Friday, 31 July 2015

Summer 'Sorter' Day - Tuesday 18 August, 11 am – 2pm

Anchor Court Sheltered Housing (Cheetham, Manchester)
Tuesday 18 August, 11 am – 2pm

Anchor Court is having a “summer sorter” day with helpful advice tables from some professionals, tombola raffles, bingo, guess the name of the doll, refreshments available etc, all contributing to a fun day.  

Call 0161 795 7606 for more information.  

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Volunteer Opportunity – Volunteer Handyperson

Care & Repair is on the lookout for a Volunteer Handyperson. Volunteers will complete tasks alongside our HandyHelp Safety Operatives. These include the fitting of safety equipment, minor plumbing jobs and joinery work.

This role would suit someone who has DIY or trades skills and you must have your own car. All out of pocket expenses are fully reimbursed.

If you’re interested, please call Manchester Care & Repair on 0161 872 5500. For more details, visit

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Books To Go

Do you love to read but can’t get to your local library?  Would you like a friendly volunteer to read with and talk about all things book? Try Books to Go – Home Delivery Service.  

Books to Go provides a home delivery service for Manchester residents who have limited mobility, a visual impairment or any difficulty leaving their home and visiting their local library.  

When you join you will be asked if you prefer audio books, large-print, DVDs or ordinary print and what types of book you enjoy.  Their experienced staff will choose books to you preference and deliver them to your own home free of charge.  

Ask at your local library or call 0161 227 3800.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

50+ Crafternoon - A new weekly get-together for craft lovers in Chorlton

This looks good fun - and it's free:

Over 55? Looking for change? Want to meet people?

Every Monday 1.30 pm – 4 pm
North City Library


Silver Surfers 2 - 3pm
Activities 3pm - 4pm (crafts / talks / games )
All free

For more information please contact Tracy Clive at North City Library on :
0161 219 6443 or email

Monday, 27 July 2015

POPPs - Gorton - Thursday mornings

Trinity Baptist Church, Wellington Street, Gorton, M18 8BE
Thursday mornings 10.30 am - 1pm

A partnership funded by POPPs and run by The Stroke Association in co-operation with Manchester Carers’ Forum with trainers from ‘Extend’.  

An eight week programme of health promotion and supported exercise focusing on exercise and healthy lifestyle choices. People affected by stroke can participate in chair based exercise with a qualified ‘Extend’ trainer.  

Carers are given the opportunity for a break or to meet other carers and participate in activities such as relaxation and alternative therapy etc.  The second half of the session is aimed at the whole group and looks at issues around stroke and healthy living.

Please ring Helen Gilbertson or Chantelle Brady – Information, Advice and Support Co-ordinators at the Stroke Association on 0161 742 7482 or mobile 07983 343003 to be referred to POPPs.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

People First Dementia Support Service

Free support available to people aged 55+ living in Manchester who are exhibiting signs of dementia, memory loss or confusion. The service provides support in a range of areas including independent living, claiming benefits, assistance in liaising with other agencies including health and social care.
To make a referral or obtain further information about the project, please contact: People First Dementia Support at People First Housing Association on 0161 235 6900 or visit our website at

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Donate Your Unwanted Furniture and Support ‘Care & Repair’

Thinking of buying new furniture but don’t know what to do with your old items?

Moving home and need to get rid of anything?

Care & Repair have teamed up with CT Home to offer you FREE COLLECTION of your quality used furniture and household appliances.

If you are interested in donating, please call 0161 745 7588 and quote Care & Repair. CT Home will collect anywhere across Greater Manchester and sell the furniture at their warehouse in Salford.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Henshaws six-week programme of gentle exercise classes for people over 50 experiencing sight loss

Henshaws six week programme of gentle exercise classes is designed for people over 50 who are experiencing sight loss. They work at your own pace and level of ability and can adapt the sessions to suit your needs. The sessions are free. 

Benefits include improving your wellbeing, having fun in the relaxed sessions, increased mobility and confidence and the opportunity to socialise and meet like-minded people. 

Sessions take place right across Greater Manchester so that you can benefit from attending a class in your local community and the next class is due to start at St Kent’s Irish Social Club, 36 Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 7DW and will run every Tuesday from 22nd September - 27th October, 1.00pm -3.00pm

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Improving care for people with long term conditions in Harpurhey

Long-term health conditions cannot be cured, but they can often be managed or controlled by some form of medical treatment or by some other form of intervention.  

About a quarter of people in Harpurhey are thought to be living with a long-term health condition such as: Hypertension, Obesity, Asthma, Diabetes, Coronary heart disease, Cardiovascular disease, COPD, Chronic kidney disease, Hypothyroidism, Stroke/TIA, Cancer, Epilepsy, Dementia, Mental  Health (including   depression   and   anxiety) - or some other long term condition.

