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After receiving almost 400 nominations, the shortlist for this year’s Greater Manchester Health & Care Champion Awards has now been announced.

30 individuals and teams, working in the NHS, a school, local authorities, charities, care homes and many other sectors have been shortlisted across 10 different categories. A panel made up of representatives from across our public services, plus patient representatives, reviewed all the nominations and agreed the final shortlist. The winners themselves will be announced at a ceremony in July.

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Since 2011, Salford Mental Health Forum that has been providing a user-led space for service users, ex-service users and their carers to share experiences with a view to having a say in the planning and provision of mental health services in Salford through consultation and involvement.

It has gone from strength to strength over the past 8 years because of the mental health service users and carers that have given their time to help it grow.

The forum would like to invite you to an event for mental health service users, their carers, mental health group leaders and professionals who want to help to develop this by sharing their views, ideas and experiences.

Exploring the social infrastructure that enables BAME communities to age in place.

Call for research project proposals

GMCVO is seeking organisations with strong links into Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and who can engage with the BAME-led organisations in the stated areas (see link to website) in Birmingham, Camden, Hackney, Leicester and Manchester.

Can your organisation:

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Windrush Day 2019 Celebration Saturday 22nd June 2019

The Windrush celebration will include a health walk & festival.

After the successful NHS70 & Windrush70 celebration last year, the theme of this event is 'celebrating the Windrush generation and contribution of migration in general to our health and social care sector'. 

As part of the day, there will be a health walk followed by celebration with performances, speeches and family fun activities. 

Other activities will include free health checks, health promotion, and a number of information stalls to drive up recruitment across organisations. 

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Evidence tells us that stigmatising attitudes result in people being less likely to get help or give help.

If we don’t speak up about persistent stigma, we are at risk of perpetuating a society where we remain reluctant to reach out for help for ourselves or to support others.

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WCML Annual report 2018-2019

Introduction and usage:

During the year under review the Trustees have agreed works to the cellar to secure safe storage conditions for our precious archives. This has started with the installation of a new boiler, and, subject to listed building consent, there will be further work to install an appropriate dehumidification/air conditioning system.  This should also have the advantage of providing more usable space in the cellar, by the installation of further racking.

Compared with 2017, the number of Reading Room visitors in 2018 was up by more than a half, email enquiries were up nearly 15%, and event participant numbers went up by a similar percentage, with 30 different events over the year.

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The clock is ticking. Less than 12 years. That’s all the time scientists say we have left to fix the climate.

We’ve endured the heatwaves and experienced the floods. The hottest years on record. We’ve seen people forced to flee their homes because of rising waters. We’ve seen forest fires in the Arctic. The effects of climate chaos are happening around us and the window of opportunity to act is closing.

Yet we have hope. Because we are our hope.

The solutions for stopping climate change are out there and they’re achievable. But it’s going to take all of us working together to make them a reality.

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About the Webinar:

An improved understanding of your audience and your content goals can help your charity be more effective on social media and engage the right people at the right time.

On Thursday 16th May at 1 pm join non-profit social media experts Lightful as they share tips on how to include effective personalisation in your social media posting habits.

Join the session to learn:

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These tips focus on how services are delivered, rather than what they deliver. The aim is to help you plan and implement projects so that they work more effectively to reduce loneliness.

These tips focus on opportunities to incorporate best practice. The diversity of types of loneliness, types of interventions, target beneficiaries and locations are such that there will never be a one-size-fits-all approach to fighting loneliness. Here, we draw out promising factors, mechanisms and approaches that make existing interventions more likely to be effective. As some tips emphasise, approaches should be personalised and localised to tackle loneliness.

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UK Giving from CAF is the largest multi-year study of giving behaviour in the UK.

The findings are based on monthly interviews and includes a yearly total of more than 12,000 individual interviews. The report will help you understand who gives to charity, what causes they support and how they like to support them.

Responses to this year's survey show that yet again the key measures of giving are on a downward path. For the third year running significantly fewer people say they are giving. 

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