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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Free 8 Week introductory Course:

First Steps to Counselling Course

Venue: Westwood Community Centre, Grasmere Crescent, Eccles

M30 8DN

First Steps to Counselling:


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

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


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

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


Wednesday 6th November 2019

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

The theme will be explored through arts and culture activities.

Salford Celebration International Older People Day

Tuesday 1st October 2019 - 10.00am – 3.00pm

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

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


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

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

Last chance to nominate!

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

The awards take place on Monday 18th November 2019.

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

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


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

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


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

Key Project Objectives

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


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

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Official confirmations will not be given, however a reminder email will be sent to delegates approximately 2 weeks before each seminar.  When booking places please provide details as listed below:


Still I Rise: 10 years of Safety4Sisters

Pay As You Feel (Suggested Donation £5)

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

FUNDRAISING some cash to help S4S keep going

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

S4S have amazing women on decks:


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

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

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


Friday 20th September 2019.

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


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

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

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

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

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


NHS Salford CCG need your views!

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

The workshop will take place on:

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

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

Light refreshments will be provided.


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

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

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

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

Please provide:


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


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


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

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


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

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

Why is the VCSE sector talking about this?


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

Eccles Fire Station, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Monday – Friday for 12 weeks

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Free refreshments available on arrival

Free and plentiful parking at the venue


Positive Moves CIC have a minibus for sale.

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


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

Full day course


GM i-THRIVE Training Academy

When to Stop Treatment Training

What is it?

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

The modules are:


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


ambition for ageing

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


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

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

This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.


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.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Salford Histories Festival Walkden Methodist Church on 21st September.

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

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


Join our programme to launch your career in tech

What’s the programme?

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Study Details:

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


What’s it all about?

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

Why should I sign up?

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

Need more convincing?

You’ll also be able to:


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


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

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


Have you got 3 minutes to help?

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

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

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


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

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

All profits will go towards supporting the LifeCentre in Salford.


Inaugural World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service

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

Thursday 10th October 2019, 6.30pm

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX

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

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


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

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


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

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

Last chance to nominate!

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

The awards take place on Monday 18th November 2019.


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

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

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


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

Saturday 17th August 2019

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


Free accessible opportunities available to disabled people across Greater Manchester.

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


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

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

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


Community wealth building introduction

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

Book now for the following Manchester dates:


Monday 29 July 2019, The Limelight Centre, Old Trafford

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


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

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


You’ll learn a variety of skills such as:


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


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

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

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


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


Making Greater Manchester the most cooperative place in the UK.

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

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

It identifies four particular opportunities:

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:

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

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

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

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

GM Moving

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

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

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

Thursday 18th July 2019, 10.30am - 1pm

George Street Chapel, Oldham, OL1 1LS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

As part of the initiative they offer free:


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Please find below some brief information about the programme:


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

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

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

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

2019 dates:

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

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


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

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


Sunday 23rd June, 12pm - 5pm

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

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


This free* three hour workshop will look at:

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

Who it for:

  • Anyone working in the Skills and Work sector supporting adults

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

Saturday 13th July, 1pm to 4pm.

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

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


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.

Using the findings, Durham University will build a picture of how organisations and groups work, how they get their resources and how they are planning to work in future.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Friday 28th June 2019, 12.30 pm – 4 pm

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This time, we will hear about:


Equalities Board Executive Group Meeting

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

'Nothing About Us Without Us is For Us.'

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

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


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

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

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

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

In the Performance Space, Manchester Central Library

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


What is the Freedom Project?

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


Men Only Thursdays - Cancer Support Group

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

Refreshments and light lunch provided. Reasonable travel expenses paid.


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

Supported by the UK Social Policy Association.

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 18th June 2019, 5pm to 8pm

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

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

Speaker: Professor Sarah Vickerstaff


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Training for Volunteers and Community Groups.

Monday 8th July 2019

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

Who should attend?

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

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

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

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

Opportunity Id: DN414793

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


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

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

Wednesday 17th July 2019, 9.00am - 1.00pm

Closing date for nominations 19th June 2019                      

Presented by Salford SCP Training Pool

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


Friday 28th June 2019, 2pm -  3pm

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

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

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

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


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

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

Applications close on 16 June.


Calling all Little Hulton residents!

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

Refreshments will be provided.


Getting Ready to Grow - Understanding Routes to Social Investment.

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


Challenge 1: Reduce Reoffending Rates

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


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


Tuesday 18th June at Novotel Manchester West

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


One-day ESOL Employability Workshop

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

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

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

Free Beauty Course

Look Good Feel Good 4 Week Course.

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

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


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

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

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

The #HOMEinspires Community Programme includes:

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


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

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


Saturday 8th June 12 pm - 5 pm

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


What does economic justice mean for the North West?

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

What is Carers Fest?

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


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

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

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

Call for research project proposals

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

Can your organisation:


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

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


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

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

Yet we have hope. Because we are our hope.


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

What's on?

Carer Workshops

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

Book places on 0161 728 2001

Coping for carers

Wednesday 8th May 1pm -3pm


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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Tuesday 18th June 2019, 9.30am – 5.00pm

TBC, Central Manchester


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Friday 3rd May 2019, 10am – 3pm

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 10am – 3pm

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

Will said:


Groundwork UK are conducting a survey on the current landscape for community action.

They would like to invite people involved in community groups to take part in the research survey, which is being organised and funded by Groundwork UK. The survey is for anyone who is part of a group taking action in the local community, including constituted groups, community interest companies (CICs) or small local charities.

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.

Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June, 9.15am - 4.30pm

Closing date for nominations is 7th May 2019.

