Big Tidy Up

June 9, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

This June, as part of our Love Where You Live Month, Keep Britain Tidy is going to do our biggest Big Tidy Up ever. With your help, we’re going to show that places right across England deserve more respect than they get.

What’s the Big Tidy Up? It’s when tens of thousands of people like you put on some protection, throw on a tabard, grab a bin bag and clean up a place you love — by picking up litter. You can order your kit here.

Because respect for the planet starts with respect for the neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood, in fact, which deserves much more respect than litter shows.

That’s why we’re putting on the most ambitious Big Tidy Up yet. So order your kit today, grab some friends, make some new ones, and join our charity on the front lines of the £1 billion war against litter.

That’s how much it costs to clean up. And that doesn’t include the wider social and environmental costs. But we know that people are much less likely to litter in a place that’s clean — which is how the Big Tidy Up stops the problem before it starts.

It’s all part of our Love Where You Live month this June. A chance for people across England to stand up and say where they live deserves more love and respect. And a chance for our charity to get more people involved with what we do—from beaches to parks, schools to recycling—because solving wider environmental problems begins at home.

Also launching this month, on Friday 14 June, is The Big Scoop. Keep Britain Tidy has teamed up with the UK’s largest dog welfare charity Dogs Trust to launch a special day when all around the UK there will be events and activities promoting poop scooping. The Big Scoop is an opportunity to remind every dog owner that they need to ‘Bag it and bin it’.Find out more information here.

Litter in all its forms is often a first sign of wider social and environmental decay.

So let’s take a stand this June.

Together, let’s be the solution to litter.

Order your Big Tidy Up kit now.

Take part in The Big Scoop here.

P.S. With activities throughout June, when you do the Big Tidy Up is up to you.

Parents Group

June 9, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

MCC currently fund Barnardo’s to deliver a parents group for people who have been through the immigration system or for parents who want to network with other parents. The group is a key support function for many parents; it  facilitates activities and input from guest speakers. Topics this year have included:  Benefits – facilitated by CAB; First Aid – facilitated by the Fire Brigade; Social Lunch;Stress Management course.

Barnardo’s are in the process of planning their Parent Group programme for September 2013 – March 2014 and they arelooking for organisations who may be able to offer some support and deliver some training/workshops free of charge to the parents group.  Barnardo’s do have funding for crèche until March 2014.

The average attendance  for the group is 10 women. The parent group is currently run on alternative Thursdays. Wednesday and Thursdays are the best days, however there is flexibility about when courses/training is offered.  Sessions are currently 11.00am-13.00pm but again there is some flexibility but Gregory’s place find best attendance is between 11.00am and 14.00pm which allows for children to be collected from school etc.

The types of topics they are interested in include:   Play, Child Development; general parenting; Internet Safety; Stranger and Known Person Danger; Behaviour Management which focuses on a ‘no smacking’ approach;Employment/employability/volunteering;

If your organisation could offer some support please contact Kate Fowler (Specialist Commissioning Officer, Manchester City Council) on :, Mobile: 07932217285

LTI conference: “Churches, Communities and Society”

March 30, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

Dear friends of LTI,

I’m pleased to announce the international conference, “Churches, Communities and Society”, to be held on 25th-26th October 2013 at the University of Manchester.

For more information, please click the link:

The conference is open for registrations. Bookings may be made online from the conference web page. The conference is free to postgraduate students and there is an “early bird” offer of £10 for all others (includes all catering). Booking is essential.

I attach the poster for the conference. Please feel free to forward this message as you will, and to print and display the poster.

I look forward to seeing you in October.

