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Reason Digital have gathered together some resources, freebies and advice that we hope will help charities at this time. 

Funds you should know about 


Salford Women's Aid have updated their operational procedures in light of Covid - 19.  


SIDASS Operational procedure - COVID 19

SIDASS will continue to provide the same advice and advocacy service. However, in light of the COVID 19 pandemic we will be offering telephone support only.


The Co-operate have complied a number of great ideas on how to stay healthy and enterained at home.   


It’s important to stay healthy and entertained at home: 

  • for your physical and mental wellbeing 

  • if you’re currently working from home 

  • if you’re juggling work and home schooling 

  • if you’re self isolating  


Thanks to Sandy Adirondack for signposting to these policies as part of their legal update on employment and volunteering.

You can subscribe to Sandy's updates by contacting:

Daniel Barnett's HR Policies 2020, a recently published suite of 20 employment policies, includes a policy on employee homeworking.


Jack Monroe, author of Tin Can Cook is going to be live on Twitter everyday at 5pm.

The campaign is helping people to cook with the ingredients they have available.

Jack is asking followers to send photos of what they have in their store-cupboards to help them come up with a plan for what they can have for dinner.


An Introduction to Podcasting (taster session)

Join Vic Elizabeth Turnbull from MIC Media for a free taster session in an Introduction to Podcasting on Tuesday 7th April, 10am - 10.45am. 

In this taster session you will learn the all the basics of what it takes to make a podcast - including how you can make one whilst keeping a social distance!


The COVID-19 outbreak has affected our lives in many different ways, from how we commute and travel to how we connect and socialise with our friends and peers.

But as charities, our work must continue, many people rely on us and the services that we provide to our communities, especially in times like these. In order to continue serving your community during this outbreak, however, you may find the need to rapidly transition to working remotely rather than in an office.


NHS information on how to go about getting an isolation note.

Use this service if you have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.

This service is only for people who:


Service update sent on behalf of Gaddum Carers Salford in light of the current national situation regarding Covid19.

We know that this is worrying time for carers and their families, and we would like to reassure them that we are still here to support them.



Ed Moss a facilitator, trainer and consultant working across sectors has made his online course available for free.

The Getting to grips with video gatherings online course has been made free to supprot transition during Covid-19.

Ed has over 12 years experience as a facilitator, trainer and consultant working across the public, charity, co-op and private sectors, developing the way organisations work with people. 


Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits has been published here.

The webpage continue to be updated. Please check it regularly for updates on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus.


Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust have set up a 24/7 helpline for their service users.

Carers and service users who are currently engaged with the GMMH service can call 01204 483 071. 

If you feel your mental health is beginning to suffer you can call any time day or night.



LGBT Foundation Coronavirus Update.

Dear friends,

Over the last two days LGBT Foundation has been testing and preparing new ways of delivering our vital services to LGBT communities, in light of the rapidly changing information and guidance from Public Health England and the Government. 


Coronavirus is increasingly impacting on how Co-operatives UK members can effectively govern their businesses. 

This guidance note has been developed to give some general governance advice in relation to the coronavirus pandemic - particularly around the planning and staging of annual general meetings (AGMs). 


Ian Wright, Manger of Salford Foodbank explains how Salford Foodbank will now operate it's voucher system. 

Dear colleagues

We are living through an unprecedented crisis, with increasingly fast-moving changes and restrictions aimed at keeping all the population as safe as possible. This is primarily through social distancing, Along with many other businesses and charities this enforces a major change in the way that we operate.


Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households

Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed the government’s £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus.


An update from Ian Mitchell, Partnership Manager - Salford, Trafford and Manchester; Department of Work and Pensions: 

During these unprecedented times DWP needs your help to ensure we provide our customers with the fastest and safest service.  


NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To do this an 'army' of volunteers is needed to support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.


£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus.

The funding will be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


BASIC - the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre have produced some chair based exercises with their physiotherapists.

They have made it into a YouTube video - the short exercise video was shot in BASIC before the lock down.

It was meant to be a trial video only, but due to circumstances we decided to release it as a main video and there's more on the way.


This Procurement Policy Note (PPN) sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. Contracting authorities must act now to ensure suppliers at risk are in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over.


60 micro commissions to be given to artists and creators, based in Greater Manchester, across all artforms.

The commissions, worth £500 each, apply to music, art, poetry, theatre, short stories, design, gaming, stories etc.


As the crisis situation around Coronavirus develops, we are refocusing the charity around our food clubs, food supply and distribution, including managing donations from the public and distributing to homes for people who are on benefits or no income.

With this in mind, we have put together a priority list of items which we are currently in great need of:



Message on behalf of Andy Pownall, GMFRS Community Safety Manager. 


  •        At present our contact centre is still open for referrals
  •        Staff are carrying out most Safe and Well visits by telephone
  •        Equipment such as Fire Retardant bedding will still be delivered

In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19 the Partners in Salford Emotional Health webpage regularly updated with information, links and resources, to access please click


Eccles Mosque Closure Announcement 

It is with great sadness that Eccles Mosque have suspended all congregational prayers *WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT* until further notice. 
The Adhaan (Call to prayer) will continue and will be performed by our imam, but no congregational prayers will take place. 


At this time with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak you will no longer be able run your existing activities and services in the same way. As a community group it is important for you to keep everyone safe through good hygiene and physical distancing (also known as social distancing) - this means cancelling activities, changing services and working differently to support your volunteers and the people you help.


The Spirit of Salford Helpline is now live.

The helpline is for local people who are self-isolating and can’t get support from family, friends or neighbours and need help with:

  • Food shopping
  • Getting essential medication
  • Getting fuel (if you are on a pre-paid meter for gas or electric)
  • Looking after pets

If you need help, or if your group knows someone who does, call 0800 952 1000, Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 6pm.


Charities across the country are facing imminent collapse as fundraising income dries up, charity leaders warned today.

Charities have been in conversation with the government about a package of support for the charity sector, but warned today that without an urgent injection of money many charities of all sizes would start to close their doors as soon as next week.


Due to the Covid-19 virus, TLC; Talk, Listen, Change have had to make some changes to the way they work.

Their services, like many support organisations, are also experiencing an increased demand at this time.

They are working incredibly hard to accommodate this and ensure that they are working in line with their mission to support as many people as we can, in the best way possible.


As the crisis situation around Coronavirus develops, Mustard Tree are refocusing the charity around their food clubs, food supply and distribution, including managing donations from the public and distributing to those on benefits or no income.

With this in mind, they have put together a priority list of items which we are currently in great need of:



During these unprecedented times NHS workers need to know that we are grateful.

Please join in on Thursday 26th March at 8pm for a big applause - you can take part from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc.

The mass-applaus will show all nurses; doctors; GPs and carers our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against this virus.

Please share this message so we can make sure the work spreads and reaches all to join!


NCVO have produced some guidance on how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

Look out for your neighbours

The simplest thing everyone can do right now is look out for their neighbours and offer help with shopping and other errands.

It's not just about neighbours who are self-isolating or vulnerable. Other people in the community who might also appreciate help are:


Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 26 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice:

The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information. 

Follow the link to the website here 


The Chancellor has today outlined an unprecedented package of measures to protect millions of people’s jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to coronavirus. This comes as Government instructs entertainment and hospitality premises, like bars and restaurants, to close from tonight to limit spread of coronavirus.


Mosque Announcement 

In light of the significant increase in coronavirus cases in the UK, within Salford and within our own Eccles community, with careful discussion and consideration among the committee board and advice from the Greater Manchester Council of Mosques, it is with great regret that we will enforce the following measures: 


Update from Iain Wight,  Salford Foodbank Manager.


Dear colleagues

We are living through an unprecedented crisis, with increasingly fast-moving changes and restrictions aimed at keeping all the population as safe as possible. This is primarily through social distancing, Along with many other businesses and charities this enforces a major change in the way that we operate.


Salford Gateway building receptions and Broughton Hub will close from Saturday 21 March 1PM.

Access to the buildings will now only be available for pre-arranged appointments until further notification.

The civic centre reception will also be closed, and any appointments must be arranged in advance.

We are currently working on developing a digital / telephony service and I will keep you updated on details.


The National Emergencies Trust has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities in their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision.

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.


Anchor Removals and storage company trades out of Wardley Industrial Estate, Swinton as Britannia Anchor. We are very much a community employer with 90% of our staff living in the Salford area.


With children out of school and unable to see their friends or go to playgrounds the High Lane community came up with an fun idea to brighten up a walk.

Local residents have been putting up rainbows in their windows so local children to spot when they are out on a walk getting some fresh air. They see how many rainbows they can spot on their walk, it is like a giant community-wide "i-spy" game!

Rainbows can be printed or hand drawn - the brighter the better!


Forever Manchester launch Community Support Fund

Forever Manchester has launched a Community Support Fund for grassroot community groups that are responding to the impact of Covid-19 by helping those most affected.

Awards of up to £1,000 are available.


COVID-19 Update

Centre closures and temporary service suspension

Wai Yin Society has been taking protective measures to safeguard the health and well-being of our service user, volunteers, and staff against the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus in recent weeks.


Salford Cycling Club offer of help.

Salford Cycling Club based in Salford, mostly in Eccles and Swinton areas are offering "bike messenger" service delivering food, prescriptions, other goods to individuals or families confined by Covid-19.

Please contact Peter Murray on 078789695174 or email for more details.



Caritas Salford need help so that they can continue to support those most in need.

Their services to them homeless, rough sleeps and those in need remain open during the current virus outbreak.

They urgently need stocks of the following products:


Healthy Heart Clubs and Bereavement Group are closed until further notice.

Serena Rice, Co-ordinator at Salford Heart Care has shared the following statement:

Following a meeting of the Committee this morning I can now confirm that ALL of our Healthy Heart Clubs and The Bereavement Support Group will CLOSE until further notice.


Manchester BME Network have shared some useful resources in different languages that are available for download.

Doctors of the World

Some coronavirus information in a range of languages with more being added. View here.


In Ripon neighbours are communicating with each other via coloured paper.

They display green coloured paper to show they are okay and replace this with red paper if they need assistance e.g. with shopping.

Thanks to Beth for sharing this innovative idea:

At home the whole street has added green paper to their windows. If it changes to red it’s means they require assistance, shopping, medication or transport. THIS IS AMAZING


In the face of an unprecedented challenge to our health, economy, businesses, personal finance and way of life £1m is being made available via Martin Lewis' personal charity fund for urgent coronavirus poverty relief.

Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 will be available to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.


Further to the governments press conference’s this week regarding the coronavirus the trustees and the board of SDC Trading Ltd., have considered the advice given and have decided that all Parish and Community Centres must close on 18th March and for the foreseeable future.

St Sebastian's take the Health and Safety of their staff and clients seriously and have taken this step in order to protect them.


An update from Simon Locke CEO - Salford Loaves and Fishes

The situation

We have reviewed what we can currently offer to minimise the risks and facilitate social distancing.

Until further notice our centre is closed as a space for clients to gather.  There are no external agencies offering services on site and no activity sessions will be offered.

What we can offer

Coronavirus guide

This page was last updated on 26 March 2020.  

What is COVID 19?

A coronavirus is a type of virus that are common across the world, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Aviva Community Fund logo

The Aviva Community Fund has been running for over four years now, and Aviva are proud to have helped thousands of small charities and good causes build stronger communities all across the UK.


Do you enjoy being outdoors?

Do you have an interest in improving the environment?

Would you like to make a differece in your local community?

Incredible Education CIC are looking to recruit a small team of volunteers to support the ongoing development of their new project site at the former Cleavley Plant Nursery in Winton.

Regular weekly sessions start 23rd April 2020 between 1.30 - 3.30pm.

Across Greater Manchester the NHS, local government and our partners have been coming together to work differently.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) would like to know what you think about these changes and how they are affecting you. Key changes have included working together to:

  • Create a single shared plan for health and social care in each locality;

family centre

***Event Cancelled***

Therapy sessions, courses and workshops are still taking place.

Together Family Centre invites you to their new headquarters for an open day!

Saturday 14th of March 2020 from 1pm - 3:30pm

Together Family Centre, St. Joseph Presbytery, Cutnook Lane, M44 6GX


***Event Cancelled***

Friday 20th March 2020.

Staff and students at the University of Salford are hosting an overnight sleep out on campus to raise money for the homeless in Salford. The money rasied will be shared with the Narrowgate Project and Salford 4 Good, who help local charities across Salford.

Please show your support by joining in the event.

Self Help, a user-led mental health charity are offering free wellbeing workshops to organisations in Manchester and are inviting VCSE organisations to take advantage of the offer.


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

Fanatics International, 3 Lampwick Lane, Manchester, M4 6FN


Early Break work with children and young people as young as 5 years old to help build reslience and self-regulation with their emotional health and wellbeing.

  • They offer Bereavement & Loss Counselling where their specialist counsellors help children make sense of their, often confusing, emotions around the loss of a loved one.

19th - 21st June 2020

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016. 

Insp Bev Catterall, the Hate Crime Lead for GMP Salford and part of the Salford Council Cohesion Working Group, has have secured £1000 of ARIS Funding to support 10 community Great Get Together events in the North East Salford Area (Swinton, Pendlebury, Kersal, Broughton, Irwell Riverside). 


Get Started in Podcasting!

Do you want to have a go at podcasting but have no idea where to start? Do you find the TON of information out there just a little overwhelming? Do you want to someone to cut through the waffle and get you podcast ready?

Is that a yes, yes, YES?


Saturday 7th March, 1pm - 3pm

Peel Park Pavillion, Manchester Road West, M38 0BT

Little Hulton Big Local (LHBL) vision is “to Unite Little Hulton as a Community and to Enhance Local Peoples Wellbeing.”

Little Hulton Big Local has +£1 million to invest to achieve it's vision.


What do trans people want from NHS and other health services?

How can health services work better together to meet the needs of trans (including non-binary) people?


As a celebrated and unique part of the city centre, this is a listening exercise to provide an updated understanding of the importance of the Gay Village as a safe space for the city’s LGBTQ+ community.


Answer Cancer is a Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise sector-led response to cancer in Greater Manchester. It is the working name of the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme, a Voluntary Sector partnership working to improve cancer awareness across the region.


