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December newsletter: age-friendly strategy

Mayor Andy Burnham chose to make ageing the focus of the Greater Manchester Reform Board on 1 December, as one of his key mayoral priorities. This was our opportunity to present a draft GM Age Friendly Strategy to public service leaders across Greater Manchester including from police, fire, NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities. The strategy is very much a shared document and brings together our work with partners across economy and work, age-friendly places, health ageing, housing and planning, transport and age-friendly culture.

It was great to be supported at the Reform Board by our new chief executive lead for the Equalities, Fairness and Inclusion portfolio, Pam Smith of Stockport Council, as well as outgoing lead Steven Pleasant from Tameside. We also benefitted from input from Anna Dixon CEO of strategic partner The Centre for Ageing Better, Professor Chris Phillipson from MICRA at the University of Manchester, and Elaine Unegbu, Chair of the GM Older People's Network. I'm delighted to say that the draft strategy received the Board's approval. The strategy has since been reviewed by the Ageing Hub's Partnership Forum, and consultations will continue prior to a public launch in February/ March 2018.

As we move into the New Year, we're offering opportunities for secondments to the Ageing Hub. If you'd like to get involved with developing pieces of work based around the strategy and are available for at least two days a month for a minimum of three months, please get in touch (more details below).

With best wishes for a peaceful and joyful Christmas time

Paul McGarry
Head, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

The deadline for the next newsletter is 11 January, please send your copy to

Update: Age friendly Stockport

Age friendly leisure centre
Life Leisure Avondale are currently working in partnership with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and the Wellbeing and Independence Network in Stockport, towards being an age friendly venue. They have been successful in securing funding for dementia friendly signage throughout the building. The venue is also running a SMILE (simple movement improve life every day) session and dementia friendly trained students from a local high school will support the session.

Age friendly awareness sessions
Workers from Stockport Council delivered a session on being Age Friendly to a group of school children. The resource is being further developed with feedback from this children and will be available to be delivered this across Stockport.

Opportunity: Secondments to Ageing Hub

Want to help shape an age friendly Greater Manchester? We're looking for colleagues to work with us on projects supporting the Ageing Hub's aims and objectives. You'll be developing pieces of work based around the GM Age Friendly Strategy and will need to be available at least 2 days a month for 3 months. If your organisation is willing to second you to the Ageing Hub, please get in touch to explore options. Unfortunately the Ageing Hub are not able to cover costs but can offer desk space with out team at Churchgate House, Manchester city centre. 

Contact Paul McGarry, Head of the GM Ageing Hub,

Parliamentary inquiry on intergenerational connection

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration launched its inquiry into intergenerational connection this month by publishing a collection of essays 'Ages Apart? Ties and Divides Across the Generations'. The book captures the insights from experts on intergenerational relations, and features a chapter by Head of the GM Ageing Hub, Paul McGarry, entitled 'Promoting social inclusion in later life and intergenerational solidarity: A view from Greater Manchester'. 

The inquiry the group aims to explore shared views and understanding across the generations, levels of engagement between different age groups at the neighbourhood level, and how this affects political debate and levels of trust.

Download 'Ages Apart? Ties and Divides Across the Generations'

The Guardian: inside England's oldest and youngest towns

Paul McGarry was interviewed for a Guardian article on ageing and inequality published on 9 December. Entitled 'Older people have pulled up the ladder: inside England's oldest and youngest towns', the piece looks at Manchester as having the youngest population in England, with Minehead having the oldest. 

Paul highlights that if you live in an area where most of the older population has left, the social networks that many older people depend on have vanished and the services, the shops, the day-to-day encounters that older people rely on are weak. The piece discusses the steps being taken to counter these changes by Manchester's Age-Friendly team such as setting up an older people’s nightclub to make the centre less forbidding and establishing community hubs, such as film clubs that show the movies older people want to see.

Role of architecture in creating better places for all ages 

Ageing Hub member Professor Stefan White gave his inaugural lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University on 11 December. 'Architectures of Affection: Difference and the engaged city' explored the role of architecture in creating better places to live for people of all ages, with Stefan sharing his work as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme and his future work around what an age friendly spatial framework will look like. Paul McGarry, Head of the Ageing Hub, gave the response to the lecture.

