Volunteering Opportunities

Sure Start Volunteer

Interested adults will be given application forms/course details from Manchester College and benefit advice regarding creche support during the programme from JC+ on the 10th November.


 park Volunteer

Volunteering at Alexandra Park

If you would like to find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities at the park including training course – check out the Alexandra Park Volunteer page – here you can register your interest in being a volunteer and discover up and coming events.
Volunteering is a great way to make friends with like minded people and help out the community – just click on the link to find out more
http://alexparkvolunteers.org/index.htm

 


Volunteering Opportunities; Digest 25/09/2015

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINKS TO THE LISTING OR REFER TO THE CONTACT POINT FOR AN OPPORTUNITY.


Volunteering Opportunities in Greater Manchester


– Follow the links to view each opportunity and apply via the Volunteer Centre Manchester website (you may be asked to login!).
 
ONLY Volunteers that have attended an Induction Event will be able to apply – to book onto an upcoming Volunteer Induction Event contact the team via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail: info@volunteercentremanchester.co.uk.

The Heatons Girls Club Volunteers, The Heatons Girls Club

Treasurer, Theatre of the Senses

Event Volunteer, Prostate Cancer UK

Bag Packing for Henshaws, Henshaws Society for Blind People

Bag Packing for Henshaws, Henshaws Society for Blind People

Project Assistant, Riverside ECHG

Project Assistant, Riverside ECHG

Patient Help Desk Volunteer, Henshaws Society for Blind People

Ambassador, Volunteer Centre Manchester

Administrator, Volunteer Centre Manchester

Volunteer Driver, Future Directions CIC

Volunteer Reception Assistant, Shelter

Day Centre Volunteer (Openshaw), Age UK Manchester

Day Centre Volunteer (Gorton), Age UK Manchester

Kitchen Assistant Volunteer (Openshaw), Age UK Manchester

Kitchen Assistant Volunteer (Gorton), Age UK Manchester

Arts and Crafts Group Support, Henshaws Society for Blind People

Wednesday Group Driver/Supporter, Henshaws Society for Blind People


Web Designer, Mr D’s Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Brook Manchester Education Volunteer, Brook Manchester

Fundraising Volunteer, After Adoption

Books for Free Volunteer, Healthy Planet

Charity Event Volunteers, ME1 Personal Development

Youth Justice ‘Referral Panel’ Member, The Youth Justice Service

Mentors, The Youth Justice Service


Upon making your application to an opportunity, you should expect to be contacted with further information within 10 days – in the event that this does not happen contact Volunteer Centre Manchester via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail: info@volunteercentremanchester.co.uk.


Events Map and Calendar for Citywide Festival of volunteering and community groups is now live!…

Showcasing the spirit of the voluntary and community sector in Manchester

The Spirit of Manchester Festival is a citywide celebration of the amazing and invaluable services delivered by the voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Manchester.

Between 1st and 10th of October events will be taking place targeting a vast range of people of all ages, backgrounds, communities and neighbourhoods across the city. These events, organised by local groups are open to everyone living, working in or visiting Manchester. They are free to enter and are about using the wealth of talent in hundreds of local groups to entertain, inform and celebrate the true community Spirit of Manchester.

The Festival now has over 55 events lined up with more being added every day. There is a host of different organisations participating all across the city including:

  • For volunteers we have Southway Housing Trust, Manchester Carers Forum and the British Red Cross hosting fairs to join up volunteers with exciting projects
  • For younger people Greater Manchester Youth Network is hosting a house party to showcase its work and engage the young people in Manchester, Z-Arts are putting on Capoeira, music and drama classes for all ages
  • Manchester Action on Street Health are hosting an open morning raising awareness about the incredible work they do helping women in sex work.
  • Manchester Museum’s Silver Sunday and Friendly Faces’ Fun Day are great events for older people
  • The Festival is is being previewed with an incredible warm-up Art Jam with Mantra Live and CAN, showcasing young musical talent in Manchester on 27th of September

You can read more about the Spirit of Manchester Festival and view the Events Map and Directory at: http://bit.ly/1LTff58


Volunteering Opportunity: Digital and Work Club Mentors

Are you interested in volunteering?

Volunteering as a Digital or Work Club Mentor might be for you!

By volunteering as a Digital or Work Club Mentor you can:

  • make a difference to the lives of others                                
  • share your expertise and knowledge
  • get training
  • develop your skills
  • get some valuable work experience
  • apply your experiences
  • enhance your CV
  • ……and much more!!!

Digital Mentors help people to improve their computing skills    –    you will use your own computing skills and knowledge to help people who are less confident using computers to use the internet, e-mail and social media, as well as a range of computer programmes. Digital settings can range from ICT courses, libraries, community centres and learning hubs.

Work Club Mentors help people back into work   –    you will support people to search and apply for jobs in a caring and supportive atmosphere. Work clubs take place all over Manchester and support jobseekers to stay focused and motivated in their search for employment.

What’s in it for me?

Manchester Adult Education Services (MAES) will provide a 6 week Mentoring Skills  Course which will give you the skills and knowledge needed to support people using computers or in work clubs. You will gain valuable work experience through a volunteer placement at a suitable venue and can also claim travel expenses within Manchester to and from your volunteering placement for up to 6 weeks.

If you already volunteer or would like to start doing so, you can get a free place on one of the following courses:

Forum Adult Learning, Forum Square, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX, 0161 935 4080

Tuesday 3rd November at 12.30-3.30 for 6 weeks (Information Session on 13th October at 12.30)

Longsight Library and Learning Centre, 519 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester, M12 4NE, 0161 227 370

Thursday 5th November at 9.30-12.30 for 6 weeks (Information Session on 15th October at 9.30)

What do we require from you?

  • commitment to a 6 week course (3 hours each week)
  • availability to undertake a volunteer placement (providing support to people using computers or in work clubs for 1 session for 6 weeks)
  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • good ICT skills

You can read more about this volunteering opportunity and apply via:http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/IWLTU/

For further information, contact Emma Langlois via E-mail: e.langlois@manchester.gov.uk

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1iA86gf

More information about being a Digital and Work Club Mentor is availabel to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1WmJ0An


Volunteering Opportunity: Volunteer Mentor, Reach Out

“ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with children in disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and competence.

We improve self-confidence and develop numeracy, literacy, communication and memory skills whilst reinforcing our core values of fairness, self-control, good judgement and staying power.

We do this through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models and team activities to promote leadership, trust and responsibility”.

Become a mentor

Our mentoring projects simply wouldn’t happen without the brilliant men and women who give up their time to support disadvantaged young people week in, week out.

What to expect:

As a mentor we ask that you give 1 or 2 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months and are committed, enthusiastic and positive.

We will help you face the challenges of mentoring and get the most from your volunteering experience by providing comprehensive pre-programme training and continued support from our experienced project leaders.

You can read more about volunteering opportunities and apply with Reach Out via their website at: http://bit.ly/1MxJjm7


Training Opportunity: V.I.P. ‘Intro to youth work’ training events from Greater Manchester Youth Network

“Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) is a registered charity (reg no. 1151897). We work to enable young people and organisations to participate, develop and achieve. We aim to do this by offering a variety of activities that will engage and empower young people and by capacity building the organisations that work with them”.

GMYN’s Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) supports organisations in Manchester to involve volunteers in their work with young people. Following the VIP training programme’s previous success GMYN, in collaboration with VYM, are once again offering the Intro to Youth Work training aimed at volunteer youth workers in Manchester.

Who is it for?

Primarily for those 18+ who are volunteering with young people in Manchester and wish to develop their understanding and practice of youth work. Some places for paid staff are available. The programme is made up of six separate training events.

How much does it cost?

Volunteer places are free although a £10 returnable deposit is required. Paid staff can book places at £45 per event. Discounts for multiple bookings are available. Volunteer places and some aspects of these events are funded through VIP. Paid places cover the additional training costs such as partners trainer fees.

How do I book?

Bookings are made through the Eventbrite website which explains full details about payments and cancellations – Click this link http://goo.gl/kt04nN

All attendees will be asked to fill in a simple pre and post learning assessment form which will be emailed in advance of any events booked on. Volunteers can book on a maximum of 3 events and will be placed on reserve lists for any others they wish to attend. Whilst not essential we recommend booking onto the ‘Intro to Youth Work Values’ training as this session underpins the other training sessions.

What will the training be like?

The events will be spaces for learning but will not be too formal. We expect groups of about 10 people. Each event will provide understanding around the topic & relate this to practical application in youth work settings.

Is there anything else I should know?

We ask that when choosing to book onto events, interested participants remember that each session is an ‘Intro’ to aspects of youth work. We recognise that participants will have a range of experience and knowledge and therefore suggest they book on training that will advance their youth work practice. If you are already experienced in a topic covered, challenge yourself, book onto a different event!

Each training event will run 5:30pm -8:30pm at

Brunswick Parish Church, Ardwick, M12 9TQ.

Light refreshments will be available.

A Programme of Events for Intro to Youth Work is available to view, download and print at:

http://bit.ly/1JtqZHd

For further information contact Myrtle Finley via E-mail: myrtle.finley@gmyn.co.uk orTelephone: 0161 274 3377


Spirit of Manchester Festival Event: Volunteer MP Event, Miles Platting Manchester


Spirit of Manchester Festival Event: Greater Manchester Youth Network House Party

“Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) is a registered charity (reg no. 1151897). We work to enable young people and organisations to participate, develop and achieve. We aim to do this by offering a variety of activities that will engage and empower young people and by capacity building the organisations that work with them”.


