Thursday, 23 February 2017

Sporting Memories Network looking for volunteers in Greater Manchester

Sporting Memories Network is always looking for volunteers to support their work and help establish new groups across Greater Manchester.
The network was recently awarded the Alzheimer's Society's Best National Dementia Friendly Initiative award.

Friday, 17 February 2017

The Great British Spring Clean: March 3-5 2017

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with one simple ambition. To bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

If you've had enough of other people's litter and are willing to donate your time to clear it up, check out The Great British Spring Clean website to find your nearest event.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Manchester International Women’s Festival 2017

The Manchester International Women’s festival is here...

Manchester is an amazing city buzzing with excitement with world class sports, arts and culture. What makes Manchester special and like nothing else on earth is its people. Manchester people are doers and the women of Manchester are no exception. Their contribution to the city is huge. Women are the backbone to family life, help create safe and happy neighbourhoods inspiring trust and friendship and contribute enormously to the economy and across the professions and all other areas of work.

Manchester is proud of its women and their many different roles.  We want to instil pride in our Manchester women and inspire current and future generations to strive for what they want, and we want them to achieve.

This year we really want to celebrate being a woman and the enormous contribution women make to Manchester as a world class city by hosting our first Manchester International Women’s day festival.

There will be a range of activities and events right across the city for you to get involved in.  Click here to see them all...

(Article courtesy of Manchester City Council)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Penny Tinkler to research women growing up in postwar Britain

Dr Penny Tinkler, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, has been awarded an awarded Economic and Social Research Council grant worth over £750k to explore the experience of young women growing up in Britain in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Read more about it here.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

10 Completely free things to do in Manchester

Whether you're looking for something to do with the grandkids at half term or just wanting a day out for yourself, check out these 10 completely free things to do in Manchester. Have fun!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

New environmental research to look at impact of green spaces on ageing populations

University of Manchester Geographer, Dr Sarah Lindley, is leading a new research project looking at the impact of green public spaces on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population.   Read more about it here.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

New Age-Friendly Network for Beswick, Clayton & Openshaw

Age-Friendly Manchester is pleased to announce the launch of a new Locality Network for the Beswick and Bradford Wards. The Network will be supported by buzz and will bring together local service providers, voluntary organisations and a range of partners supporting or working with local older people.  The aim of the Network will be to ultimately create an age-friendly neighbourhood that everyone can enjoy.
Launch Meeting: Thursday 9 February 2017 at 10.00am at The Grange, Pilgrim Drive, Beswick.

There is such a lot of great work going on in north and east Manchester that is having a positive impact on the lives of older people but there is still so much we need to improve upon. If you have a specific interest in issues important to local older people and are interested in joining the Network, please contact Lana Burrows on 0161 882 2577 for more information or

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Combatting loneliness

Derek Taylor, a tenant of Southway Housing in Withington, was interviewed recently by the BBC where he discussed what he has done to help with loneliness.  Derek has also featured in the recent Age Friendly Manchester publication where you can view his 'Top 10 tips', discussed in the video.
Watch the feature

Friday, 3 February 2017

Older? In a relationship? Live in GM? UoM Researchers would like to talk to you!

The University of Manchester's research has found that many older people remain sexually active. Sexual problems such as difficulties achieving orgasm and erectile dysfunction are relatively common, however. They've analysed written comments from over a thousand study participants and both sexes emphasised their anxiety at not being taken seriously by health practitioners as they sought to overcome issues affecting their sexual activity and satisfaction.

Researchers are keen to discuss issues around sexual health and ageing with some older people who are in a relationship, ideally who would be prepared to be interviewed as a couple, who we can put forward as case studies. We hope our research will also encourage a more open discourse about late-life sexuality and health, and foster wider intergenerational understanding that sex doesn’t stop at 50!

Contact Dave Lee, Research Fellow, on 0161 306 6952 or

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Golden Voices Choir is looking for new members

Why don't you join this friendly group of over 50s who sing pop and traditional songs from many lands?  There's no audition and you don't have to read music. They have an inspiring musical director who teaches and encourages. They've performed at a range of venues including day centres, luncheon clubs, hospitals, museums and art galleries. Prospective members are welcome to join a rehearsal before signing up.

They have fun in every session and people go home feeling uplifted having made friends and feeling fitter and healthier. Singing is good for you!

Find out more

(Information courtesy of Age Friendly Manchester)

Addendum: And here's why you should join!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The 'Our Manchester' Strategy

Manchester City Council has summed up their vision for Manchester, illustrated in a great new video.  Our Manchester is for the whole of the city, overseen by a forum of Manchester leaders drawn from all the partners – public services, voluntary groups and communities working together for Manchester.