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E-Bulletin Issue 134 – February 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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Combatting loneliness

Derek Taylor, a tenant of Southway Housing in Withington, was interviewed recently by the BBC where he discussed what he has done to help with loneliness.  Derek has also featured in our recent publication where you can view his ‘Top 10 tips’, discussed in the video.

Watch the feature

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Our Manchester

Manchester City Council has summed up their vision for Manchester, illustrated in a great new video.  Our Manchester is for the whole of the city, overseen by a forum of Manchester leaders drawn from all the partners – public services, voluntary groups and communities working together for Manchester.

Watch the new video

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Aged 60-74?

You’ll be sent a free bowel cancer screening kit in the post once every two years.  It’s meant for people with no symptoms and can find bowel cancer at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat successfully.  You must be registered with a GP to receive a kit.

Find out more now

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Golden Voices Choir are looking for new members

Why don’t you join their friendly group of over 50s who sing pop and traditional songs from many lands?  There’s no audition and you don’t have to read music. They have an inspiring musical director who teaches and encourages us. They have performed at a range of venues including day centres, luncheon clubs, hospitals, museums and art galleries. Prospective members are welcome to join a rehearsal before signing up.

They have fun in every session and people go home feeling uplifted having made friends and feeling fitter and healthier. Singing is good for you!

Find out more

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New Age-Friendly Network for Beswick, Clayton & Openshaw

Age-Friendly Manchester are pleased to announce the launch a new Locality Network for the Beswick and Bradford Wards. The Network will be supported by buzz and will bring together local service providers, voluntary organisations and a range of partners supporting or working with local older people.  The aim of the Network will be to ultimately create an age-friendly neighbourhood that everyone can enjoy.

Launch Meeting: Thursday 9 February 2017 at 10.00am at The Grange, Pilgrim Drive, Beswick.

There is such a lot of great work going on in north and east Manchester that is having a positive impact on the lives of older people but there is still so much we need to improve upon. If you have a specific interest in issues important to local older people and are interested in joining the Network, please contact Lana Burrows on 0161 882 2577 for more information or Lana.Burrows@mhsc.nhs.uk

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Manchester City Council are looking for your final views and comments on their budget for 2017-2020

They’re consulting further on the budget for 2017-2020. They’ve now made firm proposals with £30million of savings needed.  The Age-Friendly Manchester Older People’s Board have provided their collective response as representatives of older people in Manchester.  However, it is still important that as many individuals as possible also respond.

Changes can still be made and they’re inviting final comments and questions until 10 February, ahead of finally setting the budget in March.

Watch the video and take part

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.

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

Volunteering with Home-Start is a great opportunity to gain skills and experience in dealing with families and children and to do something rewarding through helping local families. If you have a couple of hours spare a week to support a family with young children please contact us.

Home-Start Manchester South is short of volunteers for our next course of preparation for new volunteers. The next course will run on Tuesdays from Tuesday 31st January  9.30-2.30 for 6 weeks (excluding half term week) at The Place, Platt Lane, Fallowfield.

Once trained our volunteers provide emotional and practical support to families through weekly home visits. Families are frequently isolated, with low self-esteem and confidence and may be struggling to cope for a variety of reasons. Full training and support is given and expenses paid.

If you are interested in becoming a Home-Start volunteer and have parenting or child care experience please ring 0161 945 6832 or email: admin@homestartsouthmcr.org.uk

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

Advice & Support

Health & Wellbeing

The University of Manchester’s research has found that many older people remain sexually active. Sexual problems such as difficulties achieving orgasm and erectile dysfunction are relatively common, however. They’ve analysed written comments from over a thousand study participants and both sexes emphasised their anxiety at not being taken seriously by health practitioners as they sought to overcome issues affecting their sexual activity and satisfaction.

They’re keen to discuss issues around sexual health and ageing with some older people who are in a relationship, ideally who would be prepared to be interviewed as a couple, who we can put forward as case studies. We hope our research will also encourage a more open discourse about late-life sexuality and health, and foster wider intergenerational understanding that sex doesn’t stop at 50!