Help St Ann's Hospice to fill their honey pot with lots of money to support local patients.

  • 10km sponsored walk
  • Disco from 9pm
  • Fancy dress welcome
  • T-shirt and medal included
  • Remember someone special in our Memory Garden

You are invited to Manchester-based Europia Art Collective EARTSFête 2020 to celebrate our first birthday with an eclectic one-day pop-up art event.

Europia Art Collective (EARTS) launched on 7 March 2019 with an exhibition of 7 founding members and European artists. Since then we have grown to a collective of 18 members, comprising established and emerging multi-disciplinary artists from mainland Europe, who now live and create work in Manchester. 


Have you got what it takes to be a mediator?

Do you want to learn new skills?

Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Smile Mediation are providing their six day, College of Mediator accredited training course in April and May 2020 for people who are willing to volunteer as Mediators for Smile.


Changing the way people over 50 are represented in the media.

This initiative is designed to generate positive and realistic images of people over 50 and Age Proud would like you to send your photograph exploring one of the six themes below:


Transport for Greater Manchester are running two free Ride Leader courses next month!

If you’re involved with youth or community groups, are a workplace cycle champion or a club rider wishing to gain insight into leading rides then this is the course for you.

The course will equip you with the required skills to lead and supervise cycle rides. You need to be a competent cyclist to take part.

GMCVO conducted a survey in 2018 to obtain a quick snapshot of the level of public sector funding into the VCSE sector across GM, the responses received were subsequently used to inform discussions with colleagues within the GM Health and Social Care Partnership about the impact of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on funding into the VCSE sector.

Seminar At Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Mayo Building

24 March 2020 from 8.30am to 1.30pm.

Purpose Of The Event

1) To summarise both the policy context and the evidence which describes the challenges that face us in Salford and the case for wider collaboration among partners


An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world?

Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality this International Women's Day

IWD 2020 sees a number of MISSIONS to help forge a gender equal world. Celebrating women's achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is key. 


This Leap Year local and national charities are appealing for donations to cover the extra day of services they will be delivering on the 29th February. 

St Ann's Hopsice are asking people across Greater Manchester to Donate Your Day to help local patients by pledging a day’s wages to your local hospice.


Friday 3 April 2020, 6.30pm - 9pm at New Adelphi, University of Salford.

A night of photography and live poetry at the launch of Looking for Eden, a project that connects artists and local communities with our ancient landscapes and industrial heritage.

The work is part of the Carbon Landscape project that is restoring and improving sites left derelict by industry. The project also seeks to connect local communities to these often neglected green spaces.


Girl Gang Manchester are a collective of artists, activists, academics and party instigators who run events and build communities both online and in the real world. 


GMCVO have launched the third stage of a grants programme to get Greater Manchester Walking.

Funded by Greater Manchester Moving (with money from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership), partnership grants of up to £15,000 are being offered to support activities that encourage people who are usually less active to start or increase the amount they walk regularly.


GRUB, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, M4 4HF.

Greater Manchester partners are hosting an Innovation and Change workshop to identify city-region actions that will push Greater Manchester towards a sustainable food future, tackling food poverty without increasing reliance on surplus/waste food.


GMCA is currently working with partners on a project looking at how the practical application of new ideas and approaches can help to tackle social challenges and improve outcomes for people.

As part of this project a short survey has been designed to gather views and experiences of social innovation as well to create a snapshot of the current conditions for this across Greater Manchester.


Participants will gain knowledge of the principles of the inter-generational approach to community organising, with resources to cascade.

Friday 13 March 2020, 10am – 3.30pm

Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3AN


A campaign to help people recognise the signs of domestic abuse launched in Salford on Valentine’s Day.

Love – Domestic abuse is sends out 14 messages about how perpetrators control their victims.

These include emotional blackmail, cutting people off from their family and friends, controlling the purse strings so victims are left without money and the classic promises that violence won’t happen again – until the next time.


Recent local research has identified the need to establish high quality business support to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) social businesses across Greater Manchester. 


New play is aimed at tackling and talking about mental health and knife crime.

#GETHELP by John O'Neill, was commissioned by the Broughton Trust and is produced by Salford based theatre company 'Up 'Ere'.

A community performance will be held at Salford Arts Theatre on Thursday 20th February at 5pm.

Followed by a Q&A with the #GETHELP Team.



Answer Cancer is a Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise sector-led response to cancer in Greater Manchester. It is the working name of the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme, a Voluntary Sector partnership working to improve cancer awareness across the region.


The third GM Moving Conference wil be held on 11th May, bringing people together from across the system in Greater Manchester.

Join GM Moving for a day of information, opportunities, learning and connecting across multiple sectors including; health, physical activity, education, planning, urban design, transport, sport, community and voluntary sector.


You are invited to the Crossing Divides Live Festival at the BBC HQ in Salford.

Thursday 5th March from 11.45am to 4.45pm.

You will walk away with a set of skills in deep listening that you can use in your work and life, and the chance to practice them with someone with opposing views.

This festival is a culmination of a year of our BBC Crossing Divides season, brining people together in a fragmented world.


Wigan & Leigh College are offering free distance learning courses to adults over 24 years of age. 

With many courses aimed at health and wellbeing these are a good opportuntity for VCSE organisations to upskill their staff.  There are level 2 accredited courses that delegates can start at any time and fit around work/home life.

All learning materials are provided along with dedicated tutors. 

An event to share the learning and and celebrate the achievements of the Ambition for Ageing (AfA) Equalities Board.

Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF

Agenda for the day

10.30 - 10.45 Registration


Worsley Woods Action Group are delighted that the popular play area in Worsley Woods is to be refurbished.

The extensive trim trail which is in a unique woodland setting is popular with young and old from across the city and there was consternation when its annual safety inspection decided it had come to the end of its life over twelve months ago. The equipment was regularly maintained, but the natural materials and the exposed setting gave it a fixed lifespan.


Shared Reading brings people together through great stories and poems to talk, laugh and share.

Supported by Achieve BST Recovery Fund, The Reader is starting new Shared Reading groups locally for people who are in recovery, so we’re looking for people who’d like to train to lead them.

The Reader's model is unique and proven: Shared Reading improves well-being, builds resilience, and increases social connectivity.


NEON are excited to launch their first regional press officer training for Manchester-based folks who do press work for organisations or campaigns; or activists who do media work.

Apply here!

DEADLINE: 11:59pm; 19th February 2020

Date: Wednesday 11th March

Location: Manchester

Overview: The LGBT+ Inclusivity Training has been developed by IYSS in partnership with 42nd Street and CAMHS specifically for Salford and is aimed at professionals working with young people or adults, and looks at how to support LGBT+ people in their work.


GMCVO have now launched the second stage of their grants programme to get Greater Manchester Walking.

Funded by Greater Manchester Moving (with money from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership), we are now offering grants between £1,000 and £5,000 specifically to support activities that encourage people who are usually less active to start or increase the amount they walk regularly. Applications should also address one or more of the following:


GMCVO have launched a grants programme to get Greater Manchester Walking.

Funded by Greater Manchester Moving (with money from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership), a total of £225,000 will be given out between now and August 2020.

Greater Manchester took charge of health and social care spending and decision making three years ago aiming to achieve the biggest, fastest improvement to the health and wellbeing in our region.

We did this because we know good health and wellbeing are crucial if we’re to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, however, there is still more to do.

GMCVO is looking to lead a partnership of VCSE organisations to bid to develop and deliver a new model of homelessness prevention for young people in Greater Manchester and is inviting VCSE organisations to register their interest and be kept up to date.


A £4.9 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority to the WEA (Workers' Educational Association), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.


Student Volunteering Week (SVW) takes place from the 10th to the 16th February.

This is the 19th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place. Getting involved offers a great chance for students to develop their skills while forming key social action partnerships in local communities.

This year we are joining the celebrations by helping students to find their perfect volunteering match!


The Women’s Organisation are running a free 2-day training course for anyone who lives in Greater Manchester thinking about starting their own business.

The training will be taking place on Friday 20th & Friday 27th March, 09:30-16:30 at:

Confucius Institute

180 Waterloo Place
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9GP

10th March 2020, 10:00 – 13:00, Manchester , M12 6FZ

This event, run in partnership between GMCVO and National Voices, the national membership body for charities working in health and care, is aimed at representatives from GM based charities, social enterprises or other community-based organisations involved or looking to be involved in social prescribing.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s Improving Specialist Care Programme is undertaking a review of Paediatric medicine services.

They are looking at how A&E and Observation/Assessment departments can be improved and made more sustainable for the future.

They are now looking to engage with children, young people and parents/carers about our hospital medical services and are now ready to roll out the patient engagement activity to support this work.


Broughton House – Veteran Care Village have launched their ‘Buy a Brick Campaign’.

They are aiming to raise £1,000,000 to assist in generating the remaining funds required to build the UK’s first Veteran Care Village.

Greater Manchester will receive a share of a new £33 million investment programme launched today aimed at tackling inequality through boosting the social economy.

Local Access, a partnership between Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, and Big Society Capital, will provide money for six places in total: Bradford; Bristol; Gainsborough; Greater Manchester (Bolton, Oldham, Stockport and Wigan); Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland; and Southwark in London.


The Leadership Group with support from colleagues at the GMCA have developed a VCSE Policy Position Paper which sets out a long term ambition for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester.


Twenty Salfordians will have chance to headline The Lowry’s upcoming WEEK 53 festival thanks to a project called The Twenty.

Designed to give ordinary people the chance to turn their creative ideas into reality – The Twenty will ask people living in the city to submit ideas for events that respond to the Festival’s theme of power.

It has been developed by The Lowry in partnership with Salford CVS.


Sir Robert McAlpine is the UK’s largest building and civil engineering company and is strongly committed to making a meaningful contribution to society.

The Strong Foundations Grant is offering up to £3,000 as well as corporate volunteers to help grassroots initiatives around central Manchester and Salford.

Groups that work on increasing community cohesion and boosting community wellbeing in the area are welcome to apply!


A NEW report is calling for further support for co-operatives in Greater Manchester to ensure the city-region stays at the forefront of co-operative development and bring even greater economic benefits to the local community.

Greater Manchester is home of the co-operative movement, with The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers being established in 1844. Greater Manchester remains home of the Co-operative Group, the world’s largest consumer owned business.


Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 is taking place from 3 - 9 February 2020.

Hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. Hate crimes can take many different forms and no hate crime is acceptable. 

Hate crime has no place in Greater Manchester. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we all have a responsibility to stand against hatred and discrimination.


Friday 13 March 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm

Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, Science And Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

This national learning event, taking place in Manchester, will share best practice in reducing health inequalities for LGBT people across the NHS, social care and voluntary sector.


LGBT+ History month promotes equality and diversity and celebrates LGBT+ history and its achievements.

LGBT+ History Month

The theme for this year is Poetry, Prose and Plays, celebrating LGBT+ role models and increasing the visibility of their work. This year LGBT+ History Month is in memory of Lyra Mckee (1990 - 2019).


Homelessness charity, Emmaus Salford, is celebrating after successfully securing funding from Nationwide Building Society’s Community Grant fund.

The Pendleton-based charity has received a £50,000 grant from Nationwide that will fund a dedicated Support Worker role for the next two years. Emmaus Salford supports 22 formerly homeless people by offering a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again.


The Local Authority is keen to gather views on the draft Education Strategy.

The vision for education in Salford is that we want all children and young people to achieve their potential.

All children and young people in Salford deserve the best education. Receiving a high-quality education puts children and young people on a path to future success. We all want our children and young people to thrive; to be happy, healthy, safe and successful and achieve their full potential.


“A Fairer City” Publication Salford Local Plan: Development Management Policies and Designations 

Salford City Council are inviting people to make comments on the Publication Salford Local Plan: Development Management Policies and Designations document before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an appointed independent Planning Inspector.

All comments should be received by the city council by 4.30pm on Friday 20 March 2020.

Ambition for Ageing have today published a suite of documents looking at the conditions needed to get microfunding right.

The documents draw on the learning from our Local Delivery Leads on delivering microfunding and highlight areas of success, note challenges and share learning for those who may want to implement similar practices.


A new, free business support programme for culture and heritage organisations to help them become stronger, more impactful, and make the most of the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund investment opportunity  


It's time to turn the notion of a 'Male Pale Stale' panel on it's head with Diversity, Knowledge, Connection & Compassion.

Milk & Honey Cafe, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH

This International Women’s Day, we’re hosting a Manel-fest.

Yep - three panels made up entirely of men.


Create time to consider your future and your financial security -it is never to late to start or improve on your financial resilience.

Lloyds Bank, 42-46 Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PW


Skill Givers is a pilot project which aims to make the most of volunteer time offered by employer supported volunteering schemes for everyone involved.

This project is part of the support offered by Salford CVS in partnership with Macc and Sport England.


Do you have a community project the Princes Trust young people can help with?

Such as help painting your community centre, help giving a community garden a makeover or anything else you may need help with for 2 weeks.

The team of approx. 10 young people will give their time to work on your project for 9 days (weekdays) 10th - 20th Feb and will raise a small amount of funding (approx.£200) to support them to deliver your Community Project.


Klondyke Centre, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 2HQ

Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) and Thompsons Solicitors are pleased to announce a community screening of Ken Loach's latest highly acclaimed new film: "Sorry We Missed You."


Greater Manchester residents are being asked their views on police funding, as Government silence fuels budget uncertainty and jeopardises the safety of local communities.  

Because of the late general election, Greater Manchester has yet to receive the proposed police grant allocation for the next financial year. Despite this, the Government are insisting that local areas are ready to make proposals on the policing element of the council tax by 1 February.


The inaugural GM Digital Skills Day will take place on 7th February 2020 as part of the drive to get people of all ages excited about digital skills and the opportunities it brings.

The ambition for Greater Manchester to be a world-class leading digital region begins with our people, and ensuring everyone has access to the skills and opportunities needed to thrive in an increasingly digitised world and no one is left behind.


Can you spare £5 for a tin of paint?

Local charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change are embarking on a refurbishment project for their 100-year-old building on Chester Road in Trafford to enable them to support more people!

