Manchester BME Network Bulletin 9 November 2017

Manchester BME Network Bulletin 9 November 2017

(Please check dates as some events/vacancies may have expired)

Network news

Free Legal Advice Sessions at Mauldeth House

Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am (appointments only)

Mauldeth House, 2nd floor right, Nell Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7RL

Areas covered: Housing, Immigration, Employment, Property, Family and Taxation

Please make an appointment via Fiona 07811 531160 /


Manchester BME Network seeks new Board members

The Manchester BME Network is seeking new Board members.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Fiona McInroy: /

0161 860 6842 / 07811 531160.


Memories of Partition Project – collecting oral histories

As you may be aware, the MBME Network has been participating in a project with the Manchester Museum to gather lived experiences of Manchester residents to commemorate the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.  This project is continuing, and you can see some of the memories already captured at the Museum until the end of February 2018.  We are still interested in recording more of these moving stories and are particularly keen to speak to members of the Sikh Community.  All recordings will be stored at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive after the end of the project as a legacy and is open to all to access.

If you or any of your relatives would like their story of Partition recorded and archived, please get in touch with Harriet Morgan-Shami at the Manchester Museum:


Events and Information

Let’s talk about our hospital workshops- North Manchester General Hospital

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning has started community engagement and conversations about developing a vibrant future for North Manchester General Hospital.

Working with ‘Healthy Me Healthy Communities’ there are still 4 more workshops taking place in community venues that you can attend in the next couple of weeks – please see the attached poster for further details.

Recognising not everyone will want to attend a workshop, there is also a survey that people living in north Manchester can complete – here is the link – – feel free to share this survey link with your service users and staff. If you would like paper copies of the survey, please email


What are my chances of being cyber attacked and why would they target me?

Tuesday November 14, 4pm

Click to join this free live online Webinar


Discuss Debate: Welcome to the future of work
Thursday 16 November 2017 – 6-8pm

Manchester Metropolitan University

Business School

More details and to book, please go to:


Film Screening – The Children from the Hotel America

Thursday 16 November, 7-9pm
Europia, St Wilfrid’s Enterprise Centre, Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5BJ
(*Please use M15 5LA for satnav)
Lithuanian Cinema screened by Europia and the Free for All Arts Festival

FREE – Donations are always welcome though! 🙂
International Men’s Day

Sunday 19 November, 2-6pm

West Indian Sports and Social Centre, Westwood Street, Moss Side, M14 4SW

A celebration of the achievements of men young and old, of all backgrounds, faiths and cultures. All welcome.


Interfaith football match

Thursday 23 November 8pm

Co-Op Academy, Blackley

An interfaith football match between the Manchester Jewish Soccer League (MJSL) and Muslim Youth XI.

To find out more, please contact Waqaas Zafar Sports Co-ordinator at Community (Youth) on Solid Ground: 0161 862 0955 /


Impact Finance Briefing – change of date

Friday 24 November, 11am-1pm

Galileo Suite, Manchester Renaissance, Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EQ

Business, Charity & Social Enterprise inclusive event for all sectors, including members and non-members

Refreshments will be served.

To book please go to:


My Write as a Woman project

Make history with your story.

Women’s Words Manchester is calling all women over the age of 16 to send them your stories about living, working and growing in Manchester. It’s part of a project to capture and preserve women’s experiences of Manchester since they won the right to vote in 1918. You don’t have to be a confident writer – it’s your story that matters. You don’t need to write it yourself; it can be up to 1,000 words or a poem, a list of notes, memories or thoughts. You can email it to or you can drop it off at your local Manchester library or the Pankhurst Centre. Your words will be added into an archive to be held at Central Library as a legacy to the all the wonderful women of Manchester! Closing date 24 November.



