year olds.

Taster day will be on Tuesday 26th June 2018 in Manchester City Centre.

The Salfordian Hotel is situated in the heart of Southport overlooking Hesketh Park and is close to many of the local attractions, including the Botanic Gardens, magnificent annual flower show, marine lake and not forgetting the wonderful shopping area.

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Health Access and Homelessness in Salford

People who are homeless often face some of the worst health inequalities in society.

They are at much greater risk of mental and physical health problems than the general population and their experiences of homelessness often make it more difficult to access the health and other support services they need.

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Dérive is a development company wholly owned by Salford City Council.

They aim to:

  • Increase the number of affordable homes
  • Meet people’s housing needs
  • Provide quality and sustainable homes and neighbourhoods
  • Maximise social value for the city

A number of council-owned underused sites have been earmarked for development, working with others to create mixed tenure developments.

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A Salford social enterprise has today been announced as a winner in the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 - and now aims to drive the city to become the country's first fully Living Wage health and social care system by 2021.

Unlimited Potential, whose work supports people to lead happier and healthier lives, won the Industry Leadership Award thanks to its dedication to promoting the real Living Wage through Salford’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Monday 11th - Sunday 17th June 2017 is Carer's week and below you will find details of local events that will be taking place for Carer's.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. 

As a Salford East Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Mark Stewardson has been asked to participate in Ramadan this year to help raise funds for Salford City Radio (SCR), a community radio station run by the people who live and/or work in Salford for the people who live and/or work in Salford. It's also known internationally.

Join the Salford Sup on Thursday 28th June, 7pm - 9pm, Little Hulton Big Local, Community Hub, Community Hub, 27 -29 Hulton District Centre, Little Hulton, M28 0BA.

£10 gets you a drink of your choice (tea/coffee/soft drink/beer/wine/spirits), food, a vote and a chance to win hundreds of pounds for your social enterprise or community project.

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Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!

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Salford is at the start of something new.

Salford is building an inclusive economy, where businesses, communities and people both contribute to Salford’s success and reap the rewards. There is no doubt that Salford has been increasingly successful in attracting inward investment and development, as a basis to economic growth and social gain. However, despite this great success, we know that this approach, on its own, is unlikely to be enough - wealth does not naturally trickle down.

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Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!

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Young people in Salford are being asked to take 15 minutes to tell those in power what matters to them in a new online survey.

The survey asks 14 to 25 year olds to give their honest views on topics such as careers advice, their health and wellbeing, democracy and Brexit. These issues affect every young person in our area, so we need as many people to take part to get their voices heard.

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FREE Training for all health and social care staff involved or interested in bereavement support.

Aim: To enhance the skills and knowledge of staff providing pre and post bereavement care and support to children, families and carers.

Objectives:

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An event to celebrate World Tai Chi Day at MediaCityUK has raised £1,300 for homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

On Saturday 28th April, MediaCityUK was the venue for a World Tai Chi Day event with more than 300 attendees coming together for a mass tai chi performance, workshops and demonstrations. The event, supported by MediaCityUK, raised over £1300 for this year’s nominated charity, Emmaus Salford.

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Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!

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The Merry Trotter will be presenting its project The Mobile Museum of Memorabilia at Elmwood Church this Friday.

This is a free event at Elmwood's coffee morning on Friday 25th May 10.30 till 12.00. All that is required is that visitors give their feedback, opinions and ideas. Elmwood Church is at the junction of Eccles Old Road and Wilton Rd, opposite Salford Royal Hospital.

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The Big Lunch is the UK's biggest annual get together for neighbours. 

It's a simple idea - that for a few glorious hours, cars stop, shyness stops and neighbours come together in the street to meet, greet, share, swap, sing, plan and laugh. In 2017, 9.3 million people took to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join in for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. 

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Saturday 26th May from 2.30pm – 5pm.

Eccles Quaker House is holding an Open Afternoon on Saturday May 26th from 2.30 – 5pm with light refreshments available.

They are trying to increase awareness of their premises, especially their Garden room which is available for community use, with the possibility of reduced rates for small, local organisations. 

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Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

Practical and enjoyable workshops are for anyone who works with Salford residents in financial difficulty.

Facilitated by expert advisers from Salford Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service and Citizens Advice, book now for an introduction, update or refresher of the essentials.

The Proud Trust: is a regional organisation that seeks to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in the North West of England, to help empower young people to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

The organisation provides youth groups, peer support, training and events, information and resources and undertakes research.

Dates:                                    Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June 2018   

CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS – 21st May 2018

Time:                         9.15am  - 4.30pm

Presented by:          Salford SCB Training Pool

Target Group:         Staff from all agencies who may work with families where parental mental health is an issue.

GMCVO currently have the following opportunities to become a VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector representative on strategic Health and Social Care related governance boards.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Executive

2 VCSE Representative positions available

A Salford-based charity has kick started a new campaign during Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May) to bring people together and reduce the stigma associated with suicide.

START, a local charity using art and creative activities to help people with mental ill health, is launching ‘Reach Out – Start to End Suicide’, a campaign to raise awareness of suicide and the important role communities can play in helping to prevent it.

Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT) would like to invite you to join them at a debate and informal discussion about skin and skin health in spring this year. 

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On Thursday 14 March 2019 the first Spirit of Salford Community Awards will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The awards will be an opportunity to say thank you to the residents, community groups, volunteers and public servants who work tirelessly to make our communities great places to live, learn and work.

Street Support is pleased to announce that Greater Manchester is following in Salford's footsteps in its plight to help homeless people. 

In 2017, working with Salford Poverty Truth Commission, the Homeless Task Group raised the issue of homeless people paying for birth certificates to Salford City Council.

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Staff are being urged to promote a social media competition with prizes which aims to get Salford citizens to promise to make a difference to their own health and social care.

Salford Together is a partnership between local NHS organisations and Salford City Council. Last year they spoke to 4,200 people to get views on future plans including bringing healthcare closer to home. 

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A number of high-profile guests have visited homelessness charity Emmaus Salford to learn more about their work and meet with formerly homeless people supported by the charity.

Salford CVS is pleased to welcome the Social Audit Network for a lunchtime event which will focus on the theory and practice of social accounting and audit.

Friday 6th July 2018 - 12noon – 2pm

Eccles Community Fire Station, Liverpool Road,  Eccles, Salford, M30 0RZ

Our next Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector Conference will be held on Thursday 5th July at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.

This year's conference will feature:

How To Get Involved

Buengo is launching in Greater Manchester - and they want to raise money for your cause!

Buengo is a brand new fundraising app that allows people to sell the things they no longer need and donate the proceeds to good causes - think virtual charity shop!

The Trust is seeking applications for the Peter Kershaw Memorial Bursary.

Peter Kershaw, the ex-chairman of Joseph Holt brewery, who died in 2000 set up his Trust, partly to benefit disadvantaged young people.

Stockport Advocacy is pleased to welcome the Social Audit Network for a lunchtime event which will focus on the theory and practice of social accounting and audit.

Thursday 12th July 2018 - 12noon – 2pm

Stockport Advocacy, Land O'Cakes 48 Middle Hillgate Stockport SK1 3DL

Greater Manchester will be the first City Region in Europe to make smoking history. We say Greater Manchester has had enough of the death, disease and misery caused by smoking.

Friday 11th May 2018, 9:30 - 2:00pm, at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Ardwick, M12 6FZ

Manchester BME Network and Greater Manchester BME Network will be holding its next joint networking event on Friday 11th May. Please note that this event is FREE to FULL members of the Greater Manchester and the Manchester BME Networks (i.e. BME-led organisations or individuals).

For Associate members (i.e. non BME-led) and other organisations the charge will be £20.

NatCen Social Research would like the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to help with important research to enhance understanding of victims’ experiences of hate crime. The research seeks to explore people’s direct experiences of hate crime, including motivations for and barriers to reporting, and related interactions with the police and support organisations. Our findings will inform recommendations to improve how hate crime is handled in policy and practice.

Ambition for Ageing is seeking to create partnerships to develop and compare a range of sustainable social eating schemes within a diverse range of communities in Greater Manchester.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!

Apply for the innovation fund 2018-19

NHS Salford CCG is pleased to announce the launching of its 2018-19 Innovation Fund with a total fund value of £1.4m.

The Innovation Fund Call will look to fund the testing and development of innovative healthcare products, services and clinical practices that aim to improve the experience and outcomes of patients.

Applications are sought which align to the following NHS Salford CCG strategy group innovation priorities.

Smart Works Greater Manchester dresses and coaches unemployed women for interview success. We provide high quality work clothing, styling advice and interview training to help women look and feel confident in their own abilities at a vital moment before a job interview.

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Devolution Women

Purpose: To collaborate with a diverse group to identify the change women want to see

Join us to identify the change women want to see in Greater Manchester

It is 100 years since some women first won the vote. But there are still too few women at the top in politics and other positions of power, and our society is still unfair for women. We love Greater Manchester - but we need to see changes to make it work for women.

The Prince's Trust and Salford City College are offering a free four week training course and work experience in childcare in Salford

Working with Children during there early years is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers. There has never been a greater need for childcare workers in this growing industry. This course will give young people the necessary skills and knowledge needed for a career in this exciting industry

Volunteers’ Week runs from the 1st to the 7th June.

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

A briefing and information event for charities, CICs, social enterprises and business from social value specialists ANTZ Group

Date: Monday 30 April, 2018 4:00 – 6:30pm
Venue: Renaissance Manchester, Michelangelo Suite 2,
Blackfriars Street, M3 2EQ
Cost: Free entry. Open to non-members.
Sponsored by: SE Recycling

Empowered Conversations is a practical course that supports you to think about your communications and relationships with a loved one living with dementia.

Empowered Conversations is an honest, practical approach to communication training. It looks at how our emotions, thinking and attitude can transform the quality and enjoyment of our relationships with people with dementia.

Start Inspiring Minds will be celebrating 25 years of working with the people of Salford in 2018. In this celebratory year Start have decided to channel their energies into a year of campaigning throughout the Salford community with ‘Reach Out-Start to End Suicide’.

Every Action Has Consequences ​(EAHC)

For Professional working with Primary Aged Children: 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon - Tuesday 24th April 2018

For Professional working with Secondary Aged Children: 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. - Tuesday 24th April 2018

Every Action Has Consequences is a charity that was set up by the family of Adam Rogers after Adam died from a single punch to his head whilst on a night out with his friends.

The five Rotary Clubs of Salford have a new project: ‘Let’s Hear Salford’ which began at the start of January this year.

At the heart of the project is a desire to improve availability of Hearing Loop Systems to people who use hearing aids. As many as one in six people in the UK population have a hearing disability: that’s at least 40,000 people in a city the size of Salford.

Greater Manchester Police have an opportunity to put funds back into certain areas of Greater Manchester using money seized from criminals.

ARIS, which stands for the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme, gives GMP the opportunity to use money they’ve taken from criminals (or that they have had to pay back once they’ve been convicted of doing something illegal) to help communities.

Salford Red Devils are delighted to launch a new initiative which gives local charities, community groups and clubs the opportunity to raise money for their fantastic causes.

Registered charities, community groups and clubs get to keep 50% of the ticket value to earn vital funds for their causes.

The Salford Red Devils are now a community club and they are looking to help local people earn money for their vital causes as well as supporting the Club.

Tuesday 24th April, 10am - 4pm

University of Salford, MediaCity campus, B4, Orange Tower, Salford Quays, M50 2HE

A day of workshops, seminars and keynote speakers from the world of social business exploring how rural and urban places support social enterprises, the impact of devolution, movement building, procurement and place-based support.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training programmed designed specifically for anyone who works / volunteers with young people aged 8-18. The course will provide you with skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need.

There are 3 levels of the MHFA training programme, they are:

The Festival of Ageing 2018 will take place across Greater Manchester between the 2nd and 15th July 2018 and will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing.

In January 2018 GMCVO, on behalf of the Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Reference Group launched a project to identify innovative projects being delivered by VCSE organisations working in health and social care.

The winners and runners up in the 6 thematic award categories were presented with their prizes at an engagement event held on Wednesday 14th March at the St Thomas Centre. The recipients of the awards are as follows

Manchester-based social enterprise, Commonplace are taking up office at the city centre’s newest co-working space Mayfield & Co.

Commonplace, a mobile event space operating out of a double decker bus host a range of events onboard including pop up spas, supper clubs, and talks across Greater Manchester.

Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership are running a project which looks to train hairdressers, barbers, taxi drivers, pub landlords, bookmakers, sports therapists and tattoo artists in Salford to help to support people who are having suicidal thoughts.

Do you work with children and young people and care about their emotional health and wellbeing?

We are looking for volunteers for an online training focus group.

In exchange for their participation, volunteers will receive CAKE and a GUARANTEED place on a Salford City Council funded training course.* 

Salford Safeguarding Adults Board has been conducting a number of engagement events, across various community groups in Salford, to hear the views of service users.

The absolute primary purpose of the event is to hear the views of people on issues in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults in Salford, that the board should consider prioritising, in it’s next three year strategy.

