Thursday, 27 July 2017

But should I stay or should I move?

Keynote address by John Galvin, CE of EAC, to the Housing LIN Conference 2016
  • How well do we understand older people’s attitudes to moving home?
  • What barriers deter some of those who wish to?
  • What are EAC’s plans to improve our understanding and to help reduce barriers to moving?
  • How could housing providers and commissioners work with us in this?
See full transcript here.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Keeping Active

GreaterSport, working in partnership with the Sport and Physical Activity sector, wanted to encourage more people to be active across Greater Manchester so they could enjoy the physical, emotional and mental benefits of physical activity.

In 2010, GreaterSport set the target for Greater Manchester to achieve 1 million active people across the county by 2017. The most recent data shows this target has been exceeded! Learn more about the GreaterSport programme here.

In continuing this initative this month Age Friendly Manchester attended an Active Ageing Workshop, aiming to develop evidence based, insight led approaches, supporting older people to become and stay active in their communities.

To find your nearest activity click here to go to the GreaterSport activity finder.

You can join in the Active Ageing conversation online using #GM1MILLION and share your stories!

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Free Coffee Morning Fundraiser Packs from Cyril Flint Befrienders

FREE Coffee Morning Packs now available! Fundraise to help end loneliness whilst enjoying a cuppa and a cake!


Monday, 24 July 2017

Dementia Buddy Tags

Learn how Lancashire Police and the Good Deeds Trust are working together to roll out the new Dementia Buddy Tags in Lancashire.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Keeping Well - A Short Film

Age Friendly Manchester has worked in collaboration with the Manchester Carer's Forum, the NHS, the Institute of Community Reporters and People's Voice Media to create a new short film on what keeps older people well. 

The film features a number of short interviews with older people who discuss the importance of family and friends, work and volunteering and helping others.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Living, not Existing: Putting prevention at the heart of care for older people

New report: Living, not Existing: Putting prevention at the heart of care for older people by The Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Download your copy here.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Theatre Trippers Club for Older People in Miles Platting

Late last year a new community group was started in Miles Platting and Ancoats led by Mike Bishop and Kath Bates, with funding awarded through the Ambition for Ageing programme and Age Friendly Manchester. The idea was to create a club for those who enjoy theatre or are looking to try something new. Manchester has many theatres with a number offering good discounts for community groups.

Since starting the group members have been to see around ten performances and have many more planned for the rest of this year. Each theatre trip has attracted about twelve members and many new friendships have been made. Some of the group's favourite theatres include the new HOME theatre and the local Hope Mill Theatre on Pollard Street in Ancoats.

For more information please email Mike Bishop or telephone Kathryn Bates on 07961643781 (after 11am).

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Age UK Manchester: Information & Advice Volunteers Wanted

Age UK Manchester are looking for volunteers to help within their Information and Advice service. Available roles include generalist advisors, telephone advisors, benefit advisors and benefit form filling advisors. Full training and support will be given as required.

If you are interested in helping Age UK Manchester to help older people around Manchester, contact Jennifer 0161 833 3944, or email: jennifer.gregory@ageukmanchester.org.uk by the end of August 2017.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Tram Tracks

This year celebrates the Bridgewater Hall’s 21st birthday as well as Transport for Greater Manchester’s 25th birthday. They have joined forces to create 93 brand new songs – one for each stop on the Metrolink!

You can find more information on the Tram Tracks project here.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Older People's Forum - 20th July 2017

Are you an older person living in Manchester? Do you want an opportunity to have your say on issues that directly affect people as they grow older in Manchester?

Then, get yourself along to the citywide Older People's Forum at the end of July and join over 100 fellow older residents.

If you would like more information on joining the Forum and/or to book your place, please email Sophie Black on s.black@manchester.gov.uk.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Miles Platting Plodders

The Miles Platting Plodders is an established walking group for older people who prefer to walk as part of a group at a gentle pace.

The group meets every Wednesday at 10.15am at either Trinity Methodist Church, Ancoats (every 1st and 3rd Wednesday) or outside Morrisons in Piccadilly (on the other Wednesdays). New members are always welcome and the group is well known as a friendly, chatty bunch. After their 'out of the city' walks members usually stop at a cafe for a spot of lunch.

The group participates in local walks or members travel together on public transport to enjoy walks further afield and have previously walked in and around Wythenshawe Park, Heaton Park, Hollingworth Lake and Fletcher Moss Gardens.  The group is developing its new programme of walks for July onwards and is happy to share details with anyone wanting more information. 

After seven years of leading the Plodders, Diane will bid the group "farewell" and begin her journey into retirement. Everyone at the Age Friendly Manchester team and the Plodders wishes Diane well - we will miss you!! We are confident the Plodders will keep on plodding with Donna Smith taking over as walk leader. For more information about the group contact Donna on 0161 914 9623 or email donna.smith@ageukmanchester.org.uk

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

East Manchester Leisure Centre - Open Day for over 50's!

East Manchester Leisure Centre - Open Day for over 50's! Thursday 13 July 7am - 4pm take a look at the flyer below for more information.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Launch of Age-Friendly Wythenshawe Network

June saw the launch of the Age Friendly Wythenshawe Network, attended by the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

The launch event at the Wythenshawe Forum Centre was followed by a fun-packed-fortnight of activities and events, designed to showcase the diverse range of things to do for the over 50s.

Highlights included the Dementia Friendly Day Club, Tai Chi, Easy Rhythms Classes, Chess, Chatty Crafters, Murder Mysteries, Indoor Bowling, Art Classes, Coffee Mornings, Wheelchair Dancing, IT Sessions, History Groups, Afternoon Tea, Indoor Bowling, Sequence Dancing, Zumba and Martial Arts... to name just a few!

The Network has been established to make Wythenshawe a better place to grow old. What a fantastic start!

Learn more about the Network here, and email to share your ideas and get involved.

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)