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E-Bulletin Issue 141 – September 2017

This monthly update provides news, event details, information and advice for older people and those who work with and support older people.


Latest News

Lord Mayor holding Charter

A Visit from Our Sister City, Wuhan

Earlier this month, the Age-Friendly Team held an afternoon with a delegation from Manchester’s sister city of Wuhan, China, at the amazing Clayton Hall.

With a population of over 10 million people, Wuhan is recognised as the political, financial, economic, cultural and transportation centre of central China. Manchester’s sister city link dates back to 1986 and is based on economic activity to encourage trade  and investment between the UK and China.

The delegation listened to speeches from Cllr Sue Cooley and Elaine Unegbu, Chair of the AFM Older People’s Board about Manchester’s commitment to being an age-friendly city. They were further taken on a tour of Clayton Hall, Manchester’s living history museum, parts of which date back to the 12th century.

You can view more of the fantastic photos from the event on the Age-Friendly Manchester twitter page.

Lord Mayor holding Charter

Are We Ready for Ageing?

Back in May, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing held their Annual Public Lecture, titled Age We Ready for Ageing?

Prior to the event, the Centre for Ageing Better conducted four short interviews: three with Age-Friendly Manchester Older People’s Board members: Elaine UnegbuJamil Abdulkader and Amy Muthra, and one with Don Berry, Age-Friendly Manchester Ambassador.

Watch the four videos on YouTube here.

Lord Mayor holding Charter

International Older People’s Day 2017: Final Call-Out

Every year, the United Nations designates the 1st October as International Older People’s Day. Events will be taking place across the country to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and raise awareness of the issues and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

What will you be doing to celebrate International Older People’s Day on 1st October?

Do you have an event to share?

We want to know what’s going on for older people in Manchester between 25/09/17 and 08/10/17.

Please email us with details of any events or regular groups being held over the two week period. We would like to compile the events and distribute a special issue of the age-friendly e-bulletin listing all of the fantastic things happening in our Age-Friendly City.

The deadline for submissions for the special e-bulletin will be Monday, 11th September 2017.

Lord Mayor holding Charter

Who makes your community buzz?

We already know that our local people are what makes Our Manchester great; that our communities are jam-packed with wonderful volunteers doing lots for their neighbourhood, and creating a brilliant buzz.

Well, now’s the time to give your local Queen Bee (or King!) a moment in the spotlight!

Nominate them for this year’s Be Proud Awards: nominate the individuals and families, the local groups, organisations or businesses that you know of. Nominate anyone who’s going the extra mile in your area.

There are 12 categories to choose from: find out more about them and how to put your community champions forward for the Be Proud Awards 2017.

It’s the perfect way to thank these extraordinary individuals and groups for their hard work in helping others. Closing date is Sunday 10 September.

What’s On

Events & Things To Do

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Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

There are lots of events and regular groups across Manchester this month and beyond. Activities range from days out, local history groups, IT sessions, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs.

Please keep checking back as we add events throughout the month.

See our event listings for the latest details.

Handmade: Cozens and Cozens day school
Tuesday 12th September, 10am-4pm

The Whitworth’s Handmade sessions are weekly, sociable craft workshops, produced by and for older people in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester.In response to the many requests to run painting sessions, The Whitworth has devised a one day workshop that will use their Cozens and Cozens exhibition as inspiration. The workshop will be led by Artist, Ian McKay.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 12th September from 10am- 4pm in The Whitworth’s Clore Learning Studio.

Book your place on eventbrite here.
All funds raised will to go back into the age friendly programme.
Please pay what you can afford. £20 / £35 / £50

If you have any questions please email Claire or phone/text on 07776 170688.

Ambition for Ageing for All
Tuesday 26th September, 10:15am-3pm

Are you keen to make Greater Manchester a better place to grow old? Interested in how inequalities and discrimination shape older people’s experiences?Come along to the first ever public event hosted by the Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board!

The event will:

  • share the findings from Ambition for Ageing’s Equalities Reviews and Visits and look at what Ambition for Ageing has achieved over the first 18 months of the programme.
  • choose research projects for the Equalities Board to fund over the next few months.

Follow this link to learn more about the event and contact Valeska Matziol if you have any further questions. The event will be held at Friends Meeting House, Mount St, Manchester City Centre.

We also work closely with arts and culture organisations across the city, such as galleries and theatres, who regularly organise events for older people.  Find out more on our Age-Friendly Art & Culture page.

