Thursday, 30 April 2015

East Manchester Age Friendly Spring into Summer Festival 2015

16th May - 31st May

There's something for everyone at this year’s Age Friendly Spring into Summer Festival! This is the perfect time of year to get out and about and explore what's on offer in your local community. Take advantage of the warmer weather and try out a new activity. Give yourself a health boost and have fun.

There are lots of different social groups in East Manchester. Whether you're interested in creative crafts, walking, indoor bowling, reading, dancing or swimming - there really is something for everyone. Why not try something new during the Spring into Summer Festival 2015? Pick up your FREE Festival What's On Guide, with over 30 activities on offer right across East Manchester you really don't want to miss out. You'll find copies of the guide in most libraries and community buildings in East Manchester or visit www.facebook.com/eastmcrafmnetwork 

For more information please contact Tracey Annette at the Age Friendly Manchester team on 0161 234 4299 or email agefriendly@manchester.gov.uk

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

2015 MICRA Annual Public Lecture - Extending Working Life: Prospects and Challenges

James Banks, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester and Deputy Research Director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies

Tuesday 12 May, 6.30-8.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

University Place, Lecture Theatre B, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

This year’s MICRA annual public lecture addresses a major area of debate in current social and economic policy. Extending working life is a now a key element in policies aimed at managing some of the pressures associated with ageing societies.

In the UK, the target is to increase the average age of retirement by 6 months every year. State pension ages (SPA) are being raised: from 2020 both men and women’s state pension age will be 66, increasing to 67 between 2026 and 2028. Professor James Banks will consider some of the demographic and economic drivers behind this policy, examining issues such as the changing likelihood of work at older ages, the
effect of pension incentives on exit from work, and links between health and work.

Professor Banks is one of the UK’s leading experts on work and retirement issues.

Please register online for this free event

Monday, 27 April 2015

Conference: Isolation and Older Men - Understanding the Challenge and Developing New Services

From Independent Age, International Longevity Centre-UK, Manchester City Council, the Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, University of Manchester

Friday 8 May 2015, 11.00am - 4.30pm, registration from 10.30am

The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M15 6ER

Speakers:
Janet Morrison (Chief Executive, Independent Age)
Sally-Marie Bamford (ILC-UK)
Brian Beach (ILC-UK)
Ed Watts (Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester)

A major report published by Independent Age and the International Longevity Centre UK - Isolation: the emerging crisis for older men – found 1.2 million people in England reporting a moderate to high degree of social isolation. Isolation was itself found to be an important factor contributing to loneliness in old age.

At this conference, the authors of the study will provide an overview of the findings along with recommendations for challenging loneliness and the implications for local government, the third sector and government itself. The second half of the conference will report on work undertaken by Ed Watts from the Whitworth Gallery and commissioned by the Baring foundation to research older men’s participation in cultural activity across the UK.

Please register online for this free event

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Walking Football in Wythenshawe

Starts 25 April, then every Saturday from 10am –11am

Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, Portway, Wythenshawe, M22 1QW

Fun, informal session, trainers only. £2 per session includes tea and toast. The walking version of the beautiful game. For more information contact Colin on 07875 739 155 or email colinm1971@gmail.com

Saturday, 25 April 2015

2015 MICRA Annual Public Lecture - Extending Working Life: Prospects and Challenges

Extending Working Life: Prospects and Challenges

James Banks, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester and Deputy
Research Director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies

Tuesday 12 May, 6.30-8.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

University Place, Lecture Theatre B, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

This year’s MICRA annual public lecture addresses a major area of debate in current social and economic policy. Extending working life is a now a key element in policies aimed at managing some of the pressures associated with ageing societies. In the UK, the target is to increase the average age of retirement by 6 months every year. State pension ages (SPA) are being raised: from 2020 both men and women’s state pension age will be 66, increasing to 67 between 2026 and 2028.

Professor James Banks will consider some of the demographic and economic drivers behind this policy,
examining issues such as the changing likelihood of work at older ages, the effect of pension incentives on exit from work, and links between health and work. Professor Banks is one of the UK’s leading experts on work and retirement issues.

Please register online for this free event

Friday, 24 April 2015

Out in the City

This social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are over 50 meets at the Lesbian & Gay Foundation every Wednesday at 1pm.

On Thursdays there are trips out to various art galleries, town, the seaside etc.

Contact Sue on 0161 833 3944 or email sue.nzilani@ageukmanchester.org.uk.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Coffee Mornings - Hard Rock Cafe, Printworks

Hard Rock Café first Thursday of the month 10am.

Coffee Morning with free refreshments at The Hard Rock Cafe, The Printworks, Manchester.

Come along, catch up with old friends and meet new ones. All welcome. Please contact Sue Nzilani, Ageing Well Development Worker, Age UK Manchester on 0161 833 3944 or just turn up.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Over 55? Looking for change, want to meet people?

Over 55? Looking for change, want to meet people?

Join the friendly group on Mondays at North City Library, 1.30 - 4 pm.

