Coronavirus advice and resources
National Lockdown – Stay at home
Manchester’s Director of Public Health, David Regan explains the new lockdown rules and why now it’s more important than ever for us all to play our part.
Stay at home
Protect the NHS
By remaining at home, you are helping to reduce transmission of Covid-19.
National lockdown guidance
Easy read guidance on the national lockdown
COVID Vaccination update
Five new locations have been set up to start delivering Covid vaccinations across Manchester this week. So far, over 1,000 Mancunians have signed as volunteers to help local healthcare teams protect everyone who lives in the city.
You will be contacted for an appointment, so no need to ring your GP.
Press release: Army of volunteers prepares to support Manchester mass vaccination programme
Vaccine FAQ’s – questions answered
Why COVID vaccination is safe and important
The Covid vaccine roll out is now well underway and if you may have questions the NHS
website has information about why vaccination safe and important.
Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect our community against serious
illnesses. You will be contacted for an appointment, so no need to ring your GP.
Gardening great Gran Dena gives Covid some welly one of first to have jab at Newton Heath
site. The 92-year-old former nurse, wants to give confidence to others.
On our website you can find a range of resources and support aimed at local charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises on issues relating to Covid-19,
view our website resources here
These pages will be regularly updated and added to, if you have any resources or learning to
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Volunteering: Manchester’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme – Be part of the historic response to Covid-19
Macc and Volunteer Centre Manchester are supporting Manchester Health and Care
Commissioning (MHCC) with its recruitment to support Manchester’s Covid-19 vaccination
programme at community-based sites across the city.
How to get involved
At present, the majority of vaccination sites urgently need Volunteer Marshals to safely direct
patients on site when they; arrive, receive their vaccination and exit, along with supporting
car park traffic and handing out PPE and information.
To express your interest in supporting at the vaccine sites find out more and register here
If you require any further information about this role, contact the MHCC Engagement Team
on 0161 213 1756 or email: [email protected]
Winners of competition to celebrate lives of older people announced
The winners of a photography competition aimed at challenging negative stereotypes of older
people will have their work shown to thousands of people from this week. Six striking images
that celebrate the diversity of older people’s lives and their contributions to society will be
shown on digital billboards in each of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs.
Twelve winning entries in the Old Frame New Picture competition will also feature on a set of
postcards and a total of 41 shortlisted images will be displayed in an online exhibition.
This set of pictures will also be made available as an image library to charities and public
sector organisations in Greater Manchester to use in their marketing and communications
materials. Organisers hope that the positive images of older people will counter the often
negative and stereotyped images of ageing that show older people as frail, vulnerable and
in need. The competition was organised by Greater Manchester Older People’s Network,
Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and voluntary and community sector support organisation
Macc. It is part of the Valuable, Not Vulnerable campaign that aims to celebrate the
contribution of older people and to challenge negative stereotypes using accurate and
realistic images and stories.
The winners are:
1. “A proud man”, taken by professional photographer Darren Robinson of First Choice
Homes Oldham tenant Danny Coley
2. “Birthday girls’ day out”, by amateur photographer Lydia Fernandez-Arias, of Maureen
Maunsell and Sheila Wallin enjoying themselves on a children’s playground
3. “Pulse”, by amateur photographer Sabrina Fuller of her partner Eddie Sherwood, a
drummer who used to play with bands Simply Red and Inner Sense The online exhibition of all 41 shortlisted images can be found on the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network website Read the full press release here
Help us to get our online directory of voluntary,
community and social enterprise organisations in Manchester up to date
As part of our Winter Kindness Campaign we want to make sure everyone has access to up
to date information about the support available from local voluntary, community and social
enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations in Manchester – and, for those wishing to help, how
they can support the work of local community organisations to ensure nobody is left behind
during these difficult times.
Over the winter, Macc is repurposing our online directory as a free, open resource for pulling
all this information together in one place so that local people, public sector partners and
businesses can use it. Our directory is Manchester’s public record of VCSE organisations,
containing basic information about who they are and what they do. We will expand this
with much more detailed information about the support and services on offer, opening times, contact details and information about what organisations need, such as volunteer support or asks for donations and fundraising campaigns.
This means that individuals can find what is open and what kinds of support are available.
It also helps us at Macc understand what organisations need and how we can support our
amazing VCSE colleagues in their continuing response to Covid-19. This is especially
important this winter, as we know people and organisations will need support more than ever.
Update or register your organisation on our online directory here
If you have any questions please email Michelle at: [email protected]
Manchester City Council Covid-19 Impact Fund
£300,000 is available for voluntary sector activity to support mental health and wellbeing
and reduce social isolation in Manchester. Manchester City Council are particularly interested
in support for the following groups: BAME communities; disabled people; LGBTQ+
communities; North Manchester residents; and older people. Grants available: up to £10,000
for organisations applying on their own and up to £30,000 for organisations applying in
partnership. Manchester City Council are running 1 hour virtual drop in sessions for those
thinking about applying on: 27 January, 10am; and 18 February, 2pm.
