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Social Prescribing in Greater Manchester

Social Prescribing in Greater Manchester

In February 2018, the Greater Manchester Devolution VCSE Reference Group (The Reference Group) decided to commission from amongst its membership a review of social prescribing in Greater Manchester. The main task of the research was to carry out a mapping exercise of the existing patterns and nature of social prescribing across Greater Manchester (GM). The particular focus was to establish what was happening across the GM Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in relation to social prescribing.

Working in partnership, the University of Salford and Salford CVS have undertaken a review of existing research, a survey of social prescribing activity across GM and a deep dive involving interviews and qualitative investigation in one locality (Salford).

To read an executive summary of the report, please click here.

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Devolution and Beyond: essays on the voluntary sector's role in an inclusive devolution agenda

Devolution and Beyond: essays on the voluntary sector's role in an inclusive devolution agenda

Three years since Devolution, Our Devolution, this compilation of essays, Devolution and Beyond, from leading thinkers and operators in devolution explores the current context for the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector. 

With six combined authority mayoral elections in May 2017, this is a pivotal time for the devolution agenda - and if it is to be an inclusive one, it is vital that the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is playing a leading role. These essays, from both within the sector and out, explore how this can be achieved.

With contributions from: 

  • Mike Wild (Macc)
  • Ceri Hughes and Ruth Lupton (Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit)
  • Gill Bainbridge (Merseyside Youth Association)
  • Fay Selvan (Big Life Group)
  • Atif Shafique (Royal Society of the Arts)
  • Neil McInroy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies)
  • Sean Anstee (Greater Manchester Combined Authority)
  • Simone Spray (42nd Street)
  • Garth Hodgkinson (Community CVS)
  • Carolyn Otley (Cumbria Third Sector Network)
  • Kathy Evans (Children England)
  • Jim McMahon MP (Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution)

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Developing Devolution with our communities

Developing Devolution with our communities

Devolution has happened at a fast pace; many exciting developments have taken place that have transformed our governance at a local level to enable more responsive and innovative public services. This provides the potential platform from which to tackle entrenched disadvantage, drive social change and deliver inclusive growth, while at the same time refreshing local democracy. 

The devolution agenda has enthused many politicians and professionals, but it is fair to say that it has not always had the same reaction within communities. Many people who are enthusiastic about local social action to improve their neighbourhoods or provide support to their communities, have become disengaged from formal politics - whether this is Whitehall or the town hall can sometimes make little difference. Devolution has the potential to address this deficit and strengthen productive local partnerships that can underpin transformation. 

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Introduction to the Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard 'Health as a Social Movement' project

Introduction to the Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard 'Health as a Social Movement' project

 

 

 

Our aim is to mobilise a citizen-led social movement for cancer prevention by working through the voluntary sector. This project is harnessing the energy of the voluntary sector and Greater Manchester (GM) citizens which is currently centred on cancer research, treatment and survivorship to understand what motivates people to make lifestyle choices and help tip the balance towards prevention. We are connecting what already exists, drawing on the intelligence of communities that face health inequality and identifying ways to help change happen.

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The Implications of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for the VCS

The Implications of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for the VCS

This report, commissioned by Liverpool CVS United Way, explores the implications of city region working, and specifically the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, for local voluntary and community sector groups:

- Combined Authorities: The Implications of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for the VCS (September 2014).  This report includes a section on VCS involvement in the other four Combined Authorities.

- Executive Summary

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