The next GMWRAG meeting. A date for your diaries/Outlook calendars; scrawls on the back of your hand/post-it notes attached to your PC monitor.

GMWRAG is pleased to announce that our next meeting will take place on Friday the 6th of October 2017 and will be hosted by Oldham Welfare Rights Service in the Lees Suite, Level 2, Civic Centre, West Street Oldham  OL1 1UT. This can be accessed by coming into the building by the Rochdale Road entrance where previous meetings have been held.

Public transport to and from Oldham is straightforward nowadays. Trams run every 12 minutes from Manchester Victoria station and take approximately 23 minutes or less depending on where you get off. You can download Metrolink apps for your smart phone that will give you the same live data as their web site

Those of you with cars can enter the above post code into your sat nav or use a map. GMWRAG also recommends a quick read of Pinpoint by Greg Milner and perhaps turning your sat nav off 🙂

One speaker has already been tentatively secured for this meeting and we’re in the process of securing a second. Agenda details will follow and you should all already be aware that the minutes of the last meeting are already available.

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Agenda for the Trafford GMWRAG meeting now available.

The agenda for the Trafford GMWRAG meeting can now be downloaded here. For those of you who struggle to read more than one post on here all the information you need in order to attend has been collated into this one post.

The meeting will take place at Sale Waterside. Our hosts will be Trafford Welfare Rights Service. As ever this is not to be confused with Sale Waterside Arts Centre, which is a few feet away. The one you’re heading for is this one.

For those of you who can’t even get as far as opening the agenda (and we do know who you are) this is a full day meeting and will open at 9:30am with refreshments and our usual informal welcome of “Who’s that?” “I don’t know. Maybe it’s Wigan!”.

The formal meeting will start at 10:00am and the a.m. session will end at around 12 midday. We restart informally at 1:30pm with refreshments and “Sorry, where did you say you were from again?” and “What do you mean all the biscuits were eaten this morning?” The formal restart will be at 2:00pm when our speaker for the afternoon will be Louise Tanner, Safeguarding Adults Learning And Development Officer at Manchester City Council.

“Safeguarding Adults: – the first 15 years: from “that’s not my responsibility” to “it’s everyone’s business”.

  • Introduction to government guidance. ‘No Secrets’ in 2000 up to the statutory framework in the Care Act in 2015/The impact of the Mental Capacity Act (2005).
  • An overview of DWP ‘safeguarding’ and how knowing about the Carers Act and Mental Capacity Act can support advisers and claimants.
  • Discussion/Question and answer session.”.

Those of you not familiar with current issues around safeguarding, vulnerability and the DWP may like to read the following from our friends at Rightsnet:

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/9141

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/9705

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/9051

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/9328

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/9328

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/9980

If you want to know any more then please read the agenda. It would also be more than a little useful if more than one person had the minutes of the last meeting with them for the item titled “Minutes Of The Last Meeting”. You can find them all on a page on this site coincidentally titled “Minutes Of Previous Meetings”. The ones you want can be found at the top of the page.

In terms of transport (we have done ALL this before but nevertheless…) we recommend you set your Sat Nav to M33 2AE.

Directions Waterside is just 20mins from Manchester city centre by road or Metrolink. It is situated in Sale town centre next to the Bridgewater Canal and directly opposite Sale Metrolink Station. From the M60 exit junction 7 and take the A56. From the station, cross the road and turn left.

Parking A 300 space Q-Park multi-storey car park is within easy walking distance on Broad Road, at which Sale Waterside Arts Centre ticket holders can claim a 20% discount. You can find more information here (Q-Park Sale Waterside). The postcode for the Q-Park is M33 2AE.

Now, any questions? None! Good. See you there 🙂

The first post-Brexit GMWRAG meeting will take place in Trafford.

The first post-Brexit GMWRAG meeting will take place, with uncanny prescience, in Trafford: one of only two areas in Greater Manchester to vote “remain” in Greater Manchester. This will also be the first meeting without Patrick Hill. Only one of these two things is a good thing.

The meeting will take place in meeting room 1 at Sale Waterside on Friday the 30th of September 2016.

Once again we must confirm that this is not the same as Sale Waterside.

It will be a full day meeting and one of our two speakers is already confirmed. This will be Louise Tanner, Safeguarding Adults Training Officer at Manchester City Council. She will be focusing on safeguarding, duty of care and vulnerability in relation to DWP and JobcentrePlus. We hope to have a morning speaker confirmed in due course.

Those of you with Sat Nav or GPS on your phone should aim for M33 7ZF. Alternatively, it’s 2 minutes walk from Sale Metrolink. Those of you on buses simply need to read this post for all the bus information you will ever need (although you may want to check it for accuracy three years down the line)! Despite the suggestion to the contrary in the above picture you probably won’t be able to get there by canal boat.

The meeting will open at 9:30am for a 10:00am start and the p.m. meeting will resume at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start, aiming to finish at approximately 4:00pm at the latest. Minutes of the Manchester meeting are already available as per our previous post. No excuse for not printing them off. Turn up on the day and ask for a copy and we will glare at you 🙂 You surely cannot be aware that it’s nothing but cuts from hereon!