Age-friendly Manchester E-bulletin Issue 119 – October 2015

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Age-friendly Manchester E-bulletin
An electronic publication bringing you news and updates from the Age-friendly Manchester team and our partners

Issue 119 – October 2015

About this e-bulletin
Welcome to the October 2015 edition of the Age-friendly Manchester e-bulletin – a monthly update, with 1600 direct recipients in Manchester and further afield, featuring brief articles on local and national news, events and information that relates to older people.

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News from Age-friendly Manchester and our partners:

Invitation to Celebrate National Older People’s Day
and the Manchester Older People’s Forum
Thursday 1st October 2015
Conference Hall, Manchester Town Hall

The Age Friendly Manchester team is pleased to confirm that the next meeting of Manchester Older People’s Forum will take place on Thursday 1st October 2015.  As usual we will begin with tea and coffee at 10.00am, with formal proceedings beginning at 10.30am.

Our Forum meeting will also present an opportunity to celebrate National Older People’s Day and will see the launch of the Age Friendly Manchester Older People’s Charter which has been developed by the Age Friendly Manchester Older People’s Board. Continuing with the celebratory mood we will be entertained over lunch by the beautiful Golden Voices Community Choir who are currently their fifth anniversary year.

It has been some time since we were all together and it will be wonderful to see friends old and new on 1stOctober. We very much hope to see you at the meeting. For more information about the launch of the Manchester or to register for membership of the Forum please contact Tim Keeley on 219 6759 or by email
Golden Voices Community Choir
“Celebrating singing together for over five years”
Search for new members
Over recent years, singing as part of a choir has become very popular, particularly since Gareth Malone helped to launch the beautiful Military Wives choir in 2011. Manchester’s very own choir, the Golden Voices are actively looking for new members, no previous singing experience is necessary.
Prospective new members are welcome to pop in and join in a rehearsal before signing up as a member. Rehearsal dates throughout October are 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th October.
As well as enjoying a new activity and meeting new friends you’ll also be improving your health – regular singing can improve your breathing and posture.  You can view clips and images of choir performances and even make enquiries about membership at: or for more information contact Julie Jones on 07906 201262or email

My Generation Over 50s Club night
Alter Ego, Princess St, Manchester
Sunday 1st November from 7.00pm
Our My Generation Club Nights are on the move again. After 12 wonderful months at The Roadhouse we’re heading to a great new venue close to Chorlton Street bus station – Alter Ego on Princess Street. Why not join us on opening night on Sunday 1st November 2015, from 7.00pm for an evening of the coolest club sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s.  As always you’re bound to hear some of the tunes of your generation and there’ll be live music too from The Cavernites, tickets are still just £5.00 and are available in advance or on the door.  For more information contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or or

New film and guide to working with older people as co-researchers launched by MICRA
A new guide to working with older people has been launched by the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) at the University of Manchester, edited by Dr. Tine Buffel and produced in partnership with Age-friendly Manchester and Age UK. The new handbook shares stories from older people as they step beyond the traditional role of consultee to that of interviewer and researcher. To view or download the booklet, and to watch the accompanying film on the Age-friendly Cities initiative in Manchester, visit the MICRA website at

Interested in research on ageing? Join the MICRA mailing list and follow on Twitter
The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) acts as an information hub for ageing research across a range of disciplines at The University of Manchester, including sociology, architecture, economics, medicine and engineering. MICRA holds free public seminars throughout the year and has access to a network of over 1,900 academics, practitioners, policy makers and older people. To receive regular newsletters and notifications about upcoming events, email or follow on Twitter @MICRA_ageing

Volunteering and Training Opportunities

Welcomes retired people who would like to lend a hand in local schools. Have fun and help make a difference sharing your knowledge and experience.
Contact: Hazel Roy or telephone Hazel
on 0161 434 5021

Have fun, make new friends, be useful, use your skills and expertise and have fun! INTERGEN offers you the opportunity for all this by volunteering in a local primary school in Chorlton (Barlow Hall, Chorlton Park and/or Old Moat).  Check out the Intergen website ( and contact Estelle on 077987 07795 or 264 0089 or email for a chat about how this might be the right thing for you and some local children.  

People First Volunteer Befriending Scheme
We are recruiting volunteer befrienders for our scheme in Hulme and Moss Side. Our volunteers visit adults aged 55 years and over to help reduce loneliness and social isolation.
We provide a full training package, reasonable out of pocket expenses and support to find permanent employment or other volunteering opportunities.
Due to working with vulnerable adults we will ask you to complete a full DBS, which we will pay for. Previous experience is not required.
For more information please contact Wesley Langley – Scheme Coordinator 0161 235 6900 or  or visit our website:

Free wellbeing course for people with diabetes, heart disease or arthritis
Manchester Mind
Living with a long-term condition isn’t plain sailing, and we don’t always get the support that we need when things get tough. The “Building a Healthy Future course” takes place over six weeks, for two hours a week and is completely free. Learn how to handle stress and how to relax more, make new friends, boost your confidence and improve your overall wellbeing. Our next courses start in November in four locations across North, Central and South Manchester.  For more information contact or call Ruth on 07527 127 786 to book your place or to refer someone.
Visit: for more details. No minimum or maximum age! Everyone can benefit from this course!