Training presented by Salford SCP Training Pool and CAMHS.

Target group

It is felt that this course would be beneficial for most of the partners within the SSCP to help inform their assessments and subsequent intervention.  It is aimed at front line workers who have regular contact with children and young people.


Free course for those working with or supporting people living with:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • PTSD

Community Social Inclusion Network (CSIN) can help.

Register today for their free course to offer the best support and intervention for those who are suffering.

At the Gatehouse, Victoria Park, Manchester Road, Swinton

Starting Wednesday 24th April, 10am to 2pm, then every Wednesday for 5 weeks.


This is a study to measure the general public’s knowledge of genetics, and awareness and acceptance of the use of genetics in healthcare. This study will also explore if there is a link between the three. This information is important because attempts to understand public attitudes towards genetics can be used to guide communication efforts.


May Day is a day where Communities come together to celebrate their diversity all around the world.

Here in Salford, the role for organising May Day has been traditionally done by Salford Trades Union Council (Est. 1866) and this year they want to spread the message of Unity in the Community. They believe bringing people together to celebrate our differences and diversity is the best way to create strength through unity.


The next Greater Manchester Teaching Care Homes event will be a celebration of innovation and best practice and will be held at Media City Salford on the Thursday 2nd  May 2019.

This will be an event that showcases innovative best practice currently being delivered within care homes, which will include work care homes are undertaking with voluntary and community service. 


A play about young carers in Salford that “knocked MPs sideways” is about to embark on a national tour in June 2019.

The show, Who Cares, was written by Matt Woodhead and co-produced by The Lowry and LUNG. It was made in partnership with Greater Manchester Charity, Gaddum and its Salford Carers Service and is funded by Arts Council England and the Oglesby Charitable Trust. 


Open to all Salford residents

Held at Garden Needs, Salford, M7 4NT

Tuesday or Thursday between 10am - 3pm

Half and full days available - very flexible course! 

Course includes:

  • Wildlife surveys
  • Plant identification
  • Nature walks
  • Basic woodland management
  • Campfire cooking
  • Shelter building
  • Willow work
  • Environmental craft

Lunch included


You're invited to the first Cafe Neuro at Salford Royal Hospital.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 2pm to 4pm

Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HB

Cafe Neuro is a Neurological Alliance initiative started in the West Midlands and now active right around the country.

On Thursday 4 April 2019, at Action Together’s third AGM its members unanimously voted to make an amendment to the charity’s constitution to include Rochdale as an area of benefit in Action Together’s charitable objects.

The Great Get Together runs from 21st - 23rd June 2019 and is inspired by Jo Cox, the MP who was killed on 16 June 2016.

In her first speech to parliament, she stated:

“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.

In Salford, there is funding for communities getting together to celebrate kindness, respect and all we have in common.


Working Inclusively to Make Communities Age-Friendly is a briefing document by the Equalities Board of Ambition for Ageing, which supports those working to build age-friendly communities in an inclusive and diverse way.


Are you caring for someone with dementia?

Empowered Carers is offering a free six-month programme to provide carers in Salford with practical advice that will help them and their loved ones to be more able to cope with the realities of living with dementia.

With dementia worker, Rachel, you can take part in one-to-one sessions from the comfort of your own home.

Talk to Empowered Carers today - they are here to help you.


Are you an avid collector of clutter? Have you had enough falling over stuff? Do you avoid inviting friends or family around?

If this sounds familiar, come and join this new clutter and hoarder’s support group here in Salford.

The group is made up of like-minded people, who help one another and themselves to understand and make sense of their hoarding behaviour. The aim is to enable everyone to be free from clutter in the future!


Europia is pleased to invite you to the European Cultural Easter Celebration.

Saturday 13th April 2019, 2pm4pm

Saint Aidan's Church, Littleton Road, Lower Kersal, Salford, M7 3SE


Salford is the first Social Enterprise City in the North West of England.

Social Enterprise Places are areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. From quarters, towns, cities and zones, areas around the UK are declaring themselves as social enterprise places committed to investing in the sector.


Thousands of Greater Manchester residents whose health makes it hard for them to work will benefit through a ground-breaking new service launched by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSC Partnership).



Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB

With the government promising a wide-ranging new policy package to support uptake and adoption of innovation in the NHS and ensure the UK continues to be a world leader in health tech, Insider's conference will identify where the private sector can add value and be part of that ambition.


Make it Work is a lottery-funded project which consists of a free unique, fun and informative, employability and enterprise skills programme for single parents delivered by Gingerbread and Banana Enterprise Network.

The programme provides free childcare, free travel and free lunch.

The next free programme in Salford will be at Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool St, Salford M6 5QQ.


The Food for Life Better Care UK Conference: learning from co-designed solutions to improve quality of later life through food.

The Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF


Rise Voice Vote is a youth engagement project which connects young people aged 10-19 years old with the history of suffrage in Manchester and with contemporary campaigns in their local area.

The project equips young people with the resources and tools to mount their own campaigns and make their voices heard on issues they care about.


This course is for anyone working with volunteers who would like to gain a qualification and recognition for their role as a coordinator, leader, supervisor or manager of volunteers. The programme will be delivered over a four-month period, during May and Sept 2019, comprising one workshop session and four online webinars.


The Tackling Domestic Abuse Partnership in Salford are undertaking research into how well agencies in Salford meet the needs of households experiencing domestic abuse.

This includes:


The Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission has been established by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in order to be a driver for the development of co-operative activity across the city-region, to explore whether co-operative ideas can help to solve existing problems, encourage greater collaboration within the co-operative sector and contribute to the achievement of the ambitions of the 


Do you live in Salford?

