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Co-designing the Community Wealth Hub

In early June, GMCA hosted a co-design workshop for the proposed Greater Manchester Community Wealth Hub. Over 70 people came along and joined in discussion about the potential purpose, functions, operating model, and impacts that the Hub might have.

Don't let Monkeypox Spoil Summer

Sexual health services across Salford and Greater Manchester have received a small supply of a smallpox vaccine. This vaccine can be used to protect people from the monkeypox virus. 

There is a limited supply of the vaccine so, initially, one dose is being offered to those at highest risk by sexual health clinics they are known to. As more vaccine supplies become available, more people will be offered the first dose of the vaccine.

Fun Day

Join the Friends of Green Grosvenor Park for a Family Fun Day on Saturday 30th July.

It's the 150th anniversary of the Church of the Ascension during the event so as well as stalls, rides, and food there'll be an open-air church service in the park. All starting at 11am.

There will also be live demonstrations of British Wrestling, donkeys, and a petting zoo as well as live music! 

SEND Review: Right Support, Right Place, Right Time

In November 2019 the DFE commissioned a Review into the SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) system. The Review wanted to understand why, despite the potential and vision of the Children and Families Act 2014, the system was struggling, children and families were having mixed experiences (not always positive) and there were concerns that it was becoming financially unstable.

Greater Manchester Youth Network and Inspire 2022

Inspire 2022 is a youth-led, events-based social action programme which uses national events as a springboard for young people to design positive activities for their own communities, bridging community divides and giving young people a voice in a year of national celebration. Inspire22 allows young people (between 11-25 years old) to apply for grants of up to £5000 to complete events-based social action projects.

Programme outcomes:

Tom Stannard Head Shot Photo

A new leader responsible for the integration of health and care in Salford has been appointed. Known as a ‘place-based lead for health and care integration’, Tom Stannard, will head up a newly formed Integrated Care Partnership in the city as part of national government changes to the way the NHS and local councils support people’s health and social care.

Carers Week Event 10th June 2022

Calling all unpaid carers in Salford Come and celebrate Carers Week 2022 'Make Caring Visible, Valued and Supported'

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Pink Picnic 2022

The Pink Picnic is Salford’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Non-binary, plus pride celebration. The event takes place in Peel Park, Salford and is organised and delivered by Salford Pride.

This year the event will return to Peel Park, Salford and will be taking place on Saturday 25th June from 1 PM.

Communities In Control - a week of action

GMCVO, in partnership with the GM VCSE Leadership Group, are hosting a week of action that will showcase VCSE sector activity that helps to create an economy that is more inclusive of those that are being increasingly left behind. If your organisation or group helps communities to take control of something that matters to them, or keep money and resources in their area then this is the ideal opportunity to shout about it!

Not Another Co-Production Festival 5th July

Almost one year since the beginning of the Not Another Co-Production Project, it’s time to celebrate all the amazing work that’s been happening with our partner organisations in Greater Manchester. And to help us celebrate, we’d like to invite you to join us at our Not Another Co-Production Festival! The first of its kind anywhere.

Safer Driver Seminar  - Picture of Two People in a Car

Older people are becoming increasingly overrepresented in casualty statistics as drivers, passengers and pedestrians. This Safer Driving seminar is an opportunity for people aged 60 and over to engage with presentations on a series of road safety and wellbeing related topics from various organisations such as Greater Manchester Police, National Highways, TfGM, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and more.


Recently there has been a spike in scams around the Covid Passes. The pressures of COVID-19 are still being felt across the NHS, with its staff and resources continuing to deliver services under increasing demands. Some people are taking advantage of this strain, and have created fake websites claiming to sell covid passes. These sorts of scams target NHS patients, people who may be vulnerable.



COVID-19 is having a major impact on voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).

Demand has gone up and income down, leaving some organisations “fighting for survival”, as they try to navigate the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at them.


As the UK opens up, Charity Digital look at how charities can ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and the public.

Some charities have already started physical fundraising, whether that’s door-to-door or street fundraising, and many are looking to follow in their footsteps. It’s important, however, that charities ensure that they are returning to physical fundraising in both a safe and responsible way.


Coming out of lockdown - support and resources

Covid restrictions lifted nationally on 19 July. For many older people in Greater Manchester, coming out of lockdown presents new challenges.


