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									April 2012                                                                                                  No. 72


  GMCVO among Greater Manchester groups awarded Lottery extension funding
  GMCVO has been awarded funding of over £162,000 from the Big Lottery Fund under its Supporting
  Change and Impact programme. The funding will enable GMCVO’s Volunteering Greater Manchester
  Project to extend and develop its work until September 2013, as well as identifying ways in which the
  benefits of the project can be sustained once funding ends.
  Several other voluntary sector organisations from across Greater Manchester have also been allocated
  funding from the £70 million programme, which was targeted at organisations affected by public funding cuts
  or facing an increase in demand for their services.
  Nationally, the BLF handed out an extra year’s funding, worth between about £30,000 and £400,000, to 214
  organisations. A further 574 organisations have received small grants of up to £10,000 to help them review
  their work and find ways of becoming more sustainable.
  Among the local recipients of the larger grants were Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Home-Start Tameside,
  Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester Council for Community Relations and Salford Foundation.
  The programme was announced in October 2011 and organisations had to apply to receive funding. To be
  eligible, an organisation must have been awarded a grant of more than £10,000 from the BLF, be in the final
  18 months of that funding and have been judged by the BLF to be managing that funding well.
  In addition to the Supporting Change grants, the BLF has added a total of £25 million to its Reaching
  Communities and Awards for All programmes, which will be used to fund an additional 1,200 charitable and
  community projects. It has also awarded almost £20 million to organisations that manage funding on the
  BLF’s behalf to offer additional support to grant recipients, including Mind and Age UK.
  BLF press release can be seen via:

  Voluntary sector‘s capacity to rehabilitate offenders is highlighted in GMCVO study
  As part of our work to better understand voluntary sector provision in Greater Manchester, GMCVO has
  been working to map the services of a range of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in
  the city region. We have now published the first findings of this work, highlighting the role played by the
  sector in reducing offending in our communities.
  The report examines how Greater Manchester’s voluntary sector comprises organisations that are able to
  operate across a whole spectrum of issues related to offending. The report also contains 15 detailed
  organisation profiles with powerful case studies demonstrating the deep impact they make on the lives of
  those they work with.
  Although 57 organisations engaged in the study, this is just a small sample of potential providers within
  Greater Manchester’s sector. Over time we will publish further editions of this report as our knowledge
  increases and similar studies are planned to investigate provision of health and social care and services to
  children and families.
  The report, Understanding the contribution of Greater Manchester’s voluntary sector to reducing
  reoffending, can be downloaded via
  If your organisation would like to be mapped and included in a future report, please contact Nasir Hussain at
  GMCVO, 0161 277 1024,
NOMS co-financing opportunity
Are you a social enterprise based in Greater Manchester and interested in delivering public services under
A £1.5 million fund developed by the National Offender Management Service Co-financing Organisation
(NOMS CFO) programme is aimed at supporting the creation of enterprise-based consortiums.
The objective of the More than the Sum fund is to help small and medium-sized social enterprises and
organisations to be in a position to participate in the delivery of current and future NOMS CFO, wider
government and other opportunities. The fund will provide technical and specialist support to help develop
governance, legal and other structures and policies together with initial investment monies to develop the
business model.
GMCVO is keen to lead a Greater Manchester bid under the ‘local’ stream. Although we already have an
established standing consortium for the Greater Manchester voluntary sector, this is an opportunity to
develop a specialist supply chain focused on job creation and enabling access to work for people most
disadvantaged in the labour market. We have made an expression of interest.
The deadline for first stage applications is the end of June. Our priority at this point is to develop the right
partnership. At this stage we would very much like to hear from:
• Any other organisations which have expressed an interest in bidding in Greater Manchester. It is
expected that organisations which have expressed an interest should appear on the More than the Sum
platform, but we are aware that not everyone may be featured.
• Any individual social enterprises which would be interested in joining a consortium. We are
specially interested to hear from social firms and mutuals trading in Greater Manchester which consider they
are able to create jobs, work placements, apprenticeships etc. for offenders with complex needs including
mental health. Organisations may be any size, and able to operate on any scale. They must be capable of
meeting the Social Enterprise Mark standard, but need not necessarily hold the standard. They should be
interested in taking a collaborative approach, working with GMCVO and existing consortia, and working in
the context of delivering the Greater Manchester Strategy.
More information about the programme itself and the GMCVO bid can be seen via
For an informal discussion or to express an interest in being involved, contact Alex Whinnom,, 0161 277 1004.