Contact Dave Lee, Research Fellow, on 0161 306 6952 ordavid.m.lee@manchester.ac.uk

Help and Support Manchester provides an up to date directory of services available to Manchester residents.  Information is sorted into categories and you can search for services near to your home.  It is managed by Manchester City Council.

If you provide a service or group you can also register your details.

Visit Help and Support Manchester

Manchester Carers Forum has re-launched their Carers E-Bulletin and individuals can sign up to receive their monthly copy by emailinginfo@manchestercarersforum.org.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

Recently updated to include all areas of Manchester
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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E-Bulletin Issue 132 - December 2016

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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22nd November saw the official launch event of ‘buzz’, pictured above.  Their aim is simple: to help improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities in Manchester, helping individuals and families live fuller, healthier, happier and longer lives.  Their neighbourhood health workers are busy working in the heart of communities, helping to develop age-friendly networks across Manchester.

As experts in health improvement and self-care, they have the knowledge and expertise to offer the right advice and guidance to help put a spring into people’s lives offering one to one support, training and working alongside other key health initiatives and partners in the area.

Find out more about ‘buzz’

People power has brought back a bus service to a key area of Whalley Range.  Local organisations, including age-friendly groups, campaigned for a bus service along Withington Road.  Stagecoach Manchester has rolled out the 85a as a direct result of a resident campaign.  It means residents on Withington Road and Yarburgh Street no longer have to walk to Alexandra Road South to catch the nearest bus service.

Read the full MEN article

Don’t stay on your own in your home…Just Homeshare!

The idea is simple: if you have a spare room, you could offer it to someone who, in return, would provide you with 10 hours of support per week, eg cooking, cleaning, taking you to your appointments or just spending some time with you. This is Homeshare!

Take Doreen, a 78 year old lady from Heywood: after spending months in a care home following a fall, all she wanted was to go home. Thanks to PossAbilities Homeshare, she is now living with Anouck Truffaux, a French Master student in Law, who came to England to practice her English after graduating. Anouck helps Doreen with cooking, house-cleaning, and they often go out together. Doreen is now much happier, feels useful as she helps Anouck get around her new life in England, and ‘feels much younger than when she was in the nursing home’!

For more information, please visit www.possabilities.org.uk/homeshare, call us on 01706 626 747 or email homeshare@possabilities.org.uk

Stay Well This Winter

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.  You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you: are 65 years of age or over; are pregnant; have certain medical condition; are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility; orreceive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.

Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more info

What’s On

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 – we add events throughout the month.

Pictured above is a recent session at Handmade.

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

Voluntary & Community Action Trafford (VCAT) will be submitting 1.4 million bid application by 7th December to support older veterans of the armed forces living in Greater Manchester, especially those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background.

VCAT will like to hear about relevant activity, research or service anywhere in Greater Manchester that we might complement (or risk duplicating) with our proposals.

Please call Mark Nesbitt on 07528130349 or email mark@vcatrafford.org

Manchester Community Central offers information on jobs and grant applications, among other things.

For information about training, please visit their training opportunities webpages.

For information about employment, please visit their job opportunities webpages.

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

Advice & Support

Health & Wellbeing

Ergsy is a not for profit organisation, providing free videos on subjects relevant to older people.  It is run by older people for older people, providing a free online library of pre-vetted self-help videos, under the topic headings, Health, Legal, Money, Care and Welfare. Viewers of the videos will be able link to experts and professionals in their postcode, such as lawyers, accountants, pension advisers etc. for a free half hour advice session.  All videos in the Ergsy library have been vetted for accuracy and are made by trusted professionals.

Visit ergsy.com for more information

If you’re feeling lonely.  Most of us will feel lonely at some point but there are some experiences common in older age that can make it more likely.  A new advice guide from Independent Age suggests things you could try which could help to reduce loneliness, as well as information about where to look for more help.

Find out more

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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Manchester Community Central Bulletin –
21 November 2016
The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector
About the Manchester Community Central Bulletin:
Our bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the last week. It includes news, events, training opportunities, job opportunities, volunteering and links to our information and resources.

