How to make evaluation work for you
Tuesday 27th May 2014
The Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AR
(Free for not for profit organisations)
For social enterprises thinking of doing evaluation, and all ‘not for profits’ that want to know how to go about evaluating their work.
Covering techniques used by successful social enterprises in an understandable and relevant way. Practical and high quality training, to help understand the culture and practice of programme evaluation.
This half day introduction to the topic will help you to:
• Assess the impact of your work
• Develop new projects
• Prepare applications for funding, tenders or commissioning.
As money gets tighter the limits of what is accepted as ‘evaluation’ also becomes tighter. In some cases it’s become so restricted it’s easy to miss the point of the exercise! The session will cover ‘what is evaluation’, ‘how it can be done’ and ‘why it’s important to plan evaluation into the delivery of a project.’
Delivered by Dr. Cheryl Simmill-Binning of ASSURE, and Jez Hall of Shared Future CIC. Cheryl brings her experience of assessing projects for government programmes and the voluntary sector, and Jez has supported social enterprises and not for profits for over 10 years.
Due to funding we are able to deliver this course at no cost.
A £25 non-attendance fee will be charged in the event of a booking being missed.
For bookings and more information contact
Tel: 07963 706106.
For information about the venue contact Inspire on 0161 850 5717 or the Inspire website HERE
We would like to thank FASS at Lancaster University and the ASSURE programme for making this session possible.
Levenshulme Community Association is pleased to announce an election hustings meeting on Thursday 8th May at 19.30 at St Peter’s Church, Stockport Road, Levenshulme.
This is an open public meeting and everyone is welcome.
It’s 1962 and it’s a lovely wedding of the famous writer and his bride. Pity about the dead body on the floor.
Levenshulme Players and Inspire present Writer’s Block, a Murder Mystery evening. Enjoy a three course meal while you help solve the murder. Question the suspects and be ready for shocking revelations as you decide who is guilty.
And there are prizes for the best answers, giving name, motivation and method for the crime. If you can come dressed in 60s gear then there’s a prize for the best costume as well.
The ticket price includes the 3 course meal. £20 for those in work and £15 for unwaged and pensioners. Please contact Beryl on 225 4674 for tickets or go to Inspire cafe.
Please note, for the catering, Inspire need final numbers and money by May 5th.
14 years old or over?
Pop along to Levenshulme Youth Project, Wednesday evenings, 19.00-20.30 at All FM on Albert Road.
Levenshulme Community Association will be holding an election hustings in the next few weeks before the local and European elections. Your chance to quiz candidates and see what you think of them. The specific date will be announced soon.
The next Levy Tea will be held at Levenshulme Library on Monday, 14th April, 15.30-16.45.
With libraries under threat across the country new models are being tried to protect them for the future. But at what cost?
We fought hard to save Levenshulme library and secure a future for our public services without being forced down the insecure road of relying on volunteers running a radically reduced service. But could the proposals for a library integrated into a new building with sports facilities and swimming pools actually undermine the long term security of our library? Will we see the library space converted into a cafe in a few years as further budget cuts take hold?
Read about the “John Lewis” solution being adopted elsewhere HERE
With Levenshulme Market about to start up again for 2014 here is a short film from Alex Hill to remind you what it’s all about.
View the film HERE
The deadline for the Better Together community funding is this Friday (21st March).
A shortlist will be agreed by a judging panel then there will be a public vote to allocate the funds. Nice to see direct involvement in decision making.
Manchester Evening News article HERE
Better Together website HERE
The Levenshulme Community Association now has a new constitution and completely new structure fit for our work and our community.
The LCA is now an organisation with groups as members and a clear focus for the future. I’m pleased Peter Naughton, Malcolm Cowen and myself managed to achieve this change with the support of the AGM on Saturday.
In the past year we have reached out with a new website and social media and radically reformed the Association.
The success of our plan to bring more people into being actively involved in the LCA and refocus the Association as a network to share ideas, experience and knowledge across all groups in Levenshulme as well as continuing to represent all Levenshulme residents is very pleasing.
This places the LCA in a much stronger, more outward looking and effective position than it has been in for many years.
I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Peter and Malcolm alongside Beth Marshall, Stuart Fear, Lawrence Hennigan and Aiden Lawler on the new Core Group (managing committee) this year.
