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Please see below information on training courses for Salford residents.​

Fork Lift Truck Courses:

TDB Partnership CIC have course starts for FLT every week and learners only need to attend a short, one hour pre-course assessment session prior to the course.

The next time they attend they’ll be straight on to the fork lift training, usually on the week following their assessment.


Ambition for Ageing has today released a report titled Resilience in an Ageing Greater Manchester, looking at the needs of older people in resilience planning.

The report suggests that although older adults can be particularly vulnerable during times of shock, they also possess assets that can contribute to preparedness for shocks.


To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Safety4Sisters North West are proud to screen Calais Children – A Case To Answer.

Calais Children is a film and live campaign by Sue Clayton. It is a compelling 62-minute film following the scandal of what happened to the almost 2000 lone children who were in the Calais Jungle as it burned down last year – most of whom had a legal case to be in the UK.


 “What would it take to help people to have a good life at home for as long as they choose?"

This is your opportunity to improve Care at Home services in Greater Manchester. (Event details below)

Shared Future CIC invite caring professionals, politicians, commissioners and campaigners to come to the launch of the report of our innovative: "Inquiry into the Challenge of Care at Home"

GMCVO Friends and Members Meeting (including GMCVO AGM)

Wednesday 12th December 2018, 14:00 - 16:00, Manchester, M12 6FZ (Free)


Following on from the success of the Digital Skills Programme in 2018, during which Media Trust trained over 600 charity professionals in 10 locations across the UK, they are now rolling out a second round of masterclasses to further enhance the digital communications knowledge and skills of the UK charity sector.


The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Salford.

The ceremony held on Wednesday 21st November at the AJ Bell Stadium, acknowledged the vast contribution made by volunteers and VCSE organisations in Salford.

Aims of the day are to:

  • Identify/explore the knowledge and practice basis for assessments of children and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Integrate cultural perspectives in assessments of children and adults
  • Review the role of psychologists as expert witnesses in the Courts
  • Generate innovative and flexible recommendations for interventions that take account of cultural issues in families
  • Explore the use of cultural consultancy

We Stand Together has recently been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund through the Awards for All grant programme for our ‘Advancing #WeStandTogether’ initiative.

The aims of the project are to:


A Bed Every Night is a commitment to provide a bed, welcome, hot meal and support over this winter.

ABEN is for anyone who is sleeping rough or at imminent risk of sleeping rough in Greater Manchester and doesn’t have a current housing solution.   

Greater Manchester is set to radically overhaul the way it delivers public services.

Described as a “big test for devolution” and a “seismic change” as radical as the creation of the welfare state and NHS, the new Greater Manchester model of public service delivery is built around the unique and diverse needs of its people and places, not the policies of fragmented service providers.


Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friendly Communities programme focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia in a number of ways. One of these ways is through the Dementia Friendly Communities recognition process, which encourages communities to sign up and work towards becoming dementia-friendly.


Get yourself in the festive spirit with a free and extremely relaxed event full of carols and festive participation, with an informal atmosphere unlike a traditional concert.

14th December, 1.10pm to 2pm

Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

Free - booking required for groups of 10 people or more


Pendleton based charity Emmaus Salford has launched an affordable house clearance service where all the proceeds are used to support people who have experienced homelessness.

Emmaus Salford now offers three levels of house clearance service – a free cherry-pick collection, a partial clearance or a full clear and clean service. The charity aims to re-use much of what it collects, saving items from landfill whilst raising money to sustain the Emmaus Salford community home.

Ambition for Ageing has launched a new scaled programme, 'Ageing Equally?'.

The ‘Ageing Equally?’ research project is focusing on what makes a good place in which to grow older for people who belong to minority communities. Research from the Ambition for Ageing programme has shown us that marginalisation is linked to the risk of social isolation.


This report explores the experiences of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) and not claiming benefits.


Cardiovascular related diseases are the most common cause of disability and death in the United Kingdom. Within the Caribbean and African community, there is a significant disproportionate prevalence of the disease compared to the majority population. Cardiovascular related diseases such as strokes, (and here we include vascular dementia) are particularly problematic.

Invitation to the GM Modle of Public Service event on the 29th November.

The Greater Manchester Model of public service delivery means organising resources - people and budgets - around citizens and neighbourhoods, rather than around themes or policy areas as is conventional. This new model would mean freeing up the frontline, devolving power, and allocating resources around need more effectively.


Some sessions remain for young people who may have mental health problems, Austism and learning disabilities.

The creative arts sessions are free but there may be a small charge for counselling depending on individual circumstances.

Where: Sessions Take Place On Wednesday Evenings At Preston Hall, Preston Avenue Irlam M44 5XB.

When: Starting Wednesday 5th September, 6pm to 8.30pm 


Greater Manchester CYP Safe Zones

Your chance to be part of an innovative, well resourced crisis care system for children and young people across Greater Manchester.


Date: Friday 14th December 2018 Closing date for nominations- Friday 30th November 2018

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Salford University, 43 Crescent, Salford M5 4WT


The Water Adventure Centre (WAC) is a registered charity based in Droylsden, Tameside who provide canoeing, kayaking and water play sessions and projects for young people and community groups from all over Greater Manchester.

Members of LGBTQ+ community in Greater Manchester are being invited to share their experiences of sexual health care as part of a new study that aims to improve services in the future.

Researchers are looking for members of the LGBTQ+ community currently living in the Greater Manchester area who are aged 16 and over to take part in an anonymous online survey or interview.


A series of three, one day workshops available to all staff across Salford.

*Bespoke sessions can also be facilitated*

Aim: To enhance the skills and knowledge of staff providing pre and post bereavement support to children, families and carers.



What will it cover?

  • Art, creative writing and drama activities.
  • How the arts can be used as a tool for young people’s reflection and self-development.
  • Using simple arts activities to explore any issue or discussion topic with young people.
  • Ways to incorporate more arts into your current practice.

Who is it for?


Macmillan have in the past provided a grant stream to enable engagement and involvement activity as well as the funding of start-up and development stages of Support Groups. This grant stream has now been refreshed and they are looking for people living with and/or affected by cancer to co-design an Evaluation Panel for this new Support Grant.  


Our Great Big Festive Quiz is back!

Our Great Big Festive Quiz returns this year to raise funds for Salford4Good.

The festive quiz is a great chance to thank your volunteers or to enjoy a team night out.

The quiz will see the return of some of our favourite question rounds and name the Salford 4 Good bear.

Tickets are £5 per person. 

Teams are made up of 6 people and your ticket will include a buffet on the night.


Today is International Volunteer Managers Day, a day to celebrate everyone who supports and leads volunteers.

Throughout the day we will be tweeting top tips from Volunteer Managers from a range of organisations. Follow us on twitter @VCSalford1 for these tips and more.

Here at Volunteer Centre Salford we can support you to effectively recruit and manage your volunteers. Some of the ways we can help are as follows:


The bedrock of civil society is its core of small and informal groups where people have come together to make a difference to their local areas.

Most of these organisations have no employees and their financial resources are often very limited. But they survive and thrive because of the hours of work put in by their unpaid volunteers.


The Savvy Training Programme is a new partnership between Martin Duffy Consultancy and Greater Manchester Youth Network.

It offers an exciting selection of training for individuals who work in the voluntary sector. The training aims to be stimulating, interactive, informative and based on real-life experience.


Artists living with disability challenge stigmas and write their own labels.

5th - 11th Nov Tate Liverpool Liverpool, L3 4BB

23rd - 25th Nov Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, M15 6ER



Your local opportunity to find out more about the Crisis Care Pathway.

Come along to one of the drop-in events for an overview of the pathway followed by a question and answer session.

Monday 10th December 2018
Presentation at 10am – repeated at 11am
Royal Bolton Hospital, Education Centre, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0JR


In March 2019 the unique Spirit of Salford will be celebrated at Salford City Council's community awards.

Taking place at the AJ Bell Stadium, the event will be an opportunity to say thank you to the residents, community groups, volunteers and public servants who work tirelessly to make our communities great places to live, learn and work.

Award categories


Little Hulton Big Local (LHBL) is looking for expressions of interest to deliver additional provision for NEET and ‘at risk’ of NEET young people in Little Hulton

Little Hulton Big Local’s vision is “to Unite Little Hulton as a Community and to Enhance Local People’s Wellbeing”


Retired? Semi-retired? Missing a challenge?

Find out about the University of the Third Age.

First, it is not a University! You don’t need any qualifications to join other than a desire to enjoy yourself, find new interests to occupy your time, or to pursue existing ones. If this sounds like you then Salford U3A could be for just what you are looking for!

Aviva Community Fund logo

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for local community projects to win funding because together we can do more for the causes you care about.

Look for projects in your area and help them get to the finals by voting for them.

You have to register to vote, but you get 10 votes to use how you want. You can give all your votes to one project or spread them across up to 10 projects. The choice is yours!


In May 2017 the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector.

The MoU contains a set of principles to enable the VCSE sector to play an important role in Health and Social Care devolution in Greater Manchester (GM). Some of these principles are aimed at encouraging public sector commissioners to increase the level of funding into the VCSE sector across GM.

Time Out for Carers is a regular support group which meets every Wednesday 12noon-3pm at Sutton Community Centre.

All unpaid carers are very welcome to join us and meet other carers. The group offers support, respite, information about carers rights and every member can have free complementary therapy such as back, foot, shoulder or head massage in a private room delivered by an experienced, trained therapist.

Will you help Salford City Council choose new learning disability supported living providers?

In the coming months, the adult social care service is re-commissioning its supported living service for people with a learning disability.

If you have a family member with a learning disability who is a tenant of a supported housing scheme, you can help.

Salford is to become one of only four locations in the UK to receive funding from the National Lottery to improve the support available in the community for people living with mental health problems.

The National Lottery has awarded £3.4 million to Living Well UK, a three-year programme which involves voluntary and public sector organisations working in partnership to support people living with mental health problems get the help they need quickly and live well in the community.

Are you interested in volunteering in Salford?

Then come along to this day of learning and sharing about our Volunteer Wellbeing Champion roles.

We have an incredible team of volunteers across Salford delivering projects supporting older people.

We are looking for more enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life to take part.


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) wishes to invite providers to an information sharing session outlining Greater Manchester’s (GM) plans for securing activity as part of the devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB).


Following two events, held in July and October 2018, GMCA have had feedback that some smaller providers were not aware of these sessions.


After a successful launch in 2017 and overwhelmingly positive feedback the North West Charity awards returned this October. 

Now in its second year, gives North West charities and not-for-profit organisations a platform to celebrate and be recognised for their outstanding contributions to their communities.

The awards have been created to shout about all the great things charities have been doing in the North West.


Our 45th Annual General Meeting will be held at Eccles Community Hall on Tuesday 30th October from 5.45pm.

It’s not too late to join us, we’re kicking off with food from ⁦HM Pasties⁩ and music from Salford Steel band. ⁦⁩

The formal AGM commences at 6.30pm, we will talk through our achievements and accounts.


The boss of Eccles-based Tudor Group has raised more than £4,300 for homelessness charity Emmaus Salford by completing a gruelling 430 mile cycle ride in Europe.

Salford born Tony Camilleri, founder and managing director of the Tudor Group, cycled from Venice to Rome over five days, completing more than 20,000 feet of climbing in temperatures of between 35-38 degrees.


Are you running a business creating employment for ex-offenders and/or people in recovery from addiction? Do you intend to set up such an enterprise?


This one day workshop will examine the assessment of child development, attachment and parenting practices using a combination of theory and reflexive exercises to develop skills. It will aim to:


START is excited to announce their new Common Room creative workshops, open to everyone.

The Common Room is a programme of public workshops at The Make Space, START’s studio in Walkden. The workshops are all taught by professional artists and offer a friendly place to learn new skills and meet others.


Are you Chair of a small charity?

Are you looking to be more effective in your role?

We know that the role of Chair although rewarding can be lonely. In a smaller organisation, there is often little resource to support the Chair and limited time to reflect on the nature of the role. This workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you be more effective in your role.


Thursday 6th December 1.00 – 4.00pm

GMYN, Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Book in advance by emailing info@gmyn.co.uk

Places are given on a first-come-first-served basis.

This workshop will give youth and community workers and some simple art activities that they can use to explore any issue or discussion topic with young people.


NHS Salford CCG's Citizen and Patient Panel events are your opportunity to have a voice in your health services in Salford.

The public meetings take place twice a year and include updates on the latest work being undertaken by NHS Salford CCG and debates on what you think are the key issues for our health services.

Do you want the chance to engage with health professionals talking about winter pressures and other important issues in Salford?


WEA will provide an insight into the challenges of dementia care.

You will learn about the different lobes and functions of the brain, while also exploring communication.

Monday 19th November, 2pm to 4pm

The Humphrey Booth Resource Centre
16-18 Worsley Road
M27 5WW

Course fee: £6.20


The social change and youth leadership charity Reclaim is working with 45, year 8 girls from Buile Hill Visual Arts’ College, All Hallows’ R.C. High School and Oasis Academy. During ‘Conference Week’ (W/C October 22nd) the girls will create a four-point manifesto of the changes they want to see in Salford. Over the course of the following nine months, Reclaim will support the young people to achieve the aims they set out in this manifesto.

Digital Skills England are offering innovative online digital skills training to businesses and individuals across Greater Manchester.

