Age-friendly Manchester E-Bulletin Issue 145 – Christmas 2017

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E-Bulletin Issue 145 – Christmas 2017

Welcome to a slightly earlier Christmas eBulletin.

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

Sending festive wishes to all from the Age-Friendly Manchester Team!


There have been a number of fabulous festive events going on throughout Manchester over the past few weeks…

Lord Mayor holding Charter

Older People’s Forum Christmas Celebration

Over 80 Older People’s Forum members attended the Lord Mayor’s Age-Friendly Manchester Christmas party at Manchester Town Hall on 19th December. The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Eddy Newman opened the event.

Speakers included Elaine Unegbu, Chair of the Older People’s Board, Cllr Sue Cooley, Lead Member for Ageing and Philip Bradley, Age-Friendly Manchester Programme Lead.

A delicious afternoon tea was then enjoyed and rounded off with a performance from the Captain’s Leg Theatre Company (back by popular demand!)

A raffle was then drawn. To all who generously donated prizes, thank-you!!

If you are interested in joining the Forum, please email or call Tracey on 0161 234 4299.

Wythenshawe Good Neighbours held their Annual General Meeting and Christmas get together at the Northenden Social Club.
Volunteers at Healthfield Hall in Newton Heath made these beautiful tea-sets for local older people living in residential care.

Deliveries were made to Victoria Square, Doves Nest Care Home and the Lightbowne Hall Care Home.

Manchester Cares held its first social club this month – a film night in the Northern Quarter. This will be the first of many chances for older and younger Mancunians to hang out and enjoy eachothers company.

If you would like to learn more about Manchester Cares and find out about future events, email Kathryn or call on 0161 207 0800

The ever popular North City Nomads went on a festive trip to Leeds this month – filling 4 coaches!

If you would like to learn more about the North City Nomads, visit their Facebook page or call Tracey on 0161 234 4299.

Age-Friendly Whalley Range and Chorlton and Whalley Range Community Forum held their ‘Winter Warm, Winter Safety’ event earlier this month.

This was an oppurtunity to meet friends, make new ones, and gain advice and information about winter wellness.

The Levenshulme Inspire Task Forceand Good Neighbours have held seven Christmas meals this month for local older residents.

155 turkey dinners, 14 strudels, 87 Christmas puddings and 83 trifles… what a feast!

Earlier this month the Age-Friendly Culture Champions came together for their annual Christmas celebration. Held at the Bridgewater Hall, Culture Champion Elaine Unegbu spoke of the growth of the Champions and its successes over the years.
The Levenshulme Inspired People’s Project group of older volunteers will be opening the Levenshulme Inspire Centre on Christmas Day for a invited group of older people (or people with mental health problems/regular café customers) that would otherwise be on their own.
The beautiful Golden Voices Community Choir interrupted their regular rehearsal sessions at Band on the Wall to provide at a number of festive performances across Manchester and Salford. On 16th November the choir entertained residents at Victoria Square in Ancoats, forcing the sunshine to peer through the clouds on what sdtarted out as a rather miserable day in Manchester. Just 4 days later on the 20th November the Choir was back at The Broughtons in Salford, a Residential Care Home for Service Veterans where participation in singing for health is very much part of the programme. In December the Choir were on the road again, this time visiting Duncan Edwards Court, a Sheltered Housing Scheme managed by Northwards Housing.

There is strong evidence that singing as part of a group improves both physical and mental health. The Choir are looking forward to continuing their collaboration with Keele University, exploring the benefits to singing as a group, as they begin preparing for their 10th Anniversary Year celebrations.
Anyone wishing to join the choir can contact Tracey Annette at the Age Friendly Manchester team on 234 4299 or visit the Choir Website

The User Committee at Heathfield Hallresponded to a recent opportunity advertised in the MACC monthly newsletter, which invited local Community Groups to challenge workers from the catalogue company to keep them busy all day as part of their Team Away Day plan to support the community.
On the 7th December the committee welcomed 16 staff members from JD Williams and challenged them to decorate the entire Hall and kitchen. The end result was great, leaving the Hall looking clean and fresh ready for the new years activity programme.One of the first groups to see the newly decorated Hall was the Sound Heart Group who meet regularly at Heathfield Hall for cardiovascular exercise. Members of the group braved particularly cold and damp conditions during December keep up with their regular exercise programme. Well done all.
A few final bits of other news…
Lord Mayor holding Charter

War Memories Event, Blog and Film

Manchester’s Central Library recently held their ‘War Memories’ event, presented by the Manchester Indie Film Makers Group. The event featured a War memories film performance, followed by a cream tea and an opportunity for all at the event to share some memories.

The event both captivated and moved an audience of civilians and veterans from WW2 alongside their friends and families. You are able to read more about the event on the Library Blog and watch the film here.

Finally, a warm welcome to Justin Warne, who has recently joined the Age-Friendly Manchester team from the City Council’s Quality, Performance and Compliance team.

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 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.

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

See our event listings for the latest details.

Free wellbeing course for anyone over 55

Manchester Mind has two more of its ‘Wellbeing in Later Life’ courses starting in February 2018. This FREE six week course aims to help people learn tools, skills and techniques to improve their mood, confidence and ability to manage and face life’s challenges.

Next course dates:

  • Thursdays 10am – 12.30pm starting Thursday 8th Feb finishing on 22nd March (6 sessions total, no session 22 Feb) at Age UK, Crossacres Resource Centre, 1 Peel Hall Road Wythenshawe M22 5DG
  • Monday afternoons, 1 – 3.30pm Starting 5th February 2018.  Community Room, Whitebeck Court, Moorway, Drive Blackley, M9 8GQ

Places are free but you do need to register. Please contact Ruth Rosselson at Manchester Mind to register, or find out more. Email Ruth, or call on either 07527127786 or 0161 769 5732.

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

Manchester Cares Development Officer

Are you a people person with a passion for social change? Manchester Cares are hiring a Development Officer to help them tackle loneliness, connect communities and grow the Cares family. You would be leading the vital community fundraising programme at this exciting new organisation.

Read more about the post on the Manchester Cares website.

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

Protect Yourself Now With The Flu Jab

The flu spreads fast in Manchester.

Have you had your flu jab yet? It is free if you are over 65.
Are you a carer? Protect yourself and the person you care for with the free flu jab.

Call your GP practice today or visit NHS Staywell.

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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