Saturday, 31 October 2015

Seminar: Age and the body: Identity and image in later life - Friday 4 December 2015

Friday 4 December 2015
2.00pm – 4.00pm (free networking lunch from 1.00pm)
Meeting rooms 1 & 2, The Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU  

Speakers :
Professor Julia Twigg, Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, The University of Kent
Professor Julie-Marie Strange, Professor of British History and Dr Sasha Handley, Senior Lecturer History, The University of Manchester
Chair: Professor Chris Phillipson, Professor Sociology& Social Gerontology, The University of Manchester

Since at least the eighteenth century, consumer markets have responded to the needs of ageing populations. Some of these aids have had practical functions, such as walking sticks, pain relief, or commodes, while others have addressed issues of personal appearance, such as hair dye, ‘anti’ ageing cosmetics or false teeth. At this seminar,

Professor Julia Twigg (Sociology, University of Kent) and Dr Sasha Handley and Professor Julie-Marie Strange (History, University of Manchester) present research on how men and women respond to changes in ageing bodies today and in the past. Drawing on case studies, the presentations consider how changes in the ageing body’s appearance and function can challenge our personal identities and afford opportunities to develop our image and identity in new ways.

The second half of the seminar will invite discussion with a panel on the issues raised around identity and image in later life with representatives from Age UK, the Whitworth Art Gallery and the independent living/mobility aid industry.
Please register online for this free seminar

Friday, 30 October 2015

Age UK Openshaw Lunch Club - Every Monday at 1pm

Age UK Day Centre, Catherine Street, Openshaw, M11 1WF

Lovely Grub Lunch Club. Get a tasty home cooked meal and dessert followed by tea or coffee for just £3.00.  No need to book just turn up.  After lunch there is often a speaker or other interesting activity which is free.  

The lunch club will soon be extended to Wednesday and Friday, watch this space!  For full details contact Diane Aronwich Ageing Well Development Worker, 0161 205 3851 or e-mail  

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Gorton Day Centre, Age UK Manchester - Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
The Gorton Day Centre, The Melland Centre, Melland Road, Gorton, M18 7QU.

Somewhere for older people with a mental health diagnosis to come for a hot meal, entertainment and companionship. We provide transport (within a certain radius), breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, trips out, entertainment and activities for which we make a small charge.

We currently have places available in the Day Centre. All enquiries please contact: Jean Lamb on or Julie Hussey on Tel 0161 223 6062. Or call into the centre.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Aquarius Tai Chi Classes - Every Friday 11.00 am – 12.00 pm - Hulme

Aquarius Tai Chi Classes
Every Friday 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Aquarius Community Centre, 21 Eden Close, Hulme M15 6AX

Would you like to study the Art of Tai Chi, Strengthen your Mobility, Improve your Flexibility and/or meet new friends in a warm friendly environment?

Come along to our Free classes for Adult Beginners & Improvers with Master Chen
Tel: 0161 226 8254 / 07903 990044
Please ask for Anne Finnegan for Further Information

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Low mood? Anxiety? Panic Attacks? Need Support NOW?

NEW Sanctuary 24 hour Crisis-line - 0300 003 7029

The Sanctuary has been providing overnight crisis support to those with common mental health problems in Manchester for almost 2 years. We are very excited to announce that from 7th September, we have been able to expand the service to include a 24 hour crisis support line. The service is available 365 days per year and offers emotional support to those experiencing high levels of distress.

We retain our existing central Manchester Sanctuary site between 8pm-6am, 7 nights per week and will continue to offer face to face visits to those in need. Transport can be arranged for clients who are unable to get to the site.

This service is CCG funded for Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Tameside & Glossop.

Monday, 26 October 2015

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

GMFRS wants everyone to enjoy the autumn months safely.  The annual Treacle Campaign is a Greater Manchester wide, multi-agency approach aimed at preventing, tackling and protecting against bonfire and firework injuries, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage during the Halloween and Bonfire period.  