With good wishes,

Peter Scott

Professor of Theology, Ethics and Society & Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute,

Head of the Department of Religions & Theology,

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Samuel Alexander Building,

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3064 Fax: +44(0)161 306 1241



This is the third conference in the series, “A Shaking of the Foundations? Reconsidering Civil Society”, which LTI is organising with its partners:


Faith and Public Policy Forum, King’s College London


Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge


McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Policy, University of Oxford


Information about the previous conferences may be found here:

Launching the Girls in Gangs Website & Teaching Resource for Work With Young People

March 30, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

LAUNCHING The UK’s 1st Dedicated Girls and Gangs Website Including: 

Teaching Resources: Documentary: Performance: Short Film: Campaign: Articles: Research: Experiences: Inspiration

“I feel quite positive because now I know, I think other people should know about the consequences.” Nicola, participant

Use and benefit from this website/resource if you are:
- Working with young people at risk of gang involvement
- Working with vulnerable young people
- Experiencing incidents involving girls and gangs
- Worried your young people may not be aware of the risks associated with being involved in a gang
- Interested in girl’s and women’s issues
- Researching girls and gangs
- Looking for interesting topics to explore in PSHE or Citizenship
- Passionate about local arts initiatives to tackle social problems

On the website/resource you can find:
- Articles, publications, research and reports about girls and gangs and related topics
- Information on services and organisations for supporting girls involved in gangs or related topics
- Session plans for exploring girl gang issues through drama, film, discussion, workshops and activities
- A documentary produced by young people about girls and gangs
- 2 performances devised by young people about girls and gangs
- Information about our project and how we developed it
- Links to our social media campaign

So far the films from the website have received over 1600 views!

Using the resources:
We want you schools, youth and community organisations, colleges and high schools to explore and use these resources to tackle the issues that matter to you. The resources are designed to raise the awareness of young people, teachers and facilitators as well as provide ideas to explore issues and related topics. If you have any ideas on how this website can be developed, please get in touch. If you want to be involved in developing this website and the campaign, please also be in touch – we want to work with others to build on the work we have created so far.

How this came about:
Union Street Media Arts CIC (USMA) have been working with Cedar Mount Academy (CMA) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to support pupils to raise awareness about the risks of gang involvement through media, film and performance. This is being done within their school, other schools and youth organisations, around Greater Manchester and beyond. We were funded by the Home Office to carry out this piece of work under the Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund.

Read more about the project HERE
The aims and outcomes of the project were:
- The empowerment of young girls in working together to understand and address the issues relating to gang and gang membership and to build resilience in addressing those issues
- Increased knowledge, awareness and understanding attitudes of girl gang issues among pupils

- Increased parents, families and wider communities (including other schools) knowledge, awareness and understanding attitudes of girl and gang issues
- Young people are more confident to make lifestyle choices

This had been done through:
- Producing a performance and short performance and film
- Producing a short documentary 

- Producing a teaching resource to be used in schools, community and youth organisations and national and local strategy

What happens next?

Use the resources then feed back to us through our on-line FORM HERE!

Join the campaign and debate on social media or @Union_Street_MA

We want you to use our teaching resource in schools, community or youth organisations with your work with young people. Visit

Watch our films! Documentary, interviews, performance, short film are available at

Do you want us to perform or show our documentary at your organisation and talk to your young people or staff about it? Reply to this email

We can give you our time to show you how to put a project together! Use us! Reply to this email

What We’ve done so far!


Interact With Us

We use various social media platforms to interact, share experiences and ideas and tell stories. You can join us on:

Twitter: @Union_Street_MA Where you can get regular updates about what’s going on and any upcoming opportunities. This is also the place for conversations

Facebook: Good for getting regular updates too- this one’s a different type of ‘community’ and not for everyone

Youtube: View bits and bobs of video content as the project progresses. We have a trailer about the project on there right now actually… LINK HERE

Storify: Not bothered with Social Media or don’t have the time to use it? You can visit our Storify page (soon to be embedded on our new website) to see all the latest activity from all the other platforms in one feed. Handy!

But you really only have to use Twitter or Facebook because we will be linking everything to those 2 platforms to make it really easy.

We hope to hear from you soon!

This project is financed by the Home Office through their Communities Against Gangs, Guns & Knives Fund

Manchester Community Central Bulletin

March 27, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

Manchester Community Central Bulletin 

25 March 2013



The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector


About the Manchester Community Central Bulletin:


Our bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the last week. It includes news, events, job opportunities, training opportunities, volunteering and links to our information and resources.


