We are pleased to announce that Third Sector Essentials has been officially launched! The launch took place at the Zion Arts Centre on 20th May 2010.
After the initial hiccups of the escaped soup, failing laptops and lack of internet connection…. we managed to bring everything together to launch the new Community Interest Company at the Zion Arts Centre. Here is an account of how the afternoon rolled out with a few pictures.
Shirley Adams, One of the Directors of Third Sector Essentials opened the afternoon by expressing her thanks to those that made the launch at this exciting time for our organisation and continued to outline what we should expect from the next two hours and. Andy Ramwell, Head of Institute, from MISPA (Manchester Institute of Sport and Physical Activity) set the scene by giving a presentation around the current status of the public sector and what this might mean for our sector.
Claire Davis, who is currently acting managing director for Third Sector Essentials, then introduced a survival exercise. The intention was to explore the journey that Third Sector Essentials is on and inviting those that attended the launch to experience how making decisions in a tough climate can be productive and leave you feeling elated whilst making difficult decisions.
Claire followed on with the theme to explore the aims of Third Sector Essentials and outline the aims of the organisation. These were: To contribute towards a thriving Third Sector.
This will be done by:
- Promoting and encouraging Third Sector organisations.
- Building the capacity of voluntary and community group.
- Inspiring Third Sector organisation to take a different approach.
- Promoting good practice in all Third Sector activity
A local community dance group, “Vision” presented a dynamic dance choreographed to Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” that provided the entertainment for the afternoon.
Third Sector Essentials is the over arching organisation that currently has two projects under its’ wings. Francess Tagoe from The Gio Project gave an overview of what the project delivers followed by Tracey Rawlins presentation about Manchester Community Central.
We then ate soup and lots of cake, followed by more cake, whilst networking and watching the Third Sector Essentials short “Follow Me” video which can be viewed here: http://www.gioproject.org.uk/2010/05/26/follow-me-a-video-by-third-sector-essentials/