The nationally accredited NCFE Level 2 Digital Promotion for Business course is fully funded – which means you pay nothing – it is completed through Distance Online Learning of approximately 8 weeks and is available to any adult in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire aged 19 and over.


Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford City Council would like to understand more about the services offered at Garden Needs and Prince's Park Garden Centre.

They would like to hear about the benefits these services provide to local people and local communities.


Recycle for Greater Manchester has teamed up with Salford City council to launch a new recycling campaign with a spotlight on wrong items frequently found in Salford residents’ paper and card recycling bins. To kick start the campaign, Recycle for Greater Manchester recently talked to Salford Councillors about the scale of the problem - and the importance of making sure that good recycling doesn’t go to waste.

Greater Manchester is known globally for its significant contribution to culture, which is why the Culture Strategy for the city-region sets out to build on this, and to develop Greater Manchester as the best place in the world to create, participate and engage with culture and heritage.


Working Together to do Business For Good

Social Enterprise Day: Thursday 15th November 2018, 10.00 – 16.00

St Peter’s House, University of Manchester, M13 9GH

The event is free for delegates to attend, including lunch, due to the generosity of sponsors.


Living Wage Week is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK.

Mon 5 November 2018 - 10 am to 12noon

National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG


The Forward Enterprise Fund is a pioneering initiative providing business support and funding to individuals and enterprises that help break the cycle of addiction or crime through employment.

The Fund supports businesses creating employment opportunities for ex-offenders and people in recovery.


The search for the happiest people and places in the UK has started with the launch of this year’s National Happiness Awards.

Nominations close on October 19 for the categories of Happiest Workplace, Happiest Workplace Person and Happiest Team.

The finals are being held at The landing, Salford Quays and the competition will raise money for local homeless charities Salford Loaves and Fishes and Narrowgate Night Shelter.

Safe Zones Market Engagement Event - Tuesday 16th October 12.30-4.30 at the Village Hotel in Hyde.

Safe Zones will be an integral part of the Greater Manchester Children and Young People Crisis Care Pathway and the market event will provide an opportunity to learn about this exciting development before the formal tender process starts.



Due to adverse weather conditions organisers have taken the decision to postpone Healthy Salford Day. The event will be rearranged for a future date so please keep an eye out.

Cycles rides, walks around Salford Quays, cooking tips and free health checks are on the agenda for a Salford event aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles.


Following a visioning event in August where over 60 staff attended, five new teams will launch in October to take neighbourhood health and care working to the next level. 

Neighbourhood Leadership Teams will come together and begin to identify priorities for improved health and care integration, making the best use of community assets and providing care closer to home.


There are some spaces left at the Universal Credit briefing sessions at the Salford Suite, Civic Centre and Broughton Hub.

All the sessions are free. Spaces are limited so book today.

Are you a front-line worker? Could Full Service Universal Credit have an impact on your customers?


We can train your staff & volunteers to:

  • Engage people in Wellbeing conversations
  • Learn the NHS ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’
  • Use Salford Together’s ‘My Wellbeing Plan’
  • Develop your knowledge of wellbeing to apply to the Wellbeing Fund administered by Salford CVS*

Event details

Monday 15th October 9.45 am – 1.30 pm

Salford CVS Training Room

(Lunch provided)


This seminar will highlight that food bank use engenders feelings of both embarrassment and gratitude among those accessing them.

Analysis of interviews conducted with food bank staff and people using food banks throughout the Liverpool City Region shows that both terms came up frequently. Other academic literature on food bank use in the UK where this trend has been identified will also be discussed.



Due to adverse weather conditions organisers have taken the decision to postpone Healthy Salford Day. The event will be rearranged for a future date so please keep an eye out.

A free event. Saturday, 13 October, 11am-3pm.

Outside the Lowry Theatre, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ.


This autumn’s ELEVATE masterclasses season has been themed around light, colour and texture along with some bright spark tips on how to promote your work and practice as creative practitioners.

£20-£40 with bursaries available. All masterclasses take place at Cobden Works, Salford.


Funded Healthy Relationships and Domestic Abuse Programme For LGBTQ+ Teens in Manchester and Salford.

Social Sense Community has secured funding for a pioneering healthy relationship programme for LGBTQ+ teens.

On the back of a successful pilot in Salford and a recent award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards, the Big Lottery Fund has commissioned Social Sense’s Change Up programme for a pilot study on healthy relationships and domestic abuse amongst LGBTQ+ teens.


The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued an Age-Friendly Challenge to help make Greater Manchester the best place in the UK to grow older.

Greater Manchester is already the UK’s first age-friendly city-region according to the World Health Organization. Great news! But what does that look like in reality?


Free event with an opportunity to attend two workshops.

Date: Friday 16th November 2018 | Time: 8 .30am – 4.00pm

Venue: Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, M13 9PL

Lunch provided

  • Learn about key issues in relation to Peri-natal Infant Mental Health
  • Share good practice and meet colleagues in the field
  • Identify new resources

Keynote speaker:


Training for Health & Social Care Staff—Attachment & Safeguarding across Cultures

This one day workshop will examine the assessment of child development, attachment and parenting practices using a combination of theory and reflexive exercises to develop skills.


The Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel is seeking two new independent members to help support, scrutinize, challenge and hold to account the Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, Beverley Hughes.

The panel helps to give direction and shape future strategies on police and crime issues that affect Greater Manchester.

Bev said:

Childline are holding Volunteering Information Meetings in November

Sunday 18th November 11:30-13:30 at their Quays Reach base in Salford.

The Volunteer Information Meetings allow you to come along to the Childline office, meet some of their staff and volunteers and ask any questions you may have.


Join a FREE 12 week course to help you to improve your health and fitness

Community cycling to enable people to ride regardless of age, ability or cycling experience.

Book yourself into a FREE course today!

Cycle for Health is a 12-week course designed to help you improve your health and fitness. The course is FREE of charge, we’ll even provide the bikes and helmets. Courses are open to anyone over 16 years old.


Historic signing of Paris Declaration at Manchester Pride launches city-region’s bid to become a Fast Track City.

Over £1 million committed to end the 300 new HIV transmissions in Greater Manchester every year.

Greater Manchester is to join a global network of cities spearheading the fight against HIV.

Manchester BME Network and Greater Manchester BME Network will be holding our next joint networking event on Thursday 27th September 2018 

  • Date: Thursday 27th September 2018
  • Time: 9:30 - 14:00
  • Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Ardwick, M12 6FZ

On Tuesday 16th October GMYN are offering training on How to work with young people in care. 

This training explores working with young people in care and how to provide effective support and enable them to participate in your service.

The session aims to enable participants to;


Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership is taking action to prevent suicide

On Suicide Prevention Awareness Day (September 10), Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership is reflecting on the work undertaken to raise awareness of suicide prevention and to work towards our ambition of no deaths by suicide in the City.


On September 10, Greater Manchester will join a global initiative to mark World Suicide Prevention Day with an inaugural public candlelit vigil, hosted by the Salford mental health charity START, who is in their 25th anniversary year.

The vigil will take place 6.30pm, Monday, 10th September, World Suicide Prevention Day, at The Lowry Plaza, directly in front of The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays.


The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Salford.

This event acknowledges the vast contribution made by volunteers and VCSE organisations in Salford, to join in and celebrate our sector all you have to do is nominate!


Salford City College run the Prince's Trust Team Programme in two locations:

  • Worsley Campus in Walkden
  • City Skills campus on Frederick Road

The free 12-week team programme is designed to help uncover hidden talents, improve confidence, as well as gain a nationally-recognised qualification, and develop English and maths skills.

The programme is for unemployed young people aged between 16-25.

The session aims to enable participants to:

  • Structure applications to give your bid maximum chances of success.
  • Understand common reasons why applications fail
  • Make best use time available for fundraising.
  • Present organisation and project effectively
  • Understand trends in grant-making

The Salfordian hotel is run by the Salfordian Trust and is predominantly for the people of Salford to enable them to have an affordable holiday not too far away from home.

The Salfordian offers a door to door pick up service for people wanting to come and holiday with the hotel and also have day trips out throughout the week.

The hotel is set in a quiet, leafy part of Southport and just a short distance from the town centre with transport links virtually on the doorstep.


Disabled people are getting active together through a new scheme in Salford.

Empower You supports disabled people to take part in activities they may otherwise find hard to attend: everything from gardening and cycling groups to intensive gym workouts.

The new group-based approach builds on earlier success of a one-to-one model, which has been incubated by local social enterprise, Unlimited Potential.


Why did it take so insufferably long for women to get the vote?

London. 1918.

Revolting Women tells the Suffrage story through the eyes of a less well-known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End. Sylvia meets Lettie and together they push to Parliament, to bend the ear of the Cabinet.

A story of absolute commitment or dangerous obsession?

A Social Enterprise Summit event, is being organised by Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network (GMSEN) and partners.

The summit will be held in Manchester on Thursday 15th November 2018 - social enterprise day.


NHS England needs expert Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners for a variety of groups who have an understanding of the health and care system nationally, regionally and locally. The roles will help ensure patients’ views are heard within these groups by constructively challenging, as well as offering insight, and views from a patient/citizen perspective.


START and Salford CCG will have 109 yellow flags flying across Salford, one for each life lost to suicide over the last 5 years.

Each flag will carry the Start to End suicide ribbon entwined hands and a personal dedication will run down the seam of the flag written by the families and friends of those lost to suicide.


START, a leading mental health charity in Salford and Salford CCG will have 109 yellow flags with STARTs Reach Out; Start to End Suicide campaign ribbon entwined hands flying across Salford, one for each life lost to suicide over the last 5 years for World Suicide Prevention Week, 10th – 16th September.

Each flag will carry a personal dedication written down the seam of the flag by the families and friends of those lost to suicide.

Salford’s Allocations Policy Review Consultation is open.

Salford City Council’s Allocation Policy came into force in April 2016. Since then there have been changes in both Government policy and legislation, as well as local housing markets and the need and demand for housing and housing services.


Living Wage Week is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK and as ever, we’ll be celebrating with a series of flagship celebrations across the UK.


Members of Switch, a Swinton-based creative writing group, have paid tribute to one of their friends with a special party in the garden at the Critchley Community Hub, where they meet every Wednesday.


The 9th Annual Big Health Day for adults with learning disabilities will take place on Thursday 20th September at Salford City Football Club.

It will be a day of activities for people with learning disabilities, their carers and support staff.

Have fun and learn about how to maintain and improve your physical health with a focus on issues that we know are most important for people with learning disabilities


Your opportunity to improve Care at Home services in Greater Manchester.

Shared Future is seeking caring professionals to join our innovative "Inquiry into Care at Home".

Help to find better ways to provide Care at Home, that works on an emotional, person-centred and practical level. Keeping people with care needs safe, happy and well in their own home is one of the biggest challenges faced by individuals, their families, the NHS and Local Authorities.

Have you ever thought about setting up your own housing Co-op?

Do you know anyone who might?

This could be an exciting opportunity for you, your friends and colleagues to build your own property in Greater Manchester for community-led housing.

People who use adult mental health services are joining forces with health bosses to play a key role in improving future treatment and support.

A new Greater Manchester Adult Mental Health Service User Network (AMHSUN) has been launched, which will see people work directly with health managers to highlight what action needs to be taken.


Did you know that Deaf women are twice as likely to experience domestic abuse than hearing women?

SignHealth runs DeafHope, the only specialist Domestic Abuse service for Deaf people and children in the UK. They have received funding to provide free training to Domestic Abuse professionals working in Greater Manchester.

Child Criminal Exploiation (CCE) and County Lines is becoming a significant national and local challenge.

Programme Challenger is Greater Manchester’s partnership approach to tackling serious and organised crime in all its forms, including serious violence, firearms and threats to life. The Programme also looks at addressing the challenging complex environment that often surrounds the individuals involved.


Friday 7th September

Family activities at Eccles Library Community Cafe at the Church

Fairground at Eccles Recreation Ground

Saturday 8th September

10am - 4pm Church Street, Eccles Town Centre


The sessions are targetted at young people who may have mental health problems, Austism and learning disabilities.

The creative arts sessions are free but there may be a small charge for counselling depending on individual circumstances.

Where: Sessions Take Place On Wednesday Evenings At Preston Hall, Preston Avenue Irlam M44 5XB.

When: Starting Wednesday 5th September, 6pm to 8.30pm 

174 delegates from local voluntary, community, social enterprise and public sector organisations attended our annual Salford VCSE conference on 5th July at the AJ Bell Stadium.


Join us at our 45th Annual General Meeting, at Eccles Community Hall on Tuesday 30th October at 6pm.

With guest speaker Mandy Johnson, Small Charities Coalition.


The NHS celebrates its 70th birthday this year. Ever thought about giving something back to the NHS?

Now might be the perfect time to start!

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) NHS Foundation Trust is holding a volunteering recruitment fair at the Curve, Prestwich Hospital on the  31st August 2018.

Grants of up to £5,000 to provide support services for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction

The Achieve Recovery Asset Fund will provide grants for services that support people living in Bolton, Salford and/or Trafford who have received treatment for, and are recovering from, drug and/or alcohol addiction. The funding providers (Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust are keen to see applications which deliver a range of support activity including:


More than four out of five people in Greater Manchester would support compulsory smokefree places such as playgrounds, areas close to schools and nurseries, and hospital grounds.

The finding comes from the major region-wide ‘History Makers’ consultation, from which results have been announced alongside details of Greater Manchester’s largest ever programme of summer smokefree events.

