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Issue 122 – February 2016

About this e-bulletin
Welcome to the February 2016 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:
The e-bulletin is changing!
The 123rd issue will mark the start of some changes to the design and content of our e-bulletin.  The main change is that we’ll be shortening the emails to make them a little easier to digest, plus we’ll be enhancing the design.  We’ll be moving much of the content to our new website so that we can share our news and events with you and as well as a wider audience.  The e-bulletin will link to this website content so people can pick and choose what they’d like to read a little more easily.

Ambition for Ageing Launched
Ambition for Ageing is a £10million Big Lottery funded project across Greater Manchester which targets the reduction of social isolation among older people and 28 January marked the official launch.  Projects will be delivered in eight of the Greater Manchester districts, with the Manchester project run by a multi-disciplinary team from the Manchester School of Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University and Southway Housing Trust. Called Manchester Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods (MAFN), the Manchester project will develop three resident-led Age Friendly Neighbourhood Partnerships – in Moston, Burnage and Hulme & Moss side.

Volunteering and Training Opportunities

Advancing the study of ageing through innovative methodologies’, ESA Ageing in Europe 5th PhD Workshop.
Hosted by The University of Chester  
5 – 7 April 2016
The aim of this PhD workshop is to critically reflect on the changing nature of ageing in societies. Participants will present on how they are applying the methodology of their research to this topic. This will enable consideration of the empirical challenges of addressing experiential, relational and sociocultural dimensions of ageing. We welcome applications from PhD-students and early-career academics/researchers in sociology, social policy and related social sciences.
The deadline for abstracts is 10 January 2016. For further information please follow this link:

Free wellbeing course for people with diabetes, heart disease or arthritis
Living with a long-term condition can be stressful and we don’t always get the support that we need. The Building a Healthy Future course take place over six weeks, for two hours a week. Learn how to handle stress, how to relax more, make new friends, boost your confidence and improve your overall wellbeing. Our next courses start in January 2016.  Contact or call Ruth on 07527 127 786 to book your place or to refer someone you know who you think might benefit. Visit: for more details. No minimum or maximum age! Everyone can benefit from this course!

New Year New Pleasure
Have fun, make new friends, be useful, use your skills and expertise and above all have fun! INTERGEN offers you the opportunity for all this by volunteering in a local primary school in Chorlton (Barlow Hall or Chorlton Park) Check out the Intergen website ( and contact Estelle on 0161 264 0089 or 07798 707795 or for a chat about how this might be the right thing for you and local children.

Come and help children learn
are looking for retired Volunteers in the Burnage area who could spare an hour or so a week to come and support the teaching staff at Burnage Academy, Ladybarn Primary or Greenend Primary. Our volunteers help in all sorts of ways from one- to one reading, helping with IT, teaching an arts or crafts skill or supporting one of the wide range of after schools clubs (drama, gardening, poultry keeping, debating, charity work and many more) You decide the hours the subject and visit the schools to decide where you feel you would fit in best. We organise a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) certificate and do all the paperwork and introduce you to the schools. Come and have fun and make a real contribution.
Interested? Get in touch with the Burnage Co-ordinator Hazel Roy on 0161 434 5021 or email

University of Manchester
When2go online study
You are invited to take part in an online study conducted by researchers from the University of Manchester. In this study, we are testing a tool which helps people decide if they need to see a doctor about certain symptoms. You can take part if you, or someone you know, has any respiratory symptoms (e.g. coughing) or unexplained weight loss or tiredness. You can also take part if you have already been to a doctor, if the symptoms are still unresolved. If you would like to find out more or take part, please visit: Smokers wanted
Researchers at the University of Manchester are looking for smokers to take part in focus groups. You don’t have to have any plans to quit smoking.

