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People & communities Community Engagement


Have your say

The Manchester Partnership Community Engagement Task Group was set up in autumn 2009 to develop a new Community Engagement Strategy for 2011-15.  The purpose of the strategy is to ensure Manchester's residents and communities are able to have a greater say in what happens in their city.

The strategy is primarily for Manchester Partnership staff and is also a resource for voluntary and community groups and residents in Manchester.

The strategy includes:

  • What we want to achieve
  • the benefits of engagement
  • commitments to engagement
  • definition of engagement and empowerment.

Link to Manchester Partnership Community Engagement Strategy

The task group has developed a good practice guide that offers practical advice on how to engage with communities.  The guide is for Manchester Partnership staff and is also a resource for voluntary and community groups and residents in Manchester.

The toolkit contains information on:

  • Benefits of engagement
  • how to engage, types of engagement, tools, when to engage and barriers to engagement
  • engaging with different communities of identity.

Link to Manchester Partnership Community Engagement Guide

For more information, please contact Business Improvement and Partnership Team on telephone: 0161 234 3199 or email Stephen Higgins

Support for Voluntary and Community Groups

Manchester Community Central

Manchester Community Central provides information and support to build the capacity and sustainability of voluntary and community sector groups in Manchester.  For further information, please visit:

Contact details:

Manchester Community Central
Telephone: 0333 321 3021

Networks in Manchester

Faith Network for Manchester

Environment Network for Manchester

Health Forum (Manchester Alliance for Community Care)



'Your Manchester: working together to improve services'

Community Engagement Launch Event

On 23 March 2011, a 'Your Manchester' event was held at Band on the Wall.

The purpose of the event was:

  • To launch the Community Engagement Strategy, Guide and Website
  • to identify and promote good practice community engagement across the city
  • to identify current and future engagement activities to inform the community engagement strategy delivery plan.

The key note speaker for the event was John Hartshorn from Young People Support Foundation.

Guest speakers included:

  • Phil Frampton, Co-operatives North West - Co-operatives
  • Alex Fairweather, Greater Manchester Youth Network - Volunteering
  • Jeff Scales, Development Trust Association - Asset Transfer

Thank you to everyone who supported and took part in the event.  Feedback from the event will be used to develop a delivery plan for the Manchester Partnership Community Engagement Strategy.

Downloads - (Please note: some of these are large files and make take time to download)



U Decide Events

U Decide events enable local people to make decisions on spending priorities with a specific pot of money.  They are one example of Participatory Budgeting (PB).  For more information on PB see

So far in Manchester, most U Decide events have been carried out on a ward specific basis using funding from Cash grant budgets.

Voluntary and community groups are invited to put forward project proposals that will help to improve their local area.  There is usually a cap on how much each group can bid for.

Residents from the ward are then invited to attend a U Decide event.  Each bidder is asked to give a three-minute talk on their project proposal and residents are asked to vote on which projects they want to be funded.  Votes are counted and decisions on which projects will be funded are made on the night.

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