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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.

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. 


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.


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

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.


Clinks have produced a guide on managing volunteers for organisations working in the criminal justice system.

The purpose of the guide is to help ensure that organisations working with people with experience of the criminal justice system engage volunteers well. There is a lot of good practice within the criminal justice system of involving volunteers, however, there is also inconsistency in the way that volunteers are recruited, managed and reimbursed.


This week is Carers Week (8-14th June) and there are lots of ways to get involved virtually.

Carers week is a national annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.


The north of England has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world.

From the soaring heights and serene waters of the Lake District, to the rugged, majestic splendour of the Yorkshire Dales, to the spectacular beauty of the Northumbrian coast, and everything in between, the North is rich in a diverse range of natural assets.

As part of a national programme funded by Sports England, Mencap are encouraging people with a learning disability to become active and engage in sports. 

The Round the World programme is for anyone over 16 with a learning disability who wants to complete enough hours of physical activity for the equivalent journery around:

The UK - 20 hours

Europe - 40 hours

The world - 100 hours 

The Pankhurst Centre’s Rise Voice Vote project seeks to inspire young people’s political participation and activism through shared stories, learning and celebration. 

This toolkit is designed to support teachers and youth and community workers to reproduce the activities of the Rise Voice Vote project with students and young people. Download session worksheets below and let’s #powerup the next generation!

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