After moving their office-based team to a new location, half the building requires some serious attention in order to get the rooms up to a safe, comfortable and welcoming standard to see clients.


The next Working Well Early Help webinar is running on Wednesday 22nd of January from 11am until 12pm.

The webinar runs through the free support service that is available to Greater Manchester’s residents.

Working Well Early Help is able to offer support for staff who are currently off work do to health. Residents who enrol for the support work with a trained vocational rehabilitation caseworker who supports them with tailored interventions. I


Project: The Relationships Centre

Please note: It is not necessary to attend both SP-OT and SP-EAK as there may be some overlap in messages and statistics. Please consider which workshops would be best for you. For any queries, contact

SP-OT: Suicide Prevention-Overview Training (1.5 hours) - The focus of this training is on what EVERYONE needs to know.


Shared Decision Making training is taking place to train and support colleagues to work in a THRIVE-like way.

Attendees are required to attend one full training day. They will then be contacted about optional follow up work to develop learnings in their area.

Be sure to sign up quick as places are limited!

30th January 2020 10am--5.00pm, held in Manchester.


Wednesday 29th January, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

The event will be opened by the City Mayor of Salford and a senior representative of Salford University, There will be a talk by Robbie Gontarz, son of a Holocaust survivor, a presentation from Anne Frank Ambassadors from Walkden High. Music will be from a BBC Philharmonic quartet and the Whitfield Synagogue Community Choir.


The Ignition Project brings together 12 partners from Greater Manchester’s local government, universities, non-governmental organisations, and business.

They aim to address the emergency caused by climate change. The project are investigating how we can fund the delivery of more nature based projects that will help make us less vulnerable to climate change.

The Ignition Project aim to achieve a 10% increase in our city’s coverage of plants and trees by 2038.


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.

The VCSE sector plays a hugely important role in helping people to stay well and prevent health problems, as well as supporting those who are unwell.

Join the GM VCSE assembly event at a crucial point in time to hear more about for Greater Manchester’s plans around protecting the health of Greater Manchester’s citizens and to have your say in their development.

A event programme will be published in due course. 


The Preliminary Evaluation Report for the GM Nutrition and Hydration Programme is now available.

The report sets out the preliminary findings of the evaluation into the impact of the Greater Manchester Nutrition and Hydration programme in identifying and preventing malnutrition in older adults.


The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN) aims to make sure that older people have an influence in key decision-making and that their voices are championed in the areas that most affect their lives.

On Thursday the 20th of February 2020, the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMPON) will hold their big conversation on ageing, offering you the opportunity to engage with the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and other leaders and key influencers.


Do you know someone who travels on Metrolink or by rail using a pension-age concessionary travel pass from Transport for Greater Manchester?

There is an important change coming from 1 February 2020. Bus travel will still be free off-peak, but to continue using rail and Metrolink, customers will need to add tram and train to their pass for an annual charge of £10. This will give them access to unlimited off-peak travel in Greater Manchester.


The Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group are a coalition of leaders from the VCSE sector working to promote the role and involvement of the VCSE sector and communities in GM devolution.

They have launched a website that explains more about who they are and the work that they are doing.

The address of the new website is 


You are invited to attend the Launch Reception for the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD from 17:00 - 18:30 on Wednesday 29th January 2020.


Langworthy Cornerstone Association currently have office space for hire.

The space is fully serviced, including broadband, and is a large open plan first floor office.

The space includes a shared kitchen and rest area, plus use of desks, furniture, filling etc. and access to other services and activities in the building, plus our on-site cafe. The space would suit charity, social enterprise, public or private sector use. All options will be considered.

Traditionally, in order to open a bank account, banks required a proof of address and ID, which makes it difficult for people experiencing homelessness who may not have ID or find these documents difficult to keep safe without a fixed address.

Over 300 young people from across Walkden were consulted and involved with the name for the new facility in Walkden. There were a number of options as well as the opportunity to come up with their own name and Walkden Youth Zone and The Den were the top two.

A selection of designs are up for consultation. young people will also have their views heard and students from the Co-op Academy Walkden will have the opportunity to have their say.


The GM Service Finder allows you to search for health and care services close to you.

 Locate pharmacies, GPs, opticians, sexual health clinics, urgent care treatment centres and emergency departments in your area.

You can use the Service Finder on the GMHSC website here.

Information guides are now available for residents to help prepare for flooding.

One is specifically for the Lower Broughton area and the other is general for flood risk areas in other parts of the city.


Saturday 25th January 9am at Worsley Woods.

Worsley Woods parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in It's run at Parrin Lane, Salford. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.


The RHS is opening its fifth national garden in Salford in 2020.

Over time the garden is expected to become one of the largest visitor attractions in Greater Manchester and Salford City Council, the RHS, Peel L&P and the Marriott Worsley Park Hotel and Country Club are keen to ensure that as many visitors as possible can arrive by sustainable modes of transport.


The Personalised Care Group and LGBT Health Team at NHS England have jointly commissioned LGBT Foundation to produce an LGBT Health Inequalities and Personalised Care Best Practice Guide. This resource will highlight the benefits of personalised care for LGBT people.

As a part of this project we are looking for case studies and examples of good practice in personalised care for LGBT people. These case studies will form the key part of this resource.


Modern policing wrestles with ethical dilemmas every day.

Could you play a part in helping the police negotiate challenging, complex and sometimes controversial issues by joining Greater Manchester’s Independent Police Ethics Committee?

The committee is seeking new members to provide advice, support and guidance to GMP and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime on the complex ethical issues that face modern policing.


Free Weekly Sessions for Young Disabled People in Salford!

Sessions are run by DIY Theatre and You Can. They are held at The Beacon Centre, 6 London Street, Salford, M6 6QT.

Join the Drama Club!

  • Are you 10 - 25 years old?

  • Do you want to have fund and meet new people?

  • Do you want to develop your drama skills?

Tuesday nights 5.30pm - 7pm


Come join the discussion on: "How We Treat Our Emergency Services!"

GM Fire & Rescue Service Training Centre, Cassidy Close, Manchester, M4 5HU

Consider questions such as:


Free youth work course running in Little Hulton. 

8 week course for Salford residents aged 19+ starting January 2020.

First Steps Youth Work at Little Hulton Big Local Community Hub, 27-29 Hulton District Centre, M28 0BA 

Start Date: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Time: 18:00—20:30 (for 8 weeks)

This course is perfect for anyone interested in discovering more about the rewarding world of Youth Work.


We're celebrating the New Year by sharing how everyone has something valuable to give to good causes!

Making a good brew, IT skills, experience of caring, being green fingered or a great listener, an encyclopedic knowledge of rare books...they can all be used to #Volunteer2020!


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 Heart of Salford Awards held on Monday 18th November, 2019 at the AJ Bell Stadium, acknowledged the vast contribution made by volunteers and VCSE organisations in Salford.


On Friday 13th December we celebrated Salford Champions, the volunteers and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations making a difference in our city.

Local VCSE groups; Connect Youth and Community Club, Barton Belles Ladies Choir and Busy Bees Sewing Group told their inspiring #SalfordStories alongside a poetry reading, sing-a-long and fashion show.


Over the last few years in Greater Manchester, Perinatal and Parent Infant Mental Health (PIMH) services have undergone a period of substantial transformation.  We have seen more investment in perinatal and parent infant mental health services and the development of  a ‘whole system’ approach that brings together PIMH specialists, adult mental health, IAPT, maternity and children’s services in a drive to improve outcomes for families with children in the 0-2 age group, known as 1001 Critical


Can you help Salford Wheels for All, find a new home for their maintenance team.

Salford Wheels for All are looking for a room or a low-cost secure workshop, that they can do essential maintenance on their fleet of adapted bikes for people with disabilities, which allow them to make sure that the community has plenty of bikes in top condition that they can enjoy.


The next Greater Manchester Walking Festival is planned for the 1- 31 May 2020.

Celebrating the joy of walking, the Festival will bring together neighbours, friends and communities to have fun and re-discover, or perhaps discover for the first time, the joy of the journey!

For the past five years the Walking Festival has encouraged people across our great city-region to get out and enjoy a walk, make new connections, discover new places and perhaps learn new things.


Are you over 19? Claiming benefits? Earning under £15,000 per year?

9 day course can offer fully-funded trainign which will guarantee you accredited construction qualifications including a CSCS card as well as interviews with major construction companies for work in your local area.

Open day: 8th and 16th January 2020

Location: Manchester Employers Suite, Manchester Town Hall Exension, M2 5DB

Find out more...


A seminar and discussion focusing on supporting employees who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Wednesday 15 January 2020 at University of Central Lancashire.


  • Malka Livingstone, Coordinator, Domestic Abuse Workplace Scheme. Merseyside PCC
  • Dr Gemma Wibberley, iROWE, UCLan
  • Dr Tony Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University and Visiting Fellow, iROWE

The seminar will discuss:


GM Moving

GM Moving appoints 10GM to support developing the Greater Manchester workforce.

10GM have been appointed as the lead organisation to co-design, manage and deliver a system leadership development approach for current and future leaders across sectors within Greater Manchester. This work is a key priority for GM Moving as they work together across Greater Manchester to achieve the shared GM Moving ambition.


The free service connecting charity and social enterprise leaders with successful entrepreneurs such as the founders of Carphone Warehouse, Pret-a-Manger and The White Company will operate from Manchester’s Central Library.

The Human Lending Library®, which matches charity and social enterprise leaders with successful entrepreneurs as mentors, has opened in Manchester.

Expression of Interest for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector representative on the Greater Manchester Planning and Housing Commission.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the GM VCSE Leadership Group are seeking one individual to represent the VCSE sector on the Greater Manchester Planning and Housing Commission and are looking for someone who meets the following:


The GM Moving Team are on the hunt to find Greater Manchester’s most inspiring stories about moving a little more each day and the positive effects it has had.

To be in with the chance of being the next face of the campaign all you have to do is post your story, image and/or video under any of the competition posts found on the @ThatCountsGM social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).


Tuesday 21st January 2020, 9.30 am – 4.00pm

Novotel, Worsley, M28 2YA

Following on from the recent Salford workers development day in June 2019, The Horsfall at 42nd Street are pleased to announce a follow up day based on some of the feedback received from the evaluations. The event is again aimed at front line practitioners based in Salford, working with children, young people and families.


Employer supported volunteering is on the rise and we want to ensure that the VCSE sector lead on how this is shaped.

To do this, Skill Givers needs you!

Skill Givers are looking for groups and organisations in Manchester and Salford, who would benefit from, or are interested in, ‘doing things differently’ by developing its approaches to employer supported volunteering to form part of our time-limited action group beginning in the New Year.


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Prince’s Trust Team Programme for January 2020.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week personal development course for 16-25 year olds who are not in employment, education or training and would like to develop their skills and knowledge as well as improve their confidence and interpersonal skills to get back into work or education/training.


Salford's citizen-focused new digital strategy with an emphasis on collaboration and partnership has now been published and available to download in full.


We would like you to take part in this 10-year study of the voluntary and community sector which is now running right across the North of England.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially – or just carrying on more or less as normal – we need to hear from you.


Dogs for Good, a national dog charity making life-changing differences to people with disabilities through the help of specially trained dogs, has helped wheelchair-user Paul Woodward find his love of sport again.

Paul, a retired labourer from Manchester, has been in a wheelchair for over 20 years and now benefits from the support of trained assistance dog Nita, thanks to the charity.


Expression of interest to undertake train the trainer course to deliver parental conflict training:

We are looking for a number of people across the local authority, schools, community and voluntary sector and partner agencies to undertake a train the trainer course that will enable them to deliver the training to their own organisation or/and to be part of a training pool, delivering the course as part of the multi-agency offer across Salford. 

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organisations in each of the local authority areas of Greater Manchester are being sought to provide peer support opportunities for parents, carers and families of children with suspected or diagnosed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).


Greater Manchester is a place where everyone should feel safe to be themselves.

No one should face violence, abuse or hatred just because of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, what they look like or what they believe. Hate incidents and hate crime will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.


Not everyone looks forward to Christmas...

For thousands of women, the festive season offers nothing but fear and violence.

Last year, 173 people were murdered as a result of domestic violence, this is the highest recorded number in the last 5 years.

Salford Women's Aid support and protect. They give those who need it a safe place to stay and provide emotional and practical support to help them prepare for a new, independent life.


Salford’s Santa Appeal to collect brand new Christmas toys or gifts for children and young people who might otherwise miss out is coming back.

This year the public can put items out for collection by Salford City Council bin crews between Tuesday 3 December and Friday 6 December.


Pendleton Together, Loganberry Avenue, Salford, M6 5UX

Come and ask questions to those that influence and decide how Mental Health Services are ran in our city!

Salford Mental Health Forum are proud to present their Annual Panel event.


Time to Grow Programme

Flourish CIC are running their ‘Time to Grow’ programme from January 2020 – July 2020 to support women who would like to explore different pathways back to work whilst make a difference in their community. They are looking for 25 women, currently unemployed from across Greater Manchester to go on a journey of self-discovery.


Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum & The Whitworth Art Gallery invite you, your friends, family & colleagues to a free late event.

Thursday 28th November 6pm - 9pm

Celebrating Pearl Alcock Jamaican Artist | Entrepreneur | Activist

Museumand are co-hosting at and with The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER, on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 6 pm – 9 pm.


GM i-THRIVE: the transformation of children’s services across Greater Manchester, have launched a GM i-THRIVE Arts and Mental Health Innovation Programme Survey (Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust). This programme is unique to GM i-THRIVE in the context of a 30+ year history of arts and health research in Manchester.

Applications are open for the Greater Manchester Culture Fund, which will support delivery of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) strategy for Culture and Creativity, Grown in Greater Manchester. Known Around the World.

The Greater Manchester Culture Fund provides funding to cultural organisations committed to providing excellent cultural experiences and opportunities across the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is working with the Mayor’s Business Advisory Panel and the Business Growth Hub to deliver the 6th annual GM-wide business survey, to improve their understanding of the strengths and opportunities local businesses have, as well as the challenges and issues they face.


Free Digital Phoenix Drop-in running every Thursday (1pm-3pm) at Langworthy Cornerstone.

