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New report reveals vital role of Greater Manchester’s VCFSE sector during COVID-19 pandemic but warns of challenges ahead as demand for support increases

Published date: 
Thursday, 29th July 2021
There are 17,494 voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises making a difference in Greater Manchester

A report by the Centre for Social and Health Research at the University of Salford has revealed new insights into the role of Greater Manchester’s voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reform Radio upcoming opportunities for young people

Published date: 
Friday, 24th September 2021
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Reform Radio upcoming opportunities for young people (aged 16 - 25 and 19 - 30). The team is always happy to talk to your groups, staff, or attend meetings to talk about its offers. 

Please note: Some of its workshops and projects are currently being completed online via ZOOM. If you are working with young people who face any digital barriers, please get in touch and we help to overcome them, where possible.

GM=EqAl Inclusive Language Guidance

Published date: 
Friday, 24th September 2021
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GM Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl) Inclusive Language sub-group was created to discuss issues around inclusive language. GM Equality Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals drawn from a wide range of communities of experience across Greater Manchester. 

The GM Equality Alliance has published inclusive language guidance around gender and sex and faith and belief. This guidance compliments previously published guidance around race and disability.

Media Skills Training Opportunity

Published date: 
Friday, 24th September 2021
Centre for Wellbeing, Training and Culture logo

Centre for Wellbeing, Training and Culture (CWTC), a charity based in Rochdale, which aims to support young people between 19-24 years in Greater Manchester and provide a range of skills development activities to support young people into the media industry.   

CWTC have secured funding to deliver a media skills training opportunity, which includes a range of Taster sessions in the following Modules: 

Greater Manchester, Ethnic Minority Experiences of Caring Research Report 2020

Published date: 
Friday, 24th September 2021
Greater Manchester, Ethnic Minority Experiences of Caring Research Report - blue hands reaching in a circle

Across Greater Manchester, as is the case across England, there exist large communities of marginalised groups, often living in areas which have the most health inequalities, such as parts of Oldham and Rochdale where there are large Asian communities, along with areas with large communities of Afro Caribbean and African carers. 

New Guide on Delivering Social Eating Activities 

Published date: 
Friday, 24th September 2021
Social eating Guide and cutlery

Evidence shows that communal eating promotes social bonding and feelings of wellbeing and enhances people’s connections to their communities.

If you run or are planning to run any activity that uses food to bring people together, or you want to find out more about the reasons why you should encourage and fund social eating projects, our new Social Eating Guide developed by Talk, Listen, Change (TLC) is for you. 

Find out more by visiting the Ambitions for Ageing website.

New Ageing Better report looks at the ‘Test and Learn’ approach

Published date: 
Friday, 24th September 2021
National Lottery Fund logo

Test and learn has been a corner stone of the Ageing Better programme. This report reflects on what test and learn has meant practically within Ageing Better and what it has involved and brought to the programme as a whole. It also highlights some key ways to enable other organisations and funders to use this learning to work in a similar way.

To find out more, visit the National Lottery Community Fund website

Tameside Charity Helps Local People Connect to Their Community

Published date: 
Thursday, 23rd September 2021
Jonathan King, Action Together Development worker at the Together Centre

Action Together’s Tameside Community Team is now based in community venues across the borough to help connect you with what’s happening in your local community. The free service provides a wide range of support, from advice and signing up to local volunteering opportunities through to funding your ideas.

Tameside residents can pop down to a community venue near them to meet the team, find out and link in with what’s happening in their community, explore volunteering and develop community opportunities that will help to strengthen their community.

50 Things to Do Before You're 5

Published date: 
Tuesday, 21st September 2021

The 50 Things app has come to Oldham to bring new experiences and educational activities for young children.
The app is based around the simple notion that access to life-changing, fun, low or no-cost experiences with your family, indoors and outdoors, is a great way to support young children’s development.
The project is already running across several major cities in the UK and is now ready for Oldhamers to use with their children.