Age Friendly Manchester: on the BBC, community lunches, age-friendly club nights, events and more!

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E-Bulletin Issue 136 – April 2017

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


Latest News

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Holding Back the Years

Age-Friendly Manchester featured in a recent episode of BBC 1’s Holding Back the Years.  Arlene Phillips returned to her home city of Manchester to meet people who are determined to live life to the full whatever their age.  For them, holding back the years meant being heard, being seen and being fabulous.

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Community Lunches

Simon Delaney, landlord of the Firbank Pub in Wythenshawe, discusses the importance of the community offering places for older people to socialise.  As part of their commitment to the Older People’s Charter, The Firbank has launched a weekly community lunch, held every Thursday from 12:30.  It’s an opportunity to get out, meet up with friends (and make new ones!), have meaningful conversation and get involved.

Watch the video

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Age-Friendly Day Trips for North City Mancunians

North City Nomads is a hugely successful and popular project, supported by Age-Friendly Manchester.  The group now has over 650 members and is calling it’s first Annual General Meeting to formally elect a committee that will take on the full responsibility of managing the project, organise future trips and recruit new members.

The North City Nomads AGM will take place at the Whitemoss Club, Southdown Crescent on 10th May 2017 at 1.30pm.

The group is also actively recruiting volunteers and has a number of exciting roles for people interested in lending their support.  For further information contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or
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Age-Friendly Club Nights

The BBC have continually promoted our My Generation Club Nights as a great “age-friendly” night out for the Baby Boomer Generation living in and around Manchester.  We’ve received a huge number of enquiries following the BBC’s ‘Holding Back the Years’ programme.

We want you to help us plan our Club Nights for 2017 – if you’re a fan of soul, Motown and 60’s sounds, why not join us?  The first members meeting, to plan our nights for 2017, will be held in The Burton Arms on Swan Street, Manchester on Sunday 14th May at 5.00pm.

Contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or for more information and to be added to our mailing list.

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New Age-Friendly Manchester Team Twitter Account

The Age-Friendly Team has a new Twitter account!  Follow @mcc_AFMTeam to stay connected, read frequent updates on our programme and find out about upcoming events.

What’s On

Events & Things To Do

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Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

There are lots of events and regular groups across Manchester this month and beyond.  Activities range from days out, craft and local history groups, IT sessions, choirs, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs.  Please keep checking as we add events throughout the month.

The above photo was taken at a recent Handmade class.

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.

Work & Skills Opportunities

University of Manchester is providing an opportunity to ensure the smooth running of MICRA, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing.  MICRA is the focal point for ageing research at the University of Manchester, a virtual research institute operating across all faculties and based in the School of Social Sciences.

Find out more and apply

Want to help people and be part of the community?  Join the Manchester Volunteer Advice Project!  MVAP is a partnership between Mind, Cheetham Hill Advice Centre, Manchester Refugee Support Network, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and Centrepoint-Young Peoples Support Foundation. The project provides excellent quality volunteering opportunities in advice activities across all our organisations.

For full details and to confirm your attendance get in touch with Dawn Kaveney at MVAP: 07921 464609 or

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

Advice & Support

Health & Wellbeing

Manchester City Council has high hopes for the next 10 years, based on what you say you want Manchester to become.  Take their 10-minute survey and tell them how Manchester is shaping up.

Macc is pleased to announce that the Spirit of Manchester 2017 mini-grants programme is now open.  The mini-grants are part of Macc’s annual celebration of all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector that benefits our local communities. Four mini-grants of £500 are available aimed at helping to improve the impact of VCSE organisations in the north of Manchester, where VCSE activity is lowest in the city, and to promote mutual support activity between organisations.

To apply, please go to where you will find guidance and a link to the online mini-grant application form. The deadline for submitting online applications is 4pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017. Please contact Oliver Cranfield via or on 0161 834 9823 if you have any questions.

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

We’ll be back with our next e-bulletin in a month’s time.  Please send us any news articles or event/regular group listing requests at least two weeks ahead.

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