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E-Bulletin Issue 140 – August 2017

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

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Updating Manchester’s Ageing Strategy

Since March, the Age-Friendly Team has been working on a refresh of the City’s Ageing Strategy, which will be relaunched on 4 October 2017. Together we have been looking ahead to the next four years, talking to services and partners about how they can deliver action to improve the lives of older people.

We have had a busy month, holding our Older People’s Forum, a Communication with Older People Workshop, an Older People, Employment and Skills workshop and a Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods Coordination Group. We’ve also spoken to our Older People’s Board and our Age-Friendly Ambassadors. – take a look at the photos below.

The feedback we have gained from all of these sessions has helped shape and inform the refreshed strategy – a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part!

Please take the opportunity to have your voice heard and contribute
to the future of our Age-Friendly City.
Follow this link to complete a short consultation survey – it will take five minutes.
MICRA The Golden Generation

The Golden Generation?

The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) launched a new report this month: The Golden Generation?.

By examining the impact that work, retirement, social activity, volunteering and health all have on the wellbeing of older people, the report concludes that the “golden generation” referred to in its title is a myth that can no longer be applied to today’s population of older people.

As part of a series of mini blogs examining the report, Paul McGarry has written a post: Creating age-friendly policies to improve experiences of later life in Greater Manchester.

If you have any questions about the Manchester Institute for Collaboratuve Research on Ageing, you can email micra@manchester.ac.uk.

Love Letters to Whitworth Park

Love Letters to Whitworth Park Exhibition

If you were at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 22 July you may have seen an exhibition in the Art Garden.

Housed in ARC Stockport‘s pop-up dome, the work exhibited  was the culmination of a short project, Love Letters to Whitworth Park.

Love Letters to Whitworth Park ran over a four week period. Workshops were led by an artist from ARC who worked with three groups including Handmade (the Whitworth’s older people’s craft workshops) to create artwork inspired by the Park and Art Garden. During the sessions we discovered that one of the regular attendees of Handmade had an uncle who was head gardener at Whitworth Park.

You can find more information on the Whitworth Age Friendly work here, or contact Claire Cowell, Age-Friendly Culture Coordinator – tel: 07776 170 688 or email: claire.cowell@manchester.ac.uk

Manchester Pride

Out in The City

It’s fifty years this month since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. Approximately 7,650 people aged over 50 living in Manchester identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB).

Read the State of the City for Manchester’s LGB Communities Report published by the LGBT Foundation.AgeUK Manchester continues to support members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through their innovative Out In The City initiative, which is a friendly social and support group for people over 50.

Out in the City meets at The Church of England, Diocese of Manchester located at Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GP every Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm.

For more information, email Sue Nzilani or telephone 0161 302 4130.

Nomads in Llandudno

#seagullwatch

Over 200 North City Nomads went on a trip to Llandudno this month. Check out the blue skies in the photo above!

Together, the Nomads are reducing loneliness and promoting health and happiness. Making new friends and catching up with existing ones. Great days out for people living in North Manchester.

If you would like to know more or get involved, email Tracey Annette or call 0161 234 4299.

What’s On

Events & Things To Do

Age-friendly event

Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

There are lots of events and regular groups meeting 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.

See our event listings for the latest details.

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

The image above promotes Beyond Dementia, an exhibition exploring the lived experience of Dementia, looking beyond the condition and highlighting the positives. View the Beyond Dementia exhibition events page here.

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

Royal Voluntary Service Manchester

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is an age-positive, national charity founded 79 years ago. At a local community level, we deliver personal and practical support, making a difference to the lives of 100,000 older people every month. If you want to make a difference to older people’s lives, join us at RVS to help make an impact.
 
Across Greater Manchester, we are delivering a programme where we aim to develop and deliver new services which meet the needs of older people in individual, local communities, alongside retaining and growing our existing service portfolio. This is an exciting and highly relevant piece of work working alongside multiple Local Authorities and Hospital Trusts.  The team are responsible for managing, retaining and developing existing services day-to-day, alongside seeking opportunities for pilot projects across the City and wider area to deliver multi-faceted, needs-led services for older people across GM.
 
