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The Ethical Property Foundation is working hard throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic to support charities, across the UK, manage their property during this extraordinary period. Although, many of us are no longer working in our buildings it is vital, for the health of the sector, that we do not forget about the bricks and mortar. In order to support charities, the Foundation is offering for free:


NCVO/CFG Webinar: Financial Management and Accession Government Funding. 

About the webinar


The Big Lunch, 6th - 7th June, is the UK’s thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities.

It is a time where people come together to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better. Now more than ever, we need to make time for each other, so let’s get the nation talking over a cuppa and a bite to eat and have some fun with The Big Virtual Lunch.


The findings of surveys conducted by Ubele suggest that if the crisis continues beyond three months after lockdown, 9 out of 10 of BAME-led micro and small organisations could close.

The surveys indicated that close to 90% of the 137 respondents could close permanently if the crisis extends into June.


500 square miles of singing! 

This Thursday May 28th at 7.30pm the whole of Greater Manchester is invited to take part in ‘Together In One Voice‘ by singing songs led by choirs from across the region.


BAMEStream is a collective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) practitioners, therapists, policy experts, activists and academics who specialise in the areas of mental health and therapy.


Culture Secretary accelerates release of funding in further boost for charities and social enterprises across the country.

  • Building on the unprecedented £750 million charity support package from government
  • £200 million of funding distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, open for bids from small charities on Friday

Shared tips to help to breathe during lockdown & Covid-19.

BreathChamps CIC has received Awards for All funding from the National Lottery to set up a Greater Manchester ‘Breathe Better in Lockdown’ Facebook group where professionals and citizens can share breathing tips.


Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

The GM Ageing Hub has been consulting with a wide range of partners from statutory, community and academic agencies on the short-term action needed to keep older people well, connected and active.  

Read the note here.


The coronavirus has affected all our lives, from how we work and shop to how we travel. 

Getting our future transport network right will be central to getting more and more of Greater Manchester moving again. Transport for Greater Manchester want to keep passengers safe, support our economy and ensure our recovery is sustainable, so we can cut congestion and have cleaner air.


We need key workers, and they need a real living wage. 

Delivery drivers, care workers, supermarket assistants, cleaners, the NHS and many many more, who are doing an incredible job at keeping our country going during the coronavirus crisis. Despite the huge contribution key workers are making right now, over 1 million key workers are not receiving a real Living Wage - which is the independent rate calculated annually on the cost of living. 


The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people in Greater Manchester who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment. Whilst the formal bidding rounds are currently closed, the Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19.

  • Mayor calls on ministers to support extra funding for cleaner vehicles
  • Money would also help to support small businesses, sole traders and taxi drivers
  • Funding commitment needed to keep air quality gains and support green recovery

Greater Manchester is calling on Government to support its plans to ‘build back better’ and help to tackle air pollution as the city-region sets out ambitions for a green economic recovery.


Worth My Wellbeing is an exciting cross-sector partnership programme designed with young people from Salford to support their emotional health and wellbeing at key transitions in their lives.

Through a programme of youth-led activities, young people will develop skills to support themselves and each other and promote greater awareness around mental health.


HMRC has a range of online support for employers.

Find out if you can use the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, or how to make a claim on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, by joining one of the following live webinars.

They're interactive giving you the opportunity to ask questions using the on-screen text box.

There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now.


We have created weekly timetables of activities that support the wellbeing of adults and young people in Salford.

The timetables include activities from local charities, community groups and social enterprises that have been supported by the Third Sector Fund (administered by Salford CVS and funded by NHS Salford CCG).


Salford Music Festival will be going digital for its 10th anniversary next weekend (29 - 31 May), with a massive line-up confirmed.

Peter Hook, John Cooper Clarke, and ex-Hacienda heavyweights Graeme Park and Dave Haslam will top the bill of music, poetry and spoken word.

The festival normally takes place in September, but organisers have moved it forward in the calendar to bring some 'much needed cheer'.


As part of Mental Health Awareness Week YMCA Manchester has been busy co-designing with young people a mental health and well-being online campaign. 

Join them on their Instagram daily for challenges




The National Lottery Community Fund are delighted to confirm that the Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.


Women's Aid have published safety advice for survivors.

COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of women and children. Survivors are telling Women's Aid that they are feeling unsafe with the prospect of being isolated in the house with their perpetrator.

Women's Aid wants to reassure survivors and local specialist services that they are here for you and they are doing everything they can to support you during this challenging time.


Manchester BME Network

Manchester BME Network's email and phone will still be monitored regularly.

If you need any further information or support, please do not hesitate to contact them on:


The coronavirus crisis has hit workers hard: the numbers of those furloughed and those newly claiming Universal Credit illustrates the scale.

To date, however, there has been very limited information about which types of people have been most affected. In their spotlight, the Resolution Foundation begin to fill this gap with flash findings from their new coronavirus survey.


The impact of Covid-19 is being felt across society.

The pandemic is a health, social and economic crisis. Civil society reaches people in need and helps make sure that everyone’s voices can be heard. But civil society’s capacity for action is being limited as its income dries up due to the current restrictions.


Today The Baring Foundation's Strengthening Civil Society programme, which supports civil society to use the law to achieve social change, is launching three new funding streams to support their grant holders and broader civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This funding will run throughout 2020 and represents a commitment of up to £1,000,000 to supporting civil society at this time.


Apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for your charity helping people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted.


Updated and interactive data on the coronavirus crisis for charities and funders.

NPC has built an updated and interactive dashboard, to help charities and funders see the places that are currently suffering the most from Covid-19, and those that have underlying factors—such as age, health, ethnicity, economic indicators—which may put them at risk.


Like so many other areas of society, coronavirus has caused a huge shift in the way that community transport is operating at the moment.

Since lock-down began, the Community Transport Association (CTA) has been surveying over 200 CTA members to get a clear picture of the changes that have taken place across the sector.


The third version of the Reopening Pack from Charity Retail Association is now available.

The pack consists of helpful guidance for when the green light to open up shops is given, and provides some suggestions of things to think about in the meantime.

