E-Bulletin Issue 130 – October 2016 + latest news & events



E-Bulletin Issue 130 - October 2016

This monthly update provides news, event details, information and advice for older people and those who work with and support older people.


Latest News

Cover image of new AFM publication
Your new Age-Friendly Manchester publication

To mark International Older People’s Day on 1st October, Age-Friendly Manchester is delighted to announce the launch of our new booklet that provides a series of profiles of just a few of the older people who play a leading role in their local communities and groups across the city.

Download your copy now

Older man on CN Tower

The World Health Organization is marking International Older People’s Day with the launch of their ‘#YearsAhead’ social media campaign – thousands have already taken part!  Photos can help break down the stereotypes that we often associate with ageing.  If you are an older person: post a photo of yourself (on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc) celebrating that you are #YearsAhead.  If you are a younger person: post a photo of, or a selfie with, someone you value who is #YearsAhead.

Read more

Younger and older urban designers
Urban design for younger and older

New Generation – Design for Living is a two-day workshop event, exploring the challenges and opportunities for designing our city from a generational perspective. This could be from younger and older people working together, or it could be across other generations too. We want to identify opportunities for working with younger and older people together and to explore how our city is re-imagined, designed and inhabited by future communities.

Find out more and register or contact Patrick Hanfling (Age-Friendly Manchester) on p.hanfling@manchester.gov.uk or 0161 234 4188.

Manchester City coaching ‘walking football’ games for over 50s

Manchester City Football Club has launched a new team with a combined age of more than 700 years, as it coaches a walking football club to encourage fitness among pensioners.

The project by Manchester City Council, the club’s City in the Community scheme and three local clinical commissioning groups is part of a long-term health and social care plan, with the emphasis on prevention rather than cure by encouraging people to get involved in their community and stay active and healthy.

Read the full article and find local walking football venues.

Dig out your groovy gear, clubbers

My Generation Mcr returns to the city centre for an evening packed with nostalgic music.  Club regulars will pay tribute to their former host, DJ Frank “Mr Soulman” Byrne who sadly passed away earlier this year. Frank, was well known on the club circuit for playing sounds of the 60s, Soul and Motown and Northern Soul. Is this the sound of your generation?  With Live Music from The Cavernites to help you relive the Beatlemania Years – everyone is guaranteed of a great night.  Supported by Age-Friendly Manchester.

Find out more and order tickets

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What’s On

Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

We have over 40 listed events and regular groups across Manchester this month and beyond.  Activities range from craft and local history groups, IT sessions, choirs, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs.

See our events listings for the latest details

We also work closely with arts and culture organisations across the city, such as galleries and theatres, who regularly organise events for older people.  Find out more on our Age-Friendly Art & Culture page.

Volunteering & Training Opportunities

No Desire to Retire is a totally free online service that connects people over the age of 50 with businesses / households who are looking to hire mature staff.


For further information about these and many other volunteering opportunities, see ourWork & Volunteering page.

Advice & Support

Health & Wellbeing

Salford Healthy Communities are carrying out a short survey for north Manchester residents.  They are researching why some people complete bowel screening and why some people don’t take part.

The first 30 people (remember, from north Manchester) to complete will have their names put in a prize draw for the chance to win £30 (Morrison’s/Asda/Tesco) gift voucher.  Surveys have to be completed by Friday 21st October.

Take part

For further health and support information from a range of partners, including dementia, carer, mental and sexual health advice, visit our Health & Support page.

Local Age-Friendly Contacts

Our age-friendly networks bring together local organisations and groups aimed at older people.  The networks organise events and are a great way to socialise and have your say about what’s happening in the city.

Find out who to contact in your area.

The Age-Friendly Manchester Team

Established in 2003 as Valuing Older People, Age-Friendly Manchester is a partnership involving organisations, groups and individuals across the city playing their part in making Manchester a great place to grow older.

Contact the team at agefriendly@manchester.gov.uk

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