GMPA chairs the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Anti-Poverty Forum, established in 2023 under the delivery of the Greater Manchester VCSE Accord. It seeks to build on the existing strengths of the VCSE sector from across the city-region to organise anti-poverty strategic and policy development and influence.
The forum brings together VCSE organisations from across the ten boroughs to share their experiences and expertise, discuss challenges, and organise strategic influence and action in the fight against poverty.
The forum aims to create a powerful VCSE sector voice on an array of pressing topics – from the need of a cash-first approach to local welfare provision, to the advocacy of the Living Wage Campaign – and recognises the value of the sector beyond ‘crisis responses’ to poverty in these increasingly challenging times.
Members of the forum make a commitment to work collaboratively with each other, share good practice, learning and peer support.
How to get involved
The forum meets every two months.
If you would like to learn more about the forum or are interested in joining, please contact our Public Policy Officer Aisha Muhammad at firstname.lastname@example.org.