Eating socially can help people make new connections and maintain existing relationships.

However, more so than any other age group in the population, people over 50 are likely to experience major changes in their family and social lives, such as relationship breakdown and bereavement, resulting in altered eating patterns.

While circumstances such as these often force people to eat alone, others may actively choose to do for a number of reasons including comfort, habit and budget.

The first 2018 edition of Shaping Health, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group’s newsletter is now available giving an overview to what’s happening in health and social care in Salford.

This newsletter features:

Speaker presentations and reports from Greater Manchester VCSE Health & Social Care Assembly - "Engaging with the VCSE sector and the people they reach" Wednesday 14th March 2018 now available.

Following the assembly event held at the St Thomas Centre, the presentations from Alex Whinnom, CEO of GMCVO and Alison Page, CEO of Salford CVS are now available to view below together with the report around which the event was created. 

Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network (GMSEN) showcase’s Social Enterprise activity across Greater Manchester and connect Social Enterprises with opportunities, to identify and map the eco-system of support for Social Enterprise’s in the city region, providing signposting to networks and support that exist and to encourage the development of support in places and thematic areas where it is lacking.

The Proud Trust: is a regional organisation that seeks to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in the North West of England, to help empower young people to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

The organisation provides youth groups, peer support, training and events, information and resources and undertakes research.

Each year Worsley Rotary Club hold a number of fundraising events which enables them to make donations in support of local Community Groups.

Following the success of their 'Dragons’ Den' event in May 2017, they plan to hold a further event in the style of the popular 'Dragons’ Den' TV programme. The three 'Dragons' will be reputable individuals selected from the Salford business and service community. All will be independent of Worsley Rotary.

Incredible Edible Salford are starting a Community Supported Agricultural project based on Moss Lane Farm.

As part of this work IE Salford will be running Volunteer Action Days. These will be based on:

English and Maths

Overview

Improving English and maths skills is designed to provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

Contents

Maths

The first Greater Manchester-wide awards for our paid and unpaid health and care workforce.

The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2018 are the first region-wide awards to recognise members of our paid and unpaid workforce who regularly go above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester.

Church Action on Poverty is helping people to build livelihoods by coming together in Self-Reliant Groups.

Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs) are a powerful way for people to build their own livelihoods and escape poverty. Church Action on Poverty is currently helping people set up SRGs in Greater Manchester.

The Pennine Acute Hospital Trust are hosting their annual grading for NHS England (Equality Delivery System) in March, which looks at the care and services our patients/service users receive whilst in one of our hospitals.   Details of the two events are below, and on the attachments.

GMCDP are hosting a community screening of Defiant Lives, a film which looks at the rise of the Disabled People’s Movement over the last thirty years, focusing on Britain, America and Australia.

The film weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with the stories of disabled men and women as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives. 

Dogs4Rescue needs a new home....

Dogs4Rescue (D4R) have successfully developed and pioneered the UK's first kennel-free, group dog rescue. In the 4 years that they have been running they have saved almost 1000 dogs.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC Partnership), the body overseeing devolution of the area’s health and social care budget, is looking at how we make sure carers across Greater Manchester receive the support they need in the workplace. This is part of a wider programme of work which recognises and supports the role of carers in Greater Manchester

28 organisations are set to receive a share of £7 million investment over the next two years thanks to the Greater Manchester Culture and Social Impact Fund.

The culture and social impact fund, which is run by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), replaces and builds on the work of the AGMA run Section 48 scheme which was previously issued across Greater Manchester.

£8 tickets are available for voluntary, Disability, charities, community groups and organisations to see Up n Under at The Lowry 

Up ’n’ Under is Fingersmiths new twist on the award-winning John Godber’s comedy.

This production has a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using BSL and spoken word in a physical, high energy production filled with fun and humour.

By most accounts Greater Manchester, and especially the ‘city-regional centre’ (incorporating central Manchester, central Salford and Salford Quays) is experiencing a housing boom. National and local media celebrate the construction underway, the rise in house prices and the billions of pounds of investment into the built environment.

Imagine if all of Britain’s town and cities truly put pedestrians first. If every resident’s natural impulse was to walk whenever they left their front door to make a short journey. If you were more connected to the place where you live and the other people who live there. It’s a bold vision, but an inspiring one.

Homelessness charity Emmaus Salford is appealing for a new Treasurer trustee to join the board.

Emmaus Salford supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The board of trustees play an important role in offering their skills, knowledge and experience to help in the development and governance of the Pendleton based charity.

Are you interested in volunteering in Salford?

Then come along to this day of learning and sharing about our Volunteer Wellbeing Champion roles.

We have an incredible team of volunteers across Salford delivering projects supporting older people.

We are looking for more enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life to take part.

If you are homeless or have experienced homelessness in the last 12 months and accessed Health and Social Care services in Salford, Healthwatch Salford wants to hear from you!

Healthwatch Salford wants to gather the lived experiences of 100-150 homeless people to more fully understand some of their access issues and barriers to health and social care services. As part of this project they also want to talk to service providers and statutory bodies involved with homelessness.

People in Harmony are launching their report Breaking Stereotypes with Data: A Report on Mixed Race Children and Families in the UK.

People in Harmony exists to support mixed race people and mixed families and partnerships. The charity know from their members and supporters that, whilst it may be perceived as easier these days to be mixed race, there are still many challenges which people of mixed race and people in mixed families and relationships confront every day.

Monday 26th February 18.30

Wednesday 28th February 18.30

Wednesday 21st March 18.30

The Volunteer Information Meetings allow you to come along to the Childline office in Manchester, meet some of the staff and volunteers and ask any questions you may have. The meetings are a fantastic opportunity for you to find out about their volunteering roles, from the application process through to what it is like to be a volunteer at Childline.

Signpost

St Clements Community Centre, Groves Avenue, Salford, M5 3LQ

Thursday and Friday 10 am – 4pm

Struggling with debt isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Are you or someone that you know struggling with debts and to make ends meet? Are you falling behind with repayments and finding yourself buried in letters and demands for payments?

Perceptions: Peer research into the needs and perceptions of young black men

Why are men less likely to use a mental health service? Why, in the group of men, are black men even less likely to use a mental health service? There are many reasons but you can now read how the We Tell You team have helped contribute to this conversation.

An event to inform Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations about the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Business Support project due to be released in March 2018 (for Greater Manchester).

Calling all community-based organisations and businesses...

Did you know that universities are keen to work with you?

Are you curious about building a new partnership to get some work done together?

Community-university partnerships bring together 2 sets of expertise and knowledge to make a difference. Partners decide the focus and the terms so that the benefits are shared and relationships are worthwhile.

A consultation event to listen to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations thoughts, questions and commitments to influence the Greater Manchester (GM) Green Charter and achieving a more sustainable and carbon neutral GM.

When: Monday, 26 February 2018

Location:  St Thomas Centre, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Further to the Equalities and Health Assembly event held on the 8th November 2017 and the subsequent Equalities and Health Co-design event on 4th December 2017, this Assembly will cover the following:

Unlimited Potential is delighted to have been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative companies in Greater Manchester, in a report produced by BQ and the Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company

This new initiative is designed to shine the spotlight on some of Greater Manchester’s most forward-thinking small and medium sized businesses.

Student Volunteering Week 2018

This week 19th - 25th February is Student Volunteering Week.

This is the 17th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place. Student Volunteering Week 2018 is themed around 'Student Civic Engagement'  and how student volunteering benefits this in the following ways:

Event Details February 2018: Peel Park and the Meadows Thursday 1st March, 10:30am – 11:30am Free

Thursday 15 March, 10:30am – 11:30am Free

Thursday 29th March, 10:30am – 11:30am Free

Led by trained Health Walk leaders, the walk is an ideal way to improve fitness or mobility in a sociable atmosphere.

Salford Carers Centre Spring Wellbeing Walks for Carers

These walks are for everyone to come and enjoy the area they live in, as well as meet new and old friends.

Please come along prepared for all Salford weather!

Walks will last around an hour and be at a relaxed pace and may entail some muddy trails. The walk will also include a rest and refreshment in a local cafe including a hot drink.

Mental Health First Aid training is for any individual (s) looking to learn more about mental health issues focussing on how to take a proactive approach to dealing with mental health concerns within the workplace, help to identify the common symptoms and act upon them.

Thursday 3rd May at 9.30am - 12.30pm

At the centre of Street Wisdom lies the idea that every moment is extraordinary and every street is full of inspiration – that there’s no such thing as an ordinary street, just ordinary thinking. Few of us give ourselves time or permission to really focus on the signs and signals that we normally ignore, rich stimulus that can help us learn something new.

Friday 23rd March 2018, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

The British Red Cross, Rainbow Haven, Revive, and Refugee Action would like to invite you to a conference that will explore the theme of integration through workshops.

Free Valentines Ball for older people aged 50+

The valentines ball will be on Sunday 18th February 2018 at the De La Salle sports and social club on Lancaster Road from 12-6pm. There will be music, a buffet, balloons, roses and chocolates. 

It’s time to clean up our city!

The Great British Spring Clean is taking place over the weekend of 2nd-4th March 2018.

Salford City Council are looking for volunteers, community groups and associations, schools, businesses and anyone who is able to help support and lead clean up campaigns in their local area.

What you need to do

Step 1

Who would you trust to host an evening of networking, socialising and entertainment, other than an award-winning relationships charity?

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change are Greater Manchester’s own relationships charity and are celebrating their first birthday with an Official Charity Ball, hosted in Victoria Warehouse on Friday 27th April 2018.

GMCA are consulting with a wide range of stakeholders on the Greater Manchester Strategy Implementation plan.

The ambition is to co-produce a number of high-level actions that all stakeholders throughout Greater Manchester can commit to. 

Who are VOS

Partnership between Manchester Action on Street Heath, Manchester Rape Crisis and Trafford Rape Crisis working closely with Manchester Metropolitan University.

The voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and Clare Mayo, Salford City Council / Salford CCG Integrated Commissioning Manager, came together over two sessions on the 31st October 2017 and 16th January 2018 to discuss how the VCSE sector could contribute to the Mental Health Needs Assessment and the new all-age Mental Health Strategy. With Salford’s current mental health strategy ending this year information is now being gathering on; pol

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Memorial Gathering for Babies and Children of any age

Sunday 25th February 2018 at 2pm

Elmowood Church, Eccles Old Road, M6 8FR (Opposite Salford Royal Hospital)

This gathering is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a baby or child in the Salford area.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust would like to invite you to attend this exciting event. We want to hear your views on whether we are treating our patients, service users and carers in a fair way and what we might need to do to improve. 

Salford City Council has shared proposals to save another £11.2 million this year.

This is the eighth year the council has been hit by austerity with rising demand for services in adult and children’s social care both locally and nationally.

The council has now been forced to make £198 million in savings since 2010, with a 50% reduction in government funding. This is equivalent to a loss of £60,000 each and every day.

Community and University partnerships bring together two sets of expertise and knowledge to make a difference.

Partners decide the focus (and the terms too) so that the benefits are shared and the relationships are worthwhile.

big health and care conversation

Over the summer Salford Together held a comprehensive engagement exercise with the people of Salford.

The aim was to provide early opportunities for active, open, dialogue on developing health and social care plans in Salford and to allow service users, carers and other stakeholders to input to and be involved in the transformation process.

The Wellbeing Burger addresses the significant relationship between mental health and homelessness / risk of homelessness and the impact health interventions can have on their overall wellbeing.

Nutrition and exercise science team and our partners

The Salvation Army Housing Assoication (SAHA) have experts in physical activity, exercise science, GP exercise referral and highly qualified to masters standard in nutrition.

Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) takes place from Monday 5th –  Sunday 11th February 2017.

Following on from previous successful HCAWs, Salford is again be running a series of events, activities and communications in partnership with local community groups and GMP.

Do you, your front-line staff and families understand the law to help adults (and young people in transition) get the support they need and are entitled to?

Are you up-to-date?

Community Living’s 8th legal seminar ‘Preventing Melt-Down in Adult Social Care’

Led by Belinda Schwehr, LLM - Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at St Thomas Conference Centre, Ardwick, Manchester (close to Piccadilly Station)

On the 19th January 2018, Greater Manchester made a historic and collective commitment to transform how carers are supported in their invaluable role through the signing of a Greater Manchester Carers Charter by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership organisations including voluntary, community and social enterprise groups.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018, 20th Show - 18 - 22nd July

The popular and buzzing Bus Stop Boulevard will be returning to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 and we are on the hunt for local communities/designers in Greater Manchester to take over our bus stops giving them a fun, green and alternative look.

YOU CAN Community Club have been providing quality activities for young people with disabilities for over 20 years.

Their varied programme of sports, arts, outdoor pursuits and day trips provide young people with exciting opportunities to develop their personal and social skills.

You Can Community Club are hosting 'Handling Conflict Well' a conflict resolution in a youth setting training course for individuals working in a young people environment. This training is available at a per head cost of £39.99 which will be payable at time of booking.

