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“Take things day by day” is a clear message from people living with significant long-term health conditions.

A wide range of adults in Salford were asked what they enjoyed doing and what they most valued in their lives. All had been on the ‘shielding’ list from the start of the COVID-19 situation.

People shared their stories through in-depth conversations that revealed the things that matter most to them. While everyone’s experience was unique, key themes emerged.

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Join MS Therapy Centre (NW) for a 6-a-side tournament at either of their two locations in Liverpool and Manchester. There will also be a bonus round being held at a to-be-confirmed location in the North West. Get your squad of up to 10 players registered early to ensure your place.

Entry cost is £120 per side. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

2nd July 2022 - 151 Park Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 1QQ

25th June 2022 - 4 Irish Town Way, Manchester, M8 0RY

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Free online sessions taking place during Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Disability hate crime – the everyday experiences of disabled people.

Thurs 10 Feb, 10 -12 noon.

Featuring Dr Leah Burch, who will be sharing her insights into lived experiences and positive steps we can all take. Including:

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Wednesday 26 January, 6pm - 8pm

Greater Manchester Helpers Collaborative are bringing together groups from across the Greater Manchester area, who are interested in issues such as; Climate Change, Refugees and International Aid & Development amongst others. 

Join them to hear about the effects that Aid cuts have in relation to global health and how it is much more far reaching in terms of inequalities.

Digital Funded Courses for GM SMEs and Employees.

  • Fully Funded
  • Online / remote / flexible learning
  • Level 3 equivalent
  • Designated sector tutor

If you or one of your employees is interested in one of these courses, please complete the registration form below.

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Social enterprise Unlimited Potential has been re-accredited for the Fair Tax Mark, demonstrating that it is proud to pay its fair share of tax and achieve the highest standards of transparency.

CanSurviveUK is running some cancer support groups available in greater Manchester where you can have a talk and relax with others affected by Cancer. 

There are three different types of groups to provide options and make those who want to attend feel more comfortable about joining:

WOW Wednesdays 

A support group for women, taking place Wednesdays, 1pm. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

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Corinth is offering free courses to Salford residents 19 or over who have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years or more starting this January. Valid proof of settlement or residence permit will be required if you have lived outside of the UK or EU.

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The Flowhesion Foundation is offering a course on Gambling Related harm, delivered by two qualified trainers. 

For £20, you will gain: 

  • A level 2 OFQUAL qualification in Gambling Related Harm
  • Knowledge of how best to provide help and support to people at risk of gambling-related harm 
  • Food will be provided

This is a full-day course taking place on Sunday 13th February 2022, 9am to 4pm. 

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A Salford business has a large quantity of surplus office furniture and equipment that they are willing to donate free to local VCSE organisations:

The Broughton Trust is offering free CSCS card courses taking place on the 25th of January 2022. 

The course will include: 

  • Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (One day course) 9.30 a.m. till 2 p.m.
  • CSCS test 
  • CSCS card (when passed)
  • Employment support once passed

All applicants must be:

Easyfundraising is offering a free workshop on how to get donations from leading retailers.

Come along to this informal session to find out how your voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club, or charity can benefit from Easyfundraising’s free services.

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Young people across the UK are receiving expert tuition in exciting and inspiring subjects – for free.

Joining a Saturday Club is a unique chance to learn new skills and meet people who can introduce you to further education and career opportunities. There are no exams and the aim is to focus on a subject you love.

Christmas and New Year can be an isolating time for some people and can affect our mental health.

Below is an infographic created by Rehab4Addiction to visually present health issues people can face this time of year along with coping strategies and useful tips.

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Although it's a time for celebrating and joy, the festive period can be difficult for many people experiencing homelessness and food poverty.

For this reason, Morgan Sindall have decided to open the doors of their Plot C1 Residential Scheme site at New Bailey Salford (in association with English Cities Fund) to provide hot meals for those who need them on Tuesday 28th December from 10am to 2pm.

The full address is: C1 New Bailey, Stanley Street, M3 5EN.

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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.

Scams can be difficult to recognise, but there are things you can look out for.

You can use our online scams helper to get advice that’s specific to your situation.

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Groundwork’s Landscape Architects have come up with some initial ideas of how nature-based solutions could be installed at Swinton Shopping Centre.

This is just a starting point and they would love to hear your thoughts and involve you in the design process.

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Volunteerism is a powerful force and an important part of the fabric of society.

Globally, it remains an important vehicle for shaping and advancing development. Its potential to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development that delivers to all is, however, yet to be realized.

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Projects run by Foundation 92 and EFL Trust have been developed to improve young people’s skills and employability.