The drop-in is designed to help those with mental health and disabilities to get online and support them in this digital age.


The Ignition Project brings together 12 partners from Greater Manchester’s local government, universities, non-governmental organisations, and business.

The project aim to address the emergency caused by climate change and are investigating how they can fund the delivery of more nature based projects that will help make us less vulnerable to climate change.

The Ignition Project aim to achieve a 10% increase in our city’s coverage of plants and trees by 2038.


Manchester Art Gallery welcomes you to Open Doors Sat 16th November.

Open doors is a creative workshop especially for children and adults  with autism and other social communication issues, their families and carers. We open our doors early so that you can come enjoy and explore art together as a family.

The sessions planned for 2020 so far are:


CodeYourFuture run a free 8-month coding school for people from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds, including:

  • asylum seekers and refugees 
  • people with disabilities
  • people with less than 8 years of formal education
  • people with a household income of less than the living wage

The Keep It Out campaign, that warns people about the harms caused by illegal tobacco and encourages them to report it has been relaunched today (18 November).

It follows the first successful phase of the campaign that took place in the summer, which saw a tenfold increase in reports to Greater Manchester Trading Standards departments – resulting in more illegal tobacco being seized between April and October 2019 than the whole of the previous year.

On Friday, 1 November, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) brought together some 200 care leavers, senior officers and local politicians, alongside business leaders and partners from the voluntary and statutory sectors, for an event about Doing Things Differently for Care Leavers in Greater Manchester.


PARENTS and professionals working with pre-schoolers will now benefit from free digital resources to support children’s development – thanks to an initiative launched by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the BBC.  

Tiny Happy People is a brand new venture designed to tackle the pre-school language and communication gap in Greater Manchester.


International Men's Day, 19th November 2019

International Men’s Day is an annual event to celebrate positive role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues which are often overlooked. This includes things like mental health, toxic masculinity and cancer prevention.  It coincides with Movember when men grow their facial hair in an effort to promote conversations about men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.


Next week (18th - 24th November) is national Safeguarding Adults Week.

Here in Salford we’re taking this opportunity to remind you how to report a concern about an adult who may be unable to protect themselves.


The Skill Givers project, delivered in partnership with Macc and Salford CVS, aims to make the most of volunteer time offered by employer supported volunteering schemes, for everyone involved.

They do this by working with local voluntary and community groups, sports clubs, charities and social enterprises who support their community to get active, across Manchester and Salford, to identify where they could most make use of support from employee volunteers.


If you are aged 14-18 and live in Salford, come along to a free weekend of training and workshops in 3 exciting areas of the creative industries.


On Saturday 23rd November (11am-5pm), you are invited to the University of Salford: New Adelphi Building (M5 4BR) to take part in an afternoon of tasters in how to work within theatre which take place ‘OFF-STAGE’.


Salford Social Enterprise City are working with Power to Change, Social Enterprise UK, The Business Group, Abram Ward Cooperative, Flourish CIC and Manchester Social Entrepreneurs in an attempt to identify all incorporated social enterprises within the Greater Manchester region, with a focus on four areas of GM for more detailed information – Manchester, Salford, Stockport and Wigan.

A Festive Salford Sup at The Kings Arms on Thursday 5th December

Salford Sup, Thursday 5th December, 7pm – 9pm, Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN.

£10 gets you a drink of your choice (tea/coffee/soft drink/beer/wine/spirits), festive food, a vote and a chance to win a minimum of £500 for your social enterprise, business idea or community project.


Social Enterprise Day 2019 is on Thursday 21st November, and is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

On this day #WhoKnew will be taking place – a global digital campaign designed to give social enterprises the chance to tell their stories, show what makes them different from traditional businesses and shout about the impact of their work.


Sunday 24th November 2019, 10.30am to 12noon at Media City UK.

The Jingle Bee Jog is a fun event for the festive season, no times are taken and all are welcome to take part! Walk, stroll or jog this 4km route, which starts and finishes in the spectacular MediaCityUK Piazza, Salford Quays.




17th November and 15th December 

With a variety of stalls

Christmas Trees

Real trees and wreaths available from the end of November

Elf Club!

1st, 8th, 15th December

Join the elves as they prepare for Christmas with crafting and lots of festive fun

Holly Jolly Festival

Train rides, market stalls, Santa's Grotto, food, entertainment and more...


Inclusive dance workshops for young people

Steppingstonescreative, an organisation using arts in the development of young people with learning difficulties, are delivering inclusive dance workshops for young people aged 12 -20 years old.

The workshops will be held:

Sunday 24th November,2019, 1.00 – 3.30 pm. Ordsall Hall, Salford

Saturday 30th November,2019, 1.00 – 3.30 p.m. The Whitworth Art Gallery


Salford has become the first place in England to be recognised for its ambition to become a Living Wage City.

An alliance of prominent employers has launched an Action Plan setting out how they will work together on ‘Making Salford a Living Wage City’, in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation. The city is the first in England to adopt a new place-based approach to tackling low pay by encouraging local businesses to accredit as Living Wage employers.

Overview: The LGBT+ Inclusivity Training has been developed by IYSS in partnership with 42nd Street and CAMHS specifically for Salford and is aimed at professionals working with young people or adults, and looks at how to support LGBT+ people in their work.

There are 3 levels of the LGBT+ training, they are:


Are you a contemporary visual artist over 50 years of age living in Greater Manchester?

Do you have a track record of recent professional activity as a visual artist*?

Do you want an injection of critical and professional support to move your practice on to the next level?

Thursday 21st November, 13.30 – 16.30, Manchester, M12 6FZ


Earlier this year the GM VCSE Leadership Group and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership commissioned a partnership of Bolton CVS, Mind in Greater Manchester, GMCVO and VSNW to ensure that the voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector plays a comprehensive role in commissioning both at a local and Greater Manchester level.


Food For Life 'Get Togethers' - Local Commissioning Partnership (up to £10,000)

Food For Life (FFL) are seeking applications from individuals, organisations and groups to partner with their FFL ‘Get Togethers’ 4 year Lottery Community funded programme. Get Togethers aim to bring people from different generations and backgrounds together through good quality food.


Join in Lighting the Legend on Friday 8th November at 6pm.

The theme this year is 'Space' and Ordsall Community Arts volunteers have worked with St. Josephs and Primrose Hill primary schools and community groups around Ordsall to make lots of lovely lanterns.

They've all made this year's parade truly OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Collect your lanterns from Ordsall Library from 6pm, the parade leaves the library at 6.30pm.


Salford Loaves and Fishes would like to invite you to their Open Event to celebrate two years on in our new building and to look back on the what they have achieved.

Salford Loaves and Fishes look forward to seeing their friends, partners, funders and supporters on:

Tuesday, 12th November 2019 between 1pm and 3pm

1 Paddington Close, (off Churchill Way), Salford, M6 5PL


Thursday 14th November - 9.15am

Quay House, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2BH

The BBC In Person Youth Audience events bring together groups of young people with BBC staff and are designed to help the BBC to understand younger audiences better - your lives, the things that matter to you, how you use media and what more you would like from the BBC.


Saturday 16th to Friday 22nd November 2019.

Testing is easy, free and confidential. Our tests are simple and require a small amount of blood from your finger.


Greater Manchester Combined Authority is working with the Mayor’s Business Advisory Panel and the Business Growth Hub to deliver the 6th annual GM-wide business survey, to improve their understanding of the strengths and opportunities our local businesses have, as well as the challenges and issues they face.


Next dates: Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November 2019 (Two day course)

Closing date for nominations: 28th October 2019.  

Time: 9.15am – 4.30pm

Presented by: Salford SCP Training Pool

Target Group: Staff from all agencies who may be involved with families where domestic abuse is an issue.

GMCVO would like to invite you to join them at the St Thomas Centre for afternoon tea and cakes, networking and news.

Their guest will be Pam Smith, Chief Executive of Stockport Metropolitan Council

Prior to the event, GMCVO will hold its AGM from 3.15 to 3.30pm. Formal documents for the AGM have been sent to members and associates in line with our legal requirements. 

Promoting health and well-being in childhood and old age.

Speaker: Norma V Raynes PhD, Generation to Generation

This seminar will consider how the use of shared spaces and places can address issues faced by children and older people, by looking at the Intergen model which has been tried and tested over twenty years. The seminar will cover the model, how it works and outcomes so far.


Like it or not, Christmas is almost upon us, so why not show your goodwill by hosting a Mince Pie Morning for Headway Salford.

Every 90 seconds, someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury.

The Mince Pie Morning is a great chance to raise money to help those affected by brain injury across the UK, while sharing some lovely Christmas treats over a cuppa with friends, family or colleagues.

The NWYPDT is an independent grant-making charitable trust.

NWYPDT fund a wide range of organisations working to support positive change in young people’s lives and in their communities across the North West. They don’t have specific funding programmes designed to advance any particular agenda as we think that the groups we support are best placed to identify challenges and develop solutions. 


The VCSE Devolution Reference Group was formed in 2016 as a coalition of leaders from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector who wanted to promote the role and involvement of the VCSE sector and communities in Greater Manchester devolution.


In the Face of Adversity is co-produced and curated by LGBT artists Andy Hicklin and Jo Whalley.

Andy Hicklin is one of eleven self-funded artists in residency at the Islington Mill Art Academy – Phase 3 and approaching the final year end.

An idea which started out over a few drinks at a social event, has come to fruition with the support of Islington Mill and funding from Superbia – Manchester Pride.

Claremont & Weaste Community Committee Budget Sub Group fund things which provide a benefit to part or all of the community.

It has four priority areas so applications which address one or more of the following will be looked on particularly favourably:

  1. Youth
  2. Crime and disorder
  3. Cleansing and environmental maintenance
  4. Older people

In addition, the Budget Sub Group has two main geographical priorities:


What does the Children Act 1989 mean to you?

Join Children England and children's champions from across the sector in Manchester on November 12th, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this landmark legislation. As you would expect from a Children England debate, we will be inviting varied perspectives, including historical and contemporary analysis of the Act's intentions, implementation and interpretation as contexts have changed. It was ground breaking - but is it fit for purpose today?


You have a great idea for a tech product or service that can create social change - but you need budget to get it off the ground and a model that can sustain it ongoing. There are a bunch of ways you can do this and Tech for Good are bringing in a range of experts that can talk about how.

They will also have community announcements, drinks and food, and a chance to meet people and connect.


What is a Design Hop?

Design Hops are the first step, or ‘hop’, into exploring the role of digital in charitable services. By demystifying technology and design, and placing the focus on people not tech, the free half-day workshop and follow-up support helps you start your digital journey on the right foot.

Or if you’ve already started that journey but are struggling to move forwards, Design Hops provide a step-by-step approach to help you plan, prioritise and test.


The Healthwatch Salford Network is a project linking in existing community social and health related support groups directly with Healthwatch, giving more people across Salford a chance to have their say in their health and care services.

What groups can take part?

Any grant application that delivers improved wellbeing and health outcomes for the local population will be considered for Salford Devolved Budget Funding.

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.


Community Change Programme (CCP) works directly with people who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. They seek to enable individuals to re-integrate back into their communities through empowering them to take back control of their own positive growth and change. This is achieved through people engaging with their structured programme of training, development and support groups.

The Re:Connect project, consists of:


Bradley and Holly are looking for nominations to win a trip to Lapland on an exciting BBC Christmas show!

They are looking for inspirational people, who have gone above and beyond for others.

Perhaps they're a tireless fundraiser or use any space time to bring festive cheer to those who are alone or in need during the holidays.


The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:


Reading and writing is an essential part of everyday life and it’s hard to imagine trying to navigate the modern world without these skills, yet a national survey carried out in 2011* found that as many as 2.4 million adults in England had a reading age of less than would be expected of a 7-year-old.


LGBT Patients' Experiences of Primary Care Annual Survey 2019.

This research is part of Pride in Practice, a quality assurance and social prescribing programme for primary care services and LGBT communities. Pride in Practice provides training, assessment, accreditation and ongoing support for healthcare services to help them be inclusive of LGBT patients. Pride in Practice is funded by the Governemtn Equalities Office and Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership.


This year Trustees' Week runs from the 4th - 8th November.

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world.

They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.


Our 46th Annual General Meeting will be held at Eccles Community Hall on Tuesday 22nd October from 6pm.

It’s not too late to join us, we’re kicking off with refreshments and networking. ⁦⁩

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


You are invited to Doing Things Differently for Care Leavers in Greater Manchester, an event to showcase the work that is taking place in Greater Manchester to support care leavers.

The event will be held on Friday 1st November 2019 from 11:30-16:00 at the University of Manchester’s University Place.


Poor health is something that impacts both victims of crime and offenders.

From learning disabilities to drug addiction to poor mental health, there are a surprising number of health problems that make you more likely to be a victim of crime or an offender. So we’ve decided to become the first city-region in England to develop a Health and Justice Strategy.


Thursday 24th October 2019, 3pm - 6pm.

Brabners, 55 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ.

Charity Fraud Awareness Week promotes openness and honesty about fraud. It brings together everyone involved in the charity and not-for-profit sectors to raise awareness and share good practice in tackling fraud and financial crime.


It is estimated there are over 400,000 problem gamblers in the UK and the Gambling Support Service delivered by Citizens Advice Wirral is offering free training to frontline staff and volunteers across the North West in order to offer support to any of your service users who might be struggling with this and raise awareness of gambling-related harms.

The GM VCSE Reference Group and GM Health and Social Care Partnership are seeking to increase cross-sector understanding of our great VCSE workforce.

To take this forward, Macc and Connected Consultants have been working in partnership to try and engage with as many VCSE leaders as possible to explore workforce development, HR challenges and any recommendations for the VCSE sector, the public sector, or our commissioners.


Free 8 Week introductory Course:

First Steps to Counselling Course

Venue: Westwood Community Centre, Grasmere Crescent, Eccles

M30 8DN

First Steps to Counselling:


Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training programme 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:


Branding - Develop your identity and image - 10 am to 12 noon

An introduction to the key principles of branding and how to develop your own brand using simple frameworks and techniques. Learn what a brand is (and isn’t!), why it is important and how it fits your business model.