The election results were as follows:
- Chair – Peter Naughton
- Treasurer – Malcolm Cowen
- Secretary – Beth Marshall
- LCA Officers
- Stuart Fear
- Lawrence Hennigan
- Jeremy Hoad
- Aiden Lawler
Download the new LCA Constitution as a PDF document here: LCA constitution 2014
LCA Secretary 2013-14
For all you gardeners out there our local garden centre, Bud, reopens this Saturday. Hooray for Spring!
Levenshulme resident and blogger Jules Morris praises Levenshulme for its burgeoning foodie scene and proliferation of supper clubs. You can read about her evening at Trove HERE.
Jules is one half of Bailey and Jules, a couple who live very happily in Manchester. Their blog says: “We love everything to do with food including eating, cooking, watching, discussing, reading, visiting… We decided to start this blog to help us remember all our eating adventures, but we’re delighted that you are reading it too!”
Check out their full blog and foodie adventures HERE.
The first of Inspire’s Craft Fairs of 2014 is on Saturday 22nd February, 11.00-15.30. Come along and find some local Levy loveliness.
What is this deal about?
Backed by all 10 Greater Manchester Councils, it’s about the people of Greater Manchester getting together as a large group to get a great cheap energy deal from the suppliers.
1 It’s quick, simple and you won’t need a bill
2 We negotiate a great energy deal with the power of the group
3 From the 10th March we’ll notify you of how much you can save
4 If you choose to switch, we will organise everything for free
Register your interest online HERE.
Whalley Range High School for Girls has been recognised as one the the top 100 schools in the country for sustained improvements in exam results.
In September 2014 Whalley Range High School for Girls will enter into partnership with Levenshulme High School for Girls as a new Academy Trust.
Parrs Wood High School and Chorlton High School were similarly recognised for their achievements in improving the examination success of their pupils.
See the full report from Manchester City Council HERE.
A large site has been put up for sale around the Atlas Works near Elbow Street and Chapel Street in Levenshulme.
This site is part of the land that had previously been subject to a major redevelopment project and is being sold with planning permission. However, this site does not encompass all of the previous development site which may jeopardise the previous plans. The 1.8 acre site is being offered for sale at “around £750,000″.
The site advertisement is available HERE.
Police are appealing for information after a series of robberies in Levenshulme.
Since 10 January 2014 there have been several robberies where the offenders at first engage in casual conversation and ask for the time before stealing mobile phones.
In each incident the offenders are described as being of Eastern European appearance.
Detective Sergeant Scott Halsall from Didsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “At this stage we are looking at the potential that a number of robberies are linked and have been carried out by the same group of men. We have extra patrols in the area but would ask the public to report anything suspicious to police.
“As the popularity of smart phones increase so too do the number of offences. We would urge the public to remain vigilant and keep mobile phones out of sight and don’t advertise them to would-be thieves.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4423 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are also urging residents to make a note of their IMEI number which they will now need to report a phone as stolen. To find this out, key *#06# into the phone’s keypad.
Further information on the in indents can be found HERE
The South Levenshulme Post Office is being upgraded to the status of a main post office.
Sunil Chauhan, your local Postmaster, invites you to celebrate a new look for South Levenshulme Post Office at 14.00 on Friday 21st February. If you would like to contribute food or drinks for the party, please email <Sunica@yahoo.com>. The LCA is happy to support this expansion and improvement of services in Levenshulme. Together we can show a thriving neighbourhood, good shops and businesses! The new look post office will provide:
- a newly refurbished modern branch
- all the same products and services plus car tax
- longer opening hours (Monday-Saturday 09.00-17.30)
The new post office will open on Friday 21st February at 13.00 and will need to close from Thursday 6th February at 17.30 for refurbishment. In the meantime the North Levenshulme and Burnage Post Offices will remain open as usual.
The AGM of the LCA will be held on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 10.15 in Levenshulme Library.
Any items for the agenda should be submitted by Saturday 1st March. You can submit items using the form below to Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary.
Following a vibrant discussion online about the level of litter in Levenshulme a meeting has been arranged to discuss how people can work together to try and improve our environment and make Levenshulme look more lovely.
The meeting will be held at Inspire at 19.00 on Friday 31st January 2014.
Everyone is welcome.
You can report litter, dog fouling and graffiti to the council HERE
Levenshulme Market is changing!
Residents of Levenshulme will know that in 2014 there will be some big changes at the market, but do you know why?
We want local people to help us shape the impact we have on our high street and this Saturday we are holding a forum for you to find out more, share your ideas and ask those burning questions.
Saturday 25th January, 6pm-8pm at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 2HQ).
More information on Levenshulme Market is available on the completely redesigned website HERE.
