GMCVO eBulletin, November 2019



Commissioning Conversations 2 – The Framework
Thursday, 21st November

This event is an opportunity to discuss and comment on the consultative draft of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care VCSE Commissioning Framework document.

GM VCSE Assembly: Co-Production Network ‘Different approaches to co-production – from principles to practice’
Thursday, 5th December

This meeting is an opportunity to learn what different practical approaches to co-production are being taken in GM and when/how they might be useful.

Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work
Tuesday, 10th December

This interactive seminar, led by Dr Sophie Yarker (University of Manchester), poses the question of how a variety social infrastructure can benefit older people as well as discussing how better utilising these spaces can bring major benefits to local communities


Manchester Metropolitan University Psychology Placements

The Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University are introducing work-based learning for their students this year. Students can carry out a wide range of activities including service user work, data analysis/reporting, activity analysis and service promotion with support from their academic supervisors. 

Charity Commission Report – “The importance of charities must be recognised”.

The value of the charity Sector, a report written by the charity commission, in collaboration with Lord Gus O’Donnell’s Frontier Economics consultancy, stresses the importance of the charity sector in these times of economic and social upheaval.

Launch of new ‘Returners’ Toolkit

A new returner toolkit has been published by the Government Equalities Office, who fund Caring, Working, Living (a GMCVO-led project), written by Women Returners and Timewise. Toolkit for Returners: helping you back to work aims to support people who have taken a career break for over a year due to caring responsibilities to return to work.

Opportunity to host a paid policy intern from University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is running a training course to demystify the policy making process. The course includes discussions which will allow students to hear from different perspectives to better develop policy ideas. They are inviting VCSE organisations to to do a short overview of the challenge from their perspective and then stay from the rest of the session to help coach the students

GM Social Enterprise Leaders Invited to Participate in Research

As part of their 6th annual GM-wide business survey, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) want to hear about issues that are important for social enterprises, and how their needs may be different from private companies and charities. They want to better understand the strengths and opportunities local businesses have, as well as the challenges and issues they face. 

Local Commissioning Partnership Food For Life Get Togethers

Food For Life (FFL) are seeking applications from individuals, organisations and groups to partner with their ‘Get Togethers’ 4 year Lottery Community funded programme. Get Togethers aim to bring people from different generations and backgrounds together through good quality food

Opportunity to play key role in scrutinising and challenging work of GMCA and GMP

An opportunity has opened up for three people to play a key role in scrutinising and challenging the work of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP). Two new independent members are being sought for the GMCA Audit Committee and one for the Greater Manchester Joint Audit Panel (Police and Crime).

Applications now open for Greater Manchester Culture Fund

Applications are open for the Greater Manchester Culture Fund, which will support delivery of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) strategy for Culture and Creativity, Grown in Greater Manchester. Known Around the World.

Have your Say

Doing buses differently – Consultation on a Proposed Franchising Scheme for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is proposing a bus franchising scheme for the whole of Greater Manchester. They want to hear your views as part of their public consultation. It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular bus passenger or rarely use the buses, everyone’s views are important and will inform a future decision on how your buses are run.

GM i-THRIVE Arts and Mental Health Innovation Programme Survey

GM i-THRIVE: the transformation of children’s services across Greater Manchester, have launched a GM i-THRIVE Arts and Mental Health Innovation Programme Survey. The short survey will help GM i-THRIVE to understand what provision and activities currently exist, and the impact arts options have on the children and young people you work with, and facilitate partnerships between the arts and health sectors.

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