Wednesday 6th November 2019

Young people over fourteen years old are the most likely group after under 1’s to be subject to a child protection Serious Case Review. The current focus on Gangs, Knife Crime, County Lines, and CSE acknowledges that risks, choices and opportunities pose the most significant challenges for young people.

Salford Council has responded to this challenge by developing Young Person Plan’s that aim to work with the young person to achieve change.


An award-winning photographer is sharing the stories of Salford’s black, Asian and minority ethnic communities through an exhibition at The Lowry marking Black History Month.

Still I Rise celebrates black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) culture in Salford and tells the stories of some of those working in the city’s public and voluntary sectors.


The Big Health Day is an annual event for adults with learning disabilities, their families and paid staff that aims to give people information and skills to improve their health.

This year the theme is around people with learning disabilities having more choice, control and sense of personal responsibility around their health because they have told us they do not feel this.


Enter Captain Confidence's universe and find out how the Captain's superpowers can help children build their mental and physical resilience.

Buile Hill Park Hall, Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Road, Salford, M6 8GL


Age Proud is the theme of this years Salford Older Person Day.

The theme will be explored through arts and culture activities.

Salford Celebration International Older People Day

Tuesday 1st October 2019 - 10.00am – 3.00pm

Salford Art Gallery and Museum, The Crescent, Chapel Street Salford

Salford will once again be celebrating our older population on Tuesday 1st October as part of the International Older Peoples Day event.


The Heart of Salford Awards are a great chance to recognise and celebrate your volunteers and the work of your organisation.

You can nominate your volunteer, volunteering team, organisation and project.

Last chance to nominate!

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday 27th September 2019.

The awards take place on Monday 18th November 2019.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group are delighted to invite you to their Joint Annual Members & Public Meeting (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) to celebrate a fantastic year for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

Chief Executive Raj Jain and the Board of Directors will be joined by the Governors, staff members and volunteers to talk to you about this year’s activities, NCA's achievements, their plans for the future and their challenges.


Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ

Europia would like to invite you to our 6th Annual Europia Women's Day celebration at the centrally located Manchester Cathedral's Visitors Centre.


Our new Smart Meter project aims to raise awareness of Smart Meters by reaching older people aged 65+ in Salford.

Key Project Objectives

  1. Develop strategic partnerships to sustain behaviour change & reduce energy consumption


To book a place please ring 603 4310 or email  . Seminars usually involve a presentation or exercise and time for questions.

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.  When booking places please provide details as listed below:


Still I Rise: 10 years of Safety4Sisters

Pay As You Feel (Suggested Donation £5)

CELEBRATING the work of S4S and the voices of migrant BME* women

FUNDRAISING some cash to help S4S keep going

CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING so S4S can keep fighting for the rights of migrant BME women

S4S have amazing women on decks:


Langworthy Cornerstone are taking part in the Festival of Learning's Have a Go Month by hosting their very own taster week from 16th - 20th September.

All of the activities featured below will be running free taster sessions during that week. Plus the regular free / reasonably priced class will be running as usual.

If you want to try something new, or aren't sure if something will be for you take part in a free session and find out!


Friday 20th September 2019.

Answer Cancer is a Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise sector-led response to cancer in Greater Manchester. It is the working name of the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme, a Voluntary Sector partnership working to improve cancer awareness across the region.


The Age UK Salford Annual Boat Race is back for it's third year! 

This year it will be held on World Alzheimer's Day -  21st September. 

The day will run 11am - 3pm and will include boat races, information stalls, scrumptious food, fun and laughter.  The day aims to positively challenge the stigmas associated with dementia.

Daniel Brocklebank reading the Remebrance Roll at the Vigil of Remembrance 2018

Mental health charity ‘Start Inspiring Minds’ will take to the streets for a Vigil & Procession of Remembrance of all the lives that have been lost to suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day. Tuesday 10th September will see members of the public uniting at Starts Wellbeing Centre, before the Vigil & Procession of Remembrance commences remembering those we have lost to suicide and in support of those left behind.


NHS Salford CCG need your views!

Salford’s locality plan is the ‘blueprint’ for our health and social care. Launched in April 2016, it explains how providers of public services - like the NHS, Salford City Council, Fire Service and Police - will work closely together with the private and voluntary sector so services work better and cost less.


Do you get, or hope to get, public sector contracts or grants from GM, GM Local Authorities or the NHS?

8th October 2019, 2-5pm, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

If so, in future, you will need to be meet (or possibly show that you are working towards) the GM Good Employment Charter standards.
Come along to this workshop, organised by the University of Manchester and GMCVO, to:


A new podcast tells the stories of fourteen inspirational women from across Manchester, who are making a positive difference and lasting impact in our communities.

The ‘Strong Manchester Women’ podcast is the latest production from MIC, a Manchester social enterprise ran by Hyde-based audio producer, Vic Elizabeth Turnbull. 


PrEP and Prejudice in partnership with BHA for Equality in Health and Social Care, invite Front line service providers in Manchester to a free PrEP awareness Training workshop.

The workshop will take place on:

 Friday 20th September 2019 9:30am- 12:30pm

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Light refreshments will be provided.


START, a leading mental health charity, says that suicide is the biggest killer of men under fifty and is targeting the Hacienda Generation in its efforts to save lives being lost to suicide. To this end START will be remembering the lives of those we have lost to suicide and supporting those left behind with its annual Vigil & Procession of Remembrance on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September in Salford.

Are you a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisation that provides ‘on the day’ health or care services in Salford?

This may be for people in crises or who are unable to get help elsewhere at short notice.

We have been asked to collect some information on these services to inform the planning of health and social care services in Salford, it may help us to secure support and investment into the sector in the future.

Please provide:


Skills Support for Growth is focused on helping 15 to 18-year olds who are not sure what they want to do by giving them access to knowledge, information and guidance to help make decisions from a variety of choices.


“A canary in a coal mine is an advanced warning of some danger. The metaphor originates from the times when miners used to carry caged canaries while at work; if there was any methane or carbon monoxide in the mine, the canary would die before the levels of the gas reached those hazardous to human.”


The White Paper on Unified Public Services for the People of Greater Manchester is one of the major strategies that underpins the Greater Manchester Strategy (see the diagram below). The paper was considered and endorsed by the full meeting of Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Friday 26th July. 

The Dementia United team are asking you for a few minutes of your time to complete a short survey to support the development of a “lived experience barometer” for people living with dementia and/or caring for someone with dementia in their own right in Greater Manchester.


GMPA has been working on behalf of the GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group to develop tools that help promote the voluntary and community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector’s role in the Greater Manchester economy.

The following film sets out some of the socio-economic challenges the city region faces and considers the potential role for the VCSE sector in helping to reshape our economy.

Why is the VCSE sector talking about this?


The next Princes Trust Team at Eccles Fire Station will begin on 9th September!:

Eccles Fire Station, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Monday – Friday for 12 weeks

The programme is for 16-25 year olds that aren’t in employment, education or training to gain qualifications and take part in something challenging and rewarding.


The Charity Service is a registered charity (number 1011293) and under its current name has been around since 1990 but its origins date back as far as 1924 when it was the Benevolent Section of Manchester & Salford Council for Social Service.


Looking for digital skills training and need help preparing for employment?

Skills People Group can offer a fully-funded 10-day course in Salford for individuals aged 19+ who are not in employment.

The purpose of this course is to allow learners to demonstrate an understanding of, and competency in, digital skills and to enhance their success in employment. It will help learners progress to a work role where digital skills are required.


GREATER Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha Lord, is calling on residents to have their say on the future of transport links between the hours of 6pm and 6am.

Results from the Transport at Night survey will provide a unique insight into how people travel at night and help to strengthen any ask of Government for the funding and powers that are needed to deliver changes.


On Thursday 29th August, Europia is launching its EU Settlement Scheme Support Project in partnership with Citizens Advice Bury and Bolton.

The event will take place in Manchester Cathedral with keynote speeches from The very reverend Rogers Govender the Dean of Manchester Cathedral, the CEO of Citizens Advice Bury and Bolton, Richard Wilkinson and the Executive Director of Europia, Kush Chottera. 


Communities are at the heart of everything Carrot Productions do, so as always the event will be fully accessible for all. It will be relaxed, inspiring and it is sure to help boost your personal feelings of wellbeing. 

Doors open at 1pm, performance will finish at approximately 3.30pm.

The Lighthouse Venue, 12, Centenary Park, Coronet Way, Salford, M50 1RE

Free refreshments available on arrival

Free and plentiful parking at the venue


Positive Moves CIC have a minibus for sale.

The mini-bus Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2.2 CDI 413 Window H/R Mobility 4dr (LWB) was used for short distances excellent runner 16 seats including driver inspected every 10 weeks.


Debates about how to define and measure poverty in the UK have raged for decades. A multitude of data is available that helps quantify poverty, but that wealth of data can make finding the most useful and best supporting evidence difficult. By the end of this one-day course participants will have developed an understanding of what key poverty datasets tell us, how best to access data sources and how to use this knowledge to support the work that they do.

Full day course


GM i-THRIVE Training Academy

When to Stop Treatment Training

What is it?

The GM iTHRIVE academy provides training across the sector on learning and development modules which have been created to deliver key competencies required to deliver care in a THRIVE-like way.

The modules are:


Answer Cancer is a Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise sector-led response to cancer in Greater Manchester. It is the working name of the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme, a Voluntary Sector partnership working to improve cancer awareness across the region.


Founded and supported by Sports Tours International, the Running Bee Foundation is a new charity based in Worsley, developing and delivering a series of north west running events in promotion of physical activity and healthy living.


There are places available on this 20 week accredited course based at START, Tuesdays 1pm-4pm starting on 1st October 2019—24th March 2020.

Attenders will complete 3 units in the Open Awards Level 1 Award in Skills for Further Learning and Employment course. These are Colour Theory and Design, Carrying out a Research Project and Interpersonal Skills.


Salford CVS is collating a list of organisations that provide support to people who contact you in a point of crises, this could be with a social or health issue. This information will form part of a review of health and social care provision across the City and will help us provide the Statutory services understand where the VCSE sector respond to people’s on the day needs?


What: One day workshop for non-profit organisations.
When: 10am – 4pm, Wednesday 13th November 2019
Where: Ardwick Green Hall, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ


Are you a VCSE organisation/group delivering work in; Ordsall, Langworthy, Claremont or Weaste & Seedley? 

The Care Act 2014 in England emphasised the need to work alongside individuals, families, carers and communities to help people stay strong and to build more welcoming, inclusive supportive communities, instead of relying on services. (People, Places, Possibilities 2015).


ambition for ageing

The Age Friendly Salford Culture Champions scheme is part of a larger programme to extend the reach of arts and culture to a wider audience of people aged 50+ across Greater Manchester.


Groundwork in Greater Manchester and the Environment Agency would like to invite environmental volunteers to take part in a survey.

This survey is for anyone involved in a local community or voluntary group including local charities, E-NGOs and community interest companies (CICs).

This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.


Greater Manchester (GM) is an international leader in ageing. As the UK’s first WHO Age-friendly city region, it is at the forefront of global efforts to adapt to demographic change and promote healthy and active ageing for all. GM’s new Local Industrial Strategy makes clear its ambition to seize the economic opportunities of ageing.


People aged 50 and over from across Greater Manchester are changing the record on what it means to grow older in the region.

They have teamed up for a new campaign – Talking About My Generation – to become community reporters and show what it’s really like to grow older in Greater Manchester.

Do you run or know of a community transport scheme in your area?

We are working with a range of partners, including Transport For Greater Manchester, to identify what community transport is available across Greater Manchester. We are looking for all types of community transport including volunteer driver schemes, mini-buses for day trips or demand responsive services and community bus services.

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is the programme lead for Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent: a voluntary youth employment programme working with hidden young people - 18-25 year olds who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET), and not claiming benefits. We are delighted to announce the first in a series of free employer workshops 

Greater Manchester’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is already recognised as being the most co-owned and co-delivered of the many strategies and approaches that have come out of Greater Manchester Devolution, but more can be done. We are currently working with the Health and Wellbeing partnership to evolve the existing VCSE representation process within Greater Manchester Mental Health infrastructure.


Salford Histories Festival Walkden Methodist Church on 21st September.

The event is organised by Salford Local History Forum. Stallholders include Lancashire Mining Museum (Astley Green), Elizabeth Gaskell House, Worsley Civic Trust, Broughton House, the Working Class Movement Library and the Friends of Salford Museums Association.

Entry is free and the day will run from 10am - 4pm.


Join our programme to launch your career in tech

What’s the programme?

On this 12 week programme, you’ll learn everything you need to become a Cloud Operations Engineer – from the technical knowledge to the key employment skills. At the end of the programme, you’ll have a guaranteed interview for a well-paid role – that they will help you prepare for. This programme is run in collaboration with Amazon Web Services and Prince’s Trust.


Salford mental health charity Start Inspiring Minds will take to the streets for a Vigil & Procession of Remembrance of all the lives that have been lost to suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day. Tuesday 10th September will see members of the public uniting at Starts Wellbeing Centre, before the Vigil & Procession of Remembrance commences remembering those we have lost to suicide and in support of those left behind.


Suicide is a difficult subject. But, it is important to talk openly and directly about it.  

GMCA and NHS Greater Manchester would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete this survey about suicide.

The survey has been designed to test awareness of some suicide prevention activity which has launched across Greater Manchester and therefore how they can improve a campaign to prevent suicide.

What can we learn from co-production already happening across Greater Manchester?

Join the 4th GM Co-production Network where they will be bringing together projects doing great co-production to share what’s happening on the ground in services and communities across our city.


Are you feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Or struggling to cope? Does it affect your studies, relationships, work, or life? Do you identify as LGBTQIA+?

Mind invite you to participate in a research study on mindfulness and self-care skills. You will be offered a FREE 8 week LGBTQIA+ Radical S elf C are training course delivered by experienced LGBT+ mindfulness practitioners.

Study Details:

You will be randomly assigned to an 8-week course starting either:


Mind are launching a new counselling service as part of their Rainbow Mind project, specifically for individuals within the LGBTQI+ community.