We have a range of times and dates available, the focus group should take about 2 hours and you will be reimbursed for your time.
If you are interested in taking part, or you have any questions please contact the research team:
Phone: 306 5436  Email:

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

Volunteer Centre Manchester
 Volunteer Centre Manchester provides information, support and training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer. VCM also supports organisations who want to recruit volunteers, need help and advice to develop new roles, introduce/update policies and procedures or have a training need. Whether you are looking to lend a hand on a one off basis or for a longer period of time, Volunteer Centre Manchester can bring you the most current selection of opportunities across Greater Manchester and assist with your application. For further information and to register with Volunteer Centre Manchester visit and direct your attention to the ‘I want to Volunteer’ section. Alternatively you can phone
0161 830 4770 or email

Help Manchester Mind with some research into retirement!
Have you recently retired? Are you due to retire this year or next? Have you been forced into early retirement through ill-health or redundancy? Manchester Mind is looking for people willing to volunteer their time for some research about the challenges of retirement and how we might be able to help with the transition or later on down the line once the excitement’s died down. We will be holding two focus groups in March, or you could fill out a short online questionnaire. Our pilot 6-week long FREE emotional resilience courses, aimed at easing the transition and improving mood will start in April. Contact 07527 127 786 to find out more, volunteer to help with our research or to pre-register on our pilot courses.

Do you love meeting new people? Like reading or history?
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is a friendly Victorian house on Plymouth Grove that was once the home of the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (who wrote North & South) and is now open to the public. Volunteers welcome visitors, look after our Victorian rooms & garden, and serve tea and cake in our tea room. Volunteers also help with family events, school workshops and group tours. You don’t need to know anything about Elizabeth Gaskell, just enjoy working with people. We will give full training and can be very flexible with working arrangements. For more information contact Dinah or Rachel on 0161 273 2215 or and to find out more about the house visit

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 – tel: 0161 235 6900 or email:  or website:

Conferences and SeminarsAgeing in Place: Independence and communities’
Wednesday 10 February 2016,        Keele University
British Psychological Society Seminar Series: Beyond Boundaries: Exploring Psychologies of Ageing
Many older people have lived in their neighbourhoods for a large part of their lives and developed various social relationships with their neighbours. However, they often report being excluded from organizations and institutions in their own neighbourhoods, and not having the opportunity to become involved in social and civic activities. In addition, a significant minority report limited social contact with others and feelings of loneliness and social isolation. This seminar will explore ways of understanding ageing in place and ways of enhancing community participation among older people.
For further information see
Contact Katie Wright-Bevans
Attendance is free but places are limited – to book a place, please go to Eventbrite: can health psychology help improve the lives of older people?
Friday 19 February 2016
Seminar 2.00pm – 4.30pm (free networking lunch from 1.00pm)
G306B, Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PLSpeakers:
Dr Laura Brown – ‘Relationships between Cognition and Health in Older Adults’
Prof Alison Wearden – ‘Understanding fatigue in health and illness’
Laura McGowan and Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald – ‘Acceptability of physical activity interventions to inactive older adults’
Dr Rachael Powell – ‘How can health psychology help people prepare for surgery?’
Prof Chris Armitage – ‘Facing your fears: Self-affirmation and behaviour change’
Dr Joanne Hart and Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis – ‘understanding doctors and nurses are people: how psychology can improve health care services’
Chair Prof David FrenchHealth Psychology is concerned with understanding thoughts, feelings and behaviour in relation to health and illness.  The Manchester Centre for Health Psychology was set up in 2013, and is the largest group of health psychologist in the UK.  Several members of the Centre are working with older people, or working on topics of direct relevance to older people.  The aims of the present seminar are to communicate a range of work that health psychologists in Manchester are doing of particular relevance to older people in Manchester, and get feedback on how this could best be developed.Please register online for this free event:
How can health psychology help improve the lives of older people?Manchester Town Hall
The Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Manchester, M2 5DB
Monday, 7 March 2016 from 3 pm to 5 pm (
You are invited to an afternoon of short talks on dementia. Free to all members of the public. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Currently, over 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia and this number will double in the next 30 years. Significant advances are being made in our understanding of the causes of dementia and in developing treatments. This afternoon of short talks by leading experts will explore how research is impacting on the diagnosis of dementia and update you on research into potential treatments for dementia. There will also be an opportunity to hear about how research is informing the plans for the Dementia Pilot (“Dementia United”) within the devolution of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care budget, followed by an opportunity for input and feedback from the audience.
The Role of Alzheimer’s Research UK (Dr Laura Phipps, Alzheimer’s Research UK)
Diagnosing Dementia: From Symptoms to Proteins (Dr Matthew Jones, Consultant Neurologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)
Defying Dementia: From the Laboratory to the Clinic (Dr Penny Foulds, Lancaster University, MAC Clinical Research)
Dementia & Devolution: Dementia Research Across Greater Manchester (Professor Nigel Hooper, Director of Dementia Research, University of Manchester)
Question & Answer Session (Speaker Panel)
Published on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK, any questions please contact

