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Prime Minister Theresa May launches Government’s first loneliness strategy.

Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, Theresa May said today as she launched the first cross-Government strategy to tackle it.

The Prime Minister confirmed all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023.

Three quarters of GPs surveyed have said they are seeing between one and five people a day suffering with loneliness, which is linked to a range of damaging health impacts, like heart disease, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease. Around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month.


VCSE organisations are invited to attend a webinar hosted by NAVCA and NHS England to discuss one of the building blocks being looked at as part of the NHS long-term plan: systems architecture.

The webinar, which takes place on 26 November at 2:30-3:30PM, will look at current policy direction on health and care system design, which is focussing on collaboration across NHS systems and with external partners including VCSE organisations. This collaboration marks a shift towards models of care that are more responsive and reflective of the needs of local communities and more joined-up in the way in which they are delivered.


The UK’s first digital code of practice for charities has launched to provide practical advice on improving their digital capabilities.

Digital is fundamentally changing the way we all live and work. Across the world, more than 4 billion people now use the internet, with 3.2 billion on social media. Charities, like every other sector, need to tap into the potential offered by this. Digital skills will help charities increase their impact, efficiency and sustainability. Digital is essential for charities to be relevant and to fulfil their purpose in the digital age. 


This report explores the experiences of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) and not claiming benefits.

Since the mid-2000s, increasing numbers of young people have been struggling to make a successful transition from full-time education into work or further training opportunities. Whilst in recent years the numbers of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) has been decreasing following a peak in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the number of young people impacted remains a major concern.

Invitation to the GM Modle of Public Service event on the 29th November.

The Greater Manchester Model of public service delivery means organising resources - people and budgets - around citizens and neighbourhoods, rather than around themes or policy areas as is conventional. This new model would mean freeing up the frontline, devolving power, and allocating resources around need more effectively.

This event will be a great opportunity for us all to come together as public services and communities to learn from each other and really challenge ourselves to deliver on these ambitions, not on our own but together.


Civil Society Involvement (CSI) is a new programme part-funded by the European Social Fund to enhance the voice of the third sector at a national level.

CSI works for all third sector organisations involved in European funding programmes to facilitate a healthy exchange of knowledge and make sure that their voice is heard at national level.

They want to work collaboratively to unpack the issues which third sector organisations are facing within the current ESIF programme and make sure that European funding is as accessible as possible for the remaining 2014-2020 programme.

This will be achieved through skilled representation at the Growth Programme Board and its nine national sub-committees, to ensure that current issues are addressed.


Date: Friday 14th December 2018 Closing date for nominations- Friday 30th November 2018

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Salford University, 43 Crescent, Salford M5 4WT


The Water Adventure Centre (WAC) is a registered charity based in Droylsden, Tameside who provide canoeing, kayaking and water play sessions and projects for young people and community groups from all over Greater Manchester.

WAC focusses on developing:

  • Confidence and self-esteem,
  • Awareness of self, others and our environment,
  • Communication and collaborative working.

With funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the Water Adventure Centre has a number of free canoeing, kayaking and water play sessions available for groups from Bury, Bolton, Rochdale, Salford, Trafford and Wigan.

Members of LGBTQ+ community in Greater Manchester are being invited to share their experiences of sexual health care as part of a new study that aims to improve services in the future.

Researchers are looking for members of the LGBTQ+ community currently living in the Greater Manchester area who are aged 16 and over to take part in an anonymous online survey or interview.

The 12-month study, led by academics at Manchester Metropolitan University and the LGBT Foundation, will investigate the LGBTQ+ community’s experiences, looking at the challenges faced when accessing sexual health care and what people know about self-testing option.


What will it cover?

  • Art, creative writing and drama activities.
  • How the arts can be used as a tool for young people’s reflection and self-development.
  • Using simple arts activities to explore any issue or discussion topic with young people.
  • Ways to incorporate more arts into your current practice.

Who is it for?

This training is perfect for youth and community workers who are beginners and non-artists, or for those wishing to refresh their artistic skills.

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