Rainbow Mind is a new collaborative project aiming to tackle mental health issues specifically within the LGBTQI+ community across Greater Manchester and London. The project is mainly led, staffed and directed by LGBTQI+ people.

The new 1 to 1 counselling service offers up to 8 sessions that are free to access and are based in Salford.


The Brexit Civil Society Alliance, the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, 10GM and NPC are hosting a free conference, bringing together the social sector to discuss the potentially momentous changes Brexit will have on charities, voluntary organisations and the communities they champion and represent.

Wednesday 11th September 2019, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

**New date - previously advertised as 11th July**

The vision of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) is to design and deliver a population mental wellbeing programme to complement the existing clinical pathways and to support the population of Greater Manchester to remain well for longer and to return to wellness sooner. The GM-Connect 5 approach to mental health is therefore based on an understanding that while there will always be a need to treat mental illness clinically, this is not the sole approach. 


What’s it all about?

It’s a full day dedicated to showcasing your volunteering opportunities to University of Manchester students.

Why should I sign up?

You’ll meet lots of students interested in volunteering and have the chance to tell them more about your organisation and volunteering opportunities.

Need more convincing?

You’ll also be able to:


Greater Manchester Combined Authority would like to invite your community group to be part of a pilot project to increase the amount of science technology engineering and maths young people and wider communities experience outside of formal education.


Can you help Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Salford Safeguarding Adults Board in developing training around exploitation and complex safeguarding?

SSCP and SSAB have created a very short questionnaire and have invited the Salford workforce to complete it to establish the priority training areas which will inform the content of future training.


Have you got 3 minutes to help?

We would like to get a picture of how Salford’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector have reacted to National and Local Smoke Free policies.

We are also keen to understand what, if any, support organisations may need to support Smoke Free spaces and support people to reduce harm from tobacco.

All responses are anonymous unless you opt to leave you contact detail for further information or support.


Worthy Wash will be Community Launderette and Arts space tackling poverty in Salford.

WW will provide affordable washing facilities, proper coffee and a space for people to come together. There will be music, comedy, film screenings and workshops for anyone to participate with. 

All profits will go towards supporting the LifeCentre in Salford.


Inaugural World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Interfaith Working Group convened with Greater Manchester Mental Health Chaplaincy are delighted to invite you to the inaugural World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service.

Thursday 10th October 2019, 6.30pm

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX

In 2017, the GM Adult Social Care Transformation programme was initiated and tasked to deliver on four key and two enabling priorities.

Each has been led by a nominated DASS lead with objectives detailed within a delivery plan that was agreed and acknowledged across the GM system. This report details the key achievements to date from the programme and the focus of work for 2019/2020.


The health of people in Greater Manchester is improving, thanks to an ambitious and wide-ranging programme led by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Progress is being made in preventing disease and the causes of ill health, but a warning has also been issued that there is much more to do to bridge the gap between Greater Manchester and other parts of England.


The Heart of Salford Awards are a great chance to recognise and celebrate your volunteers and the work of your organisation.

You can nominate your volunteer, volunteering team, organisation and project.

Last chance to nominate!

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday 27th September 2019.

The awards take place on Monday 18th November 2019.


The 22nd July 2019 marked 100 years, to the day, of the formation of Manchester and Salford Council of Social Service (MSCSS).

On this day we held an event, jointly organised with Macc and Gaddum, at the People's History Museum to celebrate a century of social action across the twin cities of Salford and Manchester.

Both Salford CVS and Macc originated from MSCSS, with Henry Gaddum its first Chair - hence the link to Gaddum.


Eccles Reform Society invite you to the Peterloo Massacre 200th Anniversary event.

Saturday 17th August 2019

On the 17th August, it will be 200 years and a day since our heroic forebears made their way into Manchester to peacefully protest for Democracy and their rights. At the end of the day, over 700 had been injured and 18 were dead. Amongst the dead were 2 people from Eccles.  


Free accessible opportunities available to disabled people across Greater Manchester.

Breakthrough UK have spaces available on their Manchester Community Connecting, GM Pathways courses, GM Women’s Peer group, GM Youth choices project and Manchester Job club. They also have volunteering opportunities. 


Nominations are now open in the Heart of Salford Awards 2019.

The awards acknowledge the vast contribution made by volunteers and organisations in Salford.

You can nominate your own organisation for an award or if you are from outside the VCSE sector you can choose to nominate a local VCSE organisation.


Community wealth building introduction

Introduction to community wealth building is a half-day training course for people wanting to learn about the theory and practice behind community wealth building, and how they can get involved in the growing movement.

Book now for the following Manchester dates:


Monday 29 July 2019, The Limelight Centre, Old Trafford

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) would like to invite you to join us at a unique engagement event planned for your local community in your local area. You will get the opportunity to meet some of our NWAS staff including our BBC1 Ambulance stars, give feedback in an interactive way on any aspect of the services we provide and learn more about the services we provide in your area.


Gain a Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills, leading to a nationally recognised City & Guilds qualification. The course is delivered by YMCA Training,
experts in education, health and wellbeing.

The combination of tailored training and work placement will give you a good basic understanding of the horticulture industry while giving you practical gardening skills in a realistic setting.


You’ll learn a variety of skills such as:


Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network (GMHAN) have been tasked by Mayor Andy Burnham with developing a ten year GM Homelessness Prevention Strategy, with the Accountability Board (chaired by GM Housing and Homelessness Portfolio Lead City Mayor Paul Dennett) taking responsibility for starting and guiding this process.


Community shares are a new way of raising investment capital from communities. Local people are encouraged to buy shares in the enterprise and become part-owners. 

This Share Offer seeks to raise £500,000 to fund phase 1 (former St Ignatius Rectory) of the St Ignatius Centre restoration work.

Our shares are offered as a social investment for public spirited and environmentally aware individuals and organisations and lovers of culture and heritage.


The scale of transformation necessary to deliver the ambition outlined within Salford Locality plan is a considerable challenge that will require widespread innovation, enhanced use of technology and a commitment to research. Our existing partnerships, our relationships with academic organisations and most importantly our integrated IM&T system, means that Salford is uniquely placed within Greater Manchester to be a test bed for innovation and research.


Making Greater Manchester the most cooperative place in the UK.

The Commission wants to work with co-operatives to reduce inequality, improve education and employment and help the sector grow into other areas of the economy to make Greater Manchester the most co-operative region in the UK.

The commission will focus on where co-operatives can support the delivery of the Greater Manchester Strategy.

It identifies four particular opportunities:

Voting is now open for elections to our Council of Governors within the following Public Constituencies:

  • Salford Care Organisation (2 seats)
  • Rest of England & Wales (2 seats)
  • Oldham Care Organisation (1 seat)
  • Bury & Rochdale Care Organisation (2 seats)
  • North Manchester Care Organisation (1 seat)

Bright Ideas Fund will re-open on Tuesday 6 August 2019!

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

GM Moving

GM Moving are launching a campaign to get the population of Greater Manchester moving more.

They want to be the first 'active' city in the UK and are trying to show people that there is a lot of benefit in moving for just 30 minutes a day as part of your daily routine.

Part of the GM Moving campaign will feature ads. The ads will feature real people in real life situations and this is where they need your help.

Thursday 18th July 2019, 10.30am - 1pm

George Street Chapel, Oldham, OL1 1LS

These workshops are for groups who haven't applied for funding before and are interested in finding out more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund Small Grants programme, and the wide range of work and activities we can support.

  • Greater Manchester Housing Lead Paul Dennett unveils ambitious new Housing Strategy; plans to tackle poor rented housing through Good Landlord Scheme
  • Commitment to deliver at least 50,000 additional affordable homes by 2037; more than half social or affordable rent
  • All new homes built within city-region to be carbon neutral within 10 years; entire city-region aiming for carbon neutrality by 2038

A THREE-DAY event is coming to Manchester this summer, which will explore how technology changes the way we create, share and consume art, music and entertainment.

A number of organisations have created Distractions, including Greater Manchester Combined Authority, FutureEverything, Manchester International Festival and Sound City – and you can get your tickets now.

  • Andy Burnham sets out his plan for a London-style integrated transport system for Greater Manchester: Our Network
  • Assessment into the future of bus market completed & recommends franchising
  • Our Pass to give free bus travel to 16-to-18 year olds
  • Contactless payment to be launched on Metrolink
  • New bike hire scheme launching in 2020

Open day at the Wai Yin Welcome Centre on 17th July 2019.

The open day is being run with Wai Yin's partners, Your Housing Group, in order to give everyone a chance to learn more about all the exciting work that goes on at Wai Yin. 

The event starts at 11am and finishes at 1pm.


Could your organisation make a real difference with a grant of up to £20,000?

Do you have an idea for a project in Greater Manchester to help people from your community, move closer to the labour market, into further education or into training?

Come along to the WEA's two hour workshop near you:


Would you like to learn more about cooking and volunteering for activities?

This six weeks course is free and will start on Wednesday 17th July 2.30-4.30pm.

The following week on Wednesday 28th August they will again meet at 2.30pm to prepare food and at 3.30-4.30pm host a showcase event for local groups and organisations to come and meet these new volunteers and find out about their newly acquired skills. 


Europia is a registered charity and community development organisation, who focus on the development and integration of European Expats in Greater Manchester and beyond since 2008.

Europia in partnership with the East European Resource Centre in Greater London and Polish Expats Association in West Midlands, funded by The Home Office, has launched a free counselling and support service for European victims of hate crime.

As part of the initiative they offer free:


Up to 6 of TfGM’s current Yellow School Bus fleet are due to be decommissioned in July 2019, the vehicle specification is as follows:

- Iveco Scolabus 24
- Registered in 2003/2004
- In full operational condition
- Fitted with 67 seats
- Powered DDA ramp fitted
- Cosmetically refurbished in 2015
- Exterior dimensions are 12 meters in length by 2.5 meters in width


Our Pass is the new bus pass for 16-18-year-olds.

For a one-off £10 administration fee, it unlocks free bus travel right across Greater Manchester – meaning that young people could unlock potential savings of over £500.

Our Pass will cover all local bus services across Greater Manchester.

The card removes the hassle and cost of buying tickets or passes for specific routes and operators.


Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan, WN1 1RU

GMCA would like to invite community group leaders and those managing programming which influences young people in non-school settings (directly or indirectly) to come and learn more about GMCAs STEM community group pilot and input into the design.


You are invited to attend the launch of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter Supporters' Network on Monday 22nd July at Etc Venues, Manchester.

Mayor Andy Burnham, Deputy Mayor for Business & Economy Sir Richard Leese, and Cllr Sean Fielding lead for Skills & Work in Greater Manchester will all be attending, along with employers, employees and others.

This market engagement event provides an opportunity for VCSE organisations to help contribute to the GM Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy Support programme. 

If you are from an organisation that works with women and particularly those that are more likely to have an Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy this is a great chance to influence and shape the design of the delivery element of the support programme

Please find below some brief information about the programme:


Have you or anyone else close to you been affected by cancer?

Would you like to meet with other people in similar circumstances?

Can-Survive UK welcomes you to our fortnightly Coffee, Connect and Chat support group. Join us for board games, dominoes, sewing and knitting,
information or just simply a drink and chat! Refreshments provided.

Wednesdays (fortnightly), 1pm – 3pm at
Kath Locke Centre, 123 Moss Lane East, M15 5DD

2019 dates:

Every year the Youth Day celebrations are growing and more young people are showing the positive impact they have on their communities.

Because so many groups have applied to be involved there have been changes to why and how funding is distributed. For the events across the city, Youth Day want young people to show how positive they are, they would like youth groups to do one of the following on Monday 12th August:


In their latest newsletter GM Poverty Action include an article by Bury South MP* Ivan Lewis, Sustain share their concern about the poor take-up of Healthy Start vouchers and Young Manchester have funding for holiday playschemes.

Kellogg’s announce doubling the number of grants for Breakfast Clubs, a Good Employment Charter Supporters’ Network is being launched and GMPA have included information about the North West Hardship Hub. 


Sunday 23rd June, 12pm - 5pm

Sackville Gardens, Manchester M1 3HB - in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village

LGBT Foundation are partnering with Jo Cox Foundation to bring you the Great Manchester Get Together! Join them on their rainbow picnic blanket as they celebrate what we have in common.


This free* three hour workshop will look at:

  • What is dyslexia, how does it impact on adults- the opportunities and challenges
  • Dyslexia screening and assessment for adults
  • Support available and how to help adults develop coping strategies
  • Co-occurring specific learning difficulties and their impact on adults

Who it for:

  • Anyone working in the Skills and Work sector supporting adults

To kick off National Dragonfly Week 2019, come and celebrate dragonflies at the family-friendly Dragonfly Festival.

Saturday 13th July, 1pm to 4pm.

Prince's Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam, M44 6BR

Do you want to know about the origins of dragonflies and how they came to be? Then come and meet Professor Jigget and let him tell you the story and see his dragon artefacts.


For anyone over 50 who would like or have been advised to get more active.

Under the supervision of Maureen Lawlor a qualified exercise specialist with 15 years experience of working with people with long term health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, C.O.P.D and arthritis.

Call into any of the Healthy Hearts sessions and see for yourself how individuals cope with their various health issues and also the fun we have during each session.

A new service that brings victims of crime face-to-face with offenders has launched across Greater Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Restorative Justice Service has been commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, in partnership with Greater Manchester Police. Delivered by specialist restorative justice charity Remedi, the service provides a one-stop shop for all things restorative justice.


People who are approaching the end of their lives are to be assured the highest standard of care – thanks to new “commitments” made by health and social care leaders.

Greater Manchester leaders have approved a series of commitments which aim to ensure people can live well in the last year of their life, before dying as comfortably as possible, in the place of their choice.


Greater Manchester’s bold ambitions to ensure the city-region is the best place in the country to grow up, get on and grow old have been boosted by the publication of a comprehensive Children and Young People’s Plan.

Central to the new proposals is the commitment to secure everyone growing up in the city-region the skills, opportunities and aspirations necessary to negotiate early childhood, education and initial employment.