Silver Surfers 2 - 3pm, activities 3 - 4pm ( crafts / talks / games ), refreshments provided. All free!

For further information please phone Tracy on 0161 219 6442 or email t.clive@manchester.gov.uk

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Walking Football - Levenshulme

Fridays 10-11am

Rushford Park Sports Complex, Levenshulme M13 0GW

Open to all abilities and ages. A fantastic way to get back into the beautiful game or play in a social environment at a slower pace. First session is FREE to attend, then £2.50 per week. For further information,
please call 0800 032 1806 or email info@littlesportscoaching.co.uk

Monday, 20 April 2015

Yoga - Collyhurst

Fridays 10.30 - 11.30am

St Georges Community Centre, Bothwell Road, Collyhurst M40 7NY

Yoga for all at St Georges Community Centre, Collyhurst. Stay afterwards for a brew and a
bite! For more information phone 0161 234 3724 / 07834 869 203, or email
L.Cassidy@manchester.gov.uk

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Walking Football - Collyhurst

Fridays 11.30am - 12.30pm

St Georges Community Centre, Bothwell Road, Collyhurst M40 7NY

Slower paced football for people over 50. Free for everyone. No booking required, just turn up and play. Stay afterwards for a brew and a bite! For more information phone 0161 234 3724 / 07834 869 203, or email L.Cassidy@manchester.gov.uk

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Looking after your mental health in retirement

Some people think that mental health problems are simply a part of getting older. This doesn't have to be the case. 'How to look after your mental health in later life' is a booklet produced by the Mental Health Foundation for people in their 60s who are approaching retirement or who have recently retired from work and gives 10 practical ways we can protect our mental health. It's free to download by clicking the following link: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-in-later-life/

Collyhurst Coffee Morning

Tuesdays 10am - 12 noon

Church of the Saviours, Eggington Street (off Rochdale Road), Collyhurst

Meet new people and learn new skills at Craft Sessions at Church of the Saviours. Information and Advice worker also available. For more information phone 0161 234 3724 / 07834 869 203, or email
l.cassidy@manchester.gov.uk

Free of charge, open to all.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Rusholme Social-café every Wednesday

Rusholme Social-café is in the beautiful Birch Community Centre near to Birchfields Park – a short walk from Wilmslow Road and Dickenson Road, connected by many bus routes.

The Rusholme Social-Café is a space for relaxing, enjoying a healthy home-made lunch and take part in the craft and reminiscence activities. The activities are free with refreshments / lunch available for a donation.

Open every Wednesday 12.30-3.30pm at Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, M14 5TJ.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Monthly Afternoon Social and Linedance at St George's Community Centre, Collyhurst

Do you live in Collyhurst? Aged over 55yrs and love dancing?

Monthly Afternoon Social and Linedance at St George's Community Centre every second Thursday at 12.30pm-3.00pm.

Have fun and stay fit and active with very easy linedances. Don't feel like dancing? Come anyway, we have dominoes, board games, cards etc. Cost £2 inc refreshments and raffle prize. Contact Diane at Age UK Manchester, 07950 427 292 or diane.aronwich@ageukmanchester.org.uk

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Manchester and Salford Ramblers Group

Manchester and Salford Ramblers are part of the Ramblers Association and offer a varied program of walks around the Manchester and Salford area throughout the year, as well as a lively social calendar and weekends away. By joining your local Ramblers Group you will be supporting continued access to your local countryside and the work of The Ramblers nationally.

Please contact Secretary Mags Metcalf on 0161 839 3865 or visit the website www.manchesterandsalfordramblers.org.uk for more details.

Seminar: Why Survive? Being Old in the 21st Century: Reflections on the Life and Work of Robert Butler

From MICRA and International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK)
Professor Vern Bengston (University of Southern California, School of Social Work, Edward R. Royal Institute on Aging)
Wednesday 29 April, 2 - 4pm, free networking lunch from 1pm
Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Robert Butler's seminal work: Why Survive Being Old in America (Harper & Row, 1975). The book, possibly the most powerful account of ageing ever written, set forward both the state of knowledge about ageing and as well as a political and social manifesto for improving the lives of older people. Some of the concepts developed in the book, notably those associated with what Butler termed ageism, have become a key part of the vocabulary for describing the pressures and constraints facing older people.

In this lecture, Professor Bengston, who knew Robert Butler over a span of four decades, will talk both about his work and its relevance for understanding and studying the lives of older people today. Professor Bengston has published 16 books and 260 research papers on gerontology, theories of ageing, sociology of ageing and family sociology. Please register online for this free event

Age-friendly Manchester in the Guardian

Age-friendly Manchester was featured in The Guardian in March this year.  258 cities and communities have signed up to the WHO's Age-Friendly Cities project - with Manchester the first British city to join in 2010.  Find out what this means by reading this article on The Guardian website at:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/15/age-friendly-cities-design-future

My Generation Over 50s Club night

Sunday 19 April from 7pm

Tickets on sale now at £5 each

The Roadhouse, Newton Street Manchester is the place to be to enjoy the sounds and dance moves of your generation. Come along and rediscover the soundtrack of your youth with DJ Frank Byrne playing a mix of classic mod, rock, pop, Motown, funk and soul hits from across the decades. The evening begins at 7pm with the chance to meet friends old and new in the iconic basement bar with the evening picking up the pace at 7.30pm.

