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Health and Social Care eBulletin, 8 August 2019 Issue 42

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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Our Health and Social Care VCSE Engagement pages to access all of the latest news, events, event resources, documents and contacts relating to the Health and Social Care Devolution agenda across Greater Manchester. 

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? This event is open to anyone from the VCSE, public and private sectors and academia interested in co-production. 

Find out more or book your place here

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

This Forum will be an extraordinary meeting/summit at which delegates will be updated and consulted upon forthcoming proposed changes to the VCSE Mental Health representation across GM. This event is open to anyone from the VCSE sector with an interest/involvment in mental health. 

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 (see below) 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.

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

Other Events

GM's Hidden Talent, Employer Workshop: Adapting recruitment methods to attract diverse young people

Monday 23rd September 2019, 13.00 - 16.00, Manchester, M12 6FZ (Free- Lunch included)

GMCVO-led youth employment programme, Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent, are delighted to announce a series of free employer workshops. 


HR leads, talent managers, employment / recruitment professionals and SMEs are invited to come along to our first workshop. Discover some easy-to-implement changes that will open up opportunities for young people with limited experience of the workplace and learn how to tap into the diverse skill sets of this under-utilised talent pool.


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



Toolkit for organisational sustainability

Wren and Greyhound, a small consultancy firm in Scotland that supports non-profit organisations with organisational sustainability have developed a free guide to sustaining organisations and their impact. The Lasting Difference toolkit is designed to help organisations explore and take action on all different aspects of sustainability - including income generation, impact measurement, involvement and innovation. The toolkit is available for anyone to download free of charge. 

August issue of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care newsletter now available to view

To keep up to date with the key pieces of work, campaigns and news from the GM Health and Social Care Partnership relating to devolution, the August issue of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care newsletter is now available to view by clicking here.   

Insights in Social Prescribing - new report from the National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF)

TNLCP's new report - Connecting communities and healthcare-making social prescribing work for everyone describes what they have learned from grantholders who are piloting or scaling social prescribing, or who provide services as part of existing schemes. The report shares experiences and discusses limitations of the model and constraints as well as offering inspiration for anyone thinking of designing, improving or expanding social prescribing schemes.


MIMIT/HinM Development Fund - Scoping of unmet healthcare needs in GM

MIMIT (Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology), in collaboration with Oxford Road Corridor (ORC) and Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) has established an £80,000 development fund to pump-prime up to eight projects that aim to provide solutions to unmet healthcare needs. 

Submissions are encouraged from practicing clinicians, community healthcare, GPs, nurses and healthcare workers in all fields who work within Greater Manchester’s healthcare system who can identify unmet health needs in the areas of ‘living well’ and ‘ageing well’. Up to eight solution providers will be awarded a minimum of £10,000 to pump prime the development of the solution with the aim of preparing the project for further funding.

For further information or to apply, click here. 

Partner required to administer Community Investment Fund

Greater Manchester (GM) Moving is looking for a GM partner to provide expertise and administration for a Community Investment Fund to support the GM Walking City Region Ambition. Deadline for submission of proposals is 5pm Friday 23rd  Aug 2019.

To find out more, click here

Placed-Based Research Funding

The Beyond Here Fellowship is a small grants programme (£2,000) to fund individual fellows to undertake place-based research that connects people and places with new economic models and approaches across the UK. Working in partnership with different funders and organisations, grants are offered that focus on current challenges and opportunities, such as climate change, economic democracy, placemaking, mental health and heritage.

To find out more, click hereDeadline for applications is 1st September, 2019

Virgin Money Foundation - Heart of the Community Fund

The Virgin Money Foundation supports community regeneration by backing people who can make big changes happen locally. Every three months, they are giving three local community organisations the chance to win £2,000 – with awards of £1,000 and £500 for the runners-up. Funds can be used to buy materials and equipment, make improvements to a community building or sports facility, clean up an area of wasteland or support an event. The money could also pay for staff to run an activity.

To find out more or to apply, click here.

Invitation to quote - Connect 5 Greater Manchester training Hub

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is seeking to commission a GM Connect5 training Hub which will enable and support the roll out, take up and cascade of Connect 5 mental health training to the VCSE workforce across Greater Manchester. 

To find out more about the Connect 5 approach, the project brief and how to submit a bid, please click here. The deadline for submission of bids is noon on 21 August 2019.

'Shining a light on Suicide' - campaign evalution survey

The Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership are currently running a campaign titled 'Shine a Light on Suicide' encourage people in Greater Manchester to talk about suicide, the biggest killer of men under 49 and women aged between 20 to 34 in the region. An online survey has been designed to test awareness of some of suicide prevention activity which has launched across Greater Manchester as part of the campaign and therefore how the campaign can be inproved going forward. 

To find out more or to complete the survey, please click here. The closing date is Monday 16th  September, 2019

Environmental Volunteering Survey

Groundwork in Greater Manchester and the Environment Agency are researching the activities and support needs of ‘environmental’ community and voluntary groups with an interest in Greater Manchester’s greenspaces and public places. 

The information gathered will be used to understand how volunteers and voluntary organisations communicate and work with each other and where; and how this network could be developed further in order to better impact Greater Manchester’s green spaces. 

To participate in the survey, click here

Scoping the range of Community Transport in Greater Manchester

Do you run or know of a community transport scheme in your area? GMCVO-led partnership Ambition for Ageing are working with a range of partners, including Transport For Greater Manchester, to identify what community transport is available across Greater Manchester. We are looking for all types of community transport including volunteer driver schemes, mini-buses for day trips or demand responsive services and community bus services.


Please send the name of the organisation/service, the type of service offered and a website link (or email address if no website) to for submission of information: 31st August 2019

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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