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State of the Sector 2020

Published date: 
Tuesday, 21st July 2020
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The State of the Sector survey is back and we need your help!

The last survey in 2017 found there were an estimated 15,890 voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Greater Manchester supporting over 21.9 million interventions with clients, users or beneficiaries and are worth a total income into the city region estimated to be £1.3 billion. This survey provided valuable evidence to decision makers of the important social and economic contribution the VCSE Sector brings to Greater Manchester and its individual boroughs.

Building Back Better in Greater Manchester

Published date: 
Thursday, 24th September 2020
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The VCSE Leadership Group has published a discussion paper on 'Building Back Better' in Greater Manchester to create a more inclusive economy, together with the VCSE sector and the wider social economy. The report provides a range of successful, practical ideas and live examples which are likely to produce a more inclusive, green and localised economy. We are challenging Greater Manchester use these to put much greater emphasis on the social economy within its economic strategy.

GM VCSE Collaborative Launched

Published date: 
Thursday, 24th September 2020
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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new GM VCSE ‘Collaborative’ following an overwhelming response to our call for members from the sector. The new group, which brings together existing and emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds, will work together to influence policy at a GM level.

It has been inspirational and heartening to learn more about what the GM VCSE sector are doing to support communities in these difficult times. We would once again like to extend our thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in joining this group.

GMCVO wants to help VCSE sector employers offer work placements through Kickstart

Published date: 
Thursday, 24th September 2020
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Kickstart is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, six-month paid work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

The scheme is subsidised. The government will cover 100% of the minimum wage, national insurance and pension contributions for a maximum of 25 hours a week — with employers able to top up wages.

Signs4Life

Published date: 
Thursday, 24th September 2020
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Signs4Life is an organisation which is leading the movement towards a society in which deaf and disabled people have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.

This year, they are offering deaf awareness and sign language workshops, in Greater Manchester and surrounding areas. This might be of interest to your staff and volunteers, in their work with vulnerable service users, families, and colleagues. They can come to you, or alternatively, they also offer remote learning via Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Greater Manchester's Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation

Published date: 
Thursday, 24th September 2020
Big Mental Health Conversation

People in Greater Manchester are being asked to join a conversation about their mental wellbeing, to discover how they feel, what worries them, and what they think can be done to make a positive difference to where they live.

Participants in the conversation will be entered into a prize draw that will see 20 people win a £25 One4All gift card, that can be used at more than 130 stores nationwide and with online retailers.

Now available to watch: BAME Ageing in the Community Conference

Published date: 
Thursday, 24th September 2020
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This Ambition for Ageing event featured speakers from across the Ageing Better partnerships on topics ranging from setting up BAME Networks to funding culturally-specific financial inclusion projects. They also shared findings of their new report and heard from keynote speaker, Patrick Vernon OBE.

The recording of the event, including the workshops, is now available online in a handy YouTube playlist so you can watch back some or all of the event. Click here to view.

Event about data use in VCSE organisations is looking for contributors

Published date: 
Thursday, 24th September 2020
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Event about data use in VCSE organisations is looking for contributors

GMCVO is looking for examples of how VCSE organisations in Greater Manchester have used data in their work.

If your organisation has used data to inform your service delivery, secure funding or demonstrate the value of your work, you could be paid £150 to contribute to an event that GMCVO is organising in partnership with the UK Data Service.

Building a Stronger Britain Together In-Kind Support Offer

Published date: 
Tuesday, 22nd September 2020
Building a Stronger Britain Together

Building a Stronger Britain Together's in-kind offer has recently reopened and is now taking applications from civil society organisations.

The Building a Stronget Britain Together (BSBT) In-kind offer allows you to bid for support to produce communication assets and to receive training, in order to help you amplify work you may be doing or want to do, to counter extremism (CE).  This could be linked to the work of your whole organisation or for a specific project.