The GM Mental Health VCSE (Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise) Forum, links directly with the implementation of the Greater Manchester Mental Health Strategy. 


The next Prince’s Trust Team Programme starts on Monday 10th September 2018 from Eccles Fire Station.


How did Greater Manchester Talent Match unlock the potential of young people, the voluntary and community sector and employers. And what next?

Date: 11 October 2018
Time: Registration from 9.45am for 10am. Event ends at 4pm
Venue: Gorton Monastery, M12 5WF


Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) working with Manchester City Council and Salford City Council to come up with ways that they can improve city centre transport for the future.

Between 8 August and 17 October, TfGM want those who know the city centre best to share their views on how they get into and around it, what works and what could be improved.

Your views will help shape the future and support TfGM to develop the next City Centre Transport Strategy.

The Big Alcohol Conversation Design workshop offers you/your organisation the opportunity to contribute to the design of the GM Big Alcohol Conversation, especially the Community Engagement element, which will be delivered by the VCSE sector.


This year’s Big Day Out promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

When: Saturday 15 September 2018, 11am to 4pm.
Where: Salford City Council, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5AW.
Details: Free parking and entry.

Organisations in Greater Manchester responsible for health and social care have developed a survey for people living in Greater Manchester.

They want to understand the current awareness of Greater Manchester taking charge of money spent on health and social care as part of devolution in Greater Manchester, and how they can more effectively involve local people.

Starting on Wednesday 29 August, Manchester City Council and Salford City Council will begin major improvement works on six junctions on and around Regent Road.

Once complete the £15 million Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement (MSIRR) scheme will help to ease congestion on one of the busiest routes into and out of Manchester city centre from Salford by increasing capacity by up to 20%.


The Department for Work and Pensions is changing the current welfare benefits system.

In Salford it will be changing from 26th September 2018.

Universal Credit has been introduced in the following postcode areas: M7 4, M8 5, M8 8, and M8 9. This is because some people living in these areas are covered by Cheetham Hill Jobcentre in Manchester, which is moving to the Universal Credit system before Salford. 


Hundreds of people in Salford fighting or recovering from cancer are being helped back to full fitness through an NHS exercise programme hailed as “brilliant” by participants.

More than 750 people in Salford have already been referred to CAN-Move, but patients Lilian Crossley and Janice Cheshire are encouraging more people to take part and benefit from the positive results of being active and reducing the chances of cancer returning or progressing.


Are you looking for a new opportunity in Salford?

Free jobs and skills event, Friday 24 August between 10am and 1pm.

You will be able to meet employers from a range of sectors, who will have vacancies in Salford. You can also get advice on careers, learning and Skills IN Salford from agencies and partners at the event.    

The next event will take place in the Salford Suite at Salford Civic Centre in Swinton.

Platt Fields Park will host a new festival, for the people of Manchester, by the people of Manchester.

The Festival of Manchester (FOM) will embody all that’s great about being in Manchester and we’re recruiting now for volunteers to assist with the delivery of the event.

The Lowry are offering an opportunity for any early-stage youth facilitator to be a part of developing a brand new youth theatre strand at The Lowry.

The traineeship involves being the new Young Theatre Maker’s Supporter from October through to their performance in May. This will include being at sessions, supporting young people to achieve their best and assisting in creative decisions with the Artistic Team.


START would like for you to join them at their Inaugural World Suicide Prevention Day Vigil of Remembrance.

6.30pm –7.30pm, Monday, 10th September, World Suicide Prevention Day, Lowry Plaza (in front of Lowry Theatre), The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ.

Greater Manchester over the last five years has lost 1,279 family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours to suicide.


Join Tech for Good in August to find out how the youth interact with the internet and how the internet interacts with the youth.

There will also be lightning talks, drinks and food, and a chance to socialise and connect.

Wednesday 29th August, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

The Federation, Federation Street, Federation House, M4 2AH


Your views are welcomed on plans to transform this area of Salford into a vibrant new city district.

Salford City Council and The University of Salford are working in partnership to create a Masterplan for the University and the surrounding city districts that will place them at the heart of Salford's transforming economy.


Each year The Booth Centre invites people to take on the challenge of sleeping out for one night to highlight some of the hardships that people have to face every night.

On Friday 9th November the Manchester Cathedral will host the 2018 Manchester Sleepout. In 2017, over 400 people came together to raise an astonishing £120,000! Can you help us beat that this year?


A team of employees from Kellogg’s have completed painting work to create a ‘Big Green Meeting Machine’ at homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

On Thursday 28 June, six staff members from Kellogg’s UK office based at MediaCity UK spent the day upcycling an old camper van into a mobile meeting room at Emmaus Salford’s community base in Pendleton.


As a Being There volunteer you can make a real difference to someone trying to cope with a life limiting illness.

Being There are a local Greater Manchester charity working to support people living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses and conditions and our Salford branch urgently require new volunteers  to help support local people.


This report is produced in response to the NHS England requirements, as published in the Department of Health Group Accounting Manual 2017/18.

The Mayoral Communities Challenge consists of two phases.

Phase one focuses on communities and neighbourhoods and will concentrate on looking at age-friendly places across Greater Manchester that are making a difference to older people’s everyday lives. The deadline for all phase one submissions is midnight, Saturday 1 December 2018.


Rough sleepers in Salford are to be given extra help to get off the streets this coming winter.

Salford City Council will provide eight new emergency beds along with 20 self-contained homes where people can stay until long-term settled accommodation is found for them. 

Fourteen outstanding health and care champions have been celebrated as winners at the first ever Greater Manchester-wide awards for the health and care workforce at the Museum of Science and Industry on Friday 13th July.

Commissioners, providers and residents working together will create better proposals and a quicker route to successful change … co-design and co-production will underpin place based, whole system reform.”

Childline are holding Volunteering Information Meetings in September and October

Monday 17th February 18.30-20.30

Wednesday 17th October 18:30-20.30

The Volunteer Information Meetings allow you to come along to the Childline office, meet some of their staff and volunteers and ask any questions you may have.


What is the research about?

This study aims to understand why some young people who are not in employment, education or training do not claim benefits, and how local services can better support them.
We are looking for 20 young people to take part in a research interview. The project will provide recommendations for better and more effective services for young people in the future.


Media Trust has launched a new UK-wide digital skills training programme designed to help charities and community groups access the vital digital marketing training they need, in order to strengthen their communications capabilities and get their voices heard in a rapidly evolving digital world.


What is Smokefree Summer?

Smokefree Summer is a campaign which is taking place across Greater Manchester (GM) during July and August. This campaign will see the Making Smoking History in Greater Manchester (MGHiGM) team supporting family-friendly events across GM to go smokefree.


Salford residents are advised to be prepared during bouts of hot weather.

This continuous hot weather is a good reminder for people to practice sun sense and look out for others, especially the vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses and long-term conditions.

Top advice for being sun safe if outdoors for more than 20 minutes:


Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training programmed designed specifically for anyone who works / volunteers with young people aged 8-18. The course will provide you with skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need.

There are 2 levels of the MHFA training programme, they are:


Kidz to Adultz North – Thursday 8th November 2018

EventCity, Manchester, M41 7TB

Free Entry – Free Parking – Children Welcome

Our flagship event, Kidz to Adultz North, established in 2001 is back at EventCity in November and promises once again to be a hive of activity!

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) is running a two day training workshop on benefits "self-defence". This training will offer information, tips and insight on how to navigate ESA, PIP and Universal Credit.  Attendees will have the opportunity to gain skills and tools to assist either themselves or others through the system, and will look at case studies and real examples as part of the training.


START, a mental health charity celebrating 25 years of working in Salford have been chosen to feature in this year’s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park from 18th – 22nd July 2018.

START will be part of ‘The Bus Stop Boulevard’, a street scene lined with upcycled bus stops, with the charity’s design ‘The Buzz Stop’ inspired by the powerful symbol of the Manchester Bee.


Staff from across the University of Salford have teamed up to support homelessness charity Emmaus Salford with a series of fundraising events.

On Friday 29 June, more than 80 people took part in a University of Salford Sports Day and Summer Fundraiser. 25 staff members from the University of Salford are also preparing for a 25-mile hike on Saturday 28 July, taking in the Three Towers of Lancashire.


NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has once again been rated as one of the top CCGs in the country for the third consecutive year, following an annual assessment by NHS England.

The CCG is made up of GPs and other healthcare professionals who decide how to spend the local NHS budget to run the majority of health services for the people of Salford. Increasingly, the CCG is also working in partnership with Salford City Council on social care and improving wellbeing.


Mind in Salford want mental health to be at the heart of housing in Salford.

Everyone needs a safe, suitable and secure home to stay well. Unfortunately though, at the moment there are issues across the private and social housing sectors which are making it harder for people to find the housing they need.

Metrolink Eccles line – Temporary closure for upcoming construction and maintenance worksT

The Eccles Metrolink line, including the MediaCityUK stop will temporarily close, with no tram services running between Cornbrook and Eccles, for a total of 13 days. The closure will start on Saturday 28 July through to Thursday 9 August 2018 inclusive with passenger services to re-commence on Friday 10 August 2018.

A City Seen – is our new Quarterly film programme exploring the creativity of our city’s most essential charities, community groups and voluntary organisations. Think you know the city? Here’s a chance to see it through their eyes. This programme will draw on the wealth of creativity from a multitude of perspectives, involving discussion and debate. https://homemcr.org/film/a-city-seen/

Say hello Summer and get a 6 week Salford Community Leisure gym membership for just £40! 

Start your journey to a healthier, happier you at one of our friendly local centres across Salford. All packed with a variety of the very latest equipment, activities and exciting sessions to get you ready for summer.

Teddy Bears young and old will be picnicking in Salford in August as they celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with their owners – and you’re invited to join them.

B.O.O.BS (Be Open on Breastfeeding Salford), a social enterprise project based in Ordsall, will be hosting the picnic on Friday 3rd August and is inviting families to bring their favourite teddy bears with them.

Salford has one of the highest rates of falls causing injury and requiring hospital admission: Would you like to become a Falls Champion and having a conversation about falls prevention. Inspiring Communities Together are supporting the falls prevention programme by recruiting and training 200 falls champions to hold a falls prevention conversation. 

Research has shown many benefits claimants are unsure about the requirements of Universal Credit, such as setting up a bank account and using email, the internet and computers to apply for and manage their claim.

A new Salford City Council guide has details of local organisations offering advice including benefits, setting up a bank account, debt, managing money, housing and energy bills, using computers and the internet, dealing with low confidence, gaining skills and training.

Church Action on Poverty runs a social franchise called Your Local Pantry which helps people to set up community cooperative food stores, run by volunteers for the benefit of their members in low-income communities.

"It's more than just a full tummy, it's a massive link in the community"
(A Pantry customer in Stockport)

A Pantry is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by:

We are Buzzin’!’ Salford Mental Health Charity to feature at Tatton Flower Show

START, a mental health charity celebrating 25 years of working in Salford have been chosen to feature in this year’s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park from 18th – 22nd July 2018. START will be part of ‘The Bus Stop Boulevard’, a street scene lined with upcycled bus stops, with the charity’s design ‘The Buzz Stop’ inspired by the powerful symbol of the Manchester Bee.


The 9th Annual Big Health Day for adults with learning disabilities will take place on Thursday 20th September at Salford City Football Club.

It will be a day of activities for people with learning disabilities, their carers and support staff.

Have fun and learn about how to maintain and improve your physical health with a focus on issues that we know are most important for people with learning disabilities


A community land trust is an organisation established with the express purpose of acquiring and managing land for the social, economic, and environmental benefit of the local community.


Greater Manchester Poverty Action is keen to support organisations and individuals to better understand some of the complexities around poverty.

GMPA want to support those who are delivering services or developing strategies for tackling poverty, those who are seeking to influence policy and practice and those who wish to strengthen funding bids by ensuring they are able to present accurate and up-to-date information to funders. 


The Local Government Boundary Commission for England are asking local people and organisations for their help to draw up new ward boundaries across Salford City Council.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 60 councillors in the future.

They are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate 60 councillors. The Commission need your help to tell where the new boundaries should be drawn.


‘Change happens too fast at the top for the people who can make it happen and too slow at the bottom for the people who need it!’

About the event

This event is brought to you by the Mayday Trust and is being organised and managed by Homeless Link.

There is a lot of talk about Systems Change, but what would that really look like for the homeless sector?

Salford CCG's Citizen and Patient Panel has over 3,000 members representing people who live, work and use health and social care services in Salford.

The panel events are held three times a year and provide a way for us to keep you informed of new developments and information and helps us to gather views to understand your needs and experiences when planning and improving healthcare.

Dr Tom Tasker, Salford GP and Chair of NHS Salford CCG, said:


After a year out, The Pink Picnic returns Saturday 14th July to the Meadow Salford.

The Pink Picnic is Salford's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) Pride Celebration. The event is FREE and this year will be held at Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4PD.

GMCA is looking for

  • Evidence of how learning providers are currently using AEB to support particular groups and any niche provision they are currently delivering
  • Identifying additional flexibility in the use of AEB which would enable unmet skills needs to be addressed either for the unemployed or those employed

The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Salford.

Heart of Salford

A firm favourite in the VCSE calendar this event acknowledges the vast contribution made by volunteers and organisations in Salford.


People that have been groomed to commit crime are being urged to come forward and report their concerns as part of a week of action to raise awareness of criminal exploitation.  