Free 8 week courses for Salford residents:

First Steps in ICT

This course will get you started online with email and social media.

When: Wednesday 01/05/19 – 26/06/19
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Where: Pendleton Gateway, 1 Broadwalk, Salford M6 5FX

You can join the course by calling into any Salford library to register or by contacting Susan on 07832 996 498 or 01618330377


The Dementia 2020 Citizens' Panel for England - Daily Life With Dementia and Dementia Friendly Communities

The Department of Health and Social Care for England has asked an independent organisation called Opinion Research Services (ORS) to collect the data on their behalf.

Have you, or has somebody close to you, been diagnosed with dementia in the last few years? If so, ORS would really like your help.


Join TLC: Talk, Listen, Change at their Big Birthday Ball 2019!

Due to the huge success of last year’s event, TLC are once again inviting communities and professionals from Greater Manchester to join them for an evening of food, drink, music and if last year is anything to go by… a lot of games and prizes up for grabs!


Emmaus Salford has scooped the John Thompson Award for Solidarity in recognition of the impact of Lucie’s Pantry social supermarket.

On Monday 18 March, Emmaus UK President Terry Waite CBE presented the award to Pat Ekins, Project Manager of Lucie’s Pantry. The award presentation was made at the annual Emmaus Assembly, a two-day conference for Emmaus community members from across the UK.


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has received £128k to crack down on rogue landlords in the area.

The cash boost from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be used to establish a “rogue landlord hub”, targeting landlords and letting agents who flout the law through bad management or by housing tenants within neglected and unsafe homes.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:


For information on free courses in your area and across  Salford please come along to open days with The Broughton Trust.

Wednesday 27th March 9.30am to 12pm

Venue: Irlam Fire Station, Fairhills Road, M44 6BA


Thursday 28th March 9am to 4pm

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


Teaching Adults Course

Starts Monday 15th April
For 8 weeks (excluding bank holidays)
By Corinth Training
10.00-12.30pm at Mustard Tree

Art  Workshop

Tuesdays 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Crafts/Ceramics at Mustard Tree

National Careers Service

Every 2 weeks starting Wednesday 20th March
1-2-1 Careers advice and support
10.00-3.00pm at Mustard Tree


Free adult education courses from Corinth Training CIC

Course name

Start date, venue & time, (all are 8-week courses unless stated)

First Steps IT (6 venues)

Tues 16/04/19 St John’s Church Hall 09:30 12:00, or,

Salford CVS will be part of 'Salford Health Day' hosted by Salford Red Devils and Salford Red Devils Foundation, in partnership with AJ Bell.

This event will be part of the community’s World Health Day celebrations, and take place at the Salford Red Devils upcoming home fixture against Hull FC on Sunday 7th April.


Thanks to support from the National Lottery Community Fund, the LGBT Consortium is offering free fundraising training days for LGBT+ groups.

The Manchester training day is on Friday 5th April, 10am – 4pm, at the LGBT Foundation offices, Richmond Street, M1.

The day will be tailored to the needs of participants, but may include:


In accordance with the GM Memorandum of Understanding and the GMCA Accord, the Advancing Equality across GM Roadshows provide an opportunity for partners across all sectors to help further shape service delivery in addressing health and social inequalities.

The short survey, designed to answer the following 4 questions, has been devised to help partners across all sectors understand and shape equality and inclusion priorities and service delivery across all 10 GM localities.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club are looking to develop a safeguarding good practice network within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to improve and showcase effective safeguarding in Greater Manchester.

If you are interested in joining this network, please contact Imtiaz Kala, Safeguard & Welfare Lead on 07787 254998 or email Imtiaz.kala@blgc.co.uk.


Homelessness charity Emmaus Salford is appealing for supporters and bargain hunters to join them for a special evening charity sale later this month.

 ​The ‘Emmaus Vintage, Retro & Furniture Sale’ will take place on Thursday 28 March at the Emmaus Salford Community Homestore. The event will include a 50% sale on all vintage, retro and potential upcycling furniture alongside a wide variety of clothes, accessories, books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and bric-a-brac.


The Salford Social Prescribing Hub event as part of the first-ever International Social Prescribing Day was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the variety of work across the locality and region.

Over 50 people came from a variety of backgrounds: link workers, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector and community organisations, social enterprises, commissioners, local authorities, higher education – bringing together an impressive concentration of expertise.


Joint Statement by VOCAL Inclusive Communities & VOCAL Leaders Forums in response to the recent Hate Crime against Jackson Yamba and the rally by anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson which took place on the 23rd of February at Media City, Salford.

Salford is a diverse city where all people are welcome.  We oppose all forms of discrimination and believe that hate crime attacks and far-right rallies have no place in our city. 






Female Genital Mutilation

Monday 4th March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Broughton Hub (community room 4)

50 Rigby Street

Salford M7 4BQ

Helen Platt

Specialist Nurse Safeguarding Children


Wednesday 27th March 2019, 9.45am - 12:45pm, Manchester, M12 6FZ (Free)

The GM Co-production Network is for statutory, voluntary sector and people with lived experience to come together, learn and share skills around co-production. At this event delegates will:


Nominations for the Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2019 are now open.

Entering their second year, the awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise members of the paid and unpaid health and care workforce who regularly go above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester.

The awards are organised by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.


In accordance with the GM Memorandum of Understanding and the GMCA Accord, the Advancing Equality roadshows provide an opportunity for partners across all sectors to explore how a number of GM proposals can shape service delivery in addressing health and social inequalities.


