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Health and Social Care eBulletin, 25th July 2019, Issue 41

Welcome to our latest Health and Social Care e-bulletin which contains all the latest news relating to Health and Social Care Devolution agenda, together with information about related events, reports and surveys which we hope will be of interest.

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Project Events

GM VCSE Assembly: Co-Production Network
Friday, 6th September 2019. 10.00 - 13.00, Manchester, M12 6FZ (Free)

What can we learn from the great and good co-production already happening across GM?

Find out more or book your place here

GM VCSE Primary Care Round table

Monday 9th September 2019, 10.00 - 12.00, Manchester, M12 6FZ (Free)

Aimed at VCSE groups and organisations who carry out social prescribing across GM as well as those providing non-medical care and support in the community, this round table event is an opportunity to  discuss the revised Greater Manchester Primary Care Strategy with representatives from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and to inform the development of their implementation plan.

To find out more or to book your place, click here.   .

GM VCSE Mental Health Forum
Thursday 12th September 2019, 10:00 - 13:00, Manchester, M12 6FZ (Free)

Your chance to understand and influence the Greater Manchester Mental Health Strategy.

Find out more or book your place here

GM VCSE Assembly:What’s next for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester?

Thursday 26th September 2019, 12.30 - 16.00, Manchester, M12 6FZ, (Free - lunch included) 

The VCSE Devolution Reference Group ,with support from colleagues at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), have developed a VCSE Policy Position Paper which sets out a long term ambition for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester. This assembly event will be the culmination of a number of consulation events and an online survey to gather feedback from the VCSE sector on the Position Paper prior to being finalised in November, following which an ‘implementation and transformation plan’ will be developed over the following year in each of the 10 localities as well as for Greater Manchester. 

The assembly will take place at the St Thomas Centre from 13.00 - 16. 00  but will be preceded by lunch and networking session. More details and full programme to follow.

To find out more or to book your place, click here.

Other Events

Active Ageing: Engaging Older Adults

Thursday 01 Aug 2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Manchester, M12 6FZ (Free) 

The Greater Manchester Active Ageing programme forms part of the Active Ageing fund through Sport England aiming to establish innovative and experimental approaches to tackling inactivity within older adults. The Active Ageing programme is also part of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub.This active ageing workshop is aimed at individuals and organisations who work with older adults across GM and will share findings from the active ageing programme to date. 

To find out more or to book your place, click here


Review of Social Prescribing in Greater Manchester - publication of a VCSE sector led report

In February 2018, the Greater Manchester Devolution Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Reference Group commissioned from amongst its membership a review of social prescribing in Greater Manchester. This research is now available to view. 

To find out more, click here

Successful mental health programme for Greater Manchester schools and colleges doubles in size

A ground-breaking programme to support the mental health of children and young people in schools and colleges in Greater Manchester is to be doubled in size.

The Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme commissioned by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is to be expanded from the current 64 educational settings to a total of 125 schools, colleges and pupil referral units.

To find out more, click here. 

Tens of thousands enjoy improved health across GM - New population health report published

The health of people in Greater Manchester is improving, thanks to an ambitious and wide-ranging programme led by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Progress is being made in preventing disease and the causes of ill health, but a warning has also been issued that there is much more to do to bridge the gap between Greater Manchester and other parts of England.

An update report on Greater Manchester’s Population Health Plan 2017-21 is to be considered on Friday, 26 July, by the city region’s health and social care board.

To find out more, click here.


What’s next for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester? Have your say.

The VCSE Devolution Reference Group with support from colleagues at the GMCA have developed a VCSE Policy Position Paper which sets out a long term ambition for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester. Please share your views on the draft Paper. Does it describe a way forward that is meaningful for all VCSE organisations?

Please respond to the online survey and/or come to a consultation event (dates and venues will be advertised once agreed). The survey is open until 30th September 2019.

The draft Executive Summary can be viewed online here . If you would like a copy of the full document, please email Katya Pursall

Expressions of interest invited for VCSE representative on GM Children and Young People's Executive Board

The GM VCSE sector currently has two appointed representatives sitting on this strategic board but one is stepping down so we need another representative from a VCSE organisation who works with children and and young people to ensure that our sector is fully represented in this arena. The closing date applications is 5pm on Wednesday 31st July 2019

Find out more

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service: 2019 Awardees

Greater Manchester enjoyed another successful year with 35 organisations being awarded. Nominations for this year are now open with a deadline of 13th September 2019 for award in 2020. We encourage any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community to seek out nominations .

Find out this years awardees and how to get nominated

Launch of CSJ Awards Applications

The Centre for Social Justice Awards is an annual award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain. The application process for the 2020 awards is now open. 

Find out more

Be Clear Remove Fear: Employers invited to take part in Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent accessible recruitment workshops

Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent is a voluntary youth employment programme led by GMCVO. The programme’s Youth Panel (comprised of young people with barriers to employment) are looking for employers to volunteer for the free Be Clear, Remove Fear workshops. In these, they review the accessibility credentials of entry level job advertisements, recruitment websites and recruitment processes.

To find out more click here or contact

To find out more about Health and Social Care Devolution in Greater Manchester and the opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, click here.

If you would like to submit any related news stories or events, or wish to share success stories and/or examples of best practice please email details to

The Health and Social Care VCSE Engagement project is funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

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Manchester, M12 6FZ

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