The opportunities vary catering for young people between the ages 16 – 25, and they start in January 2022.

To learn more about the opportunities, email Donna.Hennessy@Foundation92.co.uk

Or see the below posters:

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10-week fully funded (DfE) bootcamp for women, "How to market and grow your business online."

Who it's for:

  • Women aspiring or existing self-employed / gig economy / freelancer
  • Women - career changer, return to work mums, unemployed, graduates
  • Need help with online business growth, digital marketing, social media, quality employment
  • Evidence of resilience, passion, and motivation to succeed and grow
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The UK Commission on Bereavement wants everyone to have the opportunity to share their experience with them.

This includes those who have English as a second language, young people* and people who may find completing the form online difficult

They especially want to have experiences from wider Black Minority and South Asian communities and men

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Dennis Baldwin from Salford is a multiple suicide attempt survivor. He is bringing together other suicide attempt survivors in a peer to peer creative arts support group that is running at START, a leading Mental Health Charity in Salford.

When talking about his recovery from his suicide attempts he said:

Join MIC Media in a digital seminar to learn how to podcast on 18th January 2022, 10.30am.

Anyone can create quality podcasts with the right tools and knowledge. And with Podcasts changing the way we communicate, the possibilities are endless. They can help you connect with your funders, stakeholders, clients, and even your team members.

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Leading care provider Aspire for Intelligent Care and Support, based in Salford, is hosting their first Dementia Memorial Service this December.

The Dementia Memorial Service will take place on Thursday 16th December, from 4pm at the Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Swinton.  

Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline has expanded its service to support the mental health and wellbeing of adult asylum seekers across the UK.

This project is funded by the Home Office and is an addition to their current service that offers support to children, young people, and their parents.

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The GM Moving Big Co-Production Conversation is a series of online conversations led by local people to explore and address topics that are important to you including violence reduction, community power, and caring for the environment.

The sessions are free to attend and will be a fantastic opportunity to hear great stories, meet new people, and learn skills that will support better co-production and collaboration in the future.

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Songbirds Music UK is a small company that uses music to support children and young people affected by healthcare, hospitalisation and disability in the Northwest.

Songbirds Music UK have a new project which will showcase creative responses to Covid-19 of 10 creative young people/adults from Manchester and Salford through a new initiative, Songbirds Collective.

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Oasis Hub MediaCityUK are still seeing first hand the harsh impact the pandemic has had financially on many families across the community of Ordsall and Langworthy. That, plus rising bills and a reduction in Universal Credit among other things, has caused many in our community to find things tougher than they've ever been.

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Are you a Carer for a child or young person with a disability or do you care for an adult?

Do you consider yourself to be of Asian Heritage?

Do you want to improve support for Asian Carers across Greater Manchester?

Are you able and willing to listen and learn and share your experiences of your caring role?

If so....

From the 6th to the 21st of December, Movement for Good will draw 10 names of registered charities each weekday who will each receive £1,000 to use for good. 

For charities to be entered into the draw, they must be nominated. They can be nominated multiple times, but can only win once. 

To learn more about the 12 Days of Giving, visit Movement for Good's webpage

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'Tricky Friends' is a short animation film to raise awareness of exploitation, county lines and cuckooing.

It has been developed by Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board and adapted for use by Salford Safeguarding Adults Board. It aims to help people understand what good friendships are and when they might be harmful and what they can do.

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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 provides advice on wills, this is to coincide with Will Aid Month, an awareness campaign and scheme where people may make a contribution to charity for a will to be written.

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Who should attend?

Any professional who may be required to engage a family in early help support or who may undertake or contribute to an Early Help Assessment, Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting or Thriving Families Tool.

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In Salford we are committed to ensuring that all children with special educational needs and/or disabilities have the opportunity to attend play, leisure, sports and other activities, including out of school provision, in their local communities.  We understand the importance of this provision, not only providing children and young people with the opportunity to meet other people and have fun in a safe, friendly environment, but also giving parents and carers a chance to have a

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The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by around 7,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage that meets everyday needs; the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist. Accredited employers voluntarily pay the real Living Wage to their employees. This year, the Living Wage movement is celebrating 20 years of campaigning! 

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Join Together With Refugees for a Zoom call to learn more about how your engagement with MPs can make a difference.

Wednesday 17 November at 6pm.

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Self Care Week is the annual national event that raises awareness of what we can all do to improve our physical health and mental wellbeing.

This year, the theme is Practise Self Care for Life.

The organiser of Self Care Week is the Self Care Forum, a charity that aims to empower and encourage everyone to make self care their everyday habit.  And the Self Care Forum knows just how important this message is, particularly when times are as tough as they are right now.