Volunteering & Training Opportunities

Join Manchester Cares!

Manchester Cares is a community network of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing city. We do this because while Manchester is one of the most amazing cities in the world – a place of influence, innovation and integrity – it can also sometimes also feel anonymous, lonely and isolating. Our model therefore seeks to bring together older people and young professionals to reduce loneliness, improve confidence and connection, and bridge divides across social and generational lines.

Manchester Cares is hiring a programme coordinator. This will be an exceptional people -person and first leader who will build core programmes from scratch, to manage the team as it grows, to create vital partnerships in the community, and to mobilise hundreds of younger and older Mancunians to share time, laughter and new experiences in our rapidly changing city.

You can read more about the job here.

For more information or to apply please send your CV and a covering letter to alex.smith@manchestercares.org.uk, demonstrating why you want to join Manchester Cares, why you are right for this role and what you will bring to it.

Passionate about Manchester music, past and present? Got a story to tell?

The Rebel Music: The Sound of Politics and Protest in Manchester project is running three training opportunities for women and members of the LGBT+ community.
(1) Rebel Music: Researching Women’s Histories in Archives (RNCM) Sep 9th

Join MDMArchive’s Abigail Ward and RNCM’s archivist Heather Roberts for a fascinating and lively day learning how to unearth hidden histories within the RNCM archives and beyond.
Placing women’s histories and queer histories upfront, Heather will provide you with the confidence to find and work with archival material that interests you.

(2) MDMArchive Online Exhibition Training Day #1 (IABF) Sep 23rd

A relaxed training day led by curator Abigail Ward for people who are interested in creating their own online exhibitions within the Manchester Digital Music Archive website.

(3) MDMArchive Online Exhibition Training Day #2 (IABF) Sep 30rd

A relaxed training day led by curator Abigail Ward for people who are interested in creating their own online exhibitions within the Manchester Digital Music Archive website.

RAISE: Careers Guidance

Would you like to speak to a dedicated careers advisor? RAISE have developed a team of advisors who will work one-to-one with customers, building an understanding of where they want to get to and then developing a plan of how they can get there.

RAISE has an awareness of how everyone’s situation is different. A customer might be at the start of their career; need to re-train to change careers; may have family caring responsibilities, or might be struggling with the motivation they need to get back on track.

If you would like to know more about the RAISE advisors and get involved, you may:
Email Tracey Harmer or call 07872 503 665, or
Email Stacey Burgess or call 0161 667 6430.

Age-Friendly Culture Champions: Being a Cultural Connector

Manchester’s Age-Friendly Culture Champions are planning three sharing and networking events over the next 6 months.

The events will be an opportunity for Culture Champions (new and existing) to share their experiences and skills and network with other Champions from across Manchester.

The first sharing and networking session: Being a Cultural Connector will take place on Tuesday 19th September from 11am to 2pm at the Whitworth Art Gallery; meeting room one. Refreshments will be provided.

To register for a place (only 20 places available) email Claire or phone/text on 07776 170688.

For further information about these and many other volunteering opportunities, see ourWork & Volunteering page.

The City Council’s Work and Skills Team also produce their own e-bulletin – you can sign up for their updates here.

Advice & Support

Health & Wellbeing

Funding Success for Wellbeing in Later Life Course

Local mental health charity, Manchester Mind is delighted to announce renewed funding for its Building a Healthy Future– Living Well in Later Life course.

Funding has been received from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as part of their Transitions into Later Life programme, enabling Manchester Mind to deliver seven further courses to residents in the city.

The course aims to improve people’s resilience, their ability to cope with life’s challenges, with much of the focus being on improved emotional wellbeing.

The next course starts on 9th October and is hosted by Age UK at Openshaw Resource Centre. Subsequent courses will run through to June 2018.

For more information about Building A Healthy Future – Living Well in Later Life visit the Manchester Mind website.

Further courses details will be updated on the site in due course.

For further information please email Aimee Lawless.

Koalap: A new smartwatch study exploring the relationship between activity and pain
Researchers at the University of Manchester have launched Koalap (Knee OA: linking activity and pain) ia collaborative sub-study developed in partnership with Google  that is exploring how smartwatch technology might help us to better understand the relationship between activity and pain.If you have diagnosed knee osteoarthritis; are over the age of 50; live in the Greater Manchester area and own a smartphone.