Event: Community Volunteering Fair at Manchester Metropolitan University from Volunteer Centre Manchester in association with The Union, Manchester

Community Volunteering Fair

Date/Time: Wednesday 14th October 2015, 11 am – 3 pm

Venue: The Union, MMU, Manchester

This event is run in partnership by The Union MMU and Volunteer Centre Manchester to invite members of the community as well as students to come and find out about volunteering opportunities.

A host of Volunteer-involving Organisations will be on hand to talk to you about their volunteering, training and development opportunities.

For more information contact:

Volunteer Centre Manchester via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail: info@volunteercentremanchester.co.uk

The Union MMU via Telephone: 0161 247 6609 or E-mail: volunteering@mmu.ac.uk

A flyer for this event is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1MtUBsx


Event: Public Workshops at Manchester Art Gallery

Therapeutic Thursday

Thursday 8 October 2015, 5pm-8pm

Free, drop in

Experience all our regular public workshops and much, much more as well-being takes over for one special evening in Autumn. Now is your chance to try Take notice, make your mark in Mindful marks or take part in any of the workshops aimed at reducing stress and promoting positive health and wellbeing through art. Everyone welcome.

#MAGwellbeing

Take notice: de-stress with art

First Tuesday of the month, 12:1512.45pm and 1 – 1:30pm

Free, no need to book

Take time out of your busy day and experience artworks within the gallery in a calming and rejuvenating way. Using mindfulness techniques, you will be guided in exploring specially selected works. Recent research has shown that practicing mindfulness can reduce stress, lift your mood and improve memory and concentration. It’s free and no previous experience is required. Simply come along to sit, look, notice and breathe. We’ll do the rest.

Mindful marks: de-stress and draw

Second Tuesday of the month, 12-2pm

Free, drop in

Join artist Naomi Kendrick and find your flow in these multi-sensory and experimental drawing workshops inspired by mindfulness techniques. Pick up a pastel and immerse yourself in the music-drawing experience in the beautiful setting of the gallery. Stay for two minutes or two hours, it’s up to you. Drawing or meditation experience not necessary. Everyone welcome.

Take notice at Thursday lates

Third Thursday of every month, 5:15-5:45pm and 6-6:30pm

Free, no need to book

Experience our world class art in a calming and rejuvenating way away from the stresses of the modern world.  Learn more about the meditative qualities of looking at art. Whether you’re curious about mindfulness or are an experienced meditator looking to practice in a different way or you simply love to look at art; this session is for you. No previous experience necessary.

You can read more about these Public Workshops via the Manchetsr Art Gallery website at: http://bit.ly/1OybRAf


Event(s): A Comic Strip about Disability History from The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

“Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) was established in 1985 and is an organisation of disabled people; that is, run and controlled by disabled people.

GMCDP aims to:

  • promote the independence and integration of disabled people in society;
  • identify and challenge the discrimination faced by disabled people in society today; and
  • encourage and support the self-organisation of disabled people”.

GMCDP need you to help with a comic strip about disability history!

GMCDP’s young disabled people are working on a joint project with Manchester City Council to put an exhibition together to celebrate Disability History month.

A group of young people are meeting regularly and like the idea of putting this across in the style of a comic.

If you are a young disabled person 18-30, live within Greater Manchester and would like to come along and see how you can be part of this exciting project please get in touch.

We offer support with travel costs and other access requirements so please give us a ring to discuss this as we want everybody to have the opportunity to get involved.

Dates we will be meeting are: –

Windrush Millennium Centre

Thursday 24th Sept 12:30 – 3:00

Tuesday 29th September 11:30 – 13:30

Wednesday 7th October 10:00 – 12:00

Manchester Art Gallery

Thursday 8th October 13:30 – 16:00

Thursday 15th October 13:30 – 16:00

Thursday 22nd October 13:30 – 16:00

Thursday 5th November 13:30 – 16:00

Thursday 12th November (extra session if needed)

The launch will be on International Day of Disabled People on Thursday 3rd December 2015

For further information, contact Louise Hollingworth via Telephone: 0161 636 7538 


 

Volunteer Centre Manchester Training, Events and Information; Digest 21/08/2015

If you have anything that you would like to feature in a future bulletin, please contact Jack Puller via E-mail: jack@macc.org.uk with the subject heading “Volunteer Centre Manchester Digest”.

Register now! Volunteer Coordinators Forum, Manchester; 21st October 2015, 10 am – 12 pm

Volunteer Coordinator Forum (VCF)

The next Volunteer Coordinator Forum (MANCHESTER) will be on:

Date: Wednesday 21st Ocotober 2015

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Venue: Ronald McDonald House Manchester, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0BH

Book:            http://bit.ly/1gYtF9c

If you’d like to present information at this VCF or if you’d like to provide an agenda item, contact Jack Puller via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail: jack@macc.org.uk

Register now! Volunteer Coordinators Forum, Wythenshawe; 2nd October 2015, 10 am – 12 pm

Volunteer Coordinator Forum (VCF)

The next Volunteer Coordinator Forum (WYTHENSHAWE) will be on:

Date: Friday 2nd October

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Venue: Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, 8 Poundswick Lane, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 9TA

Book:            http://bit.ly/1LmFtPT

If you’d like to present information at this VCF or if you’d like to provide an agenda item, contact Barkery Jammeh via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail: barkery@macc.org.uk


 

It’s back! Spirit of Manchester Festival 2015! Get involved now!…

 

There are over 3000 voluntary and community groups in Manchester doing incredible work. Groups often put on events in order to raise their profile within the community. What if we all did this at once? We could magnify this impact and make it a city-wide celebration of the sector. This is what the Spirit of Manchester Festival is all about.

 

It is a symbol of what we all love about this amazing city. It is an opportunity for the community and voluntary sector to stand up and shout about just how brilliant we are. As we all know, these are uncertain times. In the face of cuts across the board vulnerable people are becoming ever more at risk. This is affecting the sector as a whole, and individual groups and organisations are feeling the pinch.

 

In this time of uncertainty it is vital that we demonstrate to stakeholders, local people and to ourselves, just how vibrant and essential this sector is! You are working hard. The work you do directly changes people’s lives. We need spread our community spirit as far as we can, reaching as many people as possible. We need to work together, collaborate, share skills and support each other to show exactly what is going on in our city.

The Spirit of Manchester Festival and Awards is an opportunity to showcase everything that we are doing, by joining together to promote each other we can reach out to people and show them that it is possible to make a difference. We can empower people to get involved, celebrate the incredible things we achieve every day and attract those essential resources of funding and volunteers.

Getting involved will enable your group and cause to get that crucial publicity to help attract supporters. Joining in is easy, all you need to do is put on an event, big or small, between the 1st and 10th of October. Macc with provide you with branding and support and promote your event online, through the council and in the press. By doing this together we can help draw attention to smaller groups and give them a voice on a larger platform.

Come and get involved!

Please contact maeve@macc.org.uk or 0161 834 9823, like us on Facebook or tweet with#Spiritof Mcr15Fest.


 

2015 Nominet Trust 100

“As the UK’s leading social tech funder, we bring together, invest in and support people making imaginative use of technology to address complex social challenges”.

Help us celebrate the world’s most inspiring digital social innovations!

Nominet Trust’s worldwide search for the 100 most inspiring social tech ventures of 2015 is on!
Now in its third year, the NT100 shines a spotlight on impressive people and organisations in the fast-growing global social tech sector.

This year we hope to uncover yet more inspiring examples of social tech ventures that are making a real impact and celebrate the phenomenal work being done by social innovators to tackle the world’s biggest social challenges – but we need your help!

From tackling human rights abuses or climate change to improving educational opportunities or access to health, we want to hear about the people, projects and organisations that are making a difference with digital tech.

If you have been inspired by a venture using digital technology to tackle a significant social challenge, nominate them here.


 

Event: Safe Organisations: Safe Young People, Voluntary Youth Manchester

“Voluntary Youth Manchester is an inclusive network that supports voluntary, community and faith organisations who work with young people in Manchester, and works in partnership with a range of others to ensure that young people receive the best possible outcomes. As such, participation in our network meetings, events, conferences, practice development opportunities, training, receiving bulletins, is open to frontline youth workers, managers, trustees, partner organisations, across the voluntary, public and private sectors”.

This event, to coincide with the September gathering of the VYM Network, will address issues identified by youth and play providers around governance and safeguarding.

Venue: The Grange, Pilgrim Drive, in Beswick

Date/Time: Thursday 10th September, 10 am to 4 pm.

The event will be split into 3 parts:

  • The morning session will address how to ensure your organisation is ‘safe’, which will primarily address governance issues – so policies, procedures, compliance, strategic leadership, financial responsibility, etc.
  • The afternoon session will focus on the key safeguarding issues in the city at this time, including child sexual exploitation (CSE), FGM, the Prevent strategy/ radicalization, etc.
  • In the middle of these two sessions we will have lunch combined with inputs and insights from within the VCS re safeguarding issues, discussion, and a consultation to identify the day to day safeguarding & governance issues arising within the sector to inform future training.  This session will incorporate the network meeting.