The pack is split into three sections; the physical side of the shop, the people issues and the commercial considerations,


The Insitute of Fundraising, along with NCVO and Charity Finance Group and supported by PwC are working together to understanding the current and future financial impact of coronavirus on the charity sector.


It is more important than ever that practitioners, academics and people with lived experience feel supported and informed to enable people living with dementia to continue to live the life they want for longer.

So the Empowered Conversations are launching the ‘In Conversation with…” virtual series; hosting interactive talks from nationally recognised experts and speakers to bring hearts and minds together and improve outcomes for people living with dementia.


Greater Manchester Mental Health have launched #GMMHGivesBack an initiative where staff can make a tangible and meaningful difference to the community during these difficult times.  


Do you have MS and need financial help and advice?

The MS Society's Improving Quality of Life Project (IQL) provides financial and emotional support for people with MS in Bolton, Manchester and Salford. 


The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced £6 million of emergency funding to provide relief for homelessness providers directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Homeless Link will be distributing the Fund on the Ministry’s behalf to facilitate this much needed support to the sector at a time when many services are at risk due to the impact of the pandemic.


Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020.

The theme this year is kindness - one thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.  

We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. 

The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. 


The Heritage Fund are now welcoming applications for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the Covid-19 crisis.

The new level of Heritage Emergency Fund grants are worth £50,000-£250,000. Using funding made possible by The National Lottery, these grants are available to all past and current National Lottery Heritage Fund grantees and can be used to cover essential costs for up to four months.  


The Tech for Good Live Volunteer programme is a partnership between Salford CVS, 10GM members, other VCSE infrastructure organisations within Greater Manchester and Tech for Good Live.


NHS Salford CCG’s special edition COVID-19 newsletter is for Salford residents to help support you during this difficult time.  It’s packed with information about services and support and helpful advice to keep you well.


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.


The More Things Change 

Join #WeStandTogether for another difficult dialogue discussion on Monday 25th May at 6pm.

Register via

#WeStandTogether is celebrating diversity, challenging hate for a safer stronger society.

#DifficultDialogues will include:


Join on Thursday 21st May - 1.00pm - 4.00pm to hear about:

As we think about our recovery phase …

  • What pressures and changes are we expecting will result from this time?
  • What can we do to face these together?
  • What opportunities are emerging?
  • What can we do to ensure we capture these?

Thinking about the future …


Healthwatch have gathered people's accounts of how COVID-19 has affected their lives, routine, and mental health.

One way to help your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic is by creating a new routine to help structure your day. But how easy is this in reality?


Chairs of GMCVO, the GM VCSE Leadership Group, the GM BAME Network and GM BAME SE Network and the GM Social Enterprise Network have written to the Chancellor, the Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak asking for more support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.


More people than ever are being supported by Salford dementia services during the COVID19 health crisis – thanks to new online sessions – from virtual meetups to quizzes, sofa sing-a-longs and a disco.

Empowered Conversations and Salford Age UK's Dementia Support Services have joined forces to meet the increased demand for support in lockdown.  


Community (Youth) on Solid Ground (YOSG) project updates and what they are doing to support young people and the community during Covid - 19. 

During these bizarre times have affected C(Y)OSG’s normal working practice, within projects and face to face time with over 400 young people.


RNIB Sight Loss: Helping you to help others during Coronavirus

The Royal National Institution of Blind People (RNIB) has released a fact sheet to help those supporting people with sight loss.

During this difficult time, it is important to look out for those that need extra support.

The RNIB fact sheet aims to raise awareness of different types of sight loss, and provide useful tips for those supporting them.


Before the coronavirus outbreak Tech and Tea, a five-week course, was supporting people aged 65+ to develop their digital skills.

Over the past five years, 260 courses have been delivered and more than 2,000 people have taken part.


The Greater Manchester Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership (IWP) is an equalities forum linked to the VCSE Leadership Group and GM Health and Social Care Partnership.

The IWP is part of a collaborative effort to collate evidence of the way different GM communities have been affected by the lockdown and to find out from VCSE groups on the ground what issues need dealing with now to prevent further avoidable problems developing.


The Charity Commission has issued an alert providing information and advice for charities about coronavirus (COVID-19) related fraud and cybercrime.

Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to carry out fraud and cybercrime. Police have reported an increase in coronavirus related scams.

The Charity Commission is issuing this alert to help charities minimise the risk of becoming a victim of such frauds and cyber-attacks.


The Government have published a roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.


Written materials in alternative formats

Easy read versions of the Prime Minister's letter to the public and an easy read Covid-19 information leaflet can be downloaded via the links below:


Cles presents their latest webinar on Rescue, Recover, Reform.

Thursday 14th May 2020

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg and Head of Bloomberg Economics in conversation with Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder of TDC and Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of CLES. 


Join Sow the City for a series of weekly webinars 

  • 15th May Gardening and Wildlife with Kids. It’s May and there’s still plenty of time to get growing veggies. Stuart and Emily talk through how to get growing at home with kids, as well as lots of nature, wildlife and Forest School activities. This webinar is perfect for Covid home schoolers looking for activities for their little ones.

Society Inc. has set up a fundraiser to provide their clients with food, care and craft parcels. 



Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has secured £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims.

The fund will help ensure that:


Since schools and education settings have closed, referrals to children’s social services have fallen dramatically. With millions of children remaining at home, there is a hidden group of children potentially at risk of abuse or neglect who are having much less interaction with statutory services.


Understanding the mental health effects of COVID-19

Healthcare professionals and researchers from the University of Oxford, Kings College London and University of Warwick want the general public and health and care professionals to tell us about the mental health challenges they are facing due to COVID-19.  They will use this information to build better tools to monitor mental health and support people through this crisis and beyond.


Greater Manchester Combined Authority launches two new websites

In response to Covid-19 GMCA and the Mayor of Greater Manchester in a bid to keep the people of Greater Manchester informed and ensure they are receiving the right advice have established two new websites with up to date information and guidance. 


