The next (and future) GMWRAG meeting(s).

Now, GMWRAG members, please pay attention and listen very carefully. We shall say zis only once! Possibly.

A few years back we had to rejig the organisation of GMWRAG meetings thanks to the reality of public sector cuts decimating services in Manchester, Rochdale and Bolton. A core group of Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford kindly agreed to rotate hosting meetings in order to ensure we could continue.

An unexpected but entirely welcome rejuvenated service in Oldham assisted with this aim but further service reviews and staffing changes in three of the first four above have meant that meetings over the past year have very much had to be organised “on the hoof” as services in the midst of being reviewed to death felt that hosting a meeting for a full day was a step to far in the midst of other stresses. We are very grateful to Stockport Advice, Salix Homes and Bolton at Home for stepping up at short notice to keep the show on the road.

GMWRAG fully appreciates this and so in a bid to provide some stability this year we are pleased to welcome an offer from Manchester to host our next meeting in June 2016. This pushes back meetings in Trafford and Tameside. It would be really helpful if all GMWRAG members could check out our meetings page and note these changes but if you can’t access the site in work then 2016 and 2017 currently look like this.

June 2016 – Manchester.

September 2016 – Trafford.

December 2016 – Tameside.

March 2017 – Oldham.

June 2017 – Stockport.

September 2017 – Salford.

December 2017 – Bolton.

All hosting members need to note these changes dates. There may yet be further date changes as none of us know what the remainder of 2016 will bring but we will try and avoid this if we possibly can. We will try and contact someone at each host in due course to firm all the above up but, if there are issues, it would help us if you “Contact GMWRAG” ASAP to let us know.

There will be a more specific post about the Manchester meeting imminently.

For those of you who periodically complain about the length of these posts, please remember not all members can access the site in their workplace, for a variety of reasons, so it is important that the posts contain what is elsewhere on the site.

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Notes on The Trussell Trust GMWRAG session in Salford.

As promised in our recent post here are some additional notes and links from the recent GMWRAG session at Salix Homes in Salford from The Trussell Trust on Food bank use in Greater Manchester. Follow the preceding link for the presentation itself.

The additional material is as follows:

In the meantime, to say thanks to The Trussell Trust it seems appropriate to remind GMWRAG members that volunteers are always welcome and more information is available from the volunteering section of their web site.

Updated EEA nationals post

Our recent post regarding the materials from the EEA nationals session has been updated to include a very detailed flow-chart from Bristol. This needs to be read in conjunction with an accompanying Rightsnet thread, which is where some of you may have seen the flow-chart originally.

As well as updating the post you will always be able to find these documents at their permanent home within the site.

Notes on Housing Systems GMWRAG session in Salford.

Updated version – 16th of December 2015.

As promised in our recent post here are some additional hand outs from the recent GMWRAG session at Salix Homes in Salford from Housing Systems on EEA Right To Reside For Family Members and Extended Family Members. Follow the preceding link for the presentation itself.

The additional notes are as follows:

In the meantime, to say thanks to Housing Systems we did agree to remind GMWRAG members that more detailed training is available from them across a variety of related subjects. Full details can be downloaded from their brochure here.

Supplementary notes re: the food bank presentation are awaiting approval. We’ll post as soon as we have that.

Minutes of the Salford GMWRAG meeting.

The minutes of the Salford GMWRAG meeting are now available for download. We had been waiting for additional notes from the speakers to be approved as well as promising ourselves we would upload additional documents from our speakers but, as we appear to have been temporarily hamstrung by technical glitches, we have decided to do an initial post about the minutes with both the presentations from our excellent speakers and then we’ll re-post everything when all the additional documentation is in place.

The presentation on EEA Right To Reside for Family Members and Extended Family Members from Housing Systems can be found by following the obvious link.

The presentation on Foodbank Use in Greater Manchester from the Trussell Trust can also be found by following the hopefully equally obvious link. Further information will be added to both presentations in due course.

Please remember that we do have a permanent home for any presentations at GMWRAG meetings so you will always be able to find past presentations there provided we have received an electronic copy. Any additional documents will be posted there also.