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Charity Tax Group (CTG) have published an artcile on two issues highly relevant for the sector which are a cause of concern, highlighting the action they think charities should be taking.

John Webber outlines the Material Change in Circumstance (MCC) appeals and the effect of COVID-19 and the consultation on Business Rates revaluations.

Join Greater Sport to hear from The Mason Mile Foundation about about the ‘The Family Mile’  launching across targeted communities within Greater Manchester.


The Age UK Salford Dementia Support Service is offering more support with an expanded range of services.

Services include:

  • Group support
  • 1-2-1 carer support
  • Online social groups
  • Learning hub for self-development

An online referral form is available for those who had a recent dementia of memory loss diagnosis and to help them access our services.

Dave Haynes, Chief Executive Age UK Salford said:

GM Moving

Join people and partners from across Greater Manchester as we launch GM Moving in Action, the shared vision and plan for a healthier, happier city region.

Over the last six months we have engaged with over 2,000 people on the strategy; and we are delighted to be able to launch it at the 2021 GM Moving In Action Conference on Monday 13th September.


Join us on Tuesday 10 August 10.30am - 12.30pm at Ordsalll Hall.

This round table will focus on the city's work and the sector's role within culture.


This collection brings together three investment programmes which aim to level up communities - details below:

The UK Community Renewal Fund

The UK government is providing an additional £220 million funding through the UK Community Renewal Fund to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.


The lasting power of attorney (LPA) was introduced in 2007. It was designed to provide more flexibility and greater protections than its predecessor, the enduring power of attorney (EPA). However, the world is changing and people increasingly want to access services digitally. Digital channels provide many opportunities to improve access and speed of service, but they also require us to think anew about the safeguards we put in place in such systems.


Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall have launched their Salford Museums Schools Hub, jam packed with resources for Primary and Secondary schools.

The hub includes activities, audio, bookable sessions, video and discovery boxes. Topics featured include painting landscapes, tutorials, discovering local history, ESOL and lots more!


Bolton NICE are relocating and have a lot of items that they have to give away.

Furniture and equipment can be given in exchange for a donation - which will go to local charity Space.

Items need to be collected as soon as possible and include:

  • Chairs
  • Wardrobes
  • Tables
  • Lamps
  • Walking aids
  • Prams
  • Cots

For more information please contact Martin 07900535403.


NHS Blood and Transplant is asking for men between the ages of 18 and 65 to consider donating their blood plasma. Plasma is used to make antibody-based medicines called immunoglobulins, for people with weak immune systems and a variety of other rare disorders. Thousands of patients rely on immunoglobulin medicines for short-term treatment or lifelong diseases.


There is a new pilot project in Salford that aims to improve community confidence in reporting hate crime to the police.

Salford City Council is recruiting community members to support the project.


Salford Foundation want to develop 'The Shed' their men's services to support more men. They want to use their building so that it can accomodate The Shed with the full range of support the foundation offers.

Who can join The Shed?

Adult males (18+), who fit at least one of the following criteria:


Youth Elements are running two resilience building sessions over the summer.

How the program works:

The Youth Elements Team will come to the young people and visit a space of comfort, safety, and ownership.  A FREE session to provide FREE opportunities to young people.

Youth Elements are looking to partner with organisations across Greater Manchester, to deliver this workshop.


Salford Red Devils are running an innovative scheme aimed at raising your chances of employment through practical training in job related subjects, such as CVs, interviews and access to a variety of accredited courses all for FREE.

They then have potential job opportunities opening up at the end of the course!

Thursday 29th July
10am until 2pm
Eccles Sixth Form College,
Chatsworth Road, Eccles, M30 9FJ


A variety of different FREE Lifeskills activity sessions along with a meal and refreshments.

Greater Together Manchester Lifeskills sessions are for people who are currently experiencing or have experienced homelessness.

The sessions run weekday evenings andweek ends in locations across Greater Manchester.

There is a session in Salford running:

Monday evenings at St James (Hope) Church Vicarage Close/Eccles Old Road, Salford


LGBT+ Health Awareness, Summer planning, News, Updates, Networking and the new ‘normal’

Join Answer Cancer as they prepare and plan for a great summer.

The next Answer Cancer Get Together (Stakeholder Collaborative) is taking place on Tues 20th July at 10.00am – 12.00pm (with an optional 30 mins Q&A at the end).


Up to £10,000 match funding available for ideas that create a brighter future for Salford.

Salford City Council has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Crowdfund Salford!

Using the power of the crowd, they will be helping projects to find the funding and support they need to turn their ideas into a reality.


This Social Value Portal Webinar is aimed at both Commissioners within Salford City Council and Providers to introduce Salford City Councils Social Value Portal and Salford City Council’s Themes Outcomes and Measures (TOM)’s Framework that will form part of the procurement process moving forward.

The webinar is scheduled for 23 July 2021 10am to 12noon.


Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS) is conducting a survey to evaluate the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on the lives of people from ethnic and religious minority groups.

The survey will provide evidence to shift the narrative on racial injustice and ethnic and religious inequalities in modern Britain.


Design an eye-catching new logo for the listening hub and win great prizes!

Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership are looking for a creative logo and clever strapline for Salford’s new listening hub, which is all about listening to YOU and YOUR FAMILY and working to make Salford a better place to live.


Following a strategic review, GMCVO announced today an upcoming change in leadership and organisational focus.

As a result of the repositioning, GMCVO will lose two senior posts and go forward under new leadership. The current Chief Executive Alex Whinnom will be replaced later this summer by new Chief Executive John Hannen, and Gary Millar in a new role, Chief Operating Officer.


Salford Citizens Advice produce a weekly advice column, the articles take an in depth look at a variety of topics including pensions, debt and support schemes.

Their latest column outlines what you need to know if you missed the deadline for registering for the European Union Citizens Settlement Scheme (EUSS):


The pandemic continues to threaten the livelihoods and futures of young people and their loved ones.


North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) are looking for some help.

NWAS are in the process of creating a new youth zone on their website – a dedicated area for young people aged between 4-18 years old. For younger, primary school aged children, the resources will be aimed at their educators and youth group leaders. However for those aged 11-18, they would like to provide an area just for them, but NWAS want to make sure we get the content just right.


Young people live online. It is vital that they are encouraged to be a positive voice in this digital world and that they have opportunities for creative expression.

However, there is a pressing need to support frontline professionals in dealing with harmful and inappropriate online behaviour and the violence which can escalate as result.


Salford CVS has recently appointed Grace Dyke as its new Chair.

Grace, who has been on the Salford CVS Board of Trustees for four years, replaces outgoing Chair Chris Fox, who stepped down at our last AGM following 8 successful years in the role. 

Grace said

Scaling Impact: The Whys, Whats and Hows of scaling a social enterprise

With Devi Clark, Managing Director at King's Cross Impact Hub

12pm-1pm, Thursday 8th July


Tandem Theatre's next online employability programme run Sept 2021 - Jan 2022.

 The aim of the online programme is to improve your employability skills and achieve the NCFE level one Employability Award.

The programme is made up of weekly online sessions on Google Meets or Zoom.

Learners must be:


Thursday 29th July, 6pm – 8pm, Outside Deli Lama, Bexley Square, Salford, M3 5LE

£10 gets you a drink of your choice (tea/coffee/soft drink/beer/wine/spirits), delicious food, a vote and a chance to win a minimum of £200 for your social enterprise, business idea 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.


Salford Citizens Advice produce a weekly advice column, the articles take an in depth look at a variety of topics including pensions, debt and support schemes.

Their latest column covers Salford's School Summer Holiday Schemes:

Each year we support our partners across the city in putting together a programme of school holiday activity and support.


Wherever you are the WEA is here for you - their  next Counselling Skills Level 2 starts 13th September 2021.

This qualification aims to introduce learners to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.


Our community interpreting courses are here to help you learn the skills and abilities to become a community interpreter and to support those around you.

As an interpreter you will be vital to the support and growth of the community, interpreters enable others to have a voice and to feel safe and understood.

L2 Award Preparation to Work in Community Interpreting with WEA


A new NHS campaign, ‘Help BEAT Coronavirus’ has launched in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire encouraging people to take part in research to help the NHS in the fight against COVID-19.

The campaign has been developed following the incredible public response to vaccine research trials, where more than 30,000 people across the region have taken part in a range of nationally- prioritised COVID-19 studies supported by NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester.

GM Moving

GM Moving are looking for people for a TV advert and photographic campaign called ‘Keep Moving GM’.

The new campaign, which hopes to encourage people to be more active every day will go live in September 2021.


Europia are organising monthly Zoom drop-in sessions starting in July 2021 for local authority, statutory agency and VCSE workers to understand more about the EU communities living and working in Salford. The first free session will cover Europia’s recent research into the attitudes of Central and Eastern Europeans towards COVID-19 with time for questions and discussion.


The Ice Academy is an entrepreneur training programme that started in 2017 and has supported 175 entrepreneurs in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom so far. The programme works with refugees to develop their business ideas through entrepreneurship training and mentoring. Ice Academy helps refugees get back into business and removes some of the barriers they face when entering the job market.


Unity Radio has been busy working hard over the lockdown to provide you with new and exciting opportunities so you can grab you future by the horns and try something new.

Young adults are some of the people hardest hit by covid-19 with jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities disappearing so we wanted to change this and give something back, so we’ve created a whole new course especially for you.


Episode 1 of Europia's Polish-language news show Salford jest Super! (Salford is Super!) is now available, presented by Magda Kij and Mateusz Beznic.

Magda and Mateusz (who both study in Salford and are of Polish origin) will be talking about all things Salford in these short videos including: how to apply for money if you have to self-isolate: their experiences getting the COVID-19 vaccine: where to go for a stroll in Salford’s parks.


Salford CVS have pledged their support to the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The purpose of the community covenant is to encourage support for the armed forces and their families in Salford and to recognise the sacrifices made by all members of the armed forces community.

At Salford CVS, we will seek to uphold the principles of the covenant, by:

Salford Interfaith Forum

Faith in the Environment is an online conference examining the response of faith communities to the climate crisis from the Salford Interfaith Forum.

The event takes place on Wednesday 23 June from 6:30pm – 8pm.

The event includes guest speakers:

BASIC Support Recovery & Wellbeing

BASIC is a charity which exists to serve people recovering from acquired brain injury and spinal injury and their families. The charity specialises in centre-based services for people who have undergone treatment for a traumatic head injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour, stroke or similar conditions. Their services also help people manage long-term neurological conditions.


Salford’s ambition to become the first Living Wage City in England has been recognised with three awards.

At the Living Wage Champion Awards, Salford CVS was recognised for using their funding and grant-making process to promote the real Living Wage in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. This has included supporting a number of local charities to become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation in the last 12 months.

Mens Health Week The CAN DO Challenge

14th – 20th June is Men’s Health Week which is celebrated by the Men’s Health Forum – a charity supporting men's health in England, Wales and Scotland. Their mission is to improve the health of all men and boys, particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas and communities.


Would you be Interested in helping someone learn to read and write?

Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare?

The Broughton Trust are looking for people who would be interested in training to be a volunteer tutor to support someone to improve their reading and writing skills.

4 x 2 hour online training sessions starting on Thursday 8th July 1-3pm to 29th July


The Greater Manchester Active Neighbourhoods project team invites advocates of Active Neighbourhoods projects across Greater Manchester to come together.


The ‘AchieveHer’ is a transitions programme for women, conceived and designed by a collaboration of diverse Manchester based female coaching and mentoring experts, dedicated to inclusivity and diversity in the workplace and in society as a whole. 

The programme been delivered very successfully in the traditional workshop space and has recently been adapted to an online delivery of 12 sessions in order to reach and support women in a shutdown situation. 


A team of volunteers for The Fed’s My Voice project in Greater Manchester have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) - the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and equivalent to an individual receiving an MBE.


In May number of groups completed the Salford CVS pulse check. First of all thank you to ever single group who took the time to complete it. The report provided valuable insight into your work and what you need from us as an organisation. The finding from the report can be found in this document. But this article isn’t focusing on the report its letting you know how we used your insight to make a difference!

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Loneliness Awareness Week 2021 takes place from 14th – 18th June. Every year people and organisations join together to raise awareness by shining a light on loneliness to help remove the stigma surrounding it. The best way to do that is to talk about it!

We all feel lonely at times – it’s a natural human emotion. We're biologically wired for social contact, and loneliness is our signal that we need more.

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A NEW initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may be hard of hearing.

Radiyya Jahan, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains


Has the impact of COVID delayed your cervical cancer screening?

If so, now is the perfect time to call your GP to re-book your appointment!

Regular cervical screening appointments can prevent up to 75% of instances of cervical cancer, saving 5000 lives per year.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week runs from 14-20 June and Answer Cancer are encouraging everyone with a cervix to prioritise their health and attend their cervical cancer screening appointment.


The Awards are the biggest celebration of the year in the social enterprise calendar, recognising the best in the sector - both organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the incredible individuals who work at the heart of the social enterprise movement.  