Woodward Charitable Trust – Children’s Summer Playschemes 2013
Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years. Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are made each year. Deadline: Monday 1 April 2013 Read more

Time to Change grants fund – Round 3 now open
Want to run a project to challenge stigma and discrimination in your community and beyond? The Time to Change grants fund could support you to do this. The Grants will fund projects that bring people with and without mental health problems together and create opportunities for them to have meaningful conversations. Deadline: Tuesday 30 April 2013, 14:00 Read more

Esmee Fairburn Foundation – Food Strand
The Esmee Fairburn Foundation has a long standing interest in food and in its impact on people, communities and the wider environment. The Food Strand supports work that demonstrates the important role food plays in wellbeing and that connects people to the food that they eat.  As part of this primary aim the Strand seeks to bring about more sustainable food production and consumption policies and practices. Read more

Donate Mobile
New mobile phone service provider Donate Mobile, a dedicated third sector mobile phone service, has launched. A simple SIM card swap to Donate Mobile enables 10% of a customer’s mobile phone bill to go to the customer’s nominated charity, at no extra cost to either the customer or the charity: Gift Aid can be applied to all qualifying donations. Read more

Click here for more news stories


Co-Operatives2020 mutual peer learning in Manchester Open Day
Date & Time: Wednesday 10 April 2013, 10:30 20:30
Venue: Friends Meeting House Read more

Valuing Our Differences to Improve Information Sharing
Date & Time: Monday 22 April 2013
Venue: Manchester Read more

Victim Support – St George’s Day Charity Quiz Night
Date & Time: Tuesday 23 April 2013, 19:00
Venue: Ellesmere Golf Club Old Clough Lane Read more

Click here for more events

Training Opportunities
Free: Managing Volunteers
Date & Time: Tuesday 16 April 2013, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Safe Recruitment – 23.04.2013
Date & Time: Tuesday 23 April 2013, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Safe Recruitment – 25.04.2013
Date & Time: Thursday 25 April 2013, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Free: Volunteers and the Law – 01.05.2013
Date & Time: Wednesday 01 May 2013, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Click here for more training opportunities 

Job Opportunities
Volunteering Outreach Worker (ex-offenders)
Salary: NJC points 26 to 30, £22,221-£25,472, Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 08 April 2013, 17:00 Read more

Senior Education Co-ordinator
Salary: NJC points 31-34, £26,276-£28,636, Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: Wednesday 17 April 2013, 17:00 Read more

Senior Outreach Co-ordinator (maternity cover)
Salary: NJC points 31-34, £26,276-£28,636, Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 29 April 2013, 17:00 Read more

Click here for more job opportunities


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JUST Bulletin

March 27, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

JUST Bulletin - 25/03/2013

In this edition
National News – Racial Justice
Justice, Liberties & Rights
News from West Yorkshire
Feature Section: The EU and Safeguarding Racial Justice
News from the Racial Justice Network


JUST Event

National News

Leveson’s Blind Spot: Race

Former BNP candidate for mayor of Liverpool guilty of racially abusing traffic warden in Wirral

David Cameron Accused Of Peddling Immigration Benefits ‘Myths’


News from West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police’s Jimmy Savile inquiry report delayed

Service to help homeless open longer than ever before

Bradford Council encouraged to apply for share of £70m fund

Yorkshire hit by £230m of cuts – with warning of worse to come

Racial Justice

Boateng Makes Powerful Anti-Racism Speech At The UN

Mark Duggan inquest: commission investigating police shooting that sparked summer riots ‘not fit for purpose’

Sikh School Plan Sparks Racist Graffiti in Wealthy Buckinghamshire Village

Why won’t universities tackle racism head on?