The event is being organised by VYM & the East Youth Partnership with contributions by Macc and Manchester City Council Quality team (Prevent Strategy), and is open to all Youth & Play organisations and anyone interested in these issues as they relate to Manchester.

So, sign up as soon as possible, and please do encourage your trustees to attend the morning session, if available, as this will be covering important matters that are likely to be under scrutiny in coming months.  We recognise that not everyone will be able to attend for the whole day, but if not we do invite you to attend either morning and lunch, or lunch and afternoon, so as to be able to inform wider sector discussions over lunch.

For further information and to confirm your attendance, contact Ross Grant via E-mail: ross@vymnetwork.org.uk


 

 

How to get financial help in an emergency from Gingerbread

“At Gingerbread, we think single parents do a brilliant job…

We provide advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer our helpline, this website is packed full of useful information and we offer training too. We also campaign to improve the lives of all single parent families. And because we’re a national charity, it’s all free”.

How to get financial help in an emergency

Payday loans aren’t the only option if you need money urgently. You might be able to get a budgeting loan, hardship payment, short term benefit advance, or even a grant.

Find out about all these options, plus links to debt advice and money saving tips from Gingerbread members below.

Get help in an emergency

In a crisis it may be tempting to take out a short term loan, but you can end up paying back double what you borrowed. There are other places you can turn for help:

Get help with rent

If you already receive housing benefit but you’re still struggling to pay or facing rent arrears, you can apply for a discretionary housing payment. You will need to contact your local council.

Get help paying utility bills

If you need help paying your utility bills you can contact:

Get help with one-off costs

If you need help to cover longer term costs such as a new fridge, furniture, removal costs or clothing, you may be able to apply for a budgeting loan.

Budgeting loans are interest-free so you only pay back what you borrow. You can apply for a budgeting loan if you’ve been receiving income-related benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support for at least 26 weeks.

You can also contact Turn2Us to see if there are any grants available to help you cover costs.

Debt management, budgeting and money saving tips
If you are struggling with debt, take a look at our factsheets:

Plus, see our members’ top money saving tips.

Join Gingerbread

Remember you’re not alone. Join Gingerbread for free and talk to other single parents in our online forum or at your local Gingerbread group.


 

FORWARD’s Youth Programme

FORWARD’s Youth Programme, Young People Speak Out, works with young people around the UK on the issues of female genital mutilation (FGM). We believe that young people play an important role in creating change and ending FGM, so we help to make sure your voices are heard. We also work to build your skills to be leaders and advocates against FGM and gender based violence.

The Youth Advocacy Programme is a six month programme for young people. During the programme, you will gain valuable skills and knowledge about leadership, campaigning and running your own project. You will then be asked to plan a project which you feel would help let other young people know about FGM. Finally, you will receive a small amount of money and support to put your plan into action!

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1gYo7eU

Let’s Talk About Money Session from Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

“Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) was established in 1985 and is an organisation of disabled people; that is, run and controlled by disabled people.

GMCDP aims to:

  • promote the independence and integration of disabled people in society;
  • identify and challenge the discrimination faced by disabled people in society today; and
  • encourage and support the self-organisation of disabled people”.

Who’s the session for?

Any disabled person over 15 years old living in Manchester. That means anyone with a physical, sensory or other impairment, with mental health issues or learning difficulties.

What time, when and where?  

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm on 16 September 2015 near the centre of Manchester. (When you book we will give you the full address and directions).

Will food be provided?

There will be tea, coffee and cakes.

What will it be like?

You can talk about and get basic information about money, banking, debt etc. There will be a quiz, and other agencies here who can advise on specific areas. We will give you information to take away too.

Transport, support and access needs

GMCDP will provide transport, British Sign Language, Lipspeaking and personal assistance to those who need it. Also information in large print, audio and Braille. Please contact us as soon as possible so we have time to organize meeting your access needs.

For further information and booking, contact Maureen or Phil via Telephone: 0161 636 7537or E-mail: mday@gmcdp.com

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1Jk3z7g


 

Talk Cancer Bursary from Cancer Research UK

 

Having the skills and confidence to have a short conversation about cancer can make a real difference to the lives of people in your community. We want to offer those who are best-placed in their community to have such conversations, with the chance to attend a Talk Cancer workshop.

 

Cancer Research UK offers a limited number of bursaries to support individual health workers and volunteers to undertake Talk Cancer training. Bursaries can be used to cover the workshop attendance fee only, and cannot be used for additional expenses such as travel.

Who can apply?

We accept applications from individuals who work or volunteer to improve health and wellbeing in their community. To be eligible for a bursary, you must not have previously attended Talk Cancer training. You must also be able to explain how you will use the skills and knowledge gained from attending Talk Cancer to promote cancer awareness in your area. Preference will be given to those with limited financial means.

See the full bursary terms and conditions

To support your application, please refer to the Talk Cancer learning outcomes

How do I apply for a bursary?

After reading the terms and conditions, please complete and return the application form. You will need to download, print and sign the application form.

Download the bursary application form

One form must be completed for each individual applicant.

Please scan and email completed applications to talkcancer@cancer.org.uk and mark the email subject ‘Bursary application’.

Or you can post completed forms to: Talk Cancer team, Health Community Engagement, Cancer Research UK, Angel Building, 407 St Johns Street, London, EC1V 4AD.

Applications are reviewed all year round. To avoid disappointment of workshops being fully booked, please submit your application at least six weeks ahead of your chosen workshop date.

See our upcoming workshop dates

To discuss your application

If you would like to chat to someone about your bursary application, please E-mail:talkcancer@cancer.org.uk or Telephone: 020 3469 8111 to speak to a member of the Talk Cancer team.


 

Training: FREE Platinum Community Reporters Training – last few places remaining

Community Reporting is about helping people to have a voice. It is user generated content with individuals trained to tell their story. Training can be tailored to your needs and can involve any aspect of Community Reporting – written content, audio, video or photography. See the below document for details of the training we offer. It could be used for voluntary and community organisations to raise their profile, showcasing their work and highlighting their impact. Or it could be a way for running a consultation with tenants or service users to say what they think and tell their personal story. The Community Reporters training is accredited by the Institute of Community Reporters.

Free Community Reporter Train the Trainer Programme

7, 8 and 10 September 2015

The Train the Trainer programme is an exciting opportunity for people to learn the skills required to deliver Community Reporter training. It covers everything people need in order to deliver sessions on basic journalism, photography, audio and video production, as well as understanding the core elements that comprise Community Reporter best practice.

The training is accredited by the Institute of Community Reporters and participants who successfully complete the programme will be added to Macc’s pool of Platinum Community Reporter trainers.

Macc holds the license for Community Reporting in Manchester and as part of the pool you could be commissioned (and paid) to run training projects in the future.

The training is over three days you will need to commit to all the days and produce content as homework in-between sessions.

A note on eligibility:

Participants need to already have pre-existing content creation skills as the programme is not designed to be a skills training programme. People’s competency in this area is tested via a mid-point content creation challenge.

Your commitment:

The actual cost of delivering this course is £160 per person. Macc is subsidising this cost to enable the course to be offered FREE.

We expect interest in the training to be high and we need to ensure people are fully committed and are willing and able to complete the full programme.

Anyone who doesn’t complete the training or the content creation will be asked to pay the full fee.

A charge will apply for last minute cancellation or non-attendance – further details are available on the online booking form – by confirming your booking on this training you are agreeing to the above conditions.

Running order:

DAY 1          

  • What is Community Reporting?
  • What is the Institute of Community Reporting?
  • Style and approach
  • Skills audit
  • Community Reporting best practice
  • Introduction to journalism
  • Photography composition
  • Image editing

Day 2

  • How we teach audio
  • How we teach video
  • Meet-ups
  • Presentation ceremony
  • Data collection/ethics
  • Initial/final skills audit
  • Content creation and teaching practise

Day 3

  • Teaching practise and feedback
  • Peer review of content
  • Troubleshooting
  • Devising programmes

For further information and to register your interest in this opportunity, please contact Jack Pullervia E-mail: jack@macc.org.uk or Telephone: 0161 830 4770.


 

Training: Scared of Interviews / Scared of Application Forms Training, Adactus Housing

Scared of Interviews?

Scared of Application Forms?

Attend our training and we can give you more confidence to get that job plus other useful job related tips

Wednesday 9th September 10am- 3pm (with lunch provided) – Application Forms

Wednesday 23rd September 10am- 3pm (with lunch provided) – Interviews

Open to anyone looking for employment or who wants to update their skills

For further information and booking, contact Issie or Vicki via Telephone:0161 203 2600 (option 2) or E-mail: isobel.howard@adactushousing.co.uk orvictoria.greer@adactushousing.co.uk

The course will take place at Adactus Housing Office, Baker House, 542 Oldham Road, Miles Platting M40 8BS

A flyer for these opportunities is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1E6ksXn (Interviews) http://bit.ly/1KxiRXp (Application Forms)

Apprenticeship Opportunity: Apprenticeships with GLL Social Enterprise

“A charitable social enterprise for all the community

GLL makes community services and spaces better for everyone. And it’s about more than just money. Our people invest time, energy and effort into helping and improving communities through the services we offer – and with great results.

Our success means we’re proud to be the first leisure operator in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark and the Big Society Award”.

