Friday, 23 June 2017

Active gaming is good for brain health and memory, finds study

Video games which involve physical activity significantly boost our brain health as we get older, according to new research led by University of Manchester experts, Dr Emma Stanmore and Joseph Firth.

Read more.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

MICRA to host study into effect of post-retirement work on wellbeing

Dr Ellen Dingemas has been awarded a Rubicon grant to study how the physical and cognitive wellbeing of retirees across Europe is affected by post-retirement work.

Learn more.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Message from Age Friendly Manchester and Age UK

The Met Office is forecasting that temperatures are likely to reach over 30 degrees in most of England until Thursday this week.

Please do pay special attention to older neighbours and friends, who may need extra help in the current very hot temperatures.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are both life-threatening conditions and can develop if left untreated. Click here for advice on how to spot and treat heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Get up and go - a guide to staying steady

Do you know someone who would benefit from taking the 'timed up and go test' (from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), which helps to assess whether a person is at an increased risk of falls?

Click here to see a video of the test in action and advice about how to help someone that may be of greater risk of falls.

Friday, 16 June 2017

How 'walking football' helps depressed men

From the BBC:

As a survey by the Mental Health Foundation suggests older men are less likely to recognise the importance of relationships, Graham Satchell meets a group of 'walking footballers'.  Click the link here to watch the video.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

There are lots of events and regular groups across Manchester in June and beyond. Activities range from days out, local history groups, IT sessions, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs.

As a taster, events that have recently been added include:
 

    'Separate + Together', a photography exhibition in Miles Platting
    'Games For the Brain' activity group in Wythenshawe
    A Pop-Up Parkinson’s Wellbeing Café in Didsbury
    Sporting Memories Sessions in Rusholme


Check out the event listings for all the latest details.  The Age Friendly Manchester team recommend that you keep checking back as events are added throughout the month.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Vintage FM

Vintage FM gives a real voice to Manchester's over 50s. It's produced by a mixed bunch of volunteers who've trained at All FM as radio producers.

It began in 2015 with All FM 96.9 in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Royal Exchange Theatre, Anchor Housing and the Baring Foundation.

You're invited to listen in - for fun, new skills, ranting on radio, and discussion about life histories, community concerns, art, culture, and history combined with lots of laughs:  www.allfm.org.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Stockport Walking Football Tournament


Looking for Community funding in GM?

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their neighbourhoods and communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is funding a programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. They are looking for small and local projects, designed and run by local people.
Click here to find out more.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Over 55s Overcoming Anxiety Group

If you're over 55 and anxiety is affecting your life, the Overcoming Anxiety group is there to help.

The next course is starting: Thursday 15 June 2017, 10am-12pm, for 10 weeks, every Thursday, at Gaskell House Psychotherapy Services, Swinton Grove, Manchester M13 0EU (near back of MRI).

Please ring Karen Buckley on 0161 861 2236 or Pete Ireland on 0161 833 3944 to book a place or if you have any queries or questions.  Here's a link to a bit more information.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Interview with Esme Ward, Age Friendly Culture Lead

The work of Age Friendly Manchester around age-friendly arts and culture is going international!

The Japanese Performing Arts Network interviewed Esme Ward, who leads Manchester’s work on age-friendly arts and culture. In the interview, Esme gives us an insight into her background, the importance of age-friendly culture in the City, and her work at the Greater Manchester level.
Read the full interview here.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Volunteers needed at the National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is looking for volunteers for two exciting projects:

Football Memories Programme Volunteer

This role will support the delivery of football reminiscence work to improve the health and wellbeing in older people.

Football Story Box Project Volunteer

This role will be to support the delivery of Story Box project workshops for people living with dementia. Story box is a ground breaking creative project designed for people living with dementia.

For more information on both of the roles, you can email the Football Museum.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Horsfall @ 42nd Street in collaboration with Age Friendly Manchester present the 5Ways Café.

Monday 12th June, 4:30pm – 7pm
The Horsfall, 81 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester. M4 5AG.

The first in a series of 5 cafés offering people of all ages an opportunity to spend time together and explore ways to support their own and each other’s wellbeing. The event is part of a creative programme offered to the people of Greater Manchester by mental health organisation 42nd Street.