Free Oral History Training starting October
Monday 12 October, 6.15pm – 8.15pm
Birch Community Centre, Birch Grove, off Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, M14 5JT
On this short course you will learn how to conduct oral history interviews, learn what questions to ask and how to use recording equipment. The training sessions are part of the ‘Rusholme, What’s the Story?’ project funded by the Heritage Lottery, capturing the many stories of Rusholme from the 1950s to today. The course will run for 4 weeks on 12,19, 26th October & 2nd November.  Everyone is welcome. To book on a place please email Richard Browning on or call 07913 540680.

Free VIP Intro to Youth Work Training for those interested in volunteering with young people.
GMYN has an opportunity that might be of interest to older people who are interested in volunteering with young people.
If you have experience volunteering with young people or would like to start then consider booking onto the ‘Intro to Youth Work’ training this November. Each session covers the basics of youth work to help you along your volunteer journey. For more information visit or contact Myrtle Finley on 0161 247 3377or email

The Expert Patients Programme (EPP)
This course is for Manchester people who have experienced any long term health condition. The course is also effective in supporting carers
We are now taking referrals for the Expert Patients Programme at the venues listed below.

North Manchester
Monday 26 October to 30 November 09.45–2.15 pm
Five Oaks Family Practice, 47 Graham Street, Beswick, M11 3BB
Tuesday 6 October to 10 November 12:45 – 3.15 pm
Ancoats Primary Care Centre, Old Mill Street, Ancoats, M4 6EE
Thursdays 1 October  to 5 November 12:00 – 2.30 pm
Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre, 93 Church Lane, Harpurhey, M9 5BG

South Manchester
Fridays 30 October to 4 December 12:00 – 2.30 pm
Wythenshawe Forum Health, Simonsway, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX

Central Manchester
Mondays 21 September to 26 October 12:00 – 2.30 pm
Central Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
Thursdays 15 October to 19 November 12:30 – 3.00 pm
Levenshulme Health Centre, Dunstable Street, M19 3BX

The EPP supports people who live with long-term health conditions take a positive role in managing the non clinical aspects of their health and well-being. The course looks at ways to positively manage symptoms and changing emotions that can be brought about by living with long-term health conditions. The UK and international evidence into the effectiveness of the programme has been excellent – EPP is the leading self-management/self-care programme in the UK.  For a copy of our quick and easy referral form please call 0161 371 2105 or

What’s On

Events Coming Up

Celebrate National Older People’s Day in Levenshulme
Thursday 1st October 11am – 3pm
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Elbow Street, Levenshulme, M19 3PY
If you are aged 50 or over and live in Levenshulme or south Gorton please  join us for a fun packed day of information and entertainment.
We’ll be serving Afternoon Tea at 1pm for a small charge, just £2.50 per head.
In the morning there will be an information and health stalls followed by an afternoon of entertainment, taster sessions and fun activities aimed at the 50+ age group. We’re also holding an ‘have your say’ session so you can tell us what would make the local area more age-friendly.
Any agency that would like to have a stall, run an activity or promote their services is invited to contact, Kate Williams as soon possible. We expect approximately 100 – 150 older people to attend. For more information contact
Kate Williams, Inspired People’s Project Co-ordinator on 0161 850 4044 or mobile 07952 178459

National Older People’s Day – Thursday 1 October
Could Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service help your group celebrate National Older People’s Day?
Over the previous years GMFRS have worked together on various projects across Manchester to mark and celebrate National Older People’s Day. Are you organising an event that we can be part of or support? We’d love to hear from you. Please contact Angela Baker, Community Safety Advisor by or call 07581 004132.
Remember you can follow us on Facebook at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and on Twitter @manchesterfire

Live Age Festival 2015
1 – 3 October
Trinity Church and the Roebuck Hotel, Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands
Join us for a celebration of creativity in later life! The Live Age Festival, which we piloted in 2014, will be running again this year. The Mitchell Arts Centre and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent play host to the Festival and – new for this year – we have an extra day of outreach activities Most activities are FREE.

Details of all the exciting events can be found on our website at:

Stay Strong, Stay Steady
Thursday 1 October 2015
The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is an EC funded project aimed at reducing falls through active healthy ageing.  Led by the University of Manchester and working with 21 partners from across the European Union, the project delivers an annual campaign on International Older Person’s Day (1st October).  The2015 Stay Strong Stay Steady campaign focusses on three simple ways to remain independent and stay active throughout life.  For more information on the campaign, including access to downloadable leaflet and poster visit our website alternatively, contact the Project Administrator 0161 306 7797 or email

Aquarius International Older Peoples Day Celebration
Saturday 3 October 2015 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Aquarius Community Centre, 21 Eden Close, Hulme, M15 6AX
Come and Join us for our 1950’s Themed Celebration and be entertained by:-
A Live Swing Band, GI Jive Dancers, Dancing. Afternoon Tea will be served
Tel 0161 226 8254 or Email:
and ask for Anne Finnegan for further Information
Places are limited. So please book early to avoid disappointment!