News

State of the Sector survey 2016 – It’s the final week don’t miss the opportunity to complete our important survey!
Macc is working in partnership with The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, at Sheffield Hallam University, to assess the State of the Sector across Manchester and Greater Manchester. This is a follow-up to our survey in 2012. The findings of that report have proven immensely useful in showing the contribution our sector makes to the city. The last few years have been particularly challenging for our sector so we believe it is important to look again and see what has changed over that time. Click here to complete our survey by Sunday 27 November 2016 and enter ourfree prize draw to win £250 cash or two runner up prizes of a free place on any of our training courses.WREN FCC Community Action Fund
The FCC Community Action Fund is designed to deliver amenity projects within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site in WREN’s operating area, under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund. The project site must be open and accessible for the general public. It should be somewhere where the general public can go, join or use without any limit or restrictions of use (or with reasonable access costs) being in place. Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for projects with a maximum total project cost of £500,000. Deadline: Wednesday 22 February 2017, 17:00 Read moreGiveMe5 Campaign – 29 November and 16 December 2016
To celebrate #GivingTuesday on the 29 November and the newly announced Local Charities Day on the 16 December, Local Giving are running two festive #GiveMe5 campaigns to encourage everyone to support a local charity and give something back to their communities. Each campaign will match 1,000 x £5 donations made during each 24 hour period. Read moreAffinity Sutton Digital Communities Fund
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for charities and community organisations working across the UK to support Affinity Sutton residents of all ages to get and stay online and to build the skills, motivation and confidence to use the internet safely as an everyday tool. Deadline: Friday 2 December 2016, 12:00 Read moreThe Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice funding
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is concerned that the rights of vulnerable and marginalised communities in the UK are being eroded, particularly Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, migrants and refugees. JRCT believes that equality and human rights play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable and in turn benefit the whole of society. JRCT wants to grow public support and empathy for the rights of vulnerable racial and religious minorities, to hold governments to account and to strengthen the hand of those advocating with and for these communities. Deadline: Monday 12 December 2016 Read more

Help shape Transport for the North’s strategic plan
If you’re part of a campaigning group, community group or NGO in the North of England, here’s a chance to help shape the future of road and rail transport. Transport for the North (TfN) is developing a long-term Strategic Transport Plan, covering both road and rail. As part of this, workshops are being held to seek NGO views on the key social and environmental issues affecting the TfN Strategic Transport Plan, in Manchester the workshop is taking place on Friday 25 November. Read more

Women Supporting Social Entrepreneurs Network Winter Get Together and Showcasing event
Date & Time: Thursday 1 December 2016, 16:00 – 20:00
Venue: Photolink Creative Group Read moreVSNW’s Annual Conference and AGM 2016 – Community Powered Change
Date & Time: Monday 5 December 2016, 9:30 – 16:30
Venue: People’s History Museum Read moreCelebrate Disability History Month
Date & Time: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: Greater Manchester Coalition for Disabled People’s office Read moreGMCDP Workshop – Welfare Rights (other benefits)  
Date & Time: Wednesday 14 December 2016, 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: Greater Manchester Coalition for Disabled People’s office Read more

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Training Opportunities
Radical Approaches to Commissioning Public Services
This workshop draws on the thinking in a broad range of recent reports by national think-tanks. The focus is on how to bring about long-term sustainable and positive change in commissioned health and welfare public services.
Date & Time: Tuesday 29 November 2016, 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Macc Read more

New Workshop – Blowing Your Own Trumpet
Showing to impact of your organisation and its work. We all think our organisations do good work – but how do we prove this? It’s sometimes easy (although not always!) to count numbers such as people benefiting from your service, but how do you report on the things they have achieved and the changes your work has helped make to their lives?
Date & Time: Wednesday 30 November 2016, 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Introduction to Community Asset Transfer
The session will give attendees an understanding of the history of community asset transfers, an overview of what a community asset transfer is alongside offering hints and tips on good practices and the do’s and don’ts to consider.
Date & Time: Thursday 1 December 2016, 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Macc Read more