Find more information about the study here, and if have any further questions email the dedicated study email address.

For further health and support information from a range of partners, including dementia, carer, mental and sexual health advice, visit our Health & Support page.

Local Age-Friendly Contacts

Our age-friendly networks bring together local organisations and groups aimed at older people.  The networks organise events and are a great way to socialise and have your say about what’s happening in the city.

Find out who to contact in your area.

The Age-Friendly Manchester Team

Established in 2003 as Valuing Older People, Age-Friendly Manchester is a partnership involving organisations, groups and individuals across the city playing their part in making Manchester a great place to grow older.

Contact the team at agefriendly@manchester.gov.uk

We’ll be back with our next e-bulletin in a month’s time.  Please send us any news articles or event/regular group listing requests at least two weeks ahead.

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Jobs, training and other opportunities for Manchester residents.
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Work and Skills Team Weekly Bulletin

Week beginning 7th August 2017

Please find below a summary of vacancies, apprenticeships, training and other opportunities open to Manchester residents.
For more information on the opportunities and vacancies below you should contact the company or organisation in the first instance. If you would like to get in touch with the Work and Skills Team directly, please call us on 0161 234 1515. At the end of this email are contact details for some of our officers based in your area.
General information about work and skills in Manchester can also be found at manchester.gov.uk/work.

Job Vacancies

Manchester Life 
A new development of 1000 new homes across Ancoats and New Islington
Building Services Technician (Plumber)
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Building Services Technician (Electrician)
Click here to find out more
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Property Management Accounts Assistant
Click here to find out more
To apply contact: 0161 234 1959 or jennifer.bendik@mcrlife.co.uk

Young Manchester
Head of Finance
£39,177 – £41,967
Head of Commissioning and Partnerships
£33,437 – £36,397
Finance and Administration Officer
£20,661 – £22,658
Permanent Full Time positions
Closing Date 14th August
Click here to find out more

The Works Manchester
40 x Building Attendants, The University of Manchester
Average of 20hrs p/w between 6.30am  – 11.30am
NMW rising to £8.47 p/h
Click here to find out more
Special Collections Assistant, The University of Manchester
20.5 hours p/w, £16961 – £19485
Closing date midday 11th August
Click here to find out more

University of Manchester Construction Academy
Experienced Banksmen/women required
Construction site on Oxford Rd, 7.30am – 6pm
Click here to find out more

University of Manchester construction framework
Customer Engagement Officer – Balfour Beatty
£18000 p/a + Fuel Allowance, Full time
Click here to find out more
Site Administrator and Document Controller – Prater Construction
£18-20k per annum, Permanent Full Time role
Click here to find out more

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
HEO Data Analyst
F/T Permanent Contract, 37 hours p/w, £29,358 p/a
Closing date: Midnight 18th August
Click here to find out more

Walking With The Wounded and BAFSA
Trainee Sprinkler Engineer
Vacancies for Ex Service Personnel
Trainees will be paid £17000 per annum, after completion and once qualified the wage will be considerably more. 12 month Training Course.
Click here to find out more

RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity
Specialist Vocational Advisor for Vulnerable Veterans
Full Time, 12 month Fixed Term Contract
£26000 – £27500 p/a
Click here to find out more

The Shaw Trust
Support Worker
25 hrs p/w Tuesday to Friday, £10629 p/a
Closing date: 5pm 10th August
Click here to find out more

General Medical Council, Manchester
Various Roles:
Click here for more information and to apply

ECM Limited 
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
Full time, £40 – £45k p/a dependant on experience
Click here for Job Specification 
Here for Job Profile 
CVs to be sent to: nspring@edm.ltd.uk

3 x chemical plant operator positions, Clayton
£28,000 Basic with £7,500 shift allowance
12 hr continental shifts 2 days, 2 nights, 4 off.
Click here for more details and to apply

Manchester City Council
Vacancies at various levels and fields
Click here for more details and to apply.

Greater Jobs
Public Sector Jobs in Greater Manchester
Click here for more details and to apply

University of Manchester
Many vacancies at various levels and fields.
Click here for more details and to apply.