Did you know that 60% of women offenders are victims of domestic violence, while 1 in 3 have suffered sexual abuse?

A unique opportunity to attend this ground-breaking event, the conference will take you on a journey through the Criminal Justice System through the eyes of a woman, exploring the inequalities faced by women offenders.


Breakthrough UK is working with Manchester Health and Care Commissioning to understand disabled people’s experiences of accessing NHS Health Screening Programmes.

What works well? What are the barriers? What needs to change?

Sharing your experiences will assist commissioners to make future screening as accessible as possible to disabled people.


Developed by Salford's public and private sectors, this trailblazing new fund is investing in apprenticeship training within small to medium-sized organisations to help create more quality and sustainable apprenticeship roles for


Meeting your recruitment needs: The event will introduce talent and de-myth any perceived barriers to recruiting from the Jewish community.

JEWEL Foundation are delighted to invite you to a series of events which aim to support your recruitment needs.

If your business is based in Bury, Manchester or Salford and you are currently recruiting (or imminently going to recruit), they want to hear from you.


Are you living with cancer or been affected by it as a carer or family member?

Then Macmillan would like to work in partnership with you so that they can deliver better services and support to people right now and in the future.

Would you like to help find new ways for people living with cancer to raise issues that are important with Macmillan and hold them to account?

Would you like to help develop mechanisms to shape Macmillan’s work right from the start?


A major new campaign to encourage smokers in Greater Manchester to quit is to be launched on National No Smoking Day (13 March).  

The new ‘exsmoker’ campaign centres on the real life experiences of former smokers from across Greater Manchester, providing a positive message that you can stop smoking.

While reminding smokers of the serious health impacts of tobacco, the focus is more on the personal benefits of quitting, as experienced by these local residents.

GreaterSport is conducting research to understand more about the experiences of residents of Greater Manchester.

They are conducting the research to understand what people in Greater Manchester think of physical activity. This will help them to ensure that they are providing the best opportunities and support they can.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to know anything to take part. There are no right or wrong answers - Greater Sport just want to hear about your daily life experiences.


International Women's Day (IWD) takes place on the 8th March it is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world.

We're celebrating IWD 2019 with a campaign recognising women who make a difference in Salford.

We're thrilled to announce that as we received such an overwhelming response to our campaign, we have decided to expand it to run over two days - from Thursday 7th to Friday 8th March. 


The Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance, coordinated by GMPA, spent 2018 co-producing this action plan for 2019-2022.

The Alliance is made up of over 100 people and organisations, including many with lived experience of food poverty, working towards a concerted strategic response to food poverty in our city region.


Bolton CVS 2019 Voluntary Sector Roadshow coming your way!

Bolton CVS are hosting the first ever Voluntary and Community Sector Roadshow from 18th – 22nd March themed around inspiring and connecting community action in Bolton.


Feel like you’re chairing in difficult times? Looking for more support?

Thursday 14th March 2019. 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm

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

£20 per ticket


Public Health England’s Immunisation team and Migration Health national teams have worked together to develop a new leaflet to encourage recent migrants in England to get vaccinated. ‘Moved to the UK: are you and your family up-to-date with vaccinations?’ is aimed primarily at people who have moved to England; however it will also be informative for health and non-health staff working with migrants. The leaflet will be translated and available in a wide range of languages.


Come and help us to improve the health and wellbeing of Salford people living in poverty.

You are invited to the next Citizen Participation Event:

Thursday 21st March
10.00am - 2.30pm
Held at Elmbank Centre on Half Edge Lane, Eccles, M30 9RE

Free lunch


The Parole Board will be recruiting members in 2019.

One of the key aims of this recruitment campaign is to start to redress their shortage of black and minority ethnic members.

Parole Board members decide whether prisoners who have been in prison for at least the minimum time required by the court have shown they are now able to live under supervision in the community without causing further serious harm.


This year our Salford VCSE Conference is being held on Thursday 23rd May at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Please save the date to ensure you don't miss out.

We will be exploring the theme of 'Radical Roots to Practical Action'.

We're thrilled to be joined by Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England and Nathan Yeowell, Head of Policy, NPC.

Our conference workshops will have a different format this year, so prepare to be engaged, provoked and inspired!


Has news of March’s national Cervical Screening campaign reached you?

The Public Health England cervical screening campaign starts on Tuesday 5th March and there are two free training / information opportunities that you can take part in:

Short webinar

The 45 min webinar Wednesday 27 February, 12.30 – 13.15 is an easy way for staff and your workplace health champions to find out more.   


Greater Manchester leaders will be asked this Friday (1 March) to endorse wide-ranging proposals to tackle the urgent problem of air pollution across the city-region.

Reaffirming a joint commitment to make Greater Manchester one of the healthiest, cleanest and greenest city-regions in Europe, the approach to dealing with poor air quality is part of ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester one of best places in which to live, work and grow old.

Visit the Dying Matters event, noon – 2pm at the Civic Centre reception on Thursday 28 February.

Refreshments available and everyone who pops along will receive a free voucher for a hot drink at Deli Delicious.


The Penderel's Trust run a free PA Finder service in Salford and Greater Manchester.

The aim of the service is to provide a central register where (clients) employers can search for a suitable Personal Assistant (Care Worker).

Penderels Trust is a charity that supports people with disabilities (clients) to live independently in their own home.


Join Greater Manchester Law Centre for their manifesto launch

Access to legal advice, representation and justice can empower people, reduce homelessness and poverty, challenge the hostile environment against claimants and migrants, enforce people’s rights and prevent inequality and exclusion.