£100,000 has been allocated to support people experiencing extreme disadvantage in Greater Manchester through the coronavirus pandemic.

The £100,000 donation has come from the Lankelly Chase Foundation and will go to disabled people’s organisations and community organisations supporting those at risk of domestic abuse.


Home-Start Manchester wants to keep you updated on how they are adapting to the current situation and the effects it is having on their service, the families they support and their volunteers.


COVID-19 emergency resources

The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People have produced some useful resources including letters for personal assistants and support workers, Emergency Health Passports and a self advocacy leaflet.


For over 45 years the Manchester Relief In Need group of charitable trusts has been offering assistance to people in poverty in Manchester. 


Support for the physical activity sector from Greater Sport.

Clubs and organisations all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to Covid-19. GreaterSport are here to help by providing tips, tools, links and ideas to help keep your club working with your members and customers!


The Greater Manchester (GM) Disabled People's Panel is an independent strategic body made up of disabled people's organisations from across Greater Manchester.

All of the members are disabled people and they seek to influence policy to support the rights of disabled people in GM.

They also scrutinise, consult and advise the Mayor of GM Andy Burnham and the GM Combined Authority.


NAVCA have summarised learning from their members on cashless payment methods for volunteers.

The guidance covers what supermarkets are offering; from 'volunteer cards' to vouchers and expansion of the existing gift card system.

They also outline options from banks, building societies and other financial services organisations including money management tools, Post Office Payouts and 'Companion Cards'.


How to produce video content remotely.

Charity Digital have shared the innovative ways video content can be created remotely. Video content can be produced by external or internal professionals, and low-cost software can help charity producers create online tutorials, fundraising, and virtual content.


Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is giving away another £1million to charities with the return of its Movement for Good awards.

Last year saw an amazing 98,000 people around the UK support the movement, with over 7,000 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. This year 500 more charities will each receive £1,000 during the first phase of the campaign, which launches today. A second phase of giving will happen later this summer.


8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe.

The long-anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. 


Useful resources to aid frontline volunteers and staff speaking with those who are struggling with their mental health.

Many of our members are now receiving calls from people struggling with their mental health. In some cases, these calls are from calls from people who are considering taking their own lives.  


The Samaritans website provides a host of support tools:


Salford City Council has launched the #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign.

The campaign is to support social distancing during the coronavirus lockdown and encourage more walking and cycling through recovery.

It’s important we introduce enhanced spaces for pedestrians and people on bikes across the city. This will enable social distancing for safe essential journeys and exercise.


Social Enterprise UK have produced a handy list of PPE suppliers and producers.

SEUK know that finding a sufficient supply of PPE is tricky for many businesses at the moment particularly in the social care and care home sector and that they might be looking outside of the NHS Supply Chain to source PPE.


Putting women at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in Europe and Central Asia. 

As Covid-19 is causing an unprecedented crisis that disrupting lives, health, economies and societies of millions read the latest publication from UN Women's response to the pandemic in Europe and Central Asia. 


National Voices launches 'Our COVID Voices' website

National Voices, a coalition of health and social care charities in England, have launched a new website where people living with health and care needs can share their stories about life in lockdown.


The Charity Commission have published guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) related financial difficulties in charities and how to work through them.

The commission understand that many trustees are having to cope with serious financial challenges that will have a major effect on their charities and those who depend on them.

They have therefore set out some guidance for trustees, especially at smaller charities, who may need help facing difficult situations or decisions.


Government has published advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support.

The guidance sets out the main messages for individuals and organisations that can support planning, and help slow the transmission of the coronavirus as the outbreak progresses across the country.


COVID-19 guidance, information and advice for not-for-profits from LawWorks members.

LawWorks has received a number of queries specific to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on small charities and other not-for-profits. In response, they have collaborated with their members to produce tailored briefs relevant specifically to small not-for-profit organisations. 


True Vision a police-funded web site designed to provide you with information about Hate Crime has some useful resources about Covid-10, misinformation and conspiracy theories. 

There is also information on how to report a hate crime and information videos from the Metropolitan Police Service for communities about their rights to be protected from hate crimes linked to Covid-19. 


Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, is launching up to £12 million of emergency support to provide both immediate and medium-term help for community businesses facing a loss of trading income during the coronavirus crisis.

The crisis has highlighted the vital role that community businesses play in reviving local assets, protecting the services that people rely on, and addressing local needs.


Support is available for anyone bereaved or affected by a death in Greater Manchester.

If you would like to speak to someone in person, you can call Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on 0161 983 0902.

Bereavement Service hours

Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 8pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm

(Except bank holidays)


The Charity Service have redesigned, updated and relaunched their website.

As a registered charity since September 1990, The Charity Service offers grant funding to other charities, voluntary organisations and CIC’s operating within Greater Manchester.

The new site offers an improved user experience making it easier to navigate around the website, to understand what the Charity Service do, how they do it and the personalised service that they can provide.


NHS Salford CCG want to know how the current situation is affecting families in Salford.

They are working with partners to understand how best to support the people of Salford during this pandemic. To help NHS Salford CCG to get a better picture of family life in Salford, they are asking people to fill out a survey.

Whoever sends in a completed survey will be entered into NHS Salford's free prize draw for a chance to win £40 of Love to Shop vouchers.


The Fed has produced a great update on their services, including their volunteers, residents and advice and volunteering teams.

The Fed Team have filmed a video with an important message - "We are here for YOU."

Watch their video message from the team here. 

A message from Raphi Bloom, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Fed:


Kooth online counselling now available to all young people in Greater Manchester. 

All children and young people in Greater Manchester can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support.


Maximus Training are offering fully funded courses to residents of Greater Manchester.

Qualifications are available online and learners will be guided by one of our trainers who will make themselves available via a method that suits them. Trainers are available via skype, zoom, teams, emails, phone calls or texts.   

Participants need to be 19 or over, reside in the Greater Manchester Area, and not be in education, employment or training. 


You are invited to join forces with We Stand Together in their next dialogue event 'Cohesion a Force to Combat Crisis'

On Monday 4th May at 6pm join We Stand Together via Zoom 


Commercial tenants unable to pay rent because of Coronavirus will be protected from eviction

The Government has announced a three month protection for organisations from being evicted due to non-payment of rent.