Are you one of them?  Are you caring for someone living with a long-term condition?  Would you or the person you care for consider taking part in a one hour confidential interview to help researchers find out what might help improve the lives of people living with long term conditions?  To find out more contact Patsy Williams on 0161 234 3714 or Rob Barlow on 0161 205 5143

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Home from Hospital Service

Care and Repair offer low level support to any older person (over 60) who has recently been in hospital or attended A&E and is not eligible for support from Adult Social Care.

Support includes practical tasks, benefits checks and applications, finding relevant support services and telephone support.

Call 0161 872 5500 (ask for Home from Hospital).

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Fixing dodgy knees

A quick link to a Mail Online article: Fixing dodgy knees: From exercises you can do in bed to the best shoes and pain relief, everything you need to know

Read more:

Independent Living Support Service

The Care & Repair caseworker service has recently been awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund to expand its service in Manchester.

This free home-visiting service provides short term assistance, benefits checks and applications, signposting and information to older people of any housing tenure who want to remain in their own home.

For more information on how we can help, call 0161 872 5500. For more details, visit

Monday, 20 July 2015

Care and Repair Handyperson Service

Manchester Care and Repair's handyperson service is available for small works to help an older person keep their home safe and warm. The service is free and is usually able to respond with a couple of weeks (the service does not cover the cost of materials).

Call 0161 872 5500, 9am - 4pm.  For more information visit

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Gorton Day Centre, Age UK Manchester, is looking for volunteers

Gorton Day Centre provides support for older ladies and gentleman with dementia. So if you have a few hours each week to spare and would like to join their friendly and caring team then contact: Jean Lamb on or Julie Hussey on or call 0161 223 6062. Or visit The Gorton Day Centre, The Melland Centre, Melland Road, Gorton, M18 7QU.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Made – an exhibition by Venture Arts, Sat 25 July – Sun 18 October

People’s History Museum
10.00am – 5.00pm

Made is Venture Arts’ latest full studio show presenting new works that explore themes of the natural versus the manufactured.  

This is a multi-medium presentation by over 60 learning disabled artists using drawing, painting, animation, art as environment, 3D sculpture, illustration, photography, ceramics and textiles. Suitable for all ages.  

In order to keep the exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Friday, 17 July 2015

Sound Heart Support Group - Newton Heath

Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street (off Briscoe Lane), Newton Heath
Weekly - Tuesdays between 10.00am – 12 noon

This weekly support group is aimed specifically at people with a Heart Condition and their carers. The sessions on offer carry on where Cardiac Rehabilitation finishes. Sessions include exercise classes and advice. People wanting to attend must be referred to the group by their specialist or GP. This is a friendly support group who also organise outings and social activities.  

For more information contact Maureen on 205 2585 or Sylvia on 681 9276.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Imaging Salford: Multimedia Animation Workshops

Join artist Mark Haig to create an exciting piece of multimedia animation using old photographs of Salford. Great fun and an opportunity for families and friends to work together and learn about storytelling, editing and animation as you bring Salford’s past to life.
-        Broughton Hub, Friday 17th July, 2-4.30pm or 5-7.30pm
-        Eccles Gateway, Monday 27th   July, 10 am – 12.30pm or 2-4.30pm
-        Salford Museum, Saturday 8th August, 12.30 – 3pm or Sunday 9th August, 12.30 – 3pm
-        Walkden Gateway, Wednesday 12th August, 2-4.30pm or 5-7.30pm

All the workshops are FREE and MUST be booked in advance as spaces are limited. More details are available and places can be booked online at

Workshops are suitable for adults and children over the age of 8, however, anyone under the age of 14 needs to be accompanied by a responsible adult who also books a place.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Have fun, make new friends, be useful and use your skills and expertise! 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.

Over 55yrs and want to join a gentle health walk? Meet The Miles Platting Plodders!

We meet every Wednesday morning at 10.15am

The Miles Platting Plodders (the clue is in the name!) are a walking group for older people who don't want to walk too far or too fast. On the first and third Wednesdays each month we meet at Trinity Methodist Church, Butler Street, Ancoats and on the other Wednesdays we meet at Piccadilly Gardens outside the new Morrisons. Free to join and free travel if you have a bus pass, there may be a cost for lunch some weeks.  

For a full programme of walks, contact Diane at Age UK Manchester 07950 427292 or e-mail Find us on Facebook 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

People First Volunteer Befriending Scheme

People First are recruiting volunteer befrienders for their scheme in Hulme and Moss Side. Volunteers visit adults aged 55 years and over to help reduce loneliness and social isolation. 