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is consulting on a new Greater Manchester Homelessness Prevention Strategy. 

Homelessness in all forms has increased in Greater Manchester since 2010 and tackling homelessness and rough sleeping is a key priority for GMCA and organisations across Greater Manchester.

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The Shed’ is a pilot project that offers guidance and support to men living in Salford and Trafford. The main focus of the project is to support men to move forward in their lives and reach their potential. This is achieved through a combination of professional help and peer support.

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Smart Works Greater Manchester run services open to unemployed women across Greater Manchester and further afield.

Their ‘Job Help-Career Coaching’ service supports women who are looking for work – with CV writing, job application support or just giving women the confidence to move forwards in their job search.


This year Small Charity Week runs from the 14 - 19 June.

The week is an opportunity to celebrate and raise the profile of the small charity sector. Each day is themed with activities and initiatives to support and raise awareness of the hundreds and thousands of small charities that, every day, make a huge difference to our communities.


A NEW initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may be hard of hearing. 


What if there was a day dedicated to two simple words: Thank you?

That’s exactly what is happening just in a few short months, on 4 July, across the country.


Are you leading work you truly believe in?

Do you want that work to have an even greater impact than it already does?

Have you got an idea of where you want to go and you’re not quite sure how to get there?

 Or maybe none of this applies to you, but you know a woman who fits the bill. Queen Bee Coaching wants to help.

Volunteers's Stories

This year for Volunteers' Week we are sharing volunteer stories to recognise the difference that they make and the vital role they have played in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We will be sharing stories throughout the week on our social media channels. You can join in by telling your volunteers' stories too - tag us in your posts and we will share them for you!

Read some of these stories below.

Cash Recovery Courses

Greater Together Manchester is offering a COVID Cash Recovery course for local groups on Monday 7 June at 2pm

COVID Cash Recovery (CCR) is a free online course which up-skills churches, charities, community leaders and organisations to provide information and resources, to help their communities recover from money issues that have arisen due to COVID-19. 

Carers' Week

Making Carers Visible & Valued

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.  It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much – needed support.

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Volunteers’ Week 2021 – A time to say thanks

Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1st – 7th June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers for the fantastic contribution they make. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year. 

HortAbility - Free horticulture courses for disabled people in Salford 

Gain a Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills, leading to a nationally recognised City & Guilds qualification.

The course is delivered by YMCA Training, experts in education, health and wellbeing.


A range of illnesses have featured highly in the news lately as the lockdown eases cancer is at the top of that list.

Across Greater Manchester, we have world renowned cancer services; led by The Christie and Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network. While there has been much improvement in the rates of cancer detection and treatment, tragically, lung and bowel cancer amongst others still have very high rates of death in Greater Manchester.


Free online training sessions from Answer Cancer, the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme. 

Different dates and times are available to suit you. 


Good wellbeing is being able to be at our best - in all parts of our lives.

This introductory session is open to the VCSE sector workforce and is being delivered collaboratively between the GM Health and Social Care Partnership and 10GM to discuss supporting greater VCSE workforce wellbeing.


The government is developing a plan for how it intends to ‘level up’ the country, with almost £5bn committed to improving everyday life across the UK.

The idea is that people and communities that feel they’ve been left behind get a chance to catch up.


NHS Blood and Transplant is asking for men between the ages of 17 and 66 to consider donating their blood plasma which is used in the production of life-saving medicines. Thousands of patients rely on these antibody-based medicines called immunoglobulins, which are used for short-term treatment or lifelong diseases, they help people with weak immune systems and a variety of other rare disorders.


Campaigning can be stressful, and it takes its toll on all of us. It is essential for our own mental health, and for the needs of those we campaign for and with, that we exercise self-care.

The aim of this three-hour online workshop is to ensure that we are all able to take care of ourselves and those around us. This workshop will be run by our associates at Bird Movement – experts in resilience.

Participants will:


Internal support for a cause is essential – for the people you serve, for your campaign, for you. Without the support of your organisation internally, you can’t expect to win externally.

This three hour online workshop will look at ways to achieve, improve and widen support for a campaign within your organisation – including from senior leadership teams and boards.


Increasing your knowledge of Corporate Fundraising will help you to develop new business relationships and diversify your organisation’s potential income.

In doing so, you have the potential to increase your organisation’s financial sustainability, aiding you in meeting your organisation’s objectives.

This practical learning session is designed to support fundraisers and non-profit organisations to increase their Corporate Fundraising success.


Macc in partnership with Do It Now Now is hosting a Meet the Funder Event specifically aimed at Black-led charities and social enterprises.

On Tuesday 25 May, 2021 - 5.30pm - 7pm via Zoom.

Do it Now Now has received funding from Comic Relief's Global Majority Fund to provide, through the Common Call grant fund, financial support to Black-led charities and social enterprises disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 in the UK.


Riding to Success is a new scheme to provide young people with skills and bikes which could help them find work and training.

Salford City Council is asking residents to donate any type of adult bike which can easily be repaired.

Young people aged 16 to 24 will be trained to repair and maintain the bikes, giving them a new skill for life which could also help them find work and will be able to keep the bike after the course.

Intercultural Employability Training and Information Advice & Guidance to Support Refugees and BAME. 

Visible Outcomes provide intercultural employability training  coupled with information advice and guidance covering the areas of

Broughton Trust

From Friday 4th June Broughton Trust will be running a Digital Drop-in service in their new Learning Lab.

The service is free and open to anyone and aims to be able to help the community with basic every day digital skills: social media, emails, using the internet, Microsoft, Zoom etc.

The Digital Drop-in will be every Friday from 9am – 12pm.

You can visit the Broughton Trust at:

The Broughton Trust


GreaterSport is a high performing charity passionate about changing lives through physical activity and sport. Their vision is to make Greater Manchester the most active region in England.

They have shared their resource of volunteering and community updates for VCSE groups that may be interested.

See below for the range of resources, toolkits, and reports they have found:


The Northern Care Alliance next 'Your Health Matters' talk will be on Covid-19 Vaccines and is taking place on the 19th May 2021.

NCA NHS Group colleagues Dr Joel Paul, Dr Shuyab Elkhalifa and Ms Elizabeth Lamerton will be presenting information about the vaccine programme, discussing the importance and effect of vaccines and the role vaccination plays in controlling disease. 


Thursday 24 June 2021, 10am – 12.30pm.

The GM gambling harm reduction programme aims to establish a series of community-led trailblazer projects to prevent or reduce harm associated with gambling, in line with our ambition to support better lives for all in Greater Manchester, by focusing on and improving our collective wellbeing.


A group of older volunteers with the Greater Manchester Police Economic Crime Unit are on a mission to equip older residents with the information to avoid scams and fraud.


New free Breakfast Club starts Monday 17 May

The club at The Old Rec on Camp Street, Broughton (M7 1ZT) is completely free, no money is needed to attend.

It will run Monday to Friday from 9am to 10.30am.

The breakfast club is run by Salford Lifestyle Centre at The Rec.


27th May, 2021 11:00 AM through 12:00 PM

Leading UK property advice charity, the Ethical Property Foundation. is delighted to offer this FREE online property webinar for voluntary organisations in partnership with Action Together and 10GM Partners


The Select Committee on COVID-19 publishes its report Beyond Digital: Planning for a Hybrid World and warns that more needs to be done to ensure that we all benefit from our increasing reliance on digital technology post-pandemic and that it does not lead to increasing inequality and marginalisation.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Salford CVS is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

Today Monday 10 May 2021 marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.  


Coronavirus has caused challenges for many organisations though looking closer at water use at your charity is worth the time and can save significant amounts of money.

Water Plus, a joint venture between United Utilities and Severn Trent,  have put together some helpful information and advice to help keep costs down – and help the environment too. 


Salford Citizens Advice produce a weekly advice column, the articles take an in depth look at a variety of topics including pensions, debt and support schemes.

Their latest column covers the new Breathing Space and Mental Health Crisis Debt Respite Schemes:


Hate crime; what is it, how do you report it and what support is available if you suffer from it?

These questions, plus any others you can think of, will be answered by a panel of experts on Monday 17th May at 11.30am as part of Pendleton Together’s work for IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobic, Bipohbic and Transphbic Abuse).


Salford mental health charity ‘Start Inspiring Minds’, through its multi award winning ‘Reach Out; Start to End Suicide’ campaign, in partnership with ‘Salford Royal NHS Trust’ are crowdfunding 'Everyday Mental Health Heroes of the NHS’ which sees Salford Royal NHS staff supported to create a positive & supportive mental health workplace for all and to save lives being lost to suicide.

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#WeStandTogether Month is every May and is an opportunity for you, your friends, your local community group, school or college to plan a cohesion activity for your neighbourhood.

Bring people together, increase understanding and respect and build strong relationships in and across communities.


Community Futures are offering free training courses to help employment skills including presenting yourself and your business, word processing workshops and interview skills.

These courses are perfect for those looking for a job or starting their own business.

Citizens Advice Salford have published their advice for getting the best price from your energy provider - It's not all about price!

Their Citizens Advice Star Rating table ranks domestic energy suppliers on customer service and shows that money does not always buy good service.

Give Plasma Save Lives NHS

Save lives today by donating your blood plasma

NHS Blood and Transplant urges people to donate their blood plasma – which will be used to make antibody-based medicines called immunoglobulins, for people with weak immune systems and a variety of other rare disorders. Thousands of patients rely on immunoglobulin medicines for short-term treatment or lifelong diseases.

Salford Summer Seasonal Market

This Summer we have updated the Salford Seasonal Market – our marketplace for local and social businesses.

We started this market to showcase some of the amazing suppliers, VCSE groups, and independents that are located within Salford or Greater Manchester.

Spending your money locally will help benefit our community and grow the social way of doing business in our city.

Stephen Lawrence Foundation

What is the aim of Stephen Lawrence Day?

Stephen Lawrence Day was created by the Stephen Lawrence Foundation as a celebration of his life and legacy.

It exists “to inspire a more equal, inclusive society, and to foster opportunities for marginalised young people in the UK”.

Salford Watersports Centre is excited to launch their new Sailing in the community project, for community groups, clubs, and charities operating in Salford.

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Plant and Share Month is a celebration of growing your own.

From 19 April - 19 May, we are encouraging the nation to dig in and sow, grow and share veg with their communities.

Whether you’re growing in yogurt pots for the first time or you’re a seasoned grower with an allotment, Plant and Share Month is for you.

It’s easy to get involved

The Community Support Centre is running Women Photography sessions starting March 2021 which will explore the impacts of Covid-19 on different traditions in Salford.

The project will run for 20 weeks.

See below for what they have planned and share this flyer with any groups or communities that may be interested.

Respond, Recover, Reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19 April 2021

COVID-19 is having a major impact on the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. This survey looks at the Pandemic’s effect on organisations’ finances, operations, employees and volunteers.

Nottingham Trent University, together with the NCVO and Sheffield Hallam, are currently conducting the largest UK study exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

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The Prince’s Trust Team: Helping Change Young Lives

The Prince’s Trust at Worsley College are recruiting for their next team.

This FREE 12-week Prince’s Trust Team Programme is designed to help young people uncover their hidden talents, improve their confidence, and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. If you’re unemployed and aged between 16 and 25, you can meet new people, gain new skills, and train on our team programme.

Age UK are running a creative writing workshop for people living with dementia and their carers and family, joined by writer James Baldwin.

The course will last 8 weeks and starts on Thursday 22 April at 11am - 12:30pm.

See the full details here (info transcribed below)

Creative Writing Workshop

Europia are setting up panels that start in June and they will meet 6 times a year for a maximum of 90 minutes.

All panel members will be paid for their time and the meetings will be at a time and date that's suitable to all - including evenings and weekend. 

Get help to buy food and milk from The Healthy Start scheme.

What is Healthy Start?

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:

Yaran NW

During the month of Ramadan and the fasting period, Yaran NW are supporting Middle Eastern/South Asian families across Salford with Halal supermarket vouchers and face masks.

If your organisation is based in Salford and you work with any families who would be interested in this support, please let them know about this offer and how to access the support.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is seeking to provide contract funding for the facilitation of five Greater Manchester Equality Panels. 

Bidders have the ability to submit a tender submission to facilitate all, some or one of the panels; Faith, Race, Women and Girls, LGBTQ+ and Older People.

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Caring can be very rewarding, but also very demanding and can affect physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Many carers are trying to work, study and look after other family members in addition to their caring responsibilities. The CarerLinks service from Crossroads Together are here to ensure carers are aware of support available as early as possible.

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Manchester Deaf Centre is looking to support deaf/hard of hearing, male ex-offenders through either 1:1 or group sessions.

The project is planning a Covid safe meeting at Impossible, an outdoor café in Manchester for an opportunity for deaf/hard of hearing male ex-offenders to share their experiences and meet others.

