Thursday, 31 December 2015

Ageing in Place: Independence and Communities - 10 February - Keele University

Ageing in Place: Independence and Communities
Wednesday 10 February 2016,        Keele University
British Psychological Society Seminar Series: Beyond Boundaries: Exploring Psychologies of Ageing

Many older people have lived in their neighbourhoods for a large part of their lives and developed various social relationships with their neighbours. However, they often report being excluded from organizations and institutions in their own neighbourhoods, and not having the opportunity to become involved in social and civic activities. In addition, a significant minority report limited social contact with others and feelings of loneliness and social isolation. This seminar will explore ways of understanding ageing in place and ways of enhancing community participation among older people.

For further information contact Katie Wright-Bevans

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

'Advancing the study of ageing through innovative methodologies’, ESA Ageing in Europe 5th PhD Workshop

'Advancing the study of ageing through innovative methodologies’, ESA Ageing in Europe 5th PhD Workshop
Hosted by The University of Chester  
5 - 7 April 2016

The aim of this PhD workshop is to critically reflect on the changing nature of ageing in societies. Participants will present on how they are applying the methodology of their research to this topic. This will enable consideration of the empirical challenges of addressing experiential, relational and sociocultural dimensions of ageing. We welcome applications from PhD-students and early-career academics/researchers in sociology, social policy and related social sciences.

The deadline for abstracts is 10 January 2016. For further information please follow this link:

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Manchester and Salford Ramblers Group

Manchester and Salford Ramblers Group is part of the National Ramblers Association and offers a varied program of walks around the Manchester and Salford area throughout the year as well as a lively social calendar and weekends away. 

By joining your local Ramblers Group you will also be supporting continued access to your local contryside. Please contact Secretary Mags Metcalf on 0161 839 3865 or visit the website for more details.

Monday, 28 December 2015

New Safe and Well visits from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

 A Safe and Well visit is a person-centred home visit carried out by both Operational and non-Operational staff within Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The visit expands the scope of previous home checks by focussing on health and crime prevention, as well as fire.

A Safe and Well visit  will involve the systematic identification of, and response to, health, wellbeing and home security issues in addition to focussing on fire risk reduction.

An effective Safe and Well visit takes a holistic approach to reducing risk. This is achieved by considering the individual, their home environment and lifestyle. It places the wishes, beliefs, needs and abilities of the individual at the heart of the intervention.

Throughout a Safe and Well visit our aim is to empower and motivate people to make positive changes to their health, wellbeing and fire safety. By doing this the process should not be limited to merely signposting to other agencies, but will also look to reduce risks during the initial visit where appropriate.

What a Safe and Well check can involve: -

A light touch health check of all individuals
Identification of risk factors while in the home
Provision of brief advice or interventions
Provision of appropriate risk reduction equipment
Referral to specialist advice and support where appropriate
Signposting to further useful information

Over the last 10 years there has been a dramatic fall in the number of accidental fires, and deaths and injuries caused by fire. This is largely due to the prevention work carried out by the Fire Service.

The people who are at higher risk of having a fire are also the same people other agencies are keen to support - for example they may have mobility issues, need support with mental health or frail.

For more information please contact:

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Free advice for older people from Independent Age

Independent Age is a national charity. We want to ensure that older people stay independent and live well with dignity, choice and control.

We offer free, confidential advice to older people, their families and carers on social care issues, benefits and local activities to combat isolation.

For personalised advice, please call us free on 0800 319 6789 or email

Our free Wise Guides, cover topics such as money matters, care and support at home, residential care and getting the most from the health service. Call the advice line to receive your free copies.

More information from Anna D’Agostino on 020 7605 4223 or

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Local support for people affected by cancer

Cancer affects so many of us and we often need support, whether it’s someone to talk to, financial advice, practical help or getting our lives back on track after treatment. Manchester City Council’s Macmillan Information and Support Service offer this support in the community. We can meet residents for a one to one near to where they live, usually at a local library, or talk to people over the phone.

We also offer cancer awareness talks to community groups. These get people talking about cancer and carry the important message of early diagnosis.

Please contact us on 0161 227 3727 or, Macmillan Information and Support Service, Manchester City Council.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Do you love to read but can’t get to your local library? Try Books to Go – Home Delivery Service

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, DVD’s or ordinary print. Also what types of book you enjoy.  Our 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 01612273800

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Age Friendly Manchester Culture Champions

Within Manchester city centre there are lots of arts and cultural venues including the Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Central Library and the Royal Exchange Theatre, to name a few. Most of these venues offer free admission and also offer free talks and tours on certain days whether you decide to visit on your own, with a friend or in a group.