New Workshop – Introduction to Marketing
This training will outline the basics of marketing your organisation successfully and prioritising your time. This workshop is a must for organisations looking at marketing their services / organisation.
Date & Time: Tuesday 6 December 2016, 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Office Manager at Barnabus
Salary: Available on application, Hours: Full Time
Deadline: Wednesday 30 November 2016 Read moreCare Assistants / Carer Support Workers at Carers Trust 4all
Salary: £8 – £8.25 plus 25p per mile, Hours: guaranteed hours and flexible contracts available
Deadline: Saturday 31 December 2016 Read more
Sign up now with Volunteer Centre Manchester
If your organisation works in Manchester and involves volunteers, you are encouraged to register with Volunteer Centre Manchester.Register with Volunteer Centre Manchester
Register your organisation – Click here to register your organisation
Register as a volunteer – Click here to register as a volunteerVolunteer DBS (CRB) checks
DBS Manchester and Salford provides a quality and professional DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking service and Safe Recruitment advice centre. DBS Manchester and Salford is provided by Salford CVS. For further information click here or contact 0161 787 7795, or email: dbs@salfordcvs.co.ukVolunteer Centre Manchester’s training page
Click here to see what we’re runningFunding
Our funding search engine is a straight forward FREE service using information from IDOX Information Solutions that can help voluntary, charitable and community groups like yours to find suitable funding. To search for funding opportunities click here

Information and Resources
On our website we have a diverse range of resources, toolkits and contacts to help you understand what you need to do in order to develop and sustain your voluntary / community group and operate legally. To view our factsheets and toolkits click here

Policy and influence
The Policy and Influence Team support strong, collective input by Manchester’s voluntary sector and residents by sharing information, co-ordinating and linking organisations and providing opportunities for people to come together and network.Click here for more information

My Manchester
The voice of the city. Watch films, listen to audio and read blogs created by the Manchester Community reporters showcasing Manchester’s stories on theMyManchester website
Directory
Visit our online directory of voluntary and community sector organisations in Manchester where you can search for Manchester organisations and register to promote your organisation. To browse the Directory and to register click here

Conference and room hire
We have excellent city centre rooms available in different sizes to suit your needs at affordable rates. We can provide refreshments, catering and all the equipment you require for your meetings. There are even discounts available for members. Find out more here or email us at: roombookings@macc.org.uk

Opportunities to contribute
If you have any comments, news, events or jobs that you would like to include in the Manchester Community Central bulletins, please contact: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org
To sign up to receive our quarterly enewsletter, please email:info@mcrcommunitycentral.org

To get in touch
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MICRA Co-researcher presents at the Building the Future for Health conference

As part of our ongoing work to improve the age friendliness of cities, and Manchester in particular, one of our co-researchers Elaine Unegbu presented at the Building the Future for Health conference in Groningen about our work.

Watch her presentation

)161 275 1298 micra@manchester.ac.uk  @MICRA_Ageing

E-Bulletin Issue 129 - September 2016

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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The North City Nomads visit the Lake District
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Tom and his guide dog, Otis, in Ambleside.

The North City Nomads had a fabulous time at their recent trip.  Over 150 members of the group left north Manchester for a day out in the Lake District.  Many took advantage of the group discount on the North Lakes Ferry Cruise, some ambled around Lake Windermere whilst others enjoyed a spot of shopping.

Some members wanted a ‘good walk’ and met in Bowness for a two mile hike to Windermere.  The group enjoyed an alfresco coffee break before the onward journey to Ambleside.  They then enjoyed a ferry cruise back to Windermere, with just enough time left for a glass of shandy with some fish and chips!

The group is managed and run by its members and offers up to four trips a year.  Members are encouraged to share information about activities they enjoy and participate in, helping to build social connections and friendship circles.

North City Nomads now has over 550 members.  New member requests are received on a regular basis, for more information please contact Tracey Annette onnorthcitynomads@gmail.com or 0161 234 4299.

Please visit their Facebook page to find out more.