5Ways: Connect
Experience a new sound installation by sound artist Jacki Waldock, young people from 42nd Street and the voices of older residents of Ancoats; connect across generations; learn to work your own printing press; play in the games corner, enjoy snacks and drinks; find a place to relax and just be.
 
Click here for more information and to tell them that you are interested in going along, or you can email Julie.McCarthy@42ndstreet.org.uk.


(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Surprising Science of Happiness

Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Slides from the 2017 MICRA Annual Public Lecture - Ready for Ageing Now?


2017 MICRA Annual Public Lecture – Ready for Ageing Now? from Centre for Ageing Better

In 2013, the House of Lords Select Committee report 'Ready for Ageing' stated that we were “woefully underprepared” for our longer lives and our growing older population. Geoffrey Filkin, who proposed and chaired the Committee asks: "What has changed four years on?".  Slide notes available here.                  

Monday, 29 May 2017

Life Expectancy Calculator

This won't be to everyone's taste but the Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator uses the most current and carefully researched medical and scientific data in order to estimate how old you will live to be.

Apparently, most people score in their late eighties... how about you?

The calculator asks you 40 quick questions related to your health and family history, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. At the end, you will be asked to create an account to store your answers. 
Click here to find your score...

Friday, 26 May 2017

Manchester Arena Attack: A Message from the Leader of the Council, Sir Richard Leese

Dear Friends,

We are all shocked and saddened by the horrific attack carried out at the Manchester Arena and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. The immediate response of the emergency services speaks to their heroism along with the reports of homes and hotels opening up, taxi drivers offering free lifts and people going out of their way to help and care for their fellow citizens. We have also seen everyday people coming together at the Vigil on Albert Square to remember those who have lost their lives and stand together. We have also seen queues of people waiting to donate blood to help the victims - This all shows the true spirit of Manchester and this is something we need to hold onto and be proud of.

We will not let this attack intimidate or divide us – It will bring us together.  The worst thing we could do is what they want.   We have a long history in Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times and in the coming days we will be working closely with community representatives to continue to identify and address any issues and concerns but also amplify the work on community cohesion.

We welcome your feedback on how as a city we continue to strengthen community cohesion across all our communities over the coming weeks.  We would be grateful if you could make contact with us and share your ideas, plans and events by emailing Shazia Awan.

As the citizens of Manchester, we also need to check in with those who may be struggling to come to terms with the attack that took place in the city on Monday and support those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into activities that have the potential to create divisions and tensions in our communities 

We also request anyone who experiences a hate crime to report it to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or online (this can be done anonymously)

A book of condolences has been opened at Manchester Town Hall and is also available online.


(Information shared by Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

MICRA blog: Making Greater Manchester great for older people

Dr Elaine Dewhurst, MICRA researcher and Senior Lecturer in Employment Law at The University of Manchester, has written a blog exploring the impact new Mayor Andy Burnham could have on the lives of older people in the city.  Here's the link.

#StayStrongOurKid

Seen on Twitter, author unknown... My heart goes out to all families who have lost loved ones.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Participants sought for research that investigates link between diet and eye health

Optometry researchers at the University of Manchester are seeking participants for research which examines the link between diet and eye health as we age. The study is recruiting volunteers aged 40-60 years old with normal vision and good general health.

Click here for more information.

Monday, 22 May 2017

MICRA Ageing PhD Network Meeting - 1 June 2017

An invitation from MICRA (Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing):

Please join us for this free event on Thursday 1 June. This session will include a introduction by MICRA Director Prof Debora Price, a presentation by Dr Tine Buffel and an opportunity to browse our first 'age-friendly' poster session. The event is open to all students and older people interested in ageing research.

Click here to book your place.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

There are lots of events and regular groups across Manchester this month and beyond. Activities range from days out, craft and local history groups, IT sessions, choirs, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs. Please keep checking as new events are added throughout the month.