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

Following the success of their “Dragons’ Den” event in May 2018 they plan to hold a further event in the style of the popular “Dragons’ Den” TV programme. The three “Dragons” are reputable individuals selected from the Salford business and service community. All are independent of Worsley Rotary.


Not Quite Light Festival returns to Salford (28-31 March) reflecting on cities, regeneration, art, music and performance in a weekend of events.


Our Pathway to a Carbon Neutral Greater Manchester

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, would like you to secure your place to attend the second Greater Manchester Green Summit on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Stakeholder Event

Following on from the Prior Information Notice (PIN), Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS England will be holding a stakeholder event to discuss the draft GM Trans Health Service Specification on Wednesday 13th March 2019 9.30am-11.30am (venue to be confirmed).

GMCVO-led Ambition for Ageing’s Working Potential has released a briefing that outlines how VCSE organisations can support older carers as employees or potential employees and therefore lead by example in this area.

Key points from the briefing include:

Greater Manchester has set out plans to improve equality in the city-region by launching the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel.

Working side by side with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the panel will bring a voice to disabled people and the opportunity to influence change.

In order to provide the panel with an active role in shaping and challenging policy, their initial focus will be on:


Carers Federation are a registered charity, established in 1992, based in Nottingham. We are a City and Guilds approved training centre deliver-ing accredited training.

Their new online Adult Safeguarding Competency Training Module is based upon the National Competency Framework for front line staff and volunteers working with vulnerable adults.


Low incomes and high costs mean many people are struggling to put food on the table, and a healthy, balanced diet is even further from their reach.

 There are now over 170 food banks and other social food providers across Greater Manchester and it is time for a more coordinated approach to ensure no one goes hungry.

GM VCSE Assembly: Person Centred and Community Approaches

When: Monday 11th March 2019, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Location: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ

Are you interested in person and community centred approaches to health and care? Do you want to explore what good support might look like for the people of GM? Are you interested in how we can create true impact? 


The devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester began in April 2016.

In May 2017 Health and Social Care Partnership and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector signed a Memorandum of Understanding which set out a way for the VCSE sector to be better engaged and linked in with the Health and Social Care devolution agenda both at a strategic level and within each of the 10 local authority areas.


Positive Moves CIC/ICY will be holding an open day at Preston Hall on Saturday 23rd March.

Everyone welcome!

This will be a chance for you to tell Positive Moves what services are needed in the community, give them your feedback, meet the staff, Board and funders and find out about their other services and plans. View their programme of events for 2019 here.


Celebrating social prescribing by drawing together practitioners, academics, local providers and service users.

This event will celebrate social prescribing by drawing together practitioners, academics, local providers and service users to share their experiences. The event will provide an opportunity to celebrate the successes of social prescribing and how challenges were overcome.


IMPACT: Reaching Out

A conference focusing on using creativity to achieve meaningful engagement and positive mental wellbeing outcomes.

Wed 13th March 2019, 9:30am - 4pm

Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AB

Aimed at health professionals, arts organisations, third sector partners and the education sector, delegates will take part in inspirational workshops and presentations for a unique and immersive experience.

Nationally plans have been put in place that represents a shift in the way the NHS in England plans its services through the Five Year Forward View and the Five Year Forward View Next Steps. While the Health and Social Care Act 2012 sought to strengthen the role of competition within the health system, NHS organisations are now being encouraged to collaborate rather than compete to respond to the challenges facing their local services.


Dementia Associates

Are you interested in getting involved in research about dementia at the University of Salford?

We are looking for people living with dementia, their family members and supporters to become an Associate at our Salford Institute for Dementia.

Our Dementia Associates meet monthly at our Dementia Hub on the University campus on the third Monday of every month.

The meetings are from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Next dates:


Macmillan are looking for people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual who are affected by cancer to answer a short survey about their ‘cancer and your sex life’ booklet.

They are exploring different ways of presenting this information. They want to understand how the different options work for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. They are also checking how much information is useful in print and how much should be online only.


With many articles in the local and national news recently, social prescribing is the hot topic. The BBC recently reported that social prescribing is set to play an important role in taking the pressure off GPs and providing the right support for people. NHS England plan to increase the number of trained ‘link workers’ that can support people to access social activities. But what does social prescribing actually mean and who can do it?


The Housing Question – two years on: Citizens Advice Salford publishes a second report on the private sector housing market.

In 2016 Salford Citizens Advice published a report into the working of Salford’s private sector housing rental market. Their research is based on the collective experience of the nearly three thousand people who seek advice from us each year about their housing conditions and other housing-related problems; of these nearly 500 have serious disrepair problems.


Crompton, Halliwell and Tonge with the Haulgh in Bolton has been officially recognised as an age-friendly neighbourhood by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

The Mayor announced the winners of his Age-Friendly Challenge during Greater Manchester’s “Doing Ageing Differently” conference. Held, in February 2019, the event brought together over 300 key figures in ageing from across the country.


This workshop will support you to:

  • Understand the principles and terminology behind Theories of Change.
  • Create your own basic Theory of Change.

A Theory of Change (or ToC) is a way to illustrate and/or describe how the outcomes of your organisation’s work happen over the short, medium and long term. A Theory of Change can be designed at the start of a programme (to help with planning) or it can be used to evaluate an existing programme.


For Health Visitors, School Health, FNP, Early Help, volunteers/peer support, midwifes, others working with families

Monday 25th February

10am until 2pm at the Beacon Centre, London Street, Salford, M6 6QT


It’s that time of year when you may be trying to stick to those New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe you’ve already broken a couple with those leftover choccies or that “one last” ciggie? Most of us find it’s easier to stick to our goals if we have some support along the way and that’s where Langworthy Cornerstone could help.   