Date: Tuesday 24th April 2018
Time: 10am till 3.30pm
Venue: The Beacon Centre, 8A London Street, Salford, M6 6QT

SDF’s information and support project, for access to the wide range of services available in Salford.

Dates

Every Friday (from 23rd February 2018) from 11am – 1pm  at Prince’s Park Garden Centre, Liverpool Road, Irlam. M44 6BR

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month (from 30th January) from 11am – 1pm at Pendleton Gateway, 1, Broadwalk, M6 5FX

ForViva has started work on a new housing scheme for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Salford.

The £1.4 million development in Broughton is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, and will create 14 apartments for LGBT people who may be facing difficult circumstances.

ForViva is a forward-thinking social organisation which manages 24,000 homes across the North West.

Did you know that it is estimated over 6 ½ million people act as Carers in the UK?

We know that kidney patients often require extra support and care at various stages in their journey and Carers can be the unsung heroes behind conditions like this. 

Brought to you by #WeStandTogether, hosted by The University of Manchester

An opportunity to take part in a dialogue about the repercussions of the referendum vote to leave the European Union.

The discussion will allow those attending to air their concerns, thoughts and opinions and, in particular, look at how community cohesion has already been affected, even though the implementation of the decision is still over 17 months away.

In Salford, Youth Day will be celebrated this year on Friday 10th August.

Youth Day is an annual day of activities organised by young people, for young people across the city. It aims to show the important contribution made by 11 to 25 year olds in all aspects of life in Salford. We know out young people make a positive difference to our city - and we want to capture and celebrate this.

A new campaign designed to encourage victims to come forward and report loan sharks after the Christmas period has launched on 15th January 2018.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) - a specialist team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – have launched their ‘Why I Borrowed’ campaign to encourage people to report illegal money lenders if they or someone they know have been bitten.

Corinth CIC have some new courses lined up for the new year.

Perhaps you’d like to brush up on some existing skills, maybe learn some new ones and, at the same time, meet new friends, and find new opportunities?

Perhaps you want to embrace technology to keep in touch with friends and loved ones further afield, or need to improve your job prospects?P

Perhaps you need to learn more about using online services?

Across Greater Manchester the public sector is piloting new and innovative ways of working.

New Economy, with support from central government, is helping to demonstrate the amount of taxpayers’ money that can be saved by these new ways of working and the impact they can have on the quality of services enjoyed by Greater Manchester residents.

Fantastic opportunity to get 18-30 year olds into business.

Innovate UK have teamed up with The Prince’s Trust on the Young Innovators Programme campaign to help the next generation make an impact. 

The Street League academy programme offers support to young people aged 16-24, helping develop their employability skills.

These skills are developed through employability sessions which are delivered by qualified teachers. The subjects covered include barriers to employment, time management, team work, confidence building, CV writing, mock interviews and many more.

Positive Moves CIC are a not for profit organisation and a social enterprise.

The Aim of Positive Moves CIC   is to provide a wide range of social, health, educational/ recreational and creative activities for children, young people, families and the community of Irlam and Cadishead

They provide fun, safe and challenging activities for children and young people throughout the year and during the school holidays.

Do you have good local reach and excellent connections? Have you got the vision and insight to help us understand the journey that carers over 50 undertake on their way to employment? Are you able to identify the barriers and challenges faced and how best to overcome them?

CRUK E-Cigarette Campaign

Cancer Research UK is launching a health awareness campaign across Greater Manchester next week, running from the 15th January until 18th February. It is focused on increasing public awareness on the fact that evidence shows e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking.

Positive Moves CIC and Salford CVS are working in partnership to offer a free Child Protection Course for people who work in the voluntary and community sector.

When: Saturday 10th February 2018, 9.30am to 4.00pm

Where: Preston Hall, Preston Avenue. Irlam, M44 5XB

Phone: 0161 775 6779 Sylvia/ Lisa to book a place before Friday 9th February.

Please bring a packed lunch with you but tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

St Ann’s Little Hulton volunteer coordinators Ernest Worsley and Linda Cleary were delighted to accept a special award.

The hospice was recently honoured as Charity of the Year at the Salford CVS Heart of Salford Awards, and Claire Roberts a representative from Salford CVS presented the pair with the accolade on a visit to our Little Hulton site.

Saturday 27th January 2018

Meet at The Station - Irlam

10:30am-11:00am – mechanic on site who can check your bike safety

11:00am-12:00pm – Bike ride (on quiet roads)

Start your journey to a healthier, happier you at one of Salford Community Leisure’s centres.

The friendly local centres are found all across Salford and are packed with a wide variety of the very latest equipment, activities and exciting sessions to help you stay fit and healthy.

Workout in one of 8 fully equipped gyms and dive into one of 6 swimming pools with a FREE Gym and Swim one day pass.

Date: Thursday 8th February 2018, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: The Salford Suite, Town Hall, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5AW

Would you be interested in an exciting opportunity to improve the digital presence of your charity/business and the digital skills of your colleagues?

As part of Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018, Remembering Srebrenica, Greater Manchester Police, Salford City Council & the University of Salford bring you "The Consequences of Hatred Left Unchallenged".

Salford CCG's Citizen and Patient Panel events are your opportunity to have a voice in your health services in Salford.

The public meetings take place twice a year and include updates on the latest work being undertaken by Salford CCG and debates on what you think are the key issues for our health services.

Join the next Citizen Panel Event

Tuesday 13 March 2018

10am registration (for 10.30am start) with a 2.15pm finish.

The search is on...become part of the future of the new fifth RHS Garden by sharing stories from the past

Preserving the past

The RHS is looking to gather memories from those who lived, worked and played in the grounds of Worsley New Hall, to create a rich bank of first-hand material in preparation for the opening of RHS Garden Bridgewater in 2020.

Find your perfect volunteering role on our portal.

Whether you want to meet interesting people, develop new skills or boost your confidence, register on our website and find your perfect role for 2018.

After eight years in the making, a Salford project that supports disabled people to get more active, more often, has been featured on the BBC’s The One Show.

The brainchild of the project, Ben Andrews, developed Empower to support disabled people to engage in more social, physical and exercise-based activity, while giving those around them the skills to support this long-term.

25th January 2018.

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Road, M1 3HF

Aim: To improve the knowledge and confidence of managers and front-line staff in working with the needs of people who have sexual offence convictions or other harmful sexual behaviours.

Outcomes - At the end of this training you will:

Learning Open Days

Wednesday 10th January 2018 Little Hulton Skills Centre – 40 Hulton District Centre, Worsley, Manchester, M28 0AU 9.30am – 12noon

Thursday 11th January 2018 The Broughton Trust – Humphrey Booth Centre, Heath Avenue, Salford, M7 1NY 9am – 4pm

Tuesday 16th January & Tuesday 23rd January Coniston – City West Housing Community Centre, 56 Coniston Road, Swinton, M27 5WT 9am – 12noon

The Sale Sharks Advantage Project is a new and exciting education and enrichment project for people aged 16 -18 who are not currently in work, education or training. The project will provide participants with a unique work placement opportunity, and a chance to improve English and Maths and gain new qualifications.

Applications now open for the Youth Combined Authority

Andy Burnham and Cllr Shori are appealing to organisations who work with young people to apply so their young people can be part of the Youth Combined Authority – the first of its kind in the country.

Meeting of VCSE Cancer Advisory Group - Development of Cancer Work Plan

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Over the past few months the Greater Manchester Cancer Advisory Group has been meeting and engaging with the lead officers who are responsible for the various domains of the cancer plan.  Each of these lead officers have delivered presentations outlining their planned work relating to their respective areas of responsibility.    

SALFORD has been awarded an additional £3.4million to transform health and social care.

The £3.4million funding from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) will help transform the lives of the city’s population over the long-term and tackle the wider causes of ill health in the city.

Police survey

Everyone in Greater Manchester is being urged to have their say about a new plan aimed at tackling crime, supporting victims and building stronger, safer and more cohesive communities in Greater Manchester.

The new plan called ‘Standing Together’ will set the strategic direction for Greater Manchester Police, criminal justice and community safety partners in local areas for the next three years, with key issues prioritised by all those who work to make our communities safer.

Manchester BME Network and Greater Manchester BME Network will be holding their next joint networking event on Tuesday 30th January at St Thomas Centre,  Ardwick starting promptly at 10am (registration from 9.30am).

The topic is still being finalised but please save the date.

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

The Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) works to support the health and social care system in GM to improve care quality and patient outcomes in this regard across a range of health systems.  With these points in mind, Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at the Greater Manchester (GM) Health & Social Care Partnership tasked the SCN with developing a Diabetes Strategy for GM.

The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering and voluntary action.

Established in 2003, the awards are a firm favourite in the Salford calendar.

The awards provide an opportunity to:

Salford City Council's community cohesion strategy includes a pledge to 'Develop and coordinate a programme of events that celebrate cultures and faiths in Salford, building on current good practice at neighbourhood level.'

The Community Christmas Dinner was founded six years ago by Natalie Lek,  it started from a simple Facebook post offering free Christmas dinners to all who couldn't afford one or to those who were lonely and has since snowballed.  

Natalie now offers a free christmas dinner to single people, families, the elderly and vulnerable who are either facing christmas alone or who will be struggling financially. 

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is currently developing a new police and crime plan which will set the strategic direction for the police and other organisations with responsibilities for keeping our communities safe.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation have partnered up with BT to create a fantastic opportunity for 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training!

This is a great opportunity for young people to experience first hand the world of work and build on their skills to improve their chances of gaining employment, or going into further education and training.

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, is responsible for setting the direction for policing and community safety in our city-region.

As his deputy with responsibilities for policing and criminal justice, he has asked Bev Hughes (Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester – Crime, Policing, Criminal Justice and Fire) to develop a plan for our communities for 2018-2020.

Keep Tidy Britain have launched their campaign – The Great British Spring Clean 2018.

The event is to take place between the 2 – 4 March 2018.

If you are planning an event around these dates then register your event online at http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/, this allows KBT to monitor across the country any events taking place.

The report ‘Putting the People in the Powerhouse’ outlines a different vision for the Northern Powerhouse which puts people and communities at the heart of Powerhouse plans.

The report was launched at the House of Lords on 6 December 2017 and captures the learnings of the first ever People’s Powerhouse event held in Doncaster earlier in the year (12 July).

Grants must directly benefit the community of the Little Hulton Big Local Area.

This is a rolling grants programme open from the 5th December 2017 to 31st June 2018.

Little Hulton Big Local aims to fund a range of activities that enable Little Hulton residents to participate in training and to improve their opportunities to access employment or access an increased range of employment opportunities.

Shop with Little Hulton Big Local for that special Christmas gift!

Come along to LHBL special pop up shop at the Little Hulton Hub on the Precinct and find handmade personalised Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, cards and decorations.

Join Salford Disability Forum (SDF) to celebrate Disability History Month (DHM) in Salford to showcase the work, passion and commitment of the many people with disabilities and long-term conditions as they try to make Salford a better place to live.

The Disability History Month  ‘ART’ Event is at St George’s Social Centre, Cromwell Road, Salford. M6 6SB on Tuesday 12th December from 11am—2pm.

Commonplace are crowdfunding to convert the interior of their double decker bus to make it a flexible and beautiful event space for the people of Greater Manchester. 

Commonplace is a mobile community event space housed in a double decker bus, which was donated to them by Stagecoach Manchester in 2016. Since May this year they have worked with local community groups and social enterprises to host pop-up events which have included dinners, creative workshops and even spas!

Are you…

  • Aged 18 – 55 years old
  • Live in Salford or have a Salford GP
  • Care about quality Health & Social Care Services
  • Enjoy a good discussion?

Then you may be interested in our upcoming Focus Group.

We are looking for people to help us ensure that the services we provide in Salford support people to have a better quality of life.

World AIDS Day Partnership Craft Event

Friday 1st December at 6pm
LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

Join us on World AIDS Day at the LGBT Foundation, where we will be holding a WAD Partnership Craft event from 3.00pm – 5.30pm on 1st December.

You’ll have an opportunity to decorate a jar that reflects your experiences, forming a commemorative piece of artwork for Manchester’s World AIDS Day Vigil.

The Salford Employment and Skills Strategy was launched by the City Mayor and Councillor Stone, Chair of the Salford Skills and Work Board, at The Landing on 14th June 2017.

The Strategy describes Salford's vision for a world-class labour market where all residents have equal access to high-quality skills training; sustainable employment with a decent level of pay; and more opportunities for in work progression.  

An Accord between the Mayor and GM Combined Authority and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The Accord is based on the 'manifesto' to which the Mayor committed prior to election and marks the beginning of a new relationship between sectors in Greater Manchester where the VCSE sector is considered as important at the public and private sectors.

Ambition for Ageing Seminar: Listening to older lesbians: what can marginalised voices teach us about ageing?

This is the final seminar in the Autumn/ Winter series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

Housing Ideas Exchange. A Manchester networking, empowerment, ideas and action forum about housing the city.