The ‘Trapped’ campaign was launched in October last year to raise awareness of criminals who are grooming and exploiting children and vulnerable adults to commit crime on their behalf.

Smart home technology has been piloted in Salford to help older people live more safely in their homes.

Social housing provider Salix Homes is working with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester, and The University of Salford's department of autonomous systems and advanced robotics on a ground-breaking research project dubbed MiiHome.


CodeUp is a learner-led monthly meetup for adults learning how to code.

You tell CodeUp what you need support with, and they will do our best to help. With professional developers on hand to help, don't struggle alone, let CodeUp help you develop your skills, for free!

This Year marks 20 years of celebrating the contribution of refugees in the UK.

Family Fun Day

You are invited to take part in a Family Fun Day on Saturday 23rd June.

The Fun day will include a cultural celebration through art, music, food from around the world.

There will be a guest speaker who will talk about Eid.

Where: Beacon Youth Centre, London Street. Salford.M6 6QT

Time: 3pm -5pm


Cycle City Active City is the ground-breaking conference and exhibition for all those working to encourage utility cycling, walking and active, healthy lifestyles across Britain.

Town and cities with high levels of cycling, walking, play and sport are healthy, fun and work for people. This event shows how we get from ideas to reality.

GMCVO have opportunities for affordable and accessible social investment loan finance aimed at small and very small social enterprises (or businesses with social impact) and charities that trade. These loans are designed for smaller organisations – even those that are very new - who have the potential to add more value to their local communities and grow their social impact.

Do you have a great idea for a business with social impact?


A drinks reception to launch the findings of the Beyond Abuse project, which has been funded by the MHCLG.


Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL


The mother of a young boy who was sexually abused after being groomed on his games console has spoken out as part of the ‘Keep Switched On’ campaign. The initiative has been launched by the ‘It’s Not Okay’ partnership to raise awareness of the risks of online grooming.

The mum, who is remaining anonymous to protect the identity of her son, is urging parents and carers to be vigilant of their children’s safety at all times, even when they are deemed to be ‘safe’ in their bedrooms.

The new, contracted providers of home care will be taking over the work in three stages, over the next two weeks.

The key dates for changes are:

18 June – approximately 10 people

25 June – approximately 130 people

1 July – approximately 330 people

Another 450 people (approximately) will continue to receive their home care from the same care provider.

Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey to help improve the services in Salford for carers.

Are you a carer who lives in Salford?

Do you look after someone who us unwell or disabled? They might be a family member, a friend or a neighbour.


On the 19th January 2018, Greater Manchester made a historic and collective commitment to transform how carers are supported in their invaluable role through the signing of a Greater Manchester Carers Charter by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership organisations including voluntary, community and social enterprise groups.

The Eccles Metrolink line including the MediaCityUK stop will close, with no tram services running between Cornbrook and Eccles from Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August 2018 inclusive.

A full replacement bus service will be in operation for Metrolink passengers.


Salford CCG is in the process of reviewing the letter which GPs hand to patients when they are being referred on a Suspected Cancer Referral.

They would like to get the views of people who live and work in Salford, especially those who have experienced using or working in cancer services in the last 12 months.

Jill, 80, has always been a busy person. She retired as far back as 1990 but carried on working part time for a theatrical agency.

Then, in 2013 her husband sadly passed away. “I had to learn how to live alone again” says Jill.

To be fair, she did a pretty good job of living alone.

“There’s a music professor who lives in my street. Every so often he was visited by European opera singers for their training so they used to stay with me”.


Peacebuilders would like to invite you to attend a morning workshop on active listening.

  • Are you dealing with stressed out, angry or frustrated people as part of your role?
  • Do you work for a public sector body, charity or voluntary sector group?
  • Do you find yourself ‘muddling through’ with what you’ve picked up but would like to learn a better way?

Week-long training programme for young people aged 17+ who are interested in TV.

The week is broken down as follows:

Friday 27th July: INDUCTION @ UTC, MediaCity

Students will meet each other and receive briefing on the week ahead from Towards People


Creating the scripts for a drama pilot and pitching to Commissioners



Event:  Living well with Young Onset Dementia: Findings from a three year study examining experiences, needs & preferences 

Date: Thursday 28th June 2018 

Venue: Council Chambers, The Old Fire Station, The Crescent, Salford


09 30 - 10 00 REGISTRATION       

10 00      Welcome (10 mins)


Trauma Project-2018

Working with young people affected by the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017


We can work with anyone who has been impacted by the attack whether they were there that night or have been affected for other reasons. Young people can have other problems and issues that they would like to discuss too, however, they will have to be impacted by the M.E.N attack to qualify for our project.

The Festival of Ageing 2018 will take place across Greater Manchester between the 2nd and 15th July 2018 and will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing.


Princes Trust are offering FREE spaces on Get Into Retail with Gap coming up in June.

Get into Retail

In partnership with GAP

This course, delivered in partnership with Gap, giving you in-depth professional training in the retail industry by completing 3 week on the job work experience with GAP, for unemployed or out of education young people aged 16-30 year olds.

Taster day will be on Tuesday 26th June 2018 in Manchester City Centre.

The Salfordian Hotel is situated in the heart of Southport overlooking Hesketh Park and is close to many of the local attractions, including the Botanic Gardens, magnificent annual flower show, marine lake and not forgetting the wonderful shopping area.


Health Access and Homelessness in Salford

People who are homeless often face some of the worst health inequalities in society.

They are at much greater risk of mental and physical health problems than the general population and their experiences of homelessness often make it more difficult to access the health and other support services they need.


Dérive is a development company wholly owned by Salford City Council.

They aim to:

  • Increase the number of affordable homes
  • Meet people’s housing needs
  • Provide quality and sustainable homes and neighbourhoods
  • Maximise social value for the city

A number of council-owned underused sites have been earmarked for development, working with others to create mixed tenure developments.


A Salford social enterprise has today been announced as a winner in the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 - and now aims to drive the city to become the country's first fully Living Wage health and social care system by 2021.

Unlimited Potential, whose work supports people to lead happier and healthier lives, won the Industry Leadership Award thanks to its dedication to promoting the real Living Wage through Salford’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Monday 11th - Sunday 17th June 2017 is Carer's week and below you will find details of local events that will be taking place for Carer's.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. 

As a Salford East Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Mark Stewardson has been asked to participate in Ramadan this year to help raise funds for Salford City Radio (SCR), a community radio station run by the people who live and/or work in Salford for the people who live and/or work in Salford. It's also known internationally.

Join the Salford Sup on Thursday 28th June, 7pm - 9pm, Little Hulton Big Local, Community Hub, Community Hub, 27 -29 Hulton District Centre, Little Hulton, M28 0BA.

£10 gets you a drink of your choice (tea/coffee/soft drink/beer/wine/spirits), food, a vote and a chance to win hundreds of pounds for your social enterprise or community project.


Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!


Salford is at the start of something new.

Salford is building an inclusive economy, where businesses, communities and people both contribute to Salford’s success and reap the rewards. There is no doubt that Salford has been increasingly successful in attracting inward investment and development, as a basis to economic growth and social gain. However, despite this great success, we know that this approach, on its own, is unlikely to be enough - wealth does not naturally trickle down.


Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!


Young people in Salford are being asked to take 15 minutes to tell those in power what matters to them in a new online survey.

The survey asks 14 to 25 year olds to give their honest views on topics such as careers advice, their health and wellbeing, democracy and Brexit. These issues affect every young person in our area, so we need as many people to take part to get their voices heard.


FREE Training for all health and social care staff involved or interested in bereavement support.

Aim: To enhance the skills and knowledge of staff providing pre and post bereavement care and support to children, families and carers.



An event to celebrate World Tai Chi Day at MediaCityUK has raised £1,300 for homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

On Saturday 28th April, MediaCityUK was the venue for a World Tai Chi Day event with more than 300 attendees coming together for a mass tai chi performance, workshops and demonstrations. The event, supported by MediaCityUK, raised over £1300 for this year’s nominated charity, Emmaus Salford.


Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!


The Merry Trotter will be presenting its project The Mobile Museum of Memorabilia at Elmwood Church this Friday.

This is a free event at Elmwood's coffee morning on Friday 25th May 10.30 till 12.00. All that is required is that visitors give their feedback, opinions and ideas. Elmwood Church is at the junction of Eccles Old Road and Wilton Rd, opposite Salford Royal Hospital.


The Big Lunch is the UK's biggest annual get together for neighbours. 

It's a simple idea - that for a few glorious hours, cars stop, shyness stops and neighbours come together in the street to meet, greet, share, swap, sing, plan and laugh. In 2017, 9.3 million people took to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join in for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. 


Saturday 26th May from 2.30pm – 5pm.

Eccles Quaker House is holding an Open Afternoon on Saturday May 26th from 2.30 – 5pm with light refreshments available.

They are trying to increase awareness of their premises, especially their Garden room which is available for community use, with the possibility of reduced rates for small, local organisations. 


Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

Practical and enjoyable workshops are for anyone who works with Salford residents in financial difficulty.

Facilitated by expert advisers from Salford Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service and Citizens Advice, book now for an introduction, update or refresher of the essentials.

The Proud Trust: is a regional organisation that seeks to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in the North West of England, to help empower young people to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

The organisation provides youth groups, peer support, training and events, information and resources and undertakes research.

Dates:                                    Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June 2018   


Time:                         9.15am  - 4.30pm

Presented by:          Salford SCB Training Pool

Target Group:         Staff from all agencies who may work with families where parental mental health is an issue.

GMCVO currently have the following opportunities to become a VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector representative on strategic Health and Social Care related governance boards.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Executive

2 VCSE Representative positions available

A Salford-based charity has kick started a new campaign during Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May) to bring people together and reduce the stigma associated with suicide.

START, a local charity using art and creative activities to help people with mental ill health, is launching ‘Reach Out – Start to End Suicide’, a campaign to raise awareness of suicide and the important role communities can play in helping to prevent it.

Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT) would like to invite you to join them at a debate and informal discussion about skin and skin health in spring this year. 


On Thursday 14 March 2019 the first Spirit of Salford Community Awards will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The awards will be an opportunity to say thank you to the residents, community groups, volunteers and public servants who work tirelessly to make our communities great places to live, learn and work.

Street Support is pleased to announce that Greater Manchester is following in Salford's footsteps in its plight to help homeless people. 

In 2017, working with Salford Poverty Truth Commission, the Homeless Task Group raised the issue of homeless people paying for birth certificates to Salford City Council.


Staff are being urged to promote a social media competition with prizes which aims to get Salford citizens to promise to make a difference to their own health and social care.

Salford Together is a partnership between local NHS organisations and Salford City Council. Last year they spoke to 4,200 people to get views on future plans including bringing healthcare closer to home. 


A number of high-profile guests have visited homelessness charity Emmaus Salford to learn more about their work and meet with formerly homeless people supported by the charity.

Salford CVS is pleased to welcome the Social Audit Network for a lunchtime event which will focus on the theory and practice of social accounting and audit.

Friday 6th July 2018 - 12noon – 2pm

Eccles Community Fire Station, Liverpool Road,  Eccles, Salford, M30 0RZ

Our next Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector Conference will be held on Thursday 5th July at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.

This year's conference will feature:

How To Get Involved

Buengo is launching in Greater Manchester - and they want to raise money for your cause!

Buengo is a brand new fundraising app that allows people to sell the things they no longer need and donate the proceeds to good causes - think virtual charity shop!

The Trust is seeking applications for the Peter Kershaw Memorial Bursary.

Peter Kershaw, the ex-chairman of Joseph Holt brewery, who died in 2000 set up his Trust, partly to benefit disadvantaged young people.

Stockport Advocacy is pleased to welcome the Social Audit Network for a lunchtime event which will focus on the theory and practice of social accounting and audit.

Thursday 12th July 2018 - 12noon – 2pm

Stockport Advocacy, Land O'Cakes 48 Middle Hillgate Stockport SK1 3DL

Greater Manchester will be the first City Region in Europe to make smoking history. We say Greater Manchester has had enough of the death, disease and misery caused by smoking.

Friday 11th May 2018, 9:30 - 2:00pm, at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Ardwick, M12 6FZ

Manchester BME Network and Greater Manchester BME Network will be holding its next joint networking event on Friday 11th May. Please note that this event is FREE to FULL members of the Greater Manchester and the Manchester BME Networks (i.e. BME-led organisations or individuals).

For Associate members (i.e. non BME-led) and other organisations the charge will be £20.

NatCen Social Research would like the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to help with important research to enhance understanding of victims’ experiences of hate crime. The research seeks to explore people’s direct experiences of hate crime, including motivations for and barriers to reporting, and related interactions with the police and support organisations. Our findings will inform recommendations to improve how hate crime is handled in policy and practice.

Ambition for Ageing is seeking to create partnerships to develop and compare a range of sustainable social eating schemes within a diverse range of communities in Greater Manchester.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a great time to raise awareness of your organisation and recruit volunteers, it is also a good time to thank your existing volunteers and recognise the difference they have made to your organisation. The good news is, Salford CVS can help you do both!

Apply for the innovation fund 2018-19

NHS Salford CCG is pleased to announce the launching of its 2018-19 Innovation Fund with a total fund value of £1.4m.

The Innovation Fund Call will look to fund the testing and development of innovative healthcare products, services and clinical practices that aim to improve the experience and outcomes of patients.

Applications are sought which align to the following NHS Salford CCG strategy group innovation priorities.