Despite the fact that there is so much on offer sometimes older people find it difficult to access information about opportunities that are open to them. If you are a frequent visitor (over 50) to our cultural venues, or a resident involved in cultural activities and feel you are able to encourage and enthuse others to take advantage of what is on offer then you could be an Age Friendly Manchester Culture Champion.

The role of champion is:

to help shape Manchester Council’s Age Friendly Manchester Cultural Offer programme
to inform their local networks about cultural events in the city and encourage participation in these events.
to attend cultural celebration events
to co-design activities for older people with cultural organisations.

To find out more about becoming an Age Friendly Culture Champion contact Claire Cowell on 0161 275 8459 or 07776 170688 or email

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Grand Day Out - North City Library

North City Library, Harpurhey, Manchester

Are you over 55? And looking to meet new friends, join in with our activities?

Come and Join us for Silver Surfers, need help on a pc? Would you like to learn new IT skills? Enjoy doing crafts? Quizzes? Trips out would you like to try something different, meet new friends? 

Tracy for more information, 0161 219 6442

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Enjoy independence your way with Adactus

Springbank Court is one of a number of Retirement Living Schemes in Manchester that provides residents with purpose-built one bedroom apartments to suit the needs of the retired/semi retired community.

Each apartment benefitting from a lockable front door, you can be assured you will have the privacy and security you require.  Make use of Springbank Courts fully modernised communal facilities to enjoy companionship and an active social lifestyle at your own pace.

Should you wish to arrange a viewing at Springbank Court or know someone who may be interested please contact the Scheme coordinator Tom Beirne:- 0161 795 3011

For any other queries regarding Retirement Living Schemes in the Manchester/Trafford area please contact Adactus Housing Association on 0300 111 1133

Monday, 21 December 2015

ProFouND Stay Strong Stay Steady Campaign - EU Flash Mob

On International Older Person's Day (1st October 2015) the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) consortium, funded by the EC and led by Professor Chris Todd at the University of Manchester, with members throughout Europe delivered flash mobs and/or took part in strength and balance exercise classes to raise awareness of falls prevention.  

The Stay Strong Stay Steady Campaign involved over 500 older and younger people from across 9 EU countries (England, Germany, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Wales) plus special guest contribution from their advisory partner in Australia. Watch the EU Flash Mob montage here

Quote from Professor Chris Todd – “We are really pleased by the response from across Europe to this initiative.  The enthusiasm and commitment of the older people who took part shows the value of keeping active in older age” .

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Choose Well Manchester

The Choose Well Manchester website gives you advice about when and how to use NHS services in Manchester. The information given can also be translated in over 60 different languages.

Click here to visit the website -

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Living with or caring for someone living with a Neurological condition in Manchester?

Manchester CCGs have been co-designing a community epilepsy service with people living with epilepsy. They now want to listen to the experiences of people living with a neurological condition in Manchester and their carers. Click here to take part in the survey.

You can email or call 0161 765 4004 for an Engagement Team member to get in touch with you.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Living with or caring for someone living with Dementia?

Manchester CCGs have been working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to listen to people living with dementia, their carers and support services in Manchester. If you would like to share your experiences, click here to take part in a survey. Y

ou can also use the survey to hold a discussion in your support group. If you would like paper copies of the survey, please call 0161 765 4004 or email

The Alzheimer’s Society has also developed a map of dementia support services and groups in Manchester – click here to view the map.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Living with Type 2 Diabetes in Manchester?

Are you pre-diabetes or living with Type 2 diabetes in Manchester?

Manchester CCGs would like you to participate in our latest patient experience survey. Click here to take part. Manchester CCGs are developing community services and all of the information shared will be used to inform this work.

If you are interested in taking part in a focus group in January 2016, call 0161 765 4004 or email 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Volunteer in a local primary school with INTERGEN Burnage

Intergen Burnage welcomes retired people who would like to lend a hand in local schools. Have fun and help make a difference sharing your knowledge and experience.

Contact: Hazel Roy or telephone Hazel
on 0161 434 5021

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Volunteer in a local primary school with INTERGEN Chorlton

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 or Chorlton Park).  

Check out the Intergen website ( and contact Estelle on 0161 264 0089 or 07798 707795 or for a chat about how this might be the right thing for you and some local children. 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Free wellbeing course for people with diabetes, heart disease or arthritis starting in January

Living with a long-term condition can be stressful and we don’t always get the support that we need. The Building a Healthy Future course takes place over six weeks, for two hours a week. Learn how to handle stress, how to relax more, make new friends, boost your confidence and improve your overall wellbeing.

