Sunday, 30 December 2012

Camerons New Year Speech. Comment from Robert Winchurch of Mobilityproducts4U


Things surprise me sometimes and make me think and when I saw part of Mr Cameron's new year speech I thought he must have been in his ((parallel universe))  when he wrote it!
I assume most of the content came to him in a dream, he says that he and his government are on the right track! The only problem with that is he does not know which track it is or where it is going! no mention of Europe and our standing in there but then I suppose he is waiting for Tony Blair to be elected President to save the UK from itself.
He does talk about getting people off benefit and into meaning full employment, a nice sentiment but where are the jobs supposed to come from? Perhaps he could ask those working at Remploy and all of those who used to work there if they would prefer to be living on benefits or if they would just like to be back in meaning full employment at the companies that his henchman Ian Duncan Smith decided to close down.
This of course was a decision made for the absolute benefit of those disabled people who had been employed by Remploy with dignity and a basic living wage so that they could go out and integrate into the mainstream employment. Only one thing wrong with that is that there are not enough jobs for the able bodied in the real world let alone expecting companies to make major adjustments to their work place to allow those in wheelchairs or those who are visually impaired to join the company!
Time to get real Mr Cameron and to start thinking about how we can alter this society so that we are "All in it together" not some of us racking in massive bonuses for fixing the Libor rates or allowing payday loan companies to charge extorionet rates of interest to those who cannot afford it but probably do not know where else to go. Perhaps it is time for the government to really take control of the money lenders!
The other thoughts I had centred on the New Years Honours list, why if it is a New Years list was it made public on Saturday the 29th of December? Should it not have been released on January the 1st 2013?
So nice to see though that the honours list truly reflects achievements ans success by the people they are bestowed up on. Take Hector Sants for instance, he is the former Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority and was heavily criticised over regulatory failures of that body during the time of the financial crisis, guess what he is now Sir Hector Sants, hey way to go make a mess of a top job and get a knighthood, is it possible that soon we might see Dame Rebakah Brookes?
Many Thanks to Robert for that . He runs a Mobility Products company and wanted to share his disgust over Govt Policy. 

His Company Is Mobility Products 4U 

Friday, 28 December 2012

Share this off Twitter anywhere you can

WOW PETITION needs 2 000 signatures SO THAT AT 10000 signatures the government MUST make a statement on the petition

find it here:

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Disabled or disabled by sickness/illness, feel attacked?

Theres a lot of talk about definitions going on , who's sick, whos disabled, are you really sick, does that disability count... and so on an so on.
A true culture of power persecuting "disabled" mainly led by media and DWP press releases, and a minister for the disabled that by all accounts believes taking money from the sick/ disabled will empower them.
Not In My Name does she act.
Not in your name does she act.

Which is why i smiled when i saw this picture/ graphic.

I dont know whether this is photoshopped/ imposed or what.

Never the less, if he said it: GOOD MAN

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

i'm a bit stuck on something, but any assistance appreciated

 This is a bit techie... for one of these ..

I have revived an old laptop that is now a useful thing when I dont want to use main lappy, which is ace.

I have put Linux Debian on it (the old one).

There used to be a thing called compcache , and in later distributions of linux thats called zram now.
the zram is already used on the other laptop which is on ubuntu.

If theres a techie that can send me what i need to do in root terminal with exact instructions, i'd like to try and increase ram virtually on the old machine with debian on it.

Anyone help me on that? cos thats the bit i'm quite stuck with.


Monday, 24 December 2012

Reporting Child Abuse Accounts on Twitter

If you discover an abusive account on twitter ...

I emailed re the abusive account.  

Their reply was almost instant.

Their reply looks like this: 

This is american based reporting, and so you should probably also email your  police service where you are in the UK . 

But reporting to twitter by email rather than blocking will speed removal of account . 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Welfare suffering?

Comments I found .

