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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:

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Approximately 1.4 million migrants in the UK have no access to state funds – including hundreds of thousands of key workers in the healthcare and hospitality sectors. Safety4Sisters North West is a small frontline feminist Black and minority ethnic led women’s charity working with vulnerable migrant women who have experienced gender-based violence and who are subject to immigration control.


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.

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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.


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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