Are you looking to start a career in the Fitness and Active Leisure industry? GLL are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the team. These are 12 month apprenticeships and training will be provided to work towards a Level 2 NVQ.

  • Good personal development opportunities
  • Work in a friendly and supportive environment
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Give a great customer experience
  • Take on new challenges
  • Receive recognition for your work

Eligibility:

  • You must be aged 16+.
  • You must not hold an HND, degree or equivalent Level 4 qualification, or be in another form of education eg college or university.
  • You must have lived within the UK or EU for the last three years and have the right to remain indefinitely.

For further information, contact Helen Wheeler via Telephone: 0117 314 3004 or E-mail:Helen.wheeler@lifetimetraining.co.uk

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1JkMSgy


Does your career need a helping hand?
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust aims to support local young people gain skills, knowledge and experience to help achieve their personal vocational aspirations and career goals.

With our new programme, ‘Inspiring Young Minds’, we can support with any of the following:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Mentoring and advice from someone already working in your area of interest
  • Work experience
  • CV, application and interview support
  • Mock interview practice
  • Work Placements leading to interview opportunities

If you feel you would benefit from any of the above or would like some further information, contactGemma via E-mail: gemma.beesley@cmft.nhs.uk or Telephone: 0161 276 5843


 

Small travel grants for voluntary organisations of older or disabled people from Transport for Greater Manchester

“Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for co-ordinating public transport services throughout Greater Manchester”.

What is a small travel grant?

Transport for Greater Manchester provide grants to help meet the needs of older or disabled people who have serious mobility difficulties and find it difficult to use ordinary public transport.

Each grant is worth up to £150 (any one year from April to March) and must be used to pay for transport, for example, commercial coach or minibus hire, community transport or taxis. Please note: we are unable to provide grants for trips on Ring and Ride services.

Who can apply

Small travel grants are for voluntary organisations of older or disabled people or for voluntary organisations who stage events which are likely to attract significant numbers of older or disabled people.

The trip or event must be a special one-off occasion and not a regular meeting. It must take place in Greater Manchester or within ten miles of the county boundary and the people involved must live in Greater Manchester.

All organisations must have a bank account. We are unable to accept personal bank details.

It is a condition of the grant that the voluntary organisation provides proof that the money has been spent on transport, for example, a receipt or an invoice signed “paid” from a coach hire company, community transport operator or taxi firm. All receipts or invoices must be received within one month of the trip taking place.

It is important to note that we are unable to process further applications if all invoices and receipts have not been received.

How to apply

An application pack for this grant is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1CA7rEp

For further information or advice about small travel, contact Customised Services via Telephone: 0161 244 1658 or E-mail: flexibletransport@tfgm.com


 

Recruiting and Managing Volunteers Resources ferom KnowHow NonProfit

“KnowHow – the place for voluntary sector people to learn and share what they have learnt with others.

Whether you work in a large charity, are setting up your own social enterprise or are helping out your local community group, this site is for you. Whatever your organisation or role within it, if you want information, to update your skills or to talk to others in similar situations, you’ve come to the right place”.

A series of resources on ‘Recruiting and Managing Volunteers’ are available to view, download and print via the KnowHow NonProfit website at: http://bit.ly/1BGd0kI

MMU Sport Volunteering: Register your Sports Volunteering Opportunities…

MMU Sport Volunteering is an online volunteering bureau that provides MMU students with a vast array of opportunities to volunteer in sport.

Coordinated by MMU Sport – A partnership between Manchester Metropolitan University and The Union, the programme specifically concentrates on the following key aims:

  • To improve student satisfaction by making sure that every student has an beneficial, rewarding and enjoyable experience whilst volunteering in sport.
  • To develop, support and reward sports volunteering, both within the university and across the local community.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to put into practice their subject knowledge, in a real-life environment.
  • To empower students to make a difference in their local communities, by making sport happen.
  • To provide support to local sports clubs and organisations.

Do you need volunteers?

Do you have events that our volunteers might be interested in?

If you are a sports club, organisation or provider looking for volunteers, you can register with MMU Sport Volunteering via their website at: http://bit.ly/1eLiPTq or contact, Adam Howard via E-mail: adam.howard@mmu.ac.uk or Telephone: 0161 247 6427.

Organisations do not have to be Sports-Based and can also register if they have sports provision or activity as part of their programme or offer.


 

Still looking for Volunteers:

 

Volunteering Opportunity: Volunteer Mentor, Reach Out

“ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with children in disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and competence.

We improve self-confidence and develop numeracy, literacy, communication and memory skills whilst reinforcing our core values of fairness, self-control, good judgement and staying power.

We do this through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models and team activities to promote leadership, trust and responsibility”.

Become a mentor

Our mentoring projects simply wouldn’t happen without the brilliant men and women who give up their time to support disadvantaged young people week in, week out.

What to expect:

As a mentor we ask that you give 1 or 2 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months and are committed, enthusiastic and positive.

We will help you face the challenges of mentoring and get the most from your volunteering experience by providing comprehensive pre-programme training and continued support from our experienced project leaders.

You can read more about volunteering opportunities and apply with Reach Out via their website at: http://bit.ly/1MxJjm7

Volunteering Opportunity: Sports Coach Volunteer, The Factory Youth Zone

“The Factory Youth Zone is a charity run state-of-the-art youth centre which provides a unique safe place where anyone aged 8-21 (up to 25 for those with additional needs) can discover somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to. Since opening in February 2012 over 4,000 young  people have joined with membership costing just £5 per year and 50p a visit”.

Volunteer Role Description Sports Coach Volunteer

What does a Sports Coach Volunteer do?

  • Supports the delivery of high quality sports offer for 13-21 year olds.
  • Encourages young people to engage in a variety of sports and activities.
  • Plans and delivers sessions specific to your selected sport.
  • Acts as a positive role model to members.

When would a Sports Coach take part in volunteering?

We are asking for volunteers to commit to a 12 month period, attending the centre one session a week.

Available sessions are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm – 10:15 pm.

What is The Factory Youth Zone?

The Factory Youth Zone is a youth centre in Manchester providing positive activities, practical support and personal development opportunities for young people. The aim is to enable young people to make constructive use of their leisure time, raise their aspirations and encourage them to live a positive independent lifestyle.

What should a Sports Coach Volunteer expect from The Factory?

  • Help and supervision from our Volunteer Coordinator
  • Funding for a Level 1 qualification in a selected sport
  • In-house training on basic youth work practice, policies and procedures at The Factory Youth Zone
  • Access to on-going internal training on issues affecting young people
  • A reference after completion of 6 months volunteering

Apply!

Email our Volunteer Coordinator via leanne.mcging@thefactoryyz.org and you will be asked to complete an application form. Successful applicants willrequire an Enhanced DBS check prior to starting their volunteer role.

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1Nnc0WH


 

Volunteering Opportunity: Charity Bagpackers (Altrincham and Fallowfield), Francis House Children’s Hospice

“Francis House provides a home from home where families can receive professional care, support and friendship.

Francis House is open to all families who have children diagnosed as having a life threatening or life limiting condition.

Care is given free of charge and regardless of faith or cultural background”

Francis House is keen to hear from people who’d liek to lend a hand with one or more Charity Bag Packing Events in September 2015:

Date/Time: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 10 am – 4 pm (or any time given you can give) 11 am start on Sunday.

Venue: Sainsbury’s Fallowfield, 347 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6SS

AND

Date/Time: Saturday 3rd October 10 am – 4 pm

 

Venue: Sainsbury’s Altrincham, Lloyd Street, Altrincham, WA14 2SU

 

For further information or to offer your support, contact Kate Puć via Telephone: 0161 443 2200 or E-mail: Kate.Puc@francishouse.org.uk

You can read more about Francis House via their website at: www.francishouse.org.uk


 

Volunteering Opportunity: I can Make IT Volunteering Roles with Disability Rights UK

“We are disabled people leading change, working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens”.

We at Disability Rights UK would like to invite you to join us on “I can make it”, a new campaign that aims to create new job opportunities for you and people around you.

Why do we need the campaign?

I Can Make it was created because of the need to increase employment opportunities for young disabled people. If you’re disabled and aged 18-24 then you’re more than twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training, something which is unacceptable.

What’s it all about?

We aim to influence existing spending in local government and some large businesses. The campaign will be led by young disabled people with our support (i.e. you!) if you’re aged 18 – 25 in Birmingham, Bristol, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton. Other cities will be considered

You will be involved in persuading key decision makers in local authorities and businesses and you will connect to your team mates in the other cities via social media and email. To become as confident as you can be you will learn about:

  • Advocacy and presentational skills
  • How local government works e.g. local government procurement and tendering
  • Buying and supply chain policies and corporate social responsibility
  • Inclusive recruitment and retention practices and campaigning skills
  • Video production to allow experiences and stories to be shared.

We are looking for people that can spend on average one day a week working on this campaign and learning new skills as required.

How will being a volunteer help me?

  • You will build confidence in speaking for yourself and people around you.
  • You will develop a range of valuable skills that can be transferrable to different types of organisations including local government
  • You will be able to demonstrate initiative and engagement with the wider world.
  • You will meet new people from different backgrounds.
  • How other young disabled people benefit from this project?