My neighbour, who is a single parent with two children, was recently sanctioned and has lost her benefits in the run-up to xmas. The reason for the sanctioning appears to be that she wrote a letter of complaint about her work programme provider. The woman who 'supervises' my neighbour is consistently rude and unhelpful, and told her she was 'thick' because she left school at 16, as well as making other nasty comments. Rightly my neighbour wrote to complain immediately after which her benefit was stopped. These programmes are supposed to help people into work by reskilling them and boosting their self-esteem. How telling someone they're thick fits with that I have no idea. I wont give the name of this woman, but when I looked her up online she's regional manager for this place. I wish there was some action I could take but don't want to make my neighbour's situation worse.

What I'd like to do to IDS and his sanctimonious ilk is unprintable.

I'm an advice worker and I'm getting increasingly bad stories about the WP providers from some of my clients.
Confidentiality policy stops me from giving information about individual cases but their cases are similar to your neighbours. All the evidence I have come across so far is that the WP providers seem to be all about punishing people for being out of work - not helping them to find work.
People who have illness/disability are not having their special needs taken into account,so it can only be a matter of time before a major health and safety incident occurs from somebody being placed on a work placement which is not suitable for them - not to mention my fear that the suicide rate is going to continue rising.
Your neighbour is entitled to appeal the sanctions and should be encouraged to do so. We must put a stop to this state sanctioned bullying and show the bastards they can't get away with treating people like dirt.

My sister was in the same situation. She attended a WP the woman in her 'class' treated everyone in there like they were all workshy shirkers who she could treat however she wanted to. She actually told my sister she was a "lazy bitch" who she (the WP woman) was having to get out of bed for to go to work everyday to pay the taxes that were given to "lazy bastards" like my sister.

My sister complained, and put her complaint in writing. She complained to the job centre, together with another woman from the same session. My sister received a sanction. Her money has been stopped and she is appealing.

This attitude that everyone out of work and on benefits are 'workshy benefit scroungers' is exactly what the govt propaganda machine has been spouting out. They have done this deliberately in order to divide and rule, set the working poor against the non-working poor. It is immoral and it is getting worse.

Everytime they do yet another obscenity against the unemployed they get away with it, and that only encourages them to commit even further atrocities.

In PMQ's one MP held a suicide letter in his hand from one of his deceased constituents. He killed himself because of the hardships he had suffered because of the unfair and discriminatory changes to sickness and disability benefits. The poor man felt he had no place left to turn. His blood is on the govt's hands.... on IDS's hands.... and Duncan Smith has the nerve to call himself a christian.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Who In The Gov.Uk crowd Knows about exclusion? Who's on net providers payrolls?

Just as Unemployed get absoluted decree that net is neccessary/ obligatory and yet benefits are so difficult to achieve without net and tescos put prices up, as are many doing. How will this work? its carcrash and social cohesion and justice disaster. Do you understand that the scrounger rhetoric slams unemployed and sick with internet capability, yet the machine that is supposed to support those people, including me, is now set to demand something that they condemn in the media? And that the capitalist opportunists are making more expensive as a direct result no doubt? And those in need will not afford this ludicrous situation and be denied. Even though there always will be a paper option, so I'm told, the latest I.D.Smith Statement says little of the paper options. And Librarys who have public internet free are closing, and have max two hour limits , and sessions are hard to book through massive over subscriptions already, often, so this my friend... This is truly twisted.

A short blog , just to tell you I know LOADS without net. AND THIS IS MADNESS. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Another way to share WOWpetition

You could always add this to you email signatures, a few lines under your name :

" I couldnt ignore this. This will help Sick and Disabled People across the UK. Please read and act according to your conscience "

Many thanks

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

TVCatchup: Watch TV Free on Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and the Web.

TVCatchup is the number one service for watching live TV on the move and it's completely free. You can use the TVCatchup service from our app on your device or on the web at ''.

You can find it here for Android:

You can find it here for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad:

Many Thanks


Thursday, 13 December 2012


Manchester and surrounding 10mile radius (but not exclusively) 


Similar to Childline concept 

Older people who have any anxieties or issues and need someone to talk to ...

3 month Trial 

Live now . Good contact over xmas 

0800 328 8888

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Rules on JSA sanctions

Its a big doc, but heres the sanctions rules for decision makers

I posted this cos people keep talking about wrongful sanctions.