Growing in the City win Spirit of Manchester 2016 Best Community Space Award

This is the first year of the Best Community Space award and Growing in the City was voted as the winner decided by votes from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Manchester.  The group focusses on community food growing across generations, encouraging a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

The Spirit of Manchester Festival encourages voluntary, community groups and social enterprises to hold an event between 1 – 10 October 2016 in order to show people in our communities the huge wealth of activity going on in the VCSE sector across the city.  The aim is to magnify the impact of the VCSE sector and create a city-wide celebration of the incredible work that we all do. Contact Adele for more information onadelep@macc.org.uk or 0161 834 9823.  You can also Manchester Community Centralwebsite for more information.

Interested in delivering physical activity sessions for older people?

GreaterSport and “Oomph!” (Our Organisation Makes People Happy) are piloting a programme to support delivery of physical activity opportunities for older adults and build evidence of impact of the programme.  Two members of our staff have just been trained up to deliver the Oomph! exercise programme, and we’re happy to deploy them in Manchester, particularly to locations in the Gorton/Openshaw/Longsight and Clayton areas.

Our instructors can come to you, so dates, time and venues are flexible!  Free as part of our pilot programme.

Contact Clare Morley at Eastlands Trust on c.morley@eastlandstrust.org or call 07703528806.  Visit their website for further information.

Share your knowledge about your back yard or garden

Manchester Metropolitan University want to improve their understanding of domestic gardens in Manchester and the benefits that they provide us.  You also have the chance to win shopping vouchers worth hundreds of pounds.

This information will be used to develop recommendations that will aid planning and investment decisions relating to green space in neighbourhoods. This will enhance the benefits that green spaces could provide to areas of specific need, particularly where there is less green space within domestic gardens

Take part.

Pledge your support to the Older People’s Charter
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Paul McGarry (Age-Friendly Manchester Strategic Lead), Cllr Mary Watson and Older People’s Board member Simon Katzenellenbogen, pictured with the Charter

We are looking for local groups and organisations across the city to pledge to do things, big or small, to make Manchester more age-friendly.  All pledges received will be promoted in this e-bulletin and on the Council’s website.  You’ll be joining a movement of people and organisations who are passionate about improving the lives of older people.

Contact Tim Keeley, Age-Friendly Manchester, for more information ont.keeley@manchester.gov.uk or 0161 219 6759.

Further detail, including a pledge form, is available on our website.

Final Reminder – Join the budget conversation!

Before Manchester City Council start making budget decisions, they need to talk about what matters most, to you, in your neighbourhood.

They want to use what you say to shape future budgets.

Things have been tough in recent years. With Government cuts they’re spending 35% less on services than they did five years ago (that’s £340m). And they know more cuts are coming.

The Council currently spend nearly £530 million a year, more than half of that on social services, looking after children in care, people with disabilities, mental health problems and old people. The rest goes on services for all, like bins and street cleaning, roads, street lights, leisure centres and parks.

This time the Budget Conversation’s started early – so you can tell them what you value most, and join them as they work out how to grow the things about your neighbourhood you value most. Join the Budget Conversation.

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What’s On

Events & Things To Do

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There are lots of events and regular groups across Manchester – see our Events Listings for full details.  Here’s a small selection of what’s happening…
Manchester Literature Festival is a celebration of the best new writing from around the world. This year’s programme features leading authors Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, Ann Cleeves, Margaret Drabble, Alan Johnson, Jenni Murray, Ben Okri, Rose Tremain and many more.

Events take place 7-23 October at various locations across Greater Manchester.

Full programme details are available on the festivalwebsite or you can order a brochure by contactingoffice@manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk or 0161 832 5502.

Garden City Festival returns to Wythenshawe town centre and Forum on 10 September, to showcase the best in local horticulture, fresh produce, good food and crafts. From 10am to 4pm, visitors will be treated to a host of stalls, demonstrations, and entertainment at this great family day out.

Entry and activities are free.

For more information contact Carole Bond on cbond@tempomarketing.co.uk or 0161 945 5556.

Age-Friendly Whalley Range & Chorlton offer free get-together events over the next few months for local people aged 50 and over.

Each event will be about two hours including free lunch with a workshop or talk. There will also be information about local Age-Friendly services and activities.

First event is at Chorlton Library from 12-2pm on 7th October 2016 with a nutritional therapist discussing how to stay healthy and nourished over the winter.