The team recruits, trains, manages and leads volunteers to deliver the support elements of the services; delivering bespoke support at home and in the community via a suite of service offers. The team also works to identify, engage and work with partners to extend our reach.

RVS currently has the following vacancies:
 
Project Manager working across GM
 
Service Coordinator, relief, flexible across GM
 
Service Coordinator North/South, based in Rochdale. This role will be working across North Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside and Bury

Service Support South, based in South Manchester. This role will be working across South Manchester, Trafford, Stockport and Salford.
 

When2Go Research Study 

You are invited to take part in an online study conducted by researchers from theUniversity of Manchester. In this study, we are evaluating 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 of the following symptoms:

  • A cough (whether dry and tickly or productive with phlegm)
  • A long-standing cough that changes or gets worse
  • Feeling out of breath
  • Discomfort in the chest, shoulder or back
  • Coughing up phlegm with blood in it (even if just a few specks) / spitting blood
  • Changes in your voice
  • Unexplained weight loss or unexplained  loss of appetite
  • Swelling of face and neck
  • Persistent / recurring chest infections
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  •  Any changes in the appearance of the fingers or finger nails (such as a softening of the nailbed, stronger than normal curving of the fingernails, or thickening of the fingertips)

If you would like to find out more or take part, please visit the study website or contact julia.mueller@manchester.ac.uk, telephone: 0161 275 7821

HomeSAFE Study

A new research project has been launched to seek experiences and views of LGBT*Q people living in social housing.

The HomeSAFE study will use focus groups, interviews and an online survey to identify the steps that housing providers can take to address the concerns of LGBT*Q residents.

If you are an LGBT*Q person and are interested in taking part in the study, please visit HomeSAFE Registration. You can email Frances, the research project assistant, or call on 07895 656222.

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

Phys Act Survey

Sporty/Not Sporty?

Whether your physical activity is limited to walking the dog in your local park, or you’re a total sports fanatic, there are all sorts of ways to keep active. We want to hear what you think about facilities in Manchester, so that we can make sure we’re getting it right for as many people as possible.

Tell us about what you do (or choose not to do!), where you do it, or where you’d like to. Tell us what you think of your local or favourite facility or what you’d really like to see. Tell us what gets you going (or tell us what gets your goat!) so we can make sure that when we update the Manchester Sports and Physical Activity Strategy, it delivers for us all. Join the consultation online now.

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.

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

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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E-Bulletin Issue 139 – July 2017

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

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We Love Manchester

Arena Attack

Just over a month on from the arena attack, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many of you who contacted the Age Friendly Manchester team with messages of support and condolence.

This includes the World Health Organisation, who sent the following message via their Age Friendly World newsletter:

Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Manchester in the wake of the recent terror attack which has left us all shocked and saddened.

Manchester, a world leader in the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, has demonstrated remarkable resilience in the wake of the attack. We are inspired by the way the community is coming together, and the way people are supporting each other and reaffirming shared values while celebrating the strengths of diversity in all forms. We are also inspired by newly elected Mayor Andy Burnham, who has re-affirmed Greater Manchester’s commitment to becoming an ideal place to grow older, build age-friendly environments, and fight age discrimination as a barrier to participation.

More than ever it is important to build inclusive, sustainable, and resilient cities and communities. Let’s use this as an opportunity to deepen conversations on solidarity and social inclusion, and continue together on our mission to make environments welcoming for everyone- including older people.

The Victim Support phone line is still available 24/7 on 08 08 16 89 111 for anyone affected by the Manchester attack.Click here if you would like to donate to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
Keeping Well - A Short Film

Keeping Well – A Short Film

We have worked in collaboration with the Manchester Carer’s Forum, the NHS, the Institute of Community Reporters and People’s Voice Media to create a new short film on what keeps older people well.