The fact i'm concerned about is a conversation earlier re sanctions for not affording travel.
Rules state an hour walking each way for a fit, healthy person is expected, that perhaps is too "median" and even fit/healthy have different walk speeds.
But the conversation said the person went to a CAB centre for an imposed sanction for non attendance cos they couldnt afford the transport.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

HELP REQUEST : Filing United Nations complaints against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

[UK] If you are a sick and disabled individual currently in the Work-related Activity Group (WRAG),
please send me a scan of your physician's letter explicitly stating that you are NOT fit for work.

This information is needed for the filing of United Nations complaints against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It is my opinion that the British government's mandatory Work Programme for sick and/or disabled persons is in violation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which it signed on September 16, 1968 and ratified on May 20, 1976. (See

Further, it is my opinion the British government is violating the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol. (See and

Thanking you in advance.

My e-mail address is:

Samuel Miller
Blog: Hephaestus: Disability Studies
Blog: My Disability Studies Blackboard
(Montreal, Canada)

Can any Blog readers help re the above? 

*Many Thanks



Friday, 7 December 2012

Manchester Giants are back! Pro Basketball

Manchester Giants are back!
Manchester Giants pro basketball team are back playing in the British Basketball League competing against twelve other pro teams across the UK. After an absence of a decade, Manchester Giants have reclaimed their spot in the professional British Basketball League.  After being resurrected by a team of enthusiasts, basketball courts will once again be rumbling with the sound of Giant footsteps this season. Manchester Giants was the biggest club in UK basketball in the late 1990s, attracting crowds of up to 15,000 each game.  After a disastrous take over, fans were left bereft as the club melted into financial ruin.  But the game continued…
Manchester still has the highest number of basketball players and enthusiasts – thanks in part to a fantastic amateur scene.  Manchester Giants offers homegrown talent a chance to ‘go pro’ in their city.  After jumping through many hoops, Manchester Giants – the club, the brand and the fans – are back!
“We brought back the Manchester Giants because we know basketball is a big part of the sporting scene in Manchester – it inspires people, young and old, from all walks of life.  Manchester needs a BBL team and only the most iconic brand in BBL history would do!”   Chief Executive, Steve Mansfield
Wright Robinson Sports Village Ticket Offer
The Giants are offering a discounted ticket offer to the Wright Robinson Sports Village community for their next two home matches on
Friday 7th December Versus Durham Wildcats
Friday 14th December  Versus Cheshire Jets
at their home venue, Wright Robinson Sports Village in Gorton, Manchester, Tip Off at 7.30pm doors open 6.30pm.
The Friday night matches are great family fun, full of Bball dunking action, watch the Giants in action supported by the Shooting Stars Cheerleaders
With this offer each adult pays £10 and Juniors (under 16yrs) are just £2, all under 5yrs areFREE
You must book discounted tickets ONLINE go to the web site: Click here for web link and use the discount code: WRSV
John Dwan 
Manchester Giants Ltd


Info via community e,mail from MCC

Greater Manchester Youth Network – Job Vacancy, Give Get Go! Project Worker

Greater Manchester Youth Network – Job VacancyGive Get Go! Project Worker
Part Time - £22,958 – pro rata for 28 hours a week
Deadline Friday 4th January 2013
Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) is looking to recruit an appropriately skilled/experienced worker to plan, deliver and administer a range of informal learning sessions and volunteering activities for disadvantaged young people aged 16-19 who live in Harpurhey and Charlestown.
The Project Worker will be responsible for the delivery of the GMYN project called Give Get Go! funded by Public Health Manchester.
This exciting project aims to support groups of young people through a six session programme focusing on volunteering. Emotional wellbeing is a key theme throughout the project aiming to draw out the ways in which volunteering can encourage and enhance young people's wellbeing. The programmes will be aimed at young people aged 16-19 who have not volunteered before or do not have much experience of volunteering before, and where possible, attract young people from hard to engage groups, for example refugees and asylum seekers, those living in supported housing, teenage parents and those not in employment, education or training. The worker will support the young people to engage in the project and other activities by addressing barriers to participation and raising their confidence levels and motivation.
Please contact to find out more and to request a job application pack.
Many thanks for your support
Alex Fairweather
Managing Director

Greater Manchester Youth Network
"Enabling young people and organisations to participate, develop and achieve."
Head office: Top Floor, 27 Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ


A nice info share 

*Many Thanks



Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week: 21-27 January 2013 Community events grants

Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week: 21-27 January 2013

Do you want to celebrate the city’s diversity and help prevent Hate Crime?