This year The Living Wage Foundation celebrates its 10th Birthday this year as well as the 20th anniversary of the Living Wage Campaign, a movement supporting the only UK wage rate that meets every day needs - like the weekly shop or a surprise trip to the dentist.

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Salford City Council has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Crowdfund Salford.

This is a brand new scheme specifically created to help local groups bring their ideas to life.

Finding funding can be hard for any local project, especially in the current climate and so this scheme has been developed to help bright ideas overcome that funding hurdle.

  • Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission publishes recommendations for tackling the causes and drivers of inequality
  • Commission calls for equality and wellbeing goals to be put at the heart of public policy and across the private and voluntary sectors
  • Recommendations include strengthening equality panels, community wealth and investment initiatives, and a living wage city-region by 2030

Unpaid carers have struggled during the pandemic for a lot of reasons, much like other vulnerable groups in our communities.

Crossroads Together supports any unpaid carer across Greater Manchester over the age of 18, regardless of their involvement in their caring role. They typically support carers for a short term period of up to 12 weeks but it can be longer.

Launched in October 2020, the Independent Inequalities Commission had a six-month mission to examine inequalities across the city-region, consider how they should be tackled and outline specific, ambitious recommendations.

They have published their findings in their report “The Next Level: Good Lives for All in Greater Manchester”.

Salford Community Leisure have created free Healthy Holidays Activity Packs for families and children in Salford for the Easter holidays.

The Activity Packs include games, puzzles and craft activities to take part in from your own home. Packs are available from multiple venues on Tuesday 6 April across Salford.

This programme is for children on Free School Meals living within Salford boundaries.


Disabled people have been disproportionately impacted by lockdown, with a greater deterioration in physical and mental health and increase in feelings of worry and isolation.

Empower You is an approach commissioned by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group which works with communities to support disabled people to lead healthy and active lives. 

Summary of the survey:

  • The DCMS Coronavirus Impacts Third Sector Survey ran from 9th June to 18th June 2020.
  • The survey received 1008 responses through YouGov.

  • The YouGov sample consisted of middle managers and higher in third sector organisations. The survey was carried out online.

This call for evidence has been reopened to reflect the recent public discussion about Violence Against Women and Girls to provide an additional opportunity to feed into the consultation.

 It is open to all genders. It previously ran for 10 weeks from 12:15am on 10 December 2020 to 11:45pm on 19 February 2021.


The Greater Manchester Wellbeing Toolkit for our health and care workforce is an interactive online toolkit to help support you to be your best.

The last twelve months have been really challenging for us all, and it is more important than ever that we all prioritise good wellbeing in everything we do.


Do you know what nordic walking is or the benefits for breast cancer patients?

Abcdiagnosis are looking to train people to run their own nordic walking groups in their local areas.

Full training is provided free from Abcdiagnosis through the British Nordic Walking society, and a full support package with all insurances is also included to help you set up and lead your local groups of Nordic walkers.


Armchair Adventures is an interactive, fictional and chart-topping podcast, activity pack and workshop hub by Manchester-based theatre group Made By Mortals CIC. 

Made By Mortals have designed it to be heard by families with and children, it’s a perfect lockdown activity. Alongside their latest episode, Made By Mortals have launched a drawing competition with some awesome prizes.

We Can’t Breathe: Gary Younge in Conversation with Zubaida Haque about Race, Class and COVID

The Coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have thrown issues of racial and class inequality into sharp relief. Join Gary Younge and Zubaida Haque for a conversation on the impacts of COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement for ethnic minorities in Britain.

Free online concerts for care homes featuring Live Music Now musicians

Live Music Now provides music sessions for thousands of older people every year.

Join them on Friday 9th April at 2pm - 2:45pm for a virtual live music performance especially for care homes in Salford where you will be joined by Ben Sayah, a guitarist, singer and member of award-winning world music ensemble, Kabantu.

This project is funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. The offer is a free Train the trainer course for the Connect 5 programme.

When you write a funding application, how often are you successful? Your time is precious and there are few good funding opportunities; every application needs to be as strong as possible.

NCVO are running this online training course called Writing Successful Bids where you will learn how to write solid funding applications with confidence and with focus.

The outcomes of the training are:

The Muslim Council of Britain have issued guidance and advice for all Muslims during Ramadan an Eid this year.

Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims as it is when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, and Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours.

Ramadan starts on the evening 12th April and Ends on 12th May, with Eid on 13th May (dates are approximate and based on moon sighting).

Beauty in the Community was born during COVID-19 to help unite the local Greater Manchester communities by running Wellbeing Workshops and Self-Care activities across Greater Manchester to local communities, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

In preparation for opening in the near future, they have a list of activities, workshops, and events to register on their website.

 Events include:

Salford City Council is launching Crowdfund Salford

On Monday 22nd March 2020 Salford City Council is launching Crowdfund Salford, an on-line means of raising finance for local community projects, as a practical example of its Salford Inclusive Economy Strategy. It will use the power of the crowd to help projects in Salford find the funding and support they need to turn their ideas into reality.


Free online training sessions from Answer Cancer, the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme. 

Different dates and times are available to suit you. 

Talk Listen Change has developed a new programme to Engage Children and Young People Who Use Harm, this programme will run in several boroughs including Stockport, Manchester, Wigan and Salford: The program is funded by the Home Office and will be delivered at no cost to the local authority, providers, or agencies. 


A Community Connector in Salford has been named the national Link Worker of the Year.

Debs Johnson won the accolade in the national Social Prescribing Network Awards 2021.


Connecting the Dots is a network to link refugees and people seeking asylum to online creative opportunities, mental health services, local events and activities in Greater Manchester.


As part of the Greater Manchester Rail Stations Alliance, partners Network Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester, Northern, TransPennine Express and LCR are developing a programme to reinvigorate and bring into use station rooms and buildings across Greater Manchester. In collaboration with GMCVO they are inviting expressions of interest from community organisations, social enterprise groups or charities who may be interested in the use of any of the following buildings.


At this year’s elections on Thursday 6 May, voters will choose representatives for the City Mayor of Salford, all 60 Salford City Council seats and the Mayor of Greater Manchester. Salford City Council is currently making provisions to ensure that voting at polling stations will be as safe as possible during the current covid-19 situation.


If ever there was a case for why charities are #NeverMoreNeeded, it is now.

Covid-19 not only changed life as we know it, but it also brought home the importance of charities and the crucial role they play in society. Charities not only stepped up to the immense challenges put before them but rose above them through delivering vital information to beneficiaries, moving services online, innovating events and fundraising in a virtual world.

Census open on a laptop

Census 2021 has arrived and if you haven't done so already it's time to fill your census form in, online, or by requesting a paper copy.

“The census is a snapshot of modern society and it's all about where people are on 21 March 2021. It's crucial in the planning of all sorts of services, from schools and hospitals, to doctors surgeries, transport and business,” says Alison Gilbody, Census Engagement Manager for Salford.


Groundwork Greater Manchester are offering frontline workers across the Northwest free training through the Big Energy Saving Network on how to support customers/beneficiaries on saving energy and money and keeping cosy in their home. They will also be talking about the funding available in local areas and how to access them.

A Salford man has gone alcohol-free for two months to improve his health and raise funds for homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

33-year-old Taran Knight from Lower Broughton has completed his Dry January & February charity challenge and so far raised more than £600 for Emmaus Salford. Taran took on the challenge to help Emmaus support formerly homeless people and families affected by Covid-19 pandemic.


Taran said:

First Aid during the Coronavirus Pandemic in non-healthcare settings.

HSE have updated the guidance for first aid requirements in non-healthcare settings during the pandemic, as well as first aid cover and qualifications at this time.

This free guidance and advice will benefit organisations and groups by allowing them to confidently manage risks correctly, boost productivity, and contribute to a fairer society.

GM Moving

You are invited to this important engagement event which forms a key part of the journey to refresh the Greater Manchester Moving Plan on 31st March 2021, 1pm - 2pm.

Moving more is vital to feeling happier, stronger, living and coping better during the pandemic and beyond. 

VCSE organisations are vital in a whole system approach to supporting active lives and addressing inequalities. 


The Cranfield Trust has produced a free webinar series for charity leaders. Register discover how you can successfully manage the most pressing issues facing charity leaders today. You will learn practical solutions, best practice and be able to get answers to your questions from leading industry experts, during the live Q & A. 

How to create a business plan for your charity

18 March 2021 10.00 am - 11.30 am


Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations have been hit hard by the economic and operational consequences of the pandemic.

A new service has been launched to help organisations come back stronger from the challenges presented during the pandemic, this time better equipped and better prepared with the skills for the future.

Kickstart logo

Kickstart is a new £2 billion Government scheme that is creating hundreds of thousands of Government-subsidised job placements to help young people into work and support the UK's economic revival.


To celebrate International Women’s Day, Answer Cancer has spent the whole of March choosing to challenge health inequalities!

Although our month of celebration is coming to an end, we want conversations around cancer awareness and health inequalities to continue.


A new toolkit designed to help people get out on a short walk each day in their local community has been launched.

 The GM Daily Mile Toolkit is bursting with tips, tools and motivational ideas to help adults and families walk more, outside of school settings. It aims to support people to do a Daily Mile however and wherever suits them with three tailor-made versions: an Individual and Family Toolkit, a Toolkit for Employers and a Community Organisation Toolkit.

Aviva Community Fund has been running for over four years, and has helped thousands of small charities and raised over £2,500,000 for over 1,500 projects already for good causes all across the UK.

Eligible causes will be able to submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder. Funding applications are open to projects looking to raise up to £50,000.

Bailiffs can often be one of the worst things about being in debt.

Whether it's receiving threatening letters, worrying about the knock at your door or having the possessions you need to live a decent life being taken from you; bailiffs and debt collectors make things worse for people in our community.


Design Your Own Eco-Street is a new and exciting opportunity from Groundwork Greater Manchester giving communities the chance to win £6,000 funding to transform an unused area into an exciting green space. 


Humanly (a design studio), are working in collaboration with GMCA and the Centre for Ageing Better to find out how best to support people aged over 50 into work. 

As part of this, they are talking with different stakeholders, including people aged over 50, service providers and employers.

It would be great to hear your thoughts and ideas from your experiences of working with or employing people aged over 50 through this short 5 question survey.

Living Hours Report cover

The campaign for a real Living Wage has ensured hundreds of thousands of workers are earning a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum.

But millions of low paid workers are also struggling to get the hours they need to make ends meet. That’s why the Living Wage Foundation has developed a new standard of what good looks like for those employers that can offer ‘Living Hours’ alongside a real Living Wage. 


Buile Hill Mansion Association are recruiting! As their negotiations proceed with Salford City Council they would like to ask their wider community for support.

The association are actively seeking skilled volunteers to focus on the following areas:

  1. Finance and fundraising
  2. Historic building restoration
  3. Historic research and education delivery

To apply, please send either a 2 min video or a maximum 500 word message detailing:


The Tech and Tea VCSE Digital Equipment Scheme provides resources to develop digital capacity within VCSE organisations working with older people.

The scheme will provide, free of charge, laptops or tablets (up to a maximum of five pieces of equipment) to enable VCSE organisations to support digital inclusion for older people. The equipment can be loaned to older people or used by staff and volunteers.

With so many feeling the impact of Covid 19, Manchester City Mission are commencing the Family FoodFayre Community Shop to support local people with their weekly shop.

As most of the goods come from surplus food from supermarkets, this will reduce food waste as well as help your bank balance

Memberships costs £5 per year and this can be paid in instalments. Each shop costs £3, with an anticipated value of between £10 and £15.


HOYO is a new project in Salford that is being run by a small, friendly team of artists who are looking to gather stories and memories of hugs that people have given and received over the course of their lives. It is supported by Arts Council England.

HOYO is aimed at:

Pendleton Together are celebrating Disability Awareness Month by running a free virtual training session on Disability Awareness Training.

Joining the 90 minute session will give you a fresh insight into the world of disability. The session is suitable for everyone whether you have a disability or not. Those who attend will look at myths around disability and unpick what disability really means for people.


Content includes:

Standguide Group and partners are supporting Greater Manchester residents at risk of redundancy by delivering a wide range of courses to help improve employability through the devolved GMCA Adult Education Budget (AEB)


The principle purpose of the AEB is to engage adults and provide them with the skills needed for entering and sustaining work, an apprenticeship / traineeship, or other further learning.


Community Support Centre is running sessions over Zoom to help tackle loneliness and isolation in Salford.

Sessions will include Game Nights, Quizzes, Wellbeing Sessions and more.

The project started on Saturday 7th February and will run for 8 weeks. Places are limited but still available.

Government has funding available for grassroots or national youth organisations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.


We Stand Together are running a series of FREE training sessions* for people to improve your skills for Community Cohesion.

*donations accepted


The VCSE Mental Health Leadership Group is pleased to announce that, due to investment from the Health and Social Care Partnership, we will be launching a unique set of projects designed to ensure that Greater Manchester mental health VCSE can meet this current (and subsequent) surge in demand as a result of Covid-19.

