Greater Manchester BAME Network eBulletin March 2020

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Welcome to our latest GM BAME e-bulletin which contains a selection of events, information and opportunities relevant to BME communities in Greater Manchester.

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Coronavirus update: Following government guidance on 16th March 2020, GMCVO has taken the decision to ask all staff to work from home as much as possible. We will be rearranging, postponing or cancelling meetings and events. 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 will be closed from Friday 20th March at 5:00pm until further notice. Apologies for the inconvenience.

For Manchester Community Central’s helpful resources page for coronavirus click here

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Events and Training
All GMCVO events will be rearranged, postponed or cancelled until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience and will be in touch about alternative arrangements.

With regard to external events, please contact the meeting organiser to check if the event is going ahead. Unfortunately, some of these events will be postponed or cancelled. But some will make alternative arrangements to allow events to take place online, so do make sure to check. 
Event: Bringing the Social Back to Enterprise! (Manchester Social Entrepreneurs) Thursday 19th March
Manchester, FREE
Manchester Social Entrepreneurs are relaunching monthly gatherings to grow the Social Enterprising movement in Manchester! Join in on March 19th at Federation House for updates and an opportunity to shape the future of the social enterprise community in Manchester. The guest speaker for the night Lauren Coulman (Noisy Cricket) will talk about “Co-creating Social Change and Building People-Powered Movements” and the work she has been leading with the Responsible Tech Collective for The Co-Op Foundation and Luminate. FIND OUT MORE
Event: Exhibition of young people’s work at new community workshop in Moss Side (Sow the City) Wednesday 25th March
Manchester, FREE
The Boiler House is a new community workshop and creative space located in Manchester’s Moss Side. This event is a showcase of work made at the space as part of their Furniture Works Youth Justice Project. Meet some of the people involved, see the work and try your hand at making things in a purpose-built woodworking workshop. FIND OUT MORE
Event: We need to talk about mental health (42nd Street & Talent RISE) Thursday 26th March
Manchester, FREE
In the UK almost 1 in 7 people experience mental health challenges in the workplace, and young people can be particularly affected. 75% of all mental health problems manifest by the age of 24 and many young people are often juggling zero hours contracts, education and challenging home lives. This event, organised in partnership between 42nd Street and Talent RISE, is an opportunity to change this. Employers will learn more about the issues young people face and receive knowledge and skills they can use to cultivate working environments that are supportive of young people’s mental health. FIND OUT MORE
Event: Tech for Good Live presents – AI and bots for good (for a change!) Wednesday 25th March
Manchester, FREE
Artificial intelligence is often racist, sexist and mostly pretty stupid. Bots are all apparently taking our jobs and generally causing havoc, also probably sexist too, why not. But it’s not all bad! Come along and hear about how we might implement new technologies, not only in a responsible way, but in a way that might just actually help people. FIND OUT MORE
Training: Get Started in Podcasting (MIC Media) Tuesday 31st March
Manchester, £65/£50
Podcasts are growing in popularity and rapidly. More and more brands are using podcasts as part of their marketing strategy including big names such as eBay, Gucci, McDonalds and Microsoft. They’re personable and direct – so how can you make sure that you’re not left behind? In this workshop, podcast producer and MIC Media boss Vic Elizabeth Turnbull will help you to turn your podcast dreams into actual, actionable reality! FIND OUT MORE
Event: Get Ready to Stand (Equal Power Manchester) Saturday 16th May
Manchester, FREE
Join The Parliament Project & Glitch for an afternoon of information, inspiration and motivation to explore your political pathway, demystify the process and equip yourself for the journey ahead. FIND OUT MORE
Event: HARM 2020 Conference (Manchester Metropolitan University)
 Thursday 4th June
Manchester, £90/£45/£15HARM is a diverse and international consortium of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, support agencies and activists. Collectively, HARM formulates the following innovative evidence-based responses to the global health crisis of ‘honour’ abuse, violence and killings. FIND OUT MORE
Opportunities and Resources
Opportunity: BASNET Membership (AFRUCA) The UK Diaspora/BME Anti-Slavery Network (BASNET) is the first network in the UK and Europe dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the anti-trafficking and anti-slavery space. They are inviting full membership from UK registered charities working in BME and Diaspora organisations and associate membership from other NGOs, individuals, statutory agencies, academia and other organisations in the EU and other countries. FIND OUT MORE
Resource: GM Poverty Action March Newsletter In their newsletter GM Poverty Action look at the GM Food Poverty Action Plan one year on and share information about the progress made. We are also asking for your contributions to a discussion taking place later this month in London about how the NHS tackles poverty. There is an update on the GM Living Wage campaign, a call for volunteers for the People’s History Museum Common Room, information about a job with Save the Children, a GMCVO survey and some forthcoming events. FIND OUT MORE