They 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 they will ask you to complete a full DBS, which they will pay for. Previous experience is not required.

For more information please contact Wesley Langley, Scheme Coordinator on 0161 235 6900 or email:  or website:

Monday, 13 July 2015

The Booth Centre is looking to recruit some new volunteers

Volunteers are needed to join their Advice/Reception/Welcome team.  Volunteers would need to be available for at least two shifts a week and shifts run from 8.30am – 1pm Monday to Friday.

Advice and/or admin and/or computer skills or experience would be useful but is not essential.  Full training and support is provided.  They are looking for volunteers with a positive outlook, who have a non-judgemental attitude and are good listeners.  

For more information and to download an application form email

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The 'Building a Healthy Future' stress management and wellbeing course

Free stress management and wellbeing course for people with diabetes, heart disease or arthritis.  The course takes place over six weeks, for two hours a week and is completely free. Learn how to handle stress, make new friends and improve your overall wellbeing.

To be put on the mailing list to find out about our Autumn course dates, contact or call Ruth on 07527 127 786

Visit: for more details.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Volunteer with Big Life Families Child in Need Intervention Service (CINIS)

Do you want to use your experience and skills to help struggling families?

The Child In Need Intervention Service is recruiting volunteers in Central and South Manchester and we are keen to hear from people who have a particular interest in volunteering with families to help them with the ups and downs of family life.  This might include supporting families in their home to gain confidence in themselves and as parents and carers, being a listening ear, helping them to get out and about in the community or simply to encourage them to play and read with their children. 

Volunteers will play a crucial part in helping struggling families to find their feet and move forward and will receive the training and support they need to be able to do this.  We welcome all enquiries including from people who speak one or more local languages.  

Please contact Julie on or call 07702 697116 for further information.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Making Colossal Statues in Ancient Egypt - Manchester Museum - Friday 17 July, 1-2pm

Like the Rapa Nui, the ancient Egyptians are well-known for creating impressive, over-lifesize stone statues. This talk explores the means of quarrying, transport and activation of colossi in ancient Egypt, and asks why we find such monuments so appealing.  

Book online at or phone 0161 275 2648, free

Seated Tai Chi in Openshaw

Every Thursday 2 pm-3.30 pm

Are you interested in learning some useful Tai Chi movements but don't feel you can do a full session standing?  Then this is for you - relaxing, stretching and surprisingly exercising seated Tai Chi at Age UK Openshaw Resource Centre, Catherine Street, Openshaw M11 1WF. Cost £2 includes refreshments.

For more details contact Diane at Age UK Manchester 07950 427292 or e-mail Find us on Facebook

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Age Friendly Museum Tours

The tours will start at 2.00pm on the last Thursday of every month.
Are you an individual or a group of friends who want to visit Manchester Museum but doesn’t know where to look first?

Join us for a half hour taster tours around the Museum led by our visitor team, these will highlight some of the fantastic objects in our collection and the stories behind them.  

Free drop in - meet in the Museum reception!  After the tour, take advantage of our offer of a free cake with a purchase of any hot drink in our cafe

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

New Film Club in Crumpsall - 'FLICKS & MIX

16 July 2015 and starts at 1.00pm
Clifford Hilditch Court (Sheltered Housing Scheme) Claude Street, Crumpsall, M8 5AW

Come and see a FLICK and MIX with new people in a warm friendly atmosphere. EVERYONE WELCOME!  Tea Coffee and biscuits will be provided - Popcorn too!  The Award winning 'Selma' will be shown.  For more details or to book a place, please contact Sophia Esnard on tel 0161 795 2765.

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) – Stay Safe This Summer

Want to find something interesting to do in your area this summer?  

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service wants everyone to enjoy the lighter nights and holidays safely and will be doing everything they can to reduce the number of accidents out in the open and in the home.  However, common dangers face all adults, teenagers and children throughout the summer months.

The Safe4Summer Campaign is designed to offer young people, families and people of all ages the opportunity to experience fun and exciting activities in their area, as well as giving them vital advice on personal safety and promoting social responsibility.  

Visit for your safety advice, information and to find out what’s going on in your local area.  Please LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND EACH OTHER * STAY SAFE * STAY IN CONTROL.

The LMS-Patriot Project: Rail and Remembrance - Tuesday 14 July – Monday 24 August

People’s History Museum
10am – 5.00pm

After the Great War, three railway companies named locomotives to honour their employees who had fought and died during the conflict.  This exhibition tells the story of the LMS-Patriot Project, the building of the new national memorial engine and looks at the contribution of those who worked on the railways during World War I. Part of the First World War Centenary.