St Andrew’s Day & the Great Union Day of Romania event

Saturday 25 November, 12-3pm
Europia, St Wilfrid’s Enterprise Centre, Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5BJ
(*Please use M15 5LA for satnav)
Cost: £1 (£0,50 for kids under 12) – Please feel free to pay more as donation
Get your tickets here

  • Polish candle wax fortune telling
  • Polish “shoe race”
  • Romanian Great Union Day celebrations
  • Scottish Ceilidh dancing
  • Polish & Romanian food


Wythenshawe Business Networking Event

Thursday 30 November from 5.30pm

Wythenshawe Forum, Simons Way, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5RX 

An informal, friendly business networking event, brought to you by Business Working with Wythenshawe. This is an opportunity to meet with leading businesses in Wythenshawe and surrounding areas, promote your own company and find out what is happening in and around Wythenshawe and its’ fast growing enterprise zones.

Spaces are limited – please book at


Inspire Christmas Fair

Saturday 2 December 12pm – 5pm

Inspire Levenshulme, 747 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3AR

Fabulous stalls selling Christmas gifts and goodies. And our Café will be serving up some Inspired festive foodie treats! Want more information or want to enquire about hiring a stall for the day?  Visit the Facebook event page HERE


Local Approaches to Improving the Quality of Work

Monday 4 December, 9.15am – 4.30pm

Pendulum Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB

Drawing on examples from Greater Manchester and beyond, this important and timely conference will bring together business leaders, HR professionals, trades union representatives, local and national policy makers and others to discuss what can be done to promote quality, well-paid work locally. Confirmed speakers include:

Matthew Taylor, Royal Society of Arts, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Professor Damian Grimshaw, Alliance Manchester Business School

For full details and registration see:


St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre open morning

Tuesday 5 December, 10.30am-12.30pm

The St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, medical, counselling and aftercare service to women, men and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire areas.  The service is available to those who have experienced rape or sexual assault whether this has happened recently or in the past.

Last year they saw just over 1400 clients and just under half were children.

You are invited to visit the Centre to find out more about the service at the above open morning. Spaces are limited. Please contact the events coordinator to book:


Hidden Voices of WW1 exhibition

Launch night 6 Dec

7 Dec – 24 February 2018

Manchester Central Library

(First Floor), St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD,

India, Africa, the West Indies, colonialism and recruitment through culture explored in two parallel exhibitions; The Poppy Retake (v3) by Kooj Chuhan // From the Shadows of War and Empire by Southern Voices

More info:

Opening night – 6 December 5.30-7.30pm including speakers and live performances

Booking for this free event is strongly advised:


Manchester shelter for single Muslim women

A room is available at the Manchester shelter which accommodates single Muslim women from age 16+ onwards who are fleeing from domestic violence, honour based violence, forced marriage or who are or will be soon homeless.

If you have any clients, please fill in a referral form (you can download the form at Please send completed forms back to


VCSE needed for Manchester Macmillan Local Authority Partnership

Please find attached information regarding the Manchester Macmillan Local Authority Partnership and the request for a VSCE representative to be on a steering group.

If you are interested, please follow the instructions in the attachment and any queries, please contact Christine Amica, Project Manager by email


GM Mayor Business Advisory Panel recruitment

The Mayor has recently launched the Business Advisory Panel and is looking for panelists from across Greater Manchester Business community. The aim of the panel is to spark new thinking and to tackle the issues faced by businesses.

The Mayor will invite an initial group of 10-15 people to give their views and advice on any issue affecting business in Greater Manchester. Applicants must work in a commercial or not-for-profit organisation within the boundaries of Greater Manchester. Membership will be on an individual and personal basis, that is, not in a representative capacity for any company or other organisation. Membership cannot be substituted.  Applicants should be able to agree to an initial membership period of at least 12 months.  All members will be selected by the Mayor in a panel that represents a good mix of personalities, sectors, types of business and backgrounds as well as being diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity and disability.

More information about the panel and how to apply go to:



Manchester Safeguarding Board Trust Your Instinct booklet.


