GMCVO eBulletin


GM VCSE Assembly: What’s next for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester?
Thursday, 26th September

The GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group have developed a draft policy paper that sets out a long term ambition for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester (GM). It describes a future role equal to those of the state and business, what VCSE organisations can offer GM people and communities and what would need to be done to enable it. If you want to find out more about the paper and feedback in person, do attend this event

GM Third Sector Research Network meeting: participant observation as a way of collecting data
Friday, 27th September

These network meetings are an opportunity for anyone who needs to gather and use information relating to the VCSE sector to share ideas and experiences in an informal and supportive environment

Connecting older men to their communities – An Ambition for Ageing seminar
Thursday, 3rd October

As part of Ambition for Ageing, the Ageing Better in Camden outreach team will share research and learning around engaging with older men. The outreach team engaged with over 1,300 socially isolated older men who demonstrated a need for social connections. This seminar gives insight into why socially isolated men often don’t engage with activities, and what can be done to include this group.

How can the VCSE meet GM Good Employment Charter standards?
Tuesday, 8th October

If you get, or hope to get public sector contacts or grants from GM, GM local authorities or the NHS, then you will need to show that you either meet or are working towards the GM Good Employment Charter standards.

This workshop is designed to help you find out more about the Charter, explore how your employment practices fit with the standards, establish what difficulties you may have and discuss what support you may need to meet the standards.

GM Inclusion for Excellence Mentoring Programme
Monday, 28th October

The Inclusion for excellence mentoring programme brings together two distinct mentoring pathways to support the regions ambition of radically increasing the number of BAME colleagues in senior leadership roles across Greater Manchester. This launch event is to celebrate the new programme and to give leaders and colleagues a chance to learn more about what there is on offer.

New GMCVO project to tackle inequalities for working mothers and carers

Caring, Working, Living is a 12-month project funded by the Government Equalities Office to address some of the issues faced by unpaid carers wishing to return to work. Working alongside the GM Chamber of Commerce, we will be working with employers to address some of the barriers faced and provide opportunities for parents and carers wishing to return to work.

Buy Social for a Better World campaign – 7th to 12th October 2019

GMCVO are encouraging all social enterprises in Greater Manchester to get involved in the #BuySocial for a Better World campaign.

Led by Social Enterprise UK, the Buy Social for a Better World campaign celebrates social enterprises, shining a spotlight on the incredible difference they make. For all the fantastic Greater Manchester social enterprises out there, it’s an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of some of the impacts of your enterprise; addressing social needs, strengthening communities, improving people’s life chances, enhancing culture and protecting the environment. 

Greater Manchester: ESF Community Grants 2019-2021 – Round 2 now open for applications

This £4.9 million programme to tackle unemployment launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund. The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector between April 2019 and May 2021. Funded activities will target those aged 16 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. Round two is now open until 16 October, and there are a number of workshops across GM for those interested in applying.

The role of the VCSE sector in creating a more inclusive economy in GM

Greater Manchester Poverty Action has been working on behalf of the GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group to develop tools that help promote the VCSE sector’s role in the Greater Manchester economy. They have produced a film that 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.

Support for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is offering a FREE workforce development plan with one of its Skills Consultants for GM based organisations who do not pay the apprenticeship levy and have not employed an apprentice in the last two years.

The Charity Service – Small Grants Available

The Charity Service currently have four small grants programmes to assist VCSE organisations who support disadvantaged, sick and infirm people and those living in poverty.

For full details and bookings go to www.