You can apply for a grant of up to £200 for your community group to
organise an event or activity in your neighbourhood that raises awareness
about Hate Crime, What it is, how to prevent it, and how to report it.
Please note the deadline to apply for a grant is Wednesday December 12. If
you would like a little longer to gather information, then please let us
know by replying to this by email.

To read more about Hate Crime and to apply for a grant, please complete and
submit the application form at:

If you need help with the form to apply for funding, please
email with your questions.

Customer & Community Engagement Team
Level 7
Wenlock Way Offices
Wenlock Way
M12 5DH

Phone: 0161 274 6412

A nice share
Manchester Groups only .



Chewing Gum

Is Chewing Gum the Most Toxic Substance in the Supermarket? ******************************************** Here is a list of the most common ingredients in the most popular chewing gum products on the market: 
Gum Base 
Natural and Artificial Flavours 
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Starch Aspartame –Acesulfame 
Soy Lecithin Colors (titanium oxide, blue 2 lake, red 40) BHT Malic Acid, Citric Acid 

Ingredient #1: Gum Base. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Imagine if someone came up to you and said, “Hey, would you like to chew on some tire rubber and plastic?” You probably would politely decline and want to report this person to a doctor for a psychological evaluation. “Gum base” is a blend of elastomers, plasticizers, fillers, and resin. Some of the other ingredients that go into this mix are polyvinyl acetate, which is frequently referred to as “carpenter glue” or “white glue”. Paraffin wax is another ingredient that is a byproduct of refined petroleum. Is chewing plastic, petroleum and rubber safe? As you chew, these substances leach into the mouth and body. Yummy. 

 Ingredient #2: Aspartame.
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The controversy surrounding this substance is widespread. It is one of the most body toxic substances we can consume. The political corruption and money trail behind this agent of disease is a mile long. Aspartame has been linked to all of the major brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and ALS. It is also considered a prime contributor to many other diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, obesity, and many others. It is in many diet products on the market today, but in the long run actually contributes to obesity due to his extreme acidity. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, which over excites neurons in the brain until they burn out and die. Dr. Russell Blaylock is the leading expert on Aspartame and other excitotoxins and I would highly encourage you to see the documentary entitled “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World”. 

 #3: Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Starch. Hydrogenation is chemical process that adds hydrogen across a double bonded carbon. This is done to increase the shelf life of a product, turning oil into a more plastic like substance. This process also creates Trans fats, which are now known to be very harmful to health. 

 Ingredient #4: Colors (titanium dioxide, blue 2 lake, red 40). Titanium dioxide is a nanoparticle that is very common in sunscreen and many other health products, including synthetic nutritional supplements. New evidence is leading in the direction of this substance being carcinogenic, leading to cancer. We as humans are drawn to things that are colorful. Artificial food colorings, such as red 40, are made from petroleum and are dangerous to our health. Many people have extreme allergies to these substances and they have been implicated in contributing to ADD and other disorders and diseases. 

 Ingredient #5: Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol, Maltitol. These sugar alcohols are originally made from sugar, but are altered so much that they are considered sugar free. As a general rule, when nature is altered and changed to make a “better” product, more often than not, the result is something that is not healthy. Some even go so far as to say that these products are far worse than sugar and can stimulate weight gain. Other side effects can include abdominal pain and diarrhea. Is sugar alcohol better than sugar? Neither are good substances, so comparing the two is somewhat pointless. Chewing Gum and Digestion Every time you chew gum, your brain is tricked into thinking that you are eating food. Therefore, it sends signals to your stomach, pancreas and other organs involved in digestion to prepare for this “food”. Your salivary glands and pancreas will begin to emit enzymes, which are necessary to digest food and absorb nutrients from food. Constant emission of enzymes over time will deplete enzymes and over time this process can slow down. If you are not breaking down and absorbing food properly over time, you will get disease because the body needs nutrients to rebuild and thrive. A Great Alternative for Fresh Breath A great alternative to chewing gum is to carry around a small bottle of organic food grade peppermint oil and when you would like fresh breath, just put one drop in your mouth and you will have achieved the same effect. You can find many food grade oils that are wonderful for helping you have fresh breath. Nothing in chewing gum is natural. It is chemical goop that in no way contributes to health or is good for your teeth. Don’t be fooled by fancy advertising. 