Thursday, 7 December in the Geoffrey Manton Building at the Manchester Metropolitan University from 4 to 8 PM. Rosamund St West (off Oxford Road) Manchester M15 6LL.

Housing Ideas Exchange are seeking organisations, campaigners, academics, interested parties be they in the private sector, the third sector or people concerned about our housing.

GMCVO have been allocated 40 FREE places for Salford University's Social Housing Conference to share with you.

Social Housing Conference: Fixing the broken market
25th January 2018, Salford
*FREE places available*

Organised by the University of Salford, 'this event will explore Greater Manchester’s strategy to tackle the housing shortage, affordable homes, benefit dependency and much more.'

To book a place please ring 603 4310 or email Debbie.hulme@salford.gov.uk  . Seminars usually involve a presentation or exercise and time for questions. Drinks and biscuits provided.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Official confirmations will not be given, however a reminder email will be sent to delegates approximately 2 weeks before each seminar.

Join the Salford Sup on Thursday 14th December from 7pm to 9pm, The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN

£10 gets you a drink of your choice (tea/coffee/soft drink/beer/wine/spirits), food, a vote and a chance to win hundreds of pounds for your social enterprise or community project.

Pitch your ideas to some of Salford’s successful social entrepreneurs and business support providers and take home a pot of cash to help you get your idea started.

This is the second seminar in the Autumn/ Winter series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

  • Date: Thursday 30th November 2017
  • Time: 13:00-15:30
  • Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL (travel directions)

Remembering the women killed by known men in the UK

A peaceful creative 'Murder March' to remember and represent the women murdered in the UK by partners, ex-partners, family members i.e. domestic violence murders.

This year on Carers Rights Day, Greater Manchester Carers Partnership invites you to this unmissable event.

Making it Real!

Friday 24th November, 10.30am to 3pm

Methodist Central Buildings, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

Pledge your commitment to supporting Carers in Manchester. Listen to what Carers have to say. Explore the work that the Greater Manchester Carers Partnership provides.

This month is Islamophobia Awareness Month #IAM2017.

Salford City Unison has organised a Solidarity Meal which will take place from 12.00 to 1 pm on the 28th of November 2017, Committee Room 3, Civic Centre, Swinton M27 5AW.

Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from the 5th to the 12th February 2018.

Small grants of £500 and £1,000 are available for organisations running activities or events to raise awareness of hate crime.

For Grants of £500, activities must take place between 5th - 12th February 2018 and help to either:

Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation are excited to announce that applications for the Weston Charity Awards will be open from Friday 1st December 2017 to Friday 12th January 2018.

The Prevent Duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and placed on specified authorities, ‘to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This Duty came into effect for a range of specified authorities in July 2015 and require specified sectors to evidence the following capabilities in terms of staff training:

Forever Manchester are delighted to announce that they will once again be supporting the Great Christmas Get Together by offering £200 to communities who wish to hold a Christmas event in their neighbourhood.

During the month of December, the Great Christmas Get Together aims to encourage communities to get together with their neighbours to share a mince pie moment and celebrate all that we have in common.

Join guest expert practitioners Nickala Torkington (Flourish CIC) and Kerry Bertram (formerly of Cartwheel Arts and now at Bolton CVS) to explore the cocktail of income generation possibilities for social entrepreneurs and reflect on your current and future priorities.

This peer learning session we will include discussion and information on:

Flourish CIC are inviting the Flourish Family as well as all friends, supporters, crowdfund investors and people across their networks to come and celebrate their first operating year as Flourish Together CIC (following a couple of years piloting as WSSE).

Come and be inspired by the range of women changemakers they have been supporting, celebrate the end of another year and see the exciting plans they have for 2018 and beyond!

Do you live or work in Salford? Help shape future plans to reduce ill health in the City and empower communities to take control.

When: Tues, 28th November 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2.30pm 
Where: Swinton Park Golf Club, East Lancashire, Road Swinton, M27 5LX

Please inform when booking if you have any dietary requirements

Thursday 23rd November 2017, 4pm until Midnight at the Moston Miners’ Community Arts Centre.

35 Teddington Rd, Manchester M40 0DJ

An Event To Raise Funds For Salford Unemployed & Community Resource Centre

With Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Ricky Tomlinson, Smug Roberts, JD Barrington, Atilla the Stockbroker, Local bands Red Light effect, Liam Caly.

You may remember a promise of training available via the 0-25 Transformation Research Project. If you don’t remember, don’t worry! You can still sign up for training.

The first opportunity is Suicide Awareness Training, either a workshop (1.5 hrs) or a training session (3 hrs). This is funded by the City Council and free to those who wish to attend. You will need to apply for a place- they are making sure there is a balance of council staff and VCSE sector.

Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds.

Their mission is to help others do the same.

Want to hear from funders? Engage with likeminded groups? Explore what the built heritage sector can offer your local community?

Greater Manchester Talent Match - the Big Lottery-funded programme, bringing together the private, public and voluntary sectors to support our most disadvantaged young people towards employment, has nearly reached the end of its five-year investment period. The Greater Manchester Talent Match team want to ensure that the programme has a longer-term legacy and all the great work involved in supporting young people towards employment continues.

Salford City Council is seeking information from the market around approaches to commissioning Individual Support for Disabled Children (aged 5 to 18 years)

These are children with physical and/or learning disabilities, and frequently complex autism and who sometimes display challenging behaviour. They have difficulties in accessing Local Offer facilities due to the nature of their disabilities.

Advice and income maximisation are essential to both financial inclusion and anti-poverty work as Salford residents face radical changes to their benefits and struggle to make ends meet both in and out of work.

The Saha Learning Hub will be running a Skills for Mentoring course in Longsight, starting in November.

The course consists of 21 class-based learning hours, alongside 24 observed placement hours, which will be completed by 25th January 2018.

Beat the Winter Blues with the Carers Centre Wellbeing Workshop!

It's before Christmas, the bills are piling up and you still haven't bought your presents, it seems like there isn't enough time in the day for you to relax...

Does this sound familiar? 

The Vision is the culmination of 18 months work of many volunteers and several Feeding Manchester conferences.

Imagine a Greater Manchester where Sustainable Food is at the heart of policy and action to create: jobs and training opportunities; good health and well-being; green neighbourhoods; diverse high streets; and strong local economies.

Multi-Agency Two Day Domestic Abuse and Child Protection Training 

Next dates: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017  

CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS 6th November 2017 

Time: 9.15am – 4.30pm

Presented by: Salford SCB Training Pool

Simple, peaceful celebration of Human Rights Day at Eccles Cross. Candles, readings and remembrance of those across the world whose right to be different is threatened.

This event is hosted by Eccles Town Team.

Dress warmly and meet at Eccles Cross.

For more information contact Paula Garstang, Eccles Neighbourhood Team, email paula.garstang@salford.gov.uk

Salford’s health and social care organisations are joining forces with national charity Carers UK to offer 24/7 advice

 Carers UK and Salford Together have joined forces to support Salford’s 23,500 carers.

The Carers UK website helps carers understand their rights, the support available to them and how to look after themselves, while Jointly is an app that helps carers build a support network for themselves and the person they look after.

There is an opportunity to collectively develop new approaches to improve how VCSE equalities organisations can influence and engage with the Health and Social care agenda in Greater Manchester.

We are holding a workshop for VCSE organisations that are interested in getting involved in how this takes shape on:

There is a new plan for Greater Manchester. It’s called Our People, Our Place. It has been written by all 10 councils, the Mayor, the NHS, transport, the police and the fire service, with help from businesses, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and members of the public.

GMCVO is delivering a Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Social Care Engagement project funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. As part of this project, a VCSE Assembly meeting focussing on Mental Health was held in July 2017. Following on from this a smaller meeting took place in August to look at the development of a representative structure for VCSE organisation in the Health and Social Care Partnership Mental Health governance.

Parents of children with special educational needs or disabilities may be asked to pay towards the cost of transporting their children to nursery or college in future.

Salford City Council is one of the few local authorities that still offers fully-funded travel budgets for children with SEN but, faced with significant further cuts to its budget, has launched a consultation on changes to provision.

Would you like to help recruit Greater Manchester Cancer Champions?

Grants of £250 are available for you to help recruit Cancer Champions and grants of £500 are available for more ambitious proposals.

Greater Manchester Cancer Champions are a growing movement of people who aim to prevent cancer, increase early diagnosis and support people living with and beyond cancer. At least 42% of cancer in Greater Manchester is preventable.

The journey to become an Age Friendly City began in 2015 when Salford applied to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Age Friendly City status.

Salford are working on a 3 to 5 year development plan to achieve that status. Using the WHO model for Age Friendly Cities, older people in Salford created four visions for an Age Friendly Salford.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) would like to invite you to visit a new page on their website especially for their partners.

GMFRS is committed to preventing fires and emergencies across the county but their core purpose is wider than this. They aim to, save, protect and improve the lives of people in Greater Manchester

This course is an ideal introduction for advice workers involved with clients who are in fuel debt or for the more experienced advisor as an update. It covers the main issues, raises awareness and aims to give participants a clearer understanding of the pathways involved in resolving fuel debt.

Course outline

The 1 day course includes the following topics:

Date:  Tuesday 7th November 2017

Time:  5.30pm – 8.00pm

(Buffet 5.30pm to 6.15pm. Event starts at 6.15pm)

Venue:  Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Campus, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT

This is a free event, and all food and refreshments will be provided. A buffet will be available from 5.30pm until 6.15pm when the event will start.

Wednesday 1st November 2017, 9am to 12noon.

The Innovation Forum, 51 Frederick Road, Salford, M6 6FP

Research shows that when taken into the workplace yoga and meditation lower stress, increase focus, enhance compassion and create a better state of mind among colleagues

Monday 6th November 2017 9:00am – 3:30pm

Trinity Way, Salford, Manchester, M3 7BB, United Kingdom

Following on from the Faith in Mental Health and Voluntary Sector Conference last year, a great deal of work has been done to inspire collaborative working between GMHSCP and the faith sector in Greater Manchester.

NHS Salford CCG is currently reviewing ophthalmology (eye care) to increase the number of services available in the local community. 

They would like your views to help us shape the future service.Developing more services in the community will free up hospital appointments for those high-risk cases that need specialist care in a hospital setting.

The priority for this specific Little Pot of Health Wellbeing Fund is “Being Active”.

The fund is aimed at smaller VCSE organisations in Salford. The fund is designed to enable community activity that will help to improve the wider wellbeing of Salford residents through being active.

VCSE organisations will need to demonstrate that their project will add value to the “Be Active” health priority under the 5 ways to wellbeing.

Manchester Metropolitan University are offering fabric swatches free of charge to local voluntary and community groups.

If you are a craft or activity group in Greater Manchester that could benefit from this offer you would need to:

  • Be able to take at least one large bag of fabric swatches
  • Be able to collect the fabric

If you are able to do this MMU will make the bags available for collection.

£1.8million investment at the heart of new measures announced, as further £3.8m agreed with central Government to help those most in need.

HUNDREDS of rough sleepers across Greater Manchester will be helped to build a life away from the streets and doorways of Greater Manchester thanks to wide-ranging measures which have been announced, including £1.8m of new funding.

Salford CVS in conjunction with the GM Living Wage Campaign invite you to join us for a VCSE sector Living Wage Week brunch and world cafe conversation on the proposed new GM Good Employment Charter.

We'll be serving breakfast barms, fruit, juice, tea and coffee to get you in the mood for some stimulating conversation.

Greater Manchester VCSE Assembly: Health and Social Care: Population Health Plan

Thursday 26th October 2017 10.00 - 12.30pm at Kinhs House Conference Centre

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th November 2017

Peel Park Pavilion, Manchester Road West, Little Hulton M38 0BX

Little Hulton Big Local are running Salford CVS's standard Child Protection course, the course is free to book a place please contact Sue or Alison at Little Hulton Big Local.

Healthwatch Salford are organising a Human Library Community Event in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust/

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Session 1 9:15am – 10:45am
Session 2 11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 3 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Would you know how to recognise and respond to private housing issues, rogue landlords or ‘beds in sheds'?

13 people died and 69 were seriously injured in over 400 fires in makeshift homes in London between 2009 and 2014 where landlords have converted sheds, outbuildings and garages into accommodation because of high rents.

Health partners across Salford are working together to tackle sugar and to help Salford become a ‘Sugar Smart City’. 

Building on the success of negotiating permanently removing all sugary drinks from vending machines in community leisure centres, they want to encourage as many people as possible to take the Salford Sugar Smart challenge! 

From October 9th, patients registered with the practices below will be able to access evening and weekend appointments. The practices: St Andrew’s Medical Centre, Salford Health Matters (The Ganvir Practice), Dr Singh & Partners, Monton Medical Centre, Springfield Medical Centre, Mosslands Medical Practice, Chapel Medical Centre, Dr White & Partners, Irlam Clinic and Irlam Group Practice.

The University of Salford have produced a helpful document of rainbow flag dates.

