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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.

Take part in the GM Homelessness Prevention Strategy 'Legislative Theatre' event

Published date: 
Tuesday, 15th September 2020
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The GM Homeless Action Network and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority are thrilled to invite you to the inaugural GM Legislative Theatre event on Wednesday 30 September, 2.30pm - 5pm, working towards a co-produced homelessness prevention strategy for Greater Manchester!

Doorstep Engagement Volunteering - Meet the Volunteers!

Published date: 
Monday, 7th September 2020
Chris Mills Doorstep Engagement Volunteer

Action Together, and partners, are in the process of carrying out doorstep discussions with residents across Oldham. The aim of this engagement process is to understand what the community is doing to keep themselves safe during this pandemic and to ensure that the message about how the virus spreads and what we can do to keep ourselves safe is firmly set in our minds.  

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

Published date: 
Monday, 7th September 2020

National Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place from 10th – 17th October this year.

Raising awareness and encouraging the reporting of hate crimes and incidents is an important task throughout the year, but we can take the opportunity to highlight key activities during campaign weeks.

What is Hate Crime?

A Hate Crime is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hostility, prejudice or hatred of:

Andy Burnham speaks to GMPA about how we can #BuildBackBetter in the aftermath of the pandemic

Published date: 
Monday, 7th September 2020
Greater Manchester Poverty Action

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) is working with stakeholders to ensure tackling poverty is at the heart of the city region’s recovery. The way the economy functions and the quality of jobs available to people will play a huge role in whether Greater Manchester ‘Builds Back Better’ or not.

Report published on how to build a more inclusive economy

Published date: 
Wednesday, 26th August 2020
Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group

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 to use these to put much greater emphasis on the social economy within its economic strategy.

Good News from Oldham Partnerships

Published date: 
Tuesday, 25th August 2020

Action Together, along with staff from Oldham Council and other partners, are working together to focus on the issues that communities across Oldham are experiencing as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. Recently the West Hub Team, which covers Chadderton and Werneth, have welcomed some good news from the efforts of their partnership working. 

Nominations Open for Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Published date: 
Tuesday, 25th August 2020
Queens Award for Voluntary Service Logo

Nominating a group for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Co-op Launches Access To Food Project

Published date: 
Tuesday, 25th August 2020
Co-op Store

So far the Co-op has donated five million meals to food charities by raising money for FareShare. We have now launched our new Food campaign to help those going hungry. From now until 25 August, when customers buy products from our 3 for 2 picnic offer, the Co-op will donate 20p to the National Emergencies Trust (NET).

Funds raised will be distributed to local grassroots projects across the UK which are helping people gain access to food, for example through programmes that support groups to nutritious and balanced meals or food redistribution programmes.

Ring and Ride Resumes Full Service

Published date: 
Tuesday, 25th August 2020

Dear Ring and Ride Passengers,

Following discussions with our funders, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), we are pleased to confirm that the normal Ring and Ride door to door service will resume on 1st September 2020 as outlined below:

·        The service will operate between 0800 – 2300 hours Monday to Saturday and 0800 – 2230 on Sundays.

·        Wheelchair trips will be provided.

·        Passengers requiring personal assistance walking to and from the vehicle must use a wheelchair which will be provided.