The five ingredients that we reviewed above, in one form or another, contribute to disease and poor health. Is this really a risk that you want to expose yourself to all for the sake of fresh breath? In the future, perhaps we will see that chewing gum may be as much of a contributor to disease as are cigarettes.

Source : The Unknown 


Confusion over Sanctions and Mandates for ESA claimants



I took Mrs Mike up to the Job Centre on Friday, for an interview with her advisor on the work-related activity group of Employment and Support Allowance.
Linda (Mrs Mike) has been in the WRAG since her work capability assessment in August. I won’t go into the details of that particular interview because those of you who have experienced it will know that, even in the best of circumstances, it can be harrowing for a disabled person.
This interview was a far cry from that; it helped a lot that Linda knew her advisor – they worked together on a previous job.
We went through Linda’s circumstances and the list of her disabilities, and it was explained that, at the end of her year on the WRA group, she will be assessed again (we’re not looking forward to that!) to decide whether she may be found fit for work or has to go back for another year in the WRAG. This was news to me; my impression was always that you had the year, then you got booted out onto Jobseekers’ Allowance.
It was explained that she could choose to work with her advisor or with work placement provider companies, to find employment for her that is suitable with regard to her disabilities; work placements will not be valid if they do not accommodate an individual’s sickness or disability (this is a fact – I looked it up on the government’s own documentation and they do have a duty to ensure the activity is “appropriate to the participants health condition or disability”).
Mandating – forcing a disabled person to participate in the work programme by making it a condition under which they continue to receive benefit – would only happen if a claimant failed to participate in the work-related activity scheme on any level. It’s what happens when people refuse to have anything to do with it, Linda was told.
I noted that this still means Linda has to take part in some form of activity, but here’s the thing: Mrs Mike does actually want a job. She wants to be a contributing member of society and she wants to be able to pay her way. She is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a scrounger.
what she does not want is to be forced into an exploitative situation where she is made to do work that is unsuitable for her, with no concern about whether it will worsen her condition. She spent months, after her illness began, trying to soldier on at her former job and getting worse every day. She won’t go through that again.
Imagine, then, my surprise on getting home to read an article in The Guardian, stating that, from tomorrow (Monday), the government will “allow private back-to-work companies and jobcentre case managers to force [Linda] and more than 300,000 sick and disabled welfare claimants into unpaid work experience for an unspecified length of time.
“Also from that day – the UN’s international day of persons with disabilities – if those in WRAG who have illnesses ranging from cancer to paralysis to mental health issues do not comply with such instructions, they can be stripped of up to 70 per cent of their benefits and forced to live on £28.15 a week.”
The paper showed that the scheme was already in disrepute. According to the rules (and, again, I’ve read them) providers must ensure that a work placement is of “community benefit”, but the article stated “since Februarythe DWP has stopped answering freedom of information requests about where people are being sent to work – even when instructed to do so by the information commissioner – because it fears the [Mandatory Work Activity] scheme will collapse under the weight of public protest if details are released.
“The DWP has admitted that … private, profit-seeking companies can participate in the scheme.”
the paper added that, according to the latest figures, between 1 June 2011 and 31 May 2012 there were 11,130 conditionality sanctions applied to ESA WRAG claimants. The average length of such sanction is seven weeks.
Linda and I already know that neither the work programme nor the mandatory work activity scheme (Workfare) have any effect on increasing people’s chances of getting into a job. They are ways of funnelling taxpayers’ money to the bosses of the ‘work programme provider’ companies. “Why take part, then?” you might ask. The answer is threefold: Firstly, to show willing; second, to avoid sanctions; third, to get direct experience of how it works in practice.
All this, of course, takes place in an environment where organisations like the British Heart Foundation are pulling out of the programme. According to the newspaper, “the charity said it was offered cash incentives by private companies running the programme if it took on jobseekers. The BHF refused such payments, as it would have meant the charity being paid while its volunteers – in desperate need of a job – worked for no pay in return.
“The DWP said it was not troubled by this practice: ‘We pay providers to find us placements; it’s up to them what arrangement they make with organisations who will take someone on.’”
This is interesting, considering Iain Duncan Smith is adamant that no payment is made other than by results.
On the BBC he said: “Unlike previous work programmes that the last government did where they paid up to half the money just for taking the person on, we don’t do any of that. what we say is, the company concerned has to get them into work but just not into work; also into a job that is eventually, say, six months – that’s when we pay them.”
He also said that the six-month period of work that participants need to build up (presumably before these companies get paid) can be split between placements. We’ve never heard that before, and it seems a rough-and-ready reinterpretation of the rules, as most employment currently lasts no more than four months before people end up back on Jobseekers’ Allowance.
Employment minister Mark Hoban told the Guardian: ‘”People on sickness benefits who do all they can to improve their chances of moving back into a job have nothing to worry about.
‘”They will get their benefits and we will do all we can to help. But in the small number of cases where people refuse to stick to their part of the bargain, it’s only right there are consequences.”‘
What bargain? He seems to misunderstand the meaning of the word. A bargain is an agreement in which each party has obligations to the other.
What sanctions are imposed on the DWP if it fails to provide the service – as stated – to claimants? None, that I can see.
Be assured I will keep you posted on future developments.
PS For everyone about to embark on this new adventure in disability benefits, I think it is important that you read this website – Securing your rights on Welfare to Work(fare). It provides important information on protecting your rights, which may be eroded if you sign certain documents presented to you as part of this programme.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Manchester Volunteers - A RAFT of Info here