Beginners Arabic Language Course

Learn Arabic at The British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC). The centre is starting its next 12 week Arabic Language Course for Beginners in January 2018.

Limited places available. To register please visit:


African and Caribbean Mental Health Service Free Counselling Service

Don’t suffer in silence – it’s good to talk!

Free, safe ad confidential service with a professional counsellor.

Contact Dawn for further information: 0161 226 9562



Manchester Community Central Bulletin

Events, news, vacancies, funding and more in Manchester for Voluntary and Community Groups


GM Poverty Action Group newsletter

Community wealth building; Living Wage week, Rethinking Poverty, Quality of work; Wrap up Manchester


What’s on at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House



Small Grants Inclusion Pilot Programme

Manchester City Council’s Small Grants Inclusion Pilot Programme is now open. Grants of up to £2,000 are available.

The pilot programme aims to support universal providers to develop sustainable improvements for the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities.

The programme encourages applicants to pilot new initiatives that explore new solutions to barriers and ensure more effective and meaningful inclusion. Important – projects will need to be delivered between January and March 2018.

Click here to apply where you will find a grant application form and the programme prospectus / application guidance.

The deadline for submitting application forms by email is midday on Friday 10 November 2017.


Hate Crime Awareness 2018 grants

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 grant scheme is now open for applications Manchester wants to continue to target hate crime and build on the city’s reputation for celebrating diversity and encouraging cohesion by holding events and activities during Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018. Your group can apply for a grant of up to £400 to assist with these events. The funds can be used to cover the costs of room hire, decorations, food, arts/crafts, or any reasonable costs for holding an activity or event which promote Hate Crime Awareness.
The deadline to apply by Friday 24th November 2017.
Full details of how to apply are available on the Making Manchester Safer website where you can find guidance, prospectus documents and application forms, using this link


Manchester Community Central funding bulletin

Funding information for November


Cancer Champions Recruitment event funding

As you may be aware a partnership including GM Health and Social Care Partnership, VSNW and GM10, is leading on the recruitment of cancer champions across Greater Manchester.

In support of this, small grants are now available to organisations who are willing to host a recruitment event in January 2018.

Please spread the message far and wide – any organisation can apply!

Closing date: Sunday 26 November 2017

Details are now live on the web at:


Mental Health Wellbeing Fund grants

Click the link to read information from the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Wellbeing Fund and how to express an interest in applying for a grant


Young Manchester Youth and Play Fund 2018-2020 launched

The purpose of this fund is Youth and Play, delivered by neighbourhood and city wide voluntary and community sector (VCS) partners to ensure children and young people aged 5-19 (up to 25 for care leavers and those with additional needs) have sufficient good quality access to Youth and Play services in their local areas and where the needs are greatest.

All organisations wishing to apply for funding should fill out Stage One of the application form and submit to Young Manchester: by Wednesday 15 November, 12 noon.


Crowdfund UK

Crowdfunding workshops in Manchester & Salford and other funding information:


European Social Fund – The Growth Company

The Growth Company is the prime contractor for the Greater Manchester ESF-funded Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme, which operates under the contract brand “RAISE”.

RAISE provides an underpinning all-age approach to CEIAG which is complementary to other interventions supporting ‘at risk’ young people and specific groups of adults.  The programme is split into two target groups:

Theme 1: Young people who are 15-18 or up to 25 with SEND and Care Leavers

Theme 2:  Adults 19+ who are unemployed or economically inactive

RAISE are seeking supply chain partners that are able to support Theme 2 – Adults aged 19+ who are unemployed or economically inactive. Supply chain partners should demonstrate:

Experience and a successful track record of delivering impartial CEIAG services

Relevant expertise and accreditations, e.g. Matrix Standard

Established referral, engagement, and progression routes for unemployed adults, including specified cohorts of adult customers

Staffing capacity to deliver careers guidance in Greater Manchester from January 2018.

Deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 1st December 2017.