Let’s Not Give the EDL Undue Credi

Special Needs Worker Challenges Police Over Stop And Search

School Exclusions Show Racial Bias

Insult to Kriss

The Sorry Truth Is That the Virus of Anti-Semitism Has Infected the British Muslim Community


Justice, Liberties & Rights

Calls to Sign Join Enterprise Petition

CONTEST: The United Kingdom’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism Annual Report 

Recession’s impact a children: a generation missing out on social mobility chances

Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘grossly unfair’ allocation of public health  funding

Protesters versus the strong arm of the law

Brain-damaged amputee fit for work, says Atos

Jobcentre boss denies use of targets for applying sanctions to jobseekers

Feature Section

The European Union and Safeguarding Racial Justice

By Lora Evans – Runnymede Trust

As calls are made for an EU in/out referendum, the UK Race and Europe Network is concerned about what leaving the EU would mean for race equality in the UK. While leaving the EU under present pressures would signal a move to the right, generally understood to be negative for race equality, the mechanisms with which to fight racism and xenophobia; legislation, anti-racist campaign work and education around tolerance of difference; will be severely reduced.

The populist UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been gaining strength in the polls and by-elections with a manifesto dominated by intentions to leave the EU. In January, desperate to appeal to such voters and make concessions to euro-sceptics within his own party, PM David Cameron promised an in/out referendum in 2017. Although the likelihood of the Tories remaining in power, and hence being able to push through a referendum is debatable, this pandering to populist and nationalistic tendencies is dangerous.

The trend is also widespread across Europe. In the run up to the European Parliament elections next year, like UKIP, some political parties and movements are already using anti-European and nationalistic feelings to gain support. For example, in Hungary, the far-right nationalist party Jobbik has become the third-largest group in the Hungarian Parliament, they also have three MEPs in the European Parliament. They have recently been condemned over anti-Semitic comments made by the deputy group leader, saying that officials of Jewish origin should not be in decision-making positions and should be listed as they pose a threat to national security. They have also made public defamatory comments against the Roma community. Concerns have been raised that the boundaries have become blurred between Jobbik’s ideas and the Hungarian Coalition Government’s policies, in a bid to secure populist votes; a more extreme version of so-called ‘policy-triangulation’ to that we are experiencing in the UK. Golden Dawn, the notorious neo-Nazi party in Greece, has 20 seats in the Greek parliament. Most shocking has been their willingness to advocate use of violent racism; openly discussing the beating up of immigrants. Concerns have also been expressed that Golden Dawn have a strong foothold among students in high schools and that they are making German contacts in an attempt to strengthen their European base. Reports show the police and judicial authorities’ reluctance to challenge or impeach Golden Dawn. These are some of the most extreme examples, but populist expressions of racism are found throughout Western Europe.

In light of such reports, and to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the European Network Against Racism and UNITED for Intercultural Action have issued a joint statement calling on political parties across Europe to take a strong and courageous stance against racism and discrimination, work for equality for allpeople living in Europe and not to manipulate social tensions for electoral gain. In addition to such action, we need alternative arguments regarding the UK’s relationship with the EU. Developing an evidence base on what leaving the EU would mean, is crucial if a robust response to populist, euro-skeptic attitudes is to be made, and progress in racial justice safeguarded.

In a climate of austerity there is a strong trend for political parties to ‘move to the right’, particularly on issues like migration in a bid to appear ‘tough’ and appeal to populist sentiment. As the earlier examples of right-wing activities show, public-attitude and policy shifts to the right signify hostility to ethnic, religious and cultural diversity and overall have a negative effect on racial equality and justice. However, as these shifts in the UK occur, leaving the EU would leave racial justice with reduced protection.

The European Union is founded upon the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Although these are presumed to be common to all member states, the examples of racism and xenophobia across Europe, fed by the economic crisis, demonstrate the need for further safeguarding of our fundamental rights, enforceable under EU law. The UK’s membership of the EU affords us protections in the form of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia. Through these, challenges to racist and xenophobic offences are bolstered, and cooperation among Member States to combat them is stimulated. If we were to leave the EU, there will be reduced ways to challenge discrimination and violations of fundamental rights. When race equality is as low down the UK political agenda, as it is presently, EU legislation and commitments are an important foothold in the fight against racism and discrimination.