Vaccinations are on all our minds at the moment, potentially causing a degree of agitation for many. A new guide shows how music can be used to help alleviate COVID-19 jab anxiety for people living with dementia, and its information has universal relevance.


Salford City Council’s Skills and Work team have developed two surveys for young people (Aged 16-18, and Aged 18-24 versions) to learn about their current work status (in learning, employed, furloughed etc.) and to ask some questions about how they are managing/feeling during the coronavirus response.


Are you a user of Salford City Council’s Equipment Service?

Can you spare five minutes to give your views on the vital service? 

Salford City Council is working in collaboration with Healthwatch Salford and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group to create a survey to capture the views of Salfordians, who have used the equipment service in the past six months to aid a better quality of life.  


Rosa and Smallwood Trust are thrilled to announce the launch of the Women Thrive Fund for women’s and girls’ organisations in the UK.

With £1.79 million of Tampon Tax money, this partnership fund will give grants of up to £40,000 to organisations supporting women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience.


The online domestic abuse toolkit has been developed to support you in the identification and management of domestic abuse cases.

The tool kit has over 100 resources to help practitioners support domestic abuse cases.

The tool kit is broken down into three lead headings to help support domestic abuse work with:

  • Victims
  • Children
  • Perpetrators

Each of these heading have three drop down sections:


A census engagement manager has been appointed to help support Salford residents in the lead up to the 2021 Census, which is taking place on the 21st of March this year.

Alison Gilbody will help organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders raise awareness about the census and why it’s so important for everyone to take part.

Alison, who’s worked in the charities over the last 10 ten years said,


Giving World are here to help charities access brand new life-essentials for free.

They redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

There are a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing for adults and children, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.


Learn how to start your own podcast with a British Podcast Award nominated podcast producer. Includes tech, content, marketing & lots more!


A NEW initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available to residents of Greater Manchester. 

The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may have hearing impairments. 

Hana Riaz, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains:

Healthwatch England is running a new campaign which aims to help services identify and, more importantly, address issues and support people experience by encouraging feedback of health and social care services across England. 

They are asking you to take a moment to share your experiences of health and social care, whether good or bad. Your feedback is the only way services can understand what is working and what can be improved.

Last year shed light on the gap and lack of engagement of black and minoritised communities in the community business sector.

Despite this, best practice has emerged and this course will introduce you to the ways in which Black and Minoritised communities have been developing and growing in the community business sector. We’ll explore the work in the food sector, community hubs, and educational initiatives.


How should we best raise awareness of ‘Prevent’ in our communities?

Wednesday 24th February 10am -11.30am

Prevent is part of the Governments Counter Terrorism Strategy CONTEST

Salford City Council's Prevent Team would like to invite you to participate in a focus group on raising awareness of Prevent in our Communities.

Join Olympias Music Foundation for a songwriting workshop celebrating International Women's Day 

Alice Mary Jelaska, will be leading two workshops, using your thoughts and ideas to create a brand new song to be released on International Women's Day. If you play an instrument, we’d be very excited to hear you collaborate with it but this is not a requirement. All musical abilities are welcome!


We Stand Together to take anti-discrimination workshops to schools, colleges, youth and community groups alongside developing and supporting local #WeStandTogether Groups to undertake local cohesion work.


Affordable and tasty meal kits are coming to dining tables across Salford thanks to a new partnership between The Good Food Bag and local charity Emmaus Salford.

The Good Food Bag offers good quality meal kits with easy to follow recipes at community locations across Greater Manchester. The latest collection point to offer The Good Food Bag meal kits is Lucie’s Pantry social supermarket based at Emmaus Salford.


The British Wrestling Association is proud to announce a partnership with Wrestle Like a Girl for the ‘This Girl Can Wrestle’ Campaign in an effort to drive the growth of girl’s and women’s wrestling throughout the UK.

Student Volunteering Week (SVW) takes place this year from 8th – 15th February and aims to celebrate the impact of student volunteers and encourage students to engage in civic life.

When students are supported to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other, both communities and students benefit. SVW is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate how social action creates positive change.


LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration, held throughout February, that provides education and insight into the issues that the LGBT+ community faces.

The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. One of the main focusses is to teach young people about the history of the gay rights movement and to promote an inclusive modern society.


Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations have been hit hard by the economic and operational consequences of the pandemic.

A new service has been launched to help organisations come back stronger from the challenges presented during the pandemic, this time better equipped and better prepared with the skills for the future.


More than 100,000 concessionary pass holders whose tram and train add-on is due to expire are being encouraged not to travel to renew their pass.

Instead, anyone who bought the £10 add-on in early 2020 and who needs to travel for a legally permitted reason will still be able to use their pass, without renewing, until 31 March 2021. 


Launched by Sir Ian McKellen in June 2019, Pride in Ageing has already made huge strides in helping to ensure that Greater Manchester becomes one of the best places for LGBT people to grow older.


Manchester Metropolitan University and the Centre for Ageing Better are launching a new survey to better understand older people’s views about the homes and communities they live in. The survey is part of the ‘RightPlace’ programme, which aims to investigate the reasons why some older people want to move home in later life, while other choose to remain in their current home as they grow older.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has brought together groups of arts, voluntary and health organisations to find a way of supporting older people across Greater Manchester, particularly those who find it hard to access activities online.

They have created the Greater Manchester Creative Care Kit, a booklet filled with cultural and creative resources to keep people entertained, engaged and connected as we continue to practice physical distancing measures


Manchester Metropolitan University and the Centre for Ageing Better are launching a new survey to better understand older people’s views about the homes and communities they live in.


The survey is part of the ‘RightPlace’ programme, which aims to investigate the reasons why some older people want to move home in later life, while other choose to remain in their current home as they grow older.


A new survey, by Public Health England at the start of the current government restrictions, has revealed the impact of COVID-19 on adults’ mental wellbeing across the country.

The Road Ahead is an annual report by NCVO which looks at analysing the changing operating environment for anyone working in the voluntary sector.

It identifies and explains forces and trends that are shaping the sector and are likely to have an impact on organisations in the future.

Read 'The Road Ahead' report here.


Join Salford Social Enterprise City in cyberspace on 17th February 2021 for a Social Enterprise City Palaver.

The event will be joined by special guests Kimberley Bond, Scott Darraugh and Grace Dyke, who alongside being involved in Salford Social Enterprise City work also now sit on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Social Enterprise Advisory Group (GM SEAG).


The 1 - 7 February 2021 is Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The week aims to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage people to report incidents.

Hate crimes are crimes committed against someone because of their race, religion, belief, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault, bullying, or damage to property.


Frameworks Social Enterprise are currently able to fund the CSCS Labourer card training and application for people who are either unemployed or under threat of redundancy and looking for employment opportunities in the Construction Industry.

This course includes:

• Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (One day course)

• CITB / CSCS Health Safety & Environment test

• CSCS card on achievement of the above

It is estimated that around £100m worth of Pension Credits are unclaimed across GM each year, with almost 50,000 households not claiming the credits that they are eligible for.

Nearly 9 out of 10 claims for Pension Credit are successful and that in Greater Manchester there are already over 70,000 residents receiving their Pension Credit entitlement.

Currently, the average Pension Credit claim in Greater Manchester is around £60 per week or £3,000 a year.

Manchester Let’s Meditate is an online event open to all to support people during these difficult times, created in aid of Forever Manchester as a community and fundraising initiative.

During COVID-19 Salford City Council can now come to you with their brand-new cloud coffee and chat sessions.

They are now offering face to face chats with a member of the locality team via video calls to replace the drop in BetterOff sessions usually held in our Gateways.

Flourish are running a series of events to help provide an ecosystem of support for women.


They are running a session called Joining Boards to Make a Difference - why, how & benefits to your community


Flourish is running a series of events to help provide an ecosystem of support for women.

One event they are organising is their Holistic Wellbeing Afternoon, an opportunity to take time for you, connect with women change-makers and hear from women leading health and wellbeing ventures.

Holocaust Memorial Day


Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place every year on the 27th January. It is day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

Age UK Salford are running an Online Zoom Workshop called ‘The World from Our Window’.

Could you help to shape this new group and interactive sessions by sharing your ideas, tips and creativity?

The group is open to all and will offer support to encourage ‘complete novices’ at growing their own or identifying the wildlife outside, right through to those with ‘green fingers’ or ‘wildlife experts’.


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), which is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, is running a new awareness campaign for young people about reducing violent crime.

They are looking to hear from both young people as well as parents or carers of young people aged between 10 – 17.

Victory Outreach Manchester are partnering with The Message Trust to launch the Salford Community Grocery to help local residents with their weekly food shop.


Does your organisation work with people who may be struggling to get online?

Let them know about this new digital inclusion project from Corinth Training CIC.

The project is for those who:


Researchers at the University of Salford are interested in speaking with disabled people from across Greater Manchester about their perceptions and experiences of E-Scooters. This could be, for example, as pedestrians sharing space with E-Scooters, or as E-Scooter users. The overall aim of their research is to contribute to policy and planning around E-Scooter share schemes and they want to incorporate disabled people’s views into these discussions.

The Lowry is offering a weekly timetable of free online activities for children and adults to enjoy from home.

These 'Creativity for Wellbeing' activities are weekly workshops with professional artists that will boost your mood, enhance your energy, connect you with others and offer you a sense of calm. No experience or skill is necessary and everyone is welcome and it’s all completely free.

UpRising is a national youth leadership and employability organisation. They are recognised at Government level as a pioneering charity championing the critical issues surrounding diversity, social mobility and equality. They provide routes to leadership and employment for 18-25-year olds who have talent but lack opportunity and their mission is to break the cycle of unrepresentative power in the UK.

Fit Over Fifty have put together their ‘Use It or Lose It’ Booklet and Toolkit to accompany their chair-based exercise classes for people over the age of 50.

The exercises come with a list of benefits for body, mind, as well as a list of social benefits including empowerment, making friendships, and reducing loneliness.

Are you a budding novelist or just like to write a few words?

Join in with the Creative Writing Workshop. All you need is to log on and have a pen and paper at the ready!

The workshop will be hosted by Patricia Wardle on Thursday 4th February at 3:30pm-4:30pm and will be held remotely on Zoom.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a leading independent report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people.

Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) have produced a briefing on how a ‘Cash First’ approach can give people accessing local welfare support better dignity, control, and support when receiving financial support over vouchers, food aid, or in-kind support.


Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers.

Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially.

All it takes is a missed pay-cheque, sickness, or bereavement to cause someone to fall into real financial trouble. Turn 2 Us are available for support for those who need help getting back on track.


Their support includes:

Corinth Business and Community Training are offering free online courses to Salford residents aged 19 and over, irrespective of working or in receipt of benefits.

The online courses are delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams and are perfect for improving your skills and opportunities, building your confidence, meeting new people online and making new friends.

A guide to online resources for those providing care for people with dementia

A resource has been compiled by the Health Innovation Network (HIN), the Academic Health Science Network for south London, to support the provision of activities in older adult’s mental health inpatient settings and Care Homes during the national response to Covid 19. Many of the resources included are dementia friendly.

Companion Damian and Rachel Richardson from Emmaus Salford with Jane Galbraith from SPCT Inclusion

Homelessness charity Emmaus Salford is pioneering a new approach to community health by hosting a weekly pop-up GP service at its Pendleton base.

Emmaus Salford is a charity that supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home, meaningful work and support for as long as they need it. The Inclusion GP Service is provided by Salford Primary Care Together (SPCT) to give people supported by Emmaus Salford the chance to access health services more easily.


The Funders for Race Equality Alliance provide recommendations on where funders should focus on supporting, sustaining, and strengthening the race equality sector.


Thursday 14 January 2021, 09:00 - 10:30

This is the third in a series of engagement events that Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Clinks are hosting to help voluntary organisations understand the co-commissioning process for probation services in Greater Manchester as part of the new probation model.

This event will specifically be looking at the Women’s Services contract lot.


The Answer Cancer Get Together (Stakeholder Collaborative) is taking place on Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 10am – 11.30am. 

This online event will focus on Cervical Cancer Awareness week in January. 

Come along and:


Survivors Manchester has been working with the Office of the Victims Commissioner on a piece of work looking at how they can influence the Victims Law and have come up with a short questionnaire to capture people’s ideas and opinions.


The questionnaire can be found here

Please complete it before 17th January 2021


Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and we all need to work together to overcome barriers and share good practice to make Salford a safer place for children and young people.

If you are a practitioner or front-line manager working with children, young people and families in Salford you are invited to attend the SSCP Practitioner Forum

Thriving Families and Neglect



Social Enterprise UK runs a biennial survey of the UK social enterprise sector – the State of Social Enterprise (SOSE).

It is the definitive guide to the state of the social enterprise sector in the UK containing data on turnover, scale, who social enterprises employ, where they operate, who they trade with, pay ratios and more.


Safer Salford are looking to set up and support the development of a panel of volunteers who have experience of living with, or caring for someone with health and social care needs in Salford

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service are inviting aspiring Firefighters to express their interest in becoming an apprentice.

