Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sporting Memories Group

The Sporting Memories Foundation believes in the power of stories to reignite connections between generations and combat the effects of dementia, depression and loneliness in communities.

The Sporting Memories Group meets every Friday from 1.30 to 3pm at FC United of Manchester, Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road, Manchester M40 0FJ

You're invited to go along to this friendly group and listen to and share sporting memories with other older sports fans.

Free to attend.  Refreshments available.

For more information, call Jason on 07514698879 or

Friday, 28 October 2016

Walking Football has its own website

A post about Walking Football (for the Over 50s) usually gets a lot of attention, so here's a site that's dedicated to the sport: Walking Football United.  Click on the 'Find a Club' link to get a list of all the Greater Manchester clubs with times of games, contact numbers, etc.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Free Museums and Galleries in the UK

If you're looking for something to do with the grandkids during the school holidays, check out Money Saving Expert's listing of all the UK's free museums and art galleries:

Monday, 24 October 2016

North Manchester Over 50s 'Be Well' Sessions

North Manchester Over 50s 'Be Well' Sessions
Whitemoss Road Housing Office/Community Room
Every Wednesday, 2.30 - 3.30 pm

A free healthy activity session to promote mental and physical wellbeing - all over 50s from the estate are invited to join in. 
(Meet at Housing Office at approx. 2.15 pm.)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Testing Your Retirement Budget

If you've always enjoyed spending right up to the limits of your income (or even exceeding them) whilst you've been working, how will things need to change for you when you retire?

Most people have to have some sort of budget in place once they retire - after all, there aren't many people who would tell you that they have more than enough money from their retirement income, that they'll never have to worry about their cashflow ever again.

If you're worried about your ability to cope on your retirement income, give it a trial run for six months now to see how you get on. This is easy enough to do:

1. Find out what your projected retirement income will be.

2. You're going to need two bank accounts. The first is your current account which you're going to use as your 'pension account', i.e., the account in which you keep your projected retirement income and the money which you'll live on for the next 6 months. The second account will be a deposit account and you'll 'sweep' the difference between your net salary and your pension into this.

So, for example, if you were expecting a total monthly retirement income of £1000 and you receive a salary of £2000, on pay day, you sweep the excess £1000 from your current account into your deposit account, leaving yourself £1000 to live on for the next month.

3. After you've done this for 3 months, you'll be able to tell if you're going to be able to cope on your projected retirement income or not. If it becomes obvious that you're going to struggle, you have time to do something about that situation now. Maybe you need to have a word with your employer and arrange to continue working a little longer to accrue more pension savings. Or maybe you could get a part-time job somewhere else. Or start a retirement business.  If you like the idea of a retirement business, click here to check out our 'Boomers Starting Businesses' blog for some ideas and tips.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Saturday Sewing Club (Central Library)

Saturday 17 September 2016 - Saturday 10 December 2016
City Centre: Central Library, St Peter's Square, M2 5PD 10:00 - 12:00

Do you want to try your hand at sewing but don't have a machine?  Get yourself along to one of the  informal monthly sessions at Central Library’s Media Lounge.

Sewing machines and thread are provided together with learning materials including printed guides, computers and tablets to watch online tutorials on.

You take your own fabric, and eagerness to 'have a go' at some simple projects.

If you can already sew, why not go along and share your knowledge and meet other hobbyists.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Upcoming age-friendly events and things to do in Manchester

The Age Friendly Manchester website has over 40 listed events and regular groups across Manchester this month and beyond.  Activities range from craft and local history groups, IT sessions, choirs, health and fitness classes, classic film screenings, dementia-friendly swimming and social clubs.

See their events listings for the latest details

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Manchester City coaching 'walking football' games for Over 50s

Manchester City Football Club has launched a new team with a combined age of more than 700 years, as it coaches a walking football club to encourage fitness among pensioners.

The project by Manchester City Council, the club's City in the Community scheme and three local clinical commissioning groups is part of a long-term health and social care plan, with the emphasis on prevention rather than cure by encouraging people to get involved in their community and stay active and healthy.

Read the full article and find local walking football venues.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dig out your groovy gear, clubbers

My Generation Mcr returns to the city centre for an evening packed with nostalgic music.  Club regulars will pay tribute to their former host, DJ Frank "Mr Soulman" Byrne who sadly passed away earlier this year. Frank, was well known on the club circuit for playing sounds of the 60s, Soul and Motown and Northern Soul. Is this the sound of your generation?  With Live Music from The Cavernites to help you relive the Beatlemania Years - everyone is guaranteed of a great night.  Supported by Age-Friendly Manchester. 

Find out more and order tickets

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Monday, 10 October 2016

Urban design for younger and older

17/18 October

New Generation – Design for Living is a two-day workshop event, exploring the challenges and opportunities for designing our city from a generational perspective. This could be from younger and older people working together, or it could be across other generations too. We want to identify opportunities for working with younger and older people together and to explore how our city is re-imagined, designed and inhabited by future communities.

Find out more and register or contact Patrick Hanfling (Age-Friendly Manchester) on or 0161 234 4188.

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Who wants to work forever? Work, retirement and well-being in later life - Sunday 6 November 2016

Sunday 6 November 2016
Seminar 14.00-16.00
People's History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER

The British population is ageing. Today, about 10 million people living in the UK are aged 65+. This is expected to increase by 50% by 2050. As people are living longer and fewer people are being born the government is seeking to encourage people to remain work until later in life. However not everyone can or wants to continue working until much later in life. This event, organised by Dr Martin Hyde, will have speakers from a wide range of backgrounds who will each discuss the challenges and opportunities of extending working lives.
Register online

How to Make a Fresh Start

How to Make a Fresh Start

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Can you help Salford Healthy Communities with a survey?

Salford Healthy Communities are carrying out a short survey for north Manchester residents.  They are researching why some people complete bowel screening and why some people don’t take part.

The first 30 people (remember, from north Manchester) to complete will have their names put in a prize draw for the chance to win £30 (Morrison’s/Asda/Tesco) gift voucher.  Surveys have to be completed by Friday 21st October.

Take part

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)