The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review was established to undertake a detailed and rigorous assessment of the current state, and future potential, of Greater Manchester’s economy.


First Steps To Broadcast Media

Do you want to get an understanding of broadcast media and journalism? This course will take you through what you need to do to present radio shows and stories on AIR while improving:

  • Confidence
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Speaking & listening

Plus how to present with confidence and clarity, learning new skills along the way at a venue near you.


Age Friendly Salford are looking for a partner to work with them to develop an arts and culture offer for older people.


Celebrating women making a difference in Salford this International Women's Day.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day takes place on the 8th March it is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. 


Student Volunteering Week (SVW) takes place from the 11th to the 17th February.

This is the 18th 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.

We want to highlight the benefits of volunteering for students, here are nine great reasons to volunteer:


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.


'Surviving Suicide; voices of suicide & attempt survivors' a therapeutic creative arts project report. 

START with the support of Six Degrees Social Enterprise, delivered 12, two-hour therapeutic creative arts sessions for suicide and attempt survivors at START from the 21st June – 4th October, 2018.


LGBTQ+ Social Group Launch

Come along to an informal gathering which will represent the LGBTQ+ community in Salford. An opportunity to meet new people, get involved in community events and be part of a brand new active group.

Friday 8th February 2019, Brotherton House, 2-4pm

Refreshments provided


Are you a disabled woman interested in the women's and disabled people's movements?

Want to get involved in civic / public life and democracy?

Free accessible event
Saturday 9th February, 10am to 4pm
Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 151 Deansgate. M3 3WD

Find out how to get your voice heard!

Hear from disabled change-makers, share experiences, craftivism.

Free lunch, travel and support expenses available


Equality and Diversity Training for Volunteers and Community Groups

Free, interactive and fun
Thursday 21st February 2019
Brotherton House, 2pm to 4pm or 6pm to 8pm
Refreshments provided

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who is involved in community volunteering
  • Any group or person who is looking at applying for funding

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum - A European Human Rights Challenge

SOGICA is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) that explores the social and legal experiences of asylum seekers across Europe claiming international protection on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI).

Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) takes place from Monday 4th –  Sunday 10th February 2019.

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


NHS Salford CCG is pleased to announce the launch of three new funding opportunities within the 2018-19 Innovation Fund, with a total of £300,000 available.


In February Europia will be organising two Brexit Q&A sessions.

The session in Eccles will be in English and an additional session in Walkden will be in English with a Polish interpreter.

Europia believes it is vital that EU citizens are kept up to date with all relevant updates about Brexit negotiations and what the negotiations mean for them.


New innovation to help LGBT+ people with dementia being tested in Brighton and Hove and Greater Manchester.

People affected by dementia, national and local organisations and LGBT+ communities have been innovating with Alzheimer’s Society to help Bring Dementia Out – an innovation that aims to help LGBT+ people affected by dementia get better access to support and information in Brighton and Hove and Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network are currently developing a Palliative and End of Life Care Framework.

The Framework will set a number of objectives and outline the outcomes that the people in Greater Manchester can expect to live well during the last year of life with dignity, in the place of their choice, regardless of disease, setting, age and circumstance.


The Greater Manchester vision is to make our city region one of the best places in the world.

A place where everyone can have the best start in life, live well and age well.

Protecting people from the harms caused by alcohol is an important part of this.


Are you looking to set up a not for profit service to support European Communities?

Are you already such a group and looking to take the ‘next steps’? 

If so, come along to this practical information session to get an overview about:


Offline in the North - Social Enterprise Festival

A small team of North West based social entrepreneurs have decided to come together and develop Offline Festival in the North, with the aim to connect likeminded thinkers. The first step is for them to collect information from our networks to build a festival that people want.


Cancer Listening Event

The Caribbean and African Health Network in partnership with Manchester Foundation Trust would like to find out about the Caribbean and African experience of their own or carers experience of cancer here in Manchester. We are delighted this event is supported by Can Survive UK and Cancer Care Diaspora.


Our Pathway to a Carbon Neutral Greater Manchester

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, would like you to secure your place to attend the second Greater Manchester Green Summit on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Dementia Carers Count invite you to a meeting to explore some research ideas that they want to take forward in 2019 in Greater Manchester.

It is only right that people who are affected by the research are involved in it, to be part of designing it. On this occasion, family carers and family members of people living with dementia are specifically being targetted. Dementia Carers Count would also very much value the input of people living with dementia.


Yet again, the Government has failed to fund the police fairly and instead shunted the cost of much-needed additional policing on to local people, says Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor.

The Department for Education launched Step Up to Social Work in 2010, to enable career changers to retrain as children's social workers.

Step Up to Social Work is an intensive, or fast-track, 14-month, full-time programme for trainee social workers.

Trainees will be allocated to an employer for the duration of the programme, who will support and arrange two practice placements, totalling 170 days.

All academic teaching will take place at University of Salford.


Ambition for Ageing are looking for providers to develop age-friendly volunteering and engagement in cultural activities in Greater Manchester.

The programme is aimed at supporting people over 50 who may have had fewer opportunities to be involved in cultural activities in their area and are at risk of social isolation.

This event is an opportunity for organisations who are interested in bidding for this work to find out more and ask questions.

Date:  Tuesday 26th February 2019

Closing date for bookings: 1st February 2019

Time:  9am – 1pm

Venue: The Deans Youth Centre, Deans Road, Swinton M27 0JF

Why be there?