Smart Works Greater Manchester dresses and coaches unemployed women for interview success. We provide high quality work clothing, styling advice and interview training to help women look and feel confident in their own abilities at a vital moment before a job interview.

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Devolution Women

Purpose: To collaborate with a diverse group to identify the change women want to see

Join us to identify the change women want to see in Greater Manchester

It is 100 years since some women first won the vote. But there are still too few women at the top in politics and other positions of power, and our society is still unfair for women. We love Greater Manchester - but we need to see changes to make it work for women.

The Prince's Trust and Salford City College are offering a free four week training course and work experience in childcare in Salford

Working with Children during there early years is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers. There has never been a greater need for childcare workers in this growing industry. This course will give young people the necessary skills and knowledge needed for a career in this exciting industry

Volunteers’ Week runs from the 1st to the 7th June.

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

A briefing and information event for charities, CICs, social enterprises and business from social value specialists ANTZ Group

Date: Monday 30 April, 2018 4:00 – 6:30pm
Venue: Renaissance Manchester, Michelangelo Suite 2,
Blackfriars Street, M3 2EQ
Cost: Free entry. Open to non-members.
Sponsored by: SE Recycling

Empowered Conversations is a practical course that supports you to think about your communications and relationships with a loved one living with dementia.

Empowered Conversations is an honest, practical approach to communication training. It looks at how our emotions, thinking and attitude can transform the quality and enjoyment of our relationships with people with dementia.

Start Inspiring Minds will be celebrating 25 years of working with the people of Salford in 2018. In this celebratory year Start have decided to channel their energies into a year of campaigning throughout the Salford community with ‘Reach Out-Start to End Suicide’.

Every Action Has Consequences ​(EAHC)

For Professional working with Primary Aged Children: 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon - Tuesday 24th April 2018

For Professional working with Secondary Aged Children: 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. - Tuesday 24th April 2018

Every Action Has Consequences is a charity that was set up by the family of Adam Rogers after Adam died from a single punch to his head whilst on a night out with his friends.

The five Rotary Clubs of Salford have a new project: ‘Let’s Hear Salford’ which began at the start of January this year.

At the heart of the project is a desire to improve availability of Hearing Loop Systems to people who use hearing aids. As many as one in six people in the UK population have a hearing disability: that’s at least 40,000 people in a city the size of Salford.

Greater Manchester Police have an opportunity to put funds back into certain areas of Greater Manchester using money seized from criminals.

ARIS, which stands for the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme, gives GMP the opportunity to use money they’ve taken from criminals (or that they have had to pay back once they’ve been convicted of doing something illegal) to help communities.

Salford Red Devils are delighted to launch a new initiative which gives local charities, community groups and clubs the opportunity to raise money for their fantastic causes.

Registered charities, community groups and clubs get to keep 50% of the ticket value to earn vital funds for their causes.

The Salford Red Devils are now a community club and they are looking to help local people earn money for their vital causes as well as supporting the Club.

Tuesday 24th April, 10am - 4pm

University of Salford, MediaCity campus, B4, Orange Tower, Salford Quays, M50 2HE

A day of workshops, seminars and keynote speakers from the world of social business exploring how rural and urban places support social enterprises, the impact of devolution, movement building, procurement and place-based support.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training programmed designed specifically for anyone who works / volunteers with young people aged 8-18. The course will provide you with skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need.

There are 3 levels of the MHFA training programme, they are:

The Festival of Ageing 2018 will take place across Greater Manchester between the 2nd and 15th July 2018 and will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing.

In January 2018 GMCVO, on behalf of the Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Reference Group launched a project to identify innovative projects being delivered by VCSE organisations working in health and social care.

The winners and runners up in the 6 thematic award categories were presented with their prizes at an engagement event held on Wednesday 14th March at the St Thomas Centre. The recipients of the awards are as follows

Manchester-based social enterprise, Commonplace are taking up office at the city centre’s newest co-working space Mayfield & Co.

Commonplace, a mobile event space operating out of a double decker bus host a range of events onboard including pop up spas, supper clubs, and talks across Greater Manchester.

Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership are running a project which looks to train hairdressers, barbers, taxi drivers, pub landlords, bookmakers, sports therapists and tattoo artists in Salford to help to support people who are having suicidal thoughts.

Do you work with children and young people and care about their emotional health and wellbeing?

We are looking for volunteers for an online training focus group.

In exchange for their participation, volunteers will receive CAKE and a GUARANTEED place on a Salford City Council funded training course.* 

Salford Safeguarding Adults Board has been conducting a number of engagement events, across various community groups in Salford, to hear the views of service users.

The absolute primary purpose of the event is to hear the views of people on issues in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults in Salford, that the board should consider prioritising, in it’s next three year strategy.

Eating socially can help people make new connections and maintain existing relationships.

However, more so than any other age group in the population, people over 50 are likely to experience major changes in their family and social lives, such as relationship breakdown and bereavement, resulting in altered eating patterns.

While circumstances such as these often force people to eat alone, others may actively choose to do for a number of reasons including comfort, habit and budget.

The first 2018 edition of Shaping Health, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group’s newsletter is now available giving an overview to what’s happening in health and social care in Salford.

This newsletter features:

Speaker presentations and reports from Greater Manchester VCSE Health & Social Care Assembly - "Engaging with the VCSE sector and the people they reach" Wednesday 14th March 2018 now available.

Following the assembly event held at the St Thomas Centre, the presentations from Alex Whinnom, CEO of GMCVO and Alison Page, CEO of Salford CVS are now available to view below together with the report around which the event was created. 

Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network (GMSEN) showcase’s Social Enterprise activity across Greater Manchester and connect Social Enterprises with opportunities, to identify and map the eco-system of support for Social Enterprise’s in the city region, providing signposting to networks and support that exist and to encourage the development of support in places and thematic areas where it is lacking.

The Proud Trust: is a regional organisation that seeks to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in the North West of England, to help empower young people to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

The organisation provides youth groups, peer support, training and events, information and resources and undertakes research.

Each year Worsley Rotary Club hold a number of fundraising events which enables them to make donations in support of local Community Groups.

Following the success of their 'Dragons’ Den' event in May 2017, they plan to hold a further event in the style of the popular 'Dragons’ Den' TV programme. The three 'Dragons' will be reputable individuals selected from the Salford business and service community. All will be independent of Worsley Rotary.

Incredible Edible Salford are starting a Community Supported Agricultural project based on Moss Lane Farm.

As part of this work IE Salford will be running Volunteer Action Days. These will be based on:

English and Maths


Improving English and maths skills is designed to provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.



The first Greater Manchester-wide awards for our paid and unpaid health and care workforce.

The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2018 are the first region-wide awards to recognise members of our paid and unpaid workforce who regularly go above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester.

Church Action on Poverty is helping people to build livelihoods by coming together in Self-Reliant Groups.

Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs) are a powerful way for people to build their own livelihoods and escape poverty. Church Action on Poverty is currently helping people set up SRGs in Greater Manchester.

The Pennine Acute Hospital Trust are hosting their annual grading for NHS England (Equality Delivery System) in March, which looks at the care and services our patients/service users receive whilst in one of our hospitals.   Details of the two events are below, and on the attachments.

GMCDP are hosting a community screening of Defiant Lives, a film which looks at the rise of the Disabled People’s Movement over the last thirty years, focusing on Britain, America and Australia.

The film weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with the stories of disabled men and women as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives. 

Dogs4Rescue needs a new home....

Dogs4Rescue (D4R) have successfully developed and pioneered the UK's first kennel-free, group dog rescue. In the 4 years that they have been running they have saved almost 1000 dogs.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC Partnership), the body overseeing devolution of the area’s health and social care budget, is looking at how we make sure carers across Greater Manchester receive the support they need in the workplace. This is part of a wider programme of work which recognises and supports the role of carers in Greater Manchester

28 organisations are set to receive a share of £7 million investment over the next two years thanks to the Greater Manchester Culture and Social Impact Fund.

The culture and social impact fund, which is run by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), replaces and builds on the work of the AGMA run Section 48 scheme which was previously issued across Greater Manchester.

£8 tickets are available for voluntary, Disability, charities, community groups and organisations to see Up n Under at The Lowry 

Up ’n’ Under is Fingersmiths new twist on the award-winning John Godber’s comedy.

This production has a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using BSL and spoken word in a physical, high energy production filled with fun and humour.

By most accounts Greater Manchester, and especially the ‘city-regional centre’ (incorporating central Manchester, central Salford and Salford Quays) is experiencing a housing boom. National and local media celebrate the construction underway, the rise in house prices and the billions of pounds of investment into the built environment.

Imagine if all of Britain’s town and cities truly put pedestrians first. If every resident’s natural impulse was to walk whenever they left their front door to make a short journey. If you were more connected to the place where you live and the other people who live there. It’s a bold vision, but an inspiring one.

Homelessness charity Emmaus Salford is appealing for a new Treasurer trustee to join the board.

Emmaus Salford supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The board of trustees play an important role in offering their skills, knowledge and experience to help in the development and governance of the Pendleton based charity.

Are you interested in volunteering in Salford?

Then come along to this day of learning and sharing about our Volunteer Wellbeing Champion roles.

We have an incredible team of volunteers across Salford delivering projects supporting older people.

We are looking for more enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life to take part.

If you are homeless or have experienced homelessness in the last 12 months and accessed Health and Social Care services in Salford, Healthwatch Salford wants to hear from you!

Healthwatch Salford wants to gather the lived experiences of 100-150 homeless people to more fully understand some of their access issues and barriers to health and social care services. As part of this project they also want to talk to service providers and statutory bodies involved with homelessness.

People in Harmony are launching their report Breaking Stereotypes with Data: A Report on Mixed Race Children and Families in the UK.

People in Harmony exists to support mixed race people and mixed families and partnerships. The charity know from their members and supporters that, whilst it may be perceived as easier these days to be mixed race, there are still many challenges which people of mixed race and people in mixed families and relationships confront every day.

Monday 26th February 18.30

Wednesday 28th February 18.30

Wednesday 21st March 18.30

The Volunteer Information Meetings allow you to come along to the Childline office in Manchester, meet some of the staff and volunteers and ask any questions you may have. The meetings are a fantastic opportunity for you to find out about their volunteering roles, from the application process through to what it is like to be a volunteer at Childline.


St Clements Community Centre, Groves Avenue, Salford, M5 3LQ

Thursday and Friday 10 am – 4pm

Struggling with debt isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Are you or someone that you know struggling with debts and to make ends meet? Are you falling behind with repayments and finding yourself buried in letters and demands for payments?

Perceptions: Peer research into the needs and perceptions of young black men

Why are men less likely to use a mental health service? Why, in the group of men, are black men even less likely to use a mental health service? There are many reasons but you can now read how the We Tell You team have helped contribute to this conversation.

An event to inform Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations about the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Business Support project due to be released in March 2018 (for Greater Manchester).

Calling all community-based organisations and businesses...

Did you know that universities are keen to work with you?

Are you curious about building a new partnership to get some work done together?

Community-university partnerships bring together 2 sets of expertise and knowledge to make a difference. Partners decide the focus and the terms so that the benefits are shared and relationships are worthwhile.

A consultation event to listen to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations thoughts, questions and commitments to influence the Greater Manchester (GM) Green Charter and achieving a more sustainable and carbon neutral GM.

When: Monday, 26 February 2018

Location:  St Thomas Centre, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Further to the Equalities and Health Assembly event held on the 8th November 2017 and the subsequent Equalities and Health Co-design event on 4th December 2017, this Assembly will cover the following:

Unlimited Potential is delighted to have been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative companies in Greater Manchester, in a report produced by BQ and the Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company

This new initiative is designed to shine the spotlight on some of Greater Manchester’s most forward-thinking small and medium sized businesses.

Student Volunteering Week 2018

This week 19th - 25th February is Student Volunteering Week.

This is the 17th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place. Student Volunteering Week 2018 is themed around 'Student Civic Engagement'  and how student volunteering benefits this in the following ways:

Event Details February 2018: Peel Park and the Meadows Thursday 1st March, 10:30am – 11:30am Free

Thursday 15 March, 10:30am – 11:30am Free

Thursday 29th March, 10:30am – 11:30am Free

Led by trained Health Walk leaders, the walk is an ideal way to improve fitness or mobility in a sociable atmosphere.

Salford Carers Centre Spring Wellbeing Walks for Carers

These walks are for everyone to come and enjoy the area they live in, as well as meet new and old friends.

Please come along prepared for all Salford weather!

Walks will last around an hour and be at a relaxed pace and may entail some muddy trails. The walk will also include a rest and refreshment in a local cafe including a hot drink.

Mental Health First Aid training is for any individual (s) looking to learn more about mental health issues focussing on how to take a proactive approach to dealing with mental health concerns within the workplace, help to identify the common symptoms and act upon them.

Thursday 3rd May at 9.30am - 12.30pm

At the centre of Street Wisdom lies the idea that every moment is extraordinary and every street is full of inspiration – that there’s no such thing as an ordinary street, just ordinary thinking. Few of us give ourselves time or permission to really focus on the signs and signals that we normally ignore, rich stimulus that can help us learn something new.

Friday 23rd March 2018, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

The British Red Cross, Rainbow Haven, Revive, and Refugee Action would like to invite you to a conference that will explore the theme of integration through workshops.

