Paid Intern Opportunity with Creating Sustainable Organisations CIC

Creating Sustainable Organisations (CIC)
Creating Sustainable Organisations is a Community Interest Company based in South Manchester but working across Greater Manchester and beyond to help support Community and Voluntary organisations, Social Enterprises, Public Services and Business companies achieve their organisational aims.

Internship Opportunity
We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic person aged 18-24 to assist the senior management team. You will be involved in all aspects of the our programmes working closely with the small team of directors, staff and volunteers thus developing your own employability skills and increasing your knowledge of working across a range of thematic sectors. We are looking for an intern to help us to research and develop ways in which our 4 Steps Skills Programme could provide and extra service delivery arm to help 3rd sector organisations build the capacity of their organisation in conjunction with our own organisation. The intern will report to the two main directors but you will support the whole of our new team.

This is a paid position for a twelve calendar week period only, with the remuneration being £3,000 for this time period.

Your normal working hours will be between 09.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (35 hours per week). However, this position requires some flexibility of working hours in accordance with the needs of the organisation.

If you are interested in this position, please carefully read our CSO-Intern-Person Specand then complete our CSOCIC Intern-Application-Form and email your completed form to along with a copy of your CV and a brief cover letter by 23rd November 2015 explaining clearly why you would like this role working for our organisation. If you are successful you will be asked to attend a formal interview. Interviews will take place week at a mutual date/time to be agreed with candidates.

Wellbeing Dominoes – Tuesday 27th October 2015

A one day course for group facilitators and therapists, to be trained to use Wellbeing Dominoes, a creative groupwork resource to increase wellbeing, development of which was funded by NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale, Clinical Commissioning group.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 from 09:30 to 16:00
Manchester Metropolitan University
Birley Building, Birley Campus
Manchester, Lancashire M15 6GX


Your ticket includes full training on using the resource, a nutritious lunch and a game box to take away. You will be trained in the therapeutic and creative delivery of the game as a resource you can use with your groups.
We are only offering 10 places, participants will receive a really thorough, practical and in-depth experience, led by an Artist and and Art Therapist who developed Wellbeing Dominoes with Cartwheel Arts. You will also have a chance to explore Wellbeing Dominoes with other therapists and facilitators, sharing and discussing how the game can be used with your groups.
More information
A one day course for group facilitators and therapists, to be trained to use Wellbeing Dominoes, a creative group-work resource to increase wellbeing.
What is Wellbeing Dominoes?
Wellbeing Dominoes is a user developed resource, the development was funded by Heywood Middleton and Rochdale, Clinical Commissioning Group.
The resource is rooted in mindfulness and connects with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Wellbeing Dominoes is designed to be used within groups over a fexible number of weeks, using creativity as a tool to support and develop mental wellbeing.
We can evidence that ‘playing’ Wellbeing Dominoes within a group, over 8 weeks, increases mental wellbeing, confidence, social interaction and networks and raises self esteem.
Wellbeing Dominoes is a flexible resource that would benefit groups of adults with mild to moderate mental health issues, volunteer groups, young people, carers groups and recovery groups.
Why do I need training to use the resource?
No specialist creative skills or equipment is needed to use Wellbeing Dominoes but the use of the tool must be facilitated by a trained facilitator. The groups using Wellbeing Dominoes are likely to have a degree of vulnerability. The game development was supported and reviewed by Arts Therapists and it is important that considerations such as providing a safe and confidential environment, setting clear bounderies and focus on process rather than outcomes are understood by Wellbeing Dominoes facilitators.
The training also provides an opportunity to experience the resource through interactive ‘play’ and discuss with other facilitators/therapist how the resource could be used within your group. You will be shown past creative work made during Wellbeing Dominoes and explore how the resource was developed. Alongside this you will be able to speak to the Artist, Art Therapist and Project Coordinator, who developed this game and discuss how to tailor Wellbeing Dominoes to be used within your group.
Finally we will provide you with a framework for collecting evidence about the effectivness of Wellbeing Dominoes in increasing Mental Wellbeing.
Other details
Artist Lisa Risbec, Emotional Support Worker Jodie Silverman (Also registered as an Art Phycotherapist) and Art for Wellbeing Project Coordinator Kerry Bertram will be delivering this course.
We have 10 places available on this training course.
We will be providing a vegetarian lunch and refreshments during the day. Please let us know if you have any dietary, access or other needs and we will do our best to accomodate these. Parking, directions and an outline of the stucture of the day will be provided to you upon purchase of your ticket.

Cinderella Charitable Fund

Applications for funding are invited from groups and individuals for grants to support the costs of a holiday for sick and convalescent children whose family are unable to afford to take them on holiday. Grants are only available to residents within the cities of Manchester or Salford, East Lancashire, North East Cheshire, North West Derbyshire.

Please note individual applications must be supported by a sponsor, such as a recommending social worker, GP or other professional person e.g. police officer, minister of religion, person with professional qualifications like teachers, accountants, engineers and solicitors, who have known the applicant for at least two years, live in the UK and hold a British or Irish passport.