Notes: For one day events the relevant flag should be put up the afternoon before the day and taken down the morning after, unless it falls on a weekend when it should be put up first thing on the Friday morning and taken down on the Monday morning after the weekend

Today (Friday, October 6) marks the launch of the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture and Social Impact Fund which is set benefit residents across Greater Manchester by funding not for profit and voluntary organisations.

The new scheme was given the green light by Leaders at the GMCA meeting at Trafford Town Hall last week (Friday, September 29).

womens awards

Europia has launched a brand new ambitious initiative; the first Europia Women's Awards.

The awards are a way to highlight and promote the numerous contributions European women (but not only) in Greater Manchester are making to the local society, to raise awareness of their achievements, underline the significant part they are playing and thus empower them and showcase why their presence is vital and necessary.

Headway Salford & District improving life after brain injury

Headway are hosting a sculpture exhibition on the 5th October 11.00am to 2.30 pm.

All public sector partners in Salford are working together to address the devastating impact that suicide has on families and communities and ensure that suicide should always be considered an avoidable occurrance.

Salford has a number of high risk groups (which mirror some of the nationally identified high risk groups) who may have a greater risk of suicide. These groups include:

Great British Bake Off is back and the winter months are drawing in, that can only mean one thing, it’s time to hibernate and eat cake. 

This November BASIC are asking all of their supporters to take on the challenge of baking and selling their cakes, in the process helping raise vital funds for BASIC. Your bake could be something as simple as a cornflake cake to something as extravagant as a Christmas gingerbread house. 

This service is in the early stages of development and delegates from the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community Social Enterprise sector are invited to contribute to the design of the service at a workshop to be held on:

Tuesday 17th October, 2.15-4.30pm
at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green, Manchester M12 6FZ

At the session you will hear the thinking to date and we will discuss a number of key issues including

  • The need for a service like this

The Greater Manchester Population Health Plan sets out an approach to delivering a radical upgrade in population health. It is informed by the best empirical evidence and by the views of the people of Greater Manchester. It aims to acknowledge the vital contribution communities make to health and wellbeing and put person and community-centred approaches at the centre of the plan.

Older People's Day is celebrated on 1st October across the UK to coincide with the UN International Day of the Older Person. This event will celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society across Greater Manchester.

The theme of the UN International Day of Older Persons 2017 is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”

A night of Raising Awareness from Wipe Your Tears Children's Charity.

Come along and join the Wipe Your Tears team for a great night of music, food and dancing. Tickets are just £20 each, which includes a meal and entertainment from the fab Detroit Magic, supported by the brilliant Lee O'Neil.

There will also be a raffle and opportunity to find out a little more about who Wipe Your Tears are and who and how they help.

Call ticketline on 08433 082 898

Crossroads Together, an innovative social enterprise to be jointly owned by service users, carers, employees and local people, launched today with a promise to serve communities across Greater Manchester and the North West with good quality, not-for-profit community care and develop ambitious ideas to help local communities.

Any grant application that delivers improved wellbeing and health outcomes for the local population will be considered. However, all applicants will be expected to demonstrate and provide evidence of a minimum of 25% match funding or match funding in kind in relation to the service/activity/project that they are applying for funding for.

Europia has partnered with John “Bob” Spence, an internationally acclaimed business development specialist, trainer, coach, consultant and experienced Public speaker, to bring you this FREE seminar, which will transform the way you negotiate and counter the negotiating tactics of customers and clients. It is a step to encourage third sector organisations to understand the techniques used in the private sector businesses and it is specially designed for people who may not be professi

Adult Safeguarding is the process of working with an ‘adult at risk’ to protect them from abuse or neglect.  The Salford Adult Safeguarding Board wants to make sure that this process is as good as it can be in Salford and that the views and wishes of the individual remain central to the process at all times. As part of that they need to find out what it feels like to go through the safeguarding process from the point of view of the person being protected.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham will hold a question time event on the evening before every Combined Authority meeting, in the area in which the meeting will be held.

The question time event for September will be held on Thursday 28th September in Trafford - at Stretford Public Hall.

Partnered with key regional media, the event aims to highlight and answer questions on local issues, posted by members of the public.

As you will no doubt be aware, the Church of the Ascension, Lower Broughton, suffered a catastrophic fire in February 2017.

Soon after, Buttress Architects and Structural Engineers, Thomasons, were brought on board stabilise the surviving parts of the building and work with the PCC and the Diocese to plan a future for the Church.

Healthwatch Salford has a New Look!

Healthwatch Salford have been working really hard this year after listening to your feedback from their branding survey last year. They wanted to help more people know about Healthwatch Salford and make it easier to share your views and experiences of health and social care with us.

The Salford Poverty Truth Commission is an independent project, run in partnership with Church Action on Poverty, Community Pride and the Broughton Trust. It is sponsored by Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett and Bishop of Salford John Arnold, and supported by a steering group including many local organisations.

There will be a final event of the Commission where its findings are presented on Friday 6th October. 

Salford Arts Theatre presents Angels with Dirty Accents - A brief history by W.E.P.N

Wednesday 20th September 2017 – Fri 23rd September

Wednesday 27th September 2017 – Fri 30th September 2017

DURATION: 2hrs approx.

SUITABILITY: Ages 16+

TIMES: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Do you work with Salford residents in financial difficulty? 

Then book now for an introduction, update or a refresher.

These practical and enjoyable workshops are facilitated by expert advisers from Salford Welfare Rights Service and Citizens Advice.

Evidence says that we need to all work together to better support children and families.

Let’s get together and find out what we all offer for local children and their families.

Meet the local 0-25 team, local schools and community and voluntary groups working with children and supporting families in Little Hulton and Walkden.

Tuesday 24th October 10am - 4.30pm

The Mechanics Centre Manchester

Free event - Opportunity to attend 4 workshops

The conference will offer an opportunity to:

  • Share information on recent developments in health across Greater Manchester

  • Revive a debate on racial disparities in health

  • Focus on how racial disparities in health will be tackled within the devolution agenda

The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering. A firm favourite in the volunteering calendar this event acknowledges the vast contribution made by volunteers and organisations in Salford. 

North West Ambulance Service is holding their Annual Health Fair and AGM on 14th September at Leigh Sport's Village.

The NW Ambulance Service are showing the local community of Leigh and the surrounding areas where they are made of and what they do. There will be emergency ambulance, you can join in CPR challenges and see what their NHS 111 and patient transport services are about.

Salford Carer's centre are running a second session for working carers to learn tips and coping strategies for balancing work and care.

Working and caring for someone can be a challenge! The centre's course focuses on family support, the psychology of our communication, support available to you and making changes for the future.

Get Started with Football

Are you 16-25? Want to learn new skills?

Taster day on 6th September 2017, Etihad Stadium

Course dates 11th -15th September 2017, Etihad Stadium

Meet new people and improve your skills by working on a group challenge to design and coach your very own football skills session.
Not only will it help you discover new skills, but you could also secure a qualification and benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

With people living longer, it’s increasingly important that we recognise the important contribution older people give to Salford. Older Person Day is an opportunity to acknowledge their dedication and to ensure that we’re doing our best to give something back to older people.

Anderson Lectures 2017

POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group is delighted to host the Anderson Lectures for its fourth year. This year the focus will be on life sentenced prisoners and the transition from custody back into the community.

TEAM Programme

The Princes's Trust will be running the Team Programme at Salford City College.

A 12-week personal development programme designed to help young people uncover hidden talents, improve their confidence and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. The Team programme has proven over 26 years to successfully direct 16-25 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds towards employment, further education or training. We also help with maths and English skills too.

No Hate Speech Movement

Stop Hate UK is working with Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority to challenge online hate and prejudice. They are looking for volunteers to become part of the “No Hate Speech” movement and reclaim the internet from those who wish to create fear, spread hatred and create division.

What does the role involve?

Volunteers will receive full training from Stop Hate UK so that they can help:

VCSE Advisory Group has £5,000 to allocate to a single project that aims to reduce a health inequality/ies faced by members of particular community within their cancer journey.

Many communities within Greater Manchester experience many additional barriers to services; from awareness of signs and symptoms, early diagnosis, through treatment, living with and beyond cancer and dying well. This funding is to;

big health and care conversation
  • The local NHS and Council are asking for the public’s views on future health and care services in Salford.
  • They are holding a series of events throughout the city over the next two months (end of July-end of September) to listen to people in Salford.
  • People will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to give their views on changes that could be made and how they think any of these changes might affect them and their family as well as their neighbourhood.

163 delegates from local voluntary, community, social enterprise and public sector organisations attended our annual Salford VCSE conference on 12th June at the AJ Bell Stadium. The theme of the conference was tackling poverty, highlighting the role of the VCSE sector historically and in the current climate. Attendees had the opportunity to influence the VCSE Strategy for Salford, and to get involved in Salford Social Value Alliance’s 10% Better Campaign.

Following the overwhelming interest amongst VCSE organisations in the Long Term Conditions Round table with Jon Rouse that was held on the 24th July, GMCVO will now be hosting a VSCE Workshop on Long Term Conditions on Friday 15th September 2017.

The Roundabout Pop-Up Theatre comes to Little Hulton in September this year.

The ‘Roundabout’ Project from theatre company Paines Plough, in collaboration with The Lowry forms part of the wider Little Hulton Goes Large festival. Roundabout, the world's first pop-up plug-and-play theatre arrives in Little Hulton in just one month's time. It's not everyday there's a theatre on your doorstep so here's how you can make the most of this incredible, unique experience.

Have you experience of mental ill health?

Start are asking people to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire explores your experiences of mental health & wellbeing. It also looks at the feasibility of providing local neighbourhood delivery of a therapeutic creative arts programme which is specifically designed as part of a recovery package for those suffering from mental ill health in Salford.

New date for the launch event of Voices of Survivors, Hearing Women for Change, an innovative Greater Manchester wide Project.

The launch will be held on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 1pm-4pm and Baroness Beverley Hughes of Stretford, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime will be the keynote speaker.

Calling all innovators Salford CCG have launched a new Digital Health Innovation call for ideas to improve healthcare.

See below for details - but be quick as our deadline is 5pm 29th September 2017

Citizens of Salford can use the BetterPoints smartphone app to track their walking and earn points that they can cash in for vouchers for high-street shops or donate to charity.

Between now and April 2018, BetterPoints app users in Salford can accumulate points for walking up to 150 minutes a week and can spend them on little luxuries like coffee or clothes - or, better still, they can donate them to charities of their choice.

co production group

Invitation to join - applications for members are now open

The Co-production Group will be made up of people with lived experience of a person centred approach to health and social care. They will help deliver and shape the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership’s programmes, including personal health budgets and broader person and community centred initiatives.

GM Moving

What is Greater Manchester Moving?

Greater Manchester Moving is the 'comprehensive plan to reduce inactivity and increase participation in physical activity and sport that is aligned to the Greater Manchester Population Health Plan priority themes and wider reform agenda'.

Come and enjoy a family fun day at The Friends of St Mary's first event on Saturday 12th August. 

There will be a car boot from 8 am and other events from 11 am. There will be several stalls offering hair accessories and gifts, sweets and treats, wax melts, small pocket money toys, jewellery, cakes, face painting and glitter tattoos. 

Small fairground rides, hook a duck stalls, bouncy castles, tombola and raffles with great prizes will also be part of the fun. 

Salford City Council has £250,000 to bid for across Salford so don't delay!

They have already funded projects from choirs to community festivals, gardening groups, exercise sessions, children's activities and lunch clubs for older people - and they're looking for more.

How does it work?

Eight community committees across Salford are given funding to spend in their area by Salford City Council. 

 

Parade in the Park is a brand new, exciting event taking place this year, which promises fun for all the family.

Children of all ages are invited to put their best foot forward and take part in the 1km sponsored walk, with music and entertainment, game and activities – and plenty of surprises along the way!

There will be two 1km sponsored walks, which will take place on:

Pride at People's History Museum

Celebrate Manchester Pride @ PHM

20 August 2017 — 28 August 2017

Time 10:00 - 17:00

Duration 7 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3

physical activity plan

Salford Community Leisure (SCL) has been working on a plan to get us Salfordians more active and therefore healthier by the year 2022. 

Equality Advisory Panel

Equalities Advisory Panel – expressions of interest from the VCSE sector now live

Salford Together and NHS Salford Clinical Commission Group (CCG) are currently looking for members for a newly established Equalities Advisory Panel and are looking for ‘expressions of interest’ from potential Representing Panel Members and a Chair from the voluntary, community/faith and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Workforce Challenge
  • Book your free places using Eventbrite
  • Date: 19 August 2017 at 11am
  • Meeting point: Monton Unitarian Church Hall, Dukes Drive, Monton, M30 8AP
  • Easily accessible by public transport and free parking available.
big health day

This year’s Big Health Day is taking place on 19 September 2017at St George’s Social Club, Cromwell Road, Salford between 11am and 2pm. The Big Health Day is the only annual event in the city specifically for people with learning disabilities, their carers and support workers.