Dementia@Manchester|Project Manager|Institute of Brain, Behaviour & Mental Health|The University of Manchester Room 3.63 Simon Building Oxford Road Manchester M13 9WL
Tel: 0161 275 7269 (57269)|

Better Ageing in Japan and UK City Regions
Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ
16 March 2016, 15.00-17.00 (with reception to follow)

This year’s JLGC Seminar will look not only at what cities in Japan are doing to promote age-friendly environments and harness the economic growth potential of the ‘silver economy’, but also how Japanese businesses are partnering with UK local authorities in developing data-driven optimal solutions which can enable older citizens to lead better lives.
What’s OnEvents Coming UpManchester Art Gallery
Thursday 4 February 2016, 6pm–8pm
Make space in your life for art
Join us for this creative, artist led workshop for adults.
Be inspired by Modern Japanese Design and philosophies and create your own paper sculptures with artist Nicola Dale.  
Be creative, share ideas, and learn a new way of doing things or a new way of looking at art and life.Places are free but you need to reserve your place.
To book your place or to find out more:’s History Museum
Friday 12 February, 12.15pm – 1.00pm
Grafters exhibition tour
Come along for an exciting curator led tour of our brand new changing exhibition and discover previously unseen photos of industrial workers.
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 £3
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or
People’s History Museum
Friday 19 February, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
Multi-sensory gallery tour
Come and explore people’s fight for rights in this multi-sensory tour of the People’s History Museum’s main galleries.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore people’s fight for rights, through handling original objects such as trade union sashes and silk banners, tactile drawings, and listening to political speeches and protest music.
All welcome.  Especially suitable for blind and partially sighted people
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 19 February and Friday 11 March 2016, 7.30pm

Spring Gala Tea Dance with musicians from the Hallé playing live
Friday 22 April 2016, 7.30pm
Supported by Booths
Put your dancing shoes on and join us for a tea dance with a difference. A wonderful opportunity to socialise and dance in the beautiful surroundings of Halle St Peter’s, in Ancoats.
Halle Tea Dances: ï¿¡7.50 per person. Spring Gala: ï¿¡20 per person
Tickets from The Bridgewater Hall Box Office on 0161 907 9000 or visit        
Contact David Roberts ( for any further detailsSelf Help Groups Networking Meeting
Wednesday 24 February
Do you work with self-help support groups? Or are you a member? Age UK Manchester and PRAGMA are organising a networking meeting for Manchester’s self-help groups. If you’d like the chance to meet nearly 30 other groups  and to tell others about what you do, contact John Cotcher at or ring him on 0151 817 2351 for more information.
There will be tea and cakes!People’s History Museum
Thursday 25 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Flying the flag: banners tour
Did you know that the People’s History Museum has the largest collection of political banners in the world?  And that we are the world’s expert in conserving them?  Join Curator Chris Burgess and Conservator Jenny Barsby on an informative tour of the new display of banners and find out about their history and how we look after them for future generations.  Includes a peek behind the scenes in our Textile Conservation Studio.
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 £3
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or Hours: Gift for the Gods
Thursday 25 February, 6pm – 9pm
Drop-in, free, adults
A vibrant and eclectic evening where you can meet the curators, mummify some oranges; enjoy a glass of wine, and much, much more.
After the Bees: What makes a story?
Thursday 25 February, 7.15 – 8.30pm  
Book or ring 0161 275 2648 free, adults
A presentation of ‘After the Bees’ project including video, poetry and arts writing.
Extra text ‘After the bees’ is a series of visual artworks collaborating, moving image, portraiture, photography, arts writing
and sculpture, exploring the narrative premise of Einstein’s prediction “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left”.
‘After the bees’ is a presentation of different modes of language: visual, poetic, myth, storytelling, scientific and factual, producing a dialogue about bees, which relate to ideas of connectivity and attachment.The project will be informed by beekeepers, ecologists and sustainability experts, producing an original narrative exploring the conservation issues affecting bees through artistic practice.The project will result in a screening, exhibition of photography and artist talk at Manchester Museum in 2016.