Friday 28th June 2019, 12.30 pm – 4 pm

Media City Digital Performance Lab, The Greenhouse, 101-110 Broadway, Salford, M50 2EQ

This exciting event has been developed to raise awareness and share research about personalised care delivery to enable the co-creation of partnerships for innovative non-traditional placements for the future workforce.


Are you a social enterprise, charity or community organisation who are trading and making an income from that activity?

And are you currently exploring ways to scale up that activity or finance new plans?

This Ambition for Ageing seminar will consider how we use public spaces in our communities, neighbourhoods and wider towns and cities.

When, why and how do we leave our homes? Let’s move beyond the semi-public space that we still see as ‘ours’, such as the garden or yard, to the street and beyond. Is this something we do on a daily basis? If not, then how often and where do we go? Is walking the option we choose If not, then what transport do we use, and what influences this?

Tackling all forms of violent crime, including the most serious forms of violence, is a key priority for Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor Baroness Beverley Hughes. 

Is co-production as messy, expensive and time-consuming as everyone says?

Join the third GM Co-production Network to connect with other people trying to share power and work in new ways. We think the best way to co-produce is just to jump in and start doing something, so the network is focused on sharing our skills and experiences to learn from each other and do just that.

This time, we will hear about:


Equalities Board Executive Group Meeting

When: Tuesday 4th June 2019, 1-3pm
Where: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
We are welcoming new members to the next meeting of the EB's Executive Group. The group helps the EB team by discussing aspects of the EB's work in more detail. The discussions are often interesting and can help us all get a new perspective on the EB's plans. 

'Nothing About Us Without Us is For Us.'

Thursday 27th June 2019 from 11am to 1.45pm.

Comedy Store, 3 and 4, Arches, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, M1 5LH


Part of PHM’s year-long programme exploring the past, present and future of protest, marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Archives+ would like to invite you to the launch of the GMCDP Archive.

Come along to see some of the postcards, posters, magazines, newspaper cuttings, books and more from the GMCDP Archive.

Try their quiz, with a chance to win shopping vouchers!

In the Performance Space, Manchester Central Library

The exhibition is open to view from 2pm - 7pm


What is the Freedom Project?

Are you struggling to find a purpose? Do you want to get past a lack of work experience or skills, housing or money issues, low confidence, a criminal record, mental health or addiction? Mustard Tree’s Freedom Project is here to help you.


Men Only Thursdays - Cancer Support Group

Day: Thursdays
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Kath Locke Centre, 123 Moss Lane East, Manchester M15 5DD

Refreshments and light lunch provided. Reasonable travel expenses paid.


What proposals should be made in the next UK White Paper on social security (welfare benefits)?

Supported by the UK Social Policy Association.

Tuesday 23 July 2019, 1pm-3pm, hosted by Greater Manchester Poverty Action and University of Salford (venue: University of Salford, Media City)

The Greater Manchester (GM) Good Employment Charter sets out seven standards for ‘good work’ (security, flexibility, pay etc).

If more GM jobs met these standards it would make a big dent in in-work poverty and accessibility of work. 

The Charter will go live in July 2019 with a pilot group of employers, with a view to a full launch in November.

MICRA 2019 Annual Lecture on Extending Working Lives: the implications for winners and losers in the changed UK policy landscape.

Tuesday 18th June 2019, 5pm to 8pm

Organiser: Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

Who is it for: University staff, External researchers, Adults, Current University students, General public

Speaker: Professor Sarah Vickerstaff


Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations make a vital contribution to society.

Through our work as a sector, we are able to support and advocate for the most vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged in our local communities. But we mustn't overlook our role as employers.

This briefing provides practical information for use by VCSE organisations on how to support older carers as employees or potential employees.

  • Unlimited Potential was awarded a prestigious prize for its commitment to the real Living Wage at the national Living Wage Champion Awards.
  • Unlimited Potential was given an accolade for the Against All Odds Industry Champion Award because it has shown leadership on the on the Living Wage in an industry with high levels of low pay. These include: retail, hospitality, care, cleaning, security, manufacturing and temporary recruitment agencies.

Bolton Community and Voluntary Services (Bolton CVS) has been awarded a 3-year contract from Bolton Council to provide support to people and those organisations that exist to make a positive change in Bolton.

The focus of the work will be championing the value of volunteering and connecting people to the volunteering roles available in Bolton; building awareness of the funding available to good causes in Bolton; and helping groups and organisations deliver a quality offer.


A Greater Manchester charity is championing and celebrating the work of carers during national carers week.

Gaddum, a charity who supports the delivery of carers services in Bury, Manchester and Salford are co-ordinating and supporting over 50 events locally for carers including the first ever Greater Manchester-wide Carers Fest!


Training for Volunteers and Community Groups.

Monday 8th July 2019

Brotherton House, Loganberry Avenue, M6 5UX
5.30pm - 7.30pm
Refreshments provided

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who is involved in community volunteering
  • Any group or person who is looking at applying for funding
  • Anyone that wants to increase or refresh their understanding on disability legislation

Pizza power could be the next weapon in the fight against suicide.

Salford mental health charity START will be touring building sites in Salford offering free ‘builder’s lunches’ in a bid to get construction workers talking about mental health and suicide.

Men in the construction industry face the highest risk of suicide. According to national statistics they are three times more likely to take their own lives than the national average.

Opportunity Id: DN414793

GM Health and Social Care Partnership wish to appoint an independent facilitator to provide support to the GM Adult Mental Health Service User Network and ensure that engagement into all ten GM localities is successfully coordinated into the GM Mental Health programme. 


Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training programme 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.

Multi-Agency half day Safeguarding Updates and Developments (Refresher) Training.

Wednesday 17th July 2019, 9.00am - 1.00pm

Closing date for nominations 19th June 2019                      

Presented by Salford SCP Training Pool

Target group: Staff from all agencies who have been practising for some time and who would like to update their knowledge


Friday 28th June 2019, 2pm -  3pm

Eccles Library, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles, M30 0TU

Join Simon McDermott as he talks about his family's journey with dementia.

Simon is the son of YouTube sensation and Pride of Britain Winner 'Teddy Mac', the Songaminute Man.

There will be books and CD's available to purchase on the day.


The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects that make a difference to local communities near to our stores and funeral homes.

Apply to be one of Co-op's causes from 27 October 2019.

Applications close on 16 June.


Calling all Little Hulton residents!

Drop in and see some historic photos and maps of the area. Share your thoughts and memories on how the Little Hulton landscape has changed and tell us about any wildlife stories of the area you may have.

Refreshments will be provided.


Getting Ready to Grow - Understanding Routes to Social Investment.

Whether you've been running 3-5 years and are looking seriously at your routes to growth and investment, you're or an emerging social venture looking at your options, this peer learning session and panel discussion with a couple of local investment agencies will help you think through your next steps.


Monday 24th June at 1.30pm - 3.45 pm at St Thomas Centre, Manchester.

The GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have commissioned a partnership of Bolton CVS, Mind in Greater Manchester, GMCVO and VSNW to ensure that the voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector plays a comprehensive role in commissioning both at a local and Greater Manchester level.


It’s that time of the year again when network members Flourish Together CIC call out for women changemakers who are starting or scaling social ventures to get involved in their annual mentoring marathon! 

Do you have a view on housing in Salford? Have your say on the new housing strategy priorities.

Salford City Council is developing a new housing strategy and to ensure we get it right we want the views of as many people as possible to inform our priorities. The housing strategy sets out the council’s plans to deliver housing and housing related services across all tenures (home ownership, private renting and social housing) throughout the city.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up. ACEs range from experiences that directly harm a child (such as suffering physical, verbal or sexual abuse, and physical or emotional neglect) to those that affect the environment in which a child grows up (including parental separation, domestic abuse, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration).

The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) are collaborating to establish the GM Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership (GM IWP).

The GM Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership’s main role is to encourage and champion equality, diversity and inclusion through engagement across GM and within localities. Additional information about the Partnership is attached.

Salford City Council is creating a flexible purchasing system which schools and the Council can use to source and commission suitable alternative provision for their pupils in KS3 and KS4. The process for issuing calls for competition (Invitations to Tender) for individual requirements will be managed by the Council.


Children not eating healthy meals, childhood obesity, family food poverty and older adults suffering from malnutrition have all been highlighted in the press as major issues in communities.


Challenge 1: Reduce Reoffending Rates

Employing or working with prison leavers can be a challenge. There are risks. However, ANTZ can identify those risks and provide guidance and governance to deal with them.


In December 2018, the Charity Commission issued a press release criticising a deterioration in the quality of charity accounts. This deterioration was identified as part of a review by the Charity Commission of a sample of charity accounts which revealed that just 70% of trustees’ annual reports and accounts reviewed by the Commission met the Commission’s basic benchmark of user requirements, a 4% drop from the previous year. 


Tuesday 18th June at Novotel Manchester West

42nd Street invite you to a FREE interactive development day is aimed at all front line practitioners and managers that work with children, young people and families in Salford and will focus specifically on exploring and finding collaborative solutions.

The impact of Domestic Violence on child and adolescent mental health issues.

De-escalation approaches with children and young people presenting in crisis/distress.


Salford Big Advice Day - part of our Small Charity Week celebrations.

Do you need to know more about fundraising, safeguarding or any other hot topic you have?

To celebrate Small Charities Week Salford CVS is hosting the Salford Big Advice Day at The Old Town Hall in Eccles on Tuesday 18th June from 10am to 4pm.

Throughout the day we will be running short workshops and hosting drop in 1-2-1 advice sessions to help answer your burning questions.


One-day ESOL Employability Workshop

  • CV Writing
  • Using transferable skills
  • Communication for the workplace

Venue: The Humphrey Booth Centre, Heath Avenue, M7 1NY

Dates available 10th June and 24th June 2019 from 9.30 am - 3 pm

Free Beauty Course

Look Good Feel Good 4 Week Course.

Greater Manchester Improving Specialist Care Programme is reviewing hospital-based Vascular Services provided across Greater Manchester (GM) to make them the best they can possibly be and to make them sustainable for the future.

This project is looking at Vascular Conditions which are not related to the heart and brain i.e. heart attack, stroke.


The Greater Manchester local authorities and Transport for Greater Manchester are working together to develop a Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Plan, to reduce levels of air pollution in the region.

Many roads in Greater Manchester have high levels of air pollution, which is harmful to everyone’s health and linked to early deaths.

Our Communities Programme, #HOMEinspires connects with groups, charities and voluntary organisations from across Greater Manchester to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part in and experience HOME, both as audiences and as artists.

The #HOMEinspires Community Programme includes:

Inspire Gallery: Our dedicated exhibition space in HOME’s downstairs bar area showcasing work by partner organisations.


Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have commissioned a 3-year Greater Manchester Cancer Screening and Engagement Programme.

Kings House Conference Centre, Kings Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB


Saturday 8th June 12 pm - 5 pm

Come and join Mad Pride for a day of family-friendly fun and games, whilst they speak out about mental health and celebrate the creative talents of people who live with mental health issues.


What does economic justice mean for the North West?

The UK economy is not working. It is no longer delivering rising standards for a majority of the population. Too many people are in insecure jobs; young people are set to be poorer than their parents; the nations and regions of the UK are diverging further.


You are invited to The Lowry Theatre, on Monday June 3rd from 10am, to hear Andy Burnham’s vision for Our Pass and how your organisation may participate.

Our vision is to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. A place where all children are given the best start in life and young people grow up inspired to exceed expectations

GMCVO, as part of the Health and Social Care Engagement project, are holding an event to bring together all VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) organisations that work with Children, Young People and Families in Greater Manchester. This event will also be of interest to those wanting to find out more about what is going on in this area of work at the moment.


Share your experiences of working with the public sector in regard to the commissioning of activities and services.

Share where it has gone well, where it hasn’t gone well, as well as what are the challenges and constraints you experience in being involved.


Join gaddum and a host of partner organisations from across Greater Manchester for the FIRST EVER, Carers Fest.

What is Carers Fest?

Carers Fest! provides opportunities for carers and those cared for of all ages to enjoy a break from their responsibilities, have fun, make new friends and have their voices heard on issues that affect them.


Since 2011, Salford Mental Health Forum that has been providing a user-led space for service users, ex-service users and their carers to share experiences with a view to having a say in the planning and provision of mental health services in Salford through consultation and involvement.

It has gone from strength to strength over the past 8 years because of the mental health service users and carers that have given their time to help it grow.

Exploring the social infrastructure that enables BAME communities to age in place.

Call for research project proposals

GMCVO is seeking organisations with strong links into Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and who can engage with the BAME-led organisations in the stated areas (see link to website) in Birmingham, Camden, Hackney, Leicester and Manchester.

Can your organisation:


Evidence tells us that stigmatising attitudes result in people being less likely to get help or give help.

If we don’t speak up about persistent stigma, we are at risk of perpetuating a society where we remain reluctant to reach out for help for ourselves or to support others.


The clock is ticking. Less than 12 years. That’s all the time scientists say we have left to fix the climate.

We’ve endured the heatwaves and experienced the floods. The hottest years on record. We’ve seen people forced to flee their homes because of rising waters. We’ve seen forest fires in the Arctic. The effects of climate chaos are happening around us and the window of opportunity to act is closing.

Yet we have hope. Because we are our hope.


Age UK Salford produce a Dementia Support Service newsletter monthly for people with memory loss and their carers. 

What's on?

Carer Workshops

Free and bespoke two hour workshops aim to offer practical information and guidance for carers of people living with dementia.

Book places on 0161 728 2001

Coping for carers

Wednesday 8th May 1pm -3pm


Dementia Action Week runs from 20th - 26th May 2019.

As part of Dementia Action Week, Salford Institute for Dementia has organised a series of events for the week. Below is a list of events and links to the Eventbrite pages for you to sign up. For many of these events, space is limited so sign up quickly.

GMCVO is currently seeking proposals from providers to deliver the GM’s Hidden Talent programme in Bury and Wigan.


Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent is co-funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). The programme is led by Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO).


Europia is pleased to invite you to a writing successful funding application event. 2nd European Community Support and Networking Event is a practical information session where you can bring your thoughts about a particular project you might want funding for or an application you think to submit.


Back for the 5th year: Greater Manchester Walking Festival 1st - 31st May 2019.