To find out more or register your interest please contact agefriendlywhalleyrange@gmail.com or call 0161 881 3744.  You can also visit their website for more information.

English National Ballet and Manchester International Festival present Akram Khan’s Giselle.  A story of love, heartbreak and redemption between the young Giselle and the deceitful man she loves.  Training in South Asian and contemporary dance, Akram Khan will create a new version of the classic ballet, with a stunning set by Academy-Award winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and a live score performed by a full orchestra, the English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Event runs between 27th September – 1st October at 7.30pm (matinees on Thursday 29th September at 2pm and Saturday 1st October at 2.30pm) at the Palace Theatre Manchester, Oxford Road, M1 6FT.

Older people can receive a discounted price of £12 per ticket.

For more information please contact Ben Turner on ben.turner@mif.co.uk or 07976 560 498.  You can also visit their website for more information.

Sporting Memories Group invite you to listen and share sporting memories with other older sports fans.

Every Friday starting Friday 2nd September 2016, 1:30 – 3pm, at FC United Manchester, Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road, Manchester, M40 0FJ.

For more information please contact Jason onjason.white@sportingmemoriesnetwork.com or 07514 698 879.  Visit their website for more information about the event.

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

FC United of Manchester are looking for Volunteers to help facilitate or support weekly sporting Memories Group across Greater Manchester where older sport fans share their love of sport and have fun.

For more information please call Jason on 07514 698 879 or email. You can also visit website for more information.  Full training will be provided.

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

Advice & Support

Tax Help for Older People is an independent charity, offering a free tax advice service for older people on low incomes. They specialise in giving Personal Tax advice to people over 60 (or their representatives) with an income under £20,000. Their philosophy is to help clients help themselves as far as possible, which means we give guidance, assistance, advice and support depending on the client need.

Their volunteers are available to provide free face to face tax advice for pensioners across the UK, although initial contact should be to our team of tax advisers in Dorset (01308 488066 or 0845 601 3321).

If you would like any more information, please contact Maxine Offord ontaxvol@taxvol.org.uk.

Mobility Scooter Help and Advice is a free service partnered and run by Manchester City Council (Access and Inclusion Team), Age-Friendly Manchester, Shopmobility and Southway Housing for anyone over 50 to try a range of mobility scooters and/or get advice from professionals about how to maintain their mobility, or bring your own scooter for a FREE maintenance check.

Date: 15th September 2016
Time: 11am – 3pm
Venue: St Christopher’s Church Hall, Moorgate Ave, Old Moat, Withington, M20 1HE

There will be hints and tips on how to stay mobile and active  plus safety advice from the police, advice from trading standards and hints and tips on how to access public transport.

The event includes a FREE buffet lunch. For more information or to make contact if you have any dietary requirements contact Cathy Ayrton onc.ayrton@southwayhousing.co.uk or call 0161 448 4200.

Health & Wellbeing

North Manchester Wellbeing Centre runs activities managed by local people for the benefit of local people aiming to promote Health & Wellbeing among residents of Harpurhey and the surrounding areas through group activities throughout the week.  Activities include exercise groups, relaxation, crafts and dress making.

For more information please contact Joan on joantipping70@msn.com or 0161 205 0118.

African Caribbean Care Group offers various services from Excursions, Arts & Crafts sessions, Meals on Wheels services and more.  Located at Claremont Resource Centre, Rolls Crescent, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5FS and open between 9am – 4:30pm Mondays to Fridays

For more information about various services and activities please call 0161 226 6334 or 0161 848 8281.  Visit their website for more information.

The Stroke Association has organised an eight week programme of health promotion and supported exercise focusing on healthy lifestyle choices for anyone who has TIA or people affected by stroke and their carers.

WHERE? Trinity Baptist Church, Wellington Street, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8BE

WHEN? Thursday mornings 10.30am till 1.00pm.

TRANSPORT: Ring and Ride (to register call 0161 200 6011).  You must book your journey 7 days before you want to travel.  Bus services: 201, 203, 204, 205, 206 from Manchester. If you are not able to get to the centre independently or by using the above means of transport please contact Helen Gilbertson on 0161 742 7482 or 07983 343003.