This will be followed by a talk at Manchester City Gallery, a solo show at Winterbourne House and Gardens, and a research seminar with postgraduate students of the Art History department at The University of Manchester

Reflection of Silence: An exploration of Persian and Kurdish Music
Thursday 25th February, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
RNCM Concert Hall. Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

From out the Silence come ripples, softly rising, like waves on a lake, so green, tender as the breath of spring, as the ancient harp plays melodies of a sacred musical lore… and we seize magic of this moment to reflect, and listen to our hearts.We, at the Unique Circle, are delighted to present another night of musical mastery where traditional Persian, Kurdish and classical music come together in an enthralling collaboration of four highly acclaimed artists who share a passion for creative improvisation.
Reflection of Silence explores a living musical heritage in a contemporary setting to take us on a journey in time to thousands of years of mystical wisdom in the cultures of the Silk Road.
This special evening at the RNCM Concert Hall will be introduced by Paula Darwish Trio before Reflection of Silence come to the stage to present the Art of Improvisation in Traditional Persian Music, followed by a contemporary rendition of ancient Kurdish pieces.
The performance builds up gently and soars gracefully, stirring the hearts of the artists and the audience alike, to the point where they are completely absorbed in the experience of music. Join us for this magnificent exploration of the Persian and Kurdish musical traditions in a contemporary mirror.
Tara Jaff harp, vocals
Hossein Alishapour  vocals
Mehdi Rostami  setar, shourangiz
Adib Rostami  tombak, kamancheh

Reflection of Silence debut in March 2014 was on the Songline Magazine’s list of Top 10 Live UK. It received a rapturous response from the Birmingham audience in Spring 2015. A must for music lovers! Booking:
Tickets: £12, Concessions: £7 People’s History Museum
Friday 26 February, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
LGBT History tour
Warm up for the National Festival of LGBT History on a tour of the PHM’s main galleries and discover how the history of gender and sexuality has been affected by society, politics and activism over the past 200 years.
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 £3
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or
People’s History Museum
Saturday 27 February, 10.00am – 6.00pm
The National Festival of LGBT History
Join us for the Second National Festival of LGBT History as we celebrate LGBT History Month.  Our jam-packed programme includes talks, discussion, tours, theatre and music.  Highlights include talks from musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and Prof Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History.  In partnership with Schools Out UK.  Visit our website for details of the full programme.
Suitable for adults and young people, some activity suitable for families
No booking required
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 Women: Gifts for the Gods: Secrets of animal mummification in ancient Egypt
Saturday 5 March 1.30-3.30pm
Book, or ring 0161 275 2648 free, adults
Manchester is home to some incredible scientists, both now and in the past.  Take part in a hands-on practical science workshop based around Manchester Museum’s current exhibition, Gifts for the Gods; Animal mummies revealed. Gifts for the Gods is based on cutting edge bioarchaeological research conducted by Dr.Stephanie Atherton-Woolham and Dr Lidija McKnight from The Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank Project based at the University of Manchester. Their work uses modern scientific techniques to catalogue data from animal mummies in museum collection around the world.
During the hands on workshop participants will take on the role of the researcher and use analytical methods such as CT scans and light microscopy to reveal the secrets of animal mummification and find out what lies beneath the bandages of three of the animal mummies on display.
Wonder Women: Lightning talk in The Study
Friday 4 or Friday 11 March, 12noon –  2pm
Drop-in, free, adults
Join us for a lunchtime slot of lightning talks by incredible women from University of Manchester to celebrate International Women’s’ Day and Wonder Women.
An invitation to The ELEVATE MASTER CLASSES:
February/March 2016
 A further programme of free master classes, giving artists and community leaders the opportunity to gain inspiration and skills from internationally renowned musicians, designers and participatory artists.
 ELEVATE is an artist development programme supported by Arts Council England, which aims to support regional artists to create world-class art in the public realm. ELEVATE’s masterclass series is a partnership project by Manchester City Council and Walk the Plank, as part of the Learn it programme linked to Manchester Day.
Tuesday 23 February, Tanya Raabe and Venture Arts
Wednesday 24 February, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners
Tuesday 1 March, Russell Kirk
Thursday 3 March, Michael Pavleka
Attendance is free but places are limited – for more information or to book a place please go to the relevant Eventbrite page.