No matter whether you’re a stroller, roamer, shuffler, moocher or a marcher the Greater Manchester Walking Festival  (GM Walking Festival ) has something for you. Back bigger and better for the fifth year, it runs until Friday 31st May, and offers 400 free guided walks exploring towns, cities, the countryside, canals, riversides and parks across Greater Manchester.


Are you a scientist or engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of their research with others?

Are you a community based organization who is keen to support their members to engage with science and engineering?

Big Issue Invest are working in conjunction with Barclays UK across the UK to deliver a programme of events aimed at connecting social and community business to deliver value led outcomes for all parties. This follows the successful delivery of a programme in 2018.

The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) has been commissioned by the Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to establish a Disabled People’s Panel drawn from organisations across the Ten Boroughs of the City Region. The Panel will become an independent voice once fully established by the end of the first year. It will advise, consult, and propose to improve policy and the lives of disabled people across Greater Manchester.


Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1st - 7th June 2019!

Volunteers’ Week 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.


How we silence ourselves and silence others… and what we can do about it.

Supporting the realisation of the Greater Manchester Model of Public Services.

Tuesday 18th June 2019, 9.30am – 5.00pm

TBC, Central Manchester


When Jo Cox was killed, we saw what can happen in a culture of intolerance and hate.

Yet 3 years later, we still feel more divided than ever. But Jo wouldn’t have given up, and neither will we.

This week The Great Get Together are asking you to pledge to get back together with someone or something in your community you’ve lost touch, argued with or are simply avoiding. And what better time than at The Great Get Together weekend on 21-23rd June.


The Princes Trust are currently recruiting for Princes Trust Team 19 and they will be carrying out a 2-week community project week commencing 28th May.

If your voluntary or community organisation has a project in mind – large enough for approximately 10 young people to do over two weeks  - get in touch with Natalie Stokes.


Ambition for Ageing - Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work.

Ambition for Ageing’s new report written by partners at MICRA, Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work, argues that to reduce social isolation, we need a diversity of social infrastructure to ensure chance social encounters with a diversity of people.


The Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and the council will be working with the Dementia Champions Group, partners and delivery services and organisations to hold a one off celebratory event on Friday 24th May between 10am – 2.30pm at the Lighthouse in Eccles, M50 1RE as part of the National Dementia Action Week.


Friday 3rd May 2019, 10am – 3pm

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 10am – 3pm

BHA, Democracy House, 609 Stretford Road, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0QA​

BHA for Equality would like to invite individuals and community groups to their collection day for surplus office equipment.


Local lad, Ben Andrews, has been announced as Salford’s Citizen of the Year.

The presentation was made at the Spirit of Salford Community Awards by the Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, and world-renowned musician, Peter Hook, formerly of Joy Division and New Order.

Ben was declared the winner for his work in creating spaces and communities in which disabled people can be physically active.


"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time" - Steven Wright.

Walking is the oldest travel mode in the world – and most of us do it several times a day. It has huge potential to fulfil critical health and low-carbon goals. Yet despite many well-meaning initiatives and projects the level of people walking for everyday purposes remains relatively static. Why is that? And how can we change it?


Join Media Trust on Monday 13 May for an afternoon with Manchester-based media and creative industry experts to get on the spot advice, ideas and feedback.

Are there aspects of your communications strategy that you would like to get advice on? Do you have a campaign or event on the horizon or new audience you would like to engage? Then sign up for our free Speedmatching event.


Reclaim work in working-class communities to amplify the voices of young people for the change they want to see in their communities. 

They have been working in Salford for 9 months with a group of girls. The girls they have been working with in Salford have decided they would like to hold a community event.


The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Programme for Change Outline Business Case lays the foundations for a stronger organisation that is focused on keeping communities safe and delivering a sustainable, affordable, frontline first emergency service.


Later this month, a Salford fundraiser will be taking on the London Marathon in support of homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

Will Atkinson, aged 24 and originally from Kendal, is gearing up to take part in the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April. Will applied to take on the 26.2 mile run for Emmaus because of his desire to test himself as well as raising money and awareness for a good cause.

Will said:


Groundwork UK are conducting a survey on the current landscape for community action.

They would like to invite people involved in community groups to take part in the research survey, which is being organised and funded by Groundwork UK. The survey is for anyone who is part of a group taking action in the local community, including constituted groups, community interest companies (CICs) or small local charities.

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.

Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June, 9.15am - 4.30pm

Closing date for nominations is 7th May 2019.

Training presented by Salford SCP Training Pool and CAMHS.

Target group

It is felt that this course would be beneficial for most of the partners within the SSCP to help inform their assessments and subsequent intervention.  It is aimed at front line workers who have regular contact with children and young people.


Free course for those working with or supporting people living with:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • PTSD

Community Social Inclusion Network (CSIN) can help.

Register today for their free course to offer the best support and intervention for those who are suffering.

At the Gatehouse, Victoria Park, Manchester Road, Swinton

Starting Wednesday 24th April, 10am to 2pm, then every Wednesday for 5 weeks.


This is a study to measure the general public’s knowledge of genetics, and awareness and acceptance of the use of genetics in healthcare. This study will also explore if there is a link between the three. This information is important because attempts to understand public attitudes towards genetics can be used to guide communication efforts.


May Day is a day where Communities come together to celebrate their diversity all around the world.

Here in Salford, the role for organising May Day has been traditionally done by Salford Trades Union Council (Est. 1866) and this year they want to spread the message of Unity in the Community. They believe bringing people together to celebrate our differences and diversity is the best way to create strength through unity.


The next Greater Manchester Teaching Care Homes event will be a celebration of innovation and best practice and will be held at Media City Salford on the Thursday 2nd  May 2019.

This will be an event that showcases innovative best practice currently being delivered within care homes, which will include work care homes are undertaking with voluntary and community service. 


A play about young carers in Salford that “knocked MPs sideways” is about to embark on a national tour in June 2019.

The show, Who Cares, was written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG. It was made in partnership with Greater Manchester Charity, Gaddum and its Salford Carers Service and is funded by Arts Council England and the Oglesby Charitable Trust. 


Open to all Salford residents

Held at Garden Needs, Salford, M7 4NT

Tuesday or Thursday between 10am - 3pm

Half and full days available - very flexible course! 

Course includes:

  • Wildlife surveys
  • Plant identification
  • Nature walks
  • Basic woodland management
  • Campfire cooking
  • Shelter building
  • Willow work
  • Environmental craft

Lunch included


You're invited to the first Cafe Neuro at Salford Royal Hospital.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 2pm to 4pm

Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HB

Cafe Neuro is a Neurological Alliance initiative started in the West Midlands and now active right around the country.

On Thursday 4 April 2019, at Action Together’s third AGM its members unanimously voted to make an amendment to the charity’s constitution to include Rochdale as an area of benefit in Action Together’s charitable objects.

The Great Get Together runs from 21st - 23rd June 2019 and is inspired by Jo Cox, the MP who was killed on 16 June 2016.

In her first speech to parliament, she stated:

“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.

In Salford, there is funding for communities getting together to celebrate kindness, respect and all we have in common.


Working Inclusively to Make Communities Age-Friendly is a briefing document by the Equalities Board of Ambition for Ageing, which supports those working to build age-friendly communities in an inclusive and diverse way.


Are you caring for someone with dementia?

Empowered Carers is offering a free six-month programme to provide carers in Salford with practical advice that will help them and their loved ones to be more able to cope with the realities of living with dementia.

With dementia worker, Rachel, you can take part in one-to-one sessions from the comfort of your own home.

Talk to Empowered Carers today - they are here to help you.


Are you an avid collector of clutter? Have you had enough falling over stuff? Do you avoid inviting friends or family around?

If this sounds familiar, come and join this new clutter and hoarder’s support group here in Salford.

The group is made up of like-minded people, who help one another and themselves to understand and make sense of their hoarding behaviour. The aim is to enable everyone to be free from clutter in the future!


Europia is pleased to invite you to the European Cultural Easter Celebration.

Saturday 13th April 2019, 2pm4pm

Saint Aidan's Church, Littleton Road, Lower Kersal, Salford, M7 3SE


Salford is the first Social Enterprise City in the North West of England.

Social Enterprise Places are areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. From quarters, towns, cities and zones, areas around the UK are declaring themselves as social enterprise places committed to investing in the sector.


Thousands of Greater Manchester residents whose health makes it hard for them to work will benefit through a ground-breaking new service launched by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSC Partnership).



Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB

With the government promising a wide-ranging new policy package to support uptake and adoption of innovation in the NHS and ensure the UK continues to be a world leader in health tech, Insider's conference will identify where the private sector can add value and be part of that ambition.


Make it Work is a lottery-funded project which consists of a free unique, fun and informative, employability and enterprise skills programme for single parents delivered by Gingerbread and Banana Enterprise Network.

The programme provides free childcare, free travel and free lunch.

The next free programme in Salford will be at Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool St, Salford M6 5QQ.


The Food for Life Better Care UK Conference: learning from co-designed solutions to improve quality of later life through food.

The Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF


Rise Voice Vote is a youth engagement project which connects young people aged 10-19 years old with the history of suffrage in Manchester and with contemporary campaigns in their local area.

The project equips young people with the resources and tools to mount their own campaigns and make their voices heard on issues they care about.


This course is for anyone working with volunteers who would like to gain a qualification and recognition for their role as a coordinator, leader, supervisor or manager of volunteers. The programme will be delivered over a four-month period, during May and Sept 2019, comprising one workshop session and four online webinars.


The Tackling Domestic Abuse Partnership in Salford are undertaking research into how well agencies in Salford meet the needs of households experiencing domestic abuse.

This includes:


The Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission has been established by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in order to be a driver for the development of co-operative activity across the city-region, to explore whether co-operative ideas can help to solve existing problems, encourage greater collaboration within the co-operative sector and contribute to the achievement of the ambitions of the 


Do you live in Salford?

Free 8 week courses for Salford residents:

First Steps in ICT

This course will get you started online with email and social media.

When: Wednesday 01/05/19 – 26/06/19
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Where: Pendleton Gateway, 1 Broadwalk, Salford M6 5FX

You can join the course by calling into any Salford library to register or by contacting Susan on 07832 996 498 or 01618330377


The Dementia 2020 Citizens' Panel for England - Daily Life With Dementia and Dementia Friendly Communities

The Department of Health and Social Care for England has asked an independent organisation called Opinion Research Services (ORS) to collect the data on their behalf.

Have you, or has somebody close to you, been diagnosed with dementia in the last few years? If so, ORS would really like your help.


Join TLC: Talk, Listen, Change at their Big Birthday Ball 2019!

Due to the huge success of last year’s event, TLC are once again inviting communities and professionals from Greater Manchester to join them for an evening of food, drink, music and if last year is anything to go by… a lot of games and prizes up for grabs!


Emmaus Salford has scooped the John Thompson Award for Solidarity in recognition of the impact of Lucie’s Pantry social supermarket.

On Monday 18 March, Emmaus UK President Terry Waite CBE presented the award to Pat Ekins, Project Manager of Lucie’s Pantry. The award presentation was made at the annual Emmaus Assembly, a two-day conference for Emmaus community members from across the UK.


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has received £128k to crack down on rogue landlords in the area.

The cash boost from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be used to establish a “rogue landlord hub”, targeting landlords and letting agents who flout the law through bad management or by housing tenants within neglected and unsafe homes.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:


For information on free courses in your area and across  Salford please come along to open days with The Broughton Trust.

Wednesday 27th March 9.30am to 12pm

Venue: Irlam Fire Station, Fairhills Road, M44 6BA


Thursday 28th March 9am to 4pm

Venue: The Broughton Trust, Humphrey Booth Centre,
Heath Avenue, Salford, M7 1NY


Teaching Adults Course

Starts Monday 15th April
For 8 weeks (excluding bank holidays)
By Corinth Training
10.00-12.30pm at Mustard Tree

Art  Workshop

Tuesdays 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Crafts/Ceramics at Mustard Tree

National Careers Service

Every 2 weeks starting Wednesday 20th March
1-2-1 Careers advice and support
10.00-3.00pm at Mustard Tree


Free adult education courses from Corinth Training CIC

Course name

Start date, venue & time, (all are 8-week courses unless stated)

First Steps IT (6 venues)

Tues 16/04/19 St John’s Church Hall 09:30 12:00, or,

Salford CVS will be part of 'Salford Health Day' hosted by Salford Red Devils and Salford Red Devils Foundation, in partnership with AJ Bell.

This event will be part of the community’s World Health Day celebrations, and take place at the Salford Red Devils upcoming home fixture against Hull FC on Sunday 7th April.


Thanks to support from the National Lottery Community Fund, the LGBT Consortium is offering free fundraising training days for LGBT+ groups.

The Manchester training day is on Friday 5th April, 10am – 4pm, at the LGBT Foundation offices, Richmond Street, M1.

The day will be tailored to the needs of participants, but may include:


In accordance with the GM Memorandum of Understanding and the GMCA Accord, the Advancing Equality across GM Roadshows provide an opportunity for partners across all sectors to help further shape service delivery in addressing health and social inequalities.

The short survey, designed to answer the following 4 questions, has been devised to help partners across all sectors understand and shape equality and inclusion priorities and service delivery across all 10 GM localities.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club are looking to develop a safeguarding good practice network within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to improve and showcase effective safeguarding in Greater Manchester.

If you are interested in joining this network, please contact Imtiaz Kala, Safeguard & Welfare Lead on 07787 254998 or email


Homelessness charity Emmaus Salford is appealing for supporters and bargain hunters to join them for a special evening charity sale later this month.

 ​The ‘Emmaus Vintage, Retro & Furniture Sale’ will take place on Thursday 28 March at the Emmaus Salford Community Homestore. The event will include a 50% sale on all vintage, retro and potential upcycling furniture alongside a wide variety of clothes, accessories, books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and bric-a-brac.


The Salford Social Prescribing Hub event as part of the first-ever International Social Prescribing Day was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the variety of work across the locality and region.

Over 50 people came from a variety of backgrounds: link workers, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector and community organisations, social enterprises, commissioners, local authorities, higher education – bringing together an impressive concentration of expertise.