#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity in response to Coronavirus.

Held on Tuesday 5th May it is a day where we can all come together to recognise, celebrate and give thanks for the incredible outpouring of compassion we have witnessed during this crisis.


Care organisation Aspire has praised its staff for adapting to lockdown to support people in Salford living with dementia, disabilities and learning disabilities.

The current coronavirus pandemic has meant that the Social Enterprise has had to be flexible in the way it supports its clients and staff.

Janet Tuohy, Chief Executive of Aspire, said:


Keep enjoying Salford Libraries

Our city libraries may be closed but there are still lots of great resources available to keep your mind active. If you have a Salford Libraries membership you can access the following digital resources:


Stop Smoking Support with Worsley Boothstown and Ellenbrook Health Improvement Service.

There has never been a better time to think about making plans to stop smoking or to make a quit attempt. Looking after our lung health is so important for everyone right now.

If you are thinking about giving up or you are ready to set a quit date please send the message ‘I would like to stop smoking’ to 07931 966 186.


Read the latest blog from NCVO about Crisis Governance and the support available for trustees during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The blog looks at the challenges boards are facing when it comes to making critical decisions over service provision, operations and sustainability. 


Millions of vulnerable people and their families will be able to directly call on the army of NHS Volunteer Responders, the NHS and Royal Voluntary Service have announced today.

Over 600,000 volunteers have been approved to help those most at risk who are isolating at home from coronavirus, more than double the original target.


Scorpio Community Development CIC is providing free training via a series of podcasts.   

New podcasts are available every Tuesday. The training package is aimed for those new to the trustee sector finding their feet in the world of governance and management. 

In the latest podcast, the hosts discuss the online opportunities to keep you going whilst in the new landscape of lockdown.


Date labels, storage advice and freezing for food safety.

WRAP, the Food Standards Agency and Defra have produced a summary of information which covers the date labelling and storage instruction requirements for surplus food, in order for it to be safely redistributed. The aim is to increase the amount of food made available by food businesses for redistribution and accepted by recipient organisations.


WEA has been providing high-quality educational opportunities to communities since 1903.

Due to Covid-19, WEA has developed its normal courses to enable them to deliver them online. They have tried to focus on courses that will provide residents with the skills and the knowledge to provide resilience for themselves and to be able to support others both during and on the other side of this crisis.


Monitor the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation and gain global insights

A free COVID-19 Social Impact Assessment tool has been launched by Socialsuite to help foundations and non-profit organisations to navigate the challenging times ahead. 


Feed My City are a small group of volunteers who have come together to help feed people, who are need of a hot meal.

Feed My City operate from a fully equipped mobile van, where the food is prepared, served at several different locations around the Greater Manchester Area. Their aim is to provide simple, free vegetarian nourishing food to those who need it. 


A new campaign to Save our Social Enterprises! has been launched.

The campaign is a collaboration between Community Leisure UK, Co-operatives UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise Mark CIC, Social Enterprise UK, Social Value UK, and UnLtd.


The Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group have issued a statement relating to Covid-19 and the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester.

The VCSE Leadership Group seeks to promote the role and involvement of the VCSE sector and communities in devolution. It comprises individuals from eighteen voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise organisations from across Greater Manchester.


North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has curated a list of mental health apps.

The resource features apps that can help with anxiety, low mood and depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, sleep, relaxation and general wellbeing.

The list contains over 30 free apps, some with in-app purchases, and the majority are suitable for younger people as well as adults.

The apps include:


Europia has updated their services in response to COVID-19. 

Europia has been working tirelessly to make sure EU nationals living across Greater Manchester have all the support they need during these uncertain times. Below you will find a round-up of the projects they are currently working on related to COVID-19.

They have created a new website - you can visit Europia's new website here.


Young Manchester is a charity that strives to improve opportunities for all children and young people across Manchester.

Young Manchester are committed to supporting the amazing work done by organisations working with children and young people across Manchester.

They have been in touch with all their funded partners, and will work with them in the coming weeks and months to make the right decisions for them and the young people they work with.


Acevo has given a breakdown on the £750m support package for UK charities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The government is currently drawing up plans for the design and delivery of the funding, including money delivered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). Acevo's understanding is that apart from the allocation for hospices mentioned below, other funding decisions have not been made.


ACEVO is the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Together with their network they inspire and support civil society leaders by providing connections, advocacy and skills. 

Due to the closure of ACEVO host venues, their CEO forums and special interest group meetings will change to webinars whenever possible.


Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which this year begins on the evening of Thursday 23 April and ends at sunset Saturday 23 May, and during which most Muslims fast from dawn until dusk.


Factsheets and toolkits

We have created some factsheets and toolkits following common queries we have received from our members. Many of the queries are a result of the move to home working and needing to use tech in different ways or using tools that are completely new to us.

Download our resources:


Join Salford Social Enterprise City for a series of working lunches event. 

Throughout the year Salford Social Enterprise City will be holding a number of events to support individuals starting or growing a social enterprise.

Book onto a session via Fatsome here. 

Working Lunch: Buy Social

Thursday 14th May 2020, 12noon – 2pm.


Harvard Business Review has written an article exploring what good leadership looks like during this pandemic.

They look at the reasons why leaders delay taking actions and downplay threats and failing the 'coronavirus leadership test'.

In the current pandemic, leaders who waited too long for the situation to become clear were then behind in trying to control the crisis.


A large number of COVID19 funders have come into existence since the pandemic.

To manage the large volume of funding streams Charity Excellence Framework has created a free COVID-19 funding database.

The database has 550 records, with links to 36 funder lists, to enable you to find every known funder and tailor your search to those that best meet your needs. You are able to click through to 1000s of funder websites, in the UK, globally and for individuals. 


Awards for All from the National Lottery Fund is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding.

All the funding decisions they make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis. Across their England funding programmes, National Lottery Awards will prioritise applications that are COVID-19 related.