Booking Appointments With Volunteer Centre Manchester For Your Clients Or Organisation 

If you have clients who wish to volunteer, please make sure you contact us beforehand to make an one to one appointment with one of our Development Workers.  

As we are a small team with large numbers of volunteers being referred to us, we need to ensure that we have enough staff to cover one to one sessions.  

To book an appointment is easy, you can call us on 0161 830 4770, e-mail or book online at 

Free CRB checks for Manchester Volunteers
A dedicated Criminal Records Bureau checking service for Manchester’s voluntary sector
Volunteer Centre Manchester and CRB Sevices Manchester are working in partnership to support Manchester’s community and volunteering groups.  If your volunteers require a criminal record check (CRB) before starting their volunteering then we can offer you the checks for free!
In addition to this you will get access to discounted CRB checks for your paid staff, access to training and advice on safe recruitment, conviction disclosure and expert CRB guidance.
For more information and to access the service please visit 
Volunteering Community Network (VCN) and Volunteer Coordinators Forum (VCF)
Please book your place by clicking on the relevant link below
.  If you do not book we will not be able to inform you of any changes which may take place before each session e.g change of venue etc.
Date:              Monday 10th December 2012
11am - 1.30pm (lunch and networking will be at 1.00pm)
Ground Floor Meeting Room, Macc, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW
To book: 
Date:              Wednesday 12th December 2012
      10am - 12noon
Board Room, Willow Park Housing Trust, 8 Poundswick Lane, Wythenshawe,
 Manchester, M22 9TA 
To book:     
Date:              Wednesday 12th December 2012
Time:             2pm - 4pm
     Ground Floor Meeting Room, Macc, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester,
 M4 5JW 
To book:     
Minutes from previous VCN and VCF meetings can now be found online. Please visit:
VCN -     
VCF -      
I have attached a VCN member form.  Following on from one of our previous meetings there was a request that we create a member form which highlights what each organisation does and the services or training that organisations / individuals can offer.  You can complete this and take it along to the meeting or e-mail it to Mark Pritchard on  We will have extra copies of the form at the meetings. 
If you are attending the meeting, we would be grateful if you could bring along any relevant training, funding or general opportunity information to be shared with the group.
If you have any agenda items, please e-mail them to Mark Pritchard at 
Follow us all on Facebook and Twitter
Why not join Volunteer Centre Manchester on Twitter at 