Because you make the YPP happen and SSCB want to tell you about new developments in the approach, what has worked well and to hear from you about what we can do better and where we go from here.


Do you know a young person that would be interested in getting a taste of the world of work?

Rio Ferdinand Foundation have a fantastic opportunity in partnership with BT where young people aged 16-24 years will spend 3-weeks in the heart of one of the worlds biggest telecommunications companies.

Ambition for Ageing are delighted to launch Culture Champions in Greater Manchester.

Ambition for Ageing has developed this work in partnership with the Great Place GM project. Both partnerships are collaborating on a joint piece of work to ensure Greater Manchester is a great place to grow older.

GMCVO are inviting leaders from Public Services and the VCSE sector to attend this event.

When: 5th Febuary, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Location: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ

A different format for the first 2019 networking event, this will include a “Market Place” for BME Social Entrepreneurs and everyone interested. It brings together recent work by GMCVO in partnership with GMBMEN and Flourish on connecting BME Social Entrepreneurs to social investment.

When: 30th Jan 2019, 10:00am start (registration from 9.30am) until 2:00pm

Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green N, Manchester M12 6FZ

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

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

Thursday, 14th February 2019

Book your place.

GMCVO-led programme Ambition for Ageing has found out what makes an age-friendly neighbourhood in Greater Manchester from over 3,000 older people.

The findings have been released as a report, Building Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester and two briefings:


Wellbeing Champions can be involved with any or all of the following projects to promote better wellbeing to older people:

Tech and Tea involves supporting older people to access IT & the internet on 5-week courses across Salford, volunteers can choose which courses they would like to support.


The new way to learn English - a free course to help you get more out of life!

Life is much easier if you can understand and speak English:

  • When shopping
  • At the doctors
  • At school

English My Way is a new course to improve your English with the support of teachers at your local centre. The course is easy to follow. It will only take a few hours a week. The skills you learn will help you gain confidence in your day-to-day life.


Join Europia for 13 weeks of FREE ESOL English classes in Salford.

Continuing from Tuesday 22nd January 6.30pm to 8.30pm

St Aidan's Church, Littleton Road, Lower Kersal, Salford, M7 3SE

The once a week sessions will be in mixed levels, so every student can feel comfortable and improve their English language skills.


Jam and Justice’s Action Research Collective has brought together practitioners, activists, decision-makers, leaders and academics based in and around Greater Manchester.

Tuesday 29th January 2019, 1.30pm - 5pm

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY

They are delighted they have managed to connect with so many other people engaged in co-producing across the city region.

On Social Enterprise Day – November 15th – GMSEN held the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Summit. 

The event was attended by over 150 organisations and over 200 people and explored the key role of social enterprise in creating a thriving, inclusive economy in all parts of Greater Manchester, with panel discussions and workshops on topics such as digital innovation and social value.

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.


This training will help you develop an approach to train the young people you work with to support one another, whether you are interested in delivering a structured peer-support programme or simply developing peer support skills within an existing group setting.

Informal Expressions of Interest

Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership is jointly working with NHS England to build a new model of health care for transgender and non-binary people
in Greater Manchester. This communique is intended as an awareness, communication and information gathering exercise.

Ambition for Ageing are looking for providers to develop age-friendly volunteering and engagement in cultural activities in Greater Manchester.

The programme is aimed at supporting people over 50 who may have had fewer opportunities to be involved in cultural activities in their area and are at risk of social isolation.

This event is an opportunity for organisations who are interested in bidding for this work to find out more and ask questions.


Feeding the City is a fully funded 12 month programme that will support sustainable food start-ups across all of the UK.

Successful applicants will receive bursaries and have access to business and food expert advice and training throughout 2019. Come to the Idea-Generating Workshop to find out more and explore your ideas.


Flourish CIC are pleased to be collaborating for their third event with the Big Heart Skills Network!

Wednesday 13th March 2019, 11am to 3pm

Innospace Business Incubator, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD

£24.58 per participant 


Free digital marketing strategy training for charities from Media Trust.

If you’re grappling with how your organisation can utilise digital tools to reach your audience and communicate your impact, then free Digital Marketing Strategy training could be just what you need.


Digital Skills Charity Training returns to Greater Manchester.

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


You are all invited to the Big Pink Fundraiser and launch of LGBT History Month 2019

Join DSAS Events as they present their ever popular Quiz Night but this time in conjuction with Salford Pride to present 'The Big Pink Fundraiser' to launch LGBT History Month in Salford.


Greater Manchester’s leaders have outlined radical plans to ensure the city-region can thrive at a time of national uncertainty.

At a special event on Monday 7 January, Mayor Andy Burnham, alongside Deputy Mayors Sir Richard Leese and Bev Hughes, and the leaders of Greater Manchester councils, set out a series of bold and far-reaching new housing and transport proposals that showcase the region as a confident, ambitious hub which places its people at its heart.


New women's Democracy Disability & Devolution project (Women's D3) from Breakthrough UK.

Nearly every area of our daily lives is affected by politics. 

It could be the cost of travel, being treated equally at work, access to public buildings...the list goes on.

The project is designed to break down the barriers to getting into political life.


Greater Manchester Autism Consortium are running two free seminars for families of children with Autism:

Sensory needs seminar for families of children with Autism

Monday 21st January 2019, 9.30am —2.30pm
Swinton Gateway Centre, Crompton House, 100 Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 6BP

Managing Anger seminar for families of children with Autism


Building a sustainable social enterprise - free training from Crowe UK.

Location: Crowe U.K. LLPThe Lexicon, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NT

Date: Thursday 24th January 2019 - 10am to 12.30pm

The seminar will focus on diversifying revenues and wider sources of funding. It will also explore routes to sustainability and how to build a wider network.

