GMCVO eBulletin, June/July 2020

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Note that GMCVO staff are currently working from home. We are endeavouring to continue to deliver our work and projects and all our staff will respond to emails and phone calls. The office phones will not be staffed, but voicemail messages can be left and staff will respond. St Thomas Centre is closed until further notice.Our thoughts are with everyone experiencing difficulties at this time.

Please stay well.
News
VIDEO: How employers can enable positive mental health in young staffGMCVO-led youth employment programme, GM’s Hidden Talent, brought together mental health charities and employers to discuss the pandemic’s impact on young people’s mental health, and to share practices that enable positive mental health in young staff – particularly those working remotely. WATCH
PHE report: COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes 
This report published by Public Health England (PHE) is a descriptive review of surveillance data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID-19.  READ THE REPORT
CAHN Position Statement on PHE report 
The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) have issued a statement in response to the Public Health England (PHE) report avove, ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19’.  READ THE STATEMENT
GM VCSE Leadership Group publishes BAME Statement 
The GM VCSE Leadership Group have published a statement in support of our BAME colleagues and communities in Greater Manchester. GMCVO welcomes this, and as a member of the Leadership Group, fully supports the pledges made.  READ THE STATEMENT
Safely Reopening GM 
Working in partnership with TFGM and GMCA, the Growth Company has launched a campaign designed to ensure that employers and employees in Greater Manchester can access information they need to support the safe return to work as the economy starts to reopen.  FIND OUT MORE
Dismantling Racism in Charities and the Voluntary Sector 
Leaders of national umbrella bodies for charities and social change organisations (including GMCVO) have issued a statement of commitment to dismantling racism in charities and the voluntary sector. The statement references Voice4Change and ACEVO’s recently published report ‘Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector.’ READ THE STATEMENT AND THE REPORT
Bill allowing virtual board meetings passes first stage in parliament 
The ‘Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill’ would allow charities to hold remote AGMs, even if their constitutions forbid it  READ MORE
Safe public transport and guidance on wearing face coverings 
It is now compulsory for passengers on public transport to wear a face covering. While everyone should wear a face covering if they can, people who have a justifiable reason on the grounds of health or disability will be free to travel without wearing one.  FIND OUT MORE
Events
Research Network meeting: The Healthwatch Research Governance Framework 
Friday, 3rd July
Zoom
This session will focus on the Healthwatch Research Governance Framework. Alex Tan from Healthwatch Trafford will talk about the process of developing the document, its content and purpose. BOOK HERE
GM Co-production Network goes virtual – Session 2 
Wednesday, 8th July
Zoom
This session will bring together co-production practitioners from VCSE and statutory sectors to share practical ideas and challenges around inclusion and diversity in co-production. BOOK HERE
Research Network meeting: Co-producing co-production – five case studies from Greater Manchester Friday, 18th September
Zoom
Claire Hannibal and Susanne Martikke will talk about a research project on co-production. They will be joined by representatives of the five VCSE organisations that participated in the research. BOOK HERE
Opportunities
Funded technical skills training for women 
Tech Equity is a funded training programme offering fully supported technical and professional skills training for network support roles. The programme is open for those who self-identify as women, non-binary or gender fluid and are under employed or unemployed. Applications are particularly encouraged from those from ethnic minority backgrounds. 
FIND OUT MORE
Co-design group for NHS Public Engagement Practitioners Network conference 
The NHS Public Engagement Practitioners Network want to co-design a virtual conference event for the autumn and are looking for members of a virtual co-design group to help. 
FIND OUT MORE
Funding
Covid-19 addiction and recovery response fund Emergency funding for grassroots VCSE sector organisations delivering vital treatment and recovery services at the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic response. FIND OUT MORE
NatWest Social & Community Capital Coronavirus Response Fund 
In response to the pandemic, Social and Community Capital are offering grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. These grants are unrestricted and can be used for any purpose, including core costs. FIND OUT MORE
Funding for micro/small charities working with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence One-off emergency support funding for small/micro charities that are working in marginalised communities with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence. FIND OUT MORE
Have your say
Build Back Better in Greater Manchester Supported by the GM Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP), Build Back Better is a movement of people and organisations who want to explore the opportunity to take stock, re-think and set a new course in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.If you are a VCSE organisation that shares this ambition, do get in touch with the LEP with your thoughts on what the future economy should look like and to find out how you can get involved in helping to build a better future.  READ MORE
Getting Greater Manchester Moving One Mile at a Time 
Collaborate Out Loud CIC are working with GM Walking (part of GM Moving) to host an out loud conversation about what would help communities across Greater Manchester to walk more each day. They would particularly like to engage with the voices that are not always heard and with those that currently don’t walk each day. FIND OUT MORE
Understanding the mental health effects of COVID-19 
Healthcare professionals and researchers want the general public and Health and Social care professionals to tell them about the mental health challenges they are facing due to COVID-19. They will use this information to build better tools to monitor mental health and support people through this crisis and beyond. TAKE PART
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