Fundraising website easyfundraising is giving voluntary groups and third sector organisations 1000s of opportunities to win donations this November.

When anyone connected to your organisation plays Spin to Win, they could win you anything from 10p - £50 every day.

One in ten people are guaranteed to win a donation for their good cause every day throughout November.

Make sure your organisation is registered with easyfundraising so you can take part.

Our very own city of Salford has been celebrated by the release of a Monopoly board themed around iconic landmarks in the region. Public landmarks which we will all recognise make an appearance on the new game such as Salford Lads Club, Working Class Movement Library, and Peel Park.

The Greater Manchester Workforce Collaborative (part of GM Health and Social Care Partnership) has commissioned another two cohorts of the Race Equality Change Agents Programme (RECAP) through Northern Care Alliance.

The programme aims to create race equality champions and also provides participants with the tools and support to run a project in their organisation to create change for people from ethnic minorities in the workforce.

Come along to the Agnes Hopkins Christmas fair on Saturday the 20th of November from 11am to 3pm.

With a maker’s market, crafted goods, cake stalls, raffles, tombola, and more, there is plenty of options for your Christmas shopping.

Taking place at the Agnes Hopkins Community Centre, Claredon Road, Swinton, M27 4BQ.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is looking for passionate individuals with links to Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ communities to join the GM LGBTQ+ Advisory Panel!

Make a difference to Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ communities across its 10 districts as part of a panel.

Free training courses for Salford residents aged 19 and over.

Corinth Business and Community Training is a community enterprise, a not-for-profit community training company based in Salford.

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There are only 3.5 full-time specialist frontline domestic abuse support workers for LGBT+ victims in England and Wales out of a total of 803, according to a new report.

The report commissioned by the Domestic Abuse Commissioner also found that there were no funded LGBT+ ‘by and for’ domestic abuse services across the South West, North East of England and Wales. ‘By and for’ services are those provided by and for the community they serve. 

This Career Pathways in Holistic Health programme is a pick and mix menu of FREE courses to help kick-start career pathways, develop start-ups or Social Enterprise organisations.

Gain from it what you need be that:

Salford based mental health charity START has joined forces with Walkden Town Centre to introduce ‘Chatty Benches’ to the upper floor of Egerton Walk to help combat loneliness and isolation in the neighbourhood.

The benches encourage people to sit and talk to each other, giving people a chance to reconnect to each other and improve mental health.

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The Sheila McKechnie Foundation 2021 survey of campaigners and change-makers is now open.

Every year, SMK ask campaigners what’s going on in their world.

Whether you’re big and national or small and local, employed, freelance or volunteer – SMK need to hear from you.

The survey is open until 12 November and takes around 15 minutes to complete.

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Join Together Family Centre for this free event adults with autism.

The event will explore:

  • What is life like before and after diagnosis?
  • What does it change? Does it even change anything at all?
  • What is it like to be an adult with ASD

Thursday 28 October at 7pm.

Free entry

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Salford Schools can access a discount for Van Gogh Alive, the most attended multi-sensory experience in the world which will run at Media City, from 22 October 2021 to 23 January 2022.

This is a unique opportunity for schools or groups to visit this universally renowned immersive, digital exhibition. 

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Snap Your Town online competition and workshop is open to young people aged 11 - 19 living in England.

You can download the workbook here, there are three tasks to take part in and prompts and guidance is provided in the book.

Don't worry if you don't have a 'state of the art' camera you can get amazing photos by just using your phone!

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The Lowry is hosting a free training day for anyone interested in arts for social change and working with young people.

The day will involve meeting various Lowry staff members from the Learning and Engagement department and the training will include:

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Trustees’ Week takes place annually, this year it is held on the 1-5 November 2021. 

Now in its 11th year, Trustees’ Week is a celebration of the great work trustees do. It is the time of year when we come together to mark the achievements of the UK’s one million trustees. 

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Men’s health awareness, autumn planning, news, updates and networking.

Although the nights are drawing in and the days feel a little chillier, Answer Cancer are busy fuelling up for a great few months ahead. So come along, join in and shape the healthy vision for the season to come. The next Answer Cancer Get Together (Stakeholder Collaborative) is taking place on Wednesday 3rd November from 10am – 12pm (with an optional 30 mins Q&A at the end). 

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LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice programme is 10 years old!

Pride in Practice works with healthcare professionals to share knowledge, develop inclusion and build relationships leading to better outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. The Pride in Practice conference will share learning from the last 10 years as well as providing a forum for the further development of LGBT inclusion within healthcare.