Read more about Stefan's role with the Ageing Hub in latest issues of Metropolis magazine 

Community media for older people in GM - share your ideas

Big Lottery programme Ambition for Ageing is developing an action plan for making community media happen in Greater Manchester that will help people aged 50 and over become better connected. Working with company Social Spider, Ambition for Ageing are exploring how to fund and support organisations and groups to make media to help people get together. They are looking to talk to people, to see what might work and to suggest the best plan that will get people from Greater Manchester's huge range of different communities out of the door and meeting each other. Key questions include:
  • Where are interesting and vibrant things already happening that might provide a good home for media projects that will reach out further to people at risk of isolation?
  • Are there any existing groups of people/organisations/groups that might be good to talk to about doing community media (media in which people participate for the benefit of a wider community)?
  • What existing ways do people find out about things and opportunities in your area?
  • Other interesting initiatives they might think relevant 
To share your ideas and feedback contact Jason Bergen 07876527597

Making Memories: stories from Oldham older residents

The life stories of older people are the central feature in the 2016/17 annual report of Housing & Care 21 covering the Oldham area. 'Making Memories' is an award winning report from the UK's largest non-profit care and housing provider, and includes the voice of 11 older residents born from 1920 onwards.

Read Making Memories Annual Report 2016/17

Out of Sight survey for organisations working with older people

Organisations working with older people in Greater Manchester are asked to complete a short survey on how they work with people with visual impairment. The Out of Sight project run by Henshaws and funded by the Ambition for Ageing programme will initially assess organisations' understanding of supporting people with sight loss. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete, and will be followed by the chance for interested organisations to attend a free half-day training session to learn more about visual impairment.  The session will include information and advice about simple, practical measures to improve accessibility for visually impaired older people and where to go for extra advice and support.


Complete the survey online or request an alternative format via  0161 872 1234.

Event: Early cancer detection and community based life style change

Seminar from MICRA at The University of Manchester 

Tuesday 19 December 2017, 2 - 4 pm, 

2.217, University Place, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Book your place online
Speakers: Prof Alistair Burns, Prof Kenneth Muir, Dr Rona Daniels, Prof Neil Pendleton, University of Manchester

You are invited to an interactive seminar about disease risk assessment, prevention and early diagnosis, focusing on initially on cancer.

This seminar is an opportunity to hear from researchers on how the new online cancer risk assessment tool has been developed and is evolving as well as a chance to test out the tool yourself and feedback on how it can be improved.  

Event: Impact, identification and management of hearing loss in people with dementia

Seminar from MICRA at The University of Manchester 

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 2 - 4 pm, 

John Casken Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Book your place online
Speakers: Dr Piers Dawes, Dr Jenna Littlejohn and Dr Rebecca Millman

Both hearing impairment and dementia are increasingly common among older people.  previous survey in Manchester found that up to 90% of people with dementia living at home have a significant hearing impairment. The survey reported that in most people, hearing impairment had not been previously diagnosed or treated. In this MICRA seminar, we will talk about work from the SENSE-cog project and other on-going projects looking at the impact of hearing impairment on people living with dementia, how doctors should assess people for dementia when people have a hearing problem and how to reduce the impact of hearing impairment for people living with dementia.

Event: Greater Manchester Older People's Network - Transport

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 10 am - 2.30 pm, 

GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

Are we getting there? Age-friendly transport across Greater Manchester

Speakers: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester + Transport for Greater Manchester

An opportunity for network members and older people from across Greater Manchester to share views on transport and get their voices heard. Market Place stalls available for organisations looking to share information or consult with network members. If you can't attend but would like to contribute ideas about current transport issues for older people please contact Liz Jones, GM Older People's Network Development Worker

Booking is essential: Liz Jones 0161 834 9823

About us

The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub has been set up by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority so GM partners can coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. Our three key goals are:
  • Greater Manchester will become the first age-friendly city region in the UK
  • Greater Manchester will be a global centre of excellence for ageing, pioneering new research, technology and solutions across the whole range of ageing issues
  • Greater Manchester will increase economic participation amongst the over 50s
Partners include:
  • Ten Greater Manchester councils
  • Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Age UKs in Greater Manchester
  • Public Health England
  • Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network
  • MICRA at the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford
  • Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Centre for Ageing Better
A series of working groups report into the Ageing Hub Steering Group which meets quarterly and is chaired by Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Council and Accountable Officer for NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.The Ageing Hub Partnership Forum meets quarterly as a wider community of interest around ageing. Working groups include:
  • Research Advisory Group
  • Economy and Skills Group
  • Culture Group
  • Housing Providers Group
  • EU Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site Group
  • Greater Sport/ Physical Activity Group
  • GM Age Friendly Design Guide 
  • Ambition for Ageing
Ageing Hub team:
Paul McGarry, Head
Jo Garsden, Programme Manager
Gareth Williams, Strategy Team, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Esme Ward, Culture Lead, The Whitworth and Manchester Museum
Prof Stefan White, Manchester Metropolitan University
Louise Robbins, Greater Sport
Sophie Black, Manchester City Council
John Hannen, Ambition for Ageing, GMCVO
Kirsty Bagnall, Ambition for Ageing, GMCVO

Associate member:
Dr Sophie Handler
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