Programme suitable for adults and young people.  In order to keep the exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Are you 60 years of age or older, and living in the Manchester or Warrington areas?

A Masters student at the University of Manchester invites you to take part in a study exploring new ways of scoring some common thinking and memory tasks so that they tell us more about how people are performing.

Participation in the study involves completing a series of short pencil and paper tasks, lasting no more than one hour, taking place at the University, your own home, or another suitable location. Unfortunately the researcher is unable to offer any payment or travel expenses.

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or you have any questions, please email Abbie Hepworth

Later Life Living Day Club - Timperley

Larkhill Dementia Café, Thorley Lane, Timperley, WA15 7AZ.
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm

For both "Carers" and "cared for" - activities, speakers, and support.  All welcome, from any area, £2 per person.  Phone 07708430887 or email

Monday, 6 July 2015

Age Friendly South Manchester Publication - Call for information

An Age Friendly South Manchester publication, aimed at older people, is being compiled on behalf of Age Friendly Manchester and South Manchester Regeneration.

This is a great opportunity to bring together information on the fantastic opportunities across the area. It will include information on groups and activities in addition to articles showcasing Age Friendly projects.

Initially the plan is to publish a summer edition with potential for more. If you would like details of your group (max 80 words) or your Age Friendly Project (max 500 words) to be included, free of charge, please email the details to  or call 0161 448 4281 by Tuesday 14th July.  

You may also include a relevant photograph to accompany your article which may be used, depending on space.  Please ensure you have relevant permissions for it to be used in the publication. 

Manchester Home Repairs Support

For larger repair and energy efficiency works, Care and Repair can direct you to vetted contractors and/or help older owner occupiers to access the Council’s interest-free and low cost loan assistance.

Call 0161 872 5500, 9am - 4pm. For more information, visit 

'Hear to Help' hold drop-in clinics

'Hear to Help' hold drop-in clinics for NHS hearing aids, so people can get replacement tubing and batteries free.  

Clinics held at: 

-        Longsight Library, 1st Wednesday of month 10am -12 pm
-        Gorton Library, 2nd Thursday of month 10am-12pm
-        Powerhouse Library, 2nd Tuesday of month 11am -1pm
-        St Margaret’s, Burnage, last Tuesday of month 12am - 2pm
-        Chorlton Good Neighbours, 1st Thursday of month 9.30 – 11.30am

-        Withington Methodist, 3rd Tuesday of month 11am – 1.30pm
-        Holy Trinity Church, 2nd Monday of month 10am - 12pm
-        Crossacres Community Resource Centre, 2nd Monday of month 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
-        Didsbury Good Neighbours, Holt Pavilion, Didsbury Park 1stTuesday of month 10-15am till 11-45 am.

Please contact Diane Whitehead for more information, phone 0161 605 0853 or email

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Green Stroke Cafe at Manchester Museum

Second Tuesday of the month 2-3.30pm
May – October 

The Manchester Museum’s Stroke café launches in May to coincide with Stroke Awareness month. Come and explore the museum’s outdoor spaces, get involved with our allotment, and find out more about our natural history collection from our curators and conservationists. Enjoy some refreshments, and chat with a member of staff from the Stroke Association. 

Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present - Saturday 11 July – Sunday 24 January 2016

People’s History Museum
10.00am – 5.00pm

Show Me the Money charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States.  

The exhibition shows how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible nature of money and finance from the South Sea Bubble of the early 18th century to the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath.  On show are works from the great 18th century satirists William Hogarth and James Gillray, alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists, Cornford & Cross, Immo Klink, Simon Roberts and James Jenkins.

Suitable for all ages.  In order to keep the exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Luncheon Club, Openshaw - Mondays

Every Monday at 1 pm
Age UK Resource Centre, Catherine Street, Openshaw M11 1WF.  

Enjoy a tasty two course lunch and tea or coffee for just £3.  No need to book but please let us know in advance if you have any particular dietary needs.  Following lunch there will be some interesting talks on a variety of subjects, free to attend for lunch club attendees.

For more details contact Diane Age UK Manchester 07950 427292 or e-mail Find us on Facebook

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Old Moat Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Project

Southway Housing Trust is taking the lead in developing a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) in Old Moat, as part of the Age-Friendly Strategy. A NORC is a community that was not originally built for older people but, over the years, has become home to a large number of older residents.

To help older people remain active participants in their community, a number of options are being considered, which include; developing hubs where health and social care services are brought together and supporting the community to develop projects, which reduce isolation.

