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!)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Penny Tinkler to research women growing up in postwar Britain

Dr Penny Tinkler, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, has been awarded an awarded Economic and Social Research Council grant worth over £750k to explore the experience of young women growing up in Britain in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Read more about it here.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

10 Completely free things to do in Manchester

Whether you're looking for something to do with the grandkids at half term or just wanting a day out for yourself, check out these 10 completely free things to do in Manchester. Have fun!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

New environmental research to look at impact of green spaces on ageing populations

University of Manchester Geographer, Dr Sarah Lindley, is leading a new research project looking at the impact of green public spaces on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population.   Read more about it here.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

New Age-Friendly Network for Beswick, Clayton & Openshaw

Age-Friendly Manchester is pleased to announce the launch of a new Locality Network for the Beswick and Bradford Wards. The Network will be supported by buzz and will bring together local service providers, voluntary organisations and a range of partners supporting or working with local older people.  The aim of the Network will be to ultimately create an age-friendly neighbourhood that everyone can enjoy.
Launch Meeting: Thursday 9 February 2017 at 10.00am at The Grange, Pilgrim Drive, Beswick.

There is such a lot of great work going on in north and east Manchester that is having a positive impact on the lives of older people but there is still so much we need to improve upon. If you have a specific interest in issues important to local older people and are interested in joining the Network, please contact Lana Burrows on 0161 882 2577 for more information or

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Combatting loneliness

Derek Taylor, a tenant of Southway Housing in Withington, was interviewed recently by the BBC where he discussed what he has done to help with loneliness.  Derek has also featured in the recent Age Friendly Manchester publication where you can view his 'Top 10 tips', discussed in the video.
Watch the feature

Friday, 3 February 2017

Older? In a relationship? Live in GM? UoM Researchers would like to talk to you!

The University of Manchester's research has found that many older people remain sexually active. Sexual problems such as difficulties achieving orgasm and erectile dysfunction are relatively common, however. They've analysed written comments from over a thousand study participants and both sexes emphasised their anxiety at not being taken seriously by health practitioners as they sought to overcome issues affecting their sexual activity and satisfaction.

Researchers are keen to discuss issues around sexual health and ageing with some older people who are in a relationship, ideally who would be prepared to be interviewed as a couple, who we can put forward as case studies. We hope our research will also encourage a more open discourse about late-life sexuality and health, and foster wider intergenerational understanding that sex doesn’t stop at 50!

Contact Dave Lee, Research Fellow, on 0161 306 6952 or david.m.lee@manchester.ac.uk

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Golden Voices Choir is looking for new members

Why don't you join this friendly group of over 50s who sing pop and traditional songs from many lands?  There's no audition and you don't have to read music. They have an inspiring musical director who teaches and encourages. They've performed at a range of venues including day centres, luncheon clubs, hospitals, museums and art galleries. Prospective members are welcome to join a rehearsal before signing up.

They have fun in every session and people go home feeling uplifted having made friends and feeling fitter and healthier. Singing is good for you!

Find out more

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Addendum: And here's why you should join!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The 'Our Manchester' Strategy

Manchester City Council has summed up their vision for Manchester, illustrated in a great new video.  Our Manchester is for the whole of the city, overseen by a forum of Manchester leaders drawn from all the partners – public services, voluntary groups and communities working together for Manchester.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Heaton Park Photography Group

Fortnightly on Saturdays 
Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, M25 2SW 13:00 - 15:30

Interested in photography? The Heaton Park Photography Group meets at the farm centre every fortnight on Saturday afternoons at 1pm to tour the park with their cameras and explore different aspects of photography. 

Group members invite you to: "Feel free to come along, join in and learn new ideas and techniques taking pictures in the unique surroundings of Heaton Park.".

What are you waiting for?

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wythenshawe University of the Third Age

21 December 2016 - 16 May 2017

Forum Library, Forum Square, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX

10:00 - 12:00


Are you retired? Do you enjoy learning? 

Why not go along and join the U3A group which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in meeting room 1 and has a v
aried program of speakers throughout the year.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Volunteering Opportunities with Home-Start

Volunteering with Home-Start is a great opportunity to gain skills and experience in dealing with families and children and to do something rewarding through helping local families. If you have a couple of hours spare a week to support a family with young children please contact us.

Home-Start Manchester South is short of volunteers for our next course of preparation for new volunteers. The next course will run on Tuesdays from Tuesday 31st January  9.30-2.30 for 6 weeks (excluding half term week) at The Place, Platt Lane, Fallowfield. 

Once trained our volunteers provide emotional and practical support to families through weekly home visits. Families are frequently isolated, with low self-esteem and confidence and may be struggling to cope for a variety of reasons. Full training and support is given and expenses paid.

If you are interested in becoming a Home-Start volunteer and have parenting or child care experience please ring 0161 945 6832 or email:

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

How can I volunteer in Manchester?

Want to start volunteering but don't really know where to begin?  Volunteer Centre Manchester can help! 

Part of the role of Volunteer Centre Manchester is to provide support and advice on things like; what volunteering is, how you can begin, the kind of things you might need to think about beforehand (see their website) and the different types of volunteering opportunities available in Manchester.

If you're serious about volunteering or just want to ‘dip your toe in’ and find out more, join the next ‘Volunteering Surgery’ which takes place on:

Friday 27th January 2017, 10am-12pm


Manchester Town Hall,
Rates Hall,
Town Hall Extension,
St Peter’s Square,
M2 5PD

The 'surgery' or drop-in is available to anyone interested in volunteering in Manchester and there will be members of the Volunteer Centre on hand to help you register, share advice or answer any questions you may have. Start volunteering in 2017 and cross it off your list!

If you would like to know more about our ‘Volunteer Surgery’ or Volunteer Centre Manchester in general, please visit www.volunteercentremanchester.co.uk or ring the office on 0161 830 4770.

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