LINK Design Product Launch
Saturday 3 October 2015, 2-4pm
Gallery of Costume, Platt Fields Park, Manchester, M14 5LL.
“We started with the Gallery of Costume collection and then people inspired each other to create the objects.” Quote from a LINK group member.
Join us in celebration as residents of Rusholme and Fallowfield present their new design range inspired by the fashion collections at Gallery of Costume.
Plates, mugs, prints and cards will be available to view and purchase from the Gallery of Costume shop.  Meet the designers, hear their story, and join us for drinks and cake.
A group of older adults have been on a creative journey and are ready to share their expertise.  From the first workshop at Gallery of Costume in 2011 when some of the group were ‘afraid to pick up a pencil’, these creatives now use print, drawing, stitch, lettering, mark making and word poetry to create bespoke items for sale.  The proceeds will be fed back to the project and the Gallery.  Each item for sale tells a story of a connection made between a historic fashion piece and an individual, between one group members and another, and between a resident and their cultural city.
This project is delivered in partnership with Rusholme and Fallowfield Community Forum through their LINK Good Neighbours scheme.  Please RSVP to Kate Day by email

Launch of Digital Salford: Opening the City’s Photo Album
Exhibition runs from 3 October – 6 December at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, Crescent, Salford M5 4WU
Over the last two years, volunteers have been digitising thousands of images from Salford’s 70,000-strong local history photograph collection. People from across the city and beyond have chosen photographs of the streets, buildings and events that mean the most to them. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, these will shortly be accessible online for the first time, with the launch of our new searchable website, An exhibition will also be opened on 3rd October to mark some of the creative ways in which the people of Salford have responded to these photographs, including photography, visual art and animation. For more information call0161 778 0800 or visit

People’s History Museum
Saturday 3 October, 12.00pm – 10.00pm
The Welcome to Manchester party
Coming to Manchester for a conference?  Or a protest?  Join us for a party to showcase some top political music and poetry.  Featuring Billy Bragg, Sam Duckworth, Brigitte Aphrodite and lots more.  All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support People’s History Museum, Women for Refugee Women and the People’s Assembly.
Please note that this is a standing event suitable for adults and young people.  If you have any access requirements please contact the museum. Booking required via Eventbrite –
£10 + booking fee.  For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Silver Sunday and Age Friendly Museums Day
Sunday 4 October 10.30 – 12.30
Practice, Create and Make
Join artist Lauren Iredale and discover some top tips for drawing using the Museum’s collection as inspiration. Explore different media and create your own masterpiece to take home.
Spaces limited, book on 0161 275 2648

North City Library Grand Day Out
The Echo Trace Exhibition
Monday 5 October 2pm – 4pm
Let the Grand Day Out group from North City library take you back in time with their remarkable local history installation, built around memories of growing up in Harpurhey. Walk through a journey of written memories, collages, film and recorded conversations along with photography by Rebecca Lupton. A newly commissioned piece of music by Eve Harrison accompanies the installation and will be performed live by an ensemble of cello, violin , trumpet and oboe. This is a Free event and tea and coffee will be served. For more information contactTracy or Niall on 0161 219 6442 or email

From MICRA and Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research (WISERD)
Wednesday 7 October 2015
Seminar 2.00pm – 4.00pm (free networking lunch from 1.00pm)
G306 A&B, The Jean McFarlane Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Professor Ian Rees Jones: Ageing societies and civil society
Dr Martijn Hogerbrugge: Comparative perspectives on volunteering in Europe
Dr Martina Feilzer: Intergenerational aspects of fear of crime
Chair: Professor Chris Phillipson
 This seminar will aim to consider the current state of thinking about forms of civil society and social participation in later life and present earlier findings from comparative research in order to set out potential avenues for further research and collaboration.

October Carer Information and Support Programme
Thursday 8 October – 29 October 11am – 1.30pm
Old Trafford Wellbeing Centre.
Do you care for someone with dementia? Why not come to our Carer Information workshops held in Old Trafford. You’d be made most welcome and we look forward to seeing you. Our sessions are held at the Blue Sci Wellbeing Centre, 54 -56 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford M16 0LN
If you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass on or ask them to contact me. For more information about your local Carer Information and Support Programme please contact the Alzheimer’s Society local office in
Trafford on 0161 962 4769 or

Manchester Carers Forum
Spirit of Caring Event – Central Methodist Building, Oldham Street, Manchester
Friday 9 October 11am – 2pm
Please join us at our FREE carers event where carers will find advice, information and support to help them in their role as a carer. There will be a range of carers support services available on the day to answer questions and our popular pamper sessions will also be on offer. We’re hold a Bake Off too, so there’ll be cake to sample too. Form more information contact Miriam or Helen on 0161 819 2226.

