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E-Bulletin Issue 138 – June 2017

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


Remembering Jim Trotman

Jim Trotman, a founding member of the Valuing Older People (VOP), and then Age-friendly Manchester (AFM) Older People’s boards, died in his sleep on 22nd April.
From 2004 Jim played a central and guiding role as a VOP, and then Age-friendly Board member – the second longest serving – and hugely influential figure.   Jim literally wrote the VOP book in the early days.  He produced a Board member’s guide that is still in use and he coordinated the production of our Annual report that was distributed to thousands of local residents.

Along with other Board members he visited local projects that were awarded funding by our small grants group, and he visited number 10 to meet Prime Minster Gordon Brown representing the city’s older population.

Jim was a steadying voice during some difficult times.  Myself and the team knew that we could rely on him to be a voice of reason when things got a bit heated – which they did and often still do.  He had little time for time wasting and always encouraged others, including myself to get to the point.  And of course Jim always spotted the funny side of things – making jokes at our expense.

Jim was elected the first Honorary AFM Board member in 2015.  Along with Anna, his wife, and members of his family, we spent a lovely afternoon in the Bridgewater Hall, celebrating Jim’s achievements, making speeches and reminding ourselves of our good causes, our friendships and our plans for future.

So Jim has left a significant legacy for older people in Manchester. The small project he helped to build is now working across Greater Manchester, has sister projects across the UK and is known across the world.

On a personal note I have to say that it has been honour to work alongside someone who had such a profound sense of social justice, commitment and expertise.

The AFM family will miss Jim greatly.

Paul McGarry

Latest News

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Age Friendly Manchester on VintageFM!

In early May, Sophie visited the AllFM Community radio station to appear on Vintage FM, a show run by Manchester’s older people. Sophie had a chat about her role within the Age Friendly team and her current task refreshing Manchester’s Ageing Strategy.

Click here to listen to the show again, and catch up on other VintageFM shows.

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Interview with Esme Ward, Age Friendly Culture Lead

Our work around age-friendly arts and culture is going international!

The Japanese Performing Arts Network interviewed our very own Esme Ward, who leads Manchester’s work on age-friendly arts and culture. In the interview, Esme gives us an insight into her background, the importance of age-friendly culture in the City, and her work on the Greater Manchester level.

Read the full interview here.

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The Charity Angels Visit Older Lunch Goers

The Charity Angels from Newall Green Primary School visited older lunch goers at The Firbank Pub. They chatted for over an hour with the group, learning first-hand about later life issues.

The Charity Angels have placed glass jars in each year group classroom so that the pupils can save any loose change they have to help support the Wythenshawe Good Neighbours befriending project.

What a fantastic example of the generations coming together!

You can read more about the visit here.

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Looking for funding?

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their neighbourhoods and communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is funding a programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. They are looking for small and local projects, designed and run by local people.

Click here to find out more.

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, local history groups, IT sessions, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs.

As a taster, we’ve recently added:

  • ‘Separate + Together’, a photography exhibition in Miles Platting (including the photo above, ‘June Street’, 1973 © Daniel Meadows)
  • ‘Games For the Brain’ activity group in Wythenshawe
  • A Pop-Up Parkinson’s Wellbeing Café in Didsbury
  • Sporting Memories Sessions in Rusholme

Please keep checking back as we add events throughout the month.

See our event listings for the latest details.

Tram Tracks

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

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at writing a song, why not sign up for one of the free public workshops at the Bridgewater Hall. No previous musical experience is necessary and you will be guided through the song writing process by a member of their talented creative team.

You can find more information on the Tram Tracks project here, including an application form you will need to complete.

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

Research Fellow: Evaluation and Community Support (work with older people)

Applications are sought for a full-time Research Fellow to join the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) at the University of Manchester School of Social Sciences.

This post is available immediately. Further information on the role here.

The National Football Museum is looking for volunteers for two exciting projects:

  1. Football Memories Programme Volunteer

This role will support the delivery of football reminiscence work to improve the health and wellbeing in older people.

  1. Football Story Box Project Volunteer

This role will be to support the delivery of Story Box project workshops for people living with dementia. Story box is a ground breaking creative project designed for people living with dementia.

For more information on both of the roles, you can email the Football Museum.

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

The City Council’s Work and Skills Team also produce their own e-bulletin – you can sign up for their updates here.

Advice & Support

Health & Wellbeing

Over 55s Overcoming Anxiety Group

If you are over 55 and anxiety is affecting your life, the Overcoming Anxiety group is here to help. This Group will run for ten weeks, starting on 15th June.

Please ring Karen Buckley on 0161 861 2236 or Pete Ireland on 0161 833 3944 to book a place or if you have any queries or questions.

TheHorsfall @ 42nd Street in collaboration with Age Friendly Manchester present the 5Ways Café.

Monday 12th June, 4:30pm – 7pm
The Horsfall, 81 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester. M4 5AG.

The first in a series of 5 cafés offering people of all ages an opportunity to spend time together and explore ways to support their own and each other’s wellbeing. The event is part of a creative programme offered to the people of Greater Manchester by mental health organisation 42nd Street.

5Ways: Connect
Experience a new sound installation by sound artist Jacki Waldock, young people from 42nd Street and the voices of older residents of Ancoats; connect across generations; learn to work your own printing press in our making space; play in our games corner, enjoy snacks and drinks; find a place to relax and just be.

Click here for more information and to tell us that you are interested in coming along, or you can email

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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