Community Explorers

Community Explorers is a network that meets on a regular basis in north, central and south Manchester. It is a partnership between Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Macc, and aims to bring together anyone with an interest in health and well-being from across voluntary and community sectors to influence, connect, share knowledge and build relationships.

It is an informal and valued opportunity to collaborate with others whilst sharing information about services and activities and directly influencing some of the key strategies across the city.

During the COVID-19 emergency we are holding Community Explorers meetings more regularly to connect, share knowledge and provide much needed support to one another.

When are meetings held?

Community Explorers meetings take place online via Zoom every month.

The next dates coming up are:

City-wide Community Explorers
Wednesday 9 September 2020 from 1.30pm to 3pm

South Manchester Community Explorers
Monday 21 September 2020 from 2pm to 4pm

North Manchester Community Explorers
Tuesday 22 September 2020 from 10am to 12pm

Central Manchester Community Explorers
Thursday 24 September 2020 from 2pm to 4pm

How to join a meeting

For joining instructions, contact by email:

Danielle at Macc on

Val at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning on

Evaluation of Community Explorers 

During October 2018 to January 2019, Sarah Forster, an external consultant carried out an evaluation of Community Explorers for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Macc. The evaluation (below) was conducted through the use of an online survey and face to face discussions with Sarah Forster at community explorer meetings.

Read the Summary of Findings of Community Explorers Evaluation [PDF/A].

Community Explorers was felt to be very worthwhile by the vast majority of respondents – the evaluation included outcomes and areas for development in 2019.

“Thank you for inviting me to the Community Explorers meeting today. How refreshing to attend a meeting that doesn’t feel like it’s a repetition of things the participants already know! I found the meeting extremely helpful and have made several new contacts which I am sure are going to be mutually beneficial. I look forward to the next meeting in March.”

If you work in the voluntary and community sector in Manchester, you are welcome to attend any of the above meetings and if you would like to talk about your service or share information, please email or

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