Visit for further safety information and to find out details of organised Halloween and Bonfire Night events taking place in your local area.  Please HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE HALLOWEEN AND BONFIRE NIGHT.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Free VIP Intro to Youth Work Training for those interested in volunteering with young people

Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) has an opportunity that might be of interest to older people who are interested in volunteering with young people.

If you have experience volunteering with young people, or would like to start, then consider booking onto the ‘Intro to Youth Work’ training this November. Each session covers the basics of youth work to help you along your volunteer journey.

For more information visit or contact Myrtle Finley on 0161 247 3377or email

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Create a place to live that’s not your ordinary retirement community

Manchester Urban CoHousing, (MUCH), is aiming to create a new sustainable cohousing community for older people in South Manchester. Its members say: "We are looking for people to join us and work with the current members to bring this idea to life.

"Our community will be 10 – 20 homes for people aged over 50. We are committed to living sustainably and aim to build a place that helps us live well and grow older together in a well-designed environment."

To find out more visit the website  or contact:  or phone 07444 581678

Friday, 23 October 2015

Money Matters? Patchwork quilt workshop - Friday 30 October - PHM

Friday 30 October 12.30pm – 2.30pm (Prompt start) - Peoples' History Museum
Money Matters? Patchwork quilt workshop

Join artist Heather Mather to help create a patchwork quilt portraying how we experience and value money today.  Inspired by our Show Me the Money exhibition, this workshop will explore how finance has been represented over the decades.  The finished patchwork will go on display in the exhibition.  Part of BBC Get Creative. This is a Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 7s to adults.

For bookings see
Suggested donation £3
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Living History performance: No Bed of Roses – From the Caribbean to Manchester - Thursday 29 October

People’s History Museum
Thursday 29 October 1.15pm – 2.00pm

Meet Gabrielle and help with her life-changing decision to move from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s.  To celebrate Black History Month
Family Friendly event, suitable for over 7s to adults

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

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Free wellbeing course for people with diabetes, heart disease or arthritis - Manchester Mind

Living with a long-term condition isn’t plain sailing, and we don’t always get the support that we need when things get tough. The “Building a Healthy Future course” takes place over six weeks, for two hours a week and is completely free.

Learn how to handle stress and how to relax more, make new friends, boost your confidence and improve your overall wellbeing. Next courses start in November in four locations across North, Central and South Manchester.  

For more information contact or call Ruth on 07527 127 786 to book your place or to refer someone.

Visit: for more details. No minimum or maximum age! Everyone can benefit from this course

Monday, 19 October 2015

Community Conference – Working towards a Dementia Friendly Harpurhey - Monday 26 October

Monday 26 October 2015 at the Manchester Communication Academy
10 am – 3.30 pm with lunch included

North Manchester Health Forum will be holding their first community conference entitled ‘Working Towards a Dementia Friendly Harpurhey’ on   We hope to have a wide range of local people and local professionals at the conference in order to discuss the current issues for people and look at ways in which together we can improve the everyday quality of life and health outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.  Places are limited so early application is advised.

For more details please e-mail

Saturday, 17 October 2015

FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS - including Glucose and Cholesterol levels

Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28  October 9.30am - 4.00pm
Wythenshawe Forum Library, Forum Square, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX

Mondays 30 November 7, 14, 21 December 12.30 - 6.30pm
Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Road, M12 4NE

Feeling good? Keep it that way and treat yourself to 20 minutes that could add years to your life!

The NHS Health Check is an excellent way to listen to your body to check if it needs a little extra attention to keep it happy and running smoothly. There are few conditions, so if you are -
  • aged between 40 and 74
  • registered with a GP within the city of Manchester
  • not already being treated for heart problems or diabetes
  • not already had this check in the last five years
Please come and visit our friendly healthcare team at one of the venues listed above.   You will receive a full NHS Health Check which checks your height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and by taking a very small finger prick blood sample, your glucose and cholesterol levels will be known within minutes, so no having to return for results.  You will then have time to discuss your results and ask any questions.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Kindle and E-Reader Support Group - NEPHRA Good Neighbours

Thinking of buying a Kindle or other e-Reader? Already have one but not yet got to grips with it? Yes? Then our support group is for you.
We can show you how to:

Search for and download electronic books, newspapers and magazines Change text and adjust lighting to make things easier to read. Manage your book collection and get organised Find the best web-sites to visit and review electronic books. Access your local library e-book and audiobook services
For more information visit or email:

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

iPad User Support Group - NEPHRA - New Moston

NEPHRA’s iPad group members are a friendly bunch, and each and every one of them has started from scratch. From mastering the absolute basics - switching the device on/off and learning simple navigation skills - our users now enjoy full and independent use of their devices at home. The classes are supported by two experienced community ICT tutors, who are always happy to answer any questions you might have, or remove any stumbling blocks you experience.

For more information visit
or email

Monday, 12 October 2015

The Science Behind Animal Mummies, In Six Objects - Manchester Museum - Friday 23 October

Manchester Museum - Friday 23 October
1 - 2pm

Imaging techniques, 3D printing and chemical analysis are just a few of the methods used to learn more about the animal mummies of Ancient Egypt, which are showcased in the exhibition, Gift for the Gods.  This talk closely examines six exhibition objects, using science to uncover details from over 2,000 years ago.

Booking advised

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Radical Hero – An audience with Viv Anderson - Thursday 15 October, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

People’s History Museum
Thursday 15 October, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

The Football Association invites you to celebrate Black History Month with Radical Hero Viv Anderson. Viv was the first black footballer to play for England and features on our list of 100 Radical Heroes. This event is 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 £5)

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

Friday, 9 October 2015

Living History performance: Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story - PHM

People’s History Museum
Thursday 15 October 1.15pm – 2.00pm

This Black History Month discover more about the life of Radical Hero William Cuffay.  This performance explores the horrors of the slave trade and how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution.  Meet William Cuffay, son of a freed slave, who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.

Family Friendly event, suitable for over 9s to adults
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

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Second World War 'Evacuee get together' in Stockport - Saturday 10 October

Saturday 10 October 2015, 10.30am - 12.30pm
St Mary's Church, Churchgate, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1YG

Anyone who was evacuated to/from the Manchester area is invited to attend this informal event to share memories, letters and photographs with other evacuees. The event is organised by local historian Gillian Mawson. Refreshments available.

A free bus, number 300, departs Stockport railway station and bus station every 15 minutes and stops outside St Mary's church. There is a disabled access path into church.

Contact Gillian Mawson at for further information or leave a message on 01663 732963

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Manchester Carers Forum - Spirit of Caring Event - Friday 9 October 11am - 2pm

Spirit of Caring Event - Central Methodist Building, Oldham Street, Manchester
Friday 9 October 11am - 2pm

Please join us at our FREE carers event where carers will find advice, information and support to help them in their role as a carer. There will be a range of carers support services available on the day to answer questions and our popular pamper sessions will also be on offer. We're holding a Bake Off too, so there'll be cake to sample!

For more information contact Miriam or Helen on 0161 819 2226.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

October Carer Information and Support Programme

October Carer Information and Support Programme
Thursday 8 October – 29 October 11am - 1.30pm
Old Trafford Wellbeing Centre.

Do you care for someone with dementia? Why not come to our Carer Information workshops held in Old Trafford. You’d be made most welcome and we look forward to seeing you. Our sessions are held at the Blue Sci Wellbeing Centre, 54 -56 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford M16 0LN

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass on or ask them to contact me. For more information about your local Carer Information and Support Programme please contact the Alzheimer’s Society local office in Trafford on 0161 962 4769 or

Monday, 5 October 2015

Seminar From MICRA and Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research (WISERD) - Wednesday 7 October 2015

Seminar 2.00pm - 4.00pm (free networking lunch from 1.00pm)

G306 A&B, The Jean McFarlane Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

Professor Ian Rees Jones: Ageing societies and civil society
Dr Martijn Hogerbrugge: Comparative perspectives on volunteering in Europe
Dr Martina Feilzer: Intergenerational aspects of fear of crime
Chair: Professor Chris Phillipson