Second World War ‘Evacuee get together’ in Stockport
Saturday 10 October 2015, 10.30am – 12.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Churchgate, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1YG
Anyone who was evacuated to/from the Manchester area is invited to
attend this informal event to share memories, letters and
photographs with other evacuees. The event is organised by local historian
Gillian Mawson. Refreshments available. A free bus, number 300, departs
Stockport railway station and bus station every 15 minutes and stops outside
St Mary’s church. There is a disabled access path into church. Contact Gillian
Mawson at for further information or leave a message on 01663 732963

People’s History Museum
Thursday 15 October 1.15pm – 2.00pm
Living History performance: Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story
This Black History Month discover more about the life of Radical Hero William Cuffay.  This performance explores the horrors of the slave trade and how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution.  Meet William Cuffay, son of a freed slave, who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.
Family Friendly event, suitable for over 9s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite –
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or
People’s History Museum
Thursday 15 October, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Radical Hero – An audience with Viv Anderson
The Football Association invite you to celebrate Black History Month with Radical Hero Viv Anderson. Viv was the first black footballer to play for England and features on our list of 100 Radical Heroes. This event is suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite –
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. (Suggested donation £5)
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

The science behind animal mummies, in six objects
Friday 23 October
1 – 2pm
Imaging techniques, 3D printing and chemical analysis are just a few of the methods used to learn more about the animal mummies of Ancient Egypt, which are showcased in the exhibition, Gift for the Gods.  This talk closely examines six exhibition objects, using science to uncover details from over 2,000 years ago.
Booking advised

Community Conference – Working towards a Dementia  Friendly Harpurhey
Monday 26 October 2015 at the Manchester Communication Academy
10 am – 3.30 pm with lunch included
North Manchester Health Forum will be holding their first community conference entitled ‘Working Towards a Dementia Friendly Harpurhey’ on   We hope to have a wide range of local people and local professionals at the conference in order to discuss the current issues for people and look at ways in which together we can improve the everyday quality of life and health outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.  Places are limited so early application is advised.
For more details please e-mail

People’s History Museum
Thursday 29 October 1.15pm – 2.00pm
Living History performance: No Bed of Roses – From the Caribbean to Manchester
Meet Gabrielle and help with her life-changing decision to move from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s.  To celebrate Black History Month
Family Friendly event, suitable for over 7s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite –
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or
Friday 30 October 12.30pm – 2.30pm (Prompt start)
Money Matters? Patchwork quilt workshop
Join artist Heather Mather to help create a patchwork quilt portraying how we experience and value money today.  Inspired by our Show Me the Money exhibition, this workshop will explore how finance has been represented over the decades.  The finished patchwork will go on display in the exhibition.  Part of BBC Get Creative. This is a Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 7s to adults. For bookings see
Suggested donation £3
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

People’s History Museum
Friday 25 September – Friday 23 October 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Show Me the Money – Political Economy from 1700 to Present
The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) are running a five week course which links to our Show Me the Money exhibition.  The course explores the history, economics and politics that lie behind the art on display.
Suitable for adults aged 19 and over
Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or via  Please quote course ref C3838041.  Please note this is a five week course; attendees are required to book onto all five weeks of the course      
£40.30 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or
Seminar: Age and the body: Identity and image in later life
Friday 4 December 2015
2.00pm – 4.00pm (free networking lunch from 1.00pm)
Meeting rooms 1 & 2, The Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU  
Speakers :
Professor Julia Twigg, Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, The University of Kent
Professor Julie-Marie Strange, Professor of British History and Dr Sasha Handley, Senior Lecturer History, The University of Manchester
Chair: Professor Chris Phillipson, Professor Sociology & Social Gerontology, The University of Manchester
Since at least the eighteenth century, consumer markets have responded to the needs of ageing populations. Some of these aids have had practical functions, such as walking sticks, pain relief, or commodes, while others have addressed issues of personal appearance, such as hair dye, ‘anti’ ageing cosmetics or false teeth. At this seminar, Professor Julia Twigg (Sociology, University of Kent) and Dr Sasha Handley and Professor Julie-Marie Strange (History, University of Manchester) present research on how men and women respond to changes in ageing bodies today and in the past. Drawing on case studies, the presentations consider how changes in the ageing body’s appearance and function can challenge our personal identities and afford opportunities to develop our image and identity in new ways. The second half of the seminar will invite discussion with a panel on the issues raised around identity and image in later life with representatives from Age UK, the Whitworth Art Gallery and the independent living/mobility aid industry.
Please register online for this free seminar

FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS – including Glucose and Cholesterol levels
Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28  October 9.30am – 4.00pm
Wythenshawe Forum Library, Forum Square, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX
Mondays 30 November 7, 14, 21 December 12.30 – 6.30pm
Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Road, M12 4NE
Feeling good? Keep it that way and treat yourself to 20 minutes that could add years to your life!
The NHS Health Check is an excellent way to listen to your body to check if it needs a little extra attention to keep it happy and running smoothly. There are few conditions, so if you are –

  • aged between 40 and 74
  • registered with a GP within the city of Manchester
  • not already being treated for heart problems or diabetes
  • not already had this check in the last five years

Please come and visit our friendly healthcare team at one of the venues listed below.   You will receive a full NHS Health Check which checks your height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and by taking a very small finger prick blood sample, your glucose and cholesterol levels will be known within minutes, so no having to return for results.  You will then have time to discuss your results and ask any questions.