Advice, Support and Information

Big Energy Saving Network Events – Manchester Care & Repair
Care & Repair have been awarded funding from the Big Energy Saving Network to deliver an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs and consumption. Our ‘Energy Champion’ Karen Kennedy will deliver talks throughout Manchester to a range of community groups where attendees will be invited to bring along their latest energy bills so we can advise on any potential savings.
If you belong to a community group and would like to book a talk please call Karen Kennedy on 0161 874 1658 or email
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).
Energy Support Service
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.
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.

Stocking up for Winter!
Have you thought of stocking up your kitchen cupboards for winter?
In cold weather, it is more important than ever to ensure that you have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day as eating regularly keeps your energy levels up. However, when the temperatures drop and the roads and pavements get icy some of you will prefer to stay indoors until it gets warmer and safer to be out and about again.

You can prepare for bad weather by making sure you don’t run out of food and drink even if you cannot leave the house for a week – just stock up your cupboards and the freezer!

Depending on what you like to eat and how much cooking you can do yourself either buy the ingredients to prepare the meals or just get some ready meals that will be either canned or frozen.
Make sure that you include all mealtimes and snacks in your shopping.
Make sure that you buy products with a long shelf life – canned and frozen fruit and vegetables, cheeses and meats as well as sauces, soups, fruit juices etc.
Remember your milk delivery might not arrive
due to bad weather conditions so do not forget about cartons of long life milk that you can use instead when you fancy that hot cup of tea.
Think about what and how much you eat each day and base you “long life” shopping list using that.

Help For Depressed or Anxious People Regardless of Age
 Too often treatable conditions such as depression and anxiety get missed as people get older. Instead depression and anxiety gets lost in ill health or is seen as an inevitable part of aging. But depression and anxiety conditions can be treated and our service is here to help. We work with adults of any age and offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is an evidence based therapy and has been proven to be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety conditions regardless of age. Please refer to the Primary Care Mental Health Team hub on 0161 946 8271.

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

Feeling low or anxious?
Access immediate support when you need it – day or night
The Sanctuary operates across Manchester and the surrounding areas to provide immediate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to people who are feeling distressed, low or anxious. The friendly team are able talk through your issues, and offer some support and practical tips. We also have a face to face service available every night, and can arrange a return taxi for you within Manchester if you might struggle to get to us or get home. Call us on 0300 003 7029 (local rate number) to access support or find out more about how we can help you. We will call you back if you are worried about phone charges.

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) – Please Stay Safe This Winter
Temperatures have dropped and with this comes greater fire risks, as people start using electric heaters / blankets to keep warm, light candles and start cooking more hot food.  The winter months can also see an increase in falls within the home and some people may be feeling socially isolated.  There are also dangers around ice and open water during the winter months.  Our annual Safe4Winter Campaign provides comprehensive winter safety advice for households, older people, parents and carers.  Visit for further information on staying safe and well during the winter months.  New health service launched for carers
An innovative new health service has been set up to provide extra support for carers in North Manchester. GP appointments specifically for carers are being trialled at New Islington Medical Centre in Ancoats, Manchester on Sunday afternoons between 1pm and 2pm. An experienced carer is based at the surgery at the same time to help carers find out about the full range of support services available to them.The scheme, which launched on Sunday 17 January 2016, has been set up by Northern Health GPPO Ltd, a network of local GPs based in North Manchester, in partnership with Manchester Carers Forum. It aims to promote the health and wellbeing of carers by offering GP appointments at a time that may be more convenient for them, so that people caring for relatives or friends can take the time to look after their own health needs. There are plans to introduce the service across other areas of the city. Carers who want to use the service need to contact Manchester Carers Forum on 0161 819 2226 or email to book an appointment.