The seminar will end with a panel session with:


A group of final year journalism students at The University of Sheffield are making a magazine targetted at LGBT+ youth.

They are conducting research for the magazine to help them to identify what younger generations of LGBT+ people want to see from the magazine. As part of this they have created a survey and would be grateful for any input. It takes around 15 minutes and is all completely anonymous.

This summary report outlines the approach and headline findings from interviews with Local Care Organisations (LCO’s) or equivalent delivery models and key Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) leaders from across the 10 districts of Greater Manchester.

Salford City Council is publishing proposals for balancing its 2019 budget in response to further cuts in funding.

By next year, the council will have seen its central government funding reduced by 53% since 2010.

City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “Cuts in government funding plus rising costs, ongoing demand for services and other budget pressures mean the council has lost over £213.3 million since 2010. This is equivalent to a loss of £58,000 budget each and every day.


Unlimited Potential, a local social enterprise are doing some initial practical research around increasing and improving the employment of autistic people in Salford.

The purpose of the project is to develop an approach and a practical pathway that matches the demands of employers and the potential supply of skills and talents of autistic people.

You can find more information about the project in the attached briefing sheet and at


As a significant employer and purchaser, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) recognises that it has a key role in helping to directly build the local economy across Rochdale Borough.  RBH wants to encourage local businesses, social and community enterprises to be able to collaboratively bid for contracts and work with it.

To help make this happen, RBH has committed to including social value within every tender over £50k. By doing this, it can:


Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester is a research partnership which seeks to advance understanding about the current and future potential of community-led housing to contribute to a more equitable, inclusive and democratic housing landscape in Greater Manchester.


20th and 21st March 2018, 9.30 – 4.30pm each day

Held at MACC, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JW

Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) Workshops are aimed at people who wish to understand the Four Step social accounting process either in order to facilitate the process with social economy organisations or to use it within their own organisation.


A team of employees from Kellogg’s have completed a transformation to communal areas at homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

On Thursday 15 November, thirteen staff members from Kellogg’s UK office based at MediaCity UK spent the day painting the communal corridors at Emmaus Salford’s community base in Pendleton – home to 23 people who have experienced homelessness.

Becky Fox, one of the volunteers from Kellogg’s, said:


Healthwatch Salford has started a new project called Salford Women’s Stories. This is because they have spotted a gap in our understanding of what women think. 

Healthwatch Salford has found that women are reluctant to come forward with stories about their personal healthcare, which is why the Salford Women’s Stories Engagement Project has been set up.


The Patient Experience Team at Northern Care Alliance have commenced their second phase of engagement around the ‘document for discussion 2019 – 2020,’ which is aimed at ‘what matters most’ to their patients and service users.

This is the second phase of the engagement work they are undertaking on this ‘document for discussion,’ which outlines the approach thery are taking to improve patient and service user experience.


Come and join Friends of Parr Fold Park for their first Magical Christmas Event.

Carols in the park

Friday 14th December 5.30pm to 7pm

The Bandstand, Parr Fold Park, Walkden Road, Worsley, Manchester M28 7EA


This training will help you develop an approach to train the young people you work with to support one another, whether you are interested in delivering a structured peer-support programme or simply developing peer support skills within an existing group setting.

You will gain resources and understanding to deliver the following activities with young people:


Are you getting into the Christmas spirit?

Want to learn a new skill before the New Year?

Come and celebrate Christmas at Pendleton Together's Digital Christmas drop in sessions where you could learn a new skill, teach an old one, or spread festive cheer.


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

Fork Lift Truck Courses:

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

GMCVO Friends and Members Meeting (including GMCVO AGM)

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


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

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

Aims of the day are to:

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

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

The aims of the project are to:


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

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

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

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


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


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

14th December, 1.10pm to 2pm

Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

Free - booking required for groups of 10 people or more


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Greater Manchester CYP Safe Zones

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


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

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

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


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

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

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


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

*Bespoke sessions can also be facilitated*

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



What will it cover?

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

Who is it for?


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


Our Great Big Festive Quiz is back!

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

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

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

Tickets are £5 per person. 

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

Award categories


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

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


Retired? Semi-retired? Missing a challenge?

Find out about the University of the Third Age.

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

Aviva Community Fund logo

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you interested in volunteering in Salford?

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


Are you Chair of a small charity?

Are you looking to be more effective in your role?

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


Thursday 6th December 1.00 – 4.00pm

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Monday 19th November, 2pm to 4pm

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

Course fee: £6.20


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Working Together to do Business For Good

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

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

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


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

Mon 5 November 2018 - 10 am to 12noon

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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

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


We can train your staff & volunteers to:

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

Event details

Monday 15th October 9.45 am – 1.30 pm

Salford CVS Training Room

(Lunch provided)


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

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



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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


Free event with an opportunity to attend two workshops.

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

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

Lunch provided

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

Keynote speaker:


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

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


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

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

Bev said:

Childline are holding Volunteering Information Meetings in November

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

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


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

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

Book yourself into a FREE course today!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The session aims to enable participants to;


Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership is taking action to prevent suicide

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

The session aims to enable participants to:

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

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

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

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


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

London. 1918.

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

A story of absolute commitment or dangerous obsession?

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Salford’s Allocations Policy Review Consultation is open.

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Do you know anyone who might?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Friday 7th September

Family activities at Eccles Library Community Cafe at the Church

Fairground at Eccles Recreation Ground

Saturday 8th September

10am - 4pm Church Street, Eccles Town Centre


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

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

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

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

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