Monday, 30 November 2015

Winter Concert at St Werburgh’s Church, Chorlton - Thursday 3 December

Thursday 3 December, 7.30pm, £5

The evening, featuring the Manchester Community Choir, will include music from the Classical and contemporary repertoire as well as blues, show tunes, world music, and a few Christmas tunes for good cheer! All proceeds from the night will go to support the work of Freedom from Torture.

Tickets can be purchased on the door or from
For more information contact Alice on 0161 236 5744 or

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Cultures: West Africa and the Caribbean - Thursday 3 December, 1pm

Manchester Museum
Cultures: West Africa and the Caribbean 
Thursday 3 December, 1pm 

Despite the highly repressive nature of transatlantic slavery and forced migration, enslaved peoples managed to hold onto vital aspects of their West African culture, bringing them to the Caribbean; these cultural traditions are still visibly present in the region today.

Using objects from Manchester Museum’s Living Cultures' West African collection, images and film from the Caribbean, Isabelle Cox will explore cultural migration; looking at how and why certain traditions have continued to endure on both sides of the Atlantic.

Book on or ring 0161 275 2648

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Migrating Cultures: West Africa and the Caribbean - Thursday 1 December

Manchester Museum
Migrating Cultures: West Africa and the Caribbean
Thursday 1 December

Despite the highly repressive nature of transatlantic slavery and forced migration, enslaved peoples managed to hold onto vital aspects of their West African culture, bringing them to the Caribbean; these cultural traditions are still visibly present in the region today.

Using objects from Manchester Museum’s Living Cultures' West African collection, images and film from the Caribbean, Isabelle Cox will explore cultural migration; looking at how and why certain traditions have continued to endure on both sides of the Atlantic.

Book on or ring 0161 275 2648

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Sisters of Kinvara (play) - 1st & 2nd December at The Kings Arms, Salford

Written by Marie Greenhalgh, The Sisters of Kinvara is a poignant and irreverent look at family relationships and the secrets and lies families keep.  

Marie works with the elderly in Wythenshawe, where she founded a companion’s scheme for the oldest old of the community.  More than 150 elderly people access the services including lunch at a local pub and trips out.  Marie is also a writer and through her plays and stories does great work in bringing people together.  

Marie has gathered a team of actors to perform the play on 1st & 2nd December at The Kings Arms off Chapel Street, Salford - just a ten minute walk from Deansgate.  Tickets for the play are available online

For more information Contact Marie mobile: 07875286866 Tel: 0161 946 3558

Thursday, 26 November 2015

People First Volunteer Befriending Scheme - Hulme and Moss Side

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 on 0161 235 6900 or email:  or website:

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New Manchester Lung Health Check Service. Would you like to be the first to know?

Are you aged 55-74 years old? A smoker or an ex-smoker? Someone who’s not had lung cancer? Registered with a GP in Manchester?

If this is you, the organisers would like to ask you about a new Lung Health Check service that will be offered next year in Manchester. Your feedback will help them plan the new service. They would like to invite you to a discussion group and if you are interested in attending call 0161 765 4004 or email Travel expenses will be refunded.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Volunteer Opportunity – Volunteer Handyperson

Care & Repair are 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

Monday, 23 November 2015

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 and direct your attention to the ‘I want to Volunteer’ section. Alternatively you can phone 0161 830 4770 or email

Sunday, 22 November 2015

North City Nomads - Great Days Out for older people living in North Manchester

Membership to this group is open to residents of north Manchester or those who attend social groups and classes across the area. The group was set up earlier this year and has attracted high numbers of people, all keen to meet new friends and enjoy a great day out.

The project was developed by the North Manchester Age Friendly Locality Networks as a practical way of addressing some of the very profound issue of loneliness amongst older people. There are now approximately 450 members and the Nomads set off on their third excursion of the year, this time to Chester Christmas Markets, on the 24th November.

If you or someone you know wants details about joining the group, registration forms for participation on trips in 2016, can be obtained from Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or

Saturday, 21 November 2015

24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line

Following the overwhelming success of our existing all-night mental health crisis services, Self Help has been commissioned to provide 24-hour mental health crisis support to residents across Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Tameside & Glossop.