Aspire Recruitment Agency
Click here for more information and to apply

Pure Innovations
Community Support Workers, various roles
Click here for more information and to apply

The Works Manchester
Click here for more information and to apply

The Fed 
Various Opportunities
Contact 0161 772 4049 or recruitment@thefed.org.uk
Click here for more information

Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Juice Academy Apprenticeships 
Digital and Social Media Apprenticeships
Click here for more details and to apply

Interserve Apprenticeships
Click here for more details and to apply

Lifetime Training Apprenticeships
Click here to see current vacancies

Seetec Traineeship Programme
10 week course for 16-24 year olds
Click here to find out more

“Work for Me” – Traineeships
Various roles, employers and locations.
Click here to find out more.

The B2W Group
Click here to find out more.

Training and Volunteering

Reform Radio & MAES
Creative Digital Skills Course for 19 – 30 year olds
6 week course, 2 days a week
Start date: 10th August 2017
Click here to find out more

Manchester City in The Community & The Prince’s Trust
Aged 16 – 25, taster day on the 6th September.
Course dates 11th – 15th September
Etihad Stadium
Click here to find out more

National Football Museum
Digital Media Work Placements for Manchester Residents
To apply please contact NFM’s Digital Coordinator: david.mansell@nationalfootballmuseum.com
Click here to find out more

BT Bootcamp & The Rio Ferdinand Foundation
BT Workready Programme one day Workshop for 14-24 year olds in education, employment, or training or at risk of becoming NEET. Lunch and travel provided.
Chapel St, Salford.
Click here to find out more

Manchester City Football Club
City In The Community
A new Community Football Coaching Degree has been developed in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University, starting this September. 2 year course with the option to do a further year.
Click here to find out more

Manchester City Football Club
City In The Community & Kaplan
Leadership through Sport & Business
For Aspiring accountants & business leaders interested in a career in finance.
Aged 21 + with 5 GCSEs or above
Click here to find out more

The Training Brokers
Fully funded Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work In Adult Social Care
East Hub Gorton
Start Date: Monday 4th September
End date: Tuesday 24th October
Click here to find out more

Controlled Solutions Group
Are you ex-forces and looking for work in the security industry? Security guarding and event safety positions with excellent rates of pay. Recruiting every Tuesday evening in Old Trafford .
Click here to find out more

Chance 2013
If you have a criminal record and are looking to gain a career in construction or civil engineering, Chance 2013 is the employment agency exclusively for people with a criminal record.
Click here to find out more

Graduate Volunteer Project Assistant Programme
Placements available in:
Business Development / Conservation
Youth and Communities / Landscape Design
Criminal Justice / Sustainable Business Services / Education / Volunteer Management
Eligibility criteria is if you graduated within the last 12 months or are about to graduate. Live in Greater Manchester or attended a Greater Manchester University.
Click here to find out more

National Football Museum 
Volunteering opportunities available:
Volunteer Talk English Practitioner
Football Memories Programme volunteer
Football Story Box Project Volunteer
Volunteer Women’s Football Workshop Practitioner
Volunteer Education Practitioner
For more information contact: Darren Collingwood,
Volunteer Programme Manager on 07501 674799

Manchester Volunteer Advice Project 
Volunteer Administrators, Receptionists, Interpreters, Advisors, Immigration Assistants, Advice Support Workers and Training & Recruitment Assistants
Click here to find out more

Manchester Art Gallery 
Health and Wellbeing public workshops
Click here to find out more

MAES & Back On Track
Heads Up Wellbeing Courses, Autumn Timetable
Click here to find out more

The Norbrook Youth Club
Volunteer Caretaker
Brooklands, Wythenshawe
5 Hours per week
Click here to find out morePrinces Trust Programmes
Get Started
 – Are short courses run by professionals in sport, music and creative arts for 16 to 25-year-olds
Click here to find out more
Fairbridge – Works with young people aged 16 to 25, giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives and move forward.
Click here to find out more
Get Into – Our Get into programme for 16 to 25-year-olds can give you the experience and training you need to move into a job.
Click here to find out more
Team – Is a 12-week personal development course for 16 to 25-year-olds, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.
Click here to find out more

Partner Bulletins
Manchester Employer Suite Recruitment Bulletin
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Recruitment with Pre-Employment Bulletin
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CEIAG Monthly Bulletin
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Age Friendly Manchester E-Bulletin
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North West Ambulance Service bulletin
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Manchester Community Central Third Sector Jobs Bulletin:
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Manchester Community Central Volunteering Opportunities Digest 
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Business Growth Hub
Helping you start a business
Click here to find out more.
For other business start up support services go to:

MiVentures Free Online Business Advice 

Thinking about starting your own business?
Need advice at a time and a place that suits you?