Salford launches a new collaborative today to offer mental health support to people affected by COVID-19.

Working together, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford City Council have supported Mind in Salford, mental health charity START and Six Degrees Social Enterprise to form a new service called Beyond.


Trafford Park based, 100 Percent Group Limited, has donated food, household items and Easter eggs to support homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

Dan Williams, Managing Director of 100 Percent Group Limited, delivered a carload of donations to the charity on Good Friday. The delivery included more than 100 items of food, 100 items of toiletries, 120 toilet rolls and Easter eggs for beneficiaries of Emmaus Salford.


Help to Claim service for people making new claims for Universal Credit.

This service provides comprehensive support for people making new claims for Universal Credit over the phone.


Join Jonny Wineberg from Community Futures Trust CIC on Monday 27th April for Better Bid Writing training session. 

An on-line training event to help your organisation maximise its chances of eliciting support from grant making bodies.

Monday 27th April 2020 1.30pm to 3.30pm
On Zoom
For anyone involved in fundraising within your organisation


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.

"" has some useful information regarding the Coronavirus Act 2020 

The Coronavirus Act 2020 is a new law to help deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It applies across the UK, including in English and Welsh law.

The new Act includes some changes to laws which affect the rights of people with mental health problems. 

For more information on how the changes may affect those with mental health problems please visit the website here. 


12 furloughing need-to-knows for employees and small firms.

For some employees and employers without HR departments, furloughing can seem complex.


The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’ 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.

NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency.

The volunteers will listen to NHS staff and give psychological support to those in need.


Resolution Foundation has written a paper on the pay, terms and conditions we choose for our care workers.

'What happens after the clapping finishes' explores whether the gratitude and heightened respect currently being given to care workers will be translated into something more tangible when we come through this crisis.


The University of Salford’s catering provider, Salfood, has donated a substantial amount of food and stock to homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

The donation to Emmaus Salford was made following the closure of all Salfood’s outlets as a result of coronavirus measures. It was important that the food was not wasted and a former beneficiary of Emmaus Salford who now works at Salfood, suggested that the items be donated to the Pendleton based charity.



Know-How Non-Profit from NCVO has produced guidance on what you need to do to prepare for the potential impacts of coronavirus on your charity's or voluntary organisation's operations and finances.


During these unprecedented and challenging times, it’s important to keep closely connected to the widest Disability Confident employer community so that during and after COVID-19, disabled people are recruited and retained in work and not left behind. The Ability Networks provide a brilliant platform to deliver practical and useful information to employers that, at this time, require advice, guidance and support.


LGBTQ+ services and resources during COVID-19 pandemic.

The LGBT Foundation 

The LGBT Foundation has temporarily shifted to become a remote service delivery charity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all their face-to-face services will be suspended until further notice. You can find the details of what their remote delivery offer to LGBT communities will be during this time here.


Many LGBT people will be feeling vulnerable, isolated and anxious during these difficult times. LGBT Foundation is committed to working in partnership with other services to ensure that they continue to provide the best possible support to LGBT communities.

Please find below information on how they continue to support our community and how you can better support your LGBT service users during this time.


Remote services


The Cranfield Trust is offering 1:1 mentoring, call telephone advice, charity consultants and more

Over the past few weeks the team at the Cranfield Trust have worked to ensure that they deliver their services remotley and continue to provide support and guidance to charity organsations. 


Shout: confidential 24/7 text service launched across GM

New support being offered by SHOUT service - a confidential 24/7 text service operated by trained crisis volunteers who will chat using text responses. Advice is available for anyone struggling with a host of issues, including: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues. The service is overseen by clinical supervisors.


Ahead of the closing of the latest round of our Answer Cancer Fund we are hosting a series of virtual Meet the Funder sessions for organisations considering making an application.

This comes after the grant call and guidance was updated in light of Covid-19 and the resulting restrictions on delivering face-to-face services.

The Meet the Funder sessions will take place via ZOOM as follows:



You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when: 


Every Month is a registered charity, tackling period poverty across Greater Manchester. They create and distribute packs of menstrual products to food banks and over services for people living in poverty.

An Every Month Pack includes:

  • Applicator tampons

  • Non-applicator tampons

  • Pads

  • Chocolate


Update from NCVO regarding Volunteers' Week 2020.

With the focus largely on celebration, they have decided it would be inappropriate to go ahead with many of the things they would usually do around this time.

Like many across the volunteering sector, their focus is on supporting volunteers to take on coronavirus-related volunteering roles and helping communities to cope with the many consequences of coronavirus.


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Care has produced a useful resource of advice for parents during coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.


The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and response may cause some to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.

Every Mind Matters have produced some resources to help people to cope with these feelings:

10 tips if you are worried

Every Mind Matters have compiled 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.


Contact details of local foodbanks and donations needed

  • Salford Food Bank. 
    • Address - Mocha Parade, Christ Central, Salford M7 1QE
    • Telephone Number 0161 637 4500
    • Donations needed - Toilet rolls, long life milk, long life fruit juices, dried/microwaveable food, tinned fruit
  •  St James Parish Church Community Food Project
    • Address - St James, Great Cheetham Street East, Salford M7 4UH

A message from Judy and Dave from Big Top Catering and the Castle Community Centre 



Hi all

Just wanted to share an update of where we are at as of the 15th April

Big Top Catering and Big Top Parties

Thank you to all of you who have postponed your event and have connected with us and set provisional new dates.


British Sign Language (BSL) daily updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Updates from the Prime Minister will include the provision of an interpreter on BBC 107 or 231. Official Government and NHS information and guidance is updated daily and can be accessed here:

Signhealth videos

Signhealth, the Deaf health charity, are producing daily videos with updates on key guidance.


Disability Opportunities in Sport UK (DOSportUK) is a community interest company which offers sporting and physical activity opportunities to people with a disability.

DOSportUK's members have been sharing their home workout routines.

You can watch videos from their member Tom on their Facebook Page.


Good Things Foundation has launched a Response and Resilience Fund to support their network of community centres, many of whom are at risk of closure due to funding issues caused by the current coronavirus crisis.