The opportunities offered by the NORC will be open to older people living across Old Moat ward and we want to find out what skills and groups are already available in the area.  If you would like to be involved in the project, share your ideas, or receive more information, please contact Cathy Ayrton, the NORC Project Officer, at or by calling 0161 448 4200.

Age Friendly Manchester Design Group is recruiting new members

The group meets every six weeks or so in Manchester City Council and has members from a mix of ages and backgrounds; from architecture, planning, access, housing and research.

The group has worked on projects such as Age-friendly Alexandra Park and an urban design field guide. The focus at the moment is on an age-friendly home design project with Southway Housing and more work in parks.  It is a friendly group, working on innovative projects that are unique in the country.

To find out more, contact Patrick Hanfling on
or 0161 234 4188.  

Friday, 3 July 2015

Monthly Linedance and Social Afternoon - Collyhurst

Second Thursday each month at 12.30-3 pm

Want to learn some very easy linedances? Come to St George's Community Centre, Bothwell Road, off Livesey Street, Collyhurst on the.  Don't want to dance? Come anyway and play board games or just chat and watch.  Cost £2 includes refreshments and raffle.  

For more details contact Diane at Age UK Manchester 07950 427292 or e-mail Find us on Facebook 

Stroke Cafes

The following programmes are designed for anyone who has had a TIA or people affected by stroke (and their carers).  If you would like more information, advice and support contact Helen Gilbertson or Chantelle Brady – Information, Advice and Support Co-oridnators at the Stroke Association on 0161 742 7482 or mobile 07983 343003.

Come along for a brew and a chat, get some friendly advice and meet new friends at one of the Stroke Cafes below:

-        Trinity Baptist Church, Wellington Street, Gorton, M18 8BE, 29 June, 27 July, 24 August, 28 September, 26 October, 30 November, 21 December, 10 am – 1 pm. Light lunch provided
-        Sydney Jones Court, 333 St Mary’s Road, Moston, M40 0BH, 13 July, 10 August, 14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December, 10 am – 1 pm. Light lunch provided
-        Barlow Moor Community Centre, 23 Merseybank Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7NT, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December, 10am to 1pm. A two-course lunch is available at a small charge. Tea and coffee are free
-        Factory Youth Zone, 931 Rochadale Road, Manchester, M9 8AE
8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14 October, 11 November, 9 December. 10am to 1pm.  
-        Tree of Life Centre Wythenshawe, Greenbrow Road, Newall Green, Manchester, M23 2UE, 23 July, 20 August, 17 September, 22 October, 19 November, 17 December. 10am to 1pm.

A lovely meal is available for a small charge and tea and coffee is free.

Northern Moor Gardening Society Show - Saturday 8th August from 2 - 4.30pm

St Michael and All Angels Church on Orton Road, Northern Moor

We are looking for entries for our annual gardening show.  As well as flowers, flower arrangements, fruit and vegetables, there's also a chance to win prizes for crafts such as knitting, crochet, etc or a wide range of culinary crafts like cakes, drinks, pickles and jams.

There's a cafe and tombola.  Everyone's welcome, even if you don't want to enter but just want to look - we'd love to see you!  

For more info contact for details or ring Mrs Cobain on 07894 537831.  Entries need to be in by 11am on the day.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Participants urgently required for interview study on older adults who do very little or no physical activity

If you are aged 65 years or older and do very little or no physical activity, and you live in one of these areas: Ancoats, Ardwick, Bradford, Cheetham, Clayton, Fallowfield, Gorton, Harpurhey, Hulme, Longsight, Miles Platting, Newton Heath, Moss Side, Rusholme, Sharston or Woodhouse Park, then a researcher would really like to hear your thoughts and experiences.  

Please get in touch to book a one-off interview, lasting around 60 minutes, in your own home or at the University of Manchester.  For more information please contact Mrs Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald on 0161 275 2593 email:

Researching Age-Friendly Communities – New Manchester Film

A new film “Researching Age-Friendly Communities” was launched on 23d of June at 4 pm in JNR8 in Whalley Range.  The film has been produced by the University of Manchester from its Manchester Ageing Study research project in Whalley Range, Chorlton and Chorlton Park.  You can find out more about the project and watch the 15 minute film here:

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Snapshot on the 1945 Election - People’s History Museum - Monday 6 July

12.30pm – 1.30pm  

Did you know the museum holds an archive of over 95,000 photographs?  Go behind the scenes and delve into their unique photo collections, the Labour Party photograph collection and the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection.  

In this lunchtime drop-in session, browse through photographs on the theme of the 1945 election and uncover history through the lens. Suitable for adults and young people. 

Booking required via Eventbrite –  In order to keep the events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or