Leaving the EU would also mark the end of the UK benefitting from important funding streams. Within the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Funding Programme, the EU Commission funds projects which aim to raise awareness on racism and xenophobia as well as projects which seek to inform law enforcement and judicial authorities on mechanisms for redress. When money for equality is scarce and anti-racist bodies face cuts to their funding, missing out on EU funding in this area would represent another potential threat to race equality and anti-discrimination progress in the UK. Furthermore membership of the EU is more likely to foster understanding, openness, mutual respect and anti-racism than an isolated UK. Remaining in the EU presents a greater opportunity to define a multi-ethnic future.

Charlie Hopper, Equality and Diversity Officer for the University of Leeds, has reiterated these concerns. When asked her opinion on the importance of the EU for equality in the UK she noted that we rely on the EU for lots of important directives and legislation for racial justice and warned that the Tories have already talked about dismantling Human Rights legislation, signifying what is to come if we are no longer bound by EU commitments to fundamental rights.

It is important to remember that positions in the European Parliament are the last grip of power held by the BNP, as they still hold two MEP seats. In preparation for the European Parliament elections next year, and in the eventuality that a referendum on the EU is called, it is critical that the arguments opposing leaving the EU and for safeguarding racial justice are made and represented in votes.

To stay up to date on the latest European news and developments in policy and current affairs in the fields of racism and discrimination, organisations can become members of UKREN and receive our monthly newsletter by filling in the application form here. You can also follow us on twitter @UKRENtweets. 


News from the Racial Justice Network

Voluntary Five-Month Internship: April – August 2013

JUST West Yorkshire is offering you an opportunity for students wishing to gain valuable knowledge, skills and work experience in the field of racial justice, civil liberties and human rights.

Candidates must support JUST’s vision as this is a key underlying feature of the internship. Information about JUST West Yorkshire can be found at

What happens when the church leaves the building?

March 27, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

Ascension Trust exists to equip the Church to serve. At Ascension Trust, we look to do this through a number of God-led initiatives and we’re also part of Serve, as we seek to enable churches to do great things.

This year, Ascension Trust will celebrate two important dates – our 20th year as a charity and the 10th anniversary of one of our initiatives, Street Pastors.

No-one could have imagined the impact that a simple vision of wanting to be where the people were to “care, listen and help” would have caught the imagination of not only the Church, but society as a whole.

Eustace Constance is Operations Director at Ascension Trust and a member of Serve.

In this edition you’ll find….

Funding, new resources, latest news, stories and events.


Tearfund’s IMPACT UK Team are inviting applications for new partners on their ‘Activate’ Early Accompaniment Programme.

The programme provides grant funding of up to £30,000 over three years to church-based community projects working in areas of high deprivation in the UK. To receive further information and the initial application form, please contact

The deadline for applications for this initial stage is 10th May 2013.


Kingdom Bank is a UK based independent Christian bank with a strong ethical ethos – a commitment to use its available funds to build and enrich society.

When savers make a deposit into Kingdom Bank’s savings accounts, the bank puts that money to work in building God’s kingdom, working with UK Christian churches and charities providing mortgages that help them achieve their building projects.

The bank provides savings accounts, general insurance, church and charity mortgages.

New resources

To recognise World Autism Day on April 2, take a look at ‘Making Church Accessible for All’.

The book provides a strong argument for rethinking the way we present church. Working from the biblical basis for including people with disabilities, Tony Phelps-Jones considers the obstacles that church can put in the way and the practicalities of establishing an effective ministry. The book includes examples of inclusive teaching and worship, together with sections focusing on learning disabilities, autism, sight loss, hearing loss, mobility difficulty, mental health conditions and families with children with additional needs.

Visit the Prospects website to find out more.

This month we also recognise the work of partners raising the profile of homelessness on Youth Homelessness Matters Day, April 17. Your church can partner with Green Pastures to house homeless people. To find out more, go to

Latest news

This month the cabinet office announced that more funding would be released for social action.

£3.1 million will be distributed amongst 4 organisations. Click here to read the press release and find out who has received funding.


Nottingham outreach decreases street prostitution

With thanks to our partner HOPE Together for sharing this story.