Increase in demand for services shown in GMCVO survey
Nearly three-quarters of voluntary sector groups responding to a GMCVO survey have reported increased
demand for their services in the wake of the economic downturn, according to initial findings from the
The survey, carried out in February, aimed to find out how local communities in Greater Manchester are
faring in a climate of economic difficulty.
By the end of March, nearly 350 responses had been received – spread across Greater Manchester
proportionately; about one-third were ‘place-based’ groups, while two-thirds were issue-based. 56 per cent
had cut services themselves since April 2011 and 70 per cent knew of other organisations which had done
The group most severely affected appears to be young people, with services to older and disabled people
also badly hit. 73 per cent of groups reported increased demand for their remaining services but only 42 per
cent were able to meet this demand and only 32 per cent hoped to continue to do so. Just over half of the
respondents were aware of new needs emerging.
The knowledge captured by the survey will help us to make decision-makers aware of the impact of the
public sector funding cuts on people and groups.
□ In a separate food poverty scoping study, also conducted in February, organisations providing food
parcels reported that demand has increased by 50 per cent upwards (see article below).

Mapping food poverty in Greater Manchester
Increases in demand from the public for help in obtaining food have been revealed in GMCVO mapping
work of frontline services delivered by Greater Manchester’s voluntary and community sector.
Simultaneously, Oxfam Poverty UK has expressed its concern to GMCVO that projects such as those that
redistribute surplus supermarket food to people encountering food deprivation will soon become
overwhelmed as demand outstrips supply.
In response to this situation, GMCVO recently carried out research to ascertain the degree to which food
poverty and/or food deserts exist in Greater Manchester. However, rather than conduct further direct
mapping, GMCVO explored what research already existed. A variety of charitable and public bodies,
together with individuals, were contacted to find out whether such research had been carried out and of its
A preliminary report acts as a review of the research currently available, both qualitative and quantitative,
and features a selection of primary sourced information from GMCVO policy and partnerships officers.
Mapping Food Poverty and Food Deserts in Greater Manchester can be downloaded via:


Clegg launches Youth Contract
The Government’s Youth Contract was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on 2nd April.
Designed to help young unemployed people into work, the Youth Contract will provide over 410,000 new
opportunities for 18-24 years-olds, including apprenticeships and voluntary work experience placements.
Under the scheme, a wage incentive is available to those employing an 18 to 24 year-old from the
Government's Work Programme for 16 hours or more each week. There is a part-time rate of £1,137.50 for
work between 16 and 29 hours and a full time rate of £2,275 for 30 hours or more. Small businesses (fewer
than 50 employees) can also claim a part payment eight weeks after the employee starts work. The job
must last for at least 26 weeks.
The Youth Contract is open to employers throughout Great Britain including those that already employ large
numbers of young people such as retail and construction and emerging sectors like the green economy,
creative industries and ICT. The wage incentives will be primarily available to private, voluntary and
community sectors and social enterprise employers.
The first stage of the scheme, for 16 to 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training, was
announced in February (

Call for young people’s groups to shape safeguarding projects
Young people’s groups from Greater Manchester are invited to log their details with the Greater Manchester
Safeguarding Partnership (GMSP). The exercise is intended to ensure that young people get involved with
and shape projects and developments in safeguarding across the sub-region.
In order to reach as many young people as possible, the GMSP is creating a register of current groups or
services working directly with young people that might be able to distribute information to young people and
feed back their opinions to the Partnership. GMSP will also use the register to contact groups to inform them
about activities and events which young people can get involved in.
If you are part of or you run a group for young people – eg a youth club, a school group, a theatre or arts
group, a youth council or a service working directly with young people – please complete the registration
form from the link below and return to Kate Wood at
GMSP is a partnership of the 10 Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Greater Manchester.