Opportunity: Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme (School for Social Entrepreneurs) Are you committed to helping people in need or improving the environment? This programme has helped almost 2,000 people like you to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations. This year, a further 260 people across the UK will be supported with: A learning programme; A grant (£1,000 – £7,000); Mentoring; and a supportive community of like-minded peers. FIND OUT MORE
Resource: The Runnymede Trust March newsletter This newsletter from The Runnymede Trust includes a vacancy, news, blogs, events and much more.
Opportunity: Support project connecting BAME Social Entrepreneurs (GMCVO & GM BAME Network) A partnership project between GMCVO and the Greater Manchester BAME Network is underway to build a Greater Manchester BAME Social Enterprise Network and help deliver business support to BAME social entrepreneurs. Particularly for BAME social entrepreneurs, we strongly encourage you check out the new project webpage. It’s full of helpful resources, information, links and the chance to register to join the network, become a mentor or request business support to help you grow your social enterprise. FIND OUT MORE
Resource: Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust and Race Relations Resource Centre – Newsletter March 2020 In their newsletter the AIU turns 21, looking at the Gardens of Babylon, Brave Women of the NHS, and a Black and Asian interest reading group.  FIND OUT MORE
Opportunity: Council of governors election (Pennine Care) Pennine Care hold elections every year for their Council of Governors. If you’re a member, you can vote for governors to represent you and your local area.
You can also stand to become a governor and represent the views of your borough. This year there is one vacancy for each of the boroughs. FIND OUT MORE
Resource: Toolkit for BAME Entrepreneurs (Flourish CIC, GMCVO & Manchester BME Network CIC) Compiled by Flourish CIC, as part of a research project from last year working with BAME social entrepreneurs, this is a helpful downloadable support directory for social enterprises.  FIND OUT MORE
Opportunity: Greater Manchester Youth Homelessness Contract (GMCVO) GMCVO is looking to lead a partnership of VCSE organisations to deliver the GM Youth Homelessness Contract. At present it is at the stage of discussing the proposed model with possible providers and social investors so we don’t know the final details. But we are engaging in the process to make sure smaller VCSE organisations won’t be accidentally excluded, and we think a VCSE-led bid will be welcomed. FIND OUT MORE
Resource: Human Lending Library – free business mentoring support for social entrepreneurs (Expert Impact) Expert Impact are running the Human Lending Library at the Central Library in Manchester city centre. Follow the link below to find out how it works and apply for a free hour of one-to-one business mentoring to meet your current needs as a social entrepreneur. FIND OUT MORE
Learning Exchange: an opportunity for cross-sector sharing around leadership practices (GMCVO) GMCVO are recruiting leaders from public services to spend time with VCSE organisations to share learning and create ongoing relationships across sectors. So far we have made successful matches with people from GMCA, local authorities, GM Police, CCGs and others; and linked them with people from VCSE organisations to share learning around co-production, sector links, social enterprise creation, and understanding changes at a GM level.
Deadline: Ongoing but not for long – last few places still available
Resource: Support project for people with caring responsibilities who are looking to return to work (GMCVO) Caring, Working, Living is a project supporting parents and carers who have been unemployed due to their caring responsibilities to return to paid employment. We work with employers that have good flexible working practice to provide opportunities including workplace visits and employability workshops FIND OUT MORE
Finance and Funding
Bright Ideas Fund- now open (Locality & Power To Change) Funded by Power to Change, the £3.2m Bright Ideas fund offers tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to develop projects. The fund gives community groups the early stage finance they need to work with local people to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. It also provides support and tools for setting up community businesses. The funding programme is delivered by Locality in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.
Deadline: 7th April
Grant Application Help (Faiths Forum) Calling all BAME faith institutions (Churches, Temples & Mosques) Faiths Forum has a new project to assist faith institutions with free safeguarding training for up to 15 staff/volunteers, free template/support for policies & procedures (safeguarding, health & safety & equal opportunities) and essential foundation advice needed before you apply for funding. Due to public demand, they can also provide free Mental Health First Aid and Bid Writing/Grant Application training that would be beneficial for all organisations. This is open for faith institutions nationwide. They also fast-track charity commission applications as well as assist and help you fill in the application forms. 
GM Walking Partnership Grants now Launched (GMCVO) GMCVO have launched the third stage of their grants programme to get Greater Manchester Walking. Partnership grants up to £15,000 are now available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to encourage people who are usually less active to start or increase the amount they walk regularly.