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority intends to commission a social investment fund management organisation through a competitive process to work with providers and local commissioners to deliver a new response to preventing Youth Homelessness in Greater Manchester through a social outcomes-based contract.

UK Cycling is offering grants to local groups to put on Big Bike Revival bike repair sessions. Local Community groups that plan to deliver bike events that are accessible to everyone can bid for funds to help facilitate and put on events.

To be awarded the grant, the events will need to be carried out before the end of the year.

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The GM VCSE Leadership Group are looking for dynamic strategic focused leaders from the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester (GM) to sit on three new boards set up to govern health and social care across GM. These new boards are being created as part of the re-organisation of NHS structures on an Integrated Care System (ICS) basis.

Mark the Salford Black History Month event in your calendars. Please, join us as we celebrate the black culture and historical achievements within the Salford Community.

Date: Tuesday 26th October 2021

Time: 6pm-8:30pm

Theme: Be The Change 

A virtual event featuring:

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The power of participatory arts to innovate in public involvement and engagement.

Made By Mortals in partnership with Social Care & Society are putting on an event on 4th November from 1pm to 4:30pm at Guide Bridge Theatre in Tameside (our base). 

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The ESOL and Adult Learning team (at Skills and Work) are mapping local provisions and learning offers for our Salford community.

They are seeking input and contributions from our residents and parents to learn more about the demographics of our community, identify the barriers and challenges of our residents for whom English is not their first spoken language, identify their skills and aspirations for learning and self-development.

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GM Coalition of Disabled People are excited to announce a fantastic opportunity for Manchester's disabled adults!

The Powerful Together project will give you the opportunity to both give your expert knowledge to others, and receive it.  

Salford non-profit organisations are being invited to apply to the Standing Together fund.

Grants for up to a maximum of £5,000 are available.

The funding should be used to either:

  • Improve community safety
  • Reduce crime and disorder and/or increase public confidence.

Applications should cover the following principles:

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The Ubele Initiative (Ubele) has been grant funded by Youth Futures Foundation (YFF) to conduct a national baseline analysis of the needs, future training and employment opportunities within the manual trades sector with a focus on young people aged 16 to 24 years.

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Muslim Education and Development (MEND) is concerned that the Elections Bill would disenfranchise Muslim and other marginalised communities making voter ID mandatory during elections, and is gathering evidence to support their submission.

Starting with the 2023 Local Elections, the Government plans to force every UK voter to present photo IDs in order to vote. Roughly 3.5 million citizens (7.5% of the electorate) do not have a photo ID.

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This is a live Listening Hub Event that will bring together young people, parents, families, local communities, and professionals to talk about what this means to you and what you need to know to keep children/young people safe online.

This will be a hybrid event so you can either attend in person or virtually.

Event date: Friday 29th October 2021

Time: 9.45am arrival for a 10am start

Booking deadline: Friday 22nd October 2021

NCVO need your help to redesign how they work with their members, to better influence government:

  • Legitimacy and accountability: NCVO are a membership body that exists for and because of their members. It’s vital they are accountable to both their board of trustees and the wider membership Their work should be transparent to all members.
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Free online training sessions from Answer Cancer, the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme.

Different dates and times in October, November and December are available to suit you.  

Clarion Housing Group, is offering an exciting opportunity for a community organisation to manage a community building in Salford, Manchester.

This building is located at Sutton Community Centre Doveridge Gardens, Salford, M6 7LY. The Community Centre is of good quality and comprises of a large hall with a raised stage area, kitchen, small office/meeting room and toilets. There is also an outside enclosed seating area.

World Mental Health Day, on the 10th of October, is a day to spread awareness of mental health. This year’s theme is ‘mental health in an unequal world’, as announced by the World Mental Health Organisation.

Participants cycling on Cleavley Track

Wheels for All in Salford can be found at Cleavley Athletics Track, Blantyre Street, Winton, Eccles M30 8HY

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You are invited to the launch of the GM Food Security Action Network (GM FSAN).

The aim of the network is to provide leadership on delivering the key mayoral commitments and to identify opportunities for action with an initial focus on No Child Should Go Hungry.

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The 2021 edition of NCVO’s UK Civil Society Almanac, published 29 September, provides the latest overview of the voluntary sector, its finances, and the people who make it what it is.

Although most of the financial data is based on 2018/19, this year NCVO have worked to supplement it with more recent data to help readers understand the challenges that are currently facing the sector.

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Do you run a mental health peer support group? Do you need support to grow?

Mental Health Peer Support is any peer-led activity that brings members of the community together to help support each other’s mental wellbeing.

The GM Independent Mental Health Network have a number of opportunities for Greater Manchester’s peer support groups.

