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A statement to the VSCE sector on behalf of public sector commissioners in Greater Manchester

We want to provide reassurance and practical support to our partners in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. This statement details how.
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Coronavirus COVID-19

Please follow advice given to protect yourselves and others. This page contains useful links.
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Sir Richard Leese to take over as Partnership chair from Lord Peter Smith

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham announced on Wednesday 18 March that he has asked Sir Richard Leese, Leader of the City of Manchester Council, to take on the health and social care portfolio, and to chair the Health and Social Care Partnership, from Lord Peter Smith.


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“I have got my confidence back, so am now going out and socialising with friends” – How social prescribing made a difference for Akeela

When back pain forced Akeela Shaikh from Bolton to leave her job as a healthcare assistant she also struggled to look after her ill relatives. She was helped through depression with a social prescription for volunteering.
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“I’m in a better place and feeling positive about the future” – Patrick shares his experience of social prescribing

Patrick Connell, 75, from Stockport, a husband and dad to two grown up children, is recently retired. He talks about how losing his job, his purpose in life, led to a breakdown and how a social prescription has given him a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
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“I feel connected to others and part of the community” – how social prescribing turned Brenda’s life around

Brenda lives in Glossop and is in her 70s. She was given a social prescription by a practice nurse after struggling with a number of physical and wellbeing issues following the death of her husband.