Manchester Literature Festival
12 – 25 October 2015
Manchester Literature Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with an extra special programme of 85 events at venues across the city. Featuring Anita Anand, Simon Armitage, Virginia Baily, Louis de Bernières, Melvyn Bragg, Carol Ann Duffy, Sarah Hall, Joanne Harris, Robert Harris, Rachel Holmes, Anthony Horowitz, Paul Mason, Val McDermid, Deborah Moggach, Kate Mosse, Polly Samson, Elif Shafak, Jane Smiley, Tracey Thorn, Kathryn Williams, Jeanette Winterson and many more.
For full programme details visit the festival website

Dance for Everyone
Union Chapel Wellington Road Fallowfield
Come along, get fit and have fun trying out lots of dance styles at our weekly dance class. We do some seated dance too! No age restrictions or experience necessary. First trial session free. More information from Hazel Roy 0161 434 5021 or

Advice, Support and Information

People First Dementia Support Service
Free support available to people aged 55+ living in Manchester who are exhibiting signs of dementia, memory loss or confusion. The service provides support in a range of areas including independent living, claiming benefits, assistance in liaising with other agencies including health and social care.
To make a referral or obtain further information about the project, please contact: People First Dementia Support at People First Housing Association on 0161 235 6900
or visit our website at

iPad User Support Group
Nephra’s iPad group are a friendly bunch, and each and every one of them has started from scratch. From mastering the absolute basics – switching the device on/off and learning simple navigation skills – our users now enjoy full and independent use of their devices at home. The classes are supported by two experienced community ICT tutors, who are always happy to answer any questions you might have, or remove any stumbling blocks you experience.
For more information visit
or email
Kindle and E-Reader Support Group

Thinking of buying a Kindle or other e-Reader? Already have one but not yet got to grips with it? Yes? Then our support group is for you. We can show you how to:

Search for and download electronic books, newspapers and magazines

Change text and adjust lighting to make things easier to read.

Manage your book collection and get organised

Find the best web-sites to visit and review electronic books.

Access your local library e-book and audiobook services

For more information visit or email:
Create a place to live that’s not your ordinary retirement community
Manchester Urban CoHousing, MUCH, is aiming to create a new sustainable cohousing community for older people in South Manchester. We are looking for people to join us and work with the current members to bring this idea to life.
Our community will be 10 – 20 homes for people aged over 50. We are committed to living sustainably and aim to build a place that helps us live well and grow older together in a well-designed environment.
To find out more visit our website  or contact us:  or phone 07444 581678

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) – Please Stay Safe This Autumn
GMFRS wants everyone to enjoy the autumn months safely.  The annual Treacle Campaign is a Greater Manchester wide, multi agency approach aimed at preventing, tackling and protecting against bonfire and firework injuries, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage during the Halloween and Bonfire period. for further safety information and to find out details of organised Halloween and Bonfire Night events taking place in your local area.  Please HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE HALLOWEEN AND BONFIRE NIGHT.

Low mood? Anxiety? Panic Attacks?
Need support now?
NEW Sanctuary 24 hour Crisis-line – 0300 003 7029
The Sanctuary has been providing overnight crisis support to those with common mental health problems in Manchester for almost 2 years. We are very excited to announce that from 7th September, we have been able to expand the service to include a 24 hour crisis support line. The service is available 365 days per year and offers emotional support to those experiencing high levels of distress.
We retain our existing central Manchester Sanctuary site between 8pm-6am, 7 nights per week and will continue to offer face to face visits to those in need. Transport can be arranged for clients who are unable to get to the site.
This service is CCG funded for Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Tameside & Glossop.

Entertainer Dave Taylor
Feel the joy and power of live music! He loves sharing music, especially with older people in Care Homes, Community Centres, or Parties. Favourite songs from every era and all popular styles.  
Please look online  or ring Dave on 0797 901 1106.  

