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Helping Hands and Time Lords

In bright and early this morning for breakfast at the Art Gallery. Don't actually have the breakfast as I've already eaten at home and two breakfasts would not help with my preparations for the Great Manchester Run.

The purpose of the breakfast is to launch 'Timebank', a collaboration with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and a number of professional service companies to provide some free advice for Manchester companies suffering in the recession. Timebank is part of the' Helping Hand' campaign, being run by the City Council to highlight the huge range of services, advice and support available to individuals, families, and businesses in these difficult economic times. Help with employment, keeping a business afloat, keeping your home, dealing with money and debt, what you can get for free are all part of what is on offer. A big thank you to the companies, many themselves under pressure, for willingly to give time to help others - a real demonstration of the Manchester family working together.

Businesses looking for advice or support should call the Business Advice Centre on 0845 608 3388 or e-mail:
For further info on Helping Hands visit:

There are 8 responses to “Helping Hands and Time Lords”

  1. i love jack russels Says:

    Sir Richard - can you tell us where you stand on the ID cards piloting in Manchester, and whether MCC were involved in the discussions for us to be the pilot area ?

  2. No2ID Says:

    Yes, Sir Richard, please clarify Manchester City Council’s position on this issue.

    I saw Jaqui Smith on the news last night saying that ‘Manchester wants ID cards’ and couldn’t quite understand how she could speak so confidently about the wishes of the people of Manchester, especially when the overwhelming majority of my friends (who represent a good cross section of the political spectrum) are against the scheme.

    Then it struck me – perhaps when the Home Secretary said that ‘Manchester’ wanted ID cards, she meant that the Council had acquiesced to the idea.

  3. Keep to the Point Says:

    Have I missed something or are these comments a bit random? Richard's original post had nothing at all to to do with ID cards. I thought the idea was to comment on things which the Leader of the Council has actually blogged about? I'm sure there are other forums where opponants of ID cards - or anything else for that matter - would be more welcome.

  4. No2ID Says:

    Keep to the Point - I disagree.

    The Leader’s blog is a unique way for the people of Manchester to have direct access to the Leader of their authority and an opportunity to publicly raise issues that are of concern.

    If there happened to be a blog post about the ID card issue then obviously it would make sense to make any comments regarding ID cards on that post. As of yet there is no such post, we don’t know if there’s to be one and the issue is currently in the news, so I see no problem with appending a comment to any of the recent blog articles.

    I’m sure there are other forums that people could post on about this issue but none of them have the ears (or in this case the eyes) of the Leader of the Council.

  5. Roger Williams, Press Office Says:

    'Keep To The Point' is quite right that there are more appropriate forums to raise such questions. The City Council already has a system in place on its website which allows residents to grill Executive Members, including the leader, about the services and policies relevant to their roles. You can find it by going to the home page, clicking on the Your Council section and following the links to Councillors, Democracy and Elections and Executive Members. That, rather than this blog, is the best place to ask questions which don't relate to the contents of the blog itself. Cheers.

  6. Linda Lloyd Says:

    Desperately looking at your site for information on your city turning into a giant allotment as read in Daily Mail. I am Vice Chair of a Community Council in Wales and we would like to start a project like this and need a helping hand on how to go about it! Thanks Linda

  7. Chazley Farghaly Says:


    By all means Linda we would love to help and offer advice if you contact the City Park Manager Chazley Farghaly on 953 2466 he is more than willing to help, and has a number of enthusiastic and committed staff that would love to see this programme introduced across the country.

    As you are aware Manchester is undertaking a huge fruit planting project in the city's parks, the project has as its guiding principles; the long term provision of free fruit, improved bio-diversity for the city, improved education and awareness around the growing of food products.

    The three-year plan will see fruit and nut trees and fruit canes planted in all of the city's 135 parks, with a Honey Bee and Bumble Bee hives across the city to help pollinate these plants and others

    Popular favourites such as apples, pears , cherries, strawberries and raspberries and gooseberries will be ripe for future picking alongside rarer and more endangered fruits such as mulberries and damsons. As well as fruit and nuts, Manchester City Council also plans to introduce vegetable patches within selected parks to include potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and turnips which, once again, members of the public can take away for free.

    The scheme will be managed by the parks themselves, friends groups and local volunteers with park wardens also running workshops on tending and harvesting the plants.

  8. Ian Wilson Says:

    I'm not sure that this is the right place to make this comment, but I am writing to you about the booklet "helping hands - your essential guide to get through the recession" published by the City Council. As a mental health worker, I have seen people directly affected by the economic downturn as part of my everyday clinical activity. I came across a copy of this booklet in the Department of Psychiarty outpatients building at Wythenshawe Hospital. I found it well written, well designed and full of useful and useable information. It's message is positive but realistic. It is a very helpful booklet. Thanks for producing it. I guess a lot of people use a site like this to make a complaint. I just wanted to let you know that some of what you produce has gone down well and will prove an additional support to some vulnerable people in the future.



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