Next courses start in January 2016.  Contact or call Ruth on 07527 127 786 to book your place or to refer someone you know who you think might benefit. Visit: for more details. No minimum or maximum age! Everyone can benefit from this course!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Icon Dance - Manchester Museum

In January the Manchester Museum will be working with Icon Dance to exploring ways of using collection objects as a stimulus for contemporary dance in museum settings.  

If you would be interested in finding out more please email or ring on 0161 306 1581

Saturday, 12 December 2015

FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS - including Glucose and Cholesterol levels - 21 December - Longsight Library

Monday 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.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Show Me the Money exhibition tour for the visually impaired - PHM - Friday 18 December

People’s History Museum
Friday 18 December, 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

Thursday, 10 December 2015

LARKING OUT AND ABOUT - Monday 14 December - Stretford

Monday 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!

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)

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Carols in the City - Monday 14 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, 8 December 2015

Alexandra Park Christmas Cheer - Saturday 12 December

Saturday 12 December, 12.00 – 4.00pm
Hosted by the Tea Hive, Alexandra Park Pavilion

Come along and join in the Christmas Cheer Celebrations at the Alexandra Park Pavilion. The Festive Cheer activities will include music, carol singing and of course a visit from Santa. With festive food and drink on sale in the Tea Hive café, it will be fun afternoon out for all the family.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Winter Warmer at PHM - Thursday 10 December, 4.00pm – 8.00pm

People’s History Museum
Thursday 10 December, 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Mulled wine, mince pies, carols, and a unique shopping experience – what more could you ask for?  Come in from the cold and enjoy some Christmas treats, whilst browsing our inspiring collection of gifts for all ages.  From a radical bookshop to a wealth of independent craft products and prints, the PHM shop has something for everybody!  Enjoy all of this and an exclusive view of some the festive objects from our collections and archive.  What a treat!

No booking required, drop in event
Free.  Every purchase made in the shop supports the museum
For further information, please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Choir Performance - Thursday 10 December, 12.30pm – 1.15pm - PHM

People’s History Museum
Thursday 10 December, 12.30pm – 1.15pm

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy a festive performance from Manchester Civil Service Choir in the museum foyer.

Family Friendly event, suitable for all ages

No booking required, drop in event

In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £1

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

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Giving Gifts in Ancient Egypt talk - Manchester Museum - Tuesday 8 December 2-3pm

Manchester Museum
Giving Gifts in Ancient Egypt talk
Tuesday 8 December 2-3pm

Dr Campbell Price explores how and why the ancient Egyptians contact their many animal-headed gods.

Book on or ring 0161 275 2648

Friday, 4 December 2015

A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’ exhibition launch - PHM - Sunday 6 December

People’s History Museum
Sunday 6 December, 12.00pm – 3.30pm (music performance 1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Come along to the launch of our new Accumulator Tower exhibition, a collaborative project by film-makers Esther Johnson and Debbie Ballin.  Enjoy a live performance of songs from Salford Brass who will play a mixture of traditional colliery band music, miners' hymns and Christmas carols.

Suitable for all ages

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, 3 December 2015

A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’ - PHM - 5 December - 18 January

People’s History Museum
Saturday 5 December - Monday 18 January 2016
10.00am – 5.00pm

It’s Christmas 1984.  Sam, Gayle, Jayne and Craig are the children of striking miners.  This is the story of how acts of generosity by total strangers made Christmas possible for them that year, and what it was like for them to grow up in the shadow of the Miners’ Strike.  This exhibition bears witness to their untold stories, and includes artefacts from the People’s History Museum archive, and a newly commissioned audiovisual project by artist and film-maker Esther Johnson, and film-maker and writer Debbie Ballin.

Suitable for all ages

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

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

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

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.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Southway Annual Winter Warmth Events - Thursday 3 December - Old Moat

Thursday 3 December, 11am-2pm
St Christopher’s Church Hall, Old Moat

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 an information stall please contact Catherine Morris on
tel 0161 480 4281

Wednesday Pop In – St Mary’s Moston – everyone welcome

9 Dec, 6 Jan and every 2 weeks thereafter.

We meet once a fortnight. Join us for Free cuppa and friendly company

Bargain tables of books, DVDs, CDs and bric-a-brac. Most items for a donation of 25p, 50p or a £1.

Occasional speakers and outings.

For more information contact the Church on 0161 681 1201.