Care and Repair Handyperson Service
Manchester Care and Repair’s handyperson service is available for small works to help an older person keep their home safe and warm. The service is free and is usually able to respond with a couple of weeks (the service does not cover the cost of materials). Call 0161 872 5500, 9am – 4pm.  For more information visit
Home Repairs Support
For larger repair and energy efficiency works, Care and Repair can direct you to vetted contractors and/or help older owner occupiers to access the Council’s interest-free and low cost loan assistance. Call 0161 872 5500, 9am – 4pm. For more information, visit
Independent Living Support Service
The Care & Repair caseworker service has recently been awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund to expand its service in Manchester. This free home-visiting service provides short term assistance, benefits checks and applications, signposting and information to older people of any housing tenure who want to remain in their own home. For more information on how we can help, call 0161 872 5500. For more details, visit
Home from Hospital Service
Care and Repair offer low level support to any older person (over 60) who has recently been in hospital or attended A&E and is not eligible for support from Adult Social Care. Support includes practical tasks, benefits checks and applications, finding relevant support services and telephone support. Call 0161 872 5500 (ask for Home from Hospital).
Volunteer Opportunity – Volunteer Handyperson
Care & Repair are on the lookout for a Volunteer Handyperson. Volunteers will complete tasks alongside our HandyHelp Safety Operatives. These include the fitting of safety equipment, minor plumbing jobs and joinery work. This role would suit someone who has DIY or trades skills and you must have your own car. All out of pocket expenses are fully reimbursed. If you’re interested, please call Manchester Care & Repair on 0161 872 5500. For more details, visit
Donate Your Unwanted Furniture and Support ‘Care & Repair’
Thinking of buying new furniture but don’t know what to do with your old items? Moving home and need to get rid of anything? Care & Repair have teamed up with CT Home to offer you FREE COLLECTION of your quality used furniture and household appliances. If you are interested in donating, please call 0161 745 7588 and quote Care & Repair. CT Home will collect anywhere across Greater Manchester and sell the furniture at their warehouse in Salford.
Energy Support
Manchester Care & Repair has recently expanded its BIG Lottery funded Independent Living Support Service by recruiting an Energy Support Worker. Visiting clients in their own homes, they will provide advice on improving the energy efficiency and thermal comfort of the home, as well as addressing any fuel poverty issues. If you’re struggling to pay for your fuel costs and/or would like some energy efficiency advice, call 0161 872 5500 to enquire.
Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) – Please Stay Safe This Summer
GMFRS wants everyone to enjoy the summer months safely and we’ll be doing everything we can to reduce the number of accidents out in the open and in the home.  The annual Safe4Summer Campaign is designed to offer people of all ages the opportunity to experience fun and exciting activities in their area, as well as giving them vital advice on personal safety and promoting social responsibility.  Visit for further information and to find out what’s going on in your local area.  Please LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND EACH OTHER, STAY SAFE, STAY IN CONTROL.

Try Books to Go – Home Delivery Service
Do you love to read but can’t get to your local library?
Would you like a friendly volunteer to read with and talk about all things book?
Books to Go provides a home delivery service for Manchester residents who have limited mobility, a visual impairment or any difficulty leaving their home and visiting their local library.  When you join you will be asked if you prefer audio books, large print ,DVD’s or ordinary print. Also what types of book you enjoy.  Our experienced staff will choose books to you preference and deliver them to your own home free of charge.
Ask at your local library or call 0161 227 3800

Have you been affected by cancer? Are you struggling to get back to normal or ‘new’ normal-then Macmillan Connections may be for you
The Macmillan cancer Information and support centre at Wythenshawe hospital have a whole host of groups and activities you can join to help regain confidence, improve energy levels and best of all- be with others in similar circumstances to have a chat  and form supportive friendships, whilst joining in an activity you enjoy.
Our Macmillan Connection groups include walking groups, our local allotment group, yoga, and craft and chat plus much more- we can also ‘connect’ you to local centres, community groups and social activities and join others with similar interests
For further information please contact the Macmillan centre on 0161 291 4876 or

Community Alarm Service
Annual Report 2014 – 15
The Community Alarm Service (CAS) provides a range of 24/7 services which support our most vulnerable customers by helping them to remain independent in their own homes. The service prevents the unnecessary admission of Manchester residents into hospital, long term residential care or having to face the upheaval of having to live with relatives. The service provides the reassurance to our customers and their relatives that if help is needed, the customer can simply press their community alarm pendant, which will immediately open a telecommunications link with our operator in the Control Room. Where necessary, an appropriate home visit response would then be arranged by CAS. Where necessary, CAS will inform one of the Greater Manchester “blue light” services, be it the ambulance, police or even fire services on behalf of customers. For more information about the service or for details about viewing the Annual Report contact Donna Conway on 0161 273 2574.

Aged 50+? Concerned about scams? Help is at hand!
The recent introduction of pension reforms gave people considerable freedom to decide what to do with their pension pots. Sadly, the freedoms also resulted in an increase in fraudsters targeting over 55s – putting their hard-earned retirement savings at risk. Research conducted by Which? found that a third of over 55s have been contacted about their pensions by companies that could be fraudulent. A Pension Wise appointment will help you understand how to protect yourself from scams and report them if you see them.
Call 0161 830 2070 for an appointment.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are aged 16 or over. DWP will be writing to people before the end of September 2017 telling them when their DLA will end. You don’t need to do anything until you get your letter, which will have more information about a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you know anyone affected by this and want to find out more about DLA ending and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) visit:    

Regular Groups and Activities

We are part of the National 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 also be supporting continued access to your local countryside. Please contact our Secretary Mags Metcalf on 0161 839 3865 or visit our website for more details.