Download a group application here CINDERELLA GROUP APPLN FORM 2015
Download an individual application form here CINDERELLA INDIVIDUAL APPLN FORM 2015
or contact Ashlie Tottle on Email: to request an application form by post

Letters of thanks from grant recipients

“This kind of holiday is a once in a lifetime experience for the most needy of our young people. The holiday was a great success and the young people really enjoyed the experience of a boat trip. It was a very comfortable boat, well equipped for the young people who cooked, crewed and cleaned. Many thanks ”
The Addy Young People’s Centre
Narrowboating, Cheshire Ring

“An excellent weekend away made financially viable thanks to the Cinderella Fund”
St Augustine’s CE Primary School
Activity weekend including walking, swimming & a visit to slate mines, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales

“On behalf of the children who went on the holiday we would like to thank the Cinderella Fund for their generous donation and making this fantastic opportunity possible. Many thanks!”
Charlestown CP School

Fundraising for RP Fighting Blindness

Joe is a friend of mine from university and he is the Press Association’s Chief Political Correspondent at Westminster. Although his name is not a household one all of you will have read his written work, as it is his reports that form the basis for many of the newspaper and other media articles reporting on the debates in Parliament and the wider musings of our political class.

Joe has Retinitis Pigmentosa a congenital condition which causes you to go slowly blind. At 42 Joe has no night vision at all and a cone of vision less than 30 degrees across (the rest of us have about 160 degrees).  This makes crossing the road extremely difficult (and dangerous) and even walking along the pavement challenging as he can’t see drops in the height of the pavement, bollards or even pets and small children (Robbie has been tripped over many a time!). Despite this he has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years for the charity RP Fighting Blindness and has done this by climbing the likes of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Toukbal as well as crossing Iceland and the Sahara despite his disability.

The really exciting bit is that after years of being resigned to going blind Joe now has the tantalising chance of a genuine cure within his lifetime. The money that he and many others have raised has made RP one of the conditions at the forefront of gene therapy and so it is even more vital that we keep up the momentum and raise the money to keep this successful research progressing.

So he’s now roped Helen and I into actually helping out with the fund raising rather than just sponsoring him and next month we are off to Scotland to climb Ben Nevis. Clearly that wasn’t hard enough for Joe so after we’ve climbed Ben Nevis we’re cycling up to Loch Lochy, canoeing round that and then riding back to Fort William before we’re finally allowed to call it a day (good job it will be on the longest day of the year and we’re a long way up North!).

Please do give as generously as you can to this really great cause.

Please visit <>  and donate as much as you can and remember to Gift Aid your donation as that means RP Fighting Blindness get another 25p for every £1 you are able to donate.  If you’re inspired by the story please feel free to share it more widely, the more we can raise the better.

Thank you so much for your generosity we all really appreciate it.

My Health My Community Launch


Pennine  Care is hosting a free activity day to celebrate the launch of an exciting new programme called My Health My community. Come along and find out how it can benefit you, your family and your community.


What’s on Offer?

Chill out with a short massage (pre-booking required)
Therapeutic animal corner with Noah’s A.R.T.
Try your hand at Rag Rugging
Get crafty with pom pom animals

Enjoy a picnic lunch


Date Friday 29th May 2015
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm – come all day or drop in!
Venue Talking Point Conference and Exhibition Centre, Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, Oldham, OL4 4AG

How to book

Please contact us to book your place
Tel: 0161 716 3396 or


Natwest sets up £2.5m fund

NatWest bank has created a new £2.5m fund that will give grants of up to £35,000 to local charities, social enterprises and community groups in the UK and Ireland.

The Skills & Opportunities Fund is aimed at supporting disadvantaged communities by helping people to learn new skills, find employment or set up their own businesses. State-funded schools and colleges are also eligible to apply.

The funding will be distributed across seven regions in the UK and Ireland: London, south-east England, south-west England and Wales, the midlands and east England, northern England, Scotland and Ireland.

Organisations can apply for the 2015 round of funding by completing the online application form before 12pm on 22 May. They are encouraged to check the priorities for their specific region to make sure their applications address them.

Visit to download an application form and find out more.


Big Lottery Fund Webinars

Big Lottery Fund Webinars provide LIVE information on their funding programmes and are presented by friendly and informative Funding Officers from the Big Lottery Fund.

The webinars will talk through:
• Eligibility criteria and what the Big Lottery could help to pay for
• Examples of successful projects
• Hints and tips on how to put together your application including sources of evidence
• How to conquer those project outcomes

After attending a webinar potential applicants will hopefully be able to:
• Understand what the Big Lottery mean by need and how best to evidence it
• Better outline your projects objectives
• Know what difference you want your project to make.
• Have a greater knowledge of governance and best practice.

You can ask questions during the seminar through an interactive chat panel.

Webinars last approximately 30 minutes including time for questions and answers.

For further information and to register,

Visit:, or



Cancer Awareness Session & Arts Therapy, Rochdale – Tuesday 26th May

Free Cancer Awareness & Arts Therapy Session at Multicultural Arts Media Centre, Rochdale


Date: Tuesday 26th May

Time 9.30 to 3pm

Venue, MAMC – Multicultutal Arts Media Centre

Station Road


OL11 1DS

To book a place contacting Mohammed Sarwar CEO on
M: 07930 306 933 or E:


9.30 Registration

10.20 Discussions about Cancer
Possible symptoms  of Cancer

11.35 GP – Lets Talk Cancer, Question and Answer Session

12.15 Lunch

1.00pm Cancer and Arts Therapy

1.30 Cancer Challenges faced by Communities

1.45 Cancer Champions Initiative : SCN Presentation

2.30 Next Steps (so where do we go from here)

2.45 Closing Comments