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Health and Social Care eBulletin, 22nd August 2019 Issue 43

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

*Save the date* Greater Manchester Mental Health Network: Reviewing the Mental Health Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy

Monday 30th September 2019, 12.00 - 16.30, Manchester, M16 8BP, (Free - lunch included)

Open and of interest to all mental health stakeholders in Greater Manchester. Further details and online booking information to follow. 

To view more upcoming external events that may be of interest to you and your organisation on the GMCVO website, click here


The role of the VCSE sector in creating a more inclusive economy in GM

Greater Manchester Poverty Action has been working on behalf of the GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group to develop tools that help promote the voluntary and community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector’s role in the Greater Manchester economy. The following film sets out some of the socio-economic challenges the city region faces and considers the potential role for the VCSE sector in helping to reshape our economy. 

To view the film and to find out further information about this work, including related case studies, please click here. 

Victims and witnesses of crime asked for their views on GMP and the criminal justice system

A new survey was launched on the 15th August 20196 by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to find out why victims and witnesses did or did not report a crime to the police, their experiences of the service they received from Greater Manchester Police and the courts, what support they accessed to help them cope and recover, and their experiences of the support. The survey will contribute to future decisions about which victim support services the Greater Manchester Combined Authority commissions and help identify improvements that are needed to the criminal justice system. 

For further information or to complete the survey, click here.


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. 

Please note, the deadline for the receipt of submissions has been extended to Wednesday 28th August, Additional clarification questions and a guidance manual for applicants have also been published. For further information or to apply, click here.

The Charity Service - Small Grants Available

The Charity Service currently has four small grant programmes available: the Manchester & Salford Medical Charitable Fund, the Cinderella Charitable Fund, the Pennington Charitable Fund and the Charity Service Discretionary Fund. Grants can be issued to assist with the purchase or supply of activities, amenities or equipment which will improve general welfare or items of a medical nature which are not supplied by the NHS. The Cinderella Fund can be used by groups or individuals to support the cost of a holiday for sick or convalescent children whose family are unable to afford to take them on holiday.

For further information and to make an application please click here

Tackling violence against women and young girls 2019 - Comic Relief Fund

Comic Relief believes women and girls should have equal power and agency in decision-making at all levels. One of the ways in which Comic Relief have been working towards this vision is through funding organisations working to end gender-based violence. Comic Relief want to make targeted investments in UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of VAWG. Comic Relief expect to make up to 15 investments of £50,000 - £250,000. Deadline: 4 September 2019

To find out more or to apply, click here

#IWILL fund 

Community organisations across England can now apply for grants of up to £35,000 to help young people have a say in how community spaces are managed. The Fund is expected to make up to eight grants, available for one year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years' further funding, to build on their learning and focus on sustaining their impact. Deadline: 20 September 2019, 12:00

The #IWILL fund is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Co-op Foundation is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

To find out more or to apply, click here.

NHS England  - Community Grants 2019

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services? NHS England and NHS Improvement will be awarding grants of up to £2500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare. Applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase their work in a creative way. Deadline: 23 September 2019 

For further information or to apply, click here

Answer Cancer Fund

Would your organisation like to help play a part in boosting cancer screening rates in Greater Manchester? Financial support is available to voluntary, community, social enterprise and faith-based organisations who can help recruit Cancer Champions to promote cancer screening amongst under-represented groups. Investments of £1,000 - £2,000 are available and are funded by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Closing Date: 12.00noon Monday 30th September 2019

To find out more or apply, click here

Fair Housing Futures Fund

Delivered in partnership with the Community Foundation and Shelter, the primary focus of the fund is to test trail-blazing solutions to the issues that vulnerable people face whilst renting.

Projects should either be brand new initiatives or alternatively those that are proven to work and need further investment to be scaled up. Projects need to be based in Greater Manchester and should cover at least one of the ten boroughs (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan). Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 per year for up to 3 years are available. Closing date: 30 September, 17:00

To find out more or apply, click here


Dementia United, Lived Experience Barometer: Engagement survey

The Dementia United team have launched a short survey to support the development of a “lived experience barometer” for people living with dementia and/or caring for someone with dementia in their own right in Greater Manchester.

For further information or to complete the survey, please click here. The survey will close on Thursday 5 September 2019.

Greater Manchester Hospital Cardiology Sevices - Patient and Carer Survey

The Greater Manchester Improving Specialist Care programme is reviewing hospital based cardiology (heart) services provided across Greater Manchester (GM).  This is to make them both sustainable for the future and of the best quality for the people living in GM.  This review will focus on the care for patients with new chest pain, patients with stable angina and patients who have urgent heart rhythm problems.

 This project is clinically led but input and engagement from a wide variety of people including patients and carers is vital to inform this work.  This means that this patient and carer led feedback is crucial in helping to plan future services. Please therefore pass on this information to any of your appropriate contacts or networks.  

To complete the anonymous survey, please click hereThe survey will be open to complete until midnight on Sunday 29th September 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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