Manchester BME Network Bulletin 13 December 2017

Manchester BME Network Bulletin 13 December 2017


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 /


Next joint BME Networks meeting date

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 10am-1pm

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Ardwick, Manchester, M12 6FZ

The Manchester BME Network and the Greater Manchester BME Network warmly invite you to our next networking event – speakers, workshops, networking and funding information, followed by lunch.  More information to follow but please add the date to your diary. To book now, please contact Fiona:


Network member MRSN visit by Diane Abbott, MP

Belay Kahsay from MRSN writes: ‘On 24 November, Manchester Refugee Support Network were honoured to be visited by Shadow Home Secretary and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott MP. Ms Abbott wanted to learn about the work of MRSN, and was interested in a charity for refugees run by refugees. She was also eager to hear about the biggest difficulties faced by refugees, and listened intently as our staff told her about the major problems such as homelessness, employment and negative media portrayal of refugees. Ms Abbott recognised the flaws in the current refugee system, and requested suggestions how the government could help tackle these issues.

We’d like to thank Diane Abbott MP for finding the time in her busy schedule to visit and hopefully bring more attention to our cause’.


Alchemy Arts 50% discount for MBME Network Members

Alchemy Arts would like to offer their services to Manchester BME Network members for a 50% discount. They deliver innovative and creative film, media, arts & photography services & training to BAME communities in Manchester and across the UK.

Alchemy Arts’ services include promotional video production, digital marketing and event photography. They also offer mentoring to other entrepreneurs and social enterprises creating a buddying environment, so they can grow and thrive in their respected sectors.

Use discount code: MBMEN50PROMO when contacting Adil.


Events and Information

Hidden Voices of WW1 exhibition

Until 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:


Dynamic Support Christmas Party

Friday 15 December, 11.30am-3pm FREE

Mauldeth House (5th floor), Nell Lane, Manchester, M21 7RL

Dynamic Support warmly invite you to their Christmas party for refugees, friends and family – fun activities and a Santa run! Let them know you are coming on :


Hanukkah event: Go nuts for donuts!

Sunday 17 December 12-3pm FREE

Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M8 8LW

Join Manchester Jewish Museum for a fun-filled afternoon to celebrate the festival of lights with a host of hands-on activities.


Winter Bazaar & Fireworks Display
Sunday 17th December, 12-6pm Fireworks at 6.30pm

British Muslim Heritage Centre, College Road, Whalley Range, M16 8BP

Stalls, Children’s Go-Karting, Wipe Out, BBQ & Desserts, Hands-on Safari and much more.

Entry: £2 Adults & £1 Children


Radequal Community Network Meeting

Monday 18 December, 6-8pm

HSBC National Cycling Centre, (Manchester Velodrome), Stuart Street, M11 4DQ

Next Monday’s session will be an interactive workshop and exhibition exploring choices and decision making in times of conflict with guest contributor Jude Wright from the Peace Museum.

The session will focus on:

  • Building resilience to hate narratives
  • How to unpick the propaganda and ideology of extreme views.
  • Assessing what are shared values and who influences them.

Places are limited – to book please contact Gemma Walsh:


MICRA Seminar Series, Early Cancer Detection and Community Based Life Style Change 

Tuesday 19 December 1-4pm

Room G306B, The Jean McFarlane Building, Oxford Rd, University of Manchester, M13 9PL


You are invited to an interactive seminar about disease risk assessment, prevention and early diagnosis, focusing on initially on cancer.

As part of a national cancer project and included in Greater Manchester’s cancer strategy, a team at the University of Manchester, led by Prof Ken Muir, has been working on a new tool which you are invited to try out and feedback on.

They request that interested parties register in advance of the seminar here.


The Great Polish Christmas Get-together

Wednesday 20 December, 2-5pm FREE

Mauldeth House (3rd floor), Nell Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7RL

The Kresy Family WW1 Polish History group warmly invite you to their Christmas party to share a ‘mince pie moment’ and sample some traditional Polish cakes and sweets.

Please let Eva know if you are coming by Friday 15 December:


Amani Community Choir Christmas Concert

Saturday 23 December, from 4pm FREE

Simpson Memorial Hall, 361 Moston Lane, Manchester, M40 9NB

Come and celebrate Christmas from a variety of cultures performed by community members of all ages and backgrounds. With live accompaniment from the Amani Creatives.


Surplus Office Furniture at Manchester Town Hall for local groups

Manchester City Council has a quantity of surplus office furniture available for distribution to not-for-profit organisations in the city – mainly desks, and small sets of drawers. If you are interested please see for full details.  You need to send an expression of interest to: by Friday 15 December for allocation in January.


Meeting to support BAME male survivors of sexual abuse, rape & sexual exploitation

Yaran Northwest is working in partnership with Survivor Manchester Organisation

to break down barriers to support BAME male survivors. Minority ethnic groups, faith communities and public service providers are invited to meet to see how we can work together more closely to alleviate suffering. The meeting is taking place on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout December from 11am-1pm at The Roby Centre, 307 Dickenson road, Longsight, Manchester, M13 ONG


The EHRC Adviser Support Service

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is providing a service for advisers and those who support individuals with their problems. Do you want the chance to talk through a case involving equality or human rights issues? Experts at EHRC Adviser support are here to assist, through a telephone-based second tier advice service.

Details of the service can be found at the following link:

The service is being piloted in North West England, as well as Wales and Scotland.


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


Manchester Safeguarding Board Trust Your Instinct booklet.


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


Elevate: rising above our differences, raising our voices!