With 11.9 million people in the UK lacking the essential digital skills they need, and many of us relying on getting online more than ever before, the issues of digital exclusion have never been more relevant.


HMRC has confirmed that all payments of VAT to HMRC due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 can be deferred.

You have the option to:

  • defer the payment until a later date (31 March 2021)
  • pay the VAT due as normal

It does not cover payments for VAT MOSS or import VAT.


Resources compiled by CharityComms.

Our new reality of physical distancing means charities are having to think about how to continue communicating with their volunteers and beneficiaries in the weeks and months ahead. 

CharityComms want to make sure you have the tools to do just that. They have pulled together their own coronavirus comms resources, listed useful sector resources to bookmark and compiled some online videos.


Digital fundraising has never been more important to the charity sector than at this moment. 

We've pulled together some resources to help you with your digital fundraising:


Lucie’s Pantry is a social supermarket located at the main Emmaus Salford base on Fitzwarren Street in Pendleton.

The Pantry provides a sustainable and affordable source of food and household essentials to members of the Pendleton community struggling to make ends meet through debt, illness or low income. Together we’re providing great food for great people.


Thousands more employees will able to receive support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after the eligibility date was extended to 19 March 2020, the government announced today.


Mustard Tree refocuses work around food supply and distribution.

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



Local artist, Georgina has created a colouring book to keep people entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgina (known as Drawgina) designed the colouring book to be a fun and therapeutic way for people to occupy themselves for a little while during lockdown.

It is also a brilliant way to support two great charities with 100% of the profits going to; St Georges and Mustard Tree.

St Georges Coronavirus Appeal 


Support lines available for patients who may be worried about their cancer diagnosis or concerned how coronavirus may affect their cancer treatment.


GatewayC is a cancer education website for GPs, nurses, physician associates and primary care staff across NHS England they have produced a list of cancer charity support lines for patients living with cancer. 


Happy Micro-volunteering Day!

Today is Microvolunteering Day a chance to celebrate the way that many people doing small actions can make a big impact!

Micro-volunteering as a way to do good is more relevant than ever, as the bite-sized volunteering actions allow people to give their time flexibly from home. 


Blackbaud has created a guide to virtual fundraising.

With the response to COVID-19 meaning that people are physically distancing or self-isolating and all large gatherings are banned - fundraising events and activities have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.


Greater Manchester Assessment and Inreach Centre (GMAIC) 

GMAIC are continuing to support inpatient providers by reviewing referrals for general adolescent and eating disorders admissions; conducting access assessments; and supporting units to discharge young people as safely and quickly as possible. Assessments will be undertaken by telephone or video call wherever possible, with face to face appointments only where absolutely necessary.  


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.


Leeds Migration Partnership has written a useful piecee on considering the costs of video calls.

As we all get used to new ways of working, video calls are the obvious solution. They’re fun accessible and immediate. They can really help people feel connected.

However, we should also be aware that for volunteers and clients and those who don’t have broadband, this isn’t “free” – even if we are not paying to use the apps themselves.


#CharitySoWhite has produced a live position paper:

COVID-1 is not a social equaliser. It is disproportionately impacting BAME communities and we need urgent action.


Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) wants to hear from voluntary organisations about how they can support people during the outbreak.

Voluntary organisations are invited to submit offers to HMPPS for how they can adapt their service or deliver more support to people in prisons, youth custody or in the community in the context of Covid-19. 


Boost and protect your mental health during Coronavirus with Combat Stress charity.

Infectious disease outbreaks, like COVID-19 (Coronavirus), can be scary and can impact on our mental health. But there are many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during this extraordinary situation.

As experts in mental health, Combat Stress wanted to share some help and advice to help everyone manage their mental health during this uncertain time. 


With charities coming under immense financial pressures as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, Bates Wells partnered with NCVO and CFG on a webinar to discuss the financing options currently available, employment issues (including the government’s job retention scheme), and managing through the crisis.


Sports England's new campaign launches today giving people ideas about how to be physically active while still following the government advice on staying at home and social distancing.

They are inviting everyone to ‘Join the Movement’ and get or keep active with the help of their new campaign.

With restrictions in place on why and how often you can leave the house, many normal exercise sources aren’t currently available.

  • Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
  • You should only be travelling for work, supplies, to care for others or for medical reasons.
  • If you have to travel, drive, cycle or walk, use public transport if you have no other option.
  • If you have to drive slow down and take care on the roads – reduce pressure on the NHS.
  • Metrolink tram frequency is reducing to a 20-minute service

Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed the attached guide to support residents and support organisations to assist people through the current health emergency.

This guide will be updated regularly as the situation develops.

This guide is correct to 3rd April 2020. 


Barclays has announced the establishment of The Barclays Foundation, initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

The package is made up of two components.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented effect on the daily lives of everyone in the UK. The impact of the virus is widespread, however, individuals from marginalised or disadvantaged groups who already experience poorer outcomes in healthcare are often disproportionally affected by the wider healthcare implications of the current situation.


The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment has set up a forum for sharing ideas. 

The forum was set up for colleagues to share ideas, best practice and learning in the face of the impact of Covid-19 on our communities. Community investment is at the frontline of supporting residents and communities during this time. This forum is one way in which we can share and support each other.


Project Everyone is an online festival bringing charities together to share guidance, insights and expertise in the face of the current pandemic.

In the midst of this pandemic, charities throughout the UK are having to make drastic changes to the ways in which they operate and deliver their services. We will only be able to maintain our impact if we work together: sharing experience, insights and encouragement.


Due to the difficult financial situation of many people and the upcoming Easter Holidays, Together Family Cenre has decided to create a food collection day on Good Friday (10.04.2020) from 10am to 11am in Irlam.

If you live in and around Manchester to bring food.

• Products should be left behind the gates of the main entrance to the building, which will then be systematically taken inside. This should preferably take place at intervals of 10 minutes. 


NAVCA are trying to understand the impact of COVID - 19 on the finances and staffing of charities and the potential impact on end beneficiaries.