Click here to see the events listings for the latest details.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Generations Together Manifesto

Age Friendly Manchester is developing a Generations Together Manifesto. This is all about creating a set of key actions that Council and other organisations can use in their work bringing older and younger people together. They have some early ideas of what could be in the manifesto. These have come from a two day Intergenerational symposium held last October at the Coop.

Over the next six months they want to work with older and younger people and groups and organisations who work with them, to develop the manifesto and then to bring it to life through work and activity.

To find out more or get involved contact Patrick Hanfling on p.hanfling@manchester.gov.uk or call 0161 234 4188.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Monday, 15 May 2017

A History of Manchester in Ten Plants - Weds 24 May

The botanical world has underpinned the story of Manchester. Cotton made us and other plants have also been important in our history. A plant powered the Industrial Revolution, another fed the masses and a third displayed our great wealth for the country to admire. What plants would you include in your list?

This is a free talk delivered by Anne Beswick from Manchester Guided Tours.

No need to book just drop in.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

6.30-7.30pm

Central Library
Performance space
St Peters Square
Manchester

Friday, 12 May 2017

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment.

When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

North City Nomads Trip to Skipton

Over 250 North Manchester residents went on a day trip to Skipton this month. Upon arrival, they were given a warm welcome at the weekly 3 Lions Coffee Morning and then visited The Lord’s Bedchamber at Skipton Castle. As always, a fantastic day was had by all, spending time with friends and meeting new people!

The North City Nomads AGM will take place at the Whitemoss Club, Southdown Crescent on 10th May 2017 at 1.30pm.

The group is also actively recruiting volunteers and has a number of exciting roles for people interested in lending their support. For further information contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or t.annette@manchester.gov.uk.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lone Star Dining are looking for Volunteers aged between 50yrs and 75yrs

Information from Lone Star Dining (courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

This is a social eating approach and naturally it is about involving a community and working in partnership with local businesses. As such we will be having conversations with breweries, pub managers, cafe managers, restaurants and social club trustees about their offer of service to older people.

We are looking for volunteers who could visit a range of eateries and pubs and social clubs with the Lone Star Dining approach. All volunteers will receive training to acquire the skills to design develop and deliver the approach, and expenses to purchase a beverage and cake at each venue they visit. Some of our service users have told us they resist organised activity delivered through projects, schemes and churches because they don't identify as old/elderly and they want to socialise when they want to, not when it has been arranged by a third party. We are offering the older community a way to open up their community, extend their friendships groups and most importantly we are giving them choice about when and where they socialise and who with. Something many of us take for granted.

Click here for more information, and if you want to volunteer please contact Marie Greenhalgh 07875286866 or email thegpprojects@live.co.uk.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

One Million Mentors

The purpose of One Million Mentors is to train, recruit and connect a million mentors to a million young people in the UK to help them maximise their talents and get into the world of work, over the next 10 years.

Organisers are piloting their offer in Manchester and are looking to recruit 200 mentors by the end of June to be trained and deployed to organisations working with young adults aged 18-25

It's easy to sign up - just click here and you'll be registered in no time.

For more information contact Rosa Battle 07983990907 or rosa.battle@yahoo.com

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Whalley Range News and Events Spring Issue

The Whalley Range Community Forum has lots of exciting events coming up – including the Celebrate Festival on 1st May.

They have put together a Spring issue of News and Events which you can see on their website.  Click here to get the details.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Age Friendly Manchester Design Group

The group has been running since 2012 and has a diverse membership. This includes retired Planners and Architects, students, practising Architects, Access Officers and more. They work on varied projects such as Age-friendly parks and homes, street design, events, funding bids and public consultations.

Meetings are on a Wednesday from 13:00 - 15:00, every six weeks. To find out more contact Patrick Hanfling on 0161 234 4188 or p.hanfling@manchester.gov.uk.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Participants sought for research into how the ageing process affects our ability to combine sensory information

Researchers from The University of Manchester are seeking participants aged 65 – 89 years who are native English speakers for a study about how the ageing process affects our ability to combine sensory information, a process known as multisensory integration.

Click here for details.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Ageing and social eating: developing age-friendly communities through eating with others

You are invited to this free MICRA event on Friday 28 April 2017. This afternoon of short talks will consider the findings of recent MICRA Seedcorn research exploring social eating with older adults across neighbourhoods in Manchester, and work by researchers that connects with this work.