This seminar will aim to consider the current state of thinking about forms of civil society and social participation in later life and present earlier findings from comparative research in order to set out potential avenues for further research and collaboration.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Launch of Digital Salford: Opening the City’s Photo Album

Exhibition runs from 3 October – 6 December at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, Crescent, Salford M5 4WU

Over the last two years, volunteers have been digitising thousands of images from Salford’s 70,000-strong local history photograph collection. People from across the city and beyond have chosen photographs of the streets, buildings and events that mean the most to them. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, these will shortly be accessible online for the first time, with the launch of our new searchable website,

An exhibition will also be opened on 3rd October to mark some of the creative ways in which the people of Salford have responded to these photographs, including photography, visual art and animation.

For more information call 0161 778 0800 or visit

Saturday, 3 October 2015

LINK Design Product Launch - Saturday 3 October 2015, 2-4pm - Gallery of Costume

Saturday 3 October 2015, 2-4pm
Gallery of Costume, Platt Fields Park, Manchester, M14 5LL

"We started with the Gallery of Costume collection and then people inspired each other to create the objects." Quote from a LINK group member.

Join us in celebration as residents of Rusholme and Fallowfield present their new design range inspired by the fashion collections at Gallery of Costume.

A group of older adults have been on a creative journey and are ready to share their expertise.  From the first workshop at Gallery of Costume in 2011 when some of the group were ‘afraid to pick up a pencil’, these creatives now use print, drawing, stitch, lettering, mark making and word poetry to create bespoke items for sale.  The proceeds will be fed back to the project and the Gallery.  Each item for sale tells a story of a connection made between a historic fashion piece and an individual, between one group members and another, and between a resident and their cultural city.

Plates, mugs, prints and cards will be available to view and purchase from the Gallery of Costume shop.  Meet the designers, hear their story, and join us for drinks and cake.

This project is delivered in partnership with Rusholme and Fallowfield Community Forum through their LINK Good Neighbours scheme.  Please RSVP to Kate Day by email

Friday, 2 October 2015

Aquarius International Older Peoples Day Celebration - Saturday 3 October

Saturday 3 October 2015 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Aquarius Community Centre, 21 Eden Close, Hulme, M15 6AX

Come and join us for our 1950’s Themed Celebration and be entertained by a live swing band and GI jive dancers. Afternoon Tea will be served

Tel 0161 226 8254 or Email: and ask for Anne Finnegan for further Information

Places are limited. So please book early to avoid disappointment!

Silver Sunday and Age Friendly Museums Day - Sunday 4 October 10.30 – 12.30

Sunday 4 October 10.30 – 12.30
Practice, Create and Make

Join artist Lauren Iredale and discover some top tips for drawing using the Museum’s collection as inspiration. Explore different media and create your own masterpiece to take home.

Spaces limited, book on 0161 275 2648

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Welcome to Manchester party - Saturday 3 October, 12.00pm – 10.00pm - PHM

People’s History Museum
Saturday 3 October, 12.00pm – 10.00pm

Coming to Manchester for a conference?  Or a protest?  Join us for a party to showcase some top political music and poetry.  Featuring Billy Bragg, Sam Duckworth, Brigitte Aphrodite and lots more.  

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support People’s History Museum, Women for Refugee Women and the People’s Assembly.

Please note that this is a standing event suitable for adults and young people.  If you have any access requirements please contact the museum. Booking required via Eventbrite –

£10 + booking fee.  

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

Celebrate National Older People’s Day in Levenshulme (TODAY)

Thursday 1st October 11am - 3pm
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Elbow Street, Levenshulme, M19 3PY

If you are aged 50 or over and live in Levenshulme or South Gorton, please  join us for a fun packed day of information and entertainment.

We’ll be serving Afternoon Tea at 1pm for a small charge, just £2.50 per head.

In the morning there will be an information and health stalls followed by an afternoon of entertainment, taster sessions and fun activities aimed at the 50+ age group. We’re also holding an ‘have your say’ session so you can tell us what would make the local area more age-friendly.

For more information contact Kate Williams, Inspired People’s Project Co-ordinator on 0161 850 4044 or mobile 07952 178459