Savannah Wisdom

GM Social Mobility Survey

Savannah Wisdom Foundation is undertaking a research project to understand the existing and new work that is taking place across Greater Manchester for social mobility to improve local people's lives and their life opportunities. They hope you will take part in this GM Social Mobility Survey to share information about your social mobility work or that of others you admire.

Are you interested in an opportunity to raise unlimited funds for your community group?

If so come along to an information event to find out more.

Date: 1 August 2017 Time: 11:00am – 13:00pm (lunch and refreshments provided)

Address: Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Road, Manchester

Local Food Bank shortage.

The Mustard Tree is currently very low on stock of Food Bank items.

This stock is given out as part of their Emergency Food Provision following referrals from partner agencies, charities and other organisations in the local area, including some self-referrals.

Summer holiday activities

We have compiled a list of local community and voluntary organisations who are providing Summer holiday activities for young people in Salford.

The local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations have expanded their normal activity programmes to provide activities for children and young people over the summer holidays. Further information on each organisation's activity is below:

Fight against cancer

The Cancer Champion social movement aims to sign up 20,000 ‘cancer champions’ who will use their experience, knowledge and passion to support those at risk of developing cancer and those recently diagnosed with the disease.

The Energise Centre in Salford has some fun and exciting new services for summer as well as in September.

New services for summer

Mission Nutrition - Monthly Drop in last Friday of the Month

Starting 28th July 10-12pm

Weigh in, advice and activity around nutrition and healthy eating.

Supportive, welcoming sessions where we focus on having fun, meeting new people and learning how to eat well along the way.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is inviting anyone who lives, works or studies in Greater Manchester, to his first Question Time event.

Question Time is taking place on:

Thursday 27th July, 7-9pm

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Training Centre, Cassidy Close, Manchester M4 5HU

Question Time is your opportunity to ask Andy a question about the issues that matter to you.

New Carer Support Group

Following on from the success of the Carer Wellbeing course Salford Carers Centre (SCC) ran at Broughton Hub. A new carer support group has been formed. Some of the course attendees wanted to continue meeting and reaching out to other carers in Salford.

The group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Union Canteen, 1 St Philips Place, Salford, M3 6FA just off Chapel Street.

For the whole of this week, GM Talent Match will be running their #MakeMentalHealthWork social media campaign.

Throughout the week their Youth Panel will be working with employers to share their pledges to discuss mental health in the workplace.

GM Housing Action - A Northern Housing Movement

Greater Manchester Housing Action (GMHA) is a coalition of individuals, communities, charities and workers unions. The network has been formed in the context of the deepening housing crisis and the historic political opportunity of Devo Manc. GMHA aim to build an alliance that bridges the gap between academics and direct activity, and collectively develop solutions to the housing crisis in Greater Manchester.

This workshop is an opportunity for VCSE sector to meet some of the operational and clinical staff at Manchester Resilience Hub.

The workshop will be looking into ways in which SCN, clinician and VCSE pathways can work together best to support those affected by the events of 22nd May.

This will include but not limited to:

What is Salford Active Walk 150?

Salford Active Walk 150 runs until the end of March 2018. It’s a simple concept: people are rewarded points for the amount of walking they do, up to 150 minutes a week. They can exchange those points for vouchers of retailers such as Argos and Amazon or donate them to good causes. Anyone in Salford can take part, all they need is a smartphone and the free BetterPoints app. 

Voices of Survivors: Hearing Women for Change

Voices of Survivors is a Lloyds Bank Foundation funded partnership between three of Greater Manchester’s women’s charities: Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH), Manchester Rape Crisis and Trafford Rape Crisis. They will be working closely with Manchester Metropolitan University to research the needs of female survivors of sexual violence and exploitation.

Plans to remove aluminium composite panels at nine tower blocks owned by Salford City Council have not changed despite confusion over advice from the government.

City Mayor Paul Dennett, who responded to initial government advice to remove the panels on June 25 said:

“The government’s handling of this whole matter is a disgrace.

Salford City Council is asking residents to have their say on new green space plans in a revised strategy for the city.

New proposals were made public on Friday 23 June when the council revealed plans to target future investment into a wide range of green spaces, parks and allotments.

The six-week consultation gives residents their chance to comment on the overall strategy and the sites to be refurbished, which will update the existing document which was approved in 2006.

Calling all impact and social entrepreneurs, changemakers, innovators and social impact enthusiasts!

'How do we as an impact community respond to and contribute toward the Mayor's pledges to make GM a green city-region, a digital city-region and a region which provides homes for all of its people?' ImpactHub Manchester invites you to join them to come together as a community of innovators and collaborators to:

Cancer Support Groups for women-only and men-only from CanSurviveUK are running in Manchester.

Women only Wednesdays - Cancer Support Groups

Are you a woman? Have you or anyone else close to you been affected by cancer?

Would you like to meet other women in a similar position?

The Roundabout Pop-Up Theatre comes to Little Hulton in September this year.

The ‘Roundabout’ Project from theatre company Paines Plough, in collaboration with The Lowry forms part of the wider Little Hulton Goes Large festival.

Local stand-up Justin Moorhouse has been announced as the headline act for the theatre's opening night on Thursday 7th September 2017, he will be performing his live show People and Feelings.

The Power of Procurement II: The policy and practice of Manchester City Council – 10 years on

The Power of Procurement II reflects on work undertaken collaboratively in Manchester over the last ten years and particularly details:

Salford CCG would like to invite various departments and organisations who offer support services/ activities/ groups with young children and families, as part of the Start Well agenda, to have a stand at the Citizen Panel Event. 

Please share this invite with any colleagues in your neighbourhoods who you think may be interested in promoting their services. 

Age Friendly Investments opportunity of £10,000 for areas of Salford.

Conversations have been taking place across Salford about what makes an Age Friendly City. Broughton, Weaste and Seedley and Langworthy have been the starting point for these conversations as these neighbourhoods were also selected for the Big Lottery Ambition for Ageing programme which aims to bring people to together and reduce social isolation.

In autumn this year the GM Alcohol Strategy will be refreshed and replaced by a new integrated Substance Misuse Strategy. This is an opportunity for a broad VCSE audience to talk directly with the public sector leaders responsible, and contribute to the draft strategy. So far there has been some input from substance misuse service providers, but we need to include the views and experience of all those who support people in the community.

The Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy was adopted in Spring 2016. The aim of this Assembly event is to let you know what’s happened so far and what we can do to influence and play our part in the shaping the Mental Health and Wellbeing agenda in Greater Manchester.

Join the Salford Sup on Thursday 27th July, 7pm - 9pm, Union Canteen, The Angel Centre, 1 St. Philip's Place, M3 6FA.

£10 gets you a drink of your choice (tea/coffee/soft drink/beer/wine/spirits), food, a vote and a chance to win hundreds of pounds for your social enterprise or community project.

We Stand Together

We Stand Together is a community fund created to support local communities affected by the attack at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017.  The fund will assist local groups and organisations to host events and manage initiatives to counter hate and emerging unrest, and should look to promote cohesion within communities.

Fastlaners is an eight day training and personal development programme, giving young people aged 18 - 25 all the skills and confidence you need to get a job they will love.  

The free programme includes:

To promote the weekly Sporting Memories session in Rusholme, Link - Good Neighbours and Sporting Memories Network will be hosting an event on Thursday 13th July at Trinity House Community Resource Centre 1.30 - 3pm.

This event, which is aimed at older sports fans, will present some of the historical links that exist between the iconic Maine Road, former home of Manchester City Football Club, and their arch rivals, Manchester United.

Voices of Survivors is a Lloyds Bank Foundation funded partnership between three of Greater Manchester’s women’s charities: Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH), Manchester Rape Crisis and Trafford Rape Crisis. They will be working closely with Manchester Metropolitan University to research the needs of female survivors of sexual violence and exploitation.

TWO GP practices in Salford have scored a rating of ‘Good’ after a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Cherry Medical Practice in Little Hulton, Orchard Medical Centre and Walkden Gateway, with all received positive feedback following inspection by the independent regulator of health and social care.

Little Hulton Big Local is offering one-off grants of up to £300 to support local groups get involved in the Roundabout Theatre and the Little Hulton Goes Large Festival.

Grants must directly benefit the community of the Little Hulton Big Local Area.

Organisations seeking funding must involve residents in the management, planning or delivery of the activity you are seeking funding for.

What LHBL are looking to fund:

The Big Local Little Hulton (BLLH) Board,  are soon to submit their next 3-year plan. As part of the process of formulating this plan, they have already undertaken substantial soundings from local residents and they want to engage with a range of partner organisations.

Bereavement Training is provided across Salford Health Care and community environments and covers four areas: Children and Bereavement; Communicating with Children and Families; Responding to Bereavement and Loss and Bereavement.  If you would like to book on a course, either email CYPFTraining@srft.nhs.uk  or telephone the Bereavement Centre at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust on 0161 206 5175. 

Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford are committed to making volunteering as accessible as possible for all and as part of the 10% Better in Salford Campaign we are focussing on increasing the number of volunteering opportunities for young people.

This short survey is to help us map the number of existing volunteering opportunities for young volunteers and to understand the barriers organisations may face in involving young people.

Positive Moves are working in partnership with Start Training to deliver traineeships in Irlam and Cadishead for young people aged 16-25.

The programme will commence on the 3rd July 2017 at 41-43 Liverpool Road, Cadishead, Manchester, M44 5BQ.

The programme is for 7 weeks which will cover a Pearson BTEC level 1 certification in customer service and also work experience with positive moves and other industry sectors:

An intensive one day training masterclass in social value for those working in commissioning, procurement, and as providers of goods and services across the private, public and social sectors. 

The day will be facilitated by Nick Temple, Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise UK and Jeremy Nicholls, CEO of Social Value UK.They will be supported by Gayle Monk from Anthony Collins solicitors.

The event will:

  • introduce VCSE organisations to the SUD call;
  • review the key elements of the programme and key considerations for applicants;
  • link to initial project proposals and how SUD fits with wider Greater Manchester initiatives.

Speakers from GM Combined Authority will be in attendance and take your questions about SUD and opportunities for VCSE organisations to contribute towards projects.

Join Team Spartan as they host the big sleep out in Salford for C4C!

There will be some very special guests and lots going on to raise awareness of the current homelessness situation. This will include talks from former rough sleepers about real life on the streets and a special talk from Risha about why she and husband Hendrix set up Coffee4Craig and who Craig was.

All in all, it will be a great night of fun with a very serious message.

Following the success of This Girl Can Salford 2016/17, Salford Community Leisure (SCL) have launched a search for This Girl Can Salford 2018 Ambassadors.

The ambassadors will help to inspire women of all shapes, sizes and abilities to embark on a more active lifestyle and to celebrate sport in the city.

According to the Active People Survey by Sport England, 63% of women in Salford did not partake in any sport, and SCL wants to change this.

Starting up? Running your own business?

Free supported online learning with tutor-led workshops, in a relaxed informal environment with the opportunity to network and share experiences.

Date: Thursday 13th July - 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Location: Eccles Library, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles, M30 0TU

WORKSHOP 1 to include:

Salford communities are to benefit from a £1 million cash boost to help an array of groups and organisations across the city.

NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is once again working in partnership with Salford Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) to identify projects to fund which meet the priorities of Salford’s Locality Plan.

19 - 25th June 2017, Different Pasts, Shared Future

Refugee Week is the UK’s biggest event celebrating the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers and encouraging understanding of the reasons people seek sanctuary. For more information, please visit the Refugee Week website.

Events in Salford

Refugee World Cup

Coaches, players and sport clubs are teaming up with police, charities and local authorities to send a clear message to communities that child sexual exploitation has no place within sport.

Greater Manchester is a fantastic place for sport and we want to celebrate this while ensuring it is a safe space for children and young people.

Have you got an idea to improve the wellbeing of Salford residents?

Would you like the opportunity to apply for up to £1,000?

The Little Pot of Health Wellbeing Fund is a small grants pot of up to £1,000 for VCSE sector ‘micro and small’ organisations in Salford (annual income below £100,000). Groups can apply to deliver activities that help improve the wellbeing of Salford residents. Grant activity must take place in Salford.

We are celebrating Small Charity Week (19th to 26th June) to raise awareness of the vital work small charities do in Salford. 

Small charities make a big difference to the lives of individuals, communities and causes – often with limited resources.

Events

To celebrate Small Charity Week, Salford CVS will be offering three fundraising workshops/sessions on:

Statement from Macc: Like everyone else in Manchester and around the country all of us at Macc are horrified by the events which took place in the city centre last night. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died and those who are waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones.

Turn your business idea into a reality.

If you have a great idea to start a business or social enterprise, City West can give you all the support and advice you need to develop your idea, pitch to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ event on 29th June and get started with a grant of up to £500!

An invitation from the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe), the School of Health Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University & Healthwatch Salford

Big issues for care homes

An event to explore current issues, challenges and opportunities in the care home sector from the perspectives of staff, residents, families, commissioners and others

Date:  Monday 10th July 2017

Time:  09.30 Registration

Event:  10.00 – 16.00

Home Start Trafford and Salford was announced as a winner of the Weston Charity Awards at the ceremony on Wednesday 14th June.