Levenshulme neighbourhood has been allocated nearly £34k for distribution to local groups over 4 years. The local Panel has already been able to distribute c£14,000 to local groups and have a further £8,489 this year to give to projects and groups who want to make a difference in our community.
The Panel met on 13th January and confirmed that our Ward priorites are:
- Helping people to find paid work with local learning hubs
- Improving communications across groups and projects in the Ward
- Making the most of existing social and leisure facilities and activities
- Encouraging environmental projects and biodiversity in the Ward
- Involving young people in positive local activities and contributing to the Youth Forum across South Manchester
Bids which contribute to these priorities and which are distinctive and creative, will be considered by the Panel in early March. Application forms and national information can be found on the CDF website under Community First/Manchester/Levenshulme. Bids for between £250 and £1,000 have to be in by 28th Feb and can be sent direct to the Panel (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). All bids have to show that there is matched funding which can be in the form of volunteering hours, which the government says is worth £11.09 per hour
Groups funded last year:
- Friends of Highfield Country Park – Young People’s Community Allotment and straw bale centre
- Levenshulme Youth Dance. Professional coaching for Sport and dance activities organised by the young people themselves as part of the Youth Project Forum
- Lovelevy Fallowfield Loop – the Quadrants project launch event
- Gaelic Football
- UKIM Womens Welfare Wing
- ALLFM volunteers Group – refurb of basement activity room
- Levenshulme Food Festival
- Teenage Pregnancy Pilot Project on affordable and nutritious food
- North Levy Community Group: Summer Fun Day and Apple Day events
- Personal and Community History; displays and exhibitions and activities
It is National Hate Crime Awareness Week. If you have been affected by a hate crime you can get advice and support through events across Manchester this week. More information is available HERE.
A great website and resource – True Vision – is also available HERE. This site provides straightforward advice and support, explaining:
“Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?
Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.
Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it.
True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it.”
Stop hate crimes. Report hate crimes. Fight hatred and intolerance.
Hard Rain Poetry – an evening of poems, stories and creative ideas
Monday January 27th 2014 at Isis Café, 910 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19
This is a FREE event supported by Isis cafe with everyone welcome, no writing experience necessary
Hard Rain Poetry is a voluntary community project which encourages local creative expression. Sessions run on the last Monday of every month (except December).
January 2014 event
6pm- 8pm poetry/ creative writing workshop
The workshop will be run by Adam Strickson our guest writer with support from Shamshad Khan. Poet and dramatist Adam Strickson will look at the work of American poet Tess Gallagher. Gallagher’s beautifully controlled open form allows us gently into the experience of deep encounters with people, while demonstrating intricacies of language and diction. We will use her poems to inspire us to write about people close to us or whom we admire, living or dead. The session is suitable for new writers as well as those who have been writing for ages. A friendly space to share poems, stories, ideas and creativity.
8pm -10pm poetry performance/reading with open mic
Guest writer – Adam Strickson
Adam is a theatre director, poet, script writer and librettist, and Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds. His first collection, An Indian Rug Surprised by Snow, was published by Wrecking Ball Press in 2005. His second, Tear up the lace, came out with Graft Poetry in March 2011. He was lead artist for the imove Olympic cultural project Wingbeats, and a book of his poems and libretti for this project was published by Valley Press in December 2012. He specialises in intercultural community writing and theatre, especially in the towns and cities of Yorkshire and the North West.
Open mic: This is an opportunity to share- bring your own poems or your favourite poems by Tess Gallagher. Musicians also very welcome to perform.
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Were you feeling particularly relaxed on Friday evening? It might be because a suspected cannabis farm in a house on Grange Avenue went up in flames. Nobody was hurt but there seemed to be a distinct lack of crisps, chocolate and other snacks in the shops on Saturday.
Manchester Evening News article available HERE
We are wassailing the Levenshulme community fruit orchard again in 2014, and we are pleased to invite you and your partners, children and friends to attend.
The Wassail will be held from 4pm on Sunday 5th January. The event will involve, in no particular order (yet):
Poem by the Wassail Queen
Procession round the orchard to decorate the trees with ribbons and cider soaked toast, and drive away evil spirits with noise.
Consumption of mulled cider (adults) and apple juice (children) and food delicacies.
Fireworks (in lieu of the traditional shotgun!)
FotFL will provide mulled cider and apple juice, toast and ribbons for tree decoration (and possibly roasted chestnuts).
However, please feel free to bring your own drinks, and cakes etc for sharing. You are also welcome to bring something noisy – pans and spoons are traditional. Head or hand held torches are also recommended.