Christians in Nottingham, led by Rev Richard Clark of St Andrew’s Church, have been working in the city’s red light district bringing hope to women who have been caught in the vicious cycle of prostitution. More than 50 volunteers offer their help in a drop-in centre, take part in street outreaches twice a week, and carry out pastoral visits to those in prison or working in brothels. Read more from the Jericho Road Project story.

How are you or your church transforming lives around you? Have you got a story to tell about reaching out with God’s love on your streets? Tell us here…



Date: Saturday 13th April, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: Cottingham Christ Church, 31 Endyke Lane, Cottingham, HU16 4QD
Cost: £21 and will include a buffet lunch & refreshments.

More info and booking:

As society has changed so the landscape of the church is undergoing a transformation.
The truth remains the same but the way it is delivered and lived out is shifting.

No longer can churches expect people to walk through the door and just rely on one-off programmes to bring people to Christ.

This one-day event will take you on a journey of exploring what the future could look like and provide plenty of ideas to provoke thought, discussion and some practical tips to take away.

Cinnamon Network Social Enterprise

Date: 17th April 2013

Venue: The Chapel, Central Hall, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London, London, SW1H 9NH
Time: 3-5pm

The Cinnamon Network and partners would like to invite leaders of church based social enterprises, and those considering starting one, to a forum to explore ideas, funding and best practice.

More information and booking:

Transforming communities through the local church: theology, practice, experience from North and South

Date: 21st May 2013, 10am – 4pm

Venue: Conference Room, Christian Medical Fellowship, 6 Marshalsea Road, London, SE1 1HL

Cost: £15 to people from Global Connections member agencies and churches. Cost for non-Global Connections members is £45. Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included in the price.

Please book soon:

Often bypassed or neglected as an agent of community outreach, the local church is now seen as God’s strategic focus for transforming the community around it. By using the wealth of gifts and abilities given to its members, the local church can burst out of its walls to bring the kingdom of God where Jesus planned it to be: in the streets, the houses, the neighbourhoods, the villages, the alleys of the world, incarnating the love of God in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Come and learn from leading practitioners and thinkers as they share their understanding of how this process has and does work, at the Relief and Development Forum event on 21 May 2013. They will address the subject from their wide personal experience, as well as facilitate workshop discussions and present case studies. Take the opportunity to share your experiences with friends and colleagues working in and through local churches.

Don’t miss this very special opportunity to be energised for church mobilisation.

Thank you for reading Serve e-news. We hope you have a blessed and restful Easter.

The Serve team

Equality and Diversity News

March 27, 2013 in Communtiy Safety, Health by Tony Wright

A message from Shahnaz, Christine, Loren and Nienke in the E&D team
We think it would be a tragedy for the E&D network that we have all created to fade away as the NHS undergoes a major change in April. So we have set up a facility for people to be able to tell us their new contact details for networking after the transition.


All you need to do is fill in a short survey form with your new details and we will use these, after the transition completes, to stay in touch with you and help sustain and build upon the networks we’ve developed these past few years. Your information will ONLY be used for this purpose.

If you think there are contacts within your own local networks who would like to put their names on the list then please pass this message on to them as well.


The team will also be accessible should you wish to get in touch with us. Shahnaz Ali OBE can be reached at Loren Grant can be reached at And Christine Burns can be contacted via Christine also blogs regularly about Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights matters at

Let’s stay in touch!


Shahnaz Ali receives her OBE at Buckingham Palace
Shahnaz Ali, Director of Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights at NHS North West, receives her OBE at Buckingham Palace on March 7. The award was in recognition of Shahnaz’s contribution to equalities work over more than 30 years.
How to book the ever popular History Timeline Exhibitions after 31 March, 2013

As you may know, NHS North West has produced three history timeline exhibitions over the past four years: the BME History Timeline, the LGBT History Timeline and the Disability History Timeline.


The BME History Timeline Exhibition was the first timeline to be produced by NHS North West in 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and to honour the enormous contribution made to the NHS by Black and Minority Ethnic staff over the past six decades. Key political events of the past 60 years are set alongside milestones in the health service and the personal stories of individual staff.