For more information on this and other programmes please contact Stroke Helpline 0303 3033 100, Regional Office – Salford 0161 745 8222, (textphone 18001 0303 3033 100) or visit their website.

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

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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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Manchester Community Central Bulletin –
5 September 2016
The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector
About the Manchester Community Central Bulletin:
Our bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the last week. It includes news, events, job opportunities, training opportunities, volunteering and links to our information and resources.

News

Mental Health Grants Programme – open for applications
Macc are pleased to announce that from today the Mental Health Grants Programme is formally open to receive completed applications. The period during which bids can be submitted will last for six weeks. The grant application form, guidance documents and other useful information are available here. Completed grant applications must be submitted by email to: grants@macc.org.uk, by Friday 14 October 2016, 16:00. For further information contact Oliver Cranfield on 0161 834 9823, or email:oliver@macc.org.uk.Two weeks to go to be part of Manchester’s Spirit Story
Sprit Story is a week-long campaign taking place during the week of 19-23 Septemberthat will document the extraordinary everyday stories of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Manchester, all we ask is that you record your activities on a day during this week which we will capture via a short 10 minute phone interview on the day. We have already had a great response so please contact Nigel Rose on 0161 834 9823, or email: nigel@macc.org.uk to make sure your organisation is involved! Read moreTesco Bags of Help
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces. Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time Read morePostcode Local Trust
Postcode Local Trust is inviting applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment. Postcode Local Trust seeks to find real solutions, which encourage communities to take a more active role in helping their local, natural environment. Postcode Local Trust seeks to support projects which benefit wildlife, enhance biodiversity, or repair/create new green habitats utilising the skills and enthusiasm of local, grass-roots organisations. Deadline: Friday 30 September 2016, 17:00 Read morePeople’s Postcode Trust – 2016 Grants
People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area. Deadline: Friday 30 September 2016, 17:00 Read moreCharity Finance Group blog – What small charities need to know about auto-enrolment and assessing staff
Small and micro charities are coming up to their auto-enrolment staging dates. This blog provides a quick refresh for those people currently going through the process of getting their charities ready to stage. All charities that have at least one paid worker will have automatic enrolment duties. Charities need to assess their staff, put those who meet certain criteria into a pension scheme (and make contributions to it), tell them what you’ve done, and complete a declaration of compliance. CFG has an auto-enrolment guide for small charities which you can download for free Read more

Greater Manchester Police consultation on accessing services
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is asking people how they want to access police services. The consultation continues GMP’s commitment to continuing to develop the most effective service possible. It aims to find out how people prefer to contact police, and identify how the Force can adapt to changes in the ways that people contact them. Deadline: Monday 26 September 2016 Read more

Antisocial behaviour policy and procedure consultation
Manchester City Council are in the process of developing a new antisocial behaviour policy and procedure. The City Council welcome your views regarding their approach to tackling antisocial behaviour and encourage you to contribute to the shaping of the policy and procedure by completing this short questionnaire. Deadline:  Friday 16 September 2016 Read more

The Heritage Detectives Club
Date & Time: Friday 9 September 2016, 11:00-16:00
Venue: Manchester Cathedral Read moreHealth and wellbeing in later life – your questions answered
Date & Time: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 13:30 – 16:00
Venue: Manchester Methodist Central Buildings Read moreFinancial Inclusion Conference: Your Mind, Your Money, Your Manchester
Date & Time: Monday 26 September 2016, 9:00 – 17:00
Venue: The Hive Read moreOffender Management – Devolution and Local Commissioning
Date & Time: Monday 3 October 2016, 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University Read moreVCSE Personal Health Budget Support Network (North West) event
Date & Time: Thursday 6 October 2016, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Manchester Read moreLadyfest MCR Feminist Community Fair
Date & Time: Saturday 8 October 2016, 12:00 – 18:00
Venue: Central Methodist Hall Read more

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Training Opportunities
Hempsons Free Trustee Training Workshop 
Date & Time: Wednesday 21 September 2016, 09:45 – 13:00 Read more
and
Date & Time: Wednesday 21 September 2016, 14:15 – 17:30 Read more
Venue: Hempsons Manchester

