Friday, 29 May 2015

Get Active with Active Lifestyles

Active Lifestyles, Manchester City Council, offers a range of weekly physical activity classes across the city suitable for older people.

Classes include Circuits, Aerobics and Aqua based classes. For more information and a timetable please go to our website and look at Easy Rhythms or call us on 0161 234 5454.  

Please note classes are £1 per session. 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Front Row: Film Showings for the Over 50's in Newton Heath

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 12 - 2.30pm
Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street (off Briscoe Lane), Newton Heath

Come and see the latest releases in a warm environment. Bring old friends and meet new ones while being entertained.

Upcoming films:

  3 June - Into The Woods
17 June - Selma  
  1 July - The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  
15 July - Still Alice  
  5 August - Paddington  
19 August - Big Hero 6

 £1.50 donation towards refreshments.

For more information please contact Joan on 688 4038.  If a large group please do book places.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Volunteer Centre, Manchester

Volunteer Centre Manchester provides information, support and training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer. VCM also supports organisations who want to recruit volunteers, need help and advice to develop new roles, introduce/update policies and procedures or have a training need.

Whether you are looking to lend a hand on a one off basis or for a longer period of time, Volunteer Centre Manchester can bring you the most current selection of opportunities across Greater Manchester and assist with your application.

For further information and to register with Volunteer Centre Manchester visit and direct your attention to the ‘I want to Volunteer’ section. Alternatively you can phone 0161 830 4770 or email

Saturday, 23 May 2015


Have fun, make new friends, be useful, use your skills and expertise and have fun! INTERGEN offers you the opportunity for all this by volunteering in a local primary school in Chorlton (Barlow Hall, Chorlton Park and/or Old Moat).

Check out the Intergen website ( and contact Estelle on 07946 761 785 or for a chat about how this might be the right thing for you and some local children.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Physical activity professionals/volunteers required for Interview Study on Older Adults and Physical Activity

Do you provide or deliver physical activity to adults 65 years or older in any of the following areas of Manchester: Ancoats, Ardwick, Cheetham, Clayton, Fallowfield, Gorton, Harpurhey, Hulme, Longsight, Moss Side, or Rusholme?

We would like to know about your experiences of older adults engaging in physical activity and what you think may help older adults to be more physically active in your area.  

Please get in touch to book a one-off interview lasting 60-90 minutes.  For more information please contact Mrs Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald on 0161 275 2593 or email

Thursday, 21 May 2015


Intergen is looking for retired people in the Burnage area who would like to volunteer an hour or so a week in a local primary or secondary school. Share your skills and experience with young people and help to break down the generation barriers and give the children a real sense of community.

Current volunteers are helping with a variety of school clubs, offering one to one help with reading and introducing young people to new (or old) skills. Its great fun and offering schools a really important intergenerational experience.

Want to know more? Contact the INTERGEN Burnage co-ordinator Hazel Roy on 0161 434 5021 or

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Participants required for Interview Study on Older Adults and Physical Activity

How do you feel about physical activity?  Is it something you enjoy or not?  Why?  Would you like to be more physically active but find there’s nothing for you or that things get in the way?  Or are you happy with your level of physical activity, whatever it may be?  

If you are aged 65 years or older and you live in Ancoats, Ardwick, Cheetham, Clayton, Fallowfield, Gorton, Harpurhey, Hulme, Longsight, Moss Side, or Rusholme then let your views be heard.  

For more information please contact Mrs Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald on 0161 275 2593 or email

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cromwell Community Cuppa

Afternoon tea @ JNR8 on Cromwell Avenue
Wednesdays 2-3pm 

Some older residents from Whalley Range have said they would like to meet up for a chat and a cuppa, to get out of the house, meet with neighbours and find out what’s happening locally.

We have a lovely space at JNR8 Community Centre (Back of Manley Park Church)
Please come along with friends. Or come along on your own to make friends!
We’ll provide tea, coffee, biscuits and cake!

Call Chris at Age-friendly Whalley Range on 881 3744
Let us know if you need help with transport

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Volunteers Wanted at The Gorton Day Centre, Age UK Manchester

We provide support for older ladies and gentleman with dementia. So if you have a few hours each week to spare and would like to join our friendly and caring team then please contact: Jean Lamb on or Julie Hussey on

Tel: 0161 223 6062. Or call into The Gorton Day Centre, The Melland Centre, Melland Road, Gorton, M18 7QU.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Community Navigator volunteers needed

Want to help older people live a happy and enjoyable life? Want to gain valuable skills and make links with local services?

LINK Two is recruiting Community Navigators to help isolated older people. In this role you will befriend clients, find out what their needs are and support them in accessing existing community activities and services.

We’re looking for sociable and proactive volunteers who are passionate about helping isolated people. Currently recruiting in Whalley Range, Moss Side and Hulme. Training is provided.

To apply, or to refer a client, please contact Simon at or call 0161 225 1064

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

People First Volunteer Befriending Scheme

We are recruiting volunteer befrienders for our scheme in Hulme and Moss Side. Our volunteers visit adults aged 55 years and over to help reduce loneliness and social isolation.
We provide a full training package, reasonable out of pocket expenses and support to find permanent employment or other volunteering opportunities.

Due to working with vulnerable adults we will ask you to complete a full DBS, which we will pay for. Previous experience is not required.

For more information please contact Wesley Langley – Scheme Coordinator - Tel 0161 235 6900 or email:  or website:

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Volunteer for the Manchester Volunteer Advice Project

Drop-in Information Sessions coming up:

Monday 18 May 9am –12.30pm
Friday 22 May 1pm—5pm

Refreshments provided.
Venue: Collier Room, Methodist Central Buildings, Oldham Street, M1 1JQ

What could I do?