Deadline for expressions of interest: 23rd March
News and Publications
News: Launch event for GM BAME Social Enterprise Network (GMCVO & GM BAME Network) The GM BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Social Enterprise Network was launched at the Lloyds Bank Business Hub in Manchester city centre on the 24th February 2020 by GMCVO and the GM BAME Network. BAME social entrepreneurs from across GM and a variety of sectors attended the launch event and there was excitement about the opportunity to network with other like-minded peers. FIND OUT MORE
Coronavirus: government advice ( With the government guidance changing week to week, follow this link to the government website to stay up to date with the latest on COVID-19.  FIND OUT MORE
News: The UK’s points-based immigration system: policy statement (Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Following the UK’s exit from the European Union on January 31st, the government have published a policy statement for a new points-based immigration system. Follow the link for more info.  FIND OUT MORE
Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On The Marmot Review 10 Years On was published on 25th February. It paints a bleak picture of increasing health inequalities in the UK… FIND OUT MORE
News: Trafford Park tram line to open ahead of schedule on 22nd March (Metrolink) Metrolink is already the UK’s largest tram network, running to a total of 96km and 93 stops. The new Trafford Park line will add a further 5.5km of track and six additional stops, bringing the total to 99. FIND OUT MORE
Publications: The value of small community-led equalities research (Ambition for Ageing) The Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board have launched a new report evaluating their experience of microfunding five community-led equalities research projects as part of the Ageing Equally? research programme. This report, the reports from the five community organisations, and simpler summaries of all reports, can be downloaded below. FIND OUT MORE
Various Job Opportunities (Age UK Wigan) Age UK Wigan Borough is a local independent charity. They help nearly 3,000 local older people every year, offering activities, events, befriending, practical support and information/advice. It’s a great place to work if you really want to make a difference in people’s lives.  FIND OUT MORE
Digital Communications and Events Coordinator (Belong) Are you driven by social purpose, reliable, motivated, with strong digital and tech skills, and an engaging and confident manner? Then Belong would love to hear from you!
Deadline: 20th March
Community Development Co-ordinator (Macc) Macc are looking for a Community Development Co-ordinator to lead an exciting new project to engage local communities in getting active and increasing physical activity. Working with a wide range of stakeholders including local community groups, charities and public sector partners, this role will help to design and fund local engagement activities around key themes in parts of East Manchester and Wythenshawe.
Deadline: 23rd March FIND OUT MORE
Organisational Development Worker (Macc) Macc are looking for an Organisation Development Worker to support a range of local VCSE groups. Providing both one-to-one and group support, this is a varied role supporting local organisations to achieve their charitable and social aims: helping set up new groups, helping existing charities create business and project plans, advising on funding applications and generating income.
Deadline: 23rd March
Sessional Worker (GMYN) Due to an increase to the number of programmes GMYN run, they are looking to
recruit sessional workers to support delivery. The sessional role includes a
mixture of delivery of youth work projects, consultation sessions, training
delivery and supporting our programme coordinators.
Deadline: 27th March FIND OUT MORE
Women in Tech Scholarship (GCHQ) GCHQ, at the heart of the nation’s security, is offering an exciting opportunity to join a Manchester based training scholarship. No matter where you are in your professional development, or what technology–related field you’re in, the scholarship offers a broad range of support, learning and development and is designed to empower and encourage women looking for a career in technology.
Deadline: 8th April FIND OUT MORE
Have Your Say
Survey on Manchester’s Curry Mile (University of Manchester & Ethnic Health Forum) Ethnic Health Forum (EHF), a registered charity organisation, are working with a University of Manchester master’s student on a project about the Curry Mile in Rusholme, Manchester. The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete and, by participating, you will have helped preserve Curry Mile’s multicultural heritage through an exciting project currently being developed.
All information will be kept confidential, not shared with any third parties. SURVEY LINK
GMCVO survey: Public sector funding of VCSE organisations in Greater Manchester (2018-2020) In May 2017 the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector. Following on from previous research, GMCVO are conducting a survey for the 2018/2020 period in order to to establish whether there have been any changes to the funding of GM VCSE organisations as a result of the ongoing impact of the MoU.
Please spare 5 minutes to comlete the survey before Friday 20th March.
Short survey looking at social innovation across Greater Manchester (GM Combined Authority) GMCA is currently working with partners on a project looking at how the practical application of new ideas and approaches can help to tackle social challenges and improve outcomes for people.
As part of this project a short survey has been designed to gather views and experiences of social innovation.
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