Social Media Surgery – September 2016
Social media surgeries are free informal drop-in sessions. Speak to experts and get tips and practical advice about how social media could help your organisation. Solve any issues you are having with your organisations existing social media or see how you could use it better.
Date & Time: Thursday 29 September 2016, 12:30 – 14:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Business Booster Masterclasses – Working in supply chains: getting the best deal for your organisation 
Date & Time:    Thursday 13 October 2016, 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Manchester Read more

Mental Health Awareness Training for Volunteer Managers
This session delivered by Manchester Mind, is relevant to volunteer managers who encounter mental health issues as part of their work and is also intended to help them respond more appropriately.
Date & Time: Tuesday 1 November 2016, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Macc Read more

Looking after yourself, looking after your friends: Mental Health Awareness Training
This session delivered by Manchester Mind, is relevant to all young people aged 15-25. The content references the fact that individuals, their friends or their family members may experience problems with their mental health. This will make it directly relevant to a large number of young people including those who might already be struggling with their mental health.
Date & Time: Wednesday 16 November 2016, 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Manchester Read more

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Job Opportunities

Sunday Café Supervisor, Café in the Park at The Counselling and Family Centre
Salary: £7.50 per hour, Hours: 8 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 9 September 2016, 9:00 Read moreEnterprise Adviser at One Manchester
Salary: £29,400, Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: Sunday 11 September 2016 Read moreVolunteer Development Adviser at One Manchester
Salary: £21,819, Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: Sunday 11 September 2016 Read moreSocial Worker, Manchester Engagement Team at Manchester Mind
Salary: £30,311, Hours: 37 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 12 September 2016, 9:00 Read more2 x Support Time and Recovery Workers at Manchester Mind
Salary: £18,638 (full-time) / £9,319 (part-time), Hours: Full-time 37 hours per week / Part-time: 18.5 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 12 September 2016, 9:00 Read moreBusiness Development Consultant (Digital Media Industry) at Union Street Media Arts
Salary: £1,300 a month, Hours: Part-time
Deadline: Friday 16 September 2016 Read more

Senior Contract Executive at Lifeline Project
Salary: Pt 52-67 £46,131 – £59,970, Hours: 35 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 23 September 2016, 12:00 Read more

Administrator at YPAC Manchester
Salary: NJC 17-19 £17,547- £19,430, Hours: 37 hours per week
Deadline: Friday 30 September 2016, 9:30 Read more

Sign up now with Volunteer Centre Manchester
If your organisation works in Manchester and involves volunteers, you are encouraged to register with Volunteer Centre Manchester.Register with Volunteer Centre Manchester
Register your organisation – Click here to register your organisation
Register as a volunteer – Click here to register as a volunteerVolunteer DBS (CRB) checks
DBS Manchester and Salford provides a quality and professional DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking service and Safe Recruitment advice centre.
DBS Manchester and Salford is provided by Salford CVS.
For further information please visit: www.salfordcvs.co.uk/dbs-checks, or contact 0161 787 7795, or email: dbs@salfordcvs.co.ukVolunteer Centre Manchester’s training page
Click here to see what we’re runningFunding
Our funding search engine is a straight forward FREE service using information from IDOX Information Solutions that can help voluntary, charitable and community groups like yours to find suitable funding.To search for funding opportunities, click here

Information and Resources
On our website we have a diverse range of resources, toolkits and contacts to help you understand what you need to do in order to develop and sustain your voluntary / community group and operate legally. To view our factsheets and toolkits, click here

Policy and influence
The Policy and Influence Team support strong, collective input by Manchester’s voluntary sector and residents by sharing information, co-ordinating and linking organisations and providing opportunities for people to come together and network.Click here for more information

My Manchester
The voice of the city. Watch films, listen to audio and read blogs created by the Manchester Community reporters showcasing Manchester’s stories on the MyManchester website: www.mymanchester.net
Directory
Visit our online directory of voluntary and community sector organisations in Manchester where you can search for Manchester organisations and register to promote your organisation.
To browse the Directory and to register click here

Opportunities to contribute
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