Joint Greater Manchester and Manchester BME Networks meeting - 29th April 2019

Our latest quarterly joint BME Networks meeting attracted over 70 people - thanks those who came along to support us.

This event was centred around funding; we welcomed Louise Sutherland from National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund (NLHF) to give us an overview on their new grant programmes structure, which also featured a case study by the Manchester Rape Crisis Centre that received help via the capacity support project for BME groups (jointly run with the Manchester BME Network and the NLHF).

This was followed by our brilliantly helpful workshops featuring NLHF with Louise, Antonia and Atiha, Funding Sources and Opportunities with Mark Nesbitt and using Social Media with Love for the Streets CIC's Founder, Jonah Ogbuneke (The link to sign up for the social media consultancy he talked about is

We had some really useful updates from GM Health and Social Care (Nathalie Haslam) and Ambition for Ageing (Kirsty Bagnall) both based at GMCVO.

Last but not least, we had a mass of Information Exchange from Manchester International Festival, Manchester Day, Festival of Manchester, Manchester Museum, Manchester Refugee Support Network, Friends of the Earth, SafeHaus and the Albert Kennedy Trust.

All this plus networking and a delicious hot lunch too!

Please see attached for presentations from the day and if you need anything else, please feel free to contact us:

And if you'd like to be part of the next one - here's the date for your diaries: Friday 19th July at St Thomas Centre 10am-2pm.

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