Inspire Levenshulmeare currently developing ELEVATE – a new project to encourage integration and empowerment in our neighbourhood. The project is being designed to support a range of new activities to bring people together from different backgrounds. We will support English language learning, a local inclusion charter and activities to empower marginalised women and isolated older people. Read more about the project by going to – don’t forget to check the Gift Aid box if you are a taxpayer!


The Changing Face of Hate in Poland report

Faith Matters launches ground-breaking report looking at worrying levels of far-right Anti-Muslim racism in Poland and anti-Muslim activism in the UK in Polish Communities

The full report can be downloaded HERE.


SAFE – Supporting Affected Families from Extremism

SAFE is an independent, dedicated family support service that specialises in extremism and terrorism of all kinds.

They have a direct and free helpline service for families to speak openly about their concerns however big or small. Whether it is just a listening ear or practical help and guidance. Please call 0800 9175 541to speak to someone from their specialist support team.


NICE Consultation on BAME promoting health & preventing premature mortality

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Consultation is now open on the draft black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups: promoting health and preventing premature mortality quality standard. You can read the draft on the NICE website and make comments until consultation finishes at 5pm on 8 January 2018.


Black African and Caribbean Communities urged to consider adoption

Do you speak Patois, Bajan, Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba?

Adoption Counts are appealing for the African and Caribbean Community to come forward to adopt

Could you provide a warm and loving home for a child? Curious about adoption? Manchester’s and East Cheshire’s new regional adoption agency – Adoption Counts, are urging people from Black African and Caribbean communities in the region to come forward and consider adoption.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an adopter in and around Stockport, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Cheshire East should contact Adoption Counts on 0300 123 2676 or visit



Manchester Community Central Weekly Bulletin

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


Manchester City of Sanctuary newsletter

Making Manchester a more welcoming place for asylum seekers and refugees:


Ambition for Ageing newsletter

Information on Festival of Ageing, a MICRA seminar, Greater Manchester Older People’s Network and more – join the mailing list here:


Office for Civil Society newsletter

Register here for a free daily charity newsletter:


Equality and Diversity Forum newsletter

News, resources, events and jobs from across the equality spectrum – every fortnight. Join mailing list here:


Action Together Bulletin

News, information and opportunities in the voluntary sector in Oldham and Thameside.


GM Poverty Action Newsletter

Re-thinking Poverty Review & Report; Allotment growers; Wood Street; Booth Centre; Universal Credit, GM Living Wage


Greater Manchester Refugee Support Partnership newsletter

News from partner organisations Refugee Action, Rainbow Haven, Revive and the Red Cross working together to support Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Greater Manchester



One Manchester Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund is a business and start up grant for locally based businesses (or  a business that helps deliver social benefits to Manchester communities), offering small grants of between £500 and £5,000 to help you make your initial steps towards developing your business or taking it to the next stage. Full details:

Deadline for applications: January 8


Mental Health Wellbeing Fund grants

A 3 year programme to work with communities – how to express an interest in applying for a grant:


Weston Charity Awards – Winners will receive £6,500 unrestricted grant funding alongside business mentoring support from Pilotlight! – Deadline: Friday 12  January 2018


Greater Manchester Talent Match Mental Health Support – £80,000 contract todeliver a service that would provide signposting, information and training across the programme – Deadline: Friday 15 December 2017


Comic Relief Tech for Good 2018 – Funding for 12 digital projects each with grants of up to £47,000 – Deadline: Wednesday 20 December 2017


ShareLab Fund – Grants of £15,000 – £30,000 available to support early stage organisations to develop and apply collaborative digital platforms to tackle real world challenges – Deadline: Friday 5 January 2018


Sky Arts Art 50 ‘Post Brexit Britain. Who are we?’ – Funding upto £50,000 for music and visual art ideas relating to ‘Post Brexit Britain’ – Deadline: Friday 12 January 2018


Grow Wild Community Funding – Funding between £2,000 – £4,000 for projects that connect people in communities and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and / or fungi – Deadline: Monday 15 January 2018


The Forrester Trusts – Grants varying in size for a wide range of different projects with a positive community impact – Deadline: Monday 15 January 2018


Tesco Bags of Help – Grants of up to £4,000 for projects that bring benefit to their community – Deadline: None


The Henry Smith Charity – 5 different grants varying in funding size and length! Deadline: None


The UnLtd Impact Fund – Access to investment of between £50,000 – £150,000 at an interest rate of 9.5% repayable over a maximum of 5 years Deadline: None


Transform Foundation Website Grants – Funding up to £18,000 to cover 100% of the website design and build costs with their grant partner Deadline: None


Job Vacancies, Volunteering & Training

Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust: Part-time Tutor/Co-ordinator

To coordinate the Louise Da-Cocodia Supplementary School including; monitoring  programme delivery and safeguarding outcomes, to work with local education

organisations and institutions to facilitate the attainment of the children and young people’s educational aspirations and outcomes.

The post is for 10 hours per week term time only with a salary of £15 per hour.

If you are interested in applying for this post, please email: for the job description and person specification.

Closing Date for applications:  midnight Friday 15th December 2017

Interviews: Thursday 21 December.


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


Europia Volunteering

Join the volunteer team and help deliver exciting events that bring Greater Manchester’s European communities closer.
We are looking for Admin Assistants, Events Assistants, & Cultural Consultants
Get in touch: 03333058570 or


Boaz Women’s Night Shelter Volunteers

40 wonderful people have already volunteered to help with the Boaz Women’s Night shelter for destitute refugees and asylum seekers which started on 7 October. There’s still room for a few more volunteers so do get in touch if you’d like to help:
Alternatively if you are not able to volunteer, but would like to give some money to support the night shelter then you can now make donations at Inspire or by clicking on this link. Money will be used to buy food, blankets and bus fares.


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