Free Valentines Ball for older people aged 50+

The valentines ball will be on Sunday 18th February 2018 at the De La Salle sports and social club on Lancaster Road from 12-6pm. There will be music, a buffet, balloons, roses and chocolates. 

It’s time to clean up our city!

The Great British Spring Clean is taking place over the weekend of 2nd-4th March 2018.

Salford City Council are looking for volunteers, community groups and associations, schools, businesses and anyone who is able to help support and lead clean up campaigns in their local area.

What you need to do

Step 1

Who would you trust to host an evening of networking, socialising and entertainment, other than an award-winning relationships charity?

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change are Greater Manchester’s own relationships charity and are celebrating their first birthday with an Official Charity Ball, hosted in Victoria Warehouse on Friday 27th April 2018.

GMCA are consulting with a wide range of stakeholders on the Greater Manchester Strategy Implementation plan.

The ambition is to co-produce a number of high-level actions that all stakeholders throughout Greater Manchester can commit to. 

Who are VOS

Partnership between Manchester Action on Street Heath, Manchester Rape Crisis and Trafford Rape Crisis working closely with Manchester Metropolitan University.

The voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and Clare Mayo, Salford City Council / Salford CCG Integrated Commissioning Manager, came together over two sessions on the 31st October 2017 and 16th January 2018 to discuss how the VCSE sector could contribute to the Mental Health Needs Assessment and the new all-age Mental Health Strategy. With Salford’s current mental health strategy ending this year information is now being gathering on; pol

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Memorial Gathering for Babies and Children of any age

Sunday 25th February 2018 at 2pm

Elmowood Church, Eccles Old Road, M6 8FR (Opposite Salford Royal Hospital)

This gathering is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a baby or child in the Salford area.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust would like to invite you to attend this exciting event. We want to hear your views on whether we are treating our patients, service users and carers in a fair way and what we might need to do to improve. 

Salford City Council has shared proposals to save another £11.2 million this year.

This is the eighth year the council has been hit by austerity with rising demand for services in adult and children’s social care both locally and nationally.

The council has now been forced to make £198 million in savings since 2010, with a 50% reduction in government funding. This is equivalent to a loss of £60,000 each and every day.

Community and University partnerships bring together two sets of expertise and knowledge to make a difference.

Partners decide the focus (and the terms too) so that the benefits are shared and the relationships are worthwhile.

big health and care conversation

Over the summer Salford Together held a comprehensive engagement exercise with the people of Salford.

The aim was to provide early opportunities for active, open, dialogue on developing health and social care plans in Salford and to allow service users, carers and other stakeholders to input to and be involved in the transformation process.

The Wellbeing Burger addresses the significant relationship between mental health and homelessness / risk of homelessness and the impact health interventions can have on their overall wellbeing.

Nutrition and exercise science team and our partners

The Salvation Army Housing Assoication (SAHA) have experts in physical activity, exercise science, GP exercise referral and highly qualified to masters standard in nutrition.

Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) takes place from Monday 5th –  Sunday 11th February 2017.

Following on from previous successful HCAWs, Salford is again be running a series of events, activities and communications in partnership with local community groups and GMP.

Do you, your front-line staff and families understand the law to help adults (and young people in transition) get the support they need and are entitled to?

Are you up-to-date?

Community Living’s 8th legal seminar ‘Preventing Melt-Down in Adult Social Care’

Led by Belinda Schwehr, LLM - Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at St Thomas Conference Centre, Ardwick, Manchester (close to Piccadilly Station)

On the 19th January 2018, Greater Manchester made a historic and collective commitment to transform how carers are supported in their invaluable role through the signing of a Greater Manchester Carers Charter by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership organisations including voluntary, community and social enterprise groups.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018, 20th Show - 18 - 22nd July

The popular and buzzing Bus Stop Boulevard will be returning to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 and we are on the hunt for local communities/designers in Greater Manchester to take over our bus stops giving them a fun, green and alternative look.

YOU CAN Community Club have been providing quality activities for young people with disabilities for over 20 years.

Their varied programme of sports, arts, outdoor pursuits and day trips provide young people with exciting opportunities to develop their personal and social skills.

You Can Community Club are hosting 'Handling Conflict Well' a conflict resolution in a youth setting training course for individuals working in a young people environment. This training is available at a per head cost of £39.99 which will be payable at time of booking.

Date: Tuesday 24th April 2018
Time: 10am till 3.30pm
Venue: The Beacon Centre, 8A London Street, Salford, M6 6QT

SDF’s information and support project, for access to the wide range of services available in Salford.


Every Friday (from 23rd February 2018) from 11am – 1pm  at Prince’s Park Garden Centre, Liverpool Road, Irlam. M44 6BR

Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month (from 30th January) from 11am – 1pm at Pendleton Gateway, 1, Broadwalk, M6 5FX

ForViva has started work on a new housing scheme for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Salford.

The £1.4 million development in Broughton is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, and will create 14 apartments for LGBT people who may be facing difficult circumstances.

ForViva is a forward-thinking social organisation which manages 24,000 homes across the North West.

Did you know that it is estimated over 6 ½ million people act as Carers in the UK?

We know that kidney patients often require extra support and care at various stages in their journey and Carers can be the unsung heroes behind conditions like this. 

Brought to you by #WeStandTogether, hosted by The University of Manchester

An opportunity to take part in a dialogue about the repercussions of the referendum vote to leave the European Union.

The discussion will allow those attending to air their concerns, thoughts and opinions and, in particular, look at how community cohesion has already been affected, even though the implementation of the decision is still over 17 months away.

In Salford, Youth Day will be celebrated this year on Friday 10th August.

Youth Day is an annual day of activities organised by young people, for young people across the city. It aims to show the important contribution made by 11 to 25 year olds in all aspects of life in Salford. We know out young people make a positive difference to our city - and we want to capture and celebrate this.

A new campaign designed to encourage victims to come forward and report loan sharks after the Christmas period has launched on 15th January 2018.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) - a specialist team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – have launched their ‘Why I Borrowed’ campaign to encourage people to report illegal money lenders if they or someone they know have been bitten.

Corinth CIC have some new courses lined up for the new year.

Perhaps you’d like to brush up on some existing skills, maybe learn some new ones and, at the same time, meet new friends, and find new opportunities?

Perhaps you want to embrace technology to keep in touch with friends and loved ones further afield, or need to improve your job prospects?P

Perhaps you need to learn more about using online services?

Across Greater Manchester the public sector is piloting new and innovative ways of working.

New Economy, with support from central government, is helping to demonstrate the amount of taxpayers’ money that can be saved by these new ways of working and the impact they can have on the quality of services enjoyed by Greater Manchester residents.

Fantastic opportunity to get 18-30 year olds into business.

Innovate UK have teamed up with The Prince’s Trust on the Young Innovators Programme campaign to help the next generation make an impact. 

The Street League academy programme offers support to young people aged 16-24, helping develop their employability skills.

These skills are developed through employability sessions which are delivered by qualified teachers. The subjects covered include barriers to employment, time management, team work, confidence building, CV writing, mock interviews and many more.

Positive Moves CIC are a not for profit organisation and a social enterprise.

The Aim of Positive Moves CIC   is to provide a wide range of social, health, educational/ recreational and creative activities for children, young people, families and the community of Irlam and Cadishead

They provide fun, safe and challenging activities for children and young people throughout the year and during the school holidays.

Do you have good local reach and excellent connections? Have you got the vision and insight to help us understand the journey that carers over 50 undertake on their way to employment? Are you able to identify the barriers and challenges faced and how best to overcome them?

CRUK E-Cigarette Campaign

Cancer Research UK is launching a health awareness campaign across Greater Manchester next week, running from the 15th January until 18th February. It is focused on increasing public awareness on the fact that evidence shows e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking.

Positive Moves CIC and Salford CVS are working in partnership to offer a free Child Protection Course for people who work in the voluntary and community sector.

When: Saturday 10th February 2018, 9.30am to 4.00pm

Where: Preston Hall, Preston Avenue. Irlam, M44 5XB

Phone: 0161 775 6779 Sylvia/ Lisa to book a place before Friday 9th February.

Please bring a packed lunch with you but tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

St Ann’s Little Hulton volunteer coordinators Ernest Worsley and Linda Cleary were delighted to accept a special award.

The hospice was recently honoured as Charity of the Year at the Salford CVS Heart of Salford Awards, and Claire Roberts a representative from Salford CVS presented the pair with the accolade on a visit to our Little Hulton site.

Saturday 27th January 2018

Meet at The Station - Irlam

10:30am-11:00am – mechanic on site who can check your bike safety

11:00am-12:00pm – Bike ride (on quiet roads)

Start your journey to a healthier, happier you at one of Salford Community Leisure’s centres.

The friendly local centres are found all across Salford and are packed with a wide variety of the very latest equipment, activities and exciting sessions to help you stay fit and healthy.

Workout in one of 8 fully equipped gyms and dive into one of 6 swimming pools with a FREE Gym and Swim one day pass.

Date: Thursday 8th February 2018, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: The Salford Suite, Town Hall, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5AW

Would you be interested in an exciting opportunity to improve the digital presence of your charity/business and the digital skills of your colleagues?

As part of Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018, Remembering Srebrenica, Greater Manchester Police, Salford City Council & the University of Salford bring you "The Consequences of Hatred Left Unchallenged".

Salford CCG's Citizen and Patient Panel events are your opportunity to have a voice in your health services in Salford.

The public meetings take place twice a year and include updates on the latest work being undertaken by Salford CCG and debates on what you think are the key issues for our health services.

Join the next Citizen Panel Event

Tuesday 13 March 2018

10am registration (for 10.30am start) with a 2.15pm finish.

The search is on...become part of the future of the new fifth RHS Garden by sharing stories from the past

Preserving the past

The RHS is looking to gather memories from those who lived, worked and played in the grounds of Worsley New Hall, to create a rich bank of first-hand material in preparation for the opening of RHS Garden Bridgewater in 2020.

Find your perfect volunteering role on our portal.

Whether you want to meet interesting people, develop new skills or boost your confidence, register on our website and find your perfect role for 2018.

After eight years in the making, a Salford project that supports disabled people to get more active, more often, has been featured on the BBC’s The One Show.

The brainchild of the project, Ben Andrews, developed Empower to support disabled people to engage in more social, physical and exercise-based activity, while giving those around them the skills to support this long-term.

25th January 2018.

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Road, M1 3HF

Aim: To improve the knowledge and confidence of managers and front-line staff in working with the needs of people who have sexual offence convictions or other harmful sexual behaviours.

Outcomes - At the end of this training you will:

Learning Open Days

Wednesday 10th January 2018 Little Hulton Skills Centre – 40 Hulton District Centre, Worsley, Manchester, M28 0AU 9.30am – 12noon

Thursday 11th January 2018 The Broughton Trust – Humphrey Booth Centre, Heath Avenue, Salford, M7 1NY 9am – 4pm

Tuesday 16th January & Tuesday 23rd January Coniston – City West Housing Community Centre, 56 Coniston Road, Swinton, M27 5WT 9am – 12noon

The Sale Sharks Advantage Project is a new and exciting education and enrichment project for people aged 16 -18 who are not currently in work, education or training. The project will provide participants with a unique work placement opportunity, and a chance to improve English and Maths and gain new qualifications.

Applications now open for the Youth Combined Authority

Andy Burnham and Cllr Shori are appealing to organisations who work with young people to apply so their young people can be part of the Youth Combined Authority – the first of its kind in the country.

Meeting of VCSE Cancer Advisory Group - Development of Cancer Work Plan

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Over the past few months the Greater Manchester Cancer Advisory Group has been meeting and engaging with the lead officers who are responsible for the various domains of the cancer plan.  Each of these lead officers have delivered presentations outlining their planned work relating to their respective areas of responsibility.    

SALFORD has been awarded an additional £3.4million to transform health and social care.

The £3.4million funding from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) will help transform the lives of the city’s population over the long-term and tackle the wider causes of ill health in the city.

Police survey

Everyone in Greater Manchester is being urged to have their say about a new plan aimed at tackling crime, supporting victims and building stronger, safer and more cohesive communities in Greater Manchester.

The new plan called ‘Standing Together’ will set the strategic direction for Greater Manchester Police, criminal justice and community safety partners in local areas for the next three years, with key issues prioritised by all those who work to make our communities safer.

Manchester BME Network and Greater Manchester BME Network will be holding their next joint networking event on Tuesday 30th January at St Thomas Centre,  Ardwick starting promptly at 10am (registration from 9.30am).

The topic is still being finalised but please save the date.

Lunch will be provided by BME Network members who are social entrepreneurs. 

The Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) works to support the health and social care system in GM to improve care quality and patient outcomes in this regard across a range of health systems.  With these points in mind, Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at the Greater Manchester (GM) Health & Social Care Partnership tasked the SCN with developing a Diabetes Strategy for GM.

The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering and voluntary action.

Established in 2003, the awards are a firm favourite in the Salford calendar.

The awards provide an opportunity to:

Salford City Council's community cohesion strategy includes a pledge to 'Develop and coordinate a programme of events that celebrate cultures and faiths in Salford, building on current good practice at neighbourhood level.'

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester is currently developing a new police and crime plan which will set the strategic direction for the police and other organisations with responsibilities for keeping our communities safe.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation have partnered up with BT to create a fantastic opportunity for 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training!

This is a great opportunity for young people to experience first hand the world of work and build on their skills to improve their chances of gaining employment, or going into further education and training.