Deadlines: 18 January, 3pm; 8 February, 3pm; 1 March 2021, 3pm. Read more
Forever Manchester Awards – open for applications
Funding is available for community groups in Greater Manchester whose normal activities
have been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic and wish to get back up and running.
Forever Manchester is offering awards of up to £1,000. Forever Manchester welcome
applications from locally managed community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of
Greater Manchester. For this round, Forever Manchester specifically want to fund groups
whose activities have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and who haven’t been able
to interact with and provide positive things for people in their community, as they normally
would. Deadline: 5 February Read more
Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities – Small Grants
Grants are available for GM BAME led VCSE organisations to focus on emergency needs
within BAME communities. The grants will fund new activities and services as well as the
additional costs of adapting existing services due to Covid-19.
The grants will also help counter the loss of fundraising income directly caused by the
pandemic. Grants of £1,000 – £5,000 are available to fund small BAME led VCSE
organisations to respond to the needs of their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deadline: 26 February, 4pm Read more
Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund
The Big Life Group are excited to announce the launch of the Manchester Social Prescribing
Development Fund. The aim of the fund is to support new and established groups and
organisations to build capacity and deliver projects to support social prescribing to people
over the age of 18. The fund will support people in improving or help with managing their
health and wellbeing. There are 4 levels of grant funding: Micro grants (up to £1,000);
Medium grants (between £1,000 and £5,000); Large grants (between £5,000 and £10,000);
and Exceptional grants (over £10,000). Applications for the Micro grants fund are now open.
The Medium, Large and Exceptional grant funds will open later in January 2021. Read more
NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund
The NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund was set up to support community initiatives and
charitable events, as well as to help boost staff fundraising initiatives. Donations are limited
to a maximum of £1,000. NFU Mutual ideally like to fund something specific so they can
measure the difference their donation has made – whether it’s purchasing an item of
equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.
Next deadline: Round 1 – 31 March. Read more
Tech for Good Build 2021
Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation have launched the next round of their joint UK
Tech for Good funding programme. The Tech for Good programme was developed in response
to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering
better services. The Covid-19 crisis has since increased the need for organisations to explore
how digital and design approaches can be used to create more impact for the people they
work with. This round will fund up to 18 digital projects with investments of up to £70,000
over a period of nine months. Deadline: 12 February, 12pm Read more
Free activities to help Greater Manchester residents through the winter
There are now hundreds of free activities on offer to help older Greater Manchester residents
through the winter, especially those living with dementia. The Greater Moments app has
been developed by Social Sense and Hitch Marketing as part of Dementia United, Greater
Manchester’s programme for dementia. The aim of the app is to bring local services,
activities and social experiences together in one place, enabling greater connection
throughout communities and improved wellbeing for carers and those with long term
conditions. Read more
Free BT Wi-Fi vouchers support learning in lockdown
BT has a number of free Wi-Fi voucher codes available for schools to distribute to pupils
aged 16 or under who don’t currently have adequate access to internet connectivity at home.
They are allocating vouchers in proportion to the number of pupils at a school who are eligible for free school meals. Read more
Digital Skills with Manchester Adult Education
Manchester Adult Education has a Digital Skills offer: Skill Up workshop (drop in),
Beginners course (6 weeks) and Digital Essentials (12 weeks). Whether you want to learn
how to use your device to do something specific or gain a qualification in digital skills,
Manchester Adult Education have a course that will meet your needs. Read more
Free employability programme for 18-24 year olds
UpRising are currently accepting applications for Fastlaners, a free online employability skills
programme for 18-24 year olds. The next programme will run from 1-26 February 2021,
with an additional 12 months of mentoring support. The programme will feature a range of
employability and personal development workshops interspersed with opportunities to
develop your networks and learn about life working in a number of different sectors.
The programme is open to 18-24 year olds from the Greater Manchester area who are
unemployed or facing redundancy. Read more
Greater Manchester Technology Fund – launched by Mayor of Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester Combined Authority has launched phase two of the Greater Manchester
Technology Fund as an emergency response to support disadvantaged young people learning
from home, following the lockdown announcement and immedia200te closure of schools and
colleges. Andy Burnham has called on Greater Manchester’s business community to make a
commitment in line with The Young Person’s Guarantee to support this initiative to ensure
young people have the tools to continue their education during this period of lockdown and
schools can be supported to deliver learning during this time, ensuring no one is left behind.
Serious Violence Reduction Campaign – Parents and young person’s survey
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) are launching a Greater Manchester-wide survey to help develop a new campaign for young people, to support them to achieve their aspirations and to not get involved in crime.
The campaign will be positive and will be developed with input from young people. It will also offer support to parents and carers to help young people get on well in life. To develop the campaign, GMCA and VRU want to hear from young people aged 10-17 and their parents and carers, from across Greater Manchester. Deadline: 21 January Read more
Join the Tenants’ Voices Legislative Theatre online workshops: Arts for advocacy
Have you experienced challenges as a tenant in the private rental sector?
Do you have ideasto improve tenant-land200lord relations, or to protect tenants’ rights?
Want to make a change? Led by theatre facilitator Katy Rubin, these drop-in workshops
will lead to an opportunity to participate in a community theatre project to support and
strengthen tenants’ rights. Workshop 1: 18 January, 3pm-5pm, workshop 2: 26 January,
6pm-8pm. Everyone is an actor: no theatre experience necessary.