Apply for the Peer Support Innovation Grant!

Five Women from different ethnic backgrounds

Salford Soul Sisters bring a peer mentor support group for women and children, providing a safe place to talk and get advice. 

Taking place at Little Hulton Pavillion between 1pm to 2pm every Wednesday starting with 6th October.

Get in touch and learn more by emailing niki@hotmail.co.uk

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Salford Foundation Trust is supporting young people not in employment, education, or training who want to build a career in hospitality. 

This project offers 4-weeks of training with a chance to get a 2-week work placement along with emotional and mental wellbeing support. 

The first course starts on the 18th October.

To learn more or to apply, email findmyfutre@salfordfoundation.org.uk or call 07957259766

The Answer Cancer November 2021 (Online) Stakeholder Collaborative event is taking place on Wednesday 3rd November, 10am to 12pm.

Join this online event focusing on Men’s Health & Cancer Awareness, coinciding with Movember (Men’s Health Awareness Month). There will also be planning activities to help you engage with more men within local communities in a healthy meaningful way.

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Think tank Common Vision is conducting research into how young people have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how communities can respond.

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October is around the corner ladies and gents, which means CAHN's annual Greater Manchester Black History Month Launch event is soon approaching.
 
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Imperial War Museum North and ThickSkin Theatre are holding workshops to find twelve young people aged 14 – 18 from across Greater Manchester to perform in Breaking the Silence.

Workshops take place throughout the day on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October at IWM North, The Quays. Young people can sign up for a free 90-minute session.

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An educational event In conjunction with Show Racism the Red Card, Odds Arts and the National Football Museum.

Join in the partnership event on Friday 15th of October, between 10am - 2pm.

Come and see anti-racism workshops in action with three local schools and meet staff from Show Racism the Red Card, Odd Arts and the National Football Museum to discuss educational opportunities

Taking place in Worsley Woods on the last Saturday of every month is a 5k run for people living with or beyond cancer.

Run, walk, jog or cheer at the Move Against Cancer Parkrun. People of all age groups or abilities are welcome to come along and take part however you’d like.

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The personal care assistant event is taking place on Wednesday 29th September 2021 between 1pm and 2:45pm.

This event is an opportunity for people who are interested in becoming a personal care assistant to learn more about the role, what’s it like to work as a PA, and how you might find a job locally.

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Healthwatch Salford has launched a new toolkit to support virtual delivery.

As a response to the social restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthwatch Salford worked together with NCA staff, volunteers and governors to co-produce a good practice toolkit with the aim of helping health and wellbeing groups to move their support meetings online. This short video gives further details.

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To mark Black History Month 2021, Salford Forum for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum, Cede Foundation and IBO Ladies in Diaspora Aid are holding an event.

'Our Salford, My Home' 

'Our Salford, My Home' will be held 30th October 2021 from 2pm to 6pm at St Sebastian's Community Centre, Douglas Green, Salford, M6 6ES.

The event will feature poetry, keynote speakers, presentations, music, exhibitions, fashion show, stall, food and drinks provided and coffee.

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A Greater Manchester 'Words of Hope 2021' poetry evening will be held on Thursday the 23rd of September at 6.30pm.

The evening is part of Greater Manchester's month of Hope in our bid to reduce suicide.

The event is geared at inspiring hope in our communities to combat the despair which so many of us face. 

Mustard Tree is accepting applications for The Freedom Project.

The Freedom Project is a safe place that supports people to enhance their employability through gaining new skills, training, and work experience. Participants are also supported by addressing accommodation and money worries.

There is a range of options and opportunities for different training available including ESOL, computer skills, warehousing and logistics, food preparation, and much more.

Activities happening in Salford Parks to commemorate the Great Big Green Week.

The Great Big Green Week started on the 18th September and ends on the 26th September. This green action campaign is to highlight how important it is to make a difference locally to impact the wider environment. 

As part of Salford’s Great Big Green Week, Salford Rangers have put together some activities that you can take part in:

Throughout September and October, the Salford-based mental health charity START will be running a project called ‘Chalk to Talk.’

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World Alzheimer's Day takes place on Tuesday 21st September 2021.

It is an opportunity for organisations across the globe to raise awareness of and challenge the stigma surrounding Alzheimer's disease. 

Eco printing

Join Paradise Works on Saturday the 2nd or 9th October 11am - 3pm for a free Eco Printing workshop lead by artists Gwen Evans and Maisie Pritchard.