You can also follow Manchester Community Central at 
Manchester Event Volunteers can be found on Facebook at 
Volunteering Support Agency Annual Evaluation Questionnaire

If you have worked with or accessed services with any of the 10 Greater Manchester Volunteer Centres over the last 12 months, you can provide feedback via an online 8 question survey at

This will help inform Volunteering Greater Manchester of the quality of services provided by Centres and ways in which they may be improved.  Have your say now!
Social Media Surgeries 

Last Thursday of every month from 31 January 2013 at Macc, Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW

For more information and to book please visit: 
Safeguarding Toolkit - Drop in Support Sessions

The next drop-in sessions for groups that need further safeguarding advice/support the dates of the next 2 are:

23rd January 2013 (1pm - 3pm)
14th March 2013 (10am - 12 noon)

For more information please contact Nicola Shanahan
EMPLOYMENT - Full Time Volunteer Development Worker 

35 hours per week, SO1: £24,646-- £26,276, (depending on experience). This job is eligible for job share
To develop CHAC’s use of volunteers especially from the local communities and speakers of other languages, by providing a continual programme of recruitment, selection, training and supervision of volunteers. These volunteers will then provide a generalist legal advice service.
For more details and an application form please send an A5 SAE to:
Jeremy Engineer, Cheetham Hill Advice Centre,
1 Morrowfield Avenue, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 9AR
or email for an electronic version of the application pack 

Closing date: 1pm Monday 17th December 2012
 TRAINING - Emergency First Aid at Work 
(For Manchester Voluntary and Community Organisations only)
If you wish to attend the training it is essential you complete the online booking form
This is the first of 3 Emergency First Aid at Work training sessions supported by Volunteer Centre Manchester and Manchester Community Central.
Friday 25th January 2013
9:30 - 16:30
Longsight (venue to be confirmed later)
Full details and the online booking form is available at: (please scroll down to the click here link to register) 
If you experience any difficulties with the online registration please contact a member of the team on 0333 321 3021 or email 
 Training Opportunity - Broadcast / PR / Marketing 
The project is centred around developing media/broadcast skills, covering things such as interviewing, planning content etc. While obviously this is a fabulous opportunity for anyone wishing to get into broadcast/PR/marketing, it will also help any jobseeker further develop their transferable skills. 
The only limits on who is eligible is that they must be in receipt of jobseekers allowance (we'll need proof of this) and 19 +. Ideally, attendees will be living in Greater Manchester, and preference will be given to those who are. 
As I mentioned, there's courses coming up until February, and the dates for the first two are as follows 
Course dates (half days)
5th Dec
12th Dec
19th Dec
9th January
16th January. 
All courses will be held in our offices in Manchester City Centre.
For more information please contact Sarah Carlin
 TRAINING OPPORTUNITY - Health Champion Training Understanding Health Improvement Level 2 
(For City of Manchester organisations and volunteers only)
Would you like to offer individuals practical support in making healthy lifestyle choices for themselves? 

If so you are in an ideal position to become a Health Champion and join
the Manchester Health Champion Network.  The first step to becoming a Health Champion is to undertake the Royal Society for Public Health Understanding Health Improvement accredited training. 
The next course will take place on:
            Friday 18th and 25th January 2013 
            9.30am start until 3.30pm (arrivals from 9am) 
            Manchester Public Health Development Service, Ground Floor Training Room, Victoria Mill, Miles Platting, M40 7LJ 
Reserve a place:
    Click here
Through this you will gain:   
  • The knowledge and confidence to be a health champion.
  • An understanding of what factors affect health
  • Ways to promote improvements in the health and wellbeing of others
  • An understanding of basic models of behaviour change and how we can use these
Please note:
1          To access any of these courses you must work or volunteer in the city of Manchester (not one of the other 9 boroughs).
2          Follow the links below to book online
3          All courses can hold a maximum of 15 people so please book early to avoid disappointment
4          If the courses are full and you cannot book on, please call Mark Pritchard on 0161 830 4770 who can place you on a reserve list.
5          A requirement of attending the training will be to sign up to a pledge, stating that you will train at least 2 external organisations       in what you have learned at the                 session.
6          Manchester Public Health Development Team will charge £75 for a no show (though there is no charge if a cancellation is made using the original form within 24 hours of the course start date).
 TRAINING - Manchester Social Media Surgeries

What do you want to achieve by using social media in your workplace?