Guides to public liability risks
Two handy little guides to public liability risks faced by charities have been published by charity insurance
company Ecclesiastical.
The first guide gives practical advice you can follow to help protect your charity against public liability. The
second guide includes details of the four main things you need to do if a public liability claim is ever filed
against your charity. It explains more about the legal value of accurate record keeping – as well as offering
other valuable guidance.
Ecclesiastical has also published a report which takes a close look at the sharp increase in public liability
claims brought against charities over the last few years.
All publications can be downloaded via
Greater Manchester deal brings jobs and growth boost
A new innovative deal between central Government and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will
help the city-region to drive growth and create opportunities that will benefit the whole Greater Manchester
area. The City Deal, announced by decentralisation minister Greg Clark on 20th March, includes new
initiatives on housing, skills, regional growth, business support and the environment.
Among the Combined Authority’s new powers will be the ability to ‘earn back’ up to £30 million a year of the
additional tax generated by investing in infrastructure. Greater Manchester, which is the first city-region to
secure such powers, will be able to reinvest the money in local economic development and infrastructure.
The key elements of the deal are to:
● create a ‘revolving Infrastructure Fund’, allowing Greater Manchester to ‘earn back’ a portion of the tax
it generates by investing £1.2 billion in infrastructure, on a payment-by-results basis;
● establish a Greater Manchester Investment Framework to make the best use of funding from central
Government, European funding, and private sector funding to drive economic growth. Investment will be
prioritised on the basis of ‘gross value added’ and jobs per pound of public funding;
● create a City Apprenticeship and Skills Hub to increase the number of apprenticeships for 16-24 year
olds by 6,000, by channelling funding direct to employers, in particular small and medium sized businesses.
● strengthen Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub which gives trade, investment and business
advice to local companies, with £4.4 million of Government funding from Enterprise Zones starting from
2015. The Combined Authority says this will create 3,800 new jobs and safeguard 2,300 jobs in Greater
● develop Greater Manchester’s role as a beacon for high value inward investment.
● establish a Low Carbon Hub to integrate multiple carbon reduction measures. Greater Manchester will
aim to achieve a 48 per cent carbon reduction target by 2020;
● establish Greater Manchester Housing Investment Board to set up an investment fund, to drive the
building of 5,000-7,000 new homes by 2017;
● commit Government and Greater Manchester to work together to deliver improved transport services
including bus improvement measures and the devolution of the Northern Rail franchise.
Further details from:

The 2012 Budget and charities
The Budget statement on 21st March “offered very little to ease the financial burden” on civil society
organisations, according to NCVO. The Chancellor made little mention of the charity sector, but there were
some measures that will affect the sector, including:
● Not-for-profit advice sector. The Government will give £40 million (between 2013 and 2015) to the not-
for-profit advice sector "to support the sector as it adapts to changes in the way that it is funded".
● Charity shop donations. The Government will work with the charity sector to simplify the administration
of Gift Aid in the context of charity shops.
● Gift Aid small donations scheme. A new Gift Aid small donations scheme will be introduced from April
2013. This was announced last year and it will enable charities to claim a Gift Aid style top-up payment on
up to £5,000 of small donations without having to get Gift Aid declarations. Charities will be able to claim the
new payment on donations of £20 or less.
● VAT on charitable buildings. The Government will charge VAT on improvements to listed buildings.
● In-year repayments of tax to charities. The Government will legislate to amend Community Amateur
Sports Clubs (CASC) and Gift Aid legislation to ensure it operates as originally intended and to put on a
statutory footing the practice by certain charities and CASCs of making claims for repayment of income tax
including Gift Aid outside a tax return.
● New cap on tax relief. A cap of £50,000 on tax relief, or 25 per cent of a person's income, has been set.
People will not be able to claim tax relief worth more than a quarter of their income, including higher-rate
relief on gifts to charities, unless they are claiming less than £50,000.
● Social investment. An internal Treasury review will look into the financial barriers to social enterprise.
● Charity events. Sector-specific reviews of regulation will begin from April, with a look at ways of reducing
the bureaucratic burden on holding volunteer events being in the first tranche of reviews.
□ NCVO has carried out an analysis of the key elements and produced a ‘scorecard’ indicating how the
charity sector fared and giving a rating for each Budget measure. It can be seen via
Catering enterprise offers offenders a second chance
An innovative social enterprise that helps to prepare offenders for release from prison provided the catering
for a recent visit to Manchester by Princess Anne.
Launched in 2010 by POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group), the 2nd Chance enterprise
began as a catering business, providing food to visitors’ centres at four prisons in the North West region. It
now supplies the centres with over 2,000 sandwiches a week.
Based in Prestwich, 2nd Chance now operates a cafe and function room as well and has recently moved
into the buffet market, including providing the food for Princess Anne’s visit to Greater Manchester Probation
Trust (GMPT) in March. The food outlet employs two full-time members of staff and provides placement
opportunities for offenders carrying out Community Payback, as well as work for volunteers who want to get
skills to help them become job-ready.
A community-based initiative, 2nd Chance promotes the active reintegration of participants, raising the
profile of offenders and their families as positive contributors to safer and stronger communities.
For further details, contact POPS, 0161 702 1000,
News item:

