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We are looking to identify the best-placed organisation to host and coordinate the activities of CIMRA. The organisation will ideally be based in Morocco or Nigeria and have demonstrable expertise in developing research and advocacy on issues of irregular migration (including migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, through the Maghreb region and on to Europe).
Please download the Call for proposals document for more information on CIMRA's aims and how to apply to be the host organisation.
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- Condition of Britain in Manchester: A focus on children and families - Project update Condition of Britain in Manchester: A focus on children and...
IPPR went to Manchester to talk about children and families as part of the Condition of Britain programme. Along with Jon Cruddas, we started the day with a visit to a fantastic SureStart family centre in Benchill, a district in southern Manchester and part of the Wythenshawe council estate. We then moved on to the Wythenshawe Forum, a successful community and leisure centre, where Jon made a speech about the pressures on modern childhood and the vital role of fathers. We chatted to staff, volunteers and service-users from Woodhouse Park Family Centre, a small charity offering services to local families. We finished the day with a meeting at Manchester town hall with council leaders, officers and school heads from across Greater Manchester.
Benchill SureStart family centre
The centre, run by Barnardo’s on behalf of Manchester City Council, focuses on engaging local families in a range of services, with a comprehensive outreach service and lots of support for parents as well as children. Along with other centres in Manchester, Benchill Sure Start is pioneering a baby registration service to reach out to new parents – both mothers and fathers – and start to build relationships between parents and staff. We chatted to a group of parents about the pressures of bringing up children in Wythenshawe and their hopes for the future. Some parents felt cut-off in Wythenshawe, which is some distance – physically and psychologically – from central Manchester. ‘I feel stuck here’, one mum said. Money worries were also a big issue, often driven by benefit changes and the lack of suitable local jobs, but parents really valued the support offered by the centre.
‘I don’t have family nearby so this place is like my family’
A speech by Jon Cruddas at the Wythenshawe Forum, followed by a panel discussion
Jon talked about the issue of engaging dads in children’s lives. Local services are too often based around the child’s relationship with their mother, he said, with fathers sometimes feeling pushed out. Excluding fathers ‘lets them off the hook’, said Jon. We should have high expectations of fathers but also make sure they get the right support.
Jon was joined on the panel by councillor Afzal Khan, executive member for children’s services at Manchester City Council, and Jonathan Rallings, assistant director of policy and research at Barnardo’s. Audience members raised concerns about the lack of support for grandparents as carers of children, as well as fathers.
'Grandparents are the glue that hold many families together'
We also talked about the commercial pressures on young children and how to tackle gender stereotyping.
Woodhouse Park Family Centre
This is a small charity in Wythenshawe set up by a local church to provide services for local families. A central part of their work is running a child contact centre, a safe space where non-resident parents can spend time with their children. It means parents and children who don’t live together can experience a ‘normal’ relationship while cooking a meal or playing in the garden. Staff and volunteers were passionate about the local services they provided but found it difficult to secure funding due their small size and lack of capacity to secure large contracts. They had also seen a large increase in families requesting food parcels over the last few years, and talked about desperate parents eating newspaper to stave off hunger while making sure their children had enough to eat.
Meeting at Manchester town hall
We ended the day with a meeting with local government officers, council leaders and school heads from across Greater Manchester to hear about local children’s services. Participants were keen to stress that Greater Manchester does not expect to get more cash from central government, but wants longer funding settlements and more integrated public budgets. Officers stressed the priority given to evidence-based tools in Greater Manchester, like the 'Incredible Years' programme that’s designed to improve young children’s behaviour by engaging parents and early years staff.
School improvement was also a key topic, led by the Manchester Schools Alliance, which brings together local schools and practitioners to raise school performance locally rather than relying on national interventions. Manchester has seen major improvements in school performance over the last decade but concerns remain around both pre-school children and school leavers. Further investment is needed to boost school readiness through early years care and education, while Manchester’s academy schools are working with local employers to raise pupils’ soft skills and help more young people move into work in the local area.
- Condition of Britain in Manchester: Children and families - Project Update Condition of Britain in Manchester: Children and families - Project...
IPPR went to Manchester as part of our Condition of Britain project (13 May 2013), along with head of Labour's policy review Jon Cruddas MP. After meeting staff and parents at a SureStart Centre in Benchill we visited a community centre in Wythenshawe, where Jon Cruddas spoke about families and children.