Open to all tenants in the private rented sector, ages 15+Read more
Bounceback Food CIC Social Enterprise Internship 2021
For two weeks this summer, Bounceback Food CIC will be running their annual Social
Enterprise Internship programme from 5 July to 16 July. After the success of last year, it
will once again run remotely, meaning that the opportunity can be offered to people across
the UK. This voluntary remote internship is great for anyone looking to gain experience
within the social enterprise sector and improve their CV. All applicants must be 18 or over.
Deadline: 31 March, 5pm Read more
Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the charity sector
The Charity Commission have updated their guidance to help with running your charity
during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Understandably, charities are concerned about what to do during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, so the Charity Commission have set out their response to the most commonly asked questions. Read more
Big200 Garden Birdwatch – 29-31 January 2021
The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is taking place on 29 – 31 January. Enjoy an hour with
nature and discover the wildlife on your doorstep and join thousands of people taking part to see the drama unfold on your doorstep. We might not be able to get together with loved onesat the moment, but you can make plans with friends and family to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of your own homes. Spend an hour counting thebirds you see in your garden or from your balcony, then tell the RSPB what you saw.
It really is that simple! Read more
> Criminal justice network meeting – England
20 January, 10am – 11.30am, Online
> Influencing policy: The role of influencing in Prison
Reform Trust’s work
3 February, 10am – 11.30am, Online
> Peer support session: Tech and digital for small voluntary
3 February, 11am – 12.30pm, Online
> Health and justice network meeting
9 February, 10am – 11.30am, Online
> Striving to thrive in 2021 10 February, 6pm – 7.30pm, Online
Search for more events here
> Free Macc webinar: Manchester meet the funder – The
National Lottery Community Fund 20 January, 10am – 11.30am, Online
> Free Macc webinar: Volunteers and the law 29 January, 10am – 12pm, Online
> Free Macc webinar: Beginners guide to social media 25 February, 1pm -2.30pm,
> Free Macc and Ethical Property Foundation webinar:
Everyday premises management in a Covid world 22 April, 11am – 12pm, Online
Search for more training opportunities here
> Part-time Freelance Administrator at TLC-St Lukes Salary: Budget of £8,000 for the year | Hours: 1 day per week | Deadline: 22 January
> Finance Manager at Manchester Deaf Centre Salary: £26,999 per annum pro rata | Hours: 3 days per week | Deadline: 22 January
> Pride in Ageing Officer (Events and Services) at LGBT Foundation Salary: £18,571 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 25 January, 9am
> Village Development Co-ordinator at LGBT Foundation Salary: £23,353 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 27 January, 9am
> Schools Mental Health Practitioner at Manchester Mind Salary: £27,905 per annum | Hours: 35 hours per week | Deadline: 28 January, 9am
> Education and Wellbeing Specialist at Brook Manchester Salary: £22,034 per annum | Hours: 37.5 hours per week | Deadline: 28 January
> Programme Coordinator – North West England at Action for Conservation Salary: £23,500 – £25,500 per annum | Hours: Full time | Deadline extended: 31 January
> Head of Communications at LGBT Foundation Salary: £30,212 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 2 February, 9am
> Head of Policy and Research at LGBT Foundation Salary: £30,212 per annum | Hours: 37 hours per week | Deadline: 2 February, 9am
> Training and Learning Programme Manager at Healthy Me Healthy Communities Salary: Actual £15,600 per annum | Hours: 22.5 hours per week | Deadline: 10 February, 4pm
> Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Homeless Healthcare Service at Urban Village Medical Practice Salary: £45,753 – £51,668 per annum | Hours: Full-time | Deadline: 12 February
> Hospital Worker – Homeless Healthcare Service at Urban Village Medical Practice Salary: £31,740 per annum | Hours: Full-time | Deadline: 12 February
Search for more job opportunities here
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In order to support the sector during these unprecedented times access to our Funding Portal is currently open to all VCSE organisations in the city of Manchester. Special thanks to IDOX for allowing us to offer this. If you need any help with using the funding portal please email us: [email protected]
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The aim of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network is to inform and influence Greater Manchester strategies that affect older people. Membership is open to all older people living in Greater Manchester.
Skill GiversThe Skill Givers project has expanded and is now able to offer support to ALL voluntary groups, community groups, charities and social enterprises across Salford and Manchester. Over the next six months we will be focusing on trying to support the voluntary sector with adapting to the new ways of working that have had to be in place due to Covid-19. We want to know how employee volunteers can really make a difference to your organisation – Get in touch and let us know! You can find out more and register for the project on the Skill Givers website or contact the Project Coordinator if you have any questions about how this may work for you organisation, tel: 0791 225 9255, email: [email protected]
Volunteer Centre Manchester provides information, support and training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer and to organisations who work with or involve volunteers.
The Capacity Building Team provides group development support to build the capacity and sustainability of Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. This is available through bespoke, one-to-one support and our training and we co-ordinate a training calendar of other relevant training opportunities from across the city.
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