Create your own unique prints using recycled and natural materials collected from the Irwell Riverside and Bridgewater Community Garden. By experimenting with heat, dye baths and rust we will create beautiful effects on paper. All materials will be provided and this workshop is suitable for adults.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the VCSE sector in many ways, including in terms of opportunities for income generation (with further national funding challenges expected), use of reserves to keep services going, loss of staff through furlough and reduced ability to connect with members and volunteers.

Help ensure everyone in Greater Manchester has opportunities to live well and love later life

Age UK Salford are working alongside local Age UKs in Manchester, Oldham, Bolton, Bury, Wigan, Trafford, Stockport and Tameside to deliver a campaign to recruit new trustees to their boards.

Art Therapy for new mums

Six Degress is offering free art therapy for new mums experiencing low mood, anxiety or isolation.

Nine sessions start Wednesday 6th October, 10am - 12noon.

Broughton Hub, 50 Rigby Street, Salford, M7 4BQ

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses images and art making. Open to mums with mild to moderate mental health issues, non-mobile babies and who can attend all nine sessions.

No art experience required. 

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Join Women With Wings for their Digital Coffee Mornings held every Wednesday at 10am.

Would you like to know more about your smartphone or tablet?

Take part in the coffee morning to:

Achieve Her programme

The ‘AchieveHer’ is a transitions programme for women, conceived and designed by a collaboration of Manchester based, female coaching and mentoring experts who are passionate about inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.

Building on the success of a traditional workshop delivery the programme has been adapted to an online delivery of 12 sessions with coaching and mentoring in order to reach women in a shutdown situation.

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The Greater Manchester Carers programme is led by Bernie Enright, Director of Adult Social Care for Manchester and is a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary programme. Whilst there are forums and programmes designed to serve the needs of carers in many localities, this GM-wide Delivery group aims to share learning, create best practice and identify risks to carers across all the GM boroughs.

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Mindfulness in Mind, supported by national charity Mind, is the banner under which Mind in Salford and Mind in Hackney have delivered evidence-based 8 week mindfulness courses; MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and MSC Mindful Self-compassion, to the public since 2010.

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Salford mental health charity ‘Start Inspiring Minds’ will today take to the streets for a Vigil & Procession of Remembrance of all the lives that have been lost to suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day. You will see members of the public uniting to ‘Pause The City’ from Starts Wellbeing Centre, before the Vigil & Procession of Remembrance commences remembering those we have lost to suicide and in support of those left behind.

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The Great Place GM Online Conference is a series of 4 lunchtime webinars taking place over 4 weeks and focusing on the 4 main themes of the Great Place GM programme:

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After presenting work to audiences in Salford Quays (2015), Eccles (2016), Little Hulton (2017), Ordsall Park (2018) and Broughton (2019), Roundabout is coming to Victoria Park, Swinton for 2021!

Broughton Trust

The Broughton Trust is a charity that provides adult learning, youth work, employment support and community development across the city, based in the Humphrey Booth Centre on Heath Avenue in Lower Broughton. The Trust make things possible and create pathways that change people’s lives.

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Climate action coming to Salford as part of nationwide campaign.

Residents in Salford are taking part in a nationwide campaign this September to highlight the need for urgent action on climate and nature ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate talks, later this year in Glasgow.

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Recognising and feeling confident engaging with LGBT community members is vital for those involved in delivering and improving community and public services, and this session will ensure you have the appropriate skills and knowledge to succeed.

Wednesday 22 September 2021 10am- 12noon (with an additional 30mins for Q&A at the end).

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Do you want to get fit and healthy?

Receive encouragement and not be judged?

Meet Salford's friendly running group 'Team RIOT' (Running Is Our Therapy).

An all inclusive community running group - everyone welcome.

Starts Wednesday 8 September weekly social runs.

Including the couch 2 - 5K. An 11 week course ideal for everyone.

Every Wednesday (6.30pm) and Friday (9.30am)

Meet at Buile Hill Park, Salford at Manor Road entrance.

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WSH BME (Warriors, Survivors and Heroes BME Network) have been funded as a Community Engagement Lead by NHS Blood and Transplant.

The network will be working with organisations and individuals in the community to raise awarenesss about blood and organ donation.

Are you working with someone who struggles with reading and writing but lacks the confidence to join a college course?

The One to One Literacy Project based at Broughton Trust can offer one-to-one support to help with reading and basic literacy skills (not ESOL) to help individuals improve their skills and gain the confidence to join a community course.

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Get to grips with the basics of the term ‘neurodiversity’ in our 2.5hr online training via Zoom. 

Perfect for organisations and professionals wanting to become more neuro-inclusive and support neurodivergent individuals through their work.

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System Group are offering a level 3 certificate in IT user skills, it is a comprehensive advanced qualification that will enhance a learner's productivity with IT skills going forward in their careers.