In 2011 NHS North West launched its
LGBT History Timeline exhibition,  film and resources to support education all year round on, and draw attention to, the lives and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.




The most recent timeline, the Disability History Timeline Exhibition, previewed in December 2012, aims to document how attitudes towards disability have differed (or not) through the ages and across cultures. It also marks the contribution of individuals and groups to advancements in health and social care in relation to disability; and it highlights legal and other landmarks in the struggles towards equal rights of disabled people.


 The Timeline Exhibitions have been displayed around the North West and in other parts of the UK regularly since they were launched. They have been displayed in public libraries, town halls and prisons as well as in different NHS venues, including hospital corridors, foyers and other public areas.  Feedback has already been very positive and the Timelines have proven to be a valuable educational tool for the NHS and other public sector bodies.


The good news is that you will still have access to the Timeline resources after March 31, 2013.

Many thanks to Julia Allen, Equality and Diversity Manager (Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit) who has kindly agreed to be the one to contact if you are interested in booking one of the History Timeline Exhibitions.

Reach her at or 0161 304 5333 or 07824 599398.

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week: May 2013

Last year NHS Employers organised their first Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week, which has been very succesful. So NHS Employers is once again co-ordinating a week full of national, regional and local activities and events focussing on equality and diversity.


Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2013 (EDHR 2013) will take place from Monday 13 May till Friday 17 May. This year the theme will be on knowledge and data – with an emphasis on collecting high quality information; getting the most from that information; and sharing knowledge openly.

NHS Trusts and other organisations are invited to add their activities and events to the specially developed calender on the EDHR 2013 website and to share and profile the work that they are doing to create a fairer and more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.

There is also an opportunity to vote for Personal, Diverse and Fair champion awards.


People are asked to think about who they would like to nominate for either an individual award or trust/organisation and can do so by following this link. Nominations are now open until Monday 15 April.


Please click here for more information and to find out what’s happening during EDHR 2013.

Religion or belief in the workplace

In January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment in four combined cases about religious rights in the workplace. The cases were brought by Christians, but the implications of the judgment apply to employees with any religion or belief, or none. The judgment affects employer responsibilities for policies and practices affecting religion or belief rights in the workplace, the rights of employees (including job applicants) and the rights of customers or service users.


The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a new good practice guide, which aims to help employers understand how to comply with the Court’s judgment when recognising and managing the expression of religion or belief in the workplace. It specifically addresses the following questions:

  • How will an employer know if a religion or belief is genuine?
  • What kind of religion or belief requests will an employer need to consider?
  • What steps should an employer take to deal with a request?
  • What questions should employers ask to ensure their approach to a religion or belief request is justified?
  • Do employees now have a right to promote their particular religion or belief when at work?
  • Can employees refrain from work duties?

Please click here to read the good practice guide.

Young people taking action on health and wellbeing


A recently held seminar in Liverpool, organised by North West Together We Can, provided an opportunity to find out how young people are taking the lead on health and wellbeing and building on stronger communities.


Keynote speaker was Dan Moxon, Regional Participation Officer, from the North West Regional Youth Work Unit, who highlighted the potential and benefits of the health sector and youth organisations co-operating to improve health and wellbeing.

Click here to see his presentation.

Participants then had the opportunity to listen, learn and question exciting youth projects from Merseyside and beyond that are taking action on health and wellbeing and making a difference to their lives and others!


Please follow think link to see the presentations of the different groups, including:

Man MOT: discuss health concerns with a doctor online

Man MOT is the health website where men can talk about anything – including the things they can’t talk about anywhere else.”

Man MOT is a new way of accessing health information for men. Run by the Men’s Health Forum (MHF), it enables men to discuss their health concerns with a doctor online using a confidential chat facility. The statistics suggest that men are less likely to visit their GP than women and that as a result their health conditions are often diagnosed later than they need to be.


Available every Monday night and Wednesday afternoon.

Man MOT is currently in a pilot phase. Please visit and tell MHF what you think of the site and would like to see on it in the future.