Receive free business advice via live online chat from qualified business advisors.
Click here for more details

Skills for Employment Service

The Skills for Employment service is delivered by the Work Company and it’s contractors across Greater Manchester. It offers 1-2-1 flexible support through a dedicated learning mentor, to help you to improve your skills and/or find employment. Activities include CV writing, interview skills, confidence building, social inclusion activities, mental health interventions and self-employment advice. A range of accredited courses are also offered through a skills provider network aswell as an 8 week work placement.
Click here for more details.

Manchester Adult Education Service
Courses in English, Maths, ESOL, Computers and Care and Education. You can also phone or visit your local centre to find out more.
Click here to find out more.

The Business & Intellectual Property Centre 
Manchester Central Library
Various workshops and training sessions
Click here to find out more.

Walking With The Wounded
Training and Employment Support for Armed Services Veterans. Contact: 0161 205 9287
Click here to find out more.

Smart Works Greater Manchester is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need that have a job interview.

Click here to find out more.
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Access To Opportunities (A20)
A new IAG service for young people in Moss Side, Rusholme and Hulme
Click here to find out more

Greater Manchester Talent Match
Employment support for NEET (12 months+) aged 18 to 24
Click here to find out more.

Radio Training Course, Levenshulme
Click here to find out more.

YMCAfits fitness academy
Fitness Training Academy, a two-year fully funded course which gives the skills and qualifications to start a career in the fitness industry.
Click here to find out more.

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People
Advice and Advocacy for disabled people aged 15-25
Click here to find out more.

The Works
Supported Job Search Sessions, Hulme
Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
To book a place call 0161 359 3388

One Manchester 
Business Advice Drop-In
2nd Monday of each month 2-4pm
The Place – Fallowfield
2nd Tuesday of each month 2-4pm
East Hub – Gorton
Click here to find out more
Employment Help
Click here to find out more

Manchester Young Lives provides youth engagement and support for young people aged 16-24 yrs who are NEET, at risk of becoming NEET, under court order, involved in ASB and vulnerable within the community.
For further information please contact – ye@manchesteryounglives.org.uk

Please note that opportunities are intended for Manchester residents and organisations supporting them only.

Each opportunity is listed with a relevant link or contact details and all enquiries should be directed directly to the organisation which is advertising. If you would like to talk to a member of the Work and Skills team about apprenticeships, work experience, employability training etc in general, please contact the officer from your area on the list below:

North: Dawn Warriner (0161 219 6692, d.warriner@manchester.gov.uk) for Ancoats and Clayton, Bradford, Miles Platting and Newton Heath, Charlestown, Cheetham, Crumpsall, Harpurhey, Higher Blackley and Moston wards

Central: Michele LeBrech (0161 219 2746, m.lebrech@manchester.gov.uk) / Lydia Tetteh-Lartey (0161 234 1139, l.tetteh-lartey@manchester.gov.uk) – job-share – for Ardwick, City Centre, Gorton North, Gorton South, Hulme, Levenshulme, Longsight, Moss Side and Rusholme wards

South: Tom Nelson (0161 234 5083, t.nelson@manchester.gov.uk) for Baguley, Brooklands, Burnage, Chorlton, Chorlton Park, Didsbury East, Didsbury West, Fallowfield, Levenshulme, Northenden, Old Moat, Sharston, Whalley Range, Withington and Woodhouse Park wards

For citywide enquiries or if you would like to advertise a vacancy or training opportunity please send details to Michael D’Ambra at workandskillsadmin@manchester.gov.uk or call 0161 234 1515.

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Free food and where to find it

Over one million three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis last year by the Trussell Trust.

To get access to a food bank you may need to first get a voucher from a local charity, doctors’ surgery, health visitor, social worker or your local Citizens Advice bureau.

There are also emergency breakfast schemes for children, places to go for a hot meal, and soup kitchens.

Read more about where to find free food

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Have you ever worked in a pub?

If you have ever worked in a pub, bar, or brewery, the Licensed Trade Charity may be able to help you. They provide financial help as well as assistance with health, housing, debt and more.

Find out more about the Licensed Trade Charity

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Benefits Update: August Bank Holiday

If your benefit payment is due on a bank holiday, you will be paid on the last working day before the holiday. This means if your benefits are due to be paid on the bank holiday taking place on Monday 28 August, you can expect to be paid on Friday 25 August instead.

