Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Projects and Partnerships

Ambition for Ageing
Ambition for Ageing is a five-year programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund aimed at reducing the social isolation of older people in Greater Manchester. The £10 million project is being delivered by a partnership of organisations led by GMCVO.

Ardwick Green Histories Project
GMCVO has received a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant to run a project exploring the histories of Ardwick Green through the memories of local people.

Community Energy Greater Manchester
Renewable energy can be a great investment for a community hub – cutting bills, creating revenue and insulating against volatile energy costs, while educating and inspiring community members. Working with 10:10, GMCVO has secured funding from Tudor Trust to support up to 25 community hubs in Greater Manchester to finance the installation of solar panels.

GM Futures
GMCVO is part of a new strategic partnership that will enable a collaborative approach to the European Social Fund (ESF 2014-20) funding opportunities. The work of the partnership, working under the banner GM Futures, will contribute to the development of a more coherent and effective integrated employment and skills system in Greater Manchester which supports individuals, employers and communities.

Greater Manchester AddVentures
Through GM AddVentures GMCVO encourages and hosts start-up community enterprises. We provide the formal structure that aspiring entrepreneurs can ‘plug into’ so that they can concentrate on testing and growing their venture without needing to set up a new charity or company.

Greater Manchester's Hidden Talent
Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent is a youth employment programme that helps hidden young people aged 18-25 progress towards employment and improve their self-esteem and wellbeing. Hidden young people are not in employment, education or training and not claiming the benefits to which they are entitled. GM's Hidden Talent is partnership of voluntary, private and public sector organisations, led by GMCVO.

• Health and Social Care
GMCVO is working on a project to engage Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the devolution of Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester

Jam and Justice
GMCVO is involved in the Jam and Justice research project that aims to sieze the opportunity provided by devolution to look at alternative ways to govern in our city-regions.

Learning Exchange
Linked to the Leaders in GM programme, Learning Exchange is a mechanism by which leaders can connect with each other to share their learning and create ongoing relationships across sectors.

Social Enterprise
GMCVO is developing a range of projects and services relating to social enterprise, as well as providing information about support, networks and resources for social enterprises and entrepreneurs in Greater Manchester.

Stimulating Demand for Apprenticeships
Our Stimulating the Demand for Apprenticeships project ended in October 2015 and proved very successful in raising the voluntary sector’s awareness of the advantages of apprenticeships.

Volunteering Greater Manchester
Funding for the Volunteering Greater Manchester project ceased at the end of 2013, but organisations involved in the Volunteering Greater Manchester Partnership continue to work together to take forward the agreed 'vision for volunteering' in Greater Manchester, raise the profile of volunteering at a strategic level and encourage investment in volunteering.