Click here for further information and to book.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Get Your Cat Spayed for £5

Eligible owners in Manchester & Salford can get their cats snipped or spayed for just £5 at participating local vets.  Visit the Cats Protection League website to check for eligibility and find a vet in your area.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

What's on your 'Soon List'?

Most people have (or at least understand the concept of) a 'bucket list'. Quite often though, the things we have on our bucket list are 'big ticket' items - things that take a lot of cash, or time, or planning or even courage.

Alongside your bucket list, it's a good idea to have what Steve J Scott calls a 'Soon List' - the things you'd like to enjoy soon (in the next month, for example) and the things that are more easily done/can be planned into your day-to-day life.

Some examples of things that can go on your 'Soon List' are:
Then you have to make time to actually do the things on your list.  You have to book the restaurant or call your friend. or schedule the get-together and tell everyone about it. But, as Steve Scott says: 'If you keep an ongoing list of fun activities then you'll proactively create opportunities to enjoy life a little more'.  (And who could argue against that?)

So... what's going on your 'Soon List'?

Monday, 17 April 2017

Try Something New for 30 Days

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't?

Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days.

This short, light-hearted talk offers a great way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Digital Drop-Ins

Need help using computers? Digital drop-ins start again next Tuesday...


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Age-Friendly Day Trips for North City Mancunians

North City Nomads is a hugely successful and popular project, supported by Age-Friendly Manchester.  The group now has over 650 members and is calling it's first Annual General Meeting to formally elect a committee that will take on the full responsibility of managing the project, organise future trips and recruit new members.

The North City Nomads AGM will take place at the Whitemoss Club, Southdown Crescent on 10th May 2017 at 1.30pm.

The group is also actively recruiting volunteers and has a number of exciting roles for people interested in lending their support.  For further information contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or t.annette@manchester.gov.uk.

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

New Sporting Memories Group in Rusholme


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Age-Friendly Club Nights

The BBC have continually promoted the My Generation Club Nights as a great "age-friendly" night out for the Baby Boomer Generation living in and around Manchester.  The Age Friendly Manchester team have received a huge number of enquiries following the BBC's ‘Holding Back the Years’ programme.

They want you to help them plan their Club Nights for 2017 - if you're a fan of soul, Motown and 60's sounds, why not join them?  The first members meeting, to plan the nights for 2017, will be held in The Burton Arms on Swan Street, Manchester on Sunday 14th May at 5.00pm.

Contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or t.annette@manchester.gov.uk for more information and to be added to the mailing list.

(Courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Friday, 7 April 2017

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.

Robert Waldinger is the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Want to learn something new and challenging?

How yummy does this look?  I've got my eye on a few of the Astronautics and Earth Sciences courses.  See the full course list here.  (Enjoy!) (Sorry for the blurry picture!)

Did you arrive at this page looking for pre-retirement courses or coaching? You'll need our Contemporary Retirement website.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Manchester Destination Guide

Looking for something to do over the Easter holidays? This new guide provides a quick snapshot of what to see and do, presented in an easy, digestible format.  To download the guide, click here.






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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Holding Back the Years

In programme 4 of the BBC series, Holding Back the Years, choreographer (and Manchester lass), Arlene Phillips returns to Age-Friendly Manchester to meet people who are determined to live life to the full, whatever their age. 

Click here to watch.

And here's a link to the Growing Old Disgracefully network featured in the programme.

Did you arrive at this page looking for pre-retirement courses or coaching? You'll need our Contemporary Retirement website.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

Simple Everyday Ways to Take Care of Yourself

"You're retired... what have YOU got to be stressed about?"

Has anyone ever said something like that to you?

They don't know the half of it, do they? 

Caring for elderly relatives, running around after the grandkids, too much to do now that you're retired, too little to do now that you're retired, loneliness, your health not as good as it used to be, aches and pains where you never used to have them, money worries, watching your family dealing with their own money worries and not being able to help...

the fact that you're no longer working doesn't mean that the things that cause you stress retired at the same time you did!

