Greater Manchester

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We strive to keep the sector well informed, from one-page briefings to full length research documents. You can find all of them below.

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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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MoU between GM Health & Social Care Partnership an the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester

MoU between GM Health & Social Care Partnership an the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester

The Memorandum of Understanding between GM Health & Social Care Partnership and the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester builds upon the work by the VCSE Devolution Reference Group, which over the past year has supported the partnership in its goals for improving health and wellbeing in Greater Manchester.

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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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Connected Growth: developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city region

Connected Growth: developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city region

Submission to the Inclusive Growth Commission drawing on interviews with members of Greater Manchester’s VCSE Devolution Reference Group and a workshop with VCSE leaders from across the North West.

The central tenet is that if we are serious about inclusive growth, then we need to develop a new relationship with communities drawing on the potential of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

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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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Devolution, Our Devolution: Perspectives on the Meaning of Devolution

Devolution, Our Devolution: Perspectives on the Meaning of Devolution

Devolution in England is happening now. We want the voluntary and community sector to play a key role in developing the thinking around what a good model of devolution looks like and how it could work best for the communities we represent.

This report contains thirteen different perspectives from across the North West and further afield to give us all food for thought on what devolution could mean and the role of the sector. 

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