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On September 10, Greater Manchester will join a global initiative to mark World Suicide Prevention Day with an inaugural public candlelit vigil, hosted by the Salford mental health charity START, who is in their 25th anniversary year.

The vigil will take place 6.30pm, Monday, 10th September, World Suicide Prevention Day, at The Lowry Plaza, directly in front of The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays.


The Heart of Salford Awards are Salford CVS and Volunteer Centre Salford’s prestigious annual ceremony to celebrate volunteering and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Salford.

This event acknowledges the vast contribution made by volunteers and VCSE organisations in Salford, to join in and celebrate our sector all you have to do is nominate!

Nominate a volunteer / volunteer team here.   Nominate an organisation here.


Salford City College run the Prince's Trust Team Programme in two locations:

  • Worsley Campus in Walkden
  • City Skills campus on Frederick Road

The free 12-week team programme is designed to help uncover hidden talents, improve confidence, as well as gain a nationally-recognised qualification, and develop English and maths skills.

The programme is for unemployed young people aged between 16-25.

The next round of programmes start on 17th and 24th September.

As an incentive to young people, there is £10 a week bursary*, free lunch and refreshments every day, and a free 7-day weekly bus pass* for First buses (*based on attendance).

The session aims to enable participants to:

  • Structure applications to give your bid maximum chances of success.
  • Understand common reasons why applications fail
  • Make best use time available for fundraising.
  • Present organisation and project effectively
  • Understand trends in grant-making

The trainer, Martin Duffy has an extensive track record of writing successful funding bids to a range of national and local funders. He has also worked in grant-making for 15 years and can therefore offer a perspective on what funders are looking for, trends in current grant-making and the common mistakes that stop people getting funded.

Wednesday 19th September

10:00 – 13:00


Dementia is a growing issue and concern for societies across the world.

The number of people living with dementia worldwide currently stands at 35.6 million, and is expected to double by 2030, and triple by 2050. Our ageing population means that dementia will affect an increasing number of people over the coming decades and represents one of the major health and social care challenges facing the United Kingdom. Dementia is a progressive life limiting condition; many people who live with dementia, will die from dementia. Given that dementia is associated with many distressing symptoms that impact on patients and their families, palliative care lends itself to caring them.

Practical problems, such as losing one’s home or facing redundancy at work, can worsen people’s mental health and quality of life.

Primary care and mental health services are seeing an increase in clients with practical problems that take up significant clinical time.    

This brief presents a review of case notes submitted by our advisors on what challenges people with mental health needs face in their everyday life and when accessing healthcare in the community. It also forms a part of policy series on mental health.

The NHS has just celebrated its 70th birthday.

A lot has changed since it was created in 1948, and as a result the NHS is responding to changes in society that were never expected, let alone planned for, when it was set up 70 years ago.

But the NHS is also a dynamic and innovative institution that has continuously evolved over the last 70 years. Those who use it and work in it know that evolution needs to continue if the changing needs of patients are to be met when the NHS is celebrating its 80th birthday. 


Disabled people are getting active together through a new scheme in Salford.

Empower You supports disabled people to take part in activities they may otherwise find hard to attend: everything from gardening and cycling groups to intensive gym workouts.

The new group-based approach builds on earlier success of a one-to-one model, which has been incubated by local social enterprise, Unlimited Potential.

Funding by Salford CVS with support from NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group will enable Empower You, to support more disabled people – and carers – to be more active. It will engage already established groups in communities, groups and organisations across the city.


Why did it take so insufferably long for women to get the vote?

London. 1918.

Revolting Women tells the Suffrage story through the eyes of a less well-known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End. Sylvia meets Lettie and together they push to Parliament, to bend the ear of the Cabinet.

A story of absolute commitment or dangerous obsession?

Full of political satire, song and more suffrage societies than you can shake a stick at, Revolting Women unravels a contentious and momentous movement in history!

Wednesday 3rd October - 7.30pm

Park Road, Salford, Manchester, M6 8JR.


Full Price - £11 (£9 Concs.)


NHS organisations in Bolton, Salford and Wigan are reviewing how dermatology services are provided and would like to hear your views on their proposals.

There is currently a shortage of consultant dermatologists in the UK and a growing demand for dermatology services meaning that the current way of providing services is not sustainable for the future.  NHS organisations across the sector are working together to review services and look at ways to transform them so that there is enough staff, more space and more appointments for the future.  This might mean significant changes are made to services, including locations of where services are provided.

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