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?

The Community Explorers meetings take place every month online via Zoom.

The next dates coming up are:

How to join a meeting

For joining instructions, contact by email either Helen Walker at Macc on or the Engagement Team 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:

Community Explorers was felt to be very worthwhile by the vast majority of respondents.

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.

How to find out more

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 find out more, talk about your service or share information, then please email or