Read our benefit changes timetable calendar

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How much will you get when you retire?

If you retire after 6 April 2016, you will be entitled to the new State Pension. The amount that you receive depends on your national insurance contributions. The maximum is £159.55 per week.

Find out more about the new State Pension

Training and Workshops

Charities and community groups

Did you know that we offer free training on the Turn2us Benefits Calculator and Grant Search?

Upcoming workshop dates:
12 Sept: Cardiff
13 Sept: London
19 Sept: Colwyn Bay

Book a place on an upcoming workshop

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Poll question: What causes financial instability?

Anyone can find themselves struggling to make ends meet, often as a result of a sudden change in circumstance. If you have had a life changing event in the last 12 months which put a strain on your finances, please let us know what caused it by voting on one of the options below:

a) Bereavement
b) Relationship breakdown
c) Job loss or change in working hours
d) Illness, injury or disability diagnosis
e) Having a child
f) Emergency housing costs
g) Other

Poll question: Last month’s results

Last month we asked about zero hour contracts. They have been praised because they offer flexibility, but criticized for being exploitative. Our question was: ‘Do you believe that the benefits of zero hour contracts outweigh the disadvantages?’88% of you said No
12% of you said Yes
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Manchester Community Central Bulletin – 
7 August 2017

The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector
About the Manchester Community Central Bulletin:
Our bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the last week. It includes news, events, training opportunities, job opportunities, volunteering and links to our information and resources.


Manchester Work Club Funding Programme 2017-18
Manchester City Council recognises the important role Work Clubs play in providing informal employment support to Manchester residents. In light of this the Work and Skills Team will be managing a small grant programme to support organisations based in the City of Manchester who are delivering work club activities. The aim of Manchester Work Club Grant Funding is to contribute to Manchester City Council’s priority of increasing the number of Manchester residents who are working. Deadline:Friday 1 September 2017, 10:00 Read morePeople’s Postcode Trust – Small Grants Programme apply by 28 August 2017
People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving body funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. People’s Postcode Trust provides funding opportunities to community groups and charities in Scotland, England and Wales, through grants ranging from £500 – £20,000 (or up to £10,000 in Wales). Deadline for expressions of interest: 28 August 2017 Read moreSport England: Families Fund – Supporting families to be active together
The Sport England Families Fund will support families and their children getting active together – and there are three main outcomes linked to their strategy that they’re looking to achieve through their investment: Increase activity levels of families in lower socioeconomic groups whose children are not doing 60 minutes a day of physical activity; Support families to be active together throughout the week; Deliver positive experiences. The anticipated size of bids is between £50,000 to £500,000 for up to four years. Deadline for expressions of interest: 31 August 2017, 3pm Read moreAmbition for Ageing Call for Proposals – providers sought
GMCVO has launched a competition to secure providers for the first three Ambition for Ageing Scaled Programmes to be delivered across the eight districts of Greater Manchester where Ambition for Ageing is operating. The first round of Scaled Programmes will include: Scaled Programme 1 – Festival of Ageing; Scaled Programme 2 – Community Media; Scaled Programme 3 – Community Navigators (Round 1) Read moreTLC – St Lukes: community, healthy living, arts, mental health
TLC – St Lukes are a small local charity in Longsight / Ardwick based at St Lukes Church aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of local people. You can get involved by joining activities or by volunteering in the centre. You can call in to TLC – St Lukes, Guide Post Road, Longsight, Manchester, M13 9HP on any Tuesday orThursday or contact 0161 273 1538 Read moreGroundwork Community Awards 
Do you know a community group that deserves special recognition for making your local area a better place to be? There are fantastic examples of community groups who work selflessly and tirelessly to improve their neighbourhoods. Thanks to their efforts parks and open spaces are better looked after, libraries and heritage centres are being kept open, food banks and furniture projects continue to help people meet their basic needs and communities are blazing a trail in recycling and renewable energy. Groundwork thinks it’s time that their commitment was recognised. The deadline for nominations is 25 August Read more

Community Integration Awards
The Community Integration Awards reward best practice in community integration and cohesion across the UK. The MigrationWork Trust wants to influence the immigration debate by highlighting positive examples of people doing vital work in their communities which has allowed migrants, refugees, and host communities to flourish. This year the annual award focuses on community groups, charities and social enterprises working on the social and economic integration of refugees and migrants in the UK. Deadline:Monday 14 August 2017 Read more

