Spirit of Manchester

Our annual 'Spirit of Manchester' programme is a celebration of the work of thousands of voluntary organisations, community groups, charities and social enterprises in Manchester. We believe it's important to recognise, support and encourage volunteers and local voluntary action. The programme evolves every year and includes a Festival of events across the city organised by local groups. The highlight of the week is the Spirit of Manchester Awards in which we recognise examples great community spirit and all that's best about the voluntary sector. We want to raise the profile of the sector amongst the general public and encourage local giving and active citizenship.

Spirit of Manchester Festival
Our annual festival takes place on 1-10 October and is a city-wide celebration of the work of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. We encourage all of Manchester’s VCSE organisations to get involved by holding an event(s) to showcase their organisation and raise awareness for any support needs. Examples of previous festival events include art exhibitions, fun-days, coffee mornings, cycling sessions, bake-offs, dance classes to name a few. Macc acts as a light-touch curator for the Festival, encouraging groups to get involved, administering the calendar of events and helping promote the message of the amazing work being delivered by the sector to make a difference to life in Manchester.

Spirit of Manchester Awards
The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a series of awards celebrating and highlighting examples of the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. As well as providing recognition to the sector in hard times, Macc's aim in running this programme is to raise the profile of the sector amongst the general public and encourage local giving and active citizenship.

Categories for the 2016 awards are:

- Volunteer of the year
- Volunteer Team of the year
- Volunteer involving organisation 
- Equalities Award
- Business Citizenship
- Best service user involving organisation
- Most successful campaign / innovative project
- Best partnership initiative/collaboration
- Health and Wellbeing Award
- Best Community Space
- Contribution to the voluntary and community sector

The awards were established in 2013 and are now run annually by Macc, working in partnership with other local organisations. The awards provide us with an opportunity to build the relationships between the local business and voluntary sectors – our supporters programme enables local businesses not only to be involved in celebrating the sector but also contributing to fundraising through donations and sponsorship.

Further information and details of this year's programme can be found at https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/whats-happening-manchester/spirit-manchester