If we succeed in shaping tendering and procurement policies then more disabled people could find jobs and become apprentices. We’ll be evaluating the campaign so we can get evidence to show different organisations and government to show this approach can work.

We want to see other barriers stopping disabled people from being employed removed.

We’re also open to suggestions on how to make a difference. This campaign may have started with us but it ends with you!

I’m interested, how do I get involved?

Please email Leo Capella (leo.capella@disabilityrightsuk.org) with your CV, a message saying why you want to volunteer for this project and what your access requirements are as soon as possible.

You can read more about Disability Rights UK via their website at: disabilityrightsuk.org


 

Volunteering Opportunity: “The Study” Volunteers, Manchester Museum

In September  2015, Manchester Museum will launch an exciting new space The Study, which aims to inspire researchers of all ages, from curious teenagers to amateur enthusiasts. We are looking for people with a passion – it can be anything (within reason) from geology or botany to comics or knitting – to volunteer in this beautiful new gallery.

Through this unique volunteer opportunity we invite you to actively research and share your passion while empowering visitors to be curious and take their interests further using Museum objects, bespoke activities and carefully selected resources.

As volunteers you will create a welcoming and engaging environment for visitors to feel comfortable to pursue their own interests and passions. You will encourage visitors to browse, search, study and contemplate within each themed area to prompt their own journey of research and discovery.

Overview of role:

  • Create a welcoming, relaxed and engaging environment for visitors to feel comfortable to pursue their own interests
  • Enable all visitors to effectively use the space, resources and tools – from the well-informed amateur enthusiast actively seeking new information to the curious general visitor stumbling across it
  • Actively contribute content to social and digital feeds
  • Understand, promote and add to activities in The Study
  • Organise and maintain the space, by helping to coordinate bookings and ensuring the gallery is presentable
  • As a volunteer you will become part of the highly valued Museum Volunteer team with opportunities to take part in further training and development
  • Expenses provided

How to apply:

For further information or to offer your support, contact Kate Glynn via E-mail:Kate.Glynn@manchester.ac.uk or Telephone: 0161 275 2473

Closing date: 17 August 2015

You can read more about The Study via the Manchester Museum website at:http://bit.ly/1AuFKXT


 

Volunteering Opportunity: Volunteer with The Royal Voluntary Service

“Royal Voluntary Service wants to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age.

We are one of the largest volunteer organisations in the country. Our 35,000 volunteers help older people stay active, independent and able to continue to contribute to society. They do this by providing practical and emotional help where and when it’s needed”

Volunteers urged to give a few hours to help improve quality of life and health of older people

People in Greater Manchester are being urged to volunteer a few hours of their time to help reduce loneliness among older hospital patients whose family and friends are unable to visit them regularly.

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is appealing for volunteers in the Rochdale, Oldham and North Manchester areas to befriend older people on hospital wards to provide companionship and ease the boredom of long spells without visitors.

Some older people suffering from long-term illnesses such as dementia, have family who live far away or friends who can only visit during the evening or at weekends. Volunteers play a vital role in filling this gap by keeping patients’ company and helping to keep their minds active by reading, talking and playing games.

The charity is also keen to hear from people willing to be a ‘Good Neighbour’ to help older people after they are discharged from hospital as they can be especially frail and vulnerable during this time.

Claire Yates, operations manager for the Royal Voluntary Service in Manchester, said: “Our volunteers play an important role in providing company to older people in hospital and when they return home in helping them get back on their feet. It is particularly important that older people are supported to manage health conditions and stay independent after being discharged from hospital to prevent readmission.”

“We work hard to help older people live the life they want, to be independent and active and to ensure that no older person is left struggling on their own. We couldn’t do this without the help of our volunteers who are vital to our work. However demand for our services is growing and we are really keen to hear from more people willing to volunteer their time. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, men or women, young or older and by giving a few hours of their time, they can really transform someone’s life.”

Help provided by Good Neighbour volunteers may include providing regular, friendly social contact; carrying out safe, warm and well checks; practical help such as occasional care of pets, prescription collections and support with accessing local activities.

On Ward volunteers support older people through engagement in conversation, communication and practical support. This may also involve liaising with nursing staff regarding practical support required when the older person returns home.

Home from Hospital volunteers transport patients home after a hospital stay and settle them back in to their home environment.

The organisation is also appealing for volunteers in the Trafford area to help transport patients with balance, muscle weakness problems and often a history of falls to a programme of exercise and advice in their local community.

Skills required by volunteers include good communication skills such as listening and questioning; good time management; non-judgemental and knowledge of confidentiality requirements. Driving roles require the use of your own car and a full, clean driving licence. Training is provided by the Royal Voluntary Service and travelling expenses are paid.

The projects receive funding from Public Health, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Trust.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer contact Royal Voluntary Service in Manchestervia Telephone: 0161 871 2011 or E-mai:l manchesterhub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

You can read more Royal Voluntary Service via their website at:www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk


 

Volunteering Opportunity: Mentoring with Pure Insight

Pure Insight is a Stockport charity supporting young people who have left local authority care and are living independently, usually at a much younger age than their peers leave home and often lacking any network of family support.

We work alongside care leavers in developing confidence, resilience and life skills, providing a wide range of practical and emotional support. Whether it’s help with finding work or somewhere to live, learning to cook on a budget, managing money and bills, improving fitness and taking care of their health or adapting to the challenges of young parenthood, Insight is there.

One way we do this is through our Mentoring program, where we carefully match local care leavers with trained mentors from the community who can offer support in the form of a listening ear, sound advice and practical assistance.

We are already seeing the amazing impact our mentors are having in the lives of some young people but there are more young people still struggling without support. We are now recruiting for more volunteers to undertake our bespoke mentor training program.

If you are a reliable, caring adult who can offer 2-3 hours of weekly, long-term support to a care leaver living in Stockport, we’d love to hear from you! We will be holding an informal information evening on 16th September at our offices in Cheadle.

Anyone interested is warmly invited to come along for more information and to meet some of our current mentors and young people.

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a mentor with Pure Insight, contact Mary via Telephone: 07711017393 or Sarah vis Telephone: 07595089787

You can also E-mail us at: info@pure-insight.org.uk

You can read more about Pure Insight via their website at: pure-insight.org.uk


 

Join the MASH Team of Adventurers!…

MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) is a Manchester charity that helps women trapped in prostitution. Last year they supported over 1,000 local women.

A majority of the women they help sell sex on the streets or in ‘saunas’. For many of them leaving sex work feels impossible. They help women with complicated issues – women who have no home, or are misusing alcohol or drugs, women with mental health issues or who are victims of domestic abuse.

This is a great opportunity for someone who has limited time but a great desire to help a charity that provides a crucial service to vulnerable women in Manchester. With your help and support, they can help these women work towards a safer, better future.

MASH are looking for people to join our little team of adventurers taking part in a Charity Abseil down the Bell Tower at the Trafford Centre to raise funds for MASH (on the 19th or 20th Sept).

You don’t need any experience of abseiling and the professional event management team will take care of you on the day.

It’s easy to take part. Simply fill in the form and send to us with your deposit (if you raise over £140 we will return your deposit afterwards – so you abseil for free!) and we will send you a fantastic MASH fundraising pack & t-shirt.

For further information and to offer your support, contact Helen Clayton via Telephone: 0161 273 4555 or E-mail: helenc@mash.org.uk


 

Next Ancoats Canal Project Event – Sunday 23rd August 2015, Ashton and Rochdale Canal

“We are a group of residents, working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and the Ancoats Residents Forum to make more of the Rochdale and Ashton canals that run through Ancoats into the Northern Quarter. We hold monthly events to clean up the canals, publicise their history and encourage people to use and enjoy them”.

From Sonya – on behalf of The Ancoats Canal Project:

“Dear Ancoats Canal Project Supporter,

Firstly, I apologise the notice for this Sunday’s event is so tardy. Time just managed to slip by more quicly than usual. At any rate, I wanted to be sure to let you know about this event and also the canal festival the following Sunday.

This Sunday 23rd August will be a volunteer event focused on prepararing for our fabulous summer canal festival on Sunday 30th August. I will follow this email up with focused information about the festival, which will be based in the New Islington Marina. On the 23rd we’ll work on getting the marina site and the nearby Ashton and Rochdale canals looking tidy, litter free and welcoming to all visitors. There will be lots to do and a variety of tasks for all, and in anticipation, we’ve acquired sets of litter pickers and safety gear for kids, so feel free to bring the family. We’ll be doing things like re-visiting the planting we’ve done this year, tidying the beds, litter picking, general weeding and aftercare.

So come on out and meet some great folks passionate about creating inspiring, safe and beautiful canal spaces. In addition come and find out what the festival event has in store and keep Sunday 30th free in your diaries!

Date:

Sunday 23 August

Times:

10.30am-12.30pm (am session) / 13.30-16.00 (pm session) – come to one or both!

Meet-up spot:

In front of Vivid Lounge at M4 6DH (on the Ashton Canal); for the pm session you’ll find us spread down the Ashton canal, across the marina and on the Rochdale canal. If you join us at lunchtime, just show up at the New Islington Marina/Cotton Fields Park. As always, we’ll provide lunch (thanks to the lovely folks at Vivid Lounge) and drinks so you just need to show up!

Details:

Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes and possibly things you don’t mind getting dirty (and waterproofs if rain is likely).