This is Human
This August, there is a fantastic takeover programme called This is Human taking place at HOME in Manchester. It launches on Wednesday 9 August at 6pm. The programme has been developed over the past 12 months by a diverse team of young creatives aged 18-25. They have come up with ideas that are all about exploring what makes us human. Read more

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Heaton Hall tour
Date & Time: Sunday 13 August 2017, 12:30 – 15:30
Venue: Heaton Park Read moreGreater Manchester VCSE Health and Social Care Workshop – Long Term Conditions
Date & Time: Friday 15 September 2017, 10:00 – 12:30
Venue: St Thomas Centre Read moreRe-Discovering Our Neighbourhoods – The Art of ABCD
Date & Time: Tuesday 19 September 2017, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Manchester Conference Centre Read moreLeading GM Workshop: Leading for Innovation and Creativity
Date & Time: Friday 22 September 2017, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Studio Manchester Read moreClick here for more eventsTraining Opportunities
Hidden Sentence Training
Date & Time: Wednesday 23 August 2017, 9:15 – 13:00
Venue: POPS Head Office Read more

An Introduction to Coaching Skills
Date & Time: Tuesday 5 September 2017, 9:00 – 16:30
Venue: LGBT Foundation Read more

Preventing Extremism
Date & Time: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10:00 – 16:30
Venue: Manchester Read more

LGBT Domestic Abuse: Awareness and Practice
Date & Time: Tuesday 5 December 2017, 9:30 – 16:30
Venue: Manchester Read more

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Job Opportunities

Finance and Administration Officer at Young Manchester
Salary: £20,661 – £22,658 per annum
Deadline: Monday 14 August 2017 Read moreHead of Commissioning and Partnerships at Young Manchester
Salary: £33,437 – £36,397 per annum
Deadline: Monday 14 August 2017 Read moreHead of Finance at Young Manchester 
Salary: £39,177 – £41,967 per annum
Deadline: Monday 14 August 2017 Read moreAdvice Worker at Age UK Manchester
Salary £17,280 per annum, Hours: 28 hours per week
Deadline:  Thursday 17 August 2017 Read moreSupport Time and Recovery Worker at Manchester Mind
Salary: £19,048 per annum, Hours: 37 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 21 August 2017, 9:00 Read moreSocial Worker, Manchester Engagement Team at Manchester Mind 
Salary: £30,978 per annum, Hours: 37 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 21 August 2017, 9:00 Read more

Mental Health Practitioner (Counselling and Therapy or Community Mental Health) at 42nd Street
Salary: £23,398 – £27,668 per annum (pro rata), Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 21 August 2017, 10:00 Read more

Mental Health Practitioner (Tameside and Glossop) at 42nd Street
Salary: £23,398 – £27,668 (pro rata), Hours: 30 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 21 August 2017, 10:00 Read more

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at 42nd Street
Salary: £20,661 – £22,658 per annum (pro rata), Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 21 August 2017, 10:00 Read more

Grants Manager at Salford CVS
Salary: NJC Point 35 – £30,785 per annum, Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 25 August 2017, 10:00 Read more

Care Assistants / Carer Support Workers at Carers Trust 4all
Salary: £8 – £8.25 plus 25p per mile, Hours: Full time and Part time
Deadline: Tuesday 31 October 2017 Read more

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Sign up now with Volunteer Centre Manchester
If your organisation works in Manchester and involves volunteers, you are encouraged to register with Volunteer Centre Manchester.Register with Volunteer Centre Manchester
Register your organisation – Click here to register your organisation
Register as a volunteer – Click here to register as a volunteerVolunteer DBS (CRB) checks
DBS Manchester and Salford provides a quality and professional DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking service and Safe Recruitment advice centre. DBS Manchester and Salford is provided by Salford CVS. For further information click here or contact 0161 787 7795, or email: dbs@salfordcvs.co.ukVolunteer Centre Manchester’s training page
Click here to see what we’re runningFunding
Our funding search engine is a straight forward FREE service using information from IDOX Information Solutions that can help voluntary, charitable and community groups like yours to find suitable funding. To search for funding opportunities click here

Information and Resources
On our website we have a diverse range of resources, toolkits and contacts to help you understand what you need to do in order to develop and sustain your voluntary / community group and operate legally. To view our factsheets and toolkits click here