Self care is vitally important not just for stress relief but also for overall mental health. It can do everything from helping you get over a bad day to improving your self confidence. It also doesn’t take a lot to take proper care of yourself.

Here are some different ways to practice self care every day...

Keep  a Journal

A really excellent way to start practicing self care every day is to keep a journal. This is something you can easily keep with you no matter where you are, whether you put it in your handbag or pocket, or you have a digital journal on your computer. It's good to have something to write in even when your laptop is out of charge, so keep a journal and pen handy and get writing! With journaling, you're able to write in it whenever you feel stressed or just to mull over what happened each day. It can be very cathartic.

Have Some Alone Time Every Day

If you're busy, busy, busy and always surrounded by people and noise, make sure you have at least a few minutes each day all to yourself. This can be a 30-minute walk that you go on after dinner, a fun 15-minute dance party to your favourite oldies radio station, or just 5 minutes in the morning before everyone else gets up while you enjoy your cup of coffee. It can seem so simple and minimal, but these little stretches of time where you're alone and just doing something for yourself can make all the difference.

And if you have a bit too much alone time and not seeing enough people is becoming a problem for you, check out our 10-Step Checklist for Making and Keeping New Friends or, if you live in the UK, visit the DO IT website and punch in your postcode to see all the volunteering opportunities in your area.

Get More Exercise

Sometimes helping your physical health is also important, so don’t forget about exercise. This will make you feel better about yourself and raise your self confidence, which also helps your mental state. Plus, exercise is really good for helping to relieve your stress and the endorphins you get from it can be tremendous for improving your mood. You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day either. Something as simple as an afternoon walk or doing a bit of weight lifting in the morning before your shower is perfect. You can also take advantage of other activities that also include exercise, like taking your dog for longer walks or taking the grandkids hiking over the weekend so everybody is exercising more.

In addition to exercise, you should also be focusing on proper diet by drinking more water and eating healthier. This is all part of taking better care of yourself. But you know this already! Just stick to it and if you fall off the wagon and have the odd cheat day or two, get back on it a.s.a.p. and don't beat yourself up too much.

Did you arrive at this page looking for pre-retirement courses or coaching? You'll need our Contemporary Retirement website.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Free attractions and activities in Manchester this Easter

There's all sorts of free attractions and activities in Manchester this Easter! Take a look at http://manchester.gov.uk/allsortstodo


Did you arrive at this page looking for pre-retirement courses or coaching? You'll need our Contemporary Retirement website.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Old Moat 'Quids In' Food Club


Who can join?

Any households in the Withington/Old Moat M20 postcode area - not just Southway tenants - that claim at least some Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.


Did you arrive at this page looking for pre-retirement courses or coaching? You'll need our Contemporary Retirement website.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Hulme Carers Meeting TODAY

Today's guest speaker will be Karen Hirst who will be doing a Mindfulness session.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Fundraisers Needed!

Greater Manchester Bakers, Runners, Cyclists, Competitors...

Cyril Flint Befrienders NEEDS YOU!

They're looking for fundraisers to raise vital funds to help end loneliness in GM...


Monday, 13 March 2017

NHS Choices Kidney Disease Check

Take this test to find out if you should have your kidney function checked. 


content provided by NHS Choices

Friday, 10 March 2017

University of Manchester researchers are seeking healthy volunteers

University of Manchester researchers are seeking healthy volunteers to gather data on movement patterns on their magic carpet, which analyses gait to identify problems before a fall happens.

Volunteers are required to walk on the magic carpet in a variety of ways while their movements are recorded.  It will take around 30 minutes.

Click here to find out more, (including the selection criteria).

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Do you care for someone with dementia in GM?

If you care for someone with dementia you may be experiencing feelings of isolation and could do with someone to talk to.

Manchester Carers Forum has a group of volunteers with direct experience and understanding of caring for someone with dementia.  A volunteer can keep in regular contact with you by telephoning and visiting you, giving you opportunities to talk about the issues that  matter to you.

For more information call Anne Connolly on 0161 819 2226 or info@manchestercarersforum.org.uk.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Could you benefit from a tailor-made technological invention?