• Are you ‘Facebooked out?!’ Need help with your account?
• Do you want to know what everyone is twittering on about?
• Have you already got a wordpress account and have specific questions for us?
• Do you want to use video or pictures on the web to raise the awareness of your group or cause?

Last Thursday of every month from 31 January 2013 at Macc, Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW

Your place is free! To book visit:

Come and bring any social media questions and our volunteers and social media experts will help you out!
 VOLUNTEERING - The Land Army 

Greater Manchester Land Army have been invited to help Glebelands City Growers in Sale clear the ground and prepare for winter on Wednesday 19th December. This is a great opportunity to meet the growers and view their diverse urban site. We will be leaving Hulme at 9.30am and back by 5pm (probably before as it is not far away). Lunch, hot drinks, gloves and tools provided. You would need to bring sturdy boots and wet weather gear.

If you would like to volunteer please email if you can join us. 
 GENERAL -  International Women's Day Awards 
As part of Manchester’s International Women’s Day celebrations the city’s Women’s Awards take place at Manchester Town Hall on Friday 8 March 2013. The awards allow us to recognise the amazing contribution women make to the city and to redress the underrepresentation of women in many industries by celebrating local women's achievements. 

If you know a woman from Manchester or with Manchester connections that deserves an award, nominate them here: 

Nominations close on 11th January 2013. 

GENERAL - First Ever Manchester Survey of the Third Sector

Macc have commissioned the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University to assess the current size and scope of voluntary and community activity in Manchester. We want to build up a full picture of the wide range of groups and organisations, the activities that you undertake; the areas you work in; the communities you work with the general income and expenditure, volunteers and any paid staff; experiences of working with the public sector and the help, advice and support available to you.

This information will identify the contribution and impact of the voluntary and community sector in Manchester and provide a tool which we can all use to influence decision makers, inform policy and drive improvements in Manchester. However, this research will only be useful if enough groups take part to make the response rate significant.

This means that it is important that as many groups as possible answer. Please do fill in the survey to help us build a clear and accurate picture of the size, shape and contribution of the sector in Manchester. The survey will also help provide local government and partners with your views on their performance and help them understand the challenges your group faces.  

A wide number of charities, voluntary, community, and faith groups, and social enterprises have been asked to take part – groups of all sizes. Please add your voice to this group and make sure you are included. If you are in touch with other local community groups or voluntary organisations, please encourage them to take part as well. 

If your group has a turnover of less than £100k a year, you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a Flip camcorder and a day of one-to-one training to help you showcase your work!

To complete the survey online click here:   

You will need to enter your unique reference to complete the survey, if you haven’t received a letter or email with your unique number please contact Michelle Foster, on 0161 834 9823, or email:

Please complete the survey as soon as you can by Friday 21 December 2012.

The answers you give will be treated in the strictest confidence, used for research purposes only and will not be published in a way that identifies you or your organisation.  

If you have any questions or queries about the survey please contact my colleague Michelle Foster, on 0161 834 9823, or email: who is co-ordinating this work in Manchester. 

The ARDWICK CONNECT TEAM provide information, advice and support to ARDWICK and RUSHOLME residents aged 18 - 65 who are independent and simply need help with getting in touch with the right agencies.

We can help you:
improve your confidence and help you feel better about yourself, manage your money and debts, improve your family life, find answers to benefits and housing queries, get back into work or volunteering.

Call 234 5922 to find out more or e-mail You can also visit us at the Sure Start Centre on Bushmoor Walk in the Grove Village estate; we’re open 9am to 4.30pm Monday – Friday.
 WE NEED MORE FANS!!!!  MEV Official wants to keep up with you on Facebook. 

To find us on Facebook, visit 

Manchester Event Volunteers
t: 0161 234 1532