Policy and influence
The Policy and Influence Team support strong, collective input by Manchester’s voluntary sector and residents by sharing information, co-ordinating and linking organisations and providing opportunities for people to come together and network.Click here for more information

My Manchester
The voice of the city. Watch films, listen to audio and read blogs created by the Manchester Community reporters showcasing Manchester’s stories on theMyManchester website
Visit our online directory of voluntary and community sector organisations in Manchester where you can search for Manchester organisations and register to promote your organisation. To browse the Directory and to register click here

Conference and room hire
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The University of Manchester
Manchester Institute for Collaborative
Research on Ageing (MICRA)
June 2017 newsletter
 MICRA website
Ready for ageing – now? Lord Geoffrey Filkin reviews the House of Lords ‘Ready for Ageing’ report at 2017 MICRA annual public lecture 

This year’s MICRA annual public lecture was delivered by Lord Geoffrey Filkin, Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better. In a lecture entitled ‘Ready for ageing – now?’ Lord Filkin questioned the progress made since the publication of the House of Lords Select Committee report Ready for Ageing in 2013. 

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Active gaming is good for brain health and memory, finds study 

Video games which involve physical activity significantly boost our brain health as we get older, according to new research led by University of Manchester experts, Dr Emma Stanmore and Joseph Firth.  

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MICRA to host study into effect of post-retirement work on wellbeing

Dr Ellen Dingemas has been awarded a Rubicon grant to study how the physical and cognitive wellbeing of retirees across Europe is affected by post-retirement work. 

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Institute Manager Jo Garsden undertakes one-year secondment to the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub 

After 7 years at MICRA, Institute Manager Jo Garsden will be undertaking a one-year secondment to work on the development of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub. 

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Launch Event – Welbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse (WHeRL) Project

20 June 2017

The Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and Lifecourse (WHeRL) consortium is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of their final report on Tuesday 20 June 2017. 

Book now

Small but Significant – innovation, impact and evidence: Practical housing interventions to improve older people’s health and wellbeing

13 July 2017

Please join us for this free workshop on Thursday 13 July. This workshop will examine the evidence, cutting edge practice and related policy in the field of increasing safe independence at home for older people through practical interventions.  

Book now

Vacancy at MICRA: Research Fellow (Evaluation and Community Support)

Deadline: 11 June 2017

Applications are sought for a full-time Research Fellow (Evaluation and Community Support) to join MICRA and the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research on a Big Lottery Fund grant in association with the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation. 

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 +44 (0)161 275 1298   micra@manchester.ac.uk    @MICRA_Ageing
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Helping the residents of Grenfell Tower

In response to the terrible events at Grenfell Tower, we are providing support to those directly affected by the fire. We are awarding an initial grant to the residents; £1,000 for a single person household and £1,500 for a multiple person household.

Read more about the Grenfell Appeal

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Benefits Update: Help for carers

If you are a carer for someone who has an illness or disability, there may be benefits available to you. Carer’s Allowance and Income Support are just some of the benefits that carers may be entitled to claim for if eligible.

Read more about the help available to carers

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Women are twice as likely to be carers

More than 803,000 people in the UK are receiving Carer’s Allowance; 579,850 are female compared to 223,820 that are male, according to figures that have just been published by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Read more about female carers

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A big thank you to all our volunteers!

Our team of 241 volunteers provide a priceless lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Nicola Silver, our Volunteer Support Officer, said: “Volunteers are at the forefront of Turn2us and without them, the charity couldn’t help nearly as many people in financial hardship, all across the UK.”

Read more about our volunteers

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Grants Spotlight: Teaching Staff Trust

The Teaching Staff Trust is a new voluntary organisation that provides financial support to people from the field of education. They accept applications from anyone who works, or has worked in, schools, nurseries, or with under 19s.

Find out more about the Teaching Staff Trust

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Concerns over rise in young carers

Over 39,000 young people in the UK aged 18 to 24 years old are receiving Carer’s Allowance, a 46.5% increase in five years. There are also 2,370 children in the UK aged 16 to 17 years old who are receiving Carer’s Allowance.

Read more about young carers

Training and Workshops

Charities and community groups

Did you know that we offer free training on the Turn2us online tools for charities and groups who work with people in financial need?

Upcoming workshop dates:
12 July: Gateshead
12 July: Cardiff
12 Sept: Cardiff
13 Sept: London

Book a Turn2us workshop

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