Along with an unrestricted grant of £6,500, Home Start Trafford and Salford will receive 10-12 months coaching from senior business leaders via national organisation Pilotlight, who have been bringing top business talent together with small charities for over ten years to help charities become bigger, better or more sustainable.

An Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month 2017 event to help inform, dispel myths, provide the opportunity to speak to cancer specialists and hear from those affected by cancer share their experiences. Informing you of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of Bowel, Breast and Prostate cancer.

To Educate community members to Communicate the information, to Empower others to take Action.

MICRA Seminar - Manchester Cares: How We Reduce Loneliness for Older and Younger People Alike in Our Changing City

This is the third seminar in the Spring/Summer series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

“The Price is Right”

Thames television are making a pilot show for Channel 4 and filming this in Salford during July. The show will be hosted by comedian Alan Carr. Because contestants are chosen from the audience anyone attending must come in groups of between 10-20 people. If your chosen to take part in the show this will allow your friends cheer you on. The show is likely to be aired at Christmas.

Salford Libraries part of a new project with Greater Manchester Libraries – Big Ideas Generator.  In Salford the events and equipment will be based in Eccles Library. The project is now underway, and the events will run through from June until March 2018.

Sparkle and Trans Creative present SPARK: A Trans Arts Festival'

SPARK will run from 1st to the 7th July 2017.

Sparkle have partnered with the fantastic team at Trans Creative and are incredibly please to be bringing something fresh to the former “Sparkle Fringe”.

Trans Creative is a trans led, trans positive pioneering new theatre company. They have had the privilege of working closely with award winning trans artist and activist Kate O’Donnell

Invitation from Brendan Cox, The Jo Cox Foundation, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

Friday June 16th, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester City Centre

Programme from 7pm – 10pm

A budding actress and her little brother are looking to be centre stage of a new home.

Vicky, 11 and Jason, eight, can’t stay with their current foster carers long term, so Salford City Council is appealing for foster parents to come forward.

Vicky loves acting and drama, is mature for her age and wants to be famous. She’s described as feisty, very intelligent and a girl who knows her own mind. She is very protective of her more sensitive, quieter younger brother.

Fastlaners is a free employability programme for young people living in Greater Manchester aged 18-25. It equips participants with the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to improve their job prospects and find meaningful employment. Fastlaners is ideally suited to young people who have some work experience and/or qualifications and are looking for support to turn their skills and passions into a job they love.

Child sexual exploitation in sport week of action launch event.

Monday 19th June 2017, 10.00am - 1.00pm

Conference Room, HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester M11 4DQ

This month, Result CIC celebrates 5 years of coaching and training with excluded people, and leaders of organisations who work with them. 

They have come a long way, and supported hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds with different needs. 

To help to celebrate, Result are offering 5 free coaching sessions to someone who you think would benefit from their work and who may not normally be able to access such a service. 

Flourish are putting on a peer learning session at Innospace on 23rd June 10am-12.30pm led by trained accountant Lucy Cockram the ‘Lady of Finance’.

The session will look at Budgeting, Cashflow and Accounting and will have useful tools, tips and a Q&A.  Plus there will be some one to ones to help people prepare for the mentor-a- thon if they need support with applications or have queries.

Want to get into employment or self-employment but not feeling as confident as you could be?

This fun free 1 day workshop will help you:

  • Boost your confidence
  • Bounce back from setbacks
  • Believe in yourself
  • Be the best you can
  • Bin those negative thoughts
  • Be at your best in all situations

Lots of tips & techniques & lots of fun.

Date: 20th July 2017

YOU CAN Community Club have been providing quality activities for young people with disabilities for over 20 years.

Their varied programme of sports, arts, outdoor pursuits and day trips provide young people with exciting opportunities to develop their personal and social skills.

12th - 18th June 2017 is Carer's week and below you will find details of local events that will be taking place for Carer's.

Wednesday

Springwood School, 9.30am to 12noon. Wellbeing session for schools parent carers.

10am to 12noon. Celebratory Event, Christine's Tea Room, Liverpool Road, Irlam.

10:30am – 2:30pm at The Lighthouse, Centenary Park, Coronet Way, Eccles, M50

This is an opportunity for voluntary and community organisations from across Greater Manchester to discuss the Manchester attack and to think about what we have already done, what we need to do now and what we need to do in the long term.

Dancing with Dementia is a social dance/entertainment group for people living with dementia, their family, friends and carers.

In a non-clinical venue it provides a place where the family can share social activities in a scenario where the other guests can offer support and empathy with the situation.

Mustard Tree's Salford Freedom Project are currently very low on stock of Food Bank items.

This stock is given out as part of their Emergency Food Provision following referrals from partner agencies, charities and other organisations in the local area, including some self-referrals.

BambinO is a pioneering piece of music theatre aimed at an audience that doesn’t often get a look in at the opera – babies.

This colourful work will reinvent operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies will be free to crawl around during the performance, interacting with singers, musicians and each other. Even adults may find new ways of hearing music through the ears of the young.

NHS Salford CCG is launching the Innovation Fund Locality call in partnership with Salford CVS, with a total fund of £250,000.

The Innovation Fund Locality Call will look to fund the testing and development of innovative healthcare products, services and clinical practices that aim to improve the experience and outcomes of patients.

Yesterday saw the launch of the Greater Manchester State of the Sector Reports 2017. The research was led by Salford CVS and commissioned by 10GM, a partnership of local infrastructure support organisations from across Greater Manchester, and GMCVO.

Saturday 10th June 2017 at 8.30pm

To be a guest at an Iftar dinner (a celebratory meal to break fast) hosted by your local Mosque.

Taste Ramadan is a Greater Manchester initiative that welcomes people from all faiths and backgrounds interested in connecting with the community and learning about other cultires. Share in the blessings, build bonds and explore different cultures this Ramadan.

The Gas Safe Charity is running a series of free morning workshops across the UK aimed at any organisation that delivers services in the homes of vulnerable people.

Low levels of carbon monoxide have been linked to increased risk of falls and dementia. Front line staff and volunteers have a key preventative role but there is also a duty of care for employers.

Develop your acting and writing skills for free with First Act, funded by Children In Need. 

Week by week you will learn new skills, be involved in writing and media production of a pilot episode for a Soap Opera and meet new people.   

When: 

Running now, (started on Saturday May 27th), places still available - 12.00-  14.00  

Where: 

Studio 25, Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PE 

Are you a single parent?

Ever thought about being your own boss and starting your own business?

Not sure if you'd prefer to work for yourself or for someone else?

Local charity, Banana Enterprise working in partnership with Newground Together are offering a free online business start-up courses.

The courses are worth £95 for unemployed residents in the Salford area who are thinking about going self-employed!

The course will help you to make an informed choice about being your own boss!

Local business advisor support throughout the course. Learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home!

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2017!

Volunteers’ Week is a great time to thank your volunteers and celebrate the difference they make to your organisation. It can also be a chance to recruit new volunteers and showcase your volunteering opportunities.

"I am confident [these changes] will help to ensure that every child, whatever their background and individual needs, can access the high-quality early education they need to prepare for school and improve their life chances.” – Education Secretary Justine Greening

Salford Libraries part of a new project with Greater Manchester Libraries – Big Ideas Generator.  In Salford the events and equipment will be based in Eccles Library. The project is now underway, and the events will run through from June until March 2018.

A film and sensational live show performed at the Lowry Theatre.

Salford Red Devils are well underway with the delivery of a heritage programme to document the club's 110 year stay at the Willows. Lots has been going on behind the scenes including a schools programme, the naming of roads on the site of the old ground and the creation of an appropriate memorial to be placed permanently at the site.

Every day, people in Salford are facing hardship and crisis. One hidden hardship is the lack of available and affordable sanitary products. For too many women and girls, sanitary products are a luxury even though these products essential. Salford Help Through Crisis is gathering data and information about the lack of affordability and availability of sanitary products for women and girls.

Salford UCRC is launching a free welfare benefits take-up campaign so that everyone with disabilities can claim their legally entitled benefits.

This is a new free service to assist people with any form of disability, physical or mental, newly widowed parents, facing heightened financial pressures following the governments bereavement benefit cuts in April 2017. SUCRC are available to support tenants of any age to claim housing benefits including young people under 21 years of age.

Forever Manchester Week is just around the corner.

It’s a week designed for the people of Greater Manchester to raise money for their local communities – lots of people have submitted their events to help us all share our pride and support for our home.

Macc's response to the events at Manchester Evening News Arena:

Like everyone else in Manchester and around the country all of us at Macc are horrified by the events which took place in the city centre last night. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died and those who are waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones.

People’s Powerhouse

Doncaster Rovers Football Ground, 10am – 4pm

New date of Wednesday 12 July

Do you want a say in the future of the North? Join our debate about fairer, more inclusive growth.

Our First Lowry is a free scheme that gives families living in Salford their first opportunity to see theatre performances at The Lowry.

If you…

  • have a Salford postcode
  • have never been to see a theatre performance at The Lowry before
  • have children aged under 5 years old

Then all you have to do is sign up using a simple form and Our First Lowry will contact you to arrange tickets for you and your family.

The UK Heart Safe Awards are all about celebrating the successes and achievements of individuals and companies, by recognising their contribution to making heart safe environments and helping to save lives.

These awards not only give them a platform, but give other organisations something to aspire to.

Celebrate and help recognise some outstanding achievements and applaud those who have gone above and beyond expectation to create heart safe environments across the UK.

Memorandum of Understanding between Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Greater Manchester

The agreement will support a new way for VCSE organisations and the health and social care sector to work together, with joint ambitions, commitments and activity set out for five years until April 2021.

Free Xerox WorkCentre 7232 Photocopier.

Collect by Friday 2nd June.

To collect the photocopier you will need access to van, ideally with a tail lift.

xerox photocopier advert

Involve, the UK’s leading experts in public participation, in partnership with GM Connect are looking for expressions of interest from voluntary sector leaders from the health and social care, housing, welfare and criminal justice sectors in attending a workshop exploring public benefit and data sharing at a local level.

The Youth MHFA course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.

You will learn how to:

Salford Mental Health Forum will be meeting on 31st May Healthwatch Salford staff will be there to collect your stories and experiences of health and social care in Salford.

They will be collecting your experiences as part of setting our work priorities for the coming year.

Healthwatch Salford will also be on hand to help with any problems that you may have with health and social care services by signposting you to the appropriate organisation that can help.

Places available for training session on conflict resolution being held on Monday 19 June.

Salford City Council are holding this training to help those working in the VCSE sector in their work with the community and in fostering good relations between communities.  

This training session will give you the chance to consider examples of current issues which are or could be the focus of community disputes and conflicts in Salford.

We will

Wednesday 14th June 10.30 – 2.30pm

The Lighthouse, Centenary Park, Coronet Way, Eccles, M50 1RE.

Doors open at 10.00am for drink and registration.

Stands for organisations

If you would like to have a stand and participate in the carers event being organised by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford City Council please email caroline.allport@nhs.net

Fathers in Little Hulton, Winton and Langley have been featured on The One Show on BBC1, promoting ways to improve their children’s well-being.

The Dadly Does It project is about dads finding ways to solve their own problems and making their children’s lives better. They then spread their learning by working shoulder to shoulder.

VCSE Personal Health Budget Support Network: North West Day 2

The Voluntary and Community Sector is central to supporting NHS England in achieving the aim to offer and deliver Personal Health Budgets to people with long term conditions. There is a clear role for organisations to work in partnership with CCGs to offer a range of support options for individuals to compliment the CCGs local offer around personal health budgets.

Europia’s first vegetarian cooking contest StrictlyVeggie! is taking place on the 20th of May!

If you are passionate both about cooking and promoting the benefits of a vegetarian and/or vegan diet, or you simply like to experiment with different ingredients and recipes, then the StrictlyVeggie! contest is the right place for you.

In line with their iconic issue 'Education is the key to Equality', Manchester Pride is running a number of workshops to investigate LGBT equality in Greater Manchester.

Manchester Pride have received several reports of discrimination from extreme, to a passing comment. Casual discrimination can come in many different forms, in most cases without realisation. 

Incredible Education presents a new community craft group welcoming all ages and genders.

Working in Wood’ builds on their ongoing success in promoting health, community and wellbeing in Salford. The new group centres around woodworking projects, through which participants will share their existing knowledge and build new skills.

Dying Matters Afternoon Tea is being held as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017.

The event includes:

  • Information stalls      
  • Talks
  • Raffle and prizes
  • Grand prize draw  
  • Entertainment & Dancing by Mature Movers

Event details

Wednesday 10th May 2017, 2pm – 4pm

(Free Light Lunch will be provided)

BBC One's flagship religious, ethical and moral debate programme comes to Salford.

Hosted by Nicky Campbell, the special edition of The Big Questions will be held on Sunday 14th May at Oasis Academy, Media City.