Friends of the Fallowfield Loop
A positive story about immigration in Levenshulme. Levenshulme welcomes people from all over the world, recognises their achievements and celebrates the positive contribution to our community made by them.
BBC News item HERE
The next LCA meeting will take place as follows:
Saturday 7th December
We hope people from as many groups as possible across Levenshulme will come along to raise and discuss any issues and share information.
If you have an item for the agenda please notify Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary (you can use the contact form on this site). Any agenda items must be received by 17.00 on Thursday 5th December.
Come join the seasonal fun on Friday 6th December on Levenshulme Village Green (corner of Stockport Road and Chapel Street).
Santa, live music and a free present to the first 300 children from 16.30 with the big switch on at 18.00.
Celebrate Levenshulme 2013 at the
747 Stockport Rd, M19 3AR on Saturday 7th December when the Inspire Awards 2013 will be presented.
7-9pm Awards and Food
9-11:30pm Dance and Bar
£2 on the door, includes free drink
£3 meat / veggie chilli
For more information click HERE or phone 0161 850 5717
Whats on at Inspire…
Awards evening on Saturday 7th December. Call 0161 850 5717 for more info.
Inspire Christmas Craft Fair
Looking to shop for some fantastic home-craft presents this year? Inspire craft fair with a Christmas theme on Saturday 14th December from 11am – 3pm!
Learning & Employability
Inspire Work & CV Club - Every Monday 10am – 12noon. Here to help Inspire you back into work! As well as the normal help with C.V’s, interview skills and online applications, we offer 1-2-1 support and really listen to your hopes and make the most of your skills.
Every Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm Corinne will be at Inspire with her Sewing classes starting from September 10th, classes are £10 per session
Every Friday 1.00pm – 2pm Learn how to relax with your baby with this fantastic course in massage. Contact 0161 850 5717 for more info
Thai Boxing Class
Every Tuesday 7.15pm – 8.30pm No experience necessary. £4 per person.
Zumba with Mel
Every Thursdays 7.30 – 8 .30pm All welcome – £3.50 Per person. For more contact Mel email@example.com
Prayer in the Park
Saturday 30th November from 6pm Till Late. Andy and the gang host an evening of Music, fun and Laughter! Café will be open to serve drinks and more. Meet local people with the same vision to join together and make a difference by encouraging one voice.
I have been asked by the police to let people know that there are a lot of burglaries taking place in the area at the moment.
Asian families in particular are being targeted for women’s jewellery with gangs of up to five men breaking down doors and ripping necklaces off. This is obviously very frightening and intimidating. It is not only Asian families that are suffering but that is a particular target at the moment.
(Jeremy Hoad, Levenshulme Community Association Secretary)
* Keep your doors and windows locked even when you are at home.
* Use your alarm if you have one.
* Don’t leave valuables on show
* Make valuable items traceable and take photographs.
* Register property at www.immobilise.com for free.
* Dial 101 to report any suspicious activity to the police (non emergency).
* Dial 999 in an emergency or if you see or suspect a crime in progress.
More crime prevention advice is available at www.gmp.police.uk
The Levenshulme Festival 2013 will run from Friday 25th October to Sunday 10th November 2013.
There are too many fantastic events to list here so why not pop over to the Festival website or have a flick through the brochure online HERE.
You can also follow the festival via Twitter or on Facebook.
Thanks to everyone involved for keeping the festival alive and vibrant in these challenging times and in particular to Lawrence Hennigan (President of the Festival) for his continued leadership and inspiration.
Don’t lose your head – come along to the Levenshulme Hallowe’en Spooktacular on Thursday 31st October. Part of Levenshulme Festival 2013.
Highfield Country Park (Cringle Park entrance from 17.30)
17.30 Grim Reaper Sound System
18.00 Spooky Storytelling
18.15 Zombie Flashmob
18.30 Haunted Walk through the Woods
Levenshulme Scout Hut (Lloyd Road from 19.00)
Fancy Dress Competition
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The new programme of support will be put in place after Arts Council England approved a joint bid by Greater Manchester’s ten authorities for £45,000 of funding.
Under the Start Up Engines project, which will be managed by Manchester City Council, enterprising residents will be able to access a wide range of information through a virtual ‘Flatpack’, which will offer all the help a prospective businessperson could need to turn their ideas into reality – including how-to guides, strategy ideas, free web tools and apps.
Residents will also be offered the chance to use their libraries to meet up and exchange ideas, either by using available meeting spaces or virtually, through the creation of online enterprise communities.