They realise everyone is being asked to complete a lot of surveys and you are all incredibly busy, however, if you could spend 5 - 10 minutes on this that would be very much appreciated. 

There are only 10 short questions.


Local shops and service offering home deliveries. 

  • Age UK Salford 0161 788 7300
  • Lees Wholesale 07793 515725
  • Morrison’s Swinton have a Community Champion offering home delivery to the elderly and vulnerable. 0161 728 4448.

Disability Confident (Free) Practical Webinars

During these unprecedented and challenging times, it’s important to keep closely connected to the widest Disability Confident employer community so that during and after COVID-19, disabled people are recruited and retained in work and not left behind. The Ability Networks provide a brilliant platform to deliver practical and useful information to employers that, at this time, require advice, guidance and support.


Together Family Centre

Free of charge psychological support

For the people expressing high stress due to the pandemic

 Free of charge support psychological/ therapeutically over the phone.

All people who are expressing stress due to the current situation, we are inviting you to contact with our specialists.

Time for every person 30 minutes.

Telephone duty:

06.04 Monday, at 6.30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dorota Halama, psychologist


Greater Manchester health and care providers and the voluntary sector are stepping up support for people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and autism during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mental health services across Greater Manchester have considered the digital options available to continue to deliver care. We are now mobilising an expanded range of digital support offers across Greater Manchester including:


Statement supported by disabled people’s organisations and allies.

Disability Rights UK have produced a statement regarding Covid-19 and the rights of disabled people:

The NHS is built on the principle that we are each equal in dignity and worth. It expresses our commitment to protect one another’s right to life and to health, no matter who we are.


Cyber-essentials programme 

Throughout the month of April, Charity Digital will be publishing a range of content designed to help charity professionals gain vital cybersecurity skills. The NCSC and IASME have put together the Cyber Essentials program to help individuals and organisations keep systems and devices secure


Earlier this week Directory of Social Change surveyed the thousands of charities it supports to try and understand the real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on charities across the UK.

Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC, analyses the results from the survey on the impact on charities and those they serve of the current pandemic.


With new social distancing rules in place, the majority of our sector are now confined to working from our homes.

This has some profound implications on how charities operate from a digital technology perspective.


Public Health England has published guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

This guidance outlines the infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with local policies.

On 2 April 2020, the main changes to previous guidance are:


Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak calling for more support for the voluntary sector during the coronavirus crisis.

The Mayor has set out six immediate actions for the Government to help the capital’s charities and civil society organisations continue to deliver to their essential services at a time of rising demands but falling income. Please see letter below:

Dear Rishi,


The government has announced a £3 million fund for food redistribution organisations help them cut food waste during the coronavirus outbreak.

Food redistribution organisations across England will benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus outbreak.


The Institute for Voluntary Action Research is hosting 90-minute webinars to give voluntary sector leaders the chance to explore and discuss the challenges they are facing. 

For organisations with an income of £250K-£500K

Date: 3rd or 9th April Time: 1 hour 30 mins


The Charity Commission has published guidance for the charity sector in respect of difficulties they may be facing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

It includes guidance for charities that are considering whether the can help with the COVID-19 response.

They advise considering the terms of your charity’s existing charitable objects. These are set out in your governing document. Objects that might already allow you to offer support include:


Coronavirus - Business support launched

  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will provide government-backed loans of up to £5 million to small and medium businesses.
  • The Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility will provide a quick and cost-effective way to raise working capital for those large firms who need it.
  • A business information campaign has launched to ensure that businesses are aware of support available.

Assessments and reassessments suspended

DWP have suspended all ‘face to face’ assessments for health and disability-related benefits and suspended all review and reassessment activity unless an individual reports a change in their needs.

It is expected that the measure to be in place for the next three months but this will be regularly reviewed in line with Public Health advice.


Penderels Trust know people who employ their own personal assistant for their care and support are really worried about Coronavirus COVID-19.

In this time of uncertainty, ensuring people who need care and support is a priority.

There have been assurances from the national government that local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will do everything in their power to keep care going.


Previously to complete an application for Healthy Start Vouchers a health worker has to sign the form.

This requirement has made it very difficult to get any valid forms completed while the health services prioritise action on COVID-19. However, it is now possible to send a form off without a signature. It's important to understand the detail behind this:


The Vegetarian Society need donations of money to provide food banks with emergency food boxes.

The government announced on Thursday 2 April 2020 that due to the coronavirus, nearly 1 million people have applied for benefits in the last two weeks. While these people are waiting for their money to come through, many of them will be relying on food banks. With food banks receiving fewer donations, they are desperately short of food.


New policing powers are now in force across the country to encourage people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The government has bought in a new health protection bill which contains new powers for the police to help manage the spread of the coronavirus.


Beneficiaries and communities need you to act.

Charities need to make #EveryDayCounts go viral and help with campaigning and providing the evidence to Government so they understand that investing in the sector and preventing our collapse is essential.


Pioneers Post, the social enterprise magazine, have produced a list of funding that can help social enterprises and other social sector organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – either those directly tackling its effects or those working in unrelated fields but needing extra support to continue delivering their services.


The Directory of Social Change has called for charity organisations to complete a survey on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting them.

The survey was used to petition the Treasury who so far have refused to acknowledge that charities are in serious trouble as a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic.


Henshaws would like to better understand the needs of visually impaired people during this pandemic. 

As a sight loss charity Henshaws want to understand how the current Covid-19 situation is affecting visually impaired people so that they are able to direct their support to where it is needed most and so they can understand the type of support that would really help visually impaired people at this difficult time.


Gareth Malone announces a new initiative to bring together both amateur and professional performers around the country as we experience day to day 'social distancing'.

The Great British Home Chorus aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to an ambitious digital music project conceived in the light of many closures to communal reshearsal spaces nationwide. 


Action for happiness have published their Active Coping Calendar for April.

The positive planner contains 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other.

Actions include writing down things you are grateful for, staying hydrated and rediscovering forgotten favourites.