Four films have been produced in partnership with NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford City Council and Alchemy Arts to tackle vaccine hesitancy amongst faith communities by dispelling myths and improving understanding.


Alternative format resources are available providing informaiton about coronavirus restrictions, Covid vaccinations and testing, track and trace and self isolating are available in easy read format and BSL.


We know voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are at the heart of our communities and are a trusted voice that people listen to.

You can help to protect our communities by sharing key messages about COVID-19 with your members, the people you work with and your beneficiaries.

Posters, leaflets and social media assets depicting key messages for helping to stop the spread of coronavirus in Salford can be downloaded and printed below:


START Inspiring Minds are producing a weekly 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' newsletter.

During this difficult time of unrest and uncertainty START is continuing to support the community using creativity, innovation and warmth.

This new weekly update is intended to highlight START's work; give you an insight into alternative ways of connecting and showcase the great spirit of Salford people during times of adversity.


Manchester-based Media & Arts Social Enterprise Alchemy Arts have been working with faith leaders across the north-west to improve the understanding of COVID-19 within minority communities.

Founded just under a decade ago, Alchemy works primarily with Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across Greater Manchester, with many successful projects achieving nationwide impact and coverage.


Salford coronavirus resources and messages

Posters and leaflets depicting the key messages for helping to stop the spread of coronavirus in Salford have been produced. The resources are available in 15 languages - you can download the posters and leaflets below:


The Health Creation Alliance have published a report on learning from the community response to COVID-19; how the NHS can support communities to keep people well.

COVID-19 has affected communities in different ways and, for some, the effects of the pandemic have been devastating.It has also shone a harsh light on the underlying inequalities in society and reinforced the urgent need for society to do more to address health inequalities.


The Emergencies Partnership was created in 2018, following the experience of the Grenfell Tower fire, 2017 terror attacks, and rural flooding across the country.

The partnership's purpose is to build greater national resilience and a better experience for people impacted by emergencies, by making best use of resources across the voluntary and community sector.


The BBC Asian Network is helping the South Asian community in the UK to understand key messages regarding Covid, including vaccines and lockdown. The videos are available in five languages and cover the topics below:

Banner for the People Panel Events

At the recent Learning City Conference, Community Learning came out as something that people were passionate and interested about. The first people panel will focus on opportunities for adult learning and are keen to explore – what you think about the current offer in the city, the types of opportunities that would interest you, the support you think people need to get involved in community learning and everything else in between.


Are you an unpaid carer?

  • Do you support a family member, or friend?
  • Do you help them with day to day activities?
  • Help get their shopping?
  • Attend appointments with them?
  • Sort out their medication?
  • Provide a listening ear and offer emotional support?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be an unpaid carer and be entitled to a COVID-19 Vaccine.

Census 2021 hasn’t finished yet


Don’t forget to complete your census if you’ve not already finished it  and there’s plenty of help available if you are struggling.

Sunday March 21 was national census day but there’s still time to complete it - and it is a legal requirement that people do so.

Unlimited Potential wants to listen to people living in Salford, aged 18 or over, who have been on the ‘shielding’ list since March 2020.

We want to hear what is most important to your life, and how things can be better for you and others in the future.

All conversations will take place safely online or by phone.

You can choose to remain anonymous.

CITB CSCS Card Skills Construction Centre Funding 

A Fully Funded CITB CSCS Labourers Card:


  • Level 1 Award in Health & Safety
  • Fully Funded CITB Touch Screen Test
  • Fully Funded CITB CSCS card application



Salford Foodbank is continuing to operate out of as many Distribution Centres as they can.

Salford Foodbank e will be opening at Mustard Tree, Eccles on Thursday from 10 am-12 noon and continuing to operate at:

St Andrews Eccles  on Monday 12.30 - 2.30

GoChurch, Media City - on Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30

St Philips Church, Salford on Tuesday 1pm - 3pm

Big Local, Little Hulton on Thursday 12.30 - 2.30

Mustard Tree, Eccles on Thursday 10am - 12noon


Energyworks at Groundwork Greater Manchester are offering telephone support to those who are self-isolating, vulnerable and/or high risk of COVID-19.

They can offer support to people in all tenures across Greater Manchester with issues relating to their energy and keeping a warm home.


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.

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