Regular Groups and ActivitiesWould you like to develop drama skills, meet new people and have some fun?
WEDNESDAYS throughout 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 Barry on 0161 615 6792 or visit the website: Wednesday pop in – St Marys Moston –
Wednesday morning 10.45 am to 12.30 pm
Next few dates – 3, 17 February and 2,16, 30 March and every 2 weeks thereafter.

Everyone Welcome
Join us for a 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. and Ride a Bike
Mondays starting 25 January 2016
Free cycling sessions in Alexandra park, Whalley Range (meet in car park, Russell Street, M16 7JL)
Morning session  9.30 am -11.30am
Afternoon session 12.00 – 2pm (the afternoon session is Women Only)
Bikes and equipment will be provided.   There will be two- three cycle instructors available to help support people new to cycling and to lead some rides around the park.    
We have access to the community room for a hot drink, warm up and chat at the end of each session.
To ensure we have sufficient equipment and instructors on the day please let me know if you intend to come along.   If you can’t attend on Mondays but would be interested in attending further cycling and /or maintenance sessions please do get in contact.
Further information on the Whalley Range on Wheels website –  and Facebook page – Whalley Range on Wheels. Miles Platting Coffee Morning
Miles Platting Community Library, Lower Vickers Street,
First Wednesday of every month at 10.30am – 12pm.
Wednesday 3rd February – guest speaker from Museum of Science and Industry bringing historical items of local interest to touch, hold and chat about! For further details please contact Vicki at or 0161 203 2600Hear to Help hold drop-in clinics
For NHS hearing aids so people can get replacement tubing and batteries free.
Clinics held at:
Longsight Library, 1st Wednesday of month 10am -12 pm
Gorton Library, 2nd Thursday of month 10am -12pm
Powerhouse Library, 2nd Tuesday of month 11am -1pm
St Margarets, Burnage, last Tuesday of month 12am – 2pm
Chorlton Good Neighbours, 1st Thursday of month 9.30 – 11.30am Withington Methodist, 3rd Tuesday of month 11am – 1.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, 2nd Monday of month 10am – 12pm
Crossacres Community Resource Centre, 2nd Monday of month 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
Didsbury Good Neighbours,Holt Pavilion,Didsbury Park 1st Tuesday of month 10.15am -11.45 am.
Please contact Diane Whitehead for more information, phone 0161 605 0853 or email your way to fitness
Wednesday mornings 10.30-12.30
Union Chapel (rear hall) Wellington Road Fallowfield.
You may feel you are too old for the gym, but no-one is too old to enjoy dancing! Come and join our fun dance class on – a mixture of seated and standing dance with a wide range of music from ragtime to classical, rock and roll to world music. We cover many different styles and have a great laugh. No experience necessary. Come for a free trial class at More information from Hazel Roy or 0161 434 5021

Thursday 21 January 2016, 11am-12pm at The Wythenshawe Forum, M22 5RX.
Do you want to keep fit, try a new sport, and meet new people?
Come along to our New Walking Football Session. A slower version of the beautiful game suitable for both men and women over 50 and those with health problems. It’s a great way to keep fit and socialise with new people and you can participate at your own pace.
The session is £2.50 and this includes a free tea/coffee in the Forum Cafe after the session. We hope to see you there.
For further information please call Nick Roberts 07894 422 403

Is your life affected by dementia?
Together Dementia Support is continuing to run its Walk & Talk Group in Alexandra Park on Wednesday mornings.  Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, feeding the ducks and swans and having a stroll before enjoying refreshments together.
The Carers’ Drop-In on Tuesday evenings, in Chorlton, has a varied programme of speakers and activities. We are also helping to run a SONAS group (for people with communication difficulties due to dementia).  This runs on Wednesday mornings in Baguley. In March we are starting a gospel-singing choir and hoping to attract people from the African Caribbean community.  Please get in touch if you re interested in any of these groups: Tel 07854 335890 email