Hope you see you out!!

Kind regards,

Sonya

(on behalf of Ancoats Canal Project)”

For further information about this event and the Ancoat Canal Project, visit their website at: http://bit.ly/1CrCTTc


 

 

Other Newsletters / Mail Outs:

Manchester Community Central Bulletin

The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector.

“Our bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the last week. It includes news, events, job opportunities, training opportunities, volunteering and links to our information and resources”.

The latest ‘Manchester Community Central Bulletin – 17th August 2015’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1frr1I3

Voluntary Sector North West

“VSNW (Voluntary Sector North West) is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. The purpose of VSNW is to ensure that the voluntary and community sector (VCS), in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping the future of the North West”.

The latest ‘VSNW Bulletin’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1E9FgNE

Age Friendly Manchester

The Age-friendly Manchester Older People’s Board (formerly known as the Valuing Older People Board) is made up of older people (50+) who are residents of Manchester. They meet every 6 weeks, are constituted and have a variety of working groups looking at issues such as loneliness and isolation.

The Board is active in consultation and engagement within the city and get involved in range of work such as budget consultations, changes to Council services and national campaigns.

You can read the latest ‘Age Friendly Manchester E-Bulletin’ at: http://bit.ly/1J7cvhp

Z-Arts

“Z-arts was formed in 2000 as a ‘creative space for young people’ with a priority on providing participatory activity.

Creative learning is still at the core of everything we do, both inside and outside the building. We work with schools and communities all over Greater Manchester, spanning the whole curriculum. We strive to be forward thinking in all our projects, making them as relevant, accessible, educational and of course, fun as everyone who takes part in them deserves”

You can read the latest ‘Z-Arts Newsletter’ at: http://bit.ly/1gYnodG

Voluntary Youth Manchester

“Voluntary Youth Manchester is an inclusive network that supports voluntary, community and faith organisations who work with young people in Manchester, and works in partnership with a range of others to ensure that young people receive the best possible outcomes. As such, participation in our network meetings, events, conferences, practice development opportunities, training, receiving bulletins, is open to frontline youth workers, managers, trustees, partner organisations, across the voluntary, public and private sectors”.

The latest ‘Youth Bulletin’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1J70310

GMYN

“Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) is a registered charity (reg no. 1151897). We work to enable young people and organisations to participate, develop and achieve. We aim to do this by offering a variety of activities that will engage and empower young people and by capacity building the organisations that work with them”.

You can read the latest ‘News from the Network’ at: http://bit.ly/1Mzv1mV

Zest

“Do you want to meet new people, try something different, be active, stay healthy, increase confidence and self esteem?

If so, Zest can try and help you to achieve some or all of these things.

Zest works closely with local people, communities and organisations to improve health and well being across North Manchester and parts of East Manchester.

We offer a variety of activities and sessions such as Zumba, Tai Chi, Drop in Centres, Dance classes, Social Coffee Mornings, etc.  For more detailed information on what we provide in each area, please contact Zest via Telephone: 0161 234 3715

E-mail: zest@manchester.gov.uk

See updates and more at: www.zestactivities.blogspot.com

Issue 26 of the Zest Newsletter is available to view download and print at:http://bit.ly/1JkbsJW

The latest Programme of Events and Activities from Zest for 2015 is also available to view download and print at: http://bit.ly/1CeUV8f

NCVYS

“Established in 1936, the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services is a diverse and growing network of over 290 national organisations and regional and local networks that work with and for young people”.

The latest ‘NCVYS Newsletter August 2015’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1Nx1viu

Morning, Afternoon or Night! Keep in touch with Voluntary Activity in Manchester and get social with Volunteer Centre Manchester on Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media..

A weekly bulletin is great! Keeping in touch throughout the week is better!

Volunteer Centre Manchester regularly posts updates, information and content about Volunteering Opportunities and Activity across Manchester – and further! Why not like us on Facebook or give us a follow on Twitter. It’s a fun way to receive additional updates regarding great volunteer opportunities, exciting events, upcoming training courses, campaigns and Job advertisements.

To have access to all of this information simply:

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Volunteer Centre Manchester can provide support and information about these opportunities and how to apply, if you have not attended an Induction Event with us, please visit www.volunteercentremanchester.co.uk, login to our website and visit www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/volunteer-centre-manchester/inductionevents to register your attendance at a future event!

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Volunteering Opportunities; Digest 24/07/2015

(For current employment vacancies click Vacancies, Jobs Fairs and Training )

 volunteer

Volunteering Opportunities in Greater Manchester
– Follow the links to view each opportunity and apply via the Volunteer Centre Manchester website

(you may be asked to login!).

ONLY Volunteers that have attended an Induction Event will be able to apply – to book onto an upcoming Volunteer Induction Event contact the team via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail: info@volunteercentremanchester.co.uk.

Peer Mentor, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Youth Leader, SJA Youth

Volunteer Graphic Designer, H-Pan

Assisted Job Search Volunteer – Gorton, City South Housing

Assisted Job Search Volunteer – Fallowfield, City South Housing

Assisted Job Search Volunteer, City South Housing

Retirement Housing Scheme – Helper, City South Housing

Management Commitee, Cruse Bereavement Care

Fundraiser / Treasurer, Cruse Bereavement Care

Cafe Volunteer, YASP, Manchester Mind

Mind Your Money Administration Volunteer, City South Housing

Homework Club Volunteer, City South Housing

Forever Manchester Summer Social Volunteers, Forever Manchester

A Tale of Two Cities Volunteers, Grow Wild

Ambassador Volunteer, Healthwatch Manchester

A Tale of Two Cities at Dig the City Volunteers, Grow Wild

Volunteer Fundraising Assistant, The Booth Centre

Football Kiosk Volunteer, The Booth Centre

Home-Maker, Home Community Cafe

Witness Assistance, Victim Support

Witness Support, Victim Support
Upon making your application to an opportunity, you should expect to be contacted with further information within 10 days – in the event that this does not happen contact Volunteer Centre Manchester via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail: info@volunteercentremanchester.co.uk.

Volunteering Opportunity: “The Study” Volunteers, Manchester Museum

In September  2015, Manchester Museum will launch an exciting new space The Study, which aims to inspire researchers of all ages, from curious teenagers to amateur enthusiasts. We are looking for people with a passion – it can be anything (within reason) from geology or botany to comics or knitting – to volunteer in this beautiful new gallery.

Through this unique volunteer opportunity we invite you to actively research and share your passion while empowering visitors to be curious and take their interests further using Museum objects, bespoke activities and carefully selected resources.

As volunteers you will create a welcoming and engaging environment for visitors to feel comfortable to pursue their own interests and passions. You will encourage visitors to browse, search, study and contemplate within each themed area to prompt their own journey of research and discovery.

Overview of role:

  • Create a welcoming, relaxed and engaging environment for visitors to feel comfortable to pursue their own interests
  • Enable all visitors to effectively use the space, resources and tools – from the well-informed amateur enthusiast actively seeking new information to the curious general visitor stumbling across it
  • Actively contribute content to social and digital feeds
  • Understand, promote and add to activities in The Study
  • Organise and maintain the space, by helping to coordinate bookings and ensuring the gallery is presentable
  • As a volunteer you will become part of the highly valued Museum Volunteer team with opportunities to take part in further training and development
  • Expenses provided

How to apply:

For further information or to offer your support, contact Kate Glynn via E-mail: Kate.Glynn@manchester.ac.uk or Telephone: 0161 275 2473

Closing date: 17 August 2015

You can read more about The Study via the Manchester Museum website at: http://bit.ly/1AuFKXT

Volunteering Opportunity: Talk English Volunteer ESOL Teachers

“The Talk English project is working with people with low levels of English to help them improve their language skills, access services and get more involved in the community”.

We’re looking for enthusiastic, committed volunteers who want to make a real difference to people’s lives and teach English. To be a volunteer ESOL teacher you will need to be able to demonstrate excellent skills in spoken and written English at Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) and good computer skills at Level 1.

As a volunteer ESOL* teacher with Talk English, you will co-teach a Talk English course alongside another volunteer in a community setting.  In return for your teaching commitment, you will receive free training and be supported to achieve a professional teaching qualification at Level 3.

If you already have a teaching qualification (i.e. PTLLS/CTLLS/DTLLS or CELTA/Cert. TESOL or PGCE) or would like to know more about the project before you commit to volunteering with us, we have a fast track training course to prepare you for teaching ESOL on the Talk English project or to just support learners at the time of the class as a Talk English Friend.

* ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages

The role of a volunteer teacher

Volunteer ESOL teachers on the Talk English project are expected to:

  • Attend an initial training course and subsequent training as required
  • Commit to teaching one, 2-3 hour Pre-entry ESOL class a week in a community setting for a minimum of 6 months alongside another volunteer ( from the end of September 2015 until the end of March 2016)
  • Plan, prepare and deliver inclusive learning activities

The next training courses will take place at Greenheys Adult Learning Centre, Upper Lloyd Street, Moss Side, Manchester, M14 4HZ:

Level 3 Award in Education and Training:

Tuesdays, 17:00 – 19:30 starting on September 15th for 20 weeks (term-time only)

Wednesdays 9:30 – 12:00 starting on September 16th for 20 weeks (term-time only)

Fast Track Training for those who already hold a teaching qualification or would like to volunteer as a Talk English Friend:

Fridays 9:30 – 12:00 for 2 or 5 weeks depending on the role, starting on September 18th

So what’s Talk English all about?

Funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Talk English project aims to improve the language skills of people with little or no English in Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Burnley, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Manchester, Oldham, Pendle and Rochdale.

Through the Talk English project we are:
1.        Offering Talk English Courses in community settings to help people improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English.  These courses are taught by volunteer ESOL teachers who are trained and supported through the project.
2.        Recruiting, training and supporting volunteer Talk English Friends who will offer 1:1 support to people with low levels of English in order to help them improve their language skills, access services and get more involved in their community.
3.        Working with local businesses and public services to increase ESOL awareness in staff and train them to be ‘sympathetic listeners’, enabling more people with low levels of English to Talk English Here and access services.
4.        Working with local services and community organisations, Talk English Activities will take place to provide further opportunities for people to practise their English.
5.        Developing a Talk English Website to provide general information about all aspects of the project and provide training and learning resources for Talk English volunteers and learners.

What’s in it for me?

This is a great opportunity for you to gain experience and develop new skills while making a difference to people’s lives. You’ll get to meet people from all over the world, learn about other cultures and be part of a really exciting project!

How do I get involved?

To find out more, register your interest in training and volunteering or just get in touch with us, go to www.talk-english.co.uk or apply via this link http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/103532JMRCX

We will then invite you to one of the Information and Assessment sessions as follows:

Greenheys Adult Learning Centre, Tuesday 8th September, 17:00-19:30 or Wednesday 9th September, 10:00-12:30

Further information about the role and a guide on how to apply can be found in the attachments. Please note, expressions of interest can be submitted via our website at www.talk-english.co.uk throughout the year.

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1gQ94nN

Guidance on how to apply for Talk English is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1IkFEbI

Volunteering Opportunity: Volunteer with Victim Support…

Help for victims

If you’ve been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, we can help you find the strength to deal with what you’ve been through.

Our services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened”

You can read more about Victim Support via their website at: http://bit.ly/1g07dt3

Volunteering Opportunity: Public Protection Investigation Unit Volunteer, Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police are currently looking for volunteers to work in the Public Protection Investigation Unit.

As a Volunteer in the Public Protection Investigation Unit you will provide voluntary support to Officers and Staff in the unit. You will need to be confident and have the ability to use your own initiative, as well as good IT and communication skills whilst delivering excellent policing services to the people of Greater Manchester.

It is desirable for Volunteers to be available for duties Monday to Friday from 08.00 – 20.00hrs, with some weekend Volunteering when trained.

Greater Manchester Police currently have roles available across the PPIU based at various locations:-

PPIU – North Manchester Divisional Headquarters, Newton Heath
PPIU – South Manchester Division, Longsight and Wythenshawe
PPIU – Salford Division, Swinton Police Sation
PPIU – Tameside,Aspley House (Ashton)
PPIU – Bolton, Astley Bridge Police Station
PPIU – Trafford, Altrincham Police Station
PPIU – Bury Divisonal Headquarters
PPIU – Rochdale Divisional Headquarters
PPIU – Chadderton Police Station
Protect – Greenheys Police Station

Volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome, however must be aged 16 or over and have been a UK resident for the past 3 years consecutively.  Applicants must also live within the GMP Force area.

Further information, role descriptions and the ability to apply is accessible via the GMP website at: http://bit.ly/1JCiDO3

Closing date for applications is the:- 5th August 2015.

Volunteering Opportunity: Football Kiosk Volunteer, Booth Centre

“The Booth Centre is recognised as being one of the country’s leading day centres for homeless people.  In 2010 the Centre came second in the National Day Centre of the Year awards and was given Champion status by the department of Communities and Local Government in recognition of our pioneering work to reduce the number of rough sleepers in Manchester”.

Are you fan of Manchester City?

Do you want to support your local charity?

Why not to volunteer with The Booth Centre in the Football Kiosk Volunteer programme.

This is a unique volunteering opportunity for someone who wants to support homeless people/former homeless people who you will work alongside and also help to raise money for the Booth Centre.

You will be part of a team serving food and drink before and during Manchester City’s home football matches at the Etihad Stadium.

This is a unique volunteering opportunity for someone who wants to use their skills and/or experience in customer service.

You don’t need to have any previous experience as full training will be provided.

For further information or to offer your support, contact Valentinos via Telephone: 0161 835 2499 or E-mail: valentinos@boothcenter.org.uk

You can read more about Booth Centre and this opportunity via their website at: http://bit.ly/1gRVsbC

Event Volunteering Opportunity: Macmillan Volunteers at Manchester Pride 2015

“At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you through. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’ll be there”.

“On the day” Parade Support Volunteers for Manchester Pride

At Macmillan Cancer Support we want to make sure that nobody faces cancer alone. We’re here for everyone affected by cancer regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, disability or belief and we want to make sure that everyone who needs support knows about us and is able to access our services. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of our volunteers.

Why do we need you?

Promotions volunteers play a vital role for our service.  We are attending this year’s Manchester Pride on Saturday 29th August with our Mobile Information Bus.  We need a large group of volunteers on the day to walk in the parade with our Bus – you would need to stay with our waking group for the duration of the parade, and you can see the route on the official Pride website.  On the day you would walk the parade route with the bus and hand out promotional leaflets.

What activities will you be involved in?

You may be asked to:

  • Join our walking group for the duration of the parade
  • Distribute promotional materials during the parade.
  • Act as an ambassador by promoting the service during the parade and after among your friends, family and colleagues
  • Help to keep the area around the bus clear when the parade is moving.
  • Carry banners

How much time should you offer? When would you be needed? Where will you be based?

The hours we need you to volunteer are 11am to 4.30pm (The Parade is 1pm to 4pm) on Saturday 29th August 2015.  You will meet the team prior to the parade for an overview of your role and responsibilities. You must be able to arrive on time because the organisers will be doing a briefing.

What skills and abilities will I need to have?

  • Great interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Punctual, friendly and approachable manner
  • Enthusiastic about Macmillan and have an interest in cancer care
  • Willing to work as part of a team
  • Ideally have an interest in LGBT communities and Pride events.
  • The ability to adhere to Macmillan policies.

What support will you be given?

In return for your valuable help we aim to ensure that volunteering for Macmillan is a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. You’ll have support from staff on the day, with the opportunity to gain an insight in to the Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Service. We’ll reimburse in advance agreed out–of–pocket expenses from within the North West, Greater Manchester and surrounding areas in accordance with our expenses policy (please make sure you ask questions in advance if unsure). You will also be given a Health and Safety briefing. Attendance in the parade does, however, not include a ticket to the rest of the Pride event which is ticketed.

What can you gain from this opportunity?

For some people, it’s getting out and about in their community and meeting new people and being part of a fun and enthusiastic team for the day. But most of all our volunteers are passionate about making a difference to people affected by cancer.

Further Info:

Please note that this role may attract more applications than available places, so we will offer the opportunity on a first come basis.  We will contact all successful applicants prior to the event with further information.

Travel expenses paid within the Greater Manchester area

Who should you contact?

You can read more about this volunteering opportunity and apply vioa the Macmillan website at: http://bit.ly/1GJDXPO

For further information ro to offer your support, contact Vikki Moore via Telephone: 01274 987480 or Email: mobilenorth@macmillan.org.uk

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1JCinyL

DanceSyndrome: Dancer Led, Disability Inspired – Dance Wednesdays

“Established in 2009, DanceSyndrome was the inspiration of founder and Creative Director, Jen Blackwell, who has Down’s syndrome, and wanted to follow her dream of being a dancer and dance leader.

We believe that everyone has the right to follow their own interests and passions – whether they have a disability or not. We have an equal number of learning disabled and non-disabled company members, and we provide inclusive dance and leadership opportunities for people who believe disability need not be a barrier to living life to the full”.

Start here today!

Come and join us on Dance Wednesdays and dance your way to feeling better!

A fun, accessible and inclusive dance and movement session for anyone who wants to get moving and have a good time. Dancing is for everyone, whatever your age or ability. Want to boost your mood, improve your health and well-being, make friends and have fun?

Where:

The Rose Club, Atherton Road,

Wigan, WN2 3EU

When:

Every Wednesday,

10:30 am – 12 pm

£5 per person

All DanceSyndrome activities are inclusive and innovative. Our trained dancers, both with and without learning disabilities, work alongside each other to offer weekly community dance sessions for everyone.

Drop in to any of our sessions or for more information, contact Dawn via Telephone: 07875 128015 Email: dawn@dancesyndrome.co.uk.

A flyer for this activity is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1fPhBr0

An information leaflet about Dance Syndrome is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1CGHovH
Does your career need a helping hand?
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust aims to support local young people gain skills, knowledge and experience to help achieve their personal vocational aspirations and career goals.

With our new programme, ‘Inspiring Young Minds’, we can support with any of the following:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Mentoring and advice from someone already working in your area of interest
  • Work experience
  • CV, application and interview support
  • Mock interview practice
  • Work Placements leading to interview opportunities

If you feel you would benefit from any of the above or would like some further information, contact Gemma via E-mail: gemma.beesley@cmft.nhs.uk or Telephone: 0161 276 5843

Event: Manchester Memory Walk, Heaton park, Alzheimer’s Society

Venue: Heaton Park, Manchester

Date: Saturday 26 September 2015

“This September Memory Walks will be taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money for a world without dementia. We need thousands of people to walk with us – because arm in arm, step by step and pound by pound, we will get there.