Those who express an interest will have the opportunity to apply for a taster day, be informed of any upcoming recruitment events or activities, and receive information about the Firefighter role or GMFRS.

Wai Yin Society is running free online language courses and groups starting 11th January running through into the end of March.

The courses range from beginner to conversational English language courses as well as a range of groups for gardening, arts, digital skills, and nature and sustainability groups.

A full list of the timetable is available here

Catch 22 are running a FREE pre-apprenticeship and pre-employment programme called Digital Edge in partnership with Microsoft.  This programme may be of interest to anyone who wants to work in the Digital and Tech sector.

With a new lockdown and school closures starting from the 5th January, Children & Young People Now share the latest government guidance for early years, schools, social workers, youth, and youth justice services.

The article covers the latest information about nurseries, schools and colleges openings, availability of support for vulnerable children, exams and assessment guidance, and information on the social care, youth work, and youth justice sectors.

Safely Managing Covid: Greater Manchester Population Survey (December 2020)


Although there is extensive national research into COVID-19 (coronavirus), particularly during the earlier stages of the pandemic, relying on national surveys does not give the level of detail required on who within the GM population is being most affected, the issues they are facing, what support they need, and how communications and support may be best targeted and delivered.


Thieves have dampened the festive mood at homelessness charity Emmaus Salford after stealing a van, one of only two that the charity relies on.

Emmaus Salford supports 25 formerly homeless people by providing a stable home, meaningful work and support for as long as they need it. The stolen van is not only used to collect and deliver furniture for Emmaus Salford’s charity shops, it is also used to deliver food and household essentials to vulnerable residents across Salford.


As part of the ‘Safely Managing COVID-19’ communications and engagement plan, Greater Manchester (GM) partners are currently working with the Behavioural Science and Insights Unit (BSIU) at Public Health England to conduct a review of community and stakeholder engagement activities that have been implemented as part of the COVID-19 response across the city region.

Applications for the 2021 Weston Charity Awards are now OPEN!

The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth.

The Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth through a year-long programme. Award holders finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future.


New 'Keeping the Faith' report from the Faith & VAWG Coalition shares What Survivors From Faith Communities Want Us To Know.

The report highlights the needs of survivors who have Faith backgrounds, and in particular the ways in which they are often failed by statutory services who don't understand their faith needs. It also highlights the need for Faith leaders to be trained to give trauma-informed support.


The Food and Support Team (FAST) is a culturally appropriate service for CanSurvive UK's services users and wider community members who meet the criteria.

Please note resources are limited, however, CanSurvive UK will do their best to meet your requirements.

For a confidential chat on how to access the FAST service or for more information about how CanSurvive UK can support you during these challenging times, please contact us on:

Church Action on Poverty's brand new Speaking Truth to Power programme kicks off in January.

They are looking to recruit 24 individuals with lived experience of poverty (or a close ally working with people who have lived experience) to speak truth to power locally and nationally.


To mark Census 2021 in England and Wales, a competition has launched to find the nation’s unsung community heroes.

22 people, one for each census that has taken place to date, will have their community spirit and efforts commemorated with a unique purple plaque.

The iconic purple plaques, in the brand colour of Census 2021, can be placed in or on the winner’s home, place of work or a community-building depending on their preference and permissions.


The Federation of Jewish Services (The Fed) has recently researched and published the brand-new Manchester Jewish Services Directory on behalf of the Manchester Jewish Community Strategic Group.

When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March 2020, the major organisations serving Greater Manchester Jewry united in unprecedented fashion to form the Manchester Jewish Community Strategic Group, to address the social care and medical needs of our community.


SoundUp Arts is a Community Interest Company bringing interactive music and creative activities to people living with dementia.

They believe that everyone benefits from engaging in creativity, so their work is dedicated to increasing the opportunities for people living with dementia to access high-quality, interactive music and arts. 


This has been a very strange year for us all and as the nights draw in and the weather gets colder we wanted to share some stories from the year to demonstrate what happens when our communities come together. 

We hope our winter warmers will bring a smile to your face; a sense of pride in what we have achieved despite being amidst a global pandemic; and will show you a glimpse of the incredible work going on across the city of Salford.


Salford Foodbank provides a vital service for local families and individuals, delivering food parcels to over 6,000 families already this year and demand is set to increase over the coming months.

Greater Manchester Interfaith Conference 9th December 7pm - 8.30pm

Faith Engagement in Strategic planning and policy Local, Regional and National  


A new booklet has been produced by Age Friendly Salford to help older people plan for winter.

The term ‘Age Friendly’ it’s about recognising the challenges of an ageing population and looking at all the different ways that together we can rise to those challenges, foster healthy and active ageing, make it possible for people to continue to stay in their homes participating in the activities they value and contributing to their communities for as long as possible.


Mothers Together is a new project from Visit from the Stork in partnership with Doosti Salford.

The project is for parents with lived experience of the immigration system.

  • 12 weeks of activities for mothers and children


‘START’ a leading mental health charity in Salford are delivering ‘Bags for Life’ which sees reusable shopping bags with suicide prevention messaging being used to provide food parcels through foodbanks across Salford.


Headteachers and education trusts across the UK have highlighted home connectivity as a major concern for students that have fallen behind in their studies due to COVID-19 restrictions, particularly in deprived areas.

These free SIMs will help those students most in need to access their work from home, catch up on lost learning during school holidays and continue their education if they are required to isolate.


The Lowry are looking for young people aged 13-17 living in Greater Manchester to be part of a new creative youth leadership programme.

If you work with young people please share this great opportunity with them.

Lowry Young Leaders will work with artists, activists and other professionals to address the issues that matter to them. They will work together, develop leadership skills and find ways to be heard, take action and make change.


What is the place of Faith Communities in Salford?

How are our faith communities bringing light and hope at this time?

What practical actions can we take together locally?

Join Salford Interfaith Forum on Monday 14 December from 6pm to 7pm to explore these questions.

The session 'Light and hope in a time of darkness: Celebrating faith in Salford' will take place via Zoom.


In partnership with Zurich, NCVO has delivered a series of risk management webinars for voluntary organisations.

The sessions covered safeguarding, cybersecurity and organisational resilience. The webinars have all taken place, but they can be watched back now. The sessions will be most useful for those responsible for risk management in their organisation.

More information on each session:

Do you use health and social care services or have a family member that does?

Would you like to help Salford University to train their nurses?

Salford University has a day called ‘Voices of the Service User and Carers’ that will take place in February 2021.

On that day student nurses have the opportunity to ‘meet’ people who use services and their families.  

Free train travel for almost a thousand fleeing domestic abuse as demand for help soars

Train companies are extending free train travel for survivors of domestic abuse until the end of March next year. The move comes as figures show four survivors a day, on average, have been using the scheme and reports show that abuse has worsened during coronavirus restrictions.  


This year a lot of people have been hit hard financially, and many will struggle to afford to keep their homes warm over winter.

To help, a team at the University of Manchester have put together a webpage with free advice on reducing energy costs and keeping homes warm. Visit the online energy cafe here. 


Independent Choices Greater Manchester is urging all political and faith leaders, as well as members of the public, to raise awareness about domestic abuse during the global 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which starts on Wednesday 25th November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – and ends on Human Rights Day on Thursday 10th December.


Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs (including charities) that is delivered locally by the network of Growth Hubs across England.


Book a virtual session and find out how what happens to the recycling from over a million homes in Greater Manchester.

See how your plastic bottles are sorted using lasers, find out how glass bottles and jars are given a clean using cyclones and watch how we turn your aluminium drinks cans and foil into biscuits (not suitable for eating).

The virtual classroom sessions are delivered by Recycle for Greater Manchester's Education Officer include:


The Healthy Start Voucher Scheme is an NHS initiative which can offer support for families in receipt of benefits.

This is a means-tested scheme for pregnant women or parents who have a child under 4 years old.

The vouchers are provided on a weekly basis and can be used to buy milk, fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. The scheme can also provide access to free vitamins.

A summary of headline findings from the 2020 Community Life Recontact Survey, independently conducted and authored by Kantar on behalf of DCMS. Findings from this survey cover public beliefs and behaviours related to local community and volunteering for adults (aged 16+) in England during March to July 2020.

These findings will be followed by a full report covering findings on additional topics, and further analysis of how these beliefs and behaviours changed over time.


This hiring guide from Charity Jobs will help you to consider if your charity's recruitment practices are inclusive enough.

Cultivating a diverse workforce is about more than just filling quotas—it’s about building lasting frameworks that inspire creativity and celebrate difference. And that means changing the way you think about recruitment.

So how can you ensure you’re doing everything you can to celebrate and encourage diversity in the charity workforce?

During the first coronavirus lockdown, cycling in the UK increased by 300% and many people reported finding quieter roads much more enjoyable to ride on. The roads are likely to be quieter this December too, so there has never been a better time to try riding in winter.

Love to Ride, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, are running the Winter Wheelers event to encourage people to ride during December. 

Cycle and Stride is an exciting new project to help people and groups become more active through cycling and walking. To do this, we want to work with you, using your understanding and the knowledge you have of your local area and local community. 

Free Adult Education Courses for November 2020 from Corinth Business and Community Training CIC 

  • First Steps to Card Making and Photo Restoration on a computer (Teams or at the Agnes Hopkins Center) 

           Start Date: Friday 13 November 10am - 12.30pm (4 weeks)


Doctors of the World UK (DOTW) is pleased to offer leaflets with health and wellbeing information for young refugees and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) and young people (YP) living in the UK.


Movement for Good's 12 days of giving will provide vital support to remarkable organisations.

The draw is open to UK, Irish, Channel Islands and Isle of Man registered charities, not-for-profit organisations and community interest companies. Ten winners will be drawn at random each weekday to receive £1,000 and nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. Previous winners have shown what a huge difference £1,000 can make.

The 10GM partnership of local VCSE sector infrastructure organisations is working to assess the impact of Covid-19 on charities, community groups, faith bodies, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Greater Manchester. 10GM is doing this in a variety of different ways and this redundancy survey is one of several methods they are using.


A new YouTube channel for the d/Deaf community in Salford.

#SalfordSigned is a new YouTube channel designed to be fully accessible to the d/Deaf community in Salford and is a platform to share information on services across the city and to share experiences of accessing healthcare.

The new channel was developed by Salford Deaf Advocacy Service and delivered by Manchester Deaf Centre.


The SAFE programme will be of interest to any member of a community that feels vulnerable to violent extremism and hate crime.

This will include people who regularly attend a place of worship, and in particular community leaders, managers of places of worship and people who wish to become involved in making their community and place of worship as safe as possible.
All SAFE events are free.

November 2020, from 7pm.


Dancing With Dementia are a small Salford charity which reaches out to help people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers.

The charity's volunteers and supporters would like to offer their friends living with dementia a treat to add brightness and sparkle to their festive season.


Homelessness charity Emmaus Salford is using Trustees’ Week 2020 to appeal for a qualified accountant to join its Board of Trustees.

Emmaus Salford is a charity that supports 25 formerly homeless people by providing a stable home, meaningful work and support for as long as they need it. Trustees play a vital role at Emmaus Salford, using their skills, knowledge and experience to help in the development and governance of the charity.


Creative Explorers Outside: Continuing Professional / Skills Development programme

The Creative Explorers Outside continued personal development (CPD) is designed for people who are interested in or have experience of:

Banana Enterprise Network are offering free one-hour personal development and self-employment short courses 

Unemployed people living anywhere within Greater Manchester can attend as many of the short courses delivered "Live" online by Zoom.  

Please contact Jayne on 07775 066130 to see if you are eligible for our FREE sessions and to book


The Migrant Destitution Fund supports migrant people who have "no recourse to public funds" - a policy which leaves people unable to meet their basic needs, not supported by the state and not allowed to do paid work to support themselves. People supported by the Fund are mostly asylum seekers and people whose right to remain isn't recognised by the Home Office (e.g. because a relationship breaks down). Many eventually win the right to remain...but it is a long process.


The Multiplier is a brand new programme helping people to develop their own bridge-building initiatives in their own communities in their own ways.

This new programme will share The Cares Family’s learning with 50 leaders driving connection and togetherness in their own communities in their own ways, over the next five years. I


The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closes on 31‌‌‌ ‌October and organisations will need to make any final claims on or before 3‌0‌‌‌ ‌November and the new Job Support Scheme opens on 1‌‌‌ ‌November, with claims opening on 8‌‌‌ ‌December.

To support organisations HMRC are running a series of COVID-19 support for employers webinar. The webinars will provide an overview of:

Skill Givers Webinar Inforgraphix

Are you a group who wants to find out more about how employer-supported volunteering could help you? Maybe you’ve had to change how you deliver your services in light of Covid-19 and have lots of ‘need to do’ tasks that you haven’t had the capacity to complete.

If so, then this is the right webinar for you.

