Children’s Trust weekly update


1. GMYN (Greater Manchester Youth Network) are offering free Money for Life training for young people aged 16-25. Money for Life helps young people to make the most of their money and equips them with the knowledge, life skills and resources needed to manage their money. The training is split into 4 modules, each 1-2 hours long, covering a range of topics. The modules are deigned to be flexible and can be adapted to suit the young people you work with. You can choose to have the training delivered over one day or a series of weeks, depending on what works best for you.

You will need to provide a group of about 15 young people aged 16-25 to engage in the programme and at least 1 member of staff. GMYN can deliver the training at your organisation or from their offices in Central Manchester. If you want to book a free course, or to find out more, email or call 0161 274 3377.

2. There will be a Children’s Trust lunchtime learning on 7 November at the New Kershaw Centre from 12-1pm. The topic will be Parental Substance Misuse (eg, alcohol or drugs). It will increase understanding about how this affects children and young people, tell you what action you should take and how to refer, build links between services and problem solve around issues relating to parental substance misuse. Please see attached flyer for more information. If you would like to attend, please e-mail If you are interested but can’t make this time, please e-mail as where there is sufficient demand we will re-run at a different time.

3. The Pennine Care Charitable Foundation annual family fun Wellbeing Walk will be taking place on Saturday, 14 October, 10.30 – 1.30pm at Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester M25 2LY. This year the wellbeing walk focuses on mental health and will promote World Mental Health Day. There will be various routes maped out and lots of attractions for the family. Dogs are welcome and can take part in the best dressed dog competition. You can find out more and register to attend at or for more information ring 0161 716 3891 or email

4. Consultation published on the Dept for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Internet Safety Strategy covers various aspects of online safety, including developing children’s digital literacy; support for parents and carers; young peole’s use of online dating website/applications; technological solutions to online harms. To view the green paper and find out more about the consultation click here:

5. The Dept for Education has published Delivery Plans from the first 6 areas selected as Social mobility and opportunity areas. The primary purpose of Opportunity Areas is to focus local and national resources on a common goal to increase social mobility and to provide children and young people with the opportunities to fulfil their potential. The Delivery Plans outline how each area plans to build young people’s knowledge and skills and provide them with the best advice and opportunities. For more information and to see the Delivery Plans click on the link:

6. You can ‘Pitch’ for up to £1000 of community funding for local projects at your local Pitch Community Fund Event. To find out how to pitch go to and send your application to BEFORE FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER, 4pm. Successful applicants must attend their ‘Pitch’ event as follows: Bury East – 4 November; Whitefield/Unsworth – 5 November; Radcliffe – 11 November; Bury West – 18 November; Prestwich – 19 November; Ramsbottom, Tottington, North Manor – 25 November. Further details of time/venues will be available shortly. Information received from Ruth Shedwick

7. Celebrating Participation in Healthcare – Community Grants Has your voluntary/community group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £2,000 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare.

In your application you will need to explain how you have involved patients and citizens in a healthcare project, and how you plan to use the grant to share and showcase your work in a creative way.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation. If you are eligible you will need to complete the application form by 31 October 2017. Click on the link for more information

8. The Connected Communities Innovation Fund is a partnership between Nesta and the Office for Civil Society at DCMS, providing up to £4 million in grants, alongside significant non-financial support, to the best innovations that mobilise the time and talents of people across the lifecourse, to create outcomes in any of the following themes:

• Community connections and thriving places: innovations that mobilise the time and talents of people within local communities to share resources, create reciprocal models of support and enable people to help each other in key priorities within their communities.
• Community resilience in emergencies: innovations that mobilise the time and talents of people to enable communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
• Digital Innovation: innovations that harness the opportunities of digital technologies to help mobilise the time and talents of people in new ways that suit 21st century lifestyles and needs.
• Improving our environment: innovations that mobilise the time and talents of people to create better responses to reducing waste and pollution.

Eligible projects are invited to submit a short expression of interest (EOI) by midday on the 30 October 2017. There are two sizes of funding awards available, depending on the maturity of the idea. Both awards are available for innovations in all four priority areas.
• Early stage ideas: grants of £50-75k, and significant non-financial support, over 12 – 18 months for innovative social action approaches. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the high potential for impact on public service outcomes in the thematic areas; the innovation must also offer something different and needed in the field. However, you might still need to do some testing or prototyping to evidence impact, or you may need to work on your scaling plans.
• Growing great ideas: grants of £100-250k, and significant non-financial support, over 2 years for innovations ready to sustainably grow their existing social action project or programme to reach and benefit many more people in new locations.

For further information go to: Connected Communities Innovation Fund

Go to for more information on funding opportunities