Spirit of Salford Network partners have developed a brand new service to support isolated and lonely residents during the coronavirus response. 

If you or someone you know would benefit from regular ‘chat and check’ calls contact the Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000 or fill out an online form here.


Digital Buddies is a new ‘social connection’ and support project in Salford and part of Salford Foundation's  COVID-19 response. 

It helps people who are struggling to use their phone or tablet to communicate well. It helps them stay connected with family and friends. It helps them to get the information they need.

It does this by linking them with trained young people who provide remote one-to-one support to help them solve their particular digital skills challenges.


Gaddum have released information for their clients on accessing their services. 

We are continuing to offer advocacy, carers support and therapy services across Greater Manchester. All our buildings are now closed in line with Government Guidance, and all our teams are all currently based off site, and are social distancing. 

For the foreseeable future following Government advice, we are working under the following measures:


The Get Creative steering group members have made the responsible decision to end promotion of the Get Creative Festival which was due to take place from the 9th to 17th May 2020.


Wednesday 22nd April, 6pm to 9pm

Lots of charities are turning to tech so they can continue to support people and work remotely in the current climate.

A digital trustee could help you with finding the right digital solutions for your organisation, team and the people you support.


An update from the Home Office in regards to the EU Settlement Scheme Applications 


EU Settlement Scheme Applications: Important Message About COVID-19

The EU Settlement Scheme continues to perform well and more than 3 million have already been granted status with more than a year left to go until the deadline for applications.


The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Understandably, CICs are concerned about the business and community impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Regulator’s approach to registration and regulation will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible during this period.


Open Awards are officially recognising the amazing volunteering being done to support communities in these difficult times.

If you’re a charity coordinating volunteers, a business with staff who are volunteering or know someone doing something great as part of the #Bekind #Keepsafe movement they would love to hear from you.


Resources to support families / carers of people with learning disabilities through the Coronavirus restrictions 

The Learning Disabilities Professional Senate has put together this collection of resources that may be useful to support families/ carers  of people with learning disabilities during the coronavirus restrictions. 


Connected while Isolated: Staying Engaged with the LGBTQ+ Community While Practicing Social Distancing.

The world is a bit extra scary and confusing lately, and it can be really overwhelming while we’re all dealing with coronavirus. One of the ways many people are trying to help with the situation is by self-isolating, or practising social distancing, by staying at home and not going to usual events, groups or other outings in public spaces.


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

Please see below for details of the Salford Independent Domestic Abuse Support Service (SIDASS) Operational procedure:

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


Cavell Nurses' Trust

During this difficult time our thoughts are with those nursing and midwifery professionals who are under more strain than normal to deliver care during the coronavirus crisis. The effects of the illness and restrictions to stop its spread are already making a huge impact on the lives of staff.


Support for people that are self- isolating

Prepay  electricity Metres for residents self-isolating. residents can Phone the below numbers if they have a prepay meter. They should say that they are self-isolating and they can be sent out 2 weeks’ worth of gas / electricity or if people have a smart meter they can be topped up.

The numbers to call are :


The Care Workers Charity supports the basic welfare of current and former retired care workers.

As a vulnerable workforce, when life takes a turn for the worse, the Care Workers Charity can provide financial support and guidance to overcome inevitable challenges.


Asda donates £5 million to food banks and community charities as well as extending accessible hours for NHS workers and offering additional support to colleagues.  

Asda has announced it will be donating £5 million to its partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust to help the country’s most vulnerable people through COVID-19.


In reponse to COVID-19 Early Break are now offering support to young people affected by parental drug and alcohol misure and/or parental imprisonment. 

As part of their family services they are offering support to children and young people who are being affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuew. 


An announcement from GMCA in regards to Greater Manchester Household recycling centres 

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing on Monday 23rd March, GMCA has closed all 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across Greater Manchester with immediate effect. The government guidance is clear that everyone should stay at home except for basic necessities such as food shopping, collecting medication and daily exercise.


For those who are digitally and socially excluded, this is an especially worrying time.

Those who cannot get online are unable to access critical services like finding up-to-date and accurate information, accessing health advice and buying essentials.

If you are looking to deliver your services in a digital way, your service users who aren't online will also miss out on accessing your adapted service.


SCC SCCG SCVS logosCovid-19 (Coronavirus)

Our commitment as voluntary sector funders in Salford.

Salford City Council, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, and Salford CVS want to support our communities as much as we can during this unprecedented period.


The Proud Trust has moved all its youth groups virtual from 16th March and has seen an increase in young people joining these groups, including more young people with physical disabilities who usually find travel to physical meetings a barrier. This is good news as it means they are reaching more young people who need support/ feel isolated.


If you or someone you care for are worried about coronavirus and need support and advice, call the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456

Alzheimer's Society are here to support anyone affected by dementia through this difficult time. Find out about the ways we can help you with practical tips and advice, information and support below - including a live Twitter Q&A on Tuesday 31 March.


Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

From today (25 March 2020), businesses will be able to apply for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts.

This joint initiative between the government and Companies House will mean businesses can prioritise managing the impact of Coronavirus.


During this difficult time of unrest and uncertainty START continue to support our community using creativity, innovation and warmth.

As well as providing regular telephone support, START's Online Hub accessed through our website will help people in self- management and self-care during this time. Members can access helpsheets, online resources and ideas to keep active & connected, as well as more general advice on coping strategies.


Peterborough City Council have created a campaign page to provide local communities, organisations and services with coronavirus campaign materials.

Please share these posters, videos, audio clips, and social media messages to encourage people to do the simple things to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

These materials complement the Public Health England and NHS campaigns on coronavirus.


COVID-19 - Mustard Tree Overview 

Our charity has been combatting poverty and trying to prevent homelessness for 25 years across Greater Manchester. 
We support people who may be vulnerable, isolated and in need of financial support including pensioners, refugees, local residents as well as people who are living in hostels and some people living on the streets. We have a duty of care to our staff members, volunteers and also the people we support. 


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

Funds you should know about 


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.



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.


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.


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.


Spirit of Salford network

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:


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:


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.


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 7 May 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