Job Vacancies, Volunteering & Training

Manchester Maya Project – Project Worker

£19,750 Pro rata. Contract ends June 2020. We are looking for an experienced, capable passionate and committed worker to provide advice and support to vulnerable women and girls, who are experiencing domestic abuse. If you are prepared to go the extra mile, then we would like to meet you. Please contact  for job description and an application form. Completed applications to be received by no later than Friday 10 November 2017.


Big Lottery North West Vacancies

Funding Manager and funding officers

The Big Lottery are searching for people who know their local communities, can spot potential and support people to make a difference.

Closing date: Sunday 12 November


Are you interested in Social History?

National Black Arts Alliance (NBAA) are seeking a small team of volunteers to research media coverage relating to the HLF funded project STRENGTH OF OUR MOTHERS (SOM).

SOM will document the lives of 24 white women based in Greater Manchester who were in interracial relationships with Africans during the 1940s to 1960s, then the 1960s to 1980s and then 1980s to 2000 which will include Caribbean migration.

Requirements: A living knowledge of multiracial communities in Greater Manchester

Following a successful informal interview, training will be provided if necessary.

NBAA will provide you with a reference towards your course work.

You will receive basic volunteer’s rate daily expenses as set by the HLF.

Please email


Back On Track Sessional Tutors

Hourly Paid Sessional Tutor

£21.21 per hour (includes holiday pay of £2.55 per hour)

As a sessional tutor you would be part of the education team, developing and delivering sessions and courses in our Manchester centre and in outreach venues.  We currently need tutors who can deliver courses and activities in at least two of the following subject areas: ICT / digital skills; Health and Social Care; Citizenship / current affairs; Practical skills eg working outdoors, gardening, painting and decorating

To apply please download a job pack and application form from our website (CVs not accepted):


Lead Analyst – Ambition for Ageing

GMCA’s Research and Strategy team (previously called New Economy) is recruiting a lead analyst to provide research and evaluation support to Ambition for Ageing. The post-holder will be expected to develop and implement monitoring and evaluation plans, undertake primary research with programme participants and deliverers, and regularly share and present findings to programme partners.

Salary: £25,951 – £29,323 per annum dependent upon skills and experience (Grade F)
Hours: 36.25 per week        Contract: Permanent      Location: Churchgate House, Manchester

For a detailed role profile and Job Description – click here.docx

Closing date: 30 November


GM Police Apprenticeships

Greater Manchester Police are currently recruiting for Apprentices.

Please find attached the link to the vacancy for further information:


Jewish Museum Capital Project Manager

The Jewish Museum is looking for an experienced Capital Project Manager to manage all aspects of their building works programme.

Application deadline: 12 noon, Monday 27 November 2017


Kier Construction Information Event

Friday 1 December 11am-12.30pm

St James Church, 95A Princess Road, Moss side, M14 4RB

Work experience and placement opportunities with Kier Construction. The event is mainly targeted to support refugees with either previous experience within construction or a desire to get into construction.

Refreshment and lunch will be provided to participants who attend the session.

For more information, contact Belay Kahsay:


Stockport Without Abuse Helpline Co-Ordinator

Full time post Responsible to – Service Manager SWA Operations. Place of work – SWA Refuge (will be required to work flexibly and may on occasions need to work early evenings and from another office base). Contract period – The role is fixed term until 30th June 2018.

Closing date: 12 noon Monday 13 November

Helpline: 0161 477 4271 / Office: 0161 477 4294 /


Europia Volunteering

Join the volunteer team and help deliver exciting events that bring Greater Manchester’s European communities closer.
We are looking for:
– Admin Assistant
– Events Assistant
– Cultural Consultant
– Polish-speaking Santa Claus (for our Christmas events)
Get in touch: 03333058570 or


If you have any events, services or information you would like added to our bulletin, please get in touch.


Best wishes,

Fiona McInroy

Manchester BME Network / 0161 860 6842 / 07811 531160