Consolidation of charity law into Charities Act 2011
The Charities Act 2011 brings most charity legislation together in one place and removes obsolete
provisions and most inconsistencies, but does not change charity law.
With the 2001 Act, which received Royal Assent in December 2011 and came into force on 14th March,
there will be less need to cross-refer between the Charities Acts of 1993 and 2006, and it will no longer be
necessary to refer to the Recreational Charities Act 1958.
The new Act does not contain any of the stature law relating to the regulation of fundraising. Regulation of
professional and commercial participators remains in Part 2 of the Charities Act 1992, while regulation of
public charitable collections remains in Part 3 of the Charities Act 2006 (which has still not yet been brought
into force).
The Charity Commission is updating statutory references in its guidance.
For more on this, go to Sandy Adirondack’s legal update at:

Small charities may be priced out of Big Society Capital loans
The social investment bank, Big Society Capital, was launched by the Prime Minister on 4th April.
Big Society Capital is a wholesale bank which will lend to social intermediaries which will go on to lend to
social enterprises and charities. But voluntary sector commentators have warned that funds funnelled
through the wholesaler may not be accessible to small charities.
Big Society Capital will be capitalised with a total of £600 million. An estimated £400 million of this will come
from unclaimed cash left dormant in bank accounts for over 15 years and £200 million will come from the
UK’s four largest high street banks Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC and RBS as part of the ‘Merlin’ agreement.
The Merlin Banks are investing permanent equity in Big Society Capital. They will own a maximum of 40 per
cent of BSC shares (10 per cent each), but will always remain a minority shareholder with their collective
voting rights capped at 20 per cent.
NCVO, NAVCA and New Philanthropy Capital welcomed the launch, but Joe Irvin, chief executive of
NAVCA, has warned that if interest rates on loans to the social sector are too high, small charities will be
priced out.
And Cathy Pharoah, professor of charity funding at Cass Business School, said that BSC “will be a hard
card to play at a time when income from public sector contracts is shrinking, removing a major source of the
collateral that would underpin debt finance.”
She added that BSC will have a bias towards "safe lending" and will not be able to help smaller charitable
projects dealing with high-risk beneficiaries.
“It will not be able to help small innovative social projects dealing with high needs and high risk clients or
service areas where social returns may be high and economic returns low. Its main value may be less in
stimulating a new form of investment or asset class, but as a lever for re-configuring mainstream public
welfare provision through helping new providers enter the market.”
[from: Civil Society Finance 4.4.12]
Attitudes to fostering
Caritas Diocese of Salford, a Greater Manchester social welfare charity that is also a foster care agency, is
conducting an online survey in order to find out more about the region’s attitudes towards fostering and
foster care.
The results will help vulnerable children in the care system by having a more targeted approach in attracting
local carers. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and applicants can enter into a prize draw to win a £100
M&S voucher.
Please visit and complete the survey by 20th April 2012.
Further details from: Mary Linnell-Simmons, 0161 817 2250,