Inclusive patient journey captured on film

Tameside and Glossop PCT has produced an online short film to help raise awareness to provider and commissioner healthcare staff teams.  The film should remind people of the importance that front line services should be understanding and that staff should feel comfortable with patients’ and carers’ individual differences and being able to accommodate those in a reasonable way.

Julia Allen, Equality and Diversity lead, says: ‘One of the unique things about this short patient voice film is that a number of Consumer Advice Panel (CAP) members volunteered to be in the video and the actual filming and sound was done by CAP members supervised by Donkey Stone. All members were given the opportunity of being in the film and / or putting a vignette forward for inclusion. The ones who came forward are all included either in front of or behind the camera.’


Please follow this link to watch the film:





Dates for your diary
LGF Regional Conference, Saturday April 20,  10am-4pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation is hosting the fourth annual regional conference for groups and public sector representatives to come together and share news, updates and discuss some of the current and forthcoming issues facing LGBT communities.

Free event with lunch and refreshments provided. Contact or call 0845 3 30 30 30 for more information or to book your place.

BOND Masterclass: Mental health of children and young people
Friday April 26, 9.30am-4pm, 42nd Street the Space 87-91, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG
Navigate your way through the latest thinking on mental health as it applies to VCOs working with ‘Looked After Children’, and young people who offend, in this one day masterclass. Build your confidence as you gain an excellent overview of the issues and concerns your organisation faces.

To book your place and for more information about this free event, please follow this link.

Health in the headlines

Early death link to learning disabilities ‘shocking’
People with learning disabilities die on average 16 years earlier than they should, due to NHS failings, according to official research. The Bristol University researchers who carried out the work looked at all deaths over a two-year period in five primary care trust areas in the south-west of England. And it revealed that people with learning disabilities were more likely to have a premature death than those in the general population.

Vitamin D during pregnancy doesn’t aid child bones, study shows
Official health guidelines could be overstating the importance of taking Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy, a report has shown. A study, published in health journal The Lancet, showed that maternal vitamin D levels are not associated with the child’s bone health later in life.


Basic care for elderly ‘lacking’
Basic care for the elderly in hospitals and care homes in England is still not good enough, the regulator says. The Care Quality Commission report, based on a snapshot of services, found about a third failed to meet all the standards for nutrition and dignity.

Will changing my diet help me sleep better?
New studies have claimed links between the way we eat and the way we rest at night. We are what we eat, and now researchers are saying that our diet affects how we sleep. A study, published in the journal Appetite, found differences in the diets of people who slept for seven to eight hours a night compared with those snoozing for five.

News Alert: Working Together to Safeguard Children published

March 22, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright

News Alert: Working Together to Safeguard Children published

The Department for Education has published Working Together 2013 alongside aWritten Ministerial Statement on the 97 page document.

The guidance has changed in various ways since the consultation phase, including that it has been consolidated into one document rather than three. The structure of sections on strategic guidance, assessment & case management, and improvement and learning, has not changed.

The guidance for the sector has also been strengthened, identifying that safeguarding is everyone’s business, including the voluntary and community sector’s, and that voluntary and community sector organisations should have arrangements described under section 11 requirements in place in the same way as organisations in the public sector.This includes the need to work effectively with LSCB’s and that paid and volunteer staff are aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding, including how they should respond to concerns and make a referral.

Further highlights from the document include:

  •  Inclusion of a 45 day timescale for the completion of assessments (although the distinction between initial and core has been removed);
  • Greater detail on the role and responsibilities of partners, including health;
  • Appoint or removal of an LSCB Chair to sit with the local authority Chief Executive, working with the Lead Member for Children’s Services;
  • No requirement to use systems methodology when conducting serious case reviews;
  • Establishment of a “Panel of Experts on Serious Case Reviews”, to scrutinise the decision of LSCB Chairs on whether to conduct and publish SCRs

Children England will be preparing and disseminating a briefing paper on the new guidance in coming weeks

One North West March Bulletin

March 19, 2013 in Communtiy Safety by Tony Wright








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