Our live act for the evening is the very popular Macca Band playing a tribute to Paul McCartney, The Beatles and Wings. This will be our last My Generation Club Night at The Roadhouse as the venue will close its doors at the end of May. Let's make it one to remember.

Tickets are on sale now and will also be available on the door. For more information contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or t.annette@manchester.gov.uk, or visit www.facebook.com/mygenerationmcr

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Front Row: Film Showings for people over 50 - Newton Heath

Come and see the latest releases in a warm environment. Bring old friends and meet new ones while being entertained.


1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 12 - 2.30pm
Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street (off Briscoe Lane), Newton Heath

Upcoming films:  15th April - What We Did on Our Holidays
20th May - The Theory of Everything

£1.50 donation towards refreshments. For more information phone 0161 234 3724 / 07834 869 203, or email l.cassidy@manchester.gov.uk

If a large group please do book places.

The Gorton Day Centre is looking for volunteers

The Gorton Day Centre, Age UK Manchester, is looking for volunteers.

Gorton Day Centre provides support for older ladies and gentlemen with dementia. So if you have a few hours each week to spare and would like to join the friendly and caring team then please contact: Jean Lamb, email jean.lamb@ageukmanchester.org.uk or Julie Hussey, email
julie.hussey@ageukmanchester.org.uk

You could also phone 0161 223 6062.

Or just call into The Gorton Day Centre, The Melland Centre, Melland Road, Gorton, M18 7QU.

Free stress management and wellbeing course for people with diabetes/heart disease - Didsbury

The Building a Healthy Future course take place over six weeks, for two hours a week and is completely free.

Learn how to handle stress, make new friends and improve your overall wellbeing.

The next course starts on Wednesday 29 April at Grove Lane Court, Didsbury, M20 6UF
1.30 – 3.30pm with a free lunch at 1pm.

Preference will be given to tenants of Southways Housing Association.

Further courses in Central Manchester and in Rusholme will be announced.

Contact bahf@manchestermind.org or call Ruth on 07527 127 786 to book your place or to refer someone you know who you think might benefit.

SHARED – New Moston

Joint sessions for people with dementia and their carers in New Moston. Meet every Wednesday, 10am to 2.30pm for six weeks starting 1 July 2015 at New Moston Club, 64 Parkfield Road North, New Moston, Manchester M40 3RQ.

Share activities, stories and information in a social setting. Sessions are free of charge and lunch will be provided. For more information or to book a place please phone 0161 962 4788 or email DFCGM@alzheimers.org.uk

SHARED – Hulme

Joint sessions for people with dementia and their carers in Hulme.  Meet every Wednesday, 10.00am to 2.30pm for six weeks starting 20 May 2015 at Amani Centre, Moss Lane East, Moss Side, Manchester, M16 7DG (on the Hulme / Moss Side border opposite Kath Locke centre entrance)

Share activities, stories and information in a social setting. Sessions are free of charge and lunch will be provided. For more information or to book a place please phone 0161 962 4788 or email DFCGM@alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimers Society, Manchester

Befriending volunteers are wanted in Manchester... have you got two hours to spare once a week, Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm to visit a person with dementia?

You will give the person with dementia the opportunity to do the things that they enjoy; this could be going for a coffee, shopping, visiting an art gallery or museum or simply walking and talking. Full training will be provided on a one to one basis; with ongoing support.

For more information please contact Diane Russell on 0161 342 0797 or email diane.russell@alzheimers.org.uk

Wonderland by the Waves: Manchester to Blackpool

University of Manchester postgraduate students are creating an exciting new exhibition of archives and objects in Manchester Central Library about holidays in Blackpool.

Inspired by the existing archives that include photos, family albums and brochures from Blackpool, the exhibition reflects some of the history of holidaying in the UK. For a limited time only, the team of students are taking donations to include in the exhibition - all of the submissions will be added to an online archive that can be emailed to you once it is created. Some of the images and stories sent will be included in the exhibition at the library itself. The donations will be chosen by the curatorial team who are studying 'Art Gallery and Museum Studies' and all donations will be credited with your name. To submit a picture, story or any memory you have of holidays of Blackpool, you can email the team now at Manchesterwakes@gmail.com

Volunteering with The Conservation Volunteers

Do you love being outside?

Do you want to make a difference to wildlife and people in local greenspaces whilst getting more active?

Why not consider becoming a volunteer with The Conservation Volunteers?

There are opportunities to come out for either half a day at the Green Gym or for longer sessions with the Mid-week team. Volunteers meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week and visit various sites around Greater Manchester to help improve the environment.  Minibus pick up is available from central points.

To find out more please contact Ally on 0161 962 9409, email manchester@tcv.org.uk or visit the website www.tcv.org.uk/north