Aquarius Tai Chi Classes
Every Friday 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Aquarius Community Centre, 21 Eden Close, Hulme M15 6AX
Would you like to study the Art of Tai Chi, Strengthen your Mobility, Improve your Flexibility and/or meet new friends in a warm friendly environment?
Come along to our Free classes for Adult Beginners & Improvers with Master Chen
Tel: 0161 226 8254 / 07903 990044
Please ask for Anne Finnegan for Further Information
Aquarius International Older Peoples Day Celebration
Saturday 3 October 2015 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Aquarius Community Centre. 21 Eden Close. Hulme. M15 6AX
Come and Join us for our 1950’s Themed Celebration and be entertained by:-
A Live Swing Band, Jive Dancers, Dancing. Afternoon Tea will be served
Tel: 0161 226 8254 or Email:
and ask for Anne Finnegan
Places are limited. So please book early to avoid disappointment!

The Gorton Day Centre, Age UK Manchester
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
The Gorton Day Centre, The Melland Centre, Melland Road, Gorton, M18 7QU.
Somewhere for older people with a mental health diagnosis to come for a hot meal, entertainment and companionship. We provide transport (within a certain radius), breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, trips out, entertainment and activities for which we make a small charge. We currently have places available in the Day Centre. All enquiries please contact: Jean Lamb on or Julie Hussey Tel 0161 223 6062. Or call into the centre.

Age UK Openshaw Lunch Club
Every Monday at 1pm
Age UK Day Centre, Catherine Street, Openshaw, M11 1WF
Lovely Grub Lunch Club. Get a tasty home cooked meal and dessert followed by tea or coffee for just £3.00.  No need to book just turn up.  After lunch there is often a speaker or other interesting activity which is free.  The lunch club will soon be extended to Wednesday and Friday, watch this space!  For full details contact Diane AronwichAgeing Well Development Worker, 0161 205 3851 or e-mail  Find us on Facebook
Seated Tai Chi
Every Thursday at 2pm
Age UK Day Centre, Catherine Street, Openshaw, M11 1WF.
The only seated Tai Chi class in Manchester (that we know of!) at  Suitable for all abilities. No need to book just turn up. Cost £2 includes tea/coffee and biscuits.  For full details contact Diane Aronwich Ageing Well Development Worker, 0161 205 3851 or e-mail  Find us on
Miles Platting Plodders
Every Wednesday at 10.15am
Trinity Methodist Church, Butler Street, Ancoats or Piccadilly Gardens outside Morrisons (formerly Nobles).
Fancy a gentle health walk to get you moving, keep fit, make new friends and see some interesting places?  Then this is definitely for you.  Free to join and free public transport if you have a bus pass, a cost is incurred for lunch on some weeks. Full details and walk programme is available from Diane Aronwich Ageing Well Development Worker, 0161 205 3851 or e-mail  Find us on   Please contact Diane before joining us for the first time.
Linedance and Social Afternoon
Second Thursday every month 12.30 pm – 3 pm at St George’s Community Centre, Bothwell Road, Collyhurst M40 7NY (Next couple of dates are 8 October and 12 November)
Run by Age UK Manchester and funded by Collyhurst Big Local.  Linedancing is a great way to keep fit, you don’t need a partner and absolute beginners are more than welcome.  Don’t feel like dancing? Come anyway we have board games! Cost £2 includes tea/coffee, fresh fruit, biscuits and a raffle.  Contact Diane Aronwich Ageing Well Development Worker for full details on 0161 205 3851 or e-mail  Find us on Facebook  

The Green Stroke Cafe at Manchester Museum
Second Tuesday of October 2-3.30pm
Come and explore the museum’s outdoor spaces, get involved with our allotment, and find out more about our natural history collection from our curators and conservationists. Enjoy some refreshments, and chat with a member of staff from the Stroke Association.
Age Friendly Museum Tours
The tours will start at 2.00pm on the last Thursday of every month.
Are you an individual or a group of friends who want to visit the Museum but doesn’t know where to look first? Join us for a half hour taster tours around the Museum led by our visitor team, these will highlight some of the fantastic objects in our collection and the stories behind them.  Free drop in meet in the Museum reception!

Would you like to develop drama skills, meet new people and have some fun?
WEDNESDAYS throughout September and February
11am – 1pm
The Royal Exchange Elders’ Company are starting new Elders Monthly taster sessions.  Open to anyone over 60, they are practical drama workshops for those who wish to develop drama skills and find out more about the process of making theatre. Elders’ Monthly sessions take place on various To find out more contact Andy Barryon 0161 615 6792 or visit the website:

Stroke Cafes
The following programmes are designed for anyone who has had a TIA of people affected by stroke and their carers.  If you would like more information, advice and support contact Helen Gilbertson or Chantelle Brady – Information, Advice and Support Co-ordinators at the Stroke Association on 0161 742 7482 or mobile 07983 343003.

