Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Carols by Salford Royal Choir - 4 December

Starts: 14:00 - 4 Dec 2016

Ends: 15:00 - 4 Dec 2016

Venue:  The John Rylands Library

In the beautiful and atmospheric surroundings of the Library’s grand Historic Reading Room, enjoy a medley of Christmas carols by Salford Royal Choir.

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy an afternoon that will truly get you into the festive spirit.

This locally-based choir have played at many charitable organisations as well as the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, for over 35 years.

Donations welcome for Wood Street Mission.

No need to book, just turn up.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Introductory Tour of the John Rylands Library - 2 December

Starts: 15:00 - Friday 2 December 2016

Ends: 15:30 - Friday 2 December 2016

What is it: Tour

Organiser: The John Rylands Library

Venue opening hours: Monday 12noon - 5pm; Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12noon - 5pm

Who is it for: General public

Ever wanted to learn more about this fascinating building and some of its history?  This is your chance.  No need to book, just turn up.

(Other dates available - see the 'What's On' Guide for details.)

Friday, 25 November 2016

Kindness Advent Calendar

What a fab idea!  If the world feels a bit short of kindness at the moment, use this Kindness Advent Calendar to put some of your own out there! The blog post contains a link to download your own calendar.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Celebrate winter at the Whitworth Gallery

On December 3rd and 4th, the Whitworth Gallery transforms into a Scandinavian winter wonderland for a weekend of free events to celebrate winter.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

How to save the world with fish poo (and other great ideas) - Manchester Museum

Urban Naturalist at Manchester Museum

14:00 - 16:00, Saturday 26 Nov 2016

Who is it for?: Adults, General public

Friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

How to save the world with fish poo and other great ideas?  Go along to the November Urban Naturalist, to hear from Real Food Wythenshawe to find out more about how we can grow fruit and vegetables from fish waste. Hear about the trials and tribulations of setting up an Aquaponics system that can produce good quality food and learn some of the science behind the produce. You’ll also get to see the Manchester Museum’s Aquaponic system in action.

Adult Event, Free, Book on or 0161 275 2648

Friday, 18 November 2016

Little Free Pantry

Should be easy enough to do for a retiree with some time on their hands and a desire to do something good for their community...

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Please help find a new cup for Ben

Volunteer Hosts Needed for Manchester Christmas Dinner

Are you interested in volunteering as a host at the Manchester Christmas dinner? 

The Christmas Dinner is a pop up organisation founded by the poet Lemn Sissay and a group of professionals who, between them, have over a hundred years experience of working with young people. Their aim is to provide a Christmas Day Dinner for care leavers aged between 16 and 25 on Christmas Day. Many care leavers are sitting in flats, B and B’s, hostels, away from family or are sofa surfing or living on the streets on their own at Christmas.

"Christmas is a reminder of everything they never had. It's often a dreaded day. Not now. We will put on a scrumptious Christmas meal and create a magical day to remember at a secret location in Manchester."

More hosts are needed to make the day a success - see the Manchester Christmas Dinner Facebook Group if you'd like to help...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

How many calories do I need?

It's easy to start piling on the pounds once you retire.  Use this calculator from to find out how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. Then, if you think you could stand to lose a few pounds, reduce that figure by up to 500 calories a day to start losing weight safely.

Is Dementia a Leading Cause of Death?

Following the recent revelation that dementia has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, here's a link to an article by James Rupert Fletcher which casts a little more light on the story behind the headlines and what it means for people with dementia and for healthcare in general.

Is Dementia a Leading Cause of Death? by James Rupert Fletcher

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Volunteer Opportunities: Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter

Recruiting now...

Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter organisers are looking for people from all walks of life to volunteer for one (or more) shift(s) per week at one of their seven locations.

Most volunteers do a regular weekly shift, but you can do more or less than this.

Mandatory training and an induction will be provided by Greater Together Manchester, with the opportunity to attend further additional training on a number of specialist topics.

Want more information about volunteering at the Night Shelter? Why not visit their blog.

If you would like to volunteer at the Night Shelter, click here to complete an application form.

Questions? Click here to drop the Night Shelter Project Worker an email.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Can you help University of Manchester researchers?

Researchers at the University of Manchester are looking for adults aged 65 years or older, to participate in interviews about why older adults may engage in activities involving prolonged periods of sitting or lying down, and possible ways of reducing or breaking up such activities. (The interview can take place at a location of your convenience e.g. your own home, or at the University with cost of transport covered.)

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact Laura McGowan on or 0161 275 2562.