Be an adviser, Be an interpreter, Be a receptionist, Be an admin assistant, Help people complete forms, Accompany people to appointments.

Increase skills, knowledge, confidence & meet others. You will receive free ongoing training and development opportunities

Come along to find out more or contact
Dawn Kaveney on 07816 580792 or

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Elizabeth Gaskell House – Volunteers needed

84 Plymouth Grove. M13 9LW

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and there are many opportunities for you to get involved, from helping in our tea room, talking to visitors in the period rooms, maintaining our wonderful garden and many others behind the scenes tasks.

It's a great opportunity to learn something new, develop an existing interest and meet new friends. If you're interested in volunteering please contact 0161 273 2215 or email

Travel expenses up to £5 reimbursed and training/volunteer support provided

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Writing your own story

Saturday 23 May
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Writers draw on real events from their own lives and the lives of others.  Led by Naomi Hamill and Bleta Kabashi.  Naomi will read from her work, How to be a Kosovan Bride inspired by her experiences in Kosovo.

Suitable for adults and young people

Booking required via Eventbrite –
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3

For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Friday, 8 May 2015

Sundays at Rusholme Social-cafe

Rusholme Social-café returns to Sundays at the Birch Community Centre, along with our weekly Wednesday session.

The new Sunday programme includes craft and local history activities, lunch and refreshments making it a great place to meet, chat and relax. So don’t be lonely over the weekend, pop-in and enjoy. It is on 26th April, 10th and 31st May, 7th and 21st June, 5th and 19th July. And all activities are free with refreshments available for a donation.  

The Birch Community Centre (Brighton Grove, Rusholme, M14 5JT) is served by many bus routes including the 41, 42, 43, 44, 141-145 along Wilmslow Rd and the 53 service along Dickenson Rd. Free parking onsite.  For more information contact:
Rich Browning
, Healthy Me Healthy Communities
07913 540680

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Volunteers needed - Ambition for Ageing

Ambition for Ageing is a 5-year, £10m programme delivered by a cross-sector partnership, led by GMCVO and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. 
GMCVO are looking to build an enthusiastic team which will help older people in 24 wards in eight local authorities of Greater Manchester redesign their communities. GMCVO will need skilled staff to work with a wide range of organisations, manage complex commissioning programmes and use the learning generated to change the way a wide range of partners and external organisations operate.

Links to further details:

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Campaign to End Loneliness

The Campaign to End Loneliness believes that loneliness is not inevitable and the third age can be the best age. 

Since our launch in 2011 we have focused on a long term vision for change that will catalyse the whole country towards new ways of reducing loneliness. We are now shaping our strategy for beyond 2017 and invite you to give your ideas about what we should do next. You’ll also get the chance to win one of three £50 John Lewis vouchers in our survey prize draw.

We would like to ask for your help in three ways:

1.       Please tell us your views by completing our online survey by 31 May 2015:
2.       And, as we would like the views of a wide range of people interested in reducing loneliness, it would be great if you could help by cascading this email and survey link to others in your organisation or networks.

3.       If you believe that nobody who wants company should be without it, join the Campaign to End Loneliness here:
If you would like to read the survey before completing it online, or prefer this in an alternative format, or have any questions, please get in touch – 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Hallé Tea Dances are BACK

Having considered the feedback given at the events last Summer, the tea dances have been moved to Friday evenings and will be held at the beautiful Halle St Peter's in Ancoats.
Tickets are now available from the Bridgewater Hall Box Office (0161 907 9000). This is the only way to purchase tickets.

Attendees will be provided with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee, plus a sizeable slice of cake (kindly donated by EH Booths) during the evening. Bottled water will also be available to purchase.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Introduction to Reminiscence

Salford Museum & Art Gallery, £10 per person
Tuesday 12 May 2015 10am-12pm 

This 2 hour training session is for anyone working with older people, and aims to offer an introduction to the benefits of reminiscence activity, ideas for activities in care settings and how to use the museum’s resources to stimulate enjoyable and meaningful sessions. For more information contact Naomi Lewis on 778 0881 or email

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Politics Pub Quiz

Thursday 14 May

Debate real politics with real people – down the pub.  Join the team from the People’s History Museum as we take over The Font for one night only and challenge you to let your political geek shine through.  With prizes for the winners, form your party, enter the race and earn your votes.  The lovely people at The Font are creating their own political cocktails and there will be a DJ afterwards.  Part of Manchester After Hours 2015.

Suitable for adults and young people, over 18s only
No booking required
7.00pm – 9.00pm

Please note that this event is at The Font, 7-9 New Wakefield Street, Manchester M1 5NP
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Speaker needed at Age UK Openshaw Day Centre

Age UK Openshaw Day Centre are looking for after lunch speakers for Mondays to speak to the luncheon club group for around 45 minutes to 1 hour.  In the past we have had Macmillan nurses, the Stroke Association, The Manchester Bee Keepers Association, The Manchester Museum, Age UK Benefits Advisor etc.  If you would like to talk about what your organisation has to offer, or just about something of interest, please contact Diane at

Friday, 1 May 2015

Volunteer Opportunity with Gorton Visual Arts

Gorton  Visual  Arts  are  looking  for  a  retired,  or semi-retired, experienced  fundraiser  for  their  community  arts  group.   They are a registered charity and therefore rely solely on grant support and member donations in order to run their group.  The group meets on a regular basis and, with support from a professional and inspirational artist, has produced various projects all relating to Gorton local heritage. The group work with schools and older people and its member’s value being part of a social group. If  you're  interested  in  helping  Gorton Visual Arts  to  secure  their  future  please  contact  Pat  Jackson  on 07975 956704  or  by  e-mail