Qualification aims:

Corinth Business and Community Training CIC has published their timetable for their Free Adult Education Courses for Autumn 2021.

Corinth Business and Community Training is a community enterprise, a not for profit community training company based in Salford, England. Their community training courses are free to Salford residents aged 19 and over, irrespective of working or in receipt of benefits. Corinth place learners at the heart of what they do.

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In light of the disturbing humanitarian and political crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, 10GM extends our solidarity and support to all refugees and asylum seekers, and those living in conflict or with threats to their rights and safety.

The Government has issued the following advice for people who may be worrying about anyone caught up in the current crisis in Afghanistan.

British nationals:

If you are a British national, or family member of a British national in Afghanistan, call +44 1908 516 666 (or 01908 516 666 in the UK) and select the option ‘Consular services for British nationals.’

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As the forthcoming Health and Care Bill ushers in new measures to promote and enable collaboration in health and care, it brings with it a slew of new terminology and acronyms.

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GM100 is bringing together 18-25 year-olds from across Greater Manchester to address the challenge: “How can we act together to transform Greater Manchester into a cleaner, greener place for all?”

This is an exciting opportunity to meet new people and join a community of young leaders who care about making change happen in Greater Manchester.

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The finalists for Salford’s annual Springboard Heroes Awards have been announced.

For the past year, Salix Homes have been awarding grants to groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in communities.

Salix Homes have donated more than £33,000 to dozens of local groups and initiatives across Salford as part of our Springboard community grant programme.

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The original GM VCSE Accord was signed in November 2017 by the Mayor of Greater Manchester on behalf of the GMCA, with several hundred representatives of the VCSE sector. Similarly, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and the VCSE sector in GM was signed in January 2017, setting out a new way for VCSE organisations and the health and social care sector to work together.

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Ambition for Ageing are excited to launch their new Social Eating Guide alongside Talk, Listen, Change (TLC).

Evidence increasingly shows that communal eating promotes social bonding and feelings of well-being. It also enhances people’s connections to their communities.

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Parasol is a local community organising hub, based in Calderdale, and a member of the National Network of Community Organisers. We utilise Advocacy and Research as means to stimulate Community Organising and to challenge injustices. We also aim to generate stories and narratives of hope and togetherness which inspire local communities to flourish.

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An excellent course to raise awareness of the issues and increase understanding of who may be susceptible to radicalisation.

The VCSE sector are often the eyes and ears of safeguarding and our sector may already be engaging with people who are vulnerable to being radicalised so the more organisations who can feel confident in this area the better.

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Giving World are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. They redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

Giving World have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

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Certain Curtain Theatre Company are very excited to be bringing their original domestic abuse play Lady in Red to The Lowry Salford on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st September at 8pm.

Covid has shone a much needed light on domestic abuse and it’s impact and this event seeks to raise awareness of the issues and of local support services using original dynamic theatre.

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As part of this year’s initiative to remain open and accessible to all, Key fund has launched their exciting Open for business series.

They are hosting a series of webinars covering topics such as an Introduction to Social Investment and Funding Eligibility, these are to help people learn how they support social enterprises and to understand the client journey from application to fund transfer and beyond.

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Launching this August is an exciting NEW online learning platform service for businesses and professionals to access our award-winning Visual Impairment Awareness Training. Over 2 million people in the UK are currently living with sight loss, which is expected to rise by 2.9 million by 2030: making visual impairment awareness more important than ever before.

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Salford City Council have recently commissioned a project to support them in implementing their statutory duties under the Domestic Abuse Act (2021). The work will be to conduct a needs assessment in line with the requirements of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) but go further in supporting us to update our full needs assessment following our previous 2019 version.

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Jobenet is a free 7 week programme equipping unemployed professionals with the skills, clarity and confidence to launch or re-launch their careers.

Next group starts 24th August.

5 hours a week of online sessions and supportive group work facilitated by Let's Go Forward volunteers!

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Do you want to kick start your career in tech? The Skills City Roadshow is coming to SALFORD!

Friday 20 August 2021, 11am – 2pm.

About this event

Interested in a career in tech and would like to find out more about our FULLY FUNDED Skills Bootcamps with a guaranteed job interview upon completion?

Whether you are unemployed, a graduate, self-employed, or looking for a career change, then a Skills Bootcamp at Skills City could be for you.

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Does a Digital Marketing & Growth Strategist Leadership career excite you?

Whether you are looking for work, a career-change, self-employment or want to progress further in your current organisation, BuzzStart Academy’s fully funded Digital Marketing ‘Talent’ Skills Bootcamp could be the next step towards your dream job.