SHARED is for people living with dementia and their carers.
Every Wednesday from 10 am – 2.30 pm starting 30 March for 8 weeks.
At the Amani Centre, Moss Lane East, Moss Side, Manchester M16 7DG
We offer a chance to speak in a confidential environment about your experiences and to learn new ways to manage the symptoms and live well with dementia. There are opportunities to socialise by taking part in creative and relaxing activities and enjoying the entertainment provided.
The group are given talks from local experts in pharmacy, fire prevention, assistive technology, legal options, benefit entitlement, research, health,
movement, creativity and relaxation. Throughout the programme you will build a folder of information, enabling you to access local services and additional in-depth advice.
Free Lunch is provided allowing attendees a further chance to socialise and share.
The SHARED programme is part of the Dementia Friendly Communities work in Hulme.
To get the full benefit from the programme we recommend you both attend all eight sessions.  
To book a place or for more information please contact
us on 0161 962 4788 or email

FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS – including Glucose and Cholesterol levels
Mondays – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 February 1.15 – 6.30pm
Fallowfield Library, The Place at Platt Lane, M14 7FB
Fridays – 5, 12, 19, 26 February 10.15am – 12.30pm and 2 – 4.30pm
Newton Health Library, Old Church Street, M40 2JBFeeling 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 above.   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.  There will also be the opportunity to discuss your results, ask questions or chat about changes that you might like to make.Alzheimer’s Society Carer Information & Support Programme
Carer Information & Support Programme to take place at
Broomwood Community Wellbeing Centre, Mainwood Rd, Timperley, WA15 7JU
Every Thursday from 1pm-3:30pm on 28 January, 4 February, 11 February & 18 February
This is a series of workshops for people caring for a family member or friend in the early stages of dementia.  Topics will include-What is dementia?
How to support and care for someone with dementia
The support services that are available
Planning for the future
For more information or to book a place on this programme, please contact Rebecca Trower, Alzheimer’s Society Trafford, on 0161 962 4769 or email
African Caribbean Care Group
Claremont Resource Centre, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5FS
Available every Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am to 4.30pm
The therapies available include full body massage reflexology, pedicure and manicure. Prices start from £3.00.
Holistic Therapy is a healing therapy that considers the whole person’s body, mind, spirit and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellbeing.
We have a variety of therapies available designed to help you relax, reduce stress, improve circulation and muscle tone.
For further information or to book an appointment
Tel: 0161 226 6334 or email

Age Friendly Manchester Museum Tours (Regular activities)
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.
For further information contact 0161 275 2648
Age UK Openshaw Lunch Club
Lovely Grub Lunch Club every Monday and Friday at 1pm at Age UK Day Centre, Catherine Street, Openshaw, M11 1WF.  Get a tasty home cooked meal and dessert followed by tea or coffee for just £3.20.  No need to book just turn up.  The lunch club will soon be extended to Wednesday, watch this space!  For full details contact Diane Aronwich Ageing Well Development Worker, 0161 205 3851 or e-mail  Find us on Facebook
Seated Tai Chi
The only seated Tai Chi class in Manchester (that we know of!) Every Thursday at 2pm at Age UK Day Centre, Catherine Street, Openshaw, M11 1WF.  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 email  Find us on Facebook
Miles Platting Plodders
Wednesday at 10.15am
We meet 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 are available from Diane Aronwich Ageing Well Development Worker, 0161 205 3851 or e-mail  Find us on Facebook   Please contact Diane before joining us for the first time. Memories with Friends
Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre, Every Thursday 1pm – 3 pm
Come along and join our group, take a trip down memory lane
Free brew and homemade cake
Fun quizzes
Name that tune
Create your own memory box
For more information contact Joan Tipping 205 0118Linedance and Social Afternoon
Monthly on the second Thursday every month
Next couple of dates are 11 February and 10 March.  
12.30 – 3.00 at St George’s Community Centre, Bothwell Road, Collyhurst M40 7NY.
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.  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  

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,

Tim Keeley: Project Manager
Tel. 0161 219 6759,

Claire Cowell: Age-friendly Culture Coordinator
Tel: 0161 275 8549,

Louise Lanigan: Programme Lead
Tel. 0161 234 1366,

Paul McGarry: Strategic Lead  
Tel. 0161 234 3503,