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, is responsible for setting the direction for policing and community safety in our city-region.

As his deputy with responsibilities for policing and criminal justice, he has asked Bev Hughes (Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester – Crime, Policing, Criminal Justice and Fire) to develop a plan for our communities for 2018-2020.

Keep Tidy Britain have launched their campaign – The Great British Spring Clean 2018.

The event is to take place between the 2 – 4 March 2018.

If you are planning an event around these dates then register your event online at http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/, this allows KBT to monitor across the country any events taking place.

The report ‘Putting the People in the Powerhouse’ outlines a different vision for the Northern Powerhouse which puts people and communities at the heart of Powerhouse plans.

The report was launched at the House of Lords on 6 December 2017 and captures the learnings of the first ever People’s Powerhouse event held in Doncaster earlier in the year (12 July).

Grants must directly benefit the community of the Little Hulton Big Local Area.

This is a rolling grants programme open from the 5th December 2017 to 31st June 2018.

Little Hulton Big Local aims to fund a range of activities that enable Little Hulton residents to participate in training and to improve their opportunities to access employment or access an increased range of employment opportunities.

Shop with Little Hulton Big Local for that special Christmas gift!

Come along to LHBL special pop up shop at the Little Hulton Hub on the Precinct and find handmade personalised Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, cards and decorations.

Join Salford Disability Forum (SDF) to celebrate Disability History Month (DHM) in Salford to showcase the work, passion and commitment of the many people with disabilities and long-term conditions as they try to make Salford a better place to live.

The Disability History Month  ‘ART’ Event is at St George’s Social Centre, Cromwell Road, Salford. M6 6SB on Tuesday 12th December from 11am—2pm.

Commonplace are crowdfunding to convert the interior of their double decker bus to make it a flexible and beautiful event space for the people of Greater Manchester. 

Commonplace is a mobile community event space housed in a double decker bus, which was donated to them by Stagecoach Manchester in 2016. Since May this year they have worked with local community groups and social enterprises to host pop-up events which have included dinners, creative workshops and even spas!

Are you…

  • Aged 18 – 55 years old
  • Live in Salford or have a Salford GP
  • Care about quality Health & Social Care Services
  • Enjoy a good discussion?

Then you may be interested in our upcoming Focus Group.

We are looking for people to help us ensure that the services we provide in Salford support people to have a better quality of life.

World AIDS Day Partnership Craft Event

Friday 1st December at 6pm
LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

Join us on World AIDS Day at the LGBT Foundation, where we will be holding a WAD Partnership Craft event from 3.00pm – 5.30pm on 1st December.

You’ll have an opportunity to decorate a jar that reflects your experiences, forming a commemorative piece of artwork for Manchester’s World AIDS Day Vigil.

The Salford Employment and Skills Strategy was launched by the City Mayor and Councillor Stone, Chair of the Salford Skills and Work Board, at The Landing on 14th June 2017.

The Strategy describes Salford's vision for a world-class labour market where all residents have equal access to high-quality skills training; sustainable employment with a decent level of pay; and more opportunities for in work progression.  

An Accord between the Mayor and GM Combined Authority and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The Accord is based on the 'manifesto' to which the Mayor committed prior to election and marks the beginning of a new relationship between sectors in Greater Manchester where the VCSE sector is considered as important at the public and private sectors.

Ambition for Ageing Seminar: Listening to older lesbians: what can marginalised voices teach us about ageing?

This is the final seminar in the Autumn/ Winter series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

Housing Ideas Exchange. A Manchester networking, empowerment, ideas and action forum about housing the city.

Thursday, 7 December in the Geoffrey Manton Building at the Manchester Metropolitan University from 4 to 8 PM. Rosamund St West (off Oxford Road) Manchester M15 6LL.

Housing Ideas Exchange are seeking organisations, campaigners, academics, interested parties be they in the private sector, the third sector or people concerned about our housing.

GMCVO have been allocated 40 FREE places for Salford University's Social Housing Conference to share with you.

Social Housing Conference: Fixing the broken market
25th January 2018, Salford
*FREE places available*

Organised by the University of Salford, 'this event will explore Greater Manchester’s strategy to tackle the housing shortage, affordable homes, benefit dependency and much more.'

To book a place please ring 603 4310 or email Debbie.hulme@salford.gov.uk  . Seminars usually involve a presentation or exercise and time for questions. Drinks and biscuits provided.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Official confirmations will not be given, however a reminder email will be sent to delegates approximately 2 weeks before each seminar.

Join the Salford Sup on Thursday 14th December from 7pm to 9pm, The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN

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

This is the second seminar in the Autumn/ Winter series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

  • Date: Thursday 30th November 2017
  • Time: 13:00-15:30
  • Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL (travel directions)

Remembering the women killed by known men in the UK

A peaceful creative 'Murder March' to remember and represent the women murdered in the UK by partners, ex-partners, family members i.e. domestic violence murders.

This year on Carers Rights Day, Greater Manchester Carers Partnership invites you to this unmissable event.

Making it Real!

Friday 24th November, 10.30am to 3pm

Methodist Central Buildings, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

Pledge your commitment to supporting Carers in Manchester. Listen to what Carers have to say. Explore the work that the Greater Manchester Carers Partnership provides.

This month is Islamophobia Awareness Month #IAM2017.

Salford City Unison has organised a Solidarity Meal which will take place from 12.00 to 1 pm on the 28th of November 2017, Committee Room 3, Civic Centre, Swinton M27 5AW.

Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from the 5th to the 12th February 2018.

Small grants of £500 and £1,000 are available for organisations running activities or events to raise awareness of hate crime.

For Grants of £500, activities must take place between 5th - 12th February 2018 and help to either:

Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation are excited to announce that applications for the Weston Charity Awards will be open from Friday 1st December 2017 to Friday 12th January 2018.

The Prevent Duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and placed on specified authorities, ‘to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This Duty came into effect for a range of specified authorities in July 2015 and require specified sectors to evidence the following capabilities in terms of staff training:

Join guest expert practitioners Nickala Torkington (Flourish CIC) and Kerry Bertram (formerly of Cartwheel Arts and now at Bolton CVS) to explore the cocktail of income generation possibilities for social entrepreneurs and reflect on your current and future priorities.

This peer learning session we will include discussion and information on:

Flourish CIC are inviting the Flourish Family as well as all friends, supporters, crowdfund investors and people across their networks to come and celebrate their first operating year as Flourish Together CIC (following a couple of years piloting as WSSE).

Come and be inspired by the range of women changemakers they have been supporting, celebrate the end of another year and see the exciting plans they have for 2018 and beyond!

Do you live or work in Salford? Help shape future plans to reduce ill health in the City and empower communities to take control.

When: Tues, 28th November 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2.30pm 
Where: Swinton Park Golf Club, East Lancashire, Road Swinton, M27 5LX

Please inform when booking if you have any dietary requirements

Thursday 23rd November 2017, 4pm until Midnight at the Moston Miners’ Community Arts Centre.

35 Teddington Rd, Manchester M40 0DJ

An Event To Raise Funds For Salford Unemployed & Community Resource Centre

With Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Ricky Tomlinson, Smug Roberts, JD Barrington, Atilla the Stockbroker, Local bands Red Light effect, Liam Caly.

You may remember a promise of training available via the 0-25 Transformation Research Project. If you don’t remember, don’t worry! You can still sign up for training.

The first opportunity is Suicide Awareness Training, either a workshop (1.5 hrs) or a training session (3 hrs). This is funded by the City Council and free to those who wish to attend. You will need to apply for a place- they are making sure there is a balance of council staff and VCSE sector.

Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds.

Their mission is to help others do the same.

Want to hear from funders? Engage with likeminded groups? Explore what the built heritage sector can offer your local community?

Greater Manchester Talent Match - the Big Lottery-funded programme, bringing together the private, public and voluntary sectors to support our most disadvantaged young people towards employment, has nearly reached the end of its five-year investment period. The Greater Manchester Talent Match team want to ensure that the programme has a longer-term legacy and all the great work involved in supporting young people towards employment continues.

Salford City Council is seeking information from the market around approaches to commissioning Individual Support for Disabled Children (aged 5 to 18 years)

These are children with physical and/or learning disabilities, and frequently complex autism and who sometimes display challenging behaviour. They have difficulties in accessing Local Offer facilities due to the nature of their disabilities.

Advice and income maximisation are essential to both financial inclusion and anti-poverty work as Salford residents face radical changes to their benefits and struggle to make ends meet both in and out of work.

The Saha Learning Hub will be running a Skills for Mentoring course in Longsight, starting in November.

The course consists of 21 class-based learning hours, alongside 24 observed placement hours, which will be completed by 25th January 2018.

Beat the Winter Blues with the Carers Centre Wellbeing Workshop!

It's before Christmas, the bills are piling up and you still haven't bought your presents, it seems like there isn't enough time in the day for you to relax...

Does this sound familiar? 

The Vision is the culmination of 18 months work of many volunteers and several Feeding Manchester conferences.

Imagine a Greater Manchester where Sustainable Food is at the heart of policy and action to create: jobs and training opportunities; good health and well-being; green neighbourhoods; diverse high streets; and strong local economies.

Multi-Agency Two Day Domestic Abuse and Child Protection Training 

Next dates: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017  


Time: 9.15am – 4.30pm

Presented by: Salford SCB Training Pool

Simple, peaceful celebration of Human Rights Day at Eccles Cross. Candles, readings and remembrance of those across the world whose right to be different is threatened.

This event is hosted by Eccles Town Team.

Dress warmly and meet at Eccles Cross.

For more information contact Paula Garstang, Eccles Neighbourhood Team, email paula.garstang@salford.gov.uk

Salford’s health and social care organisations are joining forces with national charity Carers UK to offer 24/7 advice

 Carers UK and Salford Together have joined forces to support Salford’s 23,500 carers.

The Carers UK website helps carers understand their rights, the support available to them and how to look after themselves, while Jointly is an app that helps carers build a support network for themselves and the person they look after.

There is an opportunity to collectively develop new approaches to improve how VCSE equalities organisations can influence and engage with the Health and Social care agenda in Greater Manchester.

We are holding a workshop for VCSE organisations that are interested in getting involved in how this takes shape on:

There is a new plan for Greater Manchester. It’s called Our People, Our Place. It has been written by all 10 councils, the Mayor, the NHS, transport, the police and the fire service, with help from businesses, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and members of the public.

GMCVO is delivering a Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Social Care Engagement project funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. As part of this project, a VCSE Assembly meeting focussing on Mental Health was held in July 2017. Following on from this a smaller meeting took place in August to look at the development of a representative structure for VCSE organisation in the Health and Social Care Partnership Mental Health governance.

Parents of children with special educational needs or disabilities may be asked to pay towards the cost of transporting their children to nursery or college in future.

Salford City Council is one of the few local authorities that still offers fully-funded travel budgets for children with SEN but, faced with significant further cuts to its budget, has launched a consultation on changes to provision.

Would you like to help recruit Greater Manchester Cancer Champions?

Grants of £250 are available for you to help recruit Cancer Champions and grants of £500 are available for more ambitious proposals.

Greater Manchester Cancer Champions are a growing movement of people who aim to prevent cancer, increase early diagnosis and support people living with and beyond cancer. At least 42% of cancer in Greater Manchester is preventable.

The journey to become an Age Friendly City began in 2015 when Salford applied to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Age Friendly City status.

Salford are working on a 3 to 5 year development plan to achieve that status. Using the WHO model for Age Friendly Cities, older people in Salford created four visions for an Age Friendly Salford.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) would like to invite you to visit a new page on their website especially for their partners.

GMFRS is committed to preventing fires and emergencies across the county but their core purpose is wider than this. They aim to, save, protect and improve the lives of people in Greater Manchester

This course is an ideal introduction for advice workers involved with clients who are in fuel debt or for the more experienced advisor as an update. It covers the main issues, raises awareness and aims to give participants a clearer understanding of the pathways involved in resolving fuel debt.

Course outline

The 1 day course includes the following topics:

Date:  Tuesday 7th November 2017

Time:  5.30pm – 8.00pm

(Buffet 5.30pm to 6.15pm. Event starts at 6.15pm)

Venue:  Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Campus, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT

This is a free event, and all food and refreshments will be provided. A buffet will be available from 5.30pm until 6.15pm when the event will start.

Wednesday 1st November 2017, 9am to 12noon.

The Innovation Forum, 51 Frederick Road, Salford, M6 6FP

Research shows that when taken into the workplace yoga and meditation lower stress, increase focus, enhance compassion and create a better state of mind among colleagues

Monday 6th November 2017 9:00am – 3:30pm

Trinity Way, Salford, Manchester, M3 7BB, United Kingdom

Following on from the Faith in Mental Health and Voluntary Sector Conference last year, a great deal of work has been done to inspire collaborative working between GMHSCP and the faith sector in Greater Manchester.

NHS Salford CCG is currently reviewing ophthalmology (eye care) to increase the number of services available in the local community. 

They would like your views to help us shape the future service.Developing more services in the community will free up hospital appointments for those high-risk cases that need specialist care in a hospital setting.

The priority for this specific Little Pot of Health Wellbeing Fund is “Being Active”.

The fund is aimed at smaller VCSE organisations in Salford. The fund is designed to enable community activity that will help to improve the wider wellbeing of Salford residents through being active.

VCSE organisations will need to demonstrate that their project will add value to the “Be Active” health priority under the 5 ways to wellbeing.