The Sanctuary is a 24-hour service offering a new telephone crisis line during the day, from 6am - 8pm, alongside an existing night time service, from 8pm - 6am, when clients can attend in person.

The overnight services assist people who are dealing with emotional crisis, out-of hours, experiencing: anxiety, panic attacks, depression or suicidal thoughts. During the night, we also offer face to face visits at our site in Central Manchester and transport can be arranged where required.

For more information or to speak to one of our specially trained team, please call us on 0300 003 7029.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Reducing Isolation and Loneliness Grant funding programme

Social Isolation and Loneliness has a serious negative impact on older people’s health and wellbeing. The three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups have invested in a grants programme to tackle this problem. Manchester’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups have awarded funding to 29 projects across Manchester to provide social activities for people over 50 years old. Projects offer a variety of activities, skills and support. A hobby journal is available detailing all funded projects and how to contact them.

Copies are available by contacting Anna Tate at or for more information log on to

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Retirement living for the over 55’s at Auden Court in Clayton

Retirement living for the over 55’s at Auden Court in Clayton

Within 2 miles of Town Centre
•       Local amenities close by

  Benefits include:
•       Scheme Manager
•       Emergency call system
•       Communal gardens
•       Guest Room
•       Residents lounge
•       Car parking
•       Lift
•       Walk-In shower (in some flats)
•       Secure door entry

For more information or to arrange a viewing call
0161 370 1876/0303 123 1890, website

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas Carols in the City - Monday 14th December 2015

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity proudly presents its second annual Christmas Carols in the City concert, held at Manchester Cathedral.

Hosted by Richard Madeley, the evening will feature readings from the charity’s celebrity patrons, performances from the choirs of Manchester High School for Girls and The Manchester Grammar School and is sure to leave you feeling festive.

Tickets are £11 per adult, £6 per child/concession or £30 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). You can buy tickets here: or contact the charity team on 0161 276 4522.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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

Friday 4 December 2015, Seminar 2.00pm – 4.00pm (free networking lunch from 1.00pm)

Meeting rooms 1 & 2, The Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU  
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.

Monday, 16 November 2015

FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS - including Glucose and Cholesterol levels

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 below.   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.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Show Me the Money exhibition tour for the visually impaired - PHM - Friday 27 November

People’s History Museum
Friday 27 November, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Come along on a fascinating tour of our latest changing exhibition Show Me the Money and explore representations of finance from 1700 to the present.

Suitable for adults and young people with a visual impairment

No booking required, drop in event

Please ask at the Info Desk on arrival and a member of the team will show you round the exhibition

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

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Royal Exchange Elders Monthly Sessions

Wednesday 25 November 11am-1pm at the Royal Exchange.

The Elders Company is for everyone aged 60+ who wants to take part in practical drama activities, feel connected to new people and ideas, develop performance skills and make boundary-pushing theatre that challenges negative stereotypes of ageing. There are different ways to become involved including attending one of our Elders Monthly taster sessions.

Price £6. To book please contact Box Office on 0161 833 9833.

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Young Foundation and Macmillan Creative Workshop - 20 November 2015

Creative Workshop
20 November 2015

Are you over 65 with experience of cancer? Do you provide services or support to those who are? Join us! The Young Foundation and Macmillan are holding a creative workshop to develop and test ideas for improving services for older people with cancer. The workshop will focus on the transition out of active treatment and what services are available once treatment is finished. The short workshop will be held on 20th November, travel expenses will be paid and refreshments will be provided.

If you’re interested, please get in touch with Susie Finlayson on 02089 806263 or email

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Death or Liberty – film screening and panel discussion - PHM, Thursday 19 November

People’s History Museum
Thursday 19 November, 5.30pm – 7.30pm 

Join the UK premiere of an exciting new dramatised documentary about the rebels, radicals and reformers exiled as convicts to Australia.  Featuring an original folk-punk soundtrack performed by Billy Bragg, Mick Thomas and Lisa O’Neill.  Based on the book by Dr Tony Moore, Death or Liberty tells the story of political prisoners convicted in Ireland, England, Wales and Canada and transported to the fatal shore in chains.  