Come along for a brew and a chat, get some friendly advice and meet new friends at one of our Stroke Cafes below:
Trinity Baptist Church, Wellington Street, Gorton, M18 8BE, 26 October, 30 November, 21 December, 10 am – 1 pm. Light lunch provided
Sydney Jones Court, 333 St Mary’s Road, Moston, M40 0BH, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December, 10 am – 1 pm. Light lunch provided
Barlow Moor Community Centre, 23 Merseybank Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7NT, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December, 10am to 1pm. A two-course lunch is available at a small charge. Tea and coffee are free
Factory Youth Zone, 931 Rochdale Road, Manchester, M9 8AE 14 October, 11 November, 9 December. 10am to 1pm.  
Tree of Life Centre Wythenshawe, Greenbrow Road, Newall Green, Manchester, M23 2UE, 22 October, 19 November, 17 December. 10am to 1pm.
A lovely meal is available for a small charge and tea and coffee is free.

Trinity Baptist Church, Wellington Street, Gorton, M18 8BE
Thursday mornings 10.30 am – 1pm
A partnership funded by POPPs and run by The Stroke Association in co-operation with Manchester Carers’ Forum with trainers from ‘Extend’.  An eight week programme of health promotion and supported exercise focusing on exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.

People affected by stroke can participate in chair based exercise with a qualified ‘Extend’ trainer.  Carers are given the opportunity for a break or to meet other carers and participate in activities such as relaxation and alternative therapy etc.  The second half of the session is aimed at the whole group and looks at issues around stroke and healthy living. Please ring Helen Gilbertson or Chantelle Brady – Information, Advice and Support Co-ordinators at the Stroke Association on 0161 742 7482 or mobile 07983 343003 to be referred to POPPs.

The Green Stroke Cafe at Manchester Museum
Second Tuesday of the month 2pm – 3.30pm
May – October
The Manchester Museum’s Stroke café launches in May to coincide with Stroke Awareness month. Come and explore the museum’s outdoor spaces, get involved with our allotment, and find out more about our natural history collection from our curators and conservationists. Enjoy some refreshments, and chat with a member of staff from the Stroke Association.

Wednesday POP – IN at St Marys Moston
We meet once a fortnight on a Wednesday morning 10-45am – 12-30 pm.
30th September, 14th, 28th October and every 2 weeks thereafter.
Join us for Free cuppa and friendly company
Bargain tables of books, DVDs, CDs and bric-a-brac. Most items for a donation of 25p, 50p or a £1.
Occasional speakers and outings.
For more information contact the Church on 0161 681 1201 or visit

Age-friendly Manchester Locality Networks
Our AFM locality Networks all share a common goal of developing Age Friendly communities and neighbourhoods. The basic idea behind each Age Friendly Network remains the same, in that partners work together in a defined geographical area to improve services for, and importantly, with, older people.

Each Network has, or is in the process of, developing its own Age Friendly Action Plan which includes priority actions which covers:
– Promoting services and sharing information with older people
– Listening to and consulting with older people
– Strengthening the network to ensure effective joint working
– Reporting (Ward Coordination, Health and Well Being Plans etc)
– Delivery of Local Projects

Age-friendly Network Contact Details

Networks are supported by colleagues working in localities across the city:

Harpurhey and Moston AFM Network
Contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or by emailing

Higher Blackley and Charlestown AFM Network
Contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or by emailing

Cheetham and Crumpsall AFM Network
Contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or by emailing

Miles Platting and Newton Heath AFM Network
(incl Miles Platting, Ancoats and Collyhurst and Newton Heath)
Contact Isobel Howard on 0161 203 2600 (option 2) or by emailing

Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw AFM Network
Contact Tracey Annette on 234 4299 or by emailing

Chorlton & Chorlton Park AFM Network
Contact Devon Poyser on 0161 448 4200 or by emailing

Didsbury and Burnage AFM Network
Contact Devon Poyser on 0161 448 4200 or by emailing

Withington and Old Moat AFM Network
Contact Devon Poyser on 0161 448 4200 or by emailing

Age Friendly Whalley Range
Contact Chris Ricard on 0161 881 3744 or by emailing

Wythenshawe AFM Network
Contact Patrick Hanfling on 0161 234 4188 or email

If you are interested in joining any of our existing Networks please contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or email

The Age-friendly Manchester Team: Here with help and advice
Established in 2003 as Valuing Older People, the AFM partnership aims to improve the quality of life of older people in Manchester.  By creating the right partnerships across the statutory, community and voluntary sectors and by co-producing projects and programmes with older residents, the programme has become nationally recognised as leaders in the field of ageing policy.

The AFM team is part of Public Health Manchester:  

Tracey Annette: Project Manager
Tel. 0161 234 4299,

Patrick Hanfling: Project Manager
Tel. 0161 234 4188,

Louise Lanigan: Project Manager
Tel. 0161 234 1366,

Paul McGarry: Strategic Lead  
Tel. 0161 234 3503,