The film features a number of short interviews with older people who discuss the importance of family and friends, work and volunteering and helping others.

Click here to watch the full video (with subtitles).

You can read more about the interviews here in addition to accessing a number of other short films featuring older people.

GreaterSport

Keeping Active

GreaterSport, working in partnership with the Sport and Physical Activity sector, wanted to encourage more people to be active across Greater Manchester so they could enjoy the physical, emotional and mental benefits of physical activity.

In 2010, GreaterSport set the target for Greater Manchester to achieve 1 million active people across the county by 2017. The most recent data shows this target has been exceeded! Learn more about the GreaterSport programme here.

In continuing this initative this month we attended an Active Ageing Workshop, aiming to develop evidence based, insight led approaches, supporting older people to become and stay active in their communities.

To find your nearest activity click here to go to the GreaterSport activity finder.

You can join in the Active Ageing conversation online using #GM1MILLION and share your stories!

Miles Platting Plodders

Miles Platting Plodders

The Miles Platting Plodders is an established walking group for older people who prefer to walk as part of a group at a gentle pace. The group meets every Wednesday at 10.15am at either Trinity Methodist Church, Ancoats (every 1st and 3rd Wednesday) or outside Morrisons in Piccadilly (on the other Wednesdays). New members are always welcome and we are well known as a friendly, chatty bunch. After our out of the city walks members usually stop at a cafe for a spot of lunch.

The group participate in local walks or travel together on public transport to enjoy walks further afield and have previously walked in and around Wythenshawe Park, Heaton Park, Hollingworth Lake and Fletcher Moss Gardens.  The group are developing their new programme of walks for July onwards and are happy to share details with anyone wanting more information.

After seven years of leading the Plodders, Diane will bid the group “farewell” and begin her journey into retirement. Everyone at the Age Friendly Manchester team and the Plodders wishes Diane well – we will miss you!! We are confident the Plodders will keep on plodding with Donna Smith taking over as walk leader. For more information about the group contact Donna on 0161 914 9623 or email donna.smith@ageukmanchester.org.uk

Age Friendly Wythenshawe

Launch of Age-Friendly Wythenshawe Network

June held the launch of the Age Friendly Wythenshawe Network, attended by the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

The launch event at the Wythenshawe Forum Centre was followed by a fun-packed-fortnight of activities and events, designed to showcase the diverse range of things to do for the over 50s.

Highlights included the Dementia Friendly Day Club, Tai Chi, Easy Rhythms Classes, Chess, Chatty Crafters, Murder Mysteries, Indoor Bowling, Art Classes, Coffee Mornings, Wheelchair Dancing, IT Sessions, History Groups, Afternoon Tea, Indoor Bowling, Sequence Dancing, Zumba and Martial Arts… to name just a few!

The Network has been established to make Wythenshawe a better place to grow old. What a fantastic start!

Learn more about the Network here, and email to share your ideas and get involved.

Age Friendly Wythenshawe

A Goodbye to Patrick

The AFM team is very sorry that Patrick Hanfling, one of the stalwarts of our work since 2009, is leaving to join the Council’s Central Manchester Neighbourhood team, on 30th June.

Patrick is one of a small group of people who has played a key role in city’s age-friendly work, combining leading our design group, Generations Together and other countless pieces of work. Patrick has also become a link between our team and many international partners, expertly hosting visits from around the world, including on his last day a Japanese arts study group.

We send our best wishes to Patrick and look forward to working together in the City-centre, Ardwick and Hulme areas on future age-friendly projects.

Paul McGarry

Photo above taken on Patrick’s last day while welcoming a group of delegates from Japan.

What’s On

Events & Things To Do

Manchester International Festival

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:

  • What is the City But the People? Part of the Manchester International Festival
  • 1940s Themed Tea Dance for People with Dementia
  • Care Home Listening Event
  • Music in Mind with Manchester Camerata

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

See our event listings for the latest details.
 