Join the audience

If you would like to be an audience member for the live broadcast please email: audiencetbq@mentorn.tv 0141 611 9630

Home Start Pregnancy and Post-Natal Pal

Home-Start Trafford and Salford is one of the leading family support charities in Greater Manchester, improving the life chances of children in vulnerable families by improving parenting skills.

They are starting an innovative new pilot project in collaboration with the University of Salford department of midwifery to train local volunteers to provide pregnancy and postnatal support to Salford mum’s to be.

An opportunity to learn about depression from a clinical, personal and pastoral perspective, and how the Church can be a good neighbour to those living with depression and their families.

Saturday 20th May 2017

The Centre, Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6YN

10.00am until 3.30pm 

Lunch provided

This free event is open to anyone who would like to  attend

Please see below list of events for May 2017. Although booking is not essential it does help to have an indication of numbers for each activity, if possible please register your interest via the links provided for each session you’d like to attend.

Family church and sunbeams do not have online booking, just pop in 

Do you have early to moderate dementia or look after someone who has, and live in Salford? 

As a member of the group you will meet new people, find out what is going on, share experiences, and be instrumental in influencing the development of dementia friendly communities in Salford.

Caring and Work

Salford Carer's centre are running a one off session for working carers to learn tips and coping strategies for balancing work and care. 

The session will take place on  Monday 15th May at 4:30pm - 6pm at Pendleton Gateway.

There are still spaces available so to book your place please call 0161 833 0217 or email us at Salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk

Along with the other Greater Manchester Healthwatches, Healthwatch Salford are carrying out some independent engagement on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and NHS England to find out what people think about diabetic eye screening.

If you are diabetic Healthwatch would be grateful if you would take 10 minutes to respond to the questionnaire:

As part of Small Charity Week we have teamed up with Localgiving and Small Charities Coalition to offer local groups fundraising training.

The two fundraising courses which complement each other are; An Introduction to Online Fundraising and Inspiring Online Fundraisers. The courses will be held on Tuesday 20th June at our Training Room in the Old Town Hall, Eccles.

If you are interested in bringing about change – whether locally or nationally – and would like information and advice to help you be more effective, then this workshop is for you!

The workshop provides the opportunity to find out how to develop a campaign strategy and identify the key tactics and skills needed to run an effective campaign, as well as the chance to meet other campaigners and develop your professional network.

Manchester BME Network and Greater Manchester BME Network invite you to their next joint networking event on 11 May at St Thomas Centre.

Under the theme of Enterprising Communities, find out more about social enterprises and the support available to them from the speakers and workshops provided by GMCVO, Power to Change and FareShare.

There will also be the chance to find out about new funding and resources from Sefton Simpson at Manchester Community Central.

Start in Salford has grown and evolved over the last 24 years so they felt it was time for a change! 

The charity has been working hard to ensure that they are set for the future and have refreshed their identifty. Start in Salford will now be known as 'START' and their logo has been developed to reflect who they are today and to symbolise a new dynamic era.

When the election's dust settles, what's the plan for Greater Manchester?

Citizens publish ‘People’s Plan for Greater Manchester’

  • A new, independent and broad-based citizens’ initiative – the People’s Plan – was launched in Greater Manchester last October and has now published its findings.

To book a place please ring 603 4310 or email Debbie.hulme@salford.gov.uk  . Seminars usually involve a presentation or exercise and time for questions. Drinks and biscuits provided.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Official confirmations will not be given, however a reminder email will be sent to delegates approximately 2 weeks before each seminar.

Smart Works Greater Manchester is hosting 'Smart Night Out', a charity ball at the luxury Macdonald Hotel & Spa in central Manchester (next to Piccadilly Train Station) on Thursday 25th May 2017. 

This Dementia Awareness Week, 14-20 May, Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone to unite against dementia. 

Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone.

That’s why, during the Week, we want everyone to come together and take action. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding, improve care and urgently find a cure.

Digital Skills for Salford returns in May for its third term of the 2016/17 season.

These courses are only available to Salford residents aged 19+.

Get help starting your digital journey: from web development and programming to setting up your first website!

The UK Evaluation Programme helps foster closer relationships between GlobalGiving and its charitable partners in the UK.  One aspect of the programme identifies training and support needs that GlobalGiving may be able to assist with and provides practical solutions to these needs.  The other aim of the programme is to deliver practical fundraising workshops that help new organisations to thrive with GlobalGiving. 

Role Description

Healthwatch Salford exists to make health and social care better for local people. Every year they talk to local people about their experiences so that they can prioritise what to work with commissioners and providers to improve over the next year.

Little Hulton is planning a Little Hulton Goes Large festival for 2017.

The festival will include the ‘Roundabout’ Project from theatre company Paines Plough, who are currently working with The Lowry.

The Koestler Trust is delighted to announce the launch of their very first regional mentoring hub.

Since 2007, The Koestler Trust’s arts mentoring scheme has been supporting people leaving prison to use the arts to transform their lives. Having gone from strength to strength, the scheme is now looking to have a more dedicated regional presence across the UK, starting in the North West of England.

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service are delivering The Prince’s Trust Team programme.

Young people aged 16-25 have the chance to gain qualifications and take part in something challenging and rewarding.

The 12 week programmes includes:

  • Residential at an outdoor activity centre
  • Bus pass to cover travel expenses

Chance to gain qualifications, meet new people and be part of something really amazing:

With Greater Manchester on the verge of electing its first ever Metro Mayor, this is your chance to quiz the mayoral candidates on what they will do to protect and enhance our environment.

Join Friends of the Earth Manchester to find out where the candidates stand on key issues such as:

Want to learn about the honey-bee and how to successfully manage hives throughout the seasons and harvest honey?

Come and join the community bee-keeping volunteer group and learn with others to become a bee-keeper!

The rolling practical volunteer and training programme covers all the basics including:

A year ago, Localgiving set up shop in the North West, aiming to support groups running environmental projects by providing them with the means to raise funds online, as well as up to £500 per group in match funding.

This programme has been extended by Localgiving's funders, the People’s Postcode Lottery, for an additional 3 months (to end on June 30th), and they have 8 spaces available for groups who would still like to take part in the programme.

Comic Relief Community Cash is a grant scheme running across Greater Manchester of £100,000.

Grants range from £500 to £1,000 and are available to small organisations that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

If you want to increase your chances of successfully applying for a role at the BBC then attending one of their pre-application workshops might be just the boost you need.

It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd, particularly in a highly competitive job market. This workshop offers advice on creating a great CV, improving your interview techniques, navigating BBC application processes and the chance to take part in simulated assessment activities.

After a year out, The Pink Picnic returns Saturday 15th July to the Meadow Salford.

The Pink Picnic is Salford's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) Pride Celebration. The event is FREE and this year will be held in The Meadow, Salford.

This years event will feature the main stage, expo stalls, food vendors, a bar and children's area. 

Acts confirmed: Angie Brown, Divina De Campo and Sal Ford. More to be announced!

The Great Hall Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester - Sunday 16th July 2017 - 12noon -3.30pm

The Learning Matters partnership presents the third Singing in the City collaboration with the Royal Exchange Theatre and the MACC. They are looking for community and work place choirs who want to sing their hearts out in July in order to spread some wellbeing!

Working together to realise the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans young people in Greater Manchester

This is a free event to launch and share vital research about LGBT young people’s lives in Greater Manchester today, and how to deliver inclusive services to meet their needs.

This research has been created through a collaboration between The Proud Trust, 42nd Street, Albert Kennedy Trust and LGBT Foundation.

Monday 12th June 2017, 9am – 4.30pm, AJ Bell Stadium

Salford CVS is proud to announce more details about our third annual VCSE conference, which takes place on Monday 12th June 2017 at AJ Bell Stadium.

The conference is FREE to paid staff, trustees and volunteers of Salford’s many voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises.                  

Crohn’s and Colitis UK are currently looking for volunteers to support with a charity walking event taking place in Manchester city centre on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Online Selling free workshop

For anyone aged 17+

Whether you’re a traditional retailer, a service business, a wholesaler or even an Internet start-up, there are many ways you can use e-commerce to reach more customers and increase sales

At Eccles Library, 6.30 –8.30pm

Wednesday 26th April -  book via Eventbrite 

In May 2017, communities across Greater Manchester will decide who takes office as the first ever Mayor for the region.

S/he will lead decisions on transport, social care, housing, young people, skills and public sector reform which will significantly affect the lives and prospects of people across communities.

A celebration to mark the start of The Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017.

The launch event is taking place at HOME, Manchester, key supporter of the festival.

Launch Outline:

Greater Manchester’s Justice and Rehabilitation Executive is seeking views from across the Greater Manchester system on the topic of “what works” when considering the needs of people with learning disabilities and difficulties within the criminal justice system.  As such, a formal ‘call for evidence’ is being made, with a view to finding a number of practical ways that multi-agency collaboration can be supported and developed.

Following the successful launch event last week, the revised Self-Neglect policy and procedures are now available on the Salford Safeguarding Adult Board website.

The document outlines a multi-agency procedure and guidance for dealing with issues and concerns of self-neglect in relation to adults (over the age of 18) with care and support needs and should be read alongside Salford's Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures.

Three years since VSNW asked sector leaders for their perspectives on devolution for the voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Devolution, Our Devolution, this compilation of essays from leading thinkers and operators in devolution explores the current context for the VCSE sector. 

Jane Eyre at The Lowry - Special Offer for Adult Carer's.

Saturday 8th - Saturday 15th April 2017.

Following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre, Jane Eyre will be coming to The Lowry in 2017. This innovative re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic and is directed by Sally Cookson. 

As part of their BAME programme, The Proud Trust are delivering BAME LGBT Allies training this year.

The training is to encourage black and asian community and youth workers/leaders to feel more confident in discussing gender and sexuality and to be more visible allies (people who stand up for LGBT people and champion equality for everyone).

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes.

The Blue Lotus Death Cafe meets twice monthly on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Where people can come together to speak freely about their wishes, fears, arrangements etc...

It is not a bereavement meetings, it is for the people whom have been given their life expectancy.

Leading environmental movement City of Trees launches ‘Big Tree Count’ campaign to encourage organisations, individuals and groups to tot up their tree planting totals.

The launch of the campaign marks the end of tree planting season and the charity is calling on all those who have helped new trees take root across Greater Manchester to share their tree planting success.

The first Peoples Powerhouse Convention is a collective response to unmistakable interest, enthusiasm and support for a much wider dialogue about how we all have a role to play to create growth in the North. The Peoples Powerhouse aims to shine a light on how we all work together to create good and inclusive growth in the North. 

Choose to Change is a 12 month Specialist Weight Management Service commissioned by Manchester Local Authority, Oldham CCG ,Salford CCG, Tameside & Glossop CCG, and Bury CCG. The service is multidisciplinary and multicomponent teaching nutrition, physical activity and behaviour change. ABL’s programme is personally tailored, accessible, innovative and responsive.

Introduction

This document outlines what the Council is seeking to achieve for Manchester’s residents and neighbourhoods through Social Value. Its intention is to provide guidance, information and contact details as a support to suppliers when considering their ‘offer’ and delivery of social value when engaging in a Manchester procurement tender and the successful award of a contract.

The consultation document presents an outline of the emerging GM workforce Strategy. It provides a framework to:

  • Describe the ambition to establish a robust and sustainable workforce across Health & Social Care in GM; the approach to be taken to address the key challenges identified through local and GM level planning and reflecting the broader ambitions of the GM system

TfGM is working with the Royal Horticultural Society on a community project called ‘Bus stop Boulevard’.

This bus shelter garden design competition is open to communities, businesses, designers and groups based in Greater Manchester, it is hoped it will inspire people to get growing and celebrate local communities. It is free to enter and the successful designs will be given a budget to create their own show bus stop at the RHS Tatton Park show in July.

The Friends of Lightoaks Park have been busily planning their next event and are excited to share the details of their Easter Eggstravaganza taking place on Saturday 15th April,1-4pm.

Justice Devolution

Devolution of criminal justice and rehabilitation will strengthen the work Greater Manchester is already doing to deliver effective local justice and reduce offending, says the region’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner.

Manchester Pride is supporting Start in Salford to deliver an LGBT Creative Arts & Craft Group which is an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans people in Salford to take part in various creative activities and meet new people.

These free weekly workshops will allow you to learn and explore various art forms including photography, drawing, painting and ceramics with everything you need being supplied for you.

Save the date

VCSE Annual Conference

Monday 12th June 2017 -  9.30am to 4.30pm

AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Barton-upon-Irwell, Eccles, M30 7EY

More information coming soon...

visual minsdiscussion at conference

Mike WIld, Chief Executive of Macc, shares his thoughts and reflections on Brexit and what it will mean for the voluntary community and social enterprise sector in Manchester.

What is Youth Day?

Youth Day is an annual day of activities organised by young people, for young people across the city. It aims to show the important contribution made by 11 to 25 year olds in all aspects of life in Salford. We know our young people make a positive difference to our city – and we want to capture and celebrate this.