Screening followed by panel discussion with director Keith Farrell, author Dr Tony Moore and third speaker TBA.  Part of Parliament Week 2015 and the Salford International Media Festival.

Suitable for adults and children 10 years and over with parental guidance
Booking required via Eventbrite –
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

This Is Me, Elders Company - Wednesday 18 November - Royal Exchange Great Hall

Wednesday 18 November, 6pm. Royal Exchange Great Hall (café end). FREE event

THIS IS ME is a personal insight into the lives of 16 performers all members of the Royal Exchange Elders Company. THIS IS ME is part theatre, part happening. Combining storytelling and poetry, the voices of the Elders will take over the Royal Exchange Great Hall as they share their stories, passions, hopes and feelings – all to give a glimpse into who they are, where they have come from and what they care about in the world today.

No need to book, just come along.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Women in Democracy – Discover Parliament - PHM, Tuesday 17 November, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

People’s History Museum
Tuesday 17 November, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Black, Asian and other ethnic minority women are drastically under-represented in parliament.  Find out how decisions that affect you, your family and community are made and how to get yourself heard in this interactive workshop led by the Parliamentary Outreach service.  Includes a special Women in Democracy guided tour of PHM.  Delivered in partnership with Breaking the Cycle UK.  Part of Parliament Week 2015.

Suitable for adults and young people.  Please note that this event is aimed at women from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

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

Monday, 9 November 2015

Larking Out and About - Mondays 16 November and 14 December - Stretford

Monday 16 November and 14 December, 2.00pm – 3.30pm (singing, then refreshments)
Pavillion Lodge, Edgbaston Drive, Stretford M16 0JN

Singing for fun for older people  Come and sing songs from different eras and in a range of styles. Join in with some old favourites, learn some new songs, or just listen if you want to. There are no instruments – just voices together in harmony. No experience necessary. No written music – we learn the songs by ear. And no such thing as a wrong note – just a new harmony! Lots of fun… new people… great songs… and delicious homemade cakes!

Next sessions:
There is no actual fee. A donation of up to £3.00 will help towards general costs, including refreshments, but do come along even if you can’t pay this.

If you need help getting there, call Faith Watson on 0161 881 0855 to arrange a lift.
More details at (follow the link to Regular Groups)

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Discovering Animal Mummies - Saturday 14 November, 10am - 4pm

Free Entry, Book,

Millions of animal mummies have been discovered all over Egypt. British archaeologists have been among the leading excavators and interpreters of these intriguing finds. This free study day will explore the collection, excavation and acquisition of animal mummies now in UK museum collections.

Speakers include Prof. Paul Nicholson (Cardiff), Dr Chris Naunton (Egypt Exploration Society) and Dr Ashley Cooke (Liverpool Museums), Dr Lidija McKnight & Dr Stephanie Atherton-Woolham (University of Manchester), Dr Campbell Price (Manchester Museum)
Kanaris Lecture Theatre

Saturday, 7 November 2015

What makes an age-friendly city? Friday 13 November 2015, Seminar 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am)

Meeting rooms 1 & 2, The Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU
This seminar forms part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and is brought to you by MICRA

International perspectives on policy and practice. One day seminar exploring the ways in which urban and city environments can contribute to ‘healthy’ and ‘active’ ageing.

The aim of the day’s events will be to illustrate how social science research can contribute to creating age-friendly urban environments from the perspective of older people, policy makers and businesses. We will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines, such as urban sociology, social gerontology, urban planning and architecture, policy makers and representatives of older people’s groups and businesses to present and discuss findings from the most up-to-date research. Our target audience will be people who are working to develop age-friendly environments within the UK. This will include local government, housing trusts, community organisations, voluntary sector and private sector organisations as well as older people themselves.
Speakers include:
  • Dr Sophie Handler, Research and Planning Officer (Age-friendly Cities), University of Manchester/ Manchester City Council and Chair of the RIBA working group on Research and Ageing
  • Professor Chris Phillipson, Social Gerontology and Sociology, The University of Manchester
  • An-Sofie Smetcoren, Belgian Ageing Studies, Free University Brussels
  • Dr Martin Hyde, Sociology, The University of Manchester
  • Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, The Manchester Museum
  • Co-researchers, the Manchester Ageing Study
  • Chris Ricard, Whalley Range Community Forum and Age-Friendly Whalley Range Steering Group
Further details and full programme to follow