Lord Mayor holding Charter

The Age-Friendly Team is holding two exciting events during July:

Neighbourhood Coordination Group

12th July 2017

The Coordination Group brings together neighbourhood workers and neighbourhood teams from across Manchester who work with our older residents.

The Group offers a great opportunity to build relationships with colleagues from across the Council, statutory services, health and the voluntary community sectors.

For further information on the Neighbourhood Coordination Group and to book your place please contact Tracey Annette, either by email: t.annette@manchester.gov.uk, or telephone on 0161 234 4299.

Older People’s Forum

20th July 2017

Are you an older person living in Manchester? Do you want an opportunity to have your say on issues that directly affect people as they grow older in Manchester?

Come along to our citywide Older People’s Forum at the end of July and join over 100 fellow older residents.If you would like more information on joining the Forum and/or to book your place, please email Sophie Black on s.black@manchester.gov.uk.

Theatre Trippers Club for Older People in Miles Platting

Late last year a new community group was started in Miles Platting and Ancoats led by Mike Bishop and Kath Bates, with funding awarded through the Ambition for Ageingprogramme and Age Friendly Manchester. The idea was to create a club for those who enjoy theatre or are looking to try something new. Manchester has many theatres with a number offering good discounts for community groups.Since starting the group members have been to see around ten performances and have many more planned for the rest of this year. Each theatre trip has attracted about twelve members and many new friendships have been made. Some of the group’s favourite theatres include the new HOME theatre and the local Hope Mill Theatre on Pollard Street in Ancoats.For more information please email Mike Bishop or telephone Kathryn Bates on 07961643781 (after 11am)
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

Age UK Manchester: Information & Advice Volunteers

Age UK Manchester are looking for volunteers to help within their Information and Advice service. Available roles include generalist advisors, telephone advisors, benefit advisors and benefit form filling advisors. Full training and support will be given as required.

If you are interested in helping Age UK Manchester to help older people around Manchester, contact Jennifer 0161 833 3944, or email: jennifer.gregory@ageukmanchester.org.uk by the end of August 2017.

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

Manchester Mental Health Mates

Mental Health Mates is a regular group for people with mental health issues. It is a place to walk and talk without fear of judgement.

The next meetup is on Sunday 16th July, meeting at 11am outside the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road. You don’t have to register in advance – just turn up on the day. Your can bring friends, family (including children and dogs) and colleagues to the walks. They may not necessarily have mental health issues themselves, but they are welcome to attend.

You can learn more via the Mental Health Mates Twitter account: @findyourwe and website.

Co-op Free Estate Planning Service

The Co-Op are offering a FREE Estate Planning Service. Whilst the topic at hand is serious, the delivery is informal, humorous and delivered in plain English.

Protecting your family’s nest egg – For many people, one of the biggest worries as they grow old is being able to give their family a helping hand and make sure that when they die, what they have worked all their life for goes to the people they love the most. Sadly, as you grow old, you have to pay for many things that you have once done yourself. And these things, such as help at home, getting around and care fees, can soon make a big difference to that nest egg. We can give practical help and advice on how to protect as much of your wealth as possible for future generations.

Inheritance tax – There may be ways of putting a protective arm around your wealth which help to reduce the burden of Inheritance Tax for future generations. We can help to make sure that you make the most of tax allowances and tax planning opportunities.

Stopping ‘sideways disinheritance’ – Re-marriage of a surviving spouse after the first death of a couple can result in the new husband/wife inheriting everything, whilst the children from the first marriage get nothing. Our advice can help protect the family home and savings for future generations and go to the children and grandchildren.

Lasting Powers of Attorney – As we continue to live longer, a large number of us will suffer from dementia and lose the capacity to look after ourselves. No one wants to think about what will happen if they become unable to make decisions themselves through illness, an accident or old age. However doing so now and having LPAs in place will remove the burden from your family and help reduce the stress and cost to your family at a very difficult time.

If you would like any further information, please telephone Suzanne Furness on 0800 110 5221 or visit estateplanning.coop.co.uk.

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

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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