Skill Givers Webinar: How groups can make the most of employer supported volunteering - 5th November 2pm - 3:30pm


The Lowry is looking for 10 people from Salford to join a community steering group, as part of its art exhibition Days Like These.

They are looking for passionate, interested people in Salford, to meet once a month online between November 2020-March 2021. No arts experience is necessary, and people of all ages (aged 16+) are welcome. The community steering group will help make decisions and shape the exhibition and the activities that sit alongside it. 


In partnership with GMCA, GM Poverty Action are developing an overview of the key findings and themes emerging from previous work with people with a lived experience of poverty. So much great work has started to be done across Greater Manchester in this area and they want to capture all this information in one place to learn from it and maximise the impact of people’s contributions to this work.


The Digital Strategy for Resilient Charities programme from Charity Digital and Dot Project has been designed specifically to give charities the confidence and capabilities they need to work through their own unique digital strategy. Each participant will be supported and given the tools to assuredly create a digital strategy that works for both their organisation and their service users.


Greater Manchester Poverty Action are calling for urgent steps to tackle poverty as new analysis reveals already high levels of poverty in Greater Manchester are likely to have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

New analysis of poverty in Greater Manchester launched today reveals that:


VSNW are pleased to announce their Festival of North West Thinking 2020 taking place online over four weeks from 23rd October through to 12th November.

The theme of this year’s festival will be Covid-19 recovery.


Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th October 2020.

2020 leaves a devastating legacy, but the global pandemic has also led to a surge in mutual aid with communities coming together, connecting with each other and helping the most vulnerable.

Social enterprises are set up to with the sole intention to support communities, both in geographic terms as well as groups of individuals with a shared identity or challenge.

Last week Greater Manchester launched two major public consultations to get a wide range of views on the city-region’s plans to reduce harmful air pollution on local roads and to introduce minimum standards for all taxis and private hire services licensed in the region.

People and businesses across the region and beyond are being invited to help shape the final plans by taking part in the consultations, which run until 23:59 on Thursday 3 December 2020.


#CharitySoWhite - a campaign that grew out of people sharing their experiences of institutional racism in the voluntary sector - has launched two listening campaigns in an attempt to overhaul their approach to tackling racism in the sector.

The aim is to build a better understanding of the sector as a whole, and those working towards creating a more equal and anti-racist sector. 

Forever Manchester is inviting Community Groups from across Greater Manchester to design the official Forever Manchester Christmas card for 2020.

The chosen designs will be featured on the front of each Christmas card, with packs available to purchase at our Forever Manchester online shop.

Salford Black History Month Celebration.

20th October 2020 from 6pm to 8pm.

This event is hosted by Salford City Council, Salford CCG, Caribbean and African Health Network and other Black-led organisations in the city of Salford.

Special guests include: Paul Dennett - Salford City Mayor: Councillor Wilson Nkurunziza: Councillor Charlie McIntyre - Salford Ceremonial Mayor: Councillor Paula Boshell: Lead Member for Equalities: Councillor Rob Sharp

During the pandemic, we have seen the impact of inequality and the deepening of divides. We have also seen great kindness, mutuality and community support. The worst in society and the best in people. 


#WeStandTogether's next difficult dialogue session explores the reality for reguees during Covid-19.

The next #WeStandTogether difficult dialogue session is partnered with Refugee Action and will take place on Wednesday 21 October at 6pm.

The questions being discussed include:

Pride Matters from Salford Pride - your chance to get involved

Pride Matters is a podcast project which celebrates inclusion, gives a voice to LGBT+ issues, minority communities and raises awareness.

Groups, organisations and individuals local to Salford, are being invited to talk about the importance of issues and share experiences which are meaningful to them. The episode would be filmed via Zoom with a release date of mid-October.

Broughton Trust to start a free CSCS Card course

The CSCS Card course includes Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment - this is a one day course, the CSCS test and the CSCS card which will be issued one the test has been passed.

To secure a place on the course, all applicants must complete enrolment paperwork before the start of the course. This will be done by appointment only. The courses are ongoing so you can book an appointment anytime.


Tandem Theatre launch VEAP (Vocational Employability Arts Programme) online

The online courses will be launched on 19 October 2020. The aim of the online programme is to boost skills and to obtain two Level One Employability Qualifications.

The programme is made up of weekly online sessions on Zoom. Additional one-to-one calls will also be required.

Sessions are available:

Tuesdays 10.30am - 11.30am or Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am.

Local homelessness charity Emmaus Salford has teamed up with Salford City Council to offer a safe place to sleep for people who are street homeless.


The People’s Pods allow those who are sleeping rough to access a secure and comfortable night’s sleep at Emmaus Salford’s Pendleton base. The facility, part of Salford City Council’s A Bed Every Night provision, has already supported 93 people since opening in early May.



Calling professional & amateur photographers!

The Greater Manchester Older People's Network, Macc and the GMCA are delighted to announce the launch of the Old Frame New Picture photography competition. This competition replaces the Age Proud competition that was launched earlier this year before the pandemic and we have redesigned this competition in response to current lockdown measures.

A formerly homeless man has secured a full-time job and apprenticeship in Salford thanks to a work placement with The Casey Group (Casey).


22-year-old Dylan McKellar, originally from Leeds, was offered work experience at construction firm Casey as part of the support provided by homelessness charity Emmaus Salford. Dylan impressed during his two-week placement and staff at Casey decided to offer him a full-time job and apprenticeship.


Empowered Conversations' latest webinars for October have been announced

Empowered Conversations are online weekly group chats which are designed to support family and carers of people living with dementia.


The Skill Givers project has expanded and is now able to offer support to ALL voluntary organisations, community groups, charities and social enterprises across Salford and Manchester.

Comic book

Over the next six months they will be focusing on trying to support the voluntary sector with adapting to the new ways of working that have had to be put in place due to Covid-19.


#TimeTogether, in partnership with Global, is about allowing mum and daughter to set aside time to develop their relationship with each other, and with exercise.


Foundation 92 we are delighted to announce the commencement of their brand new programme Positive Pathways.

This is designed to deliver a person-centred one to one mentoring programme, which is aimed to support and engage with young people aged 16-24 years old who live with SEND and are currently unemployed / economically inactive.


Has Covid-19 highlighted challenges or opportunities your charitable organisation wants to address?

Do you need help to plan your strategic future?

The Pilotlight Programme is here to help.

The programme brings together senior leaders from prominent UK businesses with a charity's leadership to provide the strategic business support you need to develop and grow your organisation.


Small Steps Right-Wing Extremism


Small Steps Training is for any professional who works with adults and young people and wants to learn about the Far Right influences in Salford. The training offers practical advice and guidance as well as in depth training to spot the signs of radicalisation and raise awareness of the far rights recruitment strategies and online influences.  





UpRising are now recruiting for their free, three month, online employability programme, Fastlaners.

Throughout the programme, participants gain insight into different careers and insider tips to securing them. After they have completed Fastlaners, participants can access three to twelve months of one-toone employment support from a trained mentor.

On the programme participants take part in a range of online workshops and 1-2-1 sessions, including:


Understanding the experience of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

This report sets out the findings of research conducted by National Voices for NHS England to explore the perspectives and experiences of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in relation to the NHS rollout of social prescribing. We heard from over 300 people through a series of interviews, workshops and online engagements between December 2019 and June 2020.

Corinth Business and Community Training Ltd has been commissioned by Salford City Council to deliver a digital skills project.

They would now like to extend the partnership to work with VCSE sector organisations who can deliver digital skills training to individuals or groups across Salford.

If you are interested and can demonstrate your ability to meet the requirements of this project send your expressions of interest by email with a maximum of two sides of A4.

The Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area has a new, uplifting name - I AM Celebrating Autism in Greater Manchester.

Its ambition is to be the go-to organisation across the region for services for autistic people along with their families, carers and friends.

AgeUK Salford 'Let's Talk About Recycling' an online Zoom workshop

The Zoom workshop, 'Let's Talk About Recycling' is led by Janine White, Education Assistant for Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

The session focuses on the science of recycling, understanding the different coloured bins and what you can recycle in each coloured bin. There will also be a virtual video tour of the Materials Recovery Facility.


Gaddum Carers Salford have set up an online coffee morning


The virutal coffee morning will take place on the first Tuesday of every month 11.00am-12.00pm.

The sessions are aimed to give carers opportunities to talk and connect with other carers. It also allows carers to have of a bit of 'me' time.

Activities during the virtual coffee morning will focus on mindfulness breathing, seated yoga and quizzes.


Wai Yin Society's First 1000 Days project is a service to support mums, dads and grandparents

During these uncertain times Wai Yin Society have stressed the importance of the healthy development of babies. Partnering with the Bangaldeshi Women's Organisation, Wai Yin Society have launched the First 1000 days project.


Age Friendly Salford now have a programme of virtual activity running everyday.

  • Ready to Go -  Planning for the future is not easy at the moment – Join us for information and advice from experts
  • Brew and Chat - an opportunity to get together with others and share memories and conversation about a particular topic with a focus on wellbeing

Child Poverty Action Group have produced a briefing for MPS for the comprehensive spending review on expanding eligibility for free school meals.

The briefing aims to give more information about free school meals, including the importance of universal free school meal provision for all school-aged children in England, and the urgent need to significantly expand eligibility, particularly in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The briefing covers:


The newly formed Greater Manchester Race Equality Panel aims to address the systemic inequalities, racism and discrimination which disadvantage the people of Greater Manchester because of their culture, ethnicity or race.

The purpose of the panel is to:


RSPH, Carole Donnelly, a social entrepreneur, and the Social Investment Catalyst Programme are leading a set of FREE masterclasses aimed at supporting the development of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The masterclasses are running second Thursday until Thursday 19 November and will discuss how the right investment, collaborations, communications and planning are the foundations for building resilient organisations. 


Giving World helps charities access brand new life-essentials for free.

With the impact of the coronavirus measures on community organisations and their vulnerable beneficiaries, we are reaching out to confirm that we continue to operate, partnering with businesses and charities such as yourselves to get goods to where they are needed most.


Talking About My Generation are looking for individuals aged 50 and over who would like to get involved in a community campaign to inspire people to believe they need not settle for a certain way of living in later life - by showcasing people from across Greater Manchester who have overcome challenges to keep active and social. 


StreetGames are working with Sport England as they consult the sports sector about their future strategy.

Part of this consultation has been called the ‘Big Club Conversation’. For the second stage of this consultation, StreetGames are helping to facilitate local organisations with direct community sport delivery experience to get involved in the conversation.  


Banana Enterprise Network, a local charity, is seeking support from the community after learning about Rock Hall in Farnworth, and developing outline plans for the renovation and sympathetic extension of the building.

The charity, which started in 2014, specialises in supporting low-income families, single parents and the unemployed across Greater Manchester, by helping to remove barriers to self-employment. Two of the Charity’s Trustees live in Bolton.

The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) to host Black History Month planning meeting for Salford


The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) are inviting Black-led organisations based or working within Salford to attend the first planning meeting for the City of Salford's Black History Month celebration event.

The planning meeting is to take place via Zoom on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 3.30pm.


We Belong project, from Disability Rights UK, are hosting the first in a series of roundtable discussions next week, and it would be great if you're able to attend and/or share with your networks.

They are holding 30 September discussing issues and priorities of disabled women, and two on 1 October discussing priorities of disabled people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The links are below:


SoundUp Arts CIC Music Made Well - a Zoom-based training session teaching how music improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia


SoundUp Arts CIC are partnering with Together Dementia Support and We Love Manchester to provide two 3-hour training sessions aimed at carers, care staff, volunteers, facilitators and artists. The focus of the training is to give fresh ideas around using music to improve the wellbeing of those living with dementia.


NTC produce an online Strategy & Management course for youth and community organisations


The training course is led by Jonny Wineberg of Community Futures Trust CIC and will be held via video conferencing. The focus of the programme is to explore approaches to management in the third sector, looking at the practices of project management, finance, funding, and lots more. 



After adapting to life through the pandemic and running several virtual programmes and events in recent months, Flourish CIC thought it was time to get back in the saddle and out in the real world to catch the last of the summer with a special networking event at local social enterprise Old Abbey Taphouse!


NCB has been supporting a group of children and young people to plan a campaign calling on the Chancellor to put all babies, children and young people at the heart of the government’s spending decisions.

They have now launched the first strand of this campaign, which involves asking all children and young people, and the parents of babies and very young children, to join this campaign by


City of Sanctuary (CoS) and Doctors of the World (DOTW) are working together to ensure everyone, including people seeking asylum and refugees, has the right to healthcare in the UK. In this collaboration, we are asking GP practices to become a Safe Surgery as a minimum, and then we will invite them to apply for Sanctuary of Surgery award.

The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) will be launching Black History Month for Greater Manchester 2020, Learning from the Past, Navigating the Future, Transforming the Future.

This will be hosted by  Mike Shaft and will take place on virtual platforms on Wednesday 30th September 6.15 pm till 8.30 pm.