Hope is the spirit of the day

People of all ages and abilities can join in, from grandparents to grandchildren, and even your furry four-legged friends. It’s a day for everyone to come together, celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and raise money to reclaim the future.

Reading this means you’ve just taken your first step for a world without dementia. Thank you”.

With every step taken at Manchester Memory Walk, you will help change the lives of people affected by dementia – now and in the future. Register yourself or a team, and start fundraising today!

The Manchester course takes a scenic route through the picturesque Heaton Park. A fairly hilly course featuring a mix of terrain with roads, footpaths and grass, it gives some stunning views of the park, golf course and the Hall. The short 2km route is wheelchair friendly but the longer 10km is not suitable due to the more challenging ground. The routes are subject to change.

Join thousands of other people who have been affected by dementia at this year’s Memory Walk.

You can read more about this Memory Walk and other happenign locally via the Alzheimer’s Society website at: http://bit.ly/1IqxFf6

Family Fun Day, Tree of Life Centre, Wythenshawe

“The Tree of Life Centre is an organisation which operates in the Wythenshawe area of South Manchester.  We provide many valuable services to the local community, from health and wellbeing sessions, advice and friendship groups to providing an opportunity for local people to get involved, train for qualifications and get valuable experience by volunteering with us.

The Tree of Life Centre is probably best known for its furniture re-use shop, which is renowned in the Wythenshawe area for the good quality stock and low, affordable prices, giving people on pensions, benefits and low incomes the possibility of being able to buy the things they need that they couldn’t otherwise afford, whilst encouraging re-use, recycling and the reduction of good quality items that end up in landfill”

A flyer for this event is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1fa5fc9

Event: Miles Platting Summer Festival 2015

Date/Time: Saturday 1st August, 12 pm – 4 pm

Venue: Vic Mill Community Centre and The Green, Lower Vickers St, M40 7LJ

Come and join us at a FREE family fun event that includes:

  • climbing wall
  • face painting
  • tug of war
  • information stalls
  • traditional games and lots more to enjoy!

Food and refreshments available (small charge).

For further information, contact Isobel or Vicki via Telephone: 0800 234 6826 / 0161 203 2600

A flyer for this event is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1NY2pCX

Still looking for Volunteers:

Event Volunteering Opportunities: The BIG Weekend, Pride 2015, Manchester

“LGBT events have been taking place in Manchester for many years over the August Bank Holiday weekend and the current Manchester Pride organisation has been staging the annual event now known as “The Big Weekend” since 2003. The Manchester Pride Festival is now positioned as the UK’s leading Pride event.

Manchester Pride is a registered charity and now stages a number of events throughout the year, including Pride Fringe, The Spring Benefit and the The Big Weekend.

The festival in August attracts visitors from across the world and is a staple event in the tourism calendar for Manchester

Join us for four days of celebrations in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village as we mark the 25th anniversary of charity fundraising events celebrating LGBT life in Manchester”.

Pride needs YOU!

Join our army of Pride Stars and volunteer for this year’s Big Weekend!

There’s a whole host of roles available for you to get your teeth stuck in to – follow the links to apply via the Volunteer Centre Manchester website:

PROMO CREW

Help us scream and shout about The Big Weekend, including out star-studded stage line-ups, the fabulous Manchester Pride Parade and the moving George House Trust Candlelit Vigil. The Promo Crew are a lively bunch who ensures Manchester Pride’s promotional materials are everywhere, throughout the event site, in bars, clubs and restaurants in Our Gay Village and throughout the city! We’re loud and proud so we want the world to know!

WRISTBAND EXCHANGE CREW

Join our team of Wristband Exchange Crew who make sure our visitors have the right wristbands when they exchange their tickets on arrival at The Big Weekend. Scan their ticket, slap a wristband on them, hand them a Big Weekend brochure and map, giving them hassle free access to let them enjoy everything the Big Weekend has to offer!

PARADE FUNDRAISERS

Wave those charity buckets as you walk the route of the Parade and encourage as many donations from the crowds of well-wishers and supporters who come out in the thousands to watch the magnificent Manchester Pride Parade!

ENGAGE TEAM

We love our visitors! So much so we’d like to get to know them a little better. Join the Engage team to find out what our visitors loved about the Big Weekend, what they’d like to see at future Pride events, their reasons for attending, how far they’ve travelled and other aspects of their visit – so that we continue providing the UK’s multi-award winning Pride event!

EXPO ASSISTANTS

Help our exhibitors as they set-up for the Expo – a community space where visitors can join up to organisations, take part in demonstrations or try out something new! We have a divers range of exhibitors – from local and national LGBT organisations and charities to health and well being, sports and recreation. Be on-hand to ensure that our exhibitors have everything they need for a hassle-free and rewarding Expo!

PARADE MARSHALS

Help us keep the Parade in full swing and join the team of marshals who keep everyone and everything moving! You’ll be the eyes and ears of our parade entrants as you weave yourself and your group of walkers or allocated float around the city of Manchester to adoring fans and supporters!

MERCHANDISE CREW

From t-shirts, hoodies and vests to badges, keyrings and even tea towels – visitors can take a piece of Pride away with them as a reminder of the fabulous Manchester Pride Big Weekend! Join the Merchandise Crew and help our visitors kit themselves out in this year’s fabulous Manchester Pride gear!

BIG WEEKEND FUNDRAISER

Every penny collected in our charity buckets goes direct to the Manchester Pride Community Fund – so we need as many of our Pride Stars to grab a collection bucket or tin and go out in to the Big Weekend festival armed with goodies and encourage our generous visitors to pop any spare change in to the Community Fund pot!

PRIDE PARADE TROOP

Fancy joining our Manchester Pride Parade Troop? Join us as we turn the streets of Manchester in to a kaleidoscope of colour as we flaunt our stuff along the Parade route to our adoring well-wishers and supporters.

There’s also a number of perks to being a Pride Star, including:

  • FREE entry to The Big Weekend
  • Pride Star T-Shirts
  • Volunteer socials and much, much more!

You can read more about Pride Event Volunteering Opportunities and apply via the Pride website at: http://bit.ly/1MewYGv

Volunteering Opportunity: Volunteer Mentor, Reach Out

“ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with children in disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and competence.

We improve self-confidence and develop numeracy, literacy, communication and memory skills whilst reinforcing our core values of fairness, self-control, good judgement and staying power.

We do this through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models and team activities to promote leadership, trust and responsibility”.

Become a mentor

Our mentoring projects simply wouldn’t happen without the brilliant men and women who give up their time to support disadvantaged young people week in, week out.

What to expect:

As a mentor we ask that you give 1 or 2 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months and are committed, enthusiastic and positive.

We will help you face the challenges of mentoring and get the most from your volunteering experience by providing comprehensive pre-programme training and continued support from our experienced project leaders.

You can read more about volunteering opportunities and apply with Reach Out via their website at: http://bit.ly/1MxJjm7

Other Newsletters / Mail Outs:

Manchester Community Central Bulletin

The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector.

“Our bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the last week. It includes news, events, job opportunities, training opportunities, volunteering and links to our information and resources”.

The latest ‘Manchester Community Central Bulletin – 20th July 2015’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1KoDo5v

The latest ‘Training Coming Up’ Bulletin is also available to view at: http://bit.ly/1FnGN2F

Shift Design

“Shift designs consumer products and builds ventures that help solve social problems. Formerly known as We Are What We Do, we’re a social business with 10 years of experience working in behaviour change and social innovation”.

The latest ‘Shift Newsletter’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1MoSdV6

NCVYS

“Established in 1936, the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services is a diverse and growing network of over 290 national organisations and regional and local networks that work with and for young people”.

The latest ‘NCVYS Newsletter July 2015’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1OBM9bl

Working Class Movement Library

“Based in a former nurses’ home just a 15 minute walk from Manchester city centre, the Working Class Movement Library is a charity with a social conscience and a fascinating history”

You can read the latest ‘News from WCML’ at: http://bit.ly/1OpVH8l

Step up to Serve / #iwill

“#iwill is a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action, working to embed it in the journey of young people and create fresh opportunities for participation. The campaign is being coordinated by the charity Step Up To Serve and has cross-party support”

The latest ‘Collaboration and Cooperation Newsletter’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1HCLa5Q

Zest

“Do you want to meet new people, try something different, be active, stay healthy, increase confidence and self esteem?

If so, Zest can try and help you to achieve some or all of these things.

Zest works closely with local people, communities and organisations to improve health and well being across North Manchester and parts of East Manchester.

We offer a variety of activities and sessions such as Zumba, Tai Chi, Drop in Centres, Dance classes, Social Coffee Mornings, etc.  For more detailed information on what we provide in each area, please contact Zest via Telephone: 0161 234 3715

E-mail: zest@manchester.gov.uk

See updates and more at: www.zestactivities.blogspot.com

Issue 25 of the Zest Newsletter is available to view download and print at: http://bit.ly/1DBezf5

The latest Programme of Events and Activities from Zest for 2015 is also available to view download and print at: http://bit.ly/1CeUV8f

 

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