Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

COMBINE (Community Buildings Information Network)

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About COMBINE (the Greater Manchester Community Buildings Information Network)

COMBINE aims to bring together everyone involved in local community hubs. A hub is a place of community activity – it may be a community or social centre, park, hall, leisure facility or anywhere people gather to make things happen for their neighbourhood.

The network offers volunteers and staff involved in running hubs a chance to
  • Share information and resources
  • Discuss key issues
  • Work together to solve common problems
  • Access training and support services
The network is facilitated by Community Hubs at GMCVO who are specialists in supporting community buildings. See below for more details.
The network will offer
  • Regular meetings, special events and training
  • A free quarterly email newsletter
  • Services which will develop flexibly according to the needs of members
Membership of the network is free to anyone involved in running or supporting Community Hubs in Greater Manchester as a volunteer or paid worker. 
Combine Harvester, the newsletter for COMBINE includes a focus on 'stuff for free' as well as news about training, resources, consultations and legal issues of interest to managers and volunteers within community facilities. To join the mailing list for future issues please email
For more information about the network, please contact Alison Crush, 0161 277 1022,

Relevant News

  • Community Energy Greater Manchester was launched at the end of January, with an ambitious plan to give 20 community buildings solar rooftops.

    18 Jan 2016
  • GMCVO’s Community Hubs team has been supporting The Mosses Centre in Bury to develop its plans for refurbishment of the building.

    8 Dec 2015
  • GMCVO is among over 50 signatories to a pledge that commits businesses in Greater Manchester to take action to improve efficiency, reduce costs and celebrate their green achievements.

    7 Dec 2015
  • Two grants schemes to help community groups and other bodies with the development of their community building projects have been established by the Department for Communities and Local Government.<

    5 Mar 2015
  • Fully accessible office space is available for hire in Church Action on Poverty’s premises in central Manchester.

    14 Apr 2014

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