The BBC is starting to produce a second series of the show Big Life Fix, where a skilled team of scientists, engineers and designers create bespoke technology for individuals and groups to transform their lives for the better.  The BBC is looking for older people who feel they could benefit from a tailor-made invention.  Perhaps it’s a daily task, hobby or lifelong dream that’s proving to be a challenge, or something the whole community faces.

If you are interested, please contact the casting team on 0203 040 6908 or biglifefix@studiolambert.com by 1st April. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence. Alternatively, a short contact form can be filled out here to express interest in the show.

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Over 60s spend an average of 9.4 hours a day sedentary


Monday, 6 March 2017

Aged 50+? Used to be a punk? PUNK PROJECT - Call for participants!

We’re looking for people aged 50+ who were involved in the original punk scene to take part in an intergenerational project with students from the Manchester School of Art. The project will investigate ideals around rebellion and how this was portrayed through fashion and styling, as well as exploring changing perceptions of gender differences and contemporary representations of punk.

We’re holding an initial meeting on Tuesday 14 March at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections when you can find out more about the project and what’s involved. 

If you’re interested in coming along please contact Claire Cowell, Age Friendly Culture Co-ordinator on 07776 170 688, claire.cowell@manchester.ac.uk.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Macmillan are looking for voluteers in GM

Macmillan are looking for willing volunteers who are passionate about helping people, whatever stage of the journey. The team would love to hear from individuals who have time to give to someone affected by cancer.

Click here to find out more and learn about Pauline's story as a volunteer.

Friday, 3 March 2017

New day trip group to launch in Levenshulme









The Levenshulme Task Force is an action group made up of older people working to make Levenshulme more age-friendly. The group is supported by the Inspired People's Project established to help older people to feel less lonely and have improved well-being.

The group are now keen to organise regular days out for older people living in Levenshulme and Longsight. Using the model of North City Nomads, they are developing a membership group called "Leve Livelies".  If you or anyone you know would like to join the group or learn more please pop into or contact the Inspire Centre (0161 850 4044) and leave your contact details for the Levenshulme Task Force.


(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

UK’s first LGBT older person’s community planned for Manchester

The ambition to create a community aimed at older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has been announced by Manchester City Council.

The project would be part of the city’s programme that provides high quality housing for older people, and is the first LGBT majority "Extra Care" scheme in the UK.  Manchester’s older LGBT population is growing. There are more than 7,000 people in Manchester over the age of 50 that identify as LGBT and there is an expected increase of over-65s in the next two decades. 

Read the full article (with video)

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

GM Ageing Conference 2017 Highlights

February's landmark conference was a great success.  Organised by the GM Ageing Hub, it bought together a wide range of influential GM leaders, world-leading academics, community sector innovators and older residents to discuss prospects for building an age-friendly city-region.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Sporting Memories Network looking for volunteers in Greater Manchester

Sporting Memories Network is always looking for volunteers to support their work and help establish new groups across Greater Manchester.
The network was recently awarded the Alzheimer's Society's Best National Dementia Friendly Initiative award.

Friday, 17 February 2017

The Great British Spring Clean: March 3-5 2017

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with one simple ambition. To bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

If you've had enough of other people's litter and are willing to donate your time to clear it up, check out The Great British Spring Clean website to find your nearest event.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Manchester International Women’s Festival 2017

The Manchester International Women’s festival is here...

Manchester is an amazing city buzzing with excitement with world class sports, arts and culture. What makes Manchester special and like nothing else on earth is its people. Manchester people are doers and the women of Manchester are no exception. Their contribution to the city is huge. Women are the backbone to family life, help create safe and happy neighbourhoods inspiring trust and friendship and contribute enormously to the economy and across the professions and all other areas of work.

Manchester is proud of its women and their many different roles.  We want to instil pride in our Manchester women and inspire current and future generations to strive for what they want, and we want them to achieve.


This year we really want to celebrate being a woman and the enormous contribution women make to Manchester as a world class city by hosting our first Manchester International Women’s day festival.


There will be a range of activities and events right across the city for you to get involved in.  Click here to see them all...

(Article courtesy of Manchester City Council)