Farnworth & Kearsley Foodbank can also offer other projects as well as food


Farnworth Baptist Church set up the Farnworth & Kearsley Foodbank in 2014. Since the Coronavirus crisis, the Foodbank have given out nearly 30,000 emergency food parcels. Despite carrying on with their emergency food support, Farnworth & Kearsley Foodbank want to make it widely known that they offer other services too.


Wai Yin Society release 'Talking about Nature', a free online course available to BAME women


Talking about Nature is an online group which has been started by the Wai Yin Society as an opportunity for BAME women to practice their English. The online discussion will focus on learning about the natural world whilst giving attendees the opportunity to meet other women online, listen to interesting talks and be part of a friendly group.


10GM in partnership with Flourish CiC are working on a commission for the Greater Manchester Combiner Authority learning more about women’s experiences of accessing support, women’s centres or other services at a time of difficulty or crisis. This information will be used to support future approaches regarding the re-commissioning of Women’s Services and Centres.

There are several ways you can involved:


Greater Manchester Autism Consortium is conducting research to better understand how families of young people with autism, who have involvement in the criminal justice system, access help and support.


Challenge Poverty Week England and Wales: 12–18 October 2020.

Challenge Poverty Week has been a highly successful event in Scotland for the past seven years, and has been mirrored by London Challenge Poverty Week since 2018 - but this will be the first time it has been replicated in other parts of the UK.


Are you Polish or Lithuanian and know or care for someone living with Dementia?

Your experience matters and Europia would like to hear from you throughout September and October 2020.

Dementia is a syndrome that affects your memory, thinking, comprehension, language and judgement. It is very common with more than 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. 


Salford's Locality Plan and is the ‘blueprint’ for our health and social care.

It explains how the CCG and other NHS providers and commissioners; Salford City Council and voluntary and community sector will build on what is already in place so services work better and cost less. 

The vision is for Salford to be a place where everyone can enjoy the best opportunities that Salford has to offer.

The Equalities Board of Ambition for Ageing need help to finish the Respected and Connected banner before October


Artist Eva Shlunke has been creating a banner celebrating the diversity of the Equalities Board membership.

The banner was started during one sewing session before lockdown but there are still some gaps which need filling. 10-15 small cloth pieces are needed to fill the gaps.



Abonsh House, a dedicated refuge service for migrant women survivors of gender-based violence with no recourse to public funds has opened in Greater Manchester


Safety4Sisters North West have partnered with Salford Women's and Irwell Valley Housing Association have opened Abonsh House, a new refuge service for migrant women who are survivors of gender-based violence and have no recourse to public funds.


Rio Ferdinand Foundation 'Youth Voices' online programme is a Princess Trust programme offering a range of free sessions


The 'Youth Voices' programme will provide online workshops aimed at young people aged 14-21 years across Greater Manchester.


The Broughton Trust are back with classroom and online courses in Salford


The Broughton Trust have released a list of upcoming courses for the following areas:


Lower Broughton

  • English
  • Maths
  • ESOL
  • Employability
  • First Steps to Counselling
  • Mindfulness
  • Beauty with Confidence Building



Standguide Level 1 Employability Award course starting 23 September in Manchester


The Employability Award covers CV writing, dealing with first days at work and support for interview preparation. The aim of the course will be to develop skills and gain the confidence to apply for jobs.

The course starts on Monday 23 September and runs until Friday 2 October, 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Wai Yin Society are now recruiting for their new People Together Project which starts at the end of September.

People Together is a unique opportunity for BAME men and women who are not working to take part in free online courses, workshops, mentoring and small group work to improve their skills, build resilience and develop confidence with the aim of moving closer to volunteering, employment and/or further education.

Wai Yin are looking for tutors who can teach the following online courses:

  • Employability Skills
  • Befriending
  • ESOL for Volunteering and Employability

Tutors need to have a teaching qualification and have good digital skills.

Tutors should email their CVs to



In the absence of face to face training for the foreseeable future the Salford Safeguarding Partnership has started to develop a virtual

Reach Out; Start to End Suicide have published their Impact Report for 2019 - 20.

Evidence shows 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. 

  • Are you 10 – 25 years old?
  • Do you want to have fun & meet new people?
  • Do you want to develop your drama skills?

This programme started on Tuesday 8th September 2020, you can still join in on Tuesday Nights at 6pm – 7pm.


You can be a pioneer by joining the very first Henshaws Hundreds Challenge this September. Launching at the start of National Eye Health Week on 21 September, for 10 whole days Henshaws are challenging supporters to do ‘your hundred, your way!’ Swim, run, walk or cycle a hundred miles or a hundred metres. Or tackle a hundred laps of the garden, the local park, or wherever.


Greater Manchester is one of the leading pioneers of devolution across local government in England.

The Combined Authority has pioneered this approach as a means to enable local solutions and early intervention to reduce demand on public services. Delivered via an approach rooted in local pride, an independent Northern spirit and with the conviction that local knowledge produces better policies and solutions. 


With recent research highlighting only around half of young people are confident police will deal fairly with their complaint, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) youth panel has launched new guidance to support young people and explain their rights.

The guidance provides information on questions young people frequently ask, such as what the IOPC do, how you can make a complaint to police, what to expect and the possible outcomes.


What’s open in MediaCityUK?

Places to Eat and Drink

The Alchemist*


Monday - Wednesday 12pm-12am

Thursday and Friday 12pm - 1am

Saturday 10am – 1am

Sunday 10am-11pm


About this guide

This guide has been created following discussions with parents who have experience of supporting a young person struggling with their mental health. The aim of this guide is to provide information and guidance and to help parents cope with a young person who is struggling with thoughts of suicide. To reassure them that they are not alone.

There is help and there is HOPE. 


As we move towards recovery post-COVID-19 Primary Care Networks and Social Prescribing will be vital sources of support for children, young people and families affected by the pandemic and lockdown.


Charities are being urged to join the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance, following its relaunch on Saturday 15 August, to ensure the lived experiences of the people they represent are reflected in the development of health policy.

The Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a key element of the Health and Wellbeing Programme, the aim of which is to promote health equalities and reduce health inequalities across the UK.


On 7 September, Salford’s health and care system is launching a ‘big reset’ and people living and working in the city are being asked to join in the conversation and share their views.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the way health services were delivered in Salford changed to keep patients and staff safe but now the city wants to shape the future of its health and care system to make sure people living in Salford receive the right care in the best way.


DIY Theatre Company's Youth Arts Programme, Passing the Baton, is aimed at young people with learning disabilities in Salford.

Passing the Baton has a new timetable for the Autumn 2020 Term with free sessions for young people with learning disabilities aged between 10-25 years old.

All sessions have now moved online using Zoom, hoping to eventually transition the group back to face-to-face delivery once it is safe to do so and restrictions are lifted.

The GM Walking Festival is going virtual this October!


The GM Walking Festival was unfortunately postponed in May due to Covid-19 lockdown. Instead, the Let's Walk Festival has been launched as a virtual alternative and will run from 12 - 25 October 2020.

The festival lasts for a fortnight, which will enable you and/or your family to set up and achieve your own walking goal, and also raise money for local causes too, if you so wish.


Salford Libraries have currently opened 6 of its 16 libraries, all of which offer book borrowing and booked computer slots

So far Salford Libraries have opened Broughton, Cadishead, Eccles, Height, Little Hulton and Winton Libraries. To open safely, the libraries are offering reduced opening hours as well as booked PC appointments and booked call and collect or browsing slots for book borrowing.

The Education Team at Recycle for Greater Manchester are now offering one hour virtual sessions to schools, community groups and residents of Greater Manchester to help people understand what rubbish should be recycled and in which bin, how the waste is separated and why we should recycle.

The sessions are interactive and include films, activities and a question and answer session with one of our experienced Education Officers.


Child neglect is a huge priority in Salford, and a key change is being introduced over the next few months to help professionals and practitioners identify cases of neglect.


BAMER HUB is a free online platform from Money4YOU, providing members exclusive access to content to strengthen and grow their non-profit organisations.

Money4YOU exists to tackle inequality by teaching people how to make money, helping organisations to raise funds and supporting everyone to make the most of their resources.


Leyla Hussein, founder of the Dahlia Project which campaigns to end FGM, has created a 'Safe Space 4 Black women'.

This came about after she was contacted by many black women asking for emotional help and support.

Please register your details if you are interested in joining future sessions.

The Loneliness Monetisation report estimates the monetised impacts associated with loneliness stemming from subjective wellbeing, health and productivity.

These are estimated using best-practice techniques endorsed by the HM Treasury Green Book. The findings can be used to facilitate comparison and assessment of interventions aimed at alleviating loneliness.


If your organisation is facing financial difficulties and you’re looking for guidance on the options available, this tool from Bates Wells can help.

Your charity, social enterprise, or not-for-profit may be thinking about options like collaboration, merger, cost-saving measures, income generation and more.


The Directory of Social Change (DSC) has been publishing information on grant-making charities for over 40 years.

So, it’s fair to say that they have learned a few things along the way. In their latest short blog, they share their top ten practical tips to help boost your chances of securing a grant.


Join national trustee recruitment and diversity charity, Getting on Board, for a practical webinar about how charities can diversify their trustee boards.

Only one-third of trustees are women, 8% are people of colour and one third are under 50. 59% of charities report that their board does not reflect the communities they serve. And 74% of charities struggle to find the trustees they need.

The Dementia Carers Expert Reference Group (DCERG) is the first ever commissioned carers group in the UK. It consists of a group of current and former carers of people with dementia who are passionate about improving the lives of carers of people living with dementia and those they care for across all Greater Manchester.



Be a part of Salford’s history!

Salford’s Equality Improvement Partnership and Salford’s Mental Health Champions are looking for six volunteer portraits and stories of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and citizens as part of Black History Month in October 2020.


The UK's first Community Tech Fellowship offering community leaders an opportunity to explore the relationship between tech power and digital civic spaces, social infrastructure, mutual aid, local & collective action.

What are the priorities for Salford? What would you like to see improved? 

Help to shape a new Social Value Strategy being developed as part of the Crescent masterplan 


The See, Hear, Respond Partnership is a new service funded by the Department for Education. 

With your help, the See, Hear, Respond Partnership will quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus.

Its aim is to provide early intervention before these children reach the threshold for statutory intervention.


What change do you want to see in the world?

A climate crisis has been declared and each of us has our role to play in protecting the planet.

Join Peoples History Museum (PHM) in exploring the important issues around climate change through discussion, creative workshops and the museum’s unique collections.

What are your worries? How can one voice change the world? Can our past influence our future? Let’s make a difference together.

Residents from across Greater Manchester are invited to apply for fully funded training programmes designed to help individuals gain digital employment with companies in the city-region.

The free training programmes, which have been funded as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to create inclusive opportunities into digital employment, are now open for candidate applications.


The case for adult social care reform is well established.

Whether viewed from the standpoint of someone who needs care and support today, millions more of us who will need care in the future, for taxpayers and for Government, reform is essential. Social care transforms and enables, we must now enable social care to do what it does best.


The kindness and leadership initiative recognises the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society.

This campaign will showcase 50 leaders building a new status quo, impacting others through kindness. They will share their stories and leadership styles, and the effect they have on their organisation and industries.

Nominations for the 2020 campaign to celebrate kindness has now begun.



Opportunity to become a Greater Manchester Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) Train the Trainer and be part of a new approach to mental wellbeing in Greater Manchester.

Are you a skilled trainer looking for an opportunity to become part of a new team to train staff who are based in health/social care/voluntary and community settings (VCSE) across GM to deliver an exciting range of life skills classes


This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Kidscan are asking people across the UK to get involved in their #GoldFor campaign by sharing who they are wearing their Gold Ribbon for.

Simply upload an image, the name of the person and the reason you wear gold for them and Kidscan will take care of the rest.


This social prescribing report presents key findings from a mapping and research exercise undertaken by the University of Salford and Salford CVS from February to May of 2018.


Dr Muna Abdi shares some of the ways you can show up and stand up as an ally.

Follow her on Twitter @Muna_Abdi_Phd.

1. Own your privilege

Recognise the power, privilege and resources you have and think about how you can use it to support the work of those who are 'othered'.

2. Talk about the uncomfortable


Recent events have brought the challenges of managing flood risk back to national attention, and climate change means these events are likely to become more frequent.

Building on the previous Committee’s interim report on coastal flooding and adaptation to climate change, this inquiry would focus on the Government’s approach to managing the risk of inland flooding in England.  

Salford City Council is proposing to re-introduce the Alcohol Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Salford


A consultation period has been announced by Salford City Council which will run from 13 August to 7 September 2020. Residents of Salford can voice their opinion via an online consultation questionnaire.


Cycle September is happening in GM

Cycle September has been launched to get more people cycling, to have fun whilst cycling and have access to support needed to ride for transport. Cycling can help change the way you feel, making you more energetic, healthier, helps the environment and can make you happier too.


Neighbourhood Watch launch their first Impact Survey which is open to the public

The survey will allow Neighbourhood Watch to look at how their scheme impacts on levels of crime, to identify concerns with crime, community spirit and neighbourliness.

