News from VSNW for Greater Manchester Issue 122


The Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group, for which VSNW provides secretariat support and Chief Executive Warren Escadale is the Independent Chair, have issued a statement relating to Covid-19 and the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester.

In addition it has also produced a COVID Response update/assessment document highlighting the action taken so far by the Leadership group on behalf of the sector during the current crisis, and the further steps it will be taking in the coming weeks and months.

Meanwhile,  in partnership with Steve Rotheram, Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has launched the #BuildBackBetter campaign to ensure that the recovery and rebuild from the current crisis works for all communities.

Message from Chief Executive: Welcome to VSNW newsletter #122. 

Obviously a lot has changed in the Voluntary Sector and wide society over the last few months. Needless to say, I hope you’re all keeping well and staying safe.

Just to update you on operational matters, VSNW is continuing to work at full capacity, with all staff working from their homes across the North West. With the office closed we’re not picking up physical mail as often, so the best way to contact us is by email or phone. Do please keep in touch and let us know if you have any information you’d like to share or things we can help with.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we’ve been keeping in close contact with our colleagues across the region, with all of our sub-regional meetings now moved to Zoom-calls. Despite one or two technical problems, these seem to have been working well on the whole, and we’ve actually found that in terms of using our time effectively and speaking to a wide-range of people, in some ways these have been more effective than face-to-face meetings.

So whilst there has been a steep learning curve, hopefully there are some positives that we will be able to take from the current situation in terms of more effective ways of working, making use of technology and operating more flexibly. This will particularly apply to such a diverse and dispersed region as the North West.

You may also find this video we have put together on how to do community engagement when socially distant useful.

What follows is a quick summary of what VSNW has been doing in the different sub-regions over the past few weeks. Please let us know if you have any questions on these or would like any more information.

Please stay safe and we hope to see you all again soon.