We're Hiring! Project worker vacancy

Job title: Project Worker

Hours: 21 hours per week

Salary: £25,990 FTE (pro rata £15,594 per annum)

Location: Hybrid

Working hours: Flexible

Reports to: GMCDP Manager

Contract length: 3 years

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Thursday 3rd August 2023

Provisional interview dates: Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th August

Purpose of the job

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Thursday, 13 July, 2023

"But, you don't look disabled!"

"But, you don't look disabled!" was the topic of our May monthly members' meeting. 

We had another great discussion as people shared their experiences of being less obviously disabled. 

People who have both obvious and less obvious impairments talked about how it can be hard to have the less visible one recognised - for example wheelchair users who are also neurodivergent.

People with only less obvious impairments talked about being presumed to be non-disabled, particularly when in certain activist circles. 

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Wednesday, 17 May, 2023

Weekly coffee meetings are back!

After taking a short break, our weekly online coffee meetings return on Tuesday 23rd May.

Every Tuesday afternoon 1:30-3:30pm

Informal online get-together on Zoom.

Come along for the whole thing or just drop in for a few minutes.

Come and meet to have a catch up and see what we have been doing, fill us in on what you have been doing, and advise us on what you'd like to see in any future workshops we will be holding.  

These events will be facilitated by our co-chair, Dennis.

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Friday, 12 May, 2023

Campaign Group Meeting 2

The New Campaign Group had its second meeting on Wednesday 19th April at 6:30pm. The meetings will be every two weeks and alternate between daytime and evening meetings, so that people with different schedules get a chance to attend. You can see the next few months meetings and book on to them here gmcdp.com/events

At the meeting we talked about:

Recapping the Two types of campaign:

Strategic- large issues affecting many.

Peer- smaller issues we support each other to solve.

Self care is important.

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Thursday, 27 April, 2023

Campaign Group Meeting 1

The New Campaign Group had its first meeting on Wednesday 5th April. The meetings will be every two weeks and alternate between daytime and evening meetings, so as the first was at 1:30pm the next is at 6:30pm on Wednesday 19th April, please register here, and the one after that will be 1:30pm again, so that people with different schedules get a chance to attend.

We talked about:

Two types of campaign:

Strategic- large issues affecting many.

Graphics of white placards with GMCDP cogs on yellow background
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Thursday, 6 April, 2023

In memory of Joe Whittaker

It is with great sadness that the Coalition heard today that our dear friend and colleague, Joe Whittaker, has passed away. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his partner and family at this sad time.

Photograph of Joe Whittaker, a white man in his 50s. He is outside in nature with a lake or river behind him and green leaves of a tree. He is facing the camera and smiling. He is wearing a red t-shirt with the slogan "we know inclusion works" in large bold capital lettering in yellow.
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Thursday, 2 March, 2023

World Social Justice Day and keeping the trains accessible

20th February is World Social Justice Day. The theme for 2023 is "Overcoming Barriers and Unleashing Opportunities for Social Justice". It seems apt then, that we had a busy day campaigning for the rights of disabled people to have access to rail services. 

Three of our board members, Dennis, Helen and Pete, spent the day getting the message out there that disabled people need guards on trains and ticket offices to remain open to ensure that we can access train services independently.

Two men walking along a street in London, possibly Whitehall, holding signs, One says "#DisabledByTheRailway", the other reads "guards needed on all trains". The man on the left is Kevin Greenan of NFBUK. On the right is GMCDP board member Pete.
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Monday, 20 February, 2023

Job vacancies at Breakthrough UK

Manchester DPO Breakthrough UK are recruiting for two new posts

Business Development & Partnerships Lead

Responsible for: Breakthrough staff as directed and Volunteers
Salary: £35,000 
Hours: Minimum 21 hours – possible 35 per week 
Terms: Fixed term until 31st March 2024 (renewable subject to achieving agreed success measures and business growth targets)
Base: Remote Working with occasional access to meetings in Manchester & Greater Manchester

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Friday, 17 February, 2023

Alliance announcement

From 1st April 2023, we will be entering into a contract-based alliance with Breakthrough UK. This is a type of partnership working.

This is because Breakthrough has unfortunately been unable to secure funding to continue its employment focused work. The only way Breakthrough can continue as an organisation is to significantly downsize and form an alliance with another disabled people's organisation. This contract-based alliance will provide Breakthrough with a "safe harbour" to consolidate their business strategy whilst continuing their policy, voice and influencing activities.

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Thursday, 16 February, 2023

Ron Goulden, 1929-2023

We are sad to hear that Ron Goulden died on 29 January at the age of 94.

Ron was a founding member of GMCDP, and was present at the inaugural conference at County Hall in 1984, when the Coalition Steering Group was formed. However, Ron’s involvement in GMCDP was as nothing compared to his impact on the wider disabled people’s movement in Greater Manchester. 

photograph of Ron Goulden. He is smiling.
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Tuesday, 7 February, 2023