Neighbourhood Watch are asking members, supports and the public to complete the survey which will close on 21 August 2020.

The survey will focus on three sections:

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is open for nominations!

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.


This year’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) will have a huge impact on children and young people’s futures.

National Children’s Bureau believe children and young people have a right to have their say and to be listened to in this process but, unless we act, they will not have a voice in the debate.

This research was part of the Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GM GOLD) project, which was carried out by a team of 16 older people with learning disabilities.

The aim was to reduce social isolation amongst older adults (aged 50+) with learning disabilities and to find out what makes somewhere an age-friendly place to live for older adults with learning disabilities.

Thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription will be rolled out under new plans to overhaul cycling and walking in England.

Tackling the causes of ill health, not just the symptoms, is vital to help reduce demand on the NHS, and taking up cycling has been proven to offer huge benefits for people’s physical and mental health.


Title: Switching to virtual recruitment
Date: Tuesday 18 August, 11 am
Description: 1-hour online clinic

Whether you are looking for new staff, volunteers or trustees, your recruitment may now need to work in a different way. This free 1-hour clinic for small and medium sized charities is to help you think about how to change your systems and processes to get the most out of recruiting remotely.


In their blog nfpSynergy share some of the highlights (and lowlights) of giving levels in the last quarter.

This latest quarter we saw some dramatic changes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 


A Greater Manchester Cancer Campaign called 'Help Us Help You' has been launched with downloadable resources.

The campaign has been launched to encourage people who have been invited for cancer-related appointments, diagnostic tests, or follow up appointments.

A variety of resources have been made available for organisations to share on social media accounts to spread the word of 'Help Us Help You'.

The resources include:


‘Our Pass’ provides 16-18 year olds with free bus travel in Greater Manchester.

Please help us to understand how this impacts you by completing a short survey.

It doesn’t matter how you travel, whether you walk, cycle, take public transport or drive – all your views are important and will help shape the future of Our Pass.


A school uniform recycling hub has been launched by homelessness charity Emmaus Salford with support from Guinness Partnership and Sal’s Shoes.

The Emmaus Salford School Uniform Hub will collect and redistribute school uniforms and shoes to children living in Salford. The hub aims to reduce good quality clothes and shoes going to landfill whilst providing items free of charge to families in need.

Age UK Salford invites suppliers to submit proposals for the set up, design, build and support of a digital, technical solution to meet our organisations information management needs, primarily in the format of a Customer Relationship Management System

Deadline for submissions: Monday 17th August at 12pm.

Download the documentation.


Motiv8 are still open to referrals and are supporting people over the phone


Motiv8 supports Greater Manchester residents over the age of 25 who need support in getting their lives back on track. People they deal with could have issues with health, alcohol, drugs, debt, homelessness, domestic violence, as well as other challenges.

The organisation can help people who are not in work or training and who have the right to live and work in the UK.


Cancer awareness saves lives.

Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with Cancer. We know that the earlier a cancer is detected, the better the outcome for the people involved. Early detection saves lives. Cancer screening saves lives. Why not top up your knowledge and confidence so that you can help yourself, your family members, community leaders and staff.


Transcend are introducing online wellbeing sessions from 1 August

The free online wellbeing sessions are aimed to help people who have been isolated or who have been shielding, or in need of Covid-19 support in Salford.

There are 16 sessions being produced weekly via Zoom and start from 1 August.

The classes include:


A Mutual Aid Groups in Greater Manchester event is happening in August.

10 August 1.00pm-4.00pm.

'Communities Doing it for Themselves': A Greater Manchester Conversation about Mutual Aid is an event that has been created to discuss mutual aid groups in Greater Manchester. Mutual Aid groups are informal groups of local people who have supported each other during Coronavirus.


Virtual Open Day for Salford City College Community Learning courses in August

Community Learning adult courses for Salford residents start in September. The sessions are free.

In order to learn more about what courses are on offer and what Salford City College Community Learning courses can do to benefit you, a Virtual Open Day has been launched. The Open Day will take place on 19th August 10.30am - 12.30pm via Microsoft Teams.


Princes Trust launch additional online programme for 16-25 year olds in Greater Manchester


The online programme, called Virtual Explore, uses Microsoft Teams to provide a safe learning environment.

Virtual Explore is aimed at 16-25 year olds in Greater Manchester and are 1 hour long sessions spread over two days a week.

Are you a funder or commissioner who is interested in learning more about the challenges faced by older BAME communities in neighbourhoods?

Ambition for Ageing and the Zebra Partnership are excited to invite you to our event on understanding what ageing in place means for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.


New course dates over the next 12 months.

Over the last 2 years Greater Manchester Poverty Action have delivered a small number of paid for training courses in partnership with Policy North Training. The courses equip stakeholders with the knowledge they need to fight poverty across the city region.


SEEN is a collaborative zine organised by akt and 42nd Street’s Q42 Project which amplifies the voices of LGBTQ+ young people in the UK between the ages of 13 and 25.

SEEN is a platform where young people can authentically represent themselves, their thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives.


Jesus Foundation Family International (JFFI) have classes available for young people in Salford


The classes are available for young people who are currently not in employment, not in education or are not doing any training. They are designed to help develop skills and boost confidence.

Available classes include:

  • Piano lessons
  • Social media marketing
  • Film making classes

All classes are free to attend.


From 20 July, Age UK Salford will be continuing a weekly supermarket shopping service by taking orders over the phone


Age UK Salford will be able to do your weekly shop at your local supermarket. To do this, they will take your order over the phone.

The service will enable you to obtain your favourite groceries and household goods from the shops you prefer.

Age UK Salford will charge at a competitive hourly rate for this service.


Raising the bar for charity governance.

The 13th annual Trustee Exchange conference will be the first to be run in an exciting new virtual format.


The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has produced a series of recruitment guides to support the fundraising profession, and more widely the whole sector, to become a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession where we recruit for “culture add”, not “culture fit”.


Charities are usually way down the list of priorities for policy makers.

Yet the way they have risen to the challenge during Covid has been striking. What are the prospects of the sector being seen as a key part of the future policy agenda and how do we make that happen?


The Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group, of which Salford CVS is a member, have published a BAME Statement:

All Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, and BAME-led organisations, are an integral part of the fabric that makes up Greater Manchester (GM). 


Riding to Success is a new scheme to provide young people with skills and bikes which could help them find work and training.

Salford City Council is asking residents to donate any type of adult bike which can easily be repaired.

Young people aged 16 to 24 will be trained to repair and maintain the bikes, giving them a new skill for life which could also help them find work and will be able to keep the bike after the course.


CAHN Domestic and sexual violence support is a service for women and men who have experienced some sort of domestic abuse. There has been an increase of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, hence the pressing need to address the issue and raise awareness. CAHN is offering free and confidential culturally and religiously appropriate counselling sessions with qualified professionals from the Caribbean and African community.


The GM Race Equality Change Agents Programme (RECAP) has been inspired by the National NHS Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) Experts Programme to enable 60 partner organisations across NHS, local authority, wider public sector and third sector organisations to become delivery partners


The Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GM GOLD) project was designed to reduce social isolation amongst older adults with learning disabilities

The research was carried out in order to find out what 16 older people with learning difficulties thought about their local area. The aim of this research was to reduce social isolation and to discover what makes an area an age-friendly place to live for those adults aged over 50 with learning difficulties.


LGBT Foundation has some office furniture they want to pass on - all completely free to a non-profit.

Available furniture:


We looking for Board members to join our team!

We would like to recruit two new trustees with any of the following specialisms:

  • Public Law
  • Contract Law
  • Legal Structures
  • Asset Transfers

We welcome applications from people who live or work in Salford.


The Third Sector Trends ground-breaking annual study provides a snapshot of the scale, dynamics and needs of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in North East England.


Collaborate Out Loud CIC are working with GM Walking (part of GM Moving) to host an out loud conversation about what would help communities across Greater Manchester to walk more each day.

They will do this through engaging with individuals and community groups and collectives to understand:


The reopened Social care: funding and workforce inquiry seeks to establish how much extra money would need to be spent by government in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on the NHS. Shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead will also be considered.


Join to be a member of the Citizen Panel and help shape Salford's health and care services

The Citizen Panel allows Salford CCG to inform the member of new information and developments within health and social care. There are already 3,000 members who represent the people of Salford who are residents, who work in Salford or who use services within the Salford area.


Windrush Scheme Online Event

Did you come to live in the UK before the end of 1988 and are you worried about demonstrating your right to live here?

The government is running an online event on 22nd July 6pm - 7.30pm to help you find out more. 


Age UK Salford is partnering with Citizens Advice Salford to encourage the uptake of a free Pension Credit check for people living in Salford and of State Pensionable age.

According to Independent Age, the older people’s charity, four million people are entitled to receive Pension Credit, yet over a third of these people don’t claim it.

From the 1st August, over-75’s will have to pay for their TV Licence unless in receipt of Pension Credit.


Our immigration system is dysfunctional, cruel and in need of reform, finds Runnymede report Immigration and the Lottery of Belonging in Britain, released in June 2020.


How governments contracts fail people seeking asylum.

Towards the end of 2019, the asylum accommodation and support system were almost fatally disrupted by the transition from one set of government contracts to another.

People seeking asylum began to experience unacceptable and entirely avoidable destitution.


Two week live and interactive Get Started with Content Creation course, available to all 16 - 30-year-olds based in Greater Manchester.

Created in partnership with the Prince's Trust, DEVA/hack want to keep you skilled, stimulated and socially responsible during these unprecedented times! From 13 - 22 July and hosted in Zoom.


Arts Chain have written an open letter on behalf of those working in the field of participatory arts, social engaged arts, and community arts who throughout the Covid-19 crisis have continued to work in solidarity with and at the heart of neighbourhoods, places and communities. 


Learn to lead a multicultural team and promote diversity in your workplace.

Cultural diversity in the workplace allows organisations to benefit from differing opinions and approaches. Learning to harness multiculturalism in your team can be a powerful tool.


15 July 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Online session, Microsoft Teams, Webinar, SE1 6LH, United Kingdom

This session will share good practice examples, resources and tips on how to improve your engagement with Gypsy and Traveller communities and other populations experiencing health inequalities to influence and create change.

Questions about this event?

Name: Kasia Markiewicz


Is your organisation interested in making a social impact while advancing diversity and inclusion within its workforce?

Then We Need To Talk About Mental Health - Thursday 30th July.

A diverse, healthy and productive workforce is essential to the success of individual businesses and the economy as a whole. However, pre-Covid-19 almost 1 in 7 people in the UK experienced mental health challenges in the workplace.


A unique event supporting women to access a free afternoon of rest, reflection & relaxation whilst supporting women changemakers to flourish.

Wednesday 29th July 2020, 12:30 – 16:45.

Bring your lunch from 12.30pm and join us for introductions ahead of an afternoon of connection building, personal development and reflection as well as some relaxation

The agenda is as follows:

12.30 – 1.15– Lunch & intros


Celebrating Alf's Act - 50 Years of Disabled People's Rights

Join Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020 in marking the 50th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970) and celebrating the life and work of the late Lord Alf Morris, MP for Wythenshawe.

Visible Outcomes are delivering an employability course for refugees in Salford and Manchester

Are you looking for a job?​

  • Visible Outcomes can help you with writing your CV

Are you a refugee, have you got Leave to Remain?

  • Visible Outcomes can help you improve your interview techniques

Do you live in Salford/Manchester?


Over the past two years, the Charity Commission has conducted several research studies among the public and charity trustees, involving many thousands of people drawn from all parts of the population and the charitable sector.


#BeMoreDigital Leadership Day - free online event on 25th June featuring 10 hours of expert-led content.

Charity Digital’s #BeMoreDigital Leadership Day takes place on the 25th of June. This online event will include 10 hours of completely free, expert-led content to help charities improve their digital leadership skills.


Leaders of national umbrella bodies for charities and social change organisations have issued a statement of commitment to dismantling racism in charities and the voluntary sector.

An excerpt of the commitment can be read here:

As leaders of national umbrella bodies for charities and social change organisations we have an essential role to play in advancing equality in our society.

Ageing Equally? was a research project focusing on what makes a good place in which to grow older for people who belong to minority communities.

Research from the Ambition for Ageing programme has shown us that marginalisation is linked to the risk of social isolation.


MIC Media a Manchester-based podcast production and training social enterprise, founded by Vic Elizabeth Turnbull, has been nominated for a coveted British Podcast Award.

The accolades are the biggest and most recognised celebration of UK Podcasts in the country. It's MIC's 'Strong Manchester Women' podcast that has caught the eye of this year's award judges. The podcast was commissioned by Manchester City Council and the Pankhurst Trust.


Loneliness Awareness Week runs from the 15-19 June.

All of us can experience loneliness at some point in our lives. The impact of Covid-19 has only shone a greater spotlight on the issue, so it’s time we started talking about it.