GMCVO Training Programme 2012

● Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
17th and 24th Apr, 8th, 22nd and 29th May
This course is suitable for new and existing trainers who want to develop their skills and gain the nationally-
recognised PTLLS qualification.
● Data Protection
17th Apr
This one-day course that will alert you to the Data Protection issues that arise in voluntary organisations.
● Essential HR
23rd April
This half-day workshop, outlining the basic elements of HR, will provide employers and managers with all
they need to know about engaging their workforce.
● Effectively Managing Change
24th Apr
In our current economic climate most of us are experiencing change that can have a dramatic impact on our
lives. This training looks at what our understanding of change is.
● Managing Multiple Priorities
9th May
The course will help you establish your priorities and goals, develop good work habits and deal effectively
with your workload.
● Project Management Course
14th, 15th and 16th May (repeated on 2nd, 3rd and 4th July)
A three-day workshop designed for those who manage projects, or those who are about to become involved
in the management, planning or implementation of a project.
● Customer Service Course
30th May
The course will give you the skills to develop customer loyalty and will teach you how to feel confident in any
customer situation.
● Introduction to Counselling Skills
12th and 19th Jun
A two-day training course to help front-line staff develop a greater awareness of the attributes and the
boundaries of helping service users through listening.

All courses to be held at the St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ.

For further information, contact Ian Taylor at GMCVO, 0161 277 1040,, or visit
19th April
Crowdfunding is using the power of social networks to finance projects or business ventures. This workshop
will help you understand what crowdfunding is and how it works, and how to plan a campaign using social
networks and media. There will also be practical tools and examples from successful crowdfunding
campaigns. Aimed at fundraisers, social enterprises, charities, start-ups and business support. £35.
Details/Bookings: Anne Strachan, or book online at:

Social Impact in Practice
20th April
Are you interested in social value? Do you want to know more about how to investigate and report about
your organisation’s social, environmental and economic impact? Are you a commissioner of public services
who is looking for ways that providers can demonstrate the outcomes that you need? The Social Audit
Network is hosting this gathering of those who are interested in social impact in practice. The day will
include key presentations, conversations, participatory workshops and the AGM of the SAN. £95/£75.
Details/Bookings: SAN, 01902 877565,

Greater Manchester Third Sector Research Network
20th April
This Network meeting will address the relationship between business goals and ethical aspirations. It is
aimed at people in third sector organisations in Greater Manchester whose role includes finding out
information and using it to support your organisation’s work, and others interested in staying abreast of third
sector research-related issues and methods. Academics and independent researchers involved in third
sector research are also invited. The afternoon session is organised by GMCVO.
Details/Bookings: Susanne Martikke, GMCVO,, 0161 277 1031.

Major Donor Fundraising (North West)
25th April
This morning workshop, organised by the Institute of Fundraising, will look at what is meant by major
donors, who they may be and how much they may be prepared to give. Delegates will find out if major donor
funding is suitable for their charity and leave with pointers about where to begin to find them. £20.
Details/Bookings: or go to

Legacy and In Memoriam Fundraising (North West)
25th April
Find out why people give in memory and how you can make your charity, irrespective of size, an appropriate
cause for support. In memory is the fastest growing method of individual giving so make sure you
understand how to benefit from this special method of giving that delivers committed supporters with unique
bonds to your charity. Organised by the Institute of Fundraising. £20.
Details/Bookings: or go to

