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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.

Oldham Social Action Fund Survey

Published date: 
Tuesday, 11th August 2020
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Do you have an idea about how to bring people back together following Covid-19? 

Are you an existing community group seeking a need for change or wanting to try something new or are you a new emerging group who have noticed a gap or need in your local community as a result of Covid-19? Groundwork, working in partnership with Get Up and Grow and TLC (Talk Listen Change) on the Thriving Communities – Oldham Social Action Fund project are keen to learn about how Covid-19 may have brought about any new ideas that you have identified during and since lockdown. 

Local Businesses Support Real Change Oldham

Published date: 
Tuesday, 11th August 2020
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Local business owners, Stuart Hinchliff from Direct-Discounts and Graham Haines from Beko PLC have pledged their support to Real Change Oldham by donating products such as fridge freezers, washers and cookers and delivery and installation to help people in Oldham experiencing homelessness.   

Stuart Hinchliff, from Direct-Discounts, commented: “We want to help Real Change Oldham to get the essential items people need when building a life away from the streets. We urge other businesses to get on board and help out. 

Resources for Doing Research During Times of Social Distancing

Published date: 
Thursday, 6th August 2020
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In June 2020 the Greater Manchester Research Network hosted a special session about how COVID 19 impacts on its members’ experience of collecting data. The membership of the network comprises predominantly of qualitative researchers – many of whom will find their ability to collect data in the usual way severely constrained by the crisis. Many felt that the situation highlights the very issues that always play a role in designing research, e.g. ethical issues, sampling bias and inclusivity.

Developing a GM Race Equality Panel

Published date: 
Thursday, 6th August 2020
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Help to develop a Race Equality Panel for Greater Manchester. The final stage of the listening exercise has begun before it opens recruitment for membership. This will ‘check and challenge’ what you have told GMCA to ensure that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement are taken into consideration.

You can have your say in three main ways: 

GM Equality Alliance Call for Members

Published date: 
Thursday, 6th August 2020
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The Greater Manchester Equality Alliance (GM=EqAl), hosted by GMCVO, brings together the voices and experience of people and communities who face disadvantage, prejudice and marginalisation in order to influence policy making in Greater Manchester. 

It aims to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of decision making at the highest levels in all governance structures across the sub-region.

Developing Social Contact Models in a Time of Social Distancing

Published date: 
Thursday, 6th August 2020
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Concurrent with tighter new rules for Greater Manchester announced last Thursday, Ambition for Ageing have today released a new report to help build more effective social connection projects for older people during the new operating environment of COVID-19.

As national and local rules change in response to infection rates, this report offers guidance that can be applicable in a number of different scenarios, from a world where social distancing is the norm to one where we return to complete lockdown.

Oldham needs you – VCFSE Support for Test and Contact Tracing

Published date: 
Wednesday, 29th July 2020
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Oldham Council values your local knowledge and networks and your ability to talk to local people in ways that are familiar and right for them.

As a local trusted voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector group or organisation, you understand your local communities’ concerns and worries about coronavirus. You are able to discuss with your members, your local community, friends and neighbours about the disease and explain to them why it is important to follow the guidance, get tested and self-isolate if they get a positive test result. 

#WednesdaysWeekly Webinar - Oldham Test and Contact Trace

Published date: 
Wednesday, 29th July 2020
WednesdaysWeekly Oldham Test and Contact Trace

On Wednesday 22 July, many of you joined us to hear from Oldham Public Health about our local approach to Coronavirus testing and contact tracing, Julie Holt – Public Health Specialist, took us through the coronavirus picture in Oldham and the local approach to testing and contact tracing. There was good discussion about the role of the VCFSE and ideas shared about how we can support this important work.  The time for this is now!! Those ideas are now being put into action, with more information below. You can watch the webinar back below.