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The Big Lunch is the UK's biggest annual get together for neighbours. 

It's a simple idea - that for a few glorious hours, cars stop, shyness stops and neighbours come together in the street to meet, greet, share, swap, sing, plan and laugh. In 2017, 9.3 million people took to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join in for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. 

Join in this year, on Sunday 3 June, and help to make 2018 the biggest Big Lunch yet!

The government wants to find more sustainable operating models, which could see the return of grants, and wants to make charities and other civil society organisations more confident when it comes to campaigning, Matt Hancock has said. Hancock, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, was speaking at an event related to the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport’s consultation on Civil Society Strategy this morning. 

He said he wants to “preserve and extend the sector’s independence” by making the sector more sustainable and more confident, so that it can play a pivotal role in rebuilding divisions in society.

The Public Programmes Team is inviting people who are living with any of the following skin conditions to take part in a series of creative workshops:

  • Psoriasis
  • Inflammatory hair loss e.g. Alopecia
  • Photosensitivity disorders
  • Hard to heal wounds
  • Atopic Eczema

As part of a small friendly group, you will work with experienced artists and learn new creative ways to express your ideas about skin conditions. This will include visual arts and you'll also be invited to have your portrait taken by a professional photographer. Your artwork and photograph could be used to raise greater awareness of skin disease and dermatology research.

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Saturday 26th May from 2.30pm – 5pm.

Eccles Quaker House is holding an Open Afternoon on Saturday May 26th from 2.30 – 5pm with light refreshments available.

They are trying to increase awareness of their premises, especially their Garden room which is available for community use, with the possibility of reduced rates for small, local organisations. 

If it is fine weather, the event will include the lovely garden which has been designed as a Peace garden. 

All are welcome to drop in and enjoy a quiet chat. 

The Meeting House is on Wellington Rd, M30 0DS, near Gilda Brook roundabout.    

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Few things in life are better than a cycle ride, whether it’s to visit friends, a daily commute or a trip into the countryside.

The Big Bike Revival (BBR) has been running for four years to inspire the 42% of people who own bikes, but who don’t cycle, to start riding. With events across England and Scotland, people attending benefit from free cycle checks, servicing, cycle maintenance workshops, cycle training and accompanied rides.

In 2017, BBR reached more than 64,000 people who attended in excess of 1,900 free events across six weeks and fixed more than 1,600 bikes and created around 37,000 new cycle trips.

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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is to publish a monthly update on the drive to tackle rough-sleeping.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has written a blog on this: 

Ending the need for rough-sleeping in Greater Manchester is my top personal priority as Mayor. Over the last year, working with colleagues across the public, private, voluntary and faith sectors, we have begun to build a GM-wide movement to make this goal a reality. I am so grateful to everyone who has answered the call and got involved.

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Welfare conditionality within the social security system is largely ineffective and in some cases pushes people into poverty and crime, our major study has found.

Welfare conditionality links eligibility for welfare benefits and services to responsibilities or particular patterns of behaviour, under threat of sanction for non-compliance. It has been a key element of welfare state reform in many countries since the mid-1990s.

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Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

PAPYRUS – the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide will be delivering a series of workshops across Salford.

Please note that that this training is only open to staff and volunteers working with Salford young people.

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9th June at Victoria Park, Swinton

Come and join us for a day filled with fun and creativity, celebrating the many talents of people who have experience of living with mental health in Salford. Bring your craziest hats down for a picnic at the Mad Hatters Tea Party and join in a conga led by the Mad Hatter himself! Lots for the children to do at our Academy of Fun, listen to poetry and music from Salford artists, visit the arts and crafts stalls or relax in our Green Space with mindfulness and relaxation activities. Suitable for the whole family!

This event promises to be a fun day for all.

Find out more - download a poster.

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Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018
Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm

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