Manchester Metropolitan University are offering fabric swatches free of charge to local voluntary and community groups.

If you are a craft or activity group in Greater Manchester that could benefit from this offer you would need to:

  • Be able to take at least one large bag of fabric swatches
  • Be able to collect the fabric

If you are able to do this MMU will make the bags available for collection.

£1.8million investment at the heart of new measures announced, as further £3.8m agreed with central Government to help those most in need.

HUNDREDS of rough sleepers across Greater Manchester will be helped to build a life away from the streets and doorways of Greater Manchester thanks to wide-ranging measures which have been announced, including £1.8m of new funding.

Greater Manchester VCSE Assembly: Health and Social Care: Population Health Plan

Thursday 26th October 2017 10.00 - 12.30pm at Kinhs House Conference Centre

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th November 2017

Peel Park Pavilion, Manchester Road West, Little Hulton M38 0BX

Little Hulton Big Local are running Salford CVS's standard Child Protection course, the course is free to book a place please contact Sue or Alison at Little Hulton Big Local.

Healthwatch Salford are organising a Human Library Community Event in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust/

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Session 1 9:15am – 10:45am
Session 2 11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 3 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Would you know how to recognise and respond to private housing issues, rogue landlords or ‘beds in sheds'?

13 people died and 69 were seriously injured in over 400 fires in makeshift homes in London between 2009 and 2014 where landlords have converted sheds, outbuildings and garages into accommodation because of high rents.

Health partners across Salford are working together to tackle sugar and to help Salford become a ‘Sugar Smart City’. 

Building on the success of negotiating permanently removing all sugary drinks from vending machines in community leisure centres, they want to encourage as many people as possible to take the Salford Sugar Smart challenge! 

From October 9th, patients registered with the practices below will be able to access evening and weekend appointments. The practices: St Andrew’s Medical Centre, Salford Health Matters (The Ganvir Practice), Dr Singh & Partners, Monton Medical Centre, Springfield Medical Centre, Mosslands Medical Practice, Chapel Medical Centre, Dr White & Partners, Irlam Clinic and Irlam Group Practice.

The University of Salford have produced a helpful document of rainbow flag dates.

Notes: For one day events the relevant flag should be put up the afternoon before the day and taken down the morning after, unless it falls on a weekend when it should be put up first thing on the Friday morning and taken down on the Monday morning after the weekend

Today (Friday, October 6) marks the launch of the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture and Social Impact Fund which is set benefit residents across Greater Manchester by funding not for profit and voluntary organisations.

The new scheme was given the green light by Leaders at the GMCA meeting at Trafford Town Hall last week (Friday, September 29).

womens awards

Europia has launched a brand new ambitious initiative; the first Europia Women's Awards.

The awards are a way to highlight and promote the numerous contributions European women (but not only) in Greater Manchester are making to the local society, to raise awareness of their achievements, underline the significant part they are playing and thus empower them and showcase why their presence is vital and necessary.

Headway Salford & District improving life after brain injury

Headway are hosting a sculpture exhibition on the 5th October 11.00am to 2.30 pm.

All public sector partners in Salford are working together to address the devastating impact that suicide has on families and communities and ensure that suicide should always be considered an avoidable occurrance.

Salford has a number of high risk groups (which mirror some of the nationally identified high risk groups) who may have a greater risk of suicide. These groups include:

Great British Bake Off is back and the winter months are drawing in, that can only mean one thing, it’s time to hibernate and eat cake. 

This November BASIC are asking all of their supporters to take on the challenge of baking and selling their cakes, in the process helping raise vital funds for BASIC. Your bake could be something as simple as a cornflake cake to something as extravagant as a Christmas gingerbread house. 

This service is in the early stages of development and delegates from the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community Social Enterprise sector are invited to contribute to the design of the service at a workshop to be held on:

Tuesday 17th October, 2.15-4.30pm
at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green, Manchester M12 6FZ

At the session you will hear the thinking to date and we will discuss a number of key issues including

  • The need for a service like this

The Greater Manchester Population Health Plan sets out an approach to delivering a radical upgrade in population health. It is informed by the best empirical evidence and by the views of the people of Greater Manchester. It aims to acknowledge the vital contribution communities make to health and wellbeing and put person and community-centred approaches at the centre of the plan.

Older People's Day is celebrated on 1st October across the UK to coincide with the UN International Day of the Older Person. This event will celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society across Greater Manchester.

The theme of the UN International Day of Older Persons 2017 is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”

A night of Raising Awareness from Wipe Your Tears Children's Charity.

Come along and join the Wipe Your Tears team for a great night of music, food and dancing. Tickets are just £20 each, which includes a meal and entertainment from the fab Detroit Magic, supported by the brilliant Lee O'Neil.

There will also be a raffle and opportunity to find out a little more about who Wipe Your Tears are and who and how they help.

Call ticketline on 08433 082 898

Crossroads Together, an innovative social enterprise to be jointly owned by service users, carers, employees and local people, launched today with a promise to serve communities across Greater Manchester and the North West with good quality, not-for-profit community care and develop ambitious ideas to help local communities.

Any grant application that delivers improved wellbeing and health outcomes for the local population will be considered. However, all applicants will be expected to demonstrate and provide evidence of a minimum of 25% match funding or match funding in kind in relation to the service/activity/project that they are applying for funding for.

Europia has partnered with John “Bob” Spence, an internationally acclaimed business development specialist, trainer, coach, consultant and experienced Public speaker, to bring you this FREE seminar, which will transform the way you negotiate and counter the negotiating tactics of customers and clients. It is a step to encourage third sector organisations to understand the techniques used in the private sector businesses and it is specially designed for people who may not be professi

Adult Safeguarding is the process of working with an ‘adult at risk’ to protect them from abuse or neglect.  The Salford Adult Safeguarding Board wants to make sure that this process is as good as it can be in Salford and that the views and wishes of the individual remain central to the process at all times. As part of that they need to find out what it feels like to go through the safeguarding process from the point of view of the person being protected.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham will hold a question time event on the evening before every Combined Authority meeting, in the area in which the meeting will be held.

The question time event for September will be held on Thursday 28th September in Trafford - at Stretford Public Hall.

Partnered with key regional media, the event aims to highlight and answer questions on local issues, posted by members of the public.

As you will no doubt be aware, the Church of the Ascension, Lower Broughton, suffered a catastrophic fire in February 2017.

Soon after, Buttress Architects and Structural Engineers, Thomasons, were brought on board stabilise the surviving parts of the building and work with the PCC and the Diocese to plan a future for the Church.

Healthwatch Salford has a New Look!

Healthwatch Salford have been working really hard this year after listening to your feedback from their branding survey last year. They wanted to help more people know about Healthwatch Salford and make it easier to share your views and experiences of health and social care with us.

The Salford Poverty Truth Commission is an independent project, run in partnership with Church Action on Poverty, Community Pride and the Broughton Trust. It is sponsored by Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett and Bishop of Salford John Arnold, and supported by a steering group including many local organisations.

There will be a final event of the Commission where its findings are presented on Friday 6th October. 

Salford Arts Theatre presents Angels with Dirty Accents - A brief history by W.E.P.N

Wednesday 20th September 2017 – Fri 23rd September

Wednesday 27th September 2017 – Fri 30th September 2017

DURATION: 2hrs approx.


TIMES: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Do you work with Salford residents in financial difficulty? 

Then book now for an introduction, update or a refresher.

These practical and enjoyable workshops are facilitated by expert advisers from Salford Welfare Rights Service and Citizens Advice.

Evidence says that we need to all work together to better support children and families.

Let’s get together and find out what we all offer for local children and their families.

Meet the local 0-25 team, local schools and community and voluntary groups working with children and supporting families in Little Hulton and Walkden.

Tuesday 24th October 10am - 4.30pm

The Mechanics Centre Manchester

Free event - Opportunity to attend 4 workshops

The conference will offer an opportunity to:

  • Share information on recent developments in health across Greater Manchester

  • Revive a debate on racial disparities in health

  • Focus on how racial disparities in health will be tackled within the devolution agenda

The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering. A firm favourite in the volunteering calendar this event acknowledges the vast contribution made by volunteers and organisations in Salford. 

North West Ambulance Service is holding their Annual Health Fair and AGM on 14th September at Leigh Sport's Village.

The NW Ambulance Service are showing the local community of Leigh and the surrounding areas where they are made of and what they do. There will be emergency ambulance, you can join in CPR challenges and see what their NHS 111 and patient transport services are about.

Salford Carer's centre are running a second session for working carers to learn tips and coping strategies for balancing work and care.

Working and caring for someone can be a challenge! The centre's course focuses on family support, the psychology of our communication, support available to you and making changes for the future.

Get Started with Football

Are you 16-25? Want to learn new skills?

Taster day on 6th September 2017, Etihad Stadium

Course dates 11th -15th September 2017, Etihad Stadium

Meet new people and improve your skills by working on a group challenge to design and coach your very own football skills session.
Not only will it help you discover new skills, but you could also secure a qualification and benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

With people living longer, it’s increasingly important that we recognise the important contribution older people give to Salford. Older Person Day is an opportunity to acknowledge their dedication and to ensure that we’re doing our best to give something back to older people.

Anderson Lectures 2017

POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group is delighted to host the Anderson Lectures for its fourth year. This year the focus will be on life sentenced prisoners and the transition from custody back into the community.

TEAM Programme

The Princes's Trust will be running the Team Programme at Salford City College.

A 12-week personal development programme designed to help young people uncover hidden talents, improve their confidence and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. The Team programme has proven over 26 years to successfully direct 16-25 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds towards employment, further education or training. We also help with maths and English skills too.

No Hate Speech Movement

Stop Hate UK is working with Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority to challenge online hate and prejudice. They are looking for volunteers to become part of the “No Hate Speech” movement and reclaim the internet from those who wish to create fear, spread hatred and create division.

What does the role involve?

Volunteers will receive full training from Stop Hate UK so that they can help:

VCSE Advisory Group has £5,000 to allocate to a single project that aims to reduce a health inequality/ies faced by members of particular community within their cancer journey.

Many communities within Greater Manchester experience many additional barriers to services; from awareness of signs and symptoms, early diagnosis, through treatment, living with and beyond cancer and dying well. This funding is to;

big health and care conversation
  • The local NHS and Council are asking for the public’s views on future health and care services in Salford.
  • They are holding a series of events throughout the city over the next two months (end of July-end of September) to listen to people in Salford.
  • People will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to give their views on changes that could be made and how they think any of these changes might affect them and their family as well as their neighbourhood.

163 delegates from local voluntary, community, social enterprise and public sector organisations attended our annual Salford VCSE conference on 12th June at the AJ Bell Stadium. The theme of the conference was tackling poverty, highlighting the role of the VCSE sector historically and in the current climate. Attendees had the opportunity to influence the VCSE Strategy for Salford, and to get involved in Salford Social Value Alliance’s 10% Better Campaign.

Following the overwhelming interest amongst VCSE organisations in the Long Term Conditions Round table with Jon Rouse that was held on the 24th July, GMCVO will now be hosting a VSCE Workshop on Long Term Conditions on Friday 15th September 2017.

The Roundabout Pop-Up Theatre comes to Little Hulton in September this year.

The ‘Roundabout’ Project from theatre company Paines Plough, in collaboration with The Lowry forms part of the wider Little Hulton Goes Large festival. Roundabout, the world's first pop-up plug-and-play theatre arrives in Little Hulton in just one month's time. It's not everyday there's a theatre on your doorstep so here's how you can make the most of this incredible, unique experience.

Have you experience of mental ill health?

Start are asking people to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire explores your experiences of mental health & wellbeing. It also looks at the feasibility of providing local neighbourhood delivery of a therapeutic creative arts programme which is specifically designed as part of a recovery package for those suffering from mental ill health in Salford.

New date for the launch event of Voices of Survivors, Hearing Women for Change, an innovative Greater Manchester wide Project.

The launch will be held on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 1pm-4pm and Baroness Beverley Hughes of Stretford, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime will be the keynote speaker.

Calling all innovators Salford CCG have launched a new Digital Health Innovation call for ideas to improve healthcare.

See below for details - but be quick as our deadline is 5pm 29th September 2017

Citizens of Salford can use the BetterPoints smartphone app to track their walking and earn points that they can cash in for vouchers for high-street shops or donate to charity.

Between now and April 2018, BetterPoints app users in Salford can accumulate points for walking up to 150 minutes a week and can spend them on little luxuries like coffee or clothes - or, better still, they can donate them to charities of their choice.

co production group

Invitation to join - applications for members are now open

The Co-production Group will be made up of people with lived experience of a person centred approach to health and social care. They will help deliver and shape the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership’s programmes, including personal health budgets and broader person and community centred initiatives.

GM Moving

What is Greater Manchester Moving?

Greater Manchester Moving is the 'comprehensive plan to reduce inactivity and increase participation in physical activity and sport that is aligned to the Greater Manchester Population Health Plan priority themes and wider reform agenda'.

Come and enjoy a family fun day at The Friends of St Mary's first event on Saturday 12th August. 

There will be a car boot from 8 am and other events from 11 am. There will be several stalls offering hair accessories and gifts, sweets and treats, wax melts, small pocket money toys, jewellery, cakes, face painting and glitter tattoos. 

Small fairground rides, hook a duck stalls, bouncy castles, tombola and raffles with great prizes will also be part of the fun.