Rising to the challenge: voluntary organisations at the forefront of public sector reform in
Greater Manchester
15th May
Greater Manchester is one of four areas in the country piloting a ‘whole place’ community budget approach.
This involves joint purchasing based on shared outcomes and creating monetary savings by taking demand
out of the system. As well as Greater Manchester’s voluntary sector, the pilot involves local authorities, the
NHS, police, probation and others, plus nine Whitehall departments. Our aim is to have much more
purchased from voluntary organisations – as they offer person-focused, community-based support; added
value from volunteering; independent funding; blurring of client and provider roles; and a mandate from
users. The sector is well placed to respond – but we need to be ready to rise to the challenge. Come and
hear from senior managers from the public sector discussing where opportunities may be being generated
in the four themed areas of early years, troubled families, health and social care and reducing re-
offending. Organised by GMCVO, the one-day event begins at 9.30am.
Bookings: Rob Bulman, GMCVO,, 0161 277 1008.

Tackling Broken Britain: Building a stronger community
22nd May
This conference will follow the report of the Communities and Victims Panel, getting to grips with the
fundamental issues of our society, and establishing how to build strong and resilient communities. It will
cover areas such as youth services, education, welfare, health and social care and criminal justice, and
examine potential solutions such as community budgets and early intervention initiatives. The programme
will showcase best practice of knowledge transfer, collaboration and excellence, highlighting the network
infrastructures that can help to deliver results. Organised by Public Service Events, the conference is CPD
certified. Charity sector delegate rate £195 + VAT.
Details/Bookings: Katie Tweats, PSE, 01782 613924.

Charity Law Update Seminar
22nd May
This free charity law seminar, run by law firm Brabners Chaffe Street, will cover the Charities Act 2011, the
Charitable Incorporated Organisation, the recent structural changes at the Charity Commission brought
about as a result of its 33 per cent funding cut, and the result and effect of the Charity Tribunal hearings on
independent schools and benevolent funds. The seminar will conclude with a general round-up of other
developments that will be of interest to charities. 4pm to 6pm.
Bookings: Cara Bartlett, Marketing Events Executive, 0151 600 3000,

CiviCRM User and Administrator Training
30th and 31st May
A comprehensive two-day hands-on training course covering the configuration, administration, and everyday
use of CiviCRM. This event is aimed at administrators and technical users in organisations that are either
using CiviCRM, or interested in evaluating it. It is also useful for staff in organisations that develop or
implement CiviCRM who need a complete understanding of ‘out of the box’ features and configuration
options. Topics will include: introduction to CiviCRM, installation and configuration, custom data and profiles
(extending CiviCRM), CiviCRM components, website integration, and support and the CiviCRM community.
Event fees go toward meeting the expenses involved in running this training. £400.

Working with the Grassroots
28th June
By applying lessons from the past, this policy seminar will look and what works in supporting grassroots
activity during a period of financial austerity. Find out what research findings tell us about self-sustaining
grassroots activity and discuss your own ideas for possible approaches to supporting grassroots activity.
Organised jointly by GMCVO, ESRC and TSRC. 10am to 3pm. Lunch provided.
Details: Susanne Martikke, GMCVO,, 0161 277 1031.

ICT Enterprise Officer (Technical)
Part Time (21 hours per week)
£13,333 - £15,766 plus 7% pension contribution
We require an ICT Officer who can customise and develop open source software (PHP), work with hosting
environments (Linux), and install and configure open source databases/websites for external organisations
Closing date: 27th April 2012
Advert and application pack, available via:

Macc seeks trustees
Would you like to get involved with supporting and developing the thriving voluntary sector in Manchester?
Macc is a charity which works with the voluntary and community sector in Manchester.
The charity wants to recruit new members to its board, to strengthen the diversity of its membership and
bring a fresh new approach to its work.
By becoming a trustee of Macc you will be joining the organisation at a pivotal moment in its development.
Macc is looking for people who:
● share Macc’s values and are connected to local communities
● have ‘on the ground’ experience in the voluntary and community sector
● are keen to develop new skills and are interested in developing a leadership role
● are able to commit an average of one day per month to Macc
Expertise in marketing/accountancy/law/human resources is particularly welcome.
For an informal discussion, contact Mike Wild, Director, on 0161 834 9823.
To apply for an application pack, contact Pauline Clark on 0161 834 9823 or e-mail:


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