Friday, 6 November 2015

Magic Lantern Tales - Wednesday 11 November - IWM North

Wednesday 11 November, 7.30pm – 9.15pm
Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf Road, M17 1TZ
Tickets £12, £10 Concession. Booking essential via or at IWM North Admission Desk

A not-to-be missed evening of storytelling, photography and poetry, from poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and documentary photographer Ian Beesley.
Set in IWM North’s unique building which houses IWM’s national collections, Magic Lantern Tales tells a story of the First World War from the point of view of men and women who survived it. Featuring original photography by Ian Beesley – who in the 1990’s photographed and interviewed men and women who had experienced the First World War, to capture their final memories and reflections on the changing world they had lived through and grown old in.
Their stories are brought to life using a genuine antique magic lantern projector and glass slides - alongside live poetry and spoken word by Ian McMillan, created specially in response to each individual’s story.

Book tickets

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Living History performance: Baddies – Conscience & Conflict During World War I

People’s History Museum
Sunday 8 November, 1.15pm – 2.00pm

This performance looks at life during World War I through the eyes of two brothers, Dougie and Arthur – one is a soldier, the other a conscientious objector.  For Remembrance Day.
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

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Collection Bites: The Briton and the Animal Mummy

Adults, Book,
Thursday 5 November, 2pm - 3pm

This talk will discuss the current Manchester Museum exhibition, ‘Gifts for the Gods’, introducing the practice of votive animal mummification in ancient Egypt.

Using examples from the Museum’s animal mummy collection, the role of the British and their involvement with the discovery, excavation, romanticisation, collection, curation, scientific study and conservation of animal mummies, will be explored.

Current research taking place at the University of Manchester will be explained, giving an insight into the ways in which modern scientific techniques can help to investigate mummies.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Can you help their students?

Volunteers are needed to sit as patients for optometry students at Manchester University, Carys Bannister building, Dover Street. M13 9PL. Anyone over 50 years old, with reasonable eye sight and health, is welcome. The sessions run from October to May, except during holidays.

You would sit whilst they practice their techniques and learn new skills, under the supervision of fully qualified staff.

For each half day attended (around 3 hours) you would receive £22.00 expenses to cover travel and parking costs.

For more details contact Hilary Marsh on 0161 306 3863 or e-mail

Monday, 2 November 2015

Southway Annual Winter Warmth Events

Thursday 5th November at Burnage Community Centre
Thursday 19th November at Barlow Moor Community Centre
Thursday 3rd December at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Old Moat
The three events are 11am - 2pm

Aimed to engage with older people in our communities, the events provide information and advice on health, safety and social issues in preparation for the winter months ahead.

There will be a range of information stalls, free hot lunch, free electric blankets testing and all attendees will receive a Winter Warmth pack containing essential items.
Attendees can just turn up – If you would like to hold a information stall please contact Catherine Morris on or tel 0161 480 4281.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Greater Manchester Devolution: Implications for Dementia Services Thursday 5 November, Seminar 10.15am – 11.45am

This event forms part of Policy@manchester week and is brought to you by MICRA and Dementia@Manchester
  • Kanaris Lecture Theatre, The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Panel Members:
An opportunity to be updated on the Dementia Pilot within the devolution of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care budget by project lead, Maxine Power from Salford Royal. Work is ongoing to define the next steps and key deliverables for dementia, to consider how to engage the wider Greater Manchester system to determine what a wider transformational programme on Dementia could achieve. Nigel Hooper, lead for Dementia Research at the University of Manchester, will respond on how research can inform the plans, followed by an opportunity for input and feedback from the audience.