Who is Talent for?

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Online courses

GMCA are running all of their E-Led courses every Monday.

E-Led includes: Business Administration L2, Digital Skills L1 and L2, Data Protection, Customer Service L1 and L2, Team Leading, Lean Organisation, Business Improvement Techniques and Warehousing Level 2.

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Join a voluntary focus group via Zoom for disabled people to talk about services and activities in Greater Manchester.

How can our communities be more inclusive?

What improvements can we make together?

Time 2pm and 6pm.

Date: Tuesday 24th August 2021.

If you identify as disabled and wish to share your views, please get in contact for further details.

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This Prevent Conference will give you information and guidance about what Prevent is and how this can be championed in different workplaces.

Salford’s Prevent Conference

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Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police, and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group are looking to commission the Provision of a Domestic Abuse joint commissioned service for victims/survivors, children, young people, perpetrators of domestic abuse and their families in Salford.

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Since the publication of the Greater Manchester VCSE Commissioning Framework in January 2020, the world has changed irreversibly. In response to this the GM VCSE Leadership group have updated the framework's preface to reflect on the changes, their impact on the VCSE sector and commissioning and the learning we must take forward.

An excerpt of the preface:

Overview

Salford City Council is reviewing its Gambling Licensing Policy Statement under Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005. The Statement of Gambling Policy for 2022-2025 will come into effect on 31 January 2022.

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With GM Walking's summer activities and Cycle September approaching there are lots of ways that you can support your staff and volunteers to get moving or move more.

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The GM Health and Social Care VCSE Engagement programme has been running since May 2016 and is due to come to an end in September 2021. In October 2020 the funders (GM Health and Social Care Partnership) and GMCVO, on behalf of the Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group, commissioned Cordis Bright to conduct a 6-month long evaluation to find out how successful the programme has been during its first 4.5 years.

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We are a research team comprised of Charlotte Sharp (academic rheumatologist), Joyce Fox and Lynn Laidlaw (patient researchers) who have been funded by Versus Arthritis to undertake a qualitative research project, which is hosted at the Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis, University of Manchester.  

Study details: 

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The Blended Employment Club (TBEC) works to support adults over the age of 19 from Greater Manchester who are looking for employment.

Within the project are e-learning modules on a range of subjects and specific events and sessions such as Enterprise 101, Wellbeing and You do You.

You can attend virtual coffee mornings and talk to professionals from a variety of industries.

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Overview of the project:

  • Part of a 3-year-project looking at how to develop coproduction across England.
  • Offering support and knowledge-exchange around coproduction.
  • The Ideas Alliance and People's Trust Media are looking to partner with 12 organisations across Greater Manchester.
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The Lunda Tribe Showcase project is a partnership between (SARELI) Salford Refugees Link, (AFASU) AFRICAN FAMILIES SUPPORT & (AWHA) AFRICAN WOMEN HEALTH ACTION.

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As more and more people return to the office, it’s a great time to promote active travel and help people to commute by bike. Encourage your workplace to take part in Cycle September and bring your team together to work on a common goal. It doesn’t matter if they’re in the office, working from home, working full time or part-time. Businesses that take part in Cycle September will benefit from:

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Between now and 31st August, every donation towards our work with Children and Young People, will be matched funded, by a local businessman. This means a donation of £25 would be worth £50, or a donation of £1,000 would be worth £2,000. If you are able to fundraise or make any donation during this period, it would make an incredible difference to a young person living with a visual impairment.

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Come along to an informal lunchtime session to find out how your good cause can benefit from unrestricted funding via eayfundraising. 

easyfundraising is a free to use fundraising platform which enables good causes to benefit from free donations from leading retailers. In the session, you’ll find out how easy it is to raise funds this way, and you’ll get all the information you need to begin doing so.  

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To join ESOL courses in Salford, you need to do an assessment with the Salford ESOL Advice Service.

You can watch this video to find out more about an assessment for an ESOL course.

The Greater Manchester ESOLwebsite lists places where you can learn English in Salford.

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This interactive training has been developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for Local Authorities' enforcement officers. However, it might also be of interest to food industry organisations and businesses, consumers and others who would like to learn more about food allergies and how to handle allergens safely.

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As part of their Arts Council England funded organisational development activity, Paradise Works are excited to recruit two new board members to help us future proof our organisation and develop the reach of the contemporary visual arts in our city.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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):

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Overview

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Different dates and times are available to suit you. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.  

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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. 

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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:

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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).

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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:

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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:

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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,

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

FREE CSCS GREEN CARD

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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  

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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.

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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

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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

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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:

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.