A programme of 50 events is planned, which will bring top business brains to Greater Manchester to act as role models for the next generation, as well as offering practical help on the nuts and bolts of getting your business off the ground.
Read the full announcement HERE
The Inspire Awards are back!
Nominations are open until Monday 11th November before a judging panel will meet to decide this year’s winners.
Anybody can nominate a person of any age or background, who lives or works within the ward boundaries of Levenshulme or South Gorton, in one of the following categories:
Volunteering – a person who has made a special contribution to the community on a voluntary basis over a significant period of time or at some personal cost.
Achiever – a person who has done something remarkable, not necessarily the biggest or the best, but something that many people would have doubted could be possible.
Courage – a person who has shown particular courage in the face of danger or adversity.
Inspiration – a person who has turned their life around or undergone some kind of transformation that will encourage others that they too can make a significant change.
Carer – a person who has gone the extra mile to care for another person and done so with love, humility and respect.
Enterprise – a person who has taken a risk or embarked on a new venture that has led to wider social or economic benefits in the community.
All nominations must be received by 6pm on Monday 11th November 2013
Tickets for the main event are available from the Inspire Box office on 0161 850 5717.
For more information or to fill out a nominations form click HERE or drop by Inspire on Stockport Road in Levenshulme.
Fancy joining us on a walk around Levy to seed bomb a few vacant patches of land? With a bit of luck they’ll be blooming with herbs and flowers next year. Guerilla gardening is all about turning unloved places into beautiful growing spaces, a perfect fit with our Incredible Edible aims! By growing flowers, particularly wildflowers, we’ll create much needed food for bees and do our bit to help stop the decline in bee populations.
Generously donated by Bud Garden Centre, we have Wild Thyme and Poppy kabloom seedboms to detonate and watch our targets bloom into bee friendly, flower-filled spaces.
We’d love as many people as possible to nominate an unloved patch of ground for a seed bomb. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) back a suggestion for a target or add your suggestion on the facebook page. We don’t need access to sites as seed bombs can be thrown over fences!
How did that happen?!
In March 2011 a small group of people met up to think about how we could add some green dimension to the rather drab high street and plant stuff so that we could brighten things up and show how important it is to have access to local food. Continue reading
Do you know any inspiring individuals?
Manchester City Council’s Be Proud Awards are a great way to recognise anyone who has worked hard to change things in your area, helped improve the lives of others or shown outstanding spirit. If you know someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference, why not nominate them now?
Go to: www.manchester.gov.uk/beproud
(closing date for nominations is 30 September 2013)
Helen Power is interviewed about Levenshulme Market which has been going from strength to strength since being taken over by local Levy people from the council…
“The words ‘Levy Market’ have been floating around my peripheral social media vision for the past few months now. Good friends, those who I know to have particularly high standards where markets are involved (well-seasoned and with particularly good taste of course), have been reporting their Levy Market finds when they’ve visited. These range from vintage goodies to seriously good cake and are always accompanied with serious enthusiasm for the place. So with the next market happening this saturday I thought it was time to hooked up with one of Levy Market’s organisers Helen Power to find out more.”
Read the rest of the article HERE
Photo from Manchester’s Finest website (unattributed on website)
The Levenshulme reading/book group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at Levenshulme library.
Time: 18.15 to 19:45
It Is a social group where a book is chosen each month and then discussed the following month.
The next meeting is Wednesday 25th September and the book that will be discussed is ‘Hard Times’ by Charles Dickens.
Do come along for a cuppa and a chat about books.
Are you tired of working in a cramped office? Looking to expand your business but unsure about costs? Maybe you just want a place where you can work in peace?
The Inspire Business Center is having an open day between 12.30pm and 6pm on Tuesday the 24th of September.
Lunch will be provided from 12.30pm-1.30pm with free trial usage of the center for the remainder of the day.
If you have any queries, please contact Beth on 0161 8505717.
‘Why we are marching against the Tories’
A public meeting organised by the Love Levenshulme, Hate Cuts group. This meeting is linked to the march and rally planned for 29th September during the Conservative Party Conference.
Anti-Bedroom Tax Campaigner
Thursday September 19th, 19.00
Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Off Albert Rd, M19 2HQ
There will be a meeting of the Levenshulme Community Association as follows:
DATE: Saturday 21st September 2013
PLACE: Levenshulme Libary, Cromwell Grove, M19 3QE
NOTE: The meeting is earlier than usual because of the current opening hours of the library.