Thursday, 22 December 2016

Monday, 19 December 2016

Living with pain in Manchester?

If you're living with a persistent pain problem, click here to have a look at the Manchester Pain Toolkit website - a handy guide to understanding and managing your pain on a daily basis.

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It is not meant to be the last word in pain self-management but a handy guide to help you get started - all you need to be is willing to read and use it and take on board some of the suggestions.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Volunteer with Manchester Samaritans

Manchester Samaritans provides emotional support, day and night, to over 42,000 people every year - with Christmas being a particularly tough time for many people. As a Samaritans volunteer, you'll receive all the training you need to help make a difference to the lives of others – whether your role involves listening over the phone, joining outreach activities or helping out with administration tasks.

Check out the Samaritans website to find out how you can get involved:

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Volunteers needed for Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter

Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter is looking for people from all walks of life who will volunteer to help with the distribution and organisation of shelters for the homeless. There are seven locations across the area.

Check out the website at to find out how you can get involved.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

If you're feeling lonely...

Most of us will feel lonely at some point but there are some experiences common in older age that can make it more likely.  A new advice guide from Independent Age suggests things you could try which could help to reduce loneliness, as well as information about where to look for more help.
Find out more

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Whalley Range Festive Feasts

Age Friendly Whalley Range is holding two free Festival Feasts for  local (older) residents. Places are limited, so book a.s.a.p.

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Friday, 9 December 2016

Ergsy - Health & Wellbeing Advice and Support

Ergsy is a not for profit organisation, providing free videos on subjects relevant to older people.  It's run by older people for older people, providing a free online library of pre-vetted self-help videos, under the topic headings, Health, Legal, Money, Care and Welfare.

Viewers of the videos will be able link to experts and professionals in their postcode, such as lawyers, accountants, pension advisers etc. for a free half hour advice session.  All videos in the Ergsy library have been vetted for accuracy and are made by trusted professionals.

Visit for more information

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Don't Forget to Get Your Flu Jab!

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. 

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you: are 65 years of age or over; are pregnant; have certain medical condition; are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility; or receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.

Visit for more info

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Sunday, 4 December 2016

'buzz' Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service has launched!

22nd November saw the official launch event of 'buzz', pictured above.  Their aim is simple: to help improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities in Manchester, helping individuals and families live fuller, healthier, happier and longer lives.  Their neighbourhood health workers are busy working in the heart of communities, helping to develop age-friendly networks across Manchester.

As experts in health improvement and self-care, they have the knowledge and expertise to offer the right advice and guidance to help put a spring into people’s lives offering one to one support, training and working alongside other key health initiatives and partners in the area.

Find out more about 'buzz'

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Don’t stay on your own in your home… Homeshare!

The idea is simple: if you have a spare room, you could offer it to someone who, in return, would provide you with 10 hours of support per week, eg cooking, cleaning, taking you to your appointments or just spending some time with you. This is Homeshare!

Take Doreen, a 78 year old lady from Heywood: after spending months in a care home following a fall, all she wanted was to go home. Thanks to PossAbilities Homeshare, she is now living with Anouck Truffaux, a French Master student in Law, who came to England to practice her English after graduating. Anouck helps Doreen with cooking, house-cleaning, and they often go out together. Doreen is now much happier, feels useful as she helps Anouck get around her new life in